Give us this day, December 15, our daily Elvis
American jazz musician, singer and composer, Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. Wrote many songs including ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘Your Feet’s Too Big’ and ‘The Reefer Song’. In 1926 Waller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club he was ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster.
A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.
Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a filling station. Their son, Randall Hank Williams, would achieve fame in his own right as Hank Williams, Jr., who was born on May 26, 1949. The marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
December 15, 1954
Elvis arrived in Shreveport at 5.00 a.m. and checked into the Captain Shreve Hotel. He performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum , Louisianan Fairgrounds, Shreveport.
Elvis on stage at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Jack Barham courtesy of Louisiana Hayride Archives – J. Kent
Backstage there were milling scores who want to slap his back, shake his hand, “remember me” him. Then the reporters, the photographers, the disk jockeys with their tape-recorders, city officials, civic dignitaries, fan club presidents, business associates. . . 2
Horace Logan, deejay Ed Hamilton and Elvis at the Hirsch Coliseum – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Langston McEachern
Elvis waves farewell to Shreveport and the Hayride – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Langston McEachern
Frenzied Elvis Fans Rock Youth Center
By BOB MASTERS, Member of Times Staff
Elvis (The Pelvis) Presley came to town yesterday, and last night 9,000 rock ‘n’ rollers “flipped.”
His appearance on the stage of the Louisiana Hayride at the Fair Grounds Youth Center set off what was undoubtedly one of the finest displays of mass hysteria in Shreveport history.
Presumably he sang: you couldn’t hear him over the screams of the frenzied 9,000. But at least his lips were moving, and his pelvis certainly was. He wasn’t halfway through “Heartbreak Hotel” before it became apparent nobody ever had a more appropriate nickname.
It was a hectic evening for Elvis all around. A scheduled press conference more nearly resembled a mob scene with representatives of the press and radio lost among the throngs of fans, autograph-seekers and the curious who infiltrated the meeting.
A brief talk with the Pelvis – who finally managed to escape the mob with about two minutes remaining in his 60 minute “press conference” – disclosed that he was glad to be back in Shreveport, has four Cadillacs and a Lincoln Continental and apparently enjoys all the fuss made over him.
GUARDED DURING DAY
But there wasn’t any such commotion during most of Elvis’ stay in town. Probably Khrushchev and Bulganin wouldn’t have been better guarded than was the young singer during most of the day.
To get to him in his room at the Captain Shreve you had to pass guards, policemen, business associates of one kind or another and numerous members of his entourage whose immediate function was not apparent.
For his appearance on the Hayride, Elvis was clad in white shoes with blue soles, a green coat, blue pants, and white shirt, tie and silk scarf. At the hotel, he settled for slacks, the scarf and a kind of smoking jacket.
Despite adulation enough to turn the head of an oriental potentate, Elvis is friendly enough. He also appears to find plenty of humor in the spectacles he stimulates.
A talk with Janelle Alexander, president of the Shreveport/Bossier Presley fan club, and Kay Wheeler from Dallas, president of the first and biggest Presley Club, amply illustrates the fervor The Pelvis stirs in the hearts of his admirers.
Says Kay, who has encountered the singer several times previously: “I flip every time I meet him.”
Janelle defines “flipping” as experiencing in an extreme form and simultaneously the emotions of love, hate, anger, hero worship, anxiety and a few others whose names she didn‘t have on the tip of her tongue. She said other teenagers react similarly.
She didn‘t speculate on the effect of all of this on the autonomic nervous system.
Kay says, a little more conservatively, “He’s the most fascinating human I‘ve ever known.” She adds, rather frighteningly, that Elvis is a living denial of the notion teenagers should be seen and not heard.”
Well, they could certainly be heard last night. If you haven’t heard 9,000 persons shrieking for half an hour at the top of their lungs in a closed building there’s no point trying to describe it. They couldn’t hear Elvis – presumably why they were there – but they didn‘t seem to mind. Just looking at him must have been enough.
The motions, gyrations, bumps and grinds, or whatever you want to call them, Elvis goes through wouldn’t be tolerated in most burlesque houses. They do, however, undoubtedly call for considerable acrobatic talent.
Probably never before have so many been stirred so much by an acrobat.
TO AID YMCA
Elvis has reportedly made a million dollars or more in the last couple of years – he commands top pay for his performances – but last night he did his gymnastics for nothing. Both the singer and the members of the KWKH Hayride contributed receipts to the Shreveport YMCA’s expansion program.
Elvis seemed to be glad to perform for nothing – and certainly he didn‘t spare the gyrations. For 35 minutes or thereabouts he gave what can certainly be described as an “unforgettable” performance.
It was a big night for the Shreveport police force, too. With teenagers giving every indication of tearing the Pelvis limb from limb out of sheer admiration and animal spirits, the police threw up more or less effective barricades throughout the building.
They were effective enough to keep Presley from being mobbed, but just barely. It required considerable agility to keep up with him as he fled from one room to another – always a step or two ahead of his admirers.
All in all, it was a big event in several respects and a good time was had by all, maybe Elvis more than anybody else. Whether Shreveport will ever be the same again remains to be seen.
Shreveport Times – December 16, 1956 as transcribed by Brian Petersen in The Atomic Powered Singer
|Info||December 15 1956||Fair Grounds Youth Center||Shreveport LA||(8:00 PM)||over 9000||Louisiana Hayride|
December 15, 1957
Sammy Davis Jr. hosts a syndicated radio talk show with a round-table discussion of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His guests are Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller and MGM Records president Arnold Maxim. When Davis and Miller blast Rock ‘n’ Roll as “the comic books of music,” Maxim takes an opposing viewpoint and says, “I don’t see any end to Rock ‘n’ Roll in the near future.”
December 15, 1958
military service in Germany
December 15, 1959
Colonel Tom Parker cleverly keeps his client in the news by suggesting that Elvis may re-enlist at the end of his first hitch. That, of course, never happened and Presley received his official discharge from active duty on March 5th, 1960.
Military Service in Germany
December 15, 1960
Wild in the Country Production
December 15, 1961
Kid Galahad Production
December 15, 1962
The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever “Mersey Beat” poll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).
“Return To Sender” hit #1 in the U.K. The song peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and was even the UK Christmas number one of 1962. It also reached #2 on the American Billboard singles chart, but reached number 1 on the rival Cash Box and Music Vendor singles charts. “Return to Sender” also went to #5 on the R&B charts. It was the first Christmas number one in Ireland, as the Irish Charts had been founded in October 1962.
Cut from the movie, and the single’s B side, “Where Do You Come From” peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100, The single was certified “Platinum” by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the US.
December 15, 1963
December 15, 1964
Dusty Springfield is deported from South Africa after performing in front of an multiracial audience at a show near Cape Town.
December 15, 1965
The movie “Harum Scarum” opened in the U.S.
|Stax Studio – Memphis, Tennessee|
|Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming||CPA5||1630-09|
|There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)||CPA5||1631-08|
|Date:||15 Dec 1975|
|Venue:||Las Vegas, NV.
|Track list:||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Tryin’ To Get To You
And I Love You So
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
How Great Thou Art
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Until It’s Time For You To Go
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
It’s Now Or Never
Can’t Help Falling In Love
|Info||December 15 1975||Hilton Hotel||Las Vegas NV||Closing (12.00am)||2200||Rainfall||Original belt||Red Suit||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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