Daily Elvis: November 3

Give Us This Day, November 3, Our Daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


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

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
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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.

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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.

 Important November dates during Elvis Presley’s …

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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.

After having the #1 song on the Billboard singles chart last April with “Twilight Time”, The Platters latest release, “It’s Raining Outside” enters the Top 100 at #96. Two weeks later, after peaking at #93, it will fall off the chart completely and the group would have to wait until February, 1960 for their next hit when “Harbor Lights” would reach #8.
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Elvis and his Company C arrived in Grafenwohr, Bavaria, on the Czech border. Elvis had to endure the same field conditions like everybody else.
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November 3, 1959
Military Service in Germany
November 3, 1960
Elvis Presley had his fifth UK No.1 single with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, it stayed at No.1 for eight weeks. The song which was based on the Italian song, ‘O Sole Mio’, gave Presley his first post-army No.1. “It’s Now or Never” would be a number-one record in the U.S., spending five weeks at number one and the UK, where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, Elvis Presley’s biggest international single ever.
In early 2005, the song was re-released along with the other Presley singles in the UK, and again reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for the week of 5 February 2005.
A Mess of Blues was  number 32 in the US charts and number 2 in the UK charts.
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November 3, 1961
Kid Galahad
November 3, 1962
The Crystals’ smash, “He’s A Rebel” hit #1 for the first two weeks. Unfortunately for the New York-based Crystals, it wasn’t their voices on the hit. Producer Phil Spector used the Blossoms, a West Coast back-up group featuring Darlene Wright (later Darlene Love) when he needed to rush-release the 45 so as to beat Vickie Carr’s rival version to the marketplace.
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November 3, 1963
Coming in at #83, The Kingsmen‘s version of “Louie Louie” enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will peak at #2 during a sixteen week run. Costing just $50 to record in one take, the effort would go on to sell over a million copies, cause an FBI investigation and be ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #54 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
Kissin Cousins Movie Production
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November 3, 1964
Tickle Me
November 3, 1965
Released: Harum Scarum It peaked at number eight on the Top LP’s chart.
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In 2003 Harum Scarum was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes

Harum Scarum (album) – Wikipedia

 November 3, 1966

Easy Come, Easy Go Production
November 3, 1967
Pink Floyd make their US debut at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The tour will come to an early end when Syd Barrett displays increasingly strange behavior, refusing to lip sync to “Arnold Layne” on American Bandstand and refusing to answer questions on The Pat Boone Show.
The Beatles completed filming their TV special “Magical Mystery Tour” at Ringo’s country house in Surrey. The day’s work was done mainly in the backyard where each Beatle was filmed pretending to play a white cello.
Elvis was in Production for Stay Away Joe
November 3, 1968
The Trouble with Girls Movie Production
November 3, 1969
November 3, 1970
November 3rd 1971
The Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine
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November 3, 1972
November 3, 1973
At Sam Thompson’s House’ with Linda Thompson, Ricky Stanley, Louise Thompson [Sam’s Wife], Margie Thompson [Sam & Linda’s Mother], Sanford Thompson [Sam & Linda’s Father] & Dusty [Louise and Sam’s dog]), Elvis’ informal performance is tape recorded by Sam Thompson.
Baby, What You Want Me To Do
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise (Instrumental)
Spanish Eyes
That’s All Right
Your Life Has Just Begun – with Linda Thompson
Ode To Robin (Short Poem)
These would be released officially, on the Follow That Dream Labels’ Made In Memphis or A Private Moment With The King
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November 3, 1974
November 3, 1975
November 3, 1976
 November 3, 1977
During a concert at the Empire Pool in London, Elton John announces that he will not tour anymore. He would stay retired for fifteen months, but on February 3, 1979, he will resume touring with a concert in Sweden.
Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” reached #1 pop and 31 on the dance charts. The song was originally released as “European Queen,” and after it became a hit was redone for certain markets as “African Queen.”
Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with the film soundtrack to ‘Give My Regards To Broad Street’, featuring the UK No.2 single ‘No More Lonely Nights.’
Most legendary singers get a day in their honor, but, Michael Jackson got a month when Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed it Michael Jackson Month.
The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Five Satins, Jay & the Americans, and the Skyliners, among others, performed in a twentieth anniversary Rock ‘n’ Roll revival concert.
The Righteous Brothers‘ rendition of “Unchained Melody” rose to #1 on the UK singles chart 25 years after it had first been released. The track had recently been featured in the film Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. ‘Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.
‘Ice Ice Baby’, by Vanilla Ice became the first rap record to top the US singles chart, (and later also a UK No.1 single). Vanilla Ice was later sued by Queen for the song sampling their “Under Pressure”, and while promoted as “the new Elvis” was revealed to be a Suburan Middle Class Faker.
Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928.
The John Lennon box set Anthology is released.
The king of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, died at the age of 71, midway through a UK tour. One of the most successful recording artists of the pre-Beatles era, Donegan had three number one hits and numerous Top 10 entries on the UK chart. In the US he was best known for the Top Ten hits, “Rock Island Line” and “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night”.
The first ever YouTube awards were held in New York City. The event featured Eminem, Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards’ creator, Spike Jonze, and others. Eminem won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ took the YouTube Phenomenon award.
A lock of John Lennon’s hair was one of 350 items put up for auction on the website Julien’s Live. Other items up for grabs included a long-lost acoustic guitar that belonged to Lennon, a drumhead from the Beatles’ 1964 visit to The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis Presley’s 24 karat gold leaf grand piano, and several items from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

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