Daily Elvis: November 11

Give Us This Day, November 11, Our Daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


November 11, 1954

Having dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, and renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets, their rendition of “Shake, Rattle and Roll” peaks at #7 during its US chart run of 27 weeks. Producer Milt Gabler would later say that he “cleaned up” the lyrics from Joe Turner’s original 1954 version in order to insure radio air-play.

Billboard introduces The Top 100 format, which will combine record sales with radio and jukebox play to arrive at the standings. The Four Aces “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” has the distinction of being the first number one record using the new calculation method.
Billboard magazine publishes the results of its annual disc jockey poll. The most played R&B single is Johnny Ace’s “Pledging My Love”, the most promising artist is Chuck Berry, the favorite R&B artist is Fats Domino and Elvis Presley is voted the most promising Country And Western artist.
Elvis flew back home to Memphis after the DJ Convention in Nashville.
November 11, 1956
Vegas Vacation
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Dance Teacher magazine denounces England’s Princess Margaret for endorsing Rock ‘n’ Roll, and in doing so, hastening the demise of Ballroom dancing. The article went on to say that “Rock ‘n’ Roll should be discouraged.”
Buddy Holly‘s “Peggy Sue” is released in the US, where it will rise to #3 and stay on the chart for sixteen weeks. It was also a big hit in the UK, reaching #6.
Elvis performed at the Schofield Barracks, HI Conroy Bowl, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was Elvis last performance before he entered the army. The show was not only for service personnel and their families.

THAR HE GOES-Elvis really walloped the Post Bowl audience recently with his “unique” song styling. The loose jointed idol gave his all as he rendered his top tunes to squeals from the many teenage girls present. Some 10,000 civilians, military personnel and dependents attended his performance.
US Army © Photo by 125th Signal Battalion, courtesy FECC/claud
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1957
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November 11, 1958
Hank Ballard And The Midnighters record the original version of “The Twist”. It was issued as the B side of the Gospel style ballad “Teardrops On Your Letter” and although it reached #16 on the R&B chart, Ballard’s version of “The Twist” wouldn’t appear on the Billboard Pop chart until just after Chubby Checker’s version took off two years later.
Military Service in Germany
November 11, 1959
Military Service in Germany

November 11, 1960

Wild in the Country Production

November 11, 1961

Kid Galahad  Production

November 11, 1962

It Happened at the World’s Fair  Production

November 11, 1963
November 11, 1964
24-year-old Tom Jones records “It’s Not Unusual” for Britain’s Decca Records. The song, originally offered to, but turned down by Sandie Shaw, will become Jones’ breakthrough hit, reaching #1 in the UK and #10 in the US.
Roustabout opens nationally and hits number eight at the box office. The soundtrack goes to number one on the Billboard pop album chart as it represents some of the “best” Elvis movie music in a while.
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Tickle Me in Production

November 11,1965

November 11, 1966

Easy Come, Easy Go Production Complete.  Wallis Power Trip to Nov 22

November 11, 1967
Wilson Pickett’s version of his early influence Lloyd Price’s “Stagger lee” charted on its way to #13 R&B, #22 pop. The song was based on the legendary folk blues artist Mississippi John Hurt’s ‘0s recording, “Stack-O-Lee.”
Stay Away Joe. Production

November 11, 1968

The Trouble with Girls Production

 November 11, 1969
Elvis That’s the Way it Is It released in accompaniment the theatrical release of the documentary film of the same name (although it is not generally considered a soundtrack album), and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 and at number eight on the country chart.It was certified Gold on June 28, 1973.
Elvis That’s the Way It Is album has been repacked in several deluxe and special editions by BMG and Sony. With 2 discs, 3 disc and a multi cd/dvd box set.
Original Elvis Release  1970 to the Deluxe CD release to the  the Complete recordings
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Elvis Presley Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon : November 11, 1970

Gyrating Elvis Magnetizes 11.800

The magnetism of Elvis Presley hit Portland’s Memorial Coliseum like a bolt of lightning Wednesday night. But chances are many of those who ‘experienced’ the event will be feeling the vibrations for some time to come.

Indeed, it was an experience. For 51 electrifying minutes, a capacity crowd of 11.800 admirers cheerfully laughed, clapped and even screamed at the gyrating antics which have made the 34-year-old Tupelo, Miss, crooner a legend in his time. So what if he accidentally tripped over the lyrics of ‘The Wonder of You’ and nearly blurted out the world ‘constipation’ instead of ‘constellation’. Anyone can make a mistake, right? Most of those who turned out at the Coliseum Wednesday night came to see Elvis, to watch their idol perform, to hear those memorable tunes – both old and new – which have made Presley their idol.

Elvis Presley Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon - November 11, 1970
Elvis Presley Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon – November 11, 1970

They didn’t go away disappointed. Reaching back in his own ‘oldies but goodies’ bag, Elvis came up with such million sellers as ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, and ‘I Got A Woman’. Judging from the screams which echoed through the cavernous Coliseum arena, a few of the 14.000 refugees from Presley’s Multnomah stadium concert of 1957 must still be around. Although occasionally drowned out by an unnecessarily loud orchestra, Presley managed to hold his audience’s attention by turning up his own volume. But no one can really question the Presley stamina. You won’t find many performers today who can twitch and gyrate their way through 15 fast beat tunes such as ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and ‘Blues Suede Shoes’ in the short span of 51 minutes and still be able to walk off the stage. Most would have to be carried off on a stretcher. Not Elvis.

The Coliseum show Wednesday also featured the Sweet Inspirations, a better – than – average female vocal group, which unfortunately suffered the same orchestration problems which later plagued Presley. Then again, the crowd seemed too busy buzzing about Elvis to pay much attention to any accompanying acts.
The same held true for comedian Sammy Shore. The audience gasped when they heard the master of ceremonies say, ‘We’re proud to present…..,’ thinking Presley’s name would surely follow. But the gasps changed to groans when Shore’s name was announced instead. Unfortunately for Shore, many were still groaning 20 minutes later when he finished his act. In this case, Elvis was a tough act to precede.

Date: 11 Nov 1970
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Portland, OR.
Memorial Coliseum
Tickets: 11,800
Costume: White suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
That’s All Right
I Got A Woman/Amen
Tiger Man
That’s All Right
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Sweet Caroline
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Johnny B. Goode
Blueberry Hill
How Great Thou Art
The Wonder Of You
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 3 – November 10th – November 17th 1970
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November 11, 1971

Elvis performed at the Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon.
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November 11, 1971 (8:30 pm). Cincinnati, OH. Elvis Really Tears ‘Em Up
By Jim Knippenberg, The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 12, 1971

It was rip ’em up, tear em up, give em hell Elvis night at Cincinnati Gardens Thursday as well over 13,000 jammed the hall to be floored by King Elvis.

And floor them he did. It took no more than a casual stroll onto the stage to the strains of “Space Odyssey” and Elvis had them wailing, shrieking, sobbing and squealing his name. There were more hysterical women than in a B-grade prison movie. The men weren’t doing too badly, either.

The full house – amazingly well-behaved aside from the awesome traffic jam – saw Elvis open his show after 50 minutes of warm-ups.

FIRST there were the Sweet Inspirations, three black girls with a lot of energy and the ability to whip up the audience – as if it needed whipping up.

Then it was a comedian who got in lots of barbs about human inconsistencies.

And then it was just like the old days. Elvis appeared and hysteria erupted. From the moment he entered the hall to the moment he left, the air was supercharged – with enough flashbulbs exploding to give the effect of a dozen strobes.

He was backed by an orchestra of about 20 and a chorus of equal size. But then most people didn’t notice, all they saw was Elvis and his guitar.

Resplendent in black bells and a cape with gold sequins everywhere, Elvis put on a show that was a curious mixture of then and now.

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He looks very “today” – a sort of like an eccentric hippy – singing both current hits and those wonderful numbers from bygone years. He definitely has something for everyone.

“I Got A Woman,” “Proud Mary,” “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” “Jailhouse Rock'” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “Blue Suede Shoes” were the highlights of the show.

Even the Gardens’ notorious sound system could do no damage. Though it did him no favors, he looked and sounded wonderful, like Regency rake.

AS WAS the case back when Elvis started doing his thing, the swiveling pelvis was an important item – as wild and uncontrolled as ever. To protect the wild pelvis, there was a phalanx of policemen in front of stage.

Undeniably Elvis’ crowd was a much of a show as he was. Such a glorious frenzy we have never seen the likes before.

No complaints about the production and management of the show either. It was punctual, well-handed and a flaming success.

Date: 11 Nov 1971
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Cinccinatti, OH.
Cinccinatti Garden
Tickets: 13,272
Costume: Black Fireworks suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
That’s All Right
I Got A Woman/Amen
Proud Mary
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Polk Salad Annie
Love Me
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
It’s Now Or Never
Hound Dog
How Great Thou Art
[band introductions]
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Release Me
T he Impossible Dream
Suspicious Minds
Funny How Times Slip Away
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 4 – November 5th – November 16th 1971
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Elvis performed at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio.
November 11, 1972 (8:30 pm) Oakland, CA
Date: 11 Nov 1972
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Oakland, CA.
Oakland Coliseum
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: White Stone Eagle suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
Until It’s Time For You To Go
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
What Now My Love
Love Me
All Shook Up
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Love Me Tender
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
I’ll Remember You
How Great Thou Art
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
Burning Love
A Big Hunk O’ Love
You Gave Me A Mountain
Can’t Help Falling In Love
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November 11, 1972 (8:30 pm) Oakland, CA. Oakland Coliseum. Elvis Presley: The Way It Is
by John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 1972

ELVIS PRESLEY, probably the world’s greatest musical superstar, played his concert of the 70’s here on Saturday night at The Oakland Coliseum Arena.

The show opened with some bad comedy – the better to wet your appetite, my dear – followed by a couple of numbers by the Sweet Inspirations. Then the Dramatic Overture (the theme from “2001” or equivalent) and There He Was!!!

Presley swept on stage, abandoned his guitar after a few perfunctory swipes, adjusted his sequine, practiced a few karate punches and, blinded by a thousand Kodak instamatics, roared through such as “Polk Salad Annie,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Love Me Tender,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and other rock and roll favorites and suffused the long since sold out hall with the special and irresistible charisma that is, among singers, his alone.

The audience, ranging from the new “Burning Love” coverts to us oder folks who remember the ’50s, screamed howled, cried and clapped as vigorously that a post-concert palm-reader would have been unable to pinpoint a life-line, much less an abnormal desire for cranberries.

UNFORTUNATELY, I was unable to attend, nor I spoken with anyone who did. Nevertheless, the above is al true. After seeing Elvis four time in Las Vegas, once in Oakland and twice in concert-tour films in the last 24 months; after seeing basically the same show – with a few changes in repertoire – every single last time … well, as the title of the first film predicted, that’s the way it is.

Elvis is, to put it simply, a bore to write about after the first half-dozen excursions into his costumes, his money, his retinue, his vocal limitations and his hair-sprayed and hysterical followers. He is a man of astonishing appeal, historical impact and limited ability. That’s the way it is.

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 The kissing and the sharing of scarves was of course a part of Elvis’ show. He ordered 115 scarves in different colors from Mr. Guy in Las Vegas.
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 7 – November 8th – November 18th 1972
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November 11, 1973
Elvis left Las Vegas in a leased plane from the Jet Fleet Corporation to return to Memphis.
November 11,  1975
November 11, 1976
November 11, 1977
Donna Summer‘s Disco version of “MacArthur Park” rose to the top of the Billboard chart, besting Richard Harris’ 1968 rendition by one spot. It would be the first of four number one singles for Summer. Songwriter Jimmy Webb would later explain that the mysterious lyrics about the cake melting in the rain is simply a metaphor for a love affair ending.


Marvin Gaye’s first release since leaving Motown Records earlier in the year, “Sexual Healing”, becomes his 13th and final #1 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song will reach #3 on the Pop chart and #4 in the UK early next year.


In Germany, Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker entertained Germans that were celebrating the newly tumbled Berlin Wall.


Aretha Franklin appeared on CBS-TV’s Murphy Brown, playing herself opposite a worshipping but totally out-of-tune Murphy Brown (played by Candice Bergen). Their show closing “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” was the highlight of the season.


British Phonographic industry data showed that sales of singles were at their lowest level in 25 years, making up less than 10% of all music sold.

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Viva Elvis is the soundtrack remix album of the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis, which focuses on the life and music of American singer and musician Elvis Presley. The album, though initially produced as a soundtrack to the show, does not include all of the songs featured in the show. The CD tracks are rearranged and extended versions of songs heard in the show, and in fact the album includes two instrumental versions of the songs “Memories” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone“, neither of which is in the Cirque du Soleil show.

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