Give Us This Day, November 3, Our Daily Elvis
John Lee Hooker recorded “Boogie Chillen’ ” in Detroit, his first session ever.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup charted with “”I’m Gonna Dig Myself a Hole” (#9), the last of his six R&B titles. With Crudup it was all or nothing, as each of his six chart singles out of numerous releases all made the Top 10.
November 3, 1954
Elvis did a Blood Drive Charity at Memphis State University
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November 3, 1955
The Platters’ seminal single “The Great Pretender” was issued.
November 3, 1956
Elvis Presley‘s “Love Me Tender” took over the top spot on the Billboard chart, pushing his double sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” to number two. Jim Lowe held down the #3 spot with “Green Door”, Johnnie Ray was at #4 with “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” and Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk” was #5.
Variety detailed some of the craziness.
At the time RCA reported that sales of Elvis’s “Don’t Be Cruel”/”Hound Dog” single had reached 2.6 million copies in the U.S. alone. Over 1.8 million copies of his new single, “Love Me Tender,” had already been shipped.
The record company was selling more than Elvis records in 1956, though. That November it started shipments of its Elvis Presley portable record player. The player featured Presley’s autograph stamped in gold on the top cover of the simulated blue denim case and could be purchased in two different packages. A four-speed model came with a two-pocket Elvis extended play record for $32.95. The second offer included an automatic 45 r.p.m. player with a three-pocket EP album for $44.95.
Finally, although RCA officials denied any connection with its Presley meal ticket, the company started closing its New York 24th Street offices at 5 p.m., thus shortening their employees’ workweek by 2½ hours. Record companies with less hit records continued to work until 5:30.
November 3, 1957
Sun Records releases “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis. It will be his biggest hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Pop chart, number three on the R&B list and number one on the Country And Western chart. The single sold a million copies during its first ten days of release and would go on to sell over five million copies world-wide and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.
Sam Cooke appears on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing “You Send Me”, but is cut off before he can finish the number when the show ran out of time. He is invited to come back next month.
November 3, 1966
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