Daily Elvis: December 4

Give us this day, December 4, our daily Elvis

1935-1948

Tupelo, Mississippi

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1949-1953

Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

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Elvis performed at the Shreveport, LA Louisiana Hayride.
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Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 4 1954 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride Yes
As an extra added attraction Elvis on a bill with Hank Snow, Rod Brasfield, Mother Maybelle, The Carter Sisters at the Indianapolis, IN Lyric Theater. This was the first day of a 4 day booking with the Hank Snow show.

Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ onstage at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis, IN – Dec. 1955

Of the engagements, Lee Cotten wrote:

Elvis, billed as “a county and bop singer, ” was scheduled to join Hank Snow for a four-day run at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis. According to a later report in the Indianapolis Times (August 8, 1956), Snow was detained by a winter storm. When he failed to make the first date, Elvis carried on with just the supporting acts, comedian Rod Brasfield and Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. For the four-day engagement, Elvis was paid a total of $750. The William Morris Agency of New York, which was already involved in negotiations with Colonel Parker, sent out Lou Mindling from Chicago to take a look at Elvis. Mindling’s positive report to the head office soon led to Elvis signing with the powerful William Morris Agency, which would negotiate future bookings.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (2:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (4:43 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (7:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

December 04, 1956

At Sun Records, Carl Perkins and his band with Jerry Lee Lewis hired for the session was interrupted when Elvis dropped by, and turned the session into a legendary jam. Sam Phillips called the press, leveraged the unexpected visit for publicity and called Johnny Cash, newly signed to the label for the photographs.

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The Perkins session that became known as The Million Dollar Quartet was recorded by Phillips. knowing it could never be released – Presley was sold to RCA was a national and breaking international star – while Perkins and Cash were on his label.

Jerry Lee Lewis was still trying to convince Phillips, and was there as a session musician.

Phillips recorded the mostly gospel, with Chuck Berry songs, and Elvis doing impersonations of Country Singers, and impersonating Jackie Wilson who sang lead for Billy Ward and His Dominos, whom Elvis had just seen perform in Vegas.

 

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A copy of the tape was made for Elvis and it was located in the 1980s in his bedroom closet, along with a recording of the 1956 Tupelo Homecoming show and an interview with Elvis and both of his parents.

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MusicWorld: The Holy Grail of Rock n Roll

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The Million Dollar Quartet

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71-year-old former Elvis Presley girlfriend tracked down in Chicago

Most of the infamous jam is gospel music, which was changed for the Broadway Play. Also, Elvis plays piano for most of the recordings and while Johnny Cash is in the photos, he’s not evident on any of the tape. Elvis’ Vegas Showgirl Date – Marilyn Evans is – she quips about “This Rover Boy Trio”

The four ended up taping some songs together, but recordings from the impromptu session would not be pressed on to discs for another 25 years when they were released as “The Million Dollar Quartet”.

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Elvis Presley had a copy of the session tapes which RCA used, while the Sun Studio was later sold and their original tapes were used by the new owner. Who also had Jimmy Ellis sing “Elvis on Jerry Lee Lewis recordings.

 

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The Million Dollar Quartet – COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHY

December 4, 1957

After hearing reports that many US radio stations had banned Elvis’ Christmas album because of their shock over “the Pelvis” singing religious songs, DJ Allen Brooks of CKWS in Kingston, Ontario, plays the entire album and invites listeners to call in their opinion. Of eight hundred callers, only 56 disapprove of Presley’s sacred music.

December 4, 1958

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December 4, 1959
Military Service

December 4, 1960

The Crickets released the single ‘I Fought the Law’ on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.

Wild in the Country 

December 4, 1961

Bobby “Blue” Bland charted R&B with “Turn On Your Love Light,” reaching #2. The song become one of his signature hits, crossing pop to the tune of #28. His energetic blues style had earned him the nickname “Blue.”

After making a generation of girls swoon over his role as Moondoggie in the film Gidget in 1959, James Darren enjoyed his biggest hit record when “Goodbye Cruel World” peaks at #3 on the Billboard chart. He would go on to place nine more songs on the Billboard charts while also appearing in dozens of films and TV programs, most notably T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1985.

Kid Galahad

December 4, 1962

December 4, 1963

December 4, 1964

The Beatles released their fourth album, “Beatles For Sale”, which would spend 11 weeks as the #1 album in the UK.

December 4, 1965

The Byrds‘ scored their second US number one hit with “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Unlike their first chart topper, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording instead of studio musicians. “Turn, Turn, Turn” made it to #26 in the UK.

Gene Chandler charted with “Rainbow ’65 Part 1” (#2 R&B), his biggest hit after “Duke of Earl.” Chandler, who often performed under the name “The Duke of Earl,” would appear on stage wearing a cape, a top hat, and a monocle.

December 4, 1966

December 4, 1967

December 4, 1968

The New York Times quotes Soviet music critic A. Martinosa, who says that The Beatles “have become rich idols of the Philistines.”

The Trouble with Girls

December 4, 1969

President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view simulated acid trip films and listen to Rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.

Which really puts Elvis’ visit to Nixon’s oval office into perspective – Nixon was The 50s Square and Elvis had been the Coolest Guy. Funnily enough, Elvis Presley would be the person who got the closest to having a gun in the oval office.

Elvis and Priscilla completed their purchase of the new home at 144 Monovale for $339,000. This house was considerably larger than the one on Hillcrest. It provided bedrooms for the entourage and their wives as well, and the grounds around it offered everyone some privacy.
Elvis bought 7 more TCB pendants as well as other jewelry at Schwartz and Ableser.
December 4. 1971
Don McLean’s “American Pie” enters Billboard’s Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song will eventually sell over 3 million copies and become one of the most debated songs that popular music has ever produced. McLean used to sell a booklet to explain it. 
Led Zeppelin started a two week run at the top of the UK album chart with the “Four Symbols” album. Featuring the 8 minute track, “Stairway To Heaven”, the LP stayed on the US chart for nearly 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.
CBS-TV airs George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangla Desh” which had been taped that august at Madison Square Garden.
Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” reached the charts, rising to #1 R&B for nine weeks and #1 pop.
Elvis was back in Memphis and at the Memphian almost every night into New Year.
December 4, 1973
December 4, 1974
December 4, 1975
Hilton Las Vegas show in the Totem Pole Jumpsuit.
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Date: 04 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Puff Sleeves
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Fairytale
And I Love You So
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
It’s Now Or Never
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Just Pretend
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Burning Love
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Little Darling
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:


Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 14 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 15th 1975
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info December 4 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Totem Pole Original belt Yes Yes
December 4, 1976
A year after leaving The Guess Who, lead singer Burton Cummings is awarded a Gold record for his million selling, US Top Ten, solo hit, “Stand Tall”.
Elvis at the Hilton, 2 shows, the Dinner in the Egpytian Jumpsuit and The Red Phoenix for the Midnight Show.
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Date: 04 Dec 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Inca Gold Leaf suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
It’s Now Or Never
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
Fever
America The Beautiful
Bridge Over Troubled Water
What Now My Love
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Love Letters
Hurt
Hound Dog
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:
 

 

 

Date: 04 Dec 1976
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: American Eagle
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Fairytale
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
It’s Now Or Never
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
Fever
Softly, As I Leave You
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
Love Letters
Hurt
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hound Dog
Danny Boy/Walk With Me [S. Nielsen]
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:
Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 15 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 12th 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info December 4 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Egyptian Indian Head belt Black Suit Yes Yes Yes
Info December 4 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00pm) 2200 Red Phoenix Second belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

1980

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones inform the public of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin, following the death of drummer John Bonham. Page and Plant did get together for a highly successful tour in 1995.

1982

A retrospective compilation album of John Lennon’s solo music called “The John Lennon Collection” started a six-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. The front and back covers for the LP were taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on December 8th, 1980, just five hours before Lennon was murdered.

1988

Roy Orbison played his final gig when he appeared at The Front Row Theater in the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.

1993

52-year-old Frank Zappa died of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his wife and children. At a private ceremony the following day, Zappa was interred in an unmarked grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles. The next day, his family publicly announced: “Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6:00 pm on Saturday.”

1997

Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, Ginuwine, and Shaggy, among others, performed at Super Jam 97 at the Fleet Center in Boston.

The Recording Industry Association of America updates the sales amounts of 11 Led Zeppelin albums, making Zeppelin second only to The Beatles as the all-time top-selling artist.

2002

Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown’s missus also admitted to being addicted to sex. She said her business is sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.

2015

2015, Justin Bieber scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Love Yourself’, which knocked his previous chart topper, ‘Sorry’, to No.2. The last living artists to achieve the feat were The Beatles in 1963 with ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and Elvis Presley before Them.

reference sites:
http://www.elvisnews.com

http://www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html

http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

Elvis History Blog

 

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