Daily Elvis: December 15

Give us this day, December 15, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


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 performed at the Helena, AR Catholic Club,  in a show with Carl Perkins. There were sold 500 tickets, two days in advance.
Elvis Presley gave his final regular performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first uttered the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

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

This would be his final Hayride appearance and a one man radio concert with over 9,000 fans enjoying it in person.
Tommy Blake and Elvis

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

Elvis had already made “Love Me Tender” and “Loving You” was scheduled next. The performance was attended by Hal Kanter, director of Elvis’ upcoming film. After watching the show Hal Kanter crafted the screenplay: the story of the rise of a young singer, who very much resembled Elvis Presley. It would even have a Free Speech Fight City Hall Artistic scene – for Lizabeth Scott in what would become her final movie.

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.

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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.

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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

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
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,[5] 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.[6] It was the first Christmas number one in Ireland, as the Irish Charts had been founded in October 1962.

Gerri Granger later recorded an answer song: “Don’t Want Your Letters”.

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.

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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.

Elvis gave a present to George Klein: a yellow Cadillac convertible.
December 15, 1967
Just a few days after it was released, The Beatles‘ “Magical Mystery Tour” LP goes Gold. It would top the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and receive a Grammy nomination for Best Album.
The Beach Boys meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris and learn transcendental meditation.
While performing with the Jefferson Airplane on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Grace Slick appears in blackface and raises a black-leather glove in a power salute at the conclusion of “Crown of Creation”. The incident is one of several which leads to the show’s cancellation the following season.
The Trouble With Girls
December 15, 1969
A benefit concert for UNICEF at the Lyceum Ballroom, in London: George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon and Eric Clapton joined John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band as part of Peace for Christmas,  The concert was the last live appearance that Lennon ever made in his home country.
December 15, 1970
“Elvis – That’s The Way It Is” was released in the U.K.
December 15, 1971
December 15, 1972
David Cassidy went to #1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album “Dreams Are Nothin’ More Than Wishes”.
Elvis Presley recording session that was stopped earlier that morning was picked up again and ran from 9.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
Elvis closed his 2 week Las Vegas engagement and after expenses Elvis and The Colonel had to split $180,000.
Date: 15 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Rainfall suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Tryin’ To Get To You
And I Love You So
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Hound Dog
I’m Leaving
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
Just Pretend
How Great Thou Art
Burning Love
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Little Sisiter
One Night
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
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 15 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Closing (12.00am) 2200 Rainfall Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes
December 15, 1976
The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Despite having one of his performances picketed by a senior’s advocate group called The Grey Panthers, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Dr. Elmo hit #1 on the Billboard Christmas singles charts, becoming the first song to ever surpass Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”. To this day, estimated sales of the song top 50 million copies.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” enters the UK chart at #1, where it will stay for five weeks. The Bob Geldof produced song, specifically written to raise money for relief of famine in Ethiopia, was recorded by leading Irish and British musicians, including Phil Collins, Bono, George Michael, Sting, David Bowie, Boy George and Paul McCartney. The record would sell more than three million copies in Britain alone and enjoy similar success around the world.
Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.
Nirvana released “Incesticide,” a collection of b-sides and rarities.
Dr. Dre’s debut album “The Chronic” was released.
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“It’s Now or Never: the Elvis the Tribute Concert” is broadcast. John Stamos hosted artists from a variety of genres doing Elvis Presley covers.
DJ Fontana, John Stamos, some ETA, Scotty Moore and Neal Matthews
DJ Fontana, Chris Isaak and Scotty Moore
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In attendance: Priscilla Presley, and Lisa Marie with 2nd husband, Micheal Jackson
“It’s Now or Never, the tribute to Elvis” tv special soundtrack
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 ‘Spice World The Movie’, featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the ‘worst film’ at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
The surviving members INXS released a tape of an interview in which they talk about the life and death of the group’s late vocalist Michael Hutchence. The band members had been reluctant to give interviews until this release.
R&B singer Rufus Thomas, whose biggest Pop hit was “Walkin’ The Dog” in 1963, died following a short illness. He was 84 – he’d recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Scored the 1963 US No.10 single ‘Walking The Dog’ and the 1970 UK No.18 & US No.28 single ‘Do The Funky Chicken’. A street is named in his honor, just off Beale Street in Memphis. Thoma’s song “Tiger Man” was performed by Elvis on his 1968 tv special.
Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.’ Previously a No.11 hit for Elton in 1976. It gave Elton only his 5th No 1 after over 30 years of hits!
The iconic blues musician B.B. King was honored by President George W. Bush on Dec. 15, 2006, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Bush lauded the guitarist for setting himself apart as the standard in playing the instrument.
A modest, one-story, red-brick house in St. Louis where Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Chuck Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Berry, who now lives in Wentzville, Mo., about 40 miles west of St. Louis, said “Many of my favorite songs came about while in that house. It’s good to know that my music and now that house will always be a part of St. Louis’ history.”
With U2 leading the way by making over 311 million dollars, several classic rockers were among the top earning touring acts of the year, including Madonna ($222 million), Bruce Springsteen ($156 million), AC/DC ($135 million), Billy Joel and Elton John ($90 million) and Tina Turner ($86 million).
Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989. The album eventually became the best-selling album of 2014 in the US market and had sold over 5.7 million copies by the end of 2015, while selling 9.5 million worldwide. Seven singles have been released from the set.

Priscilla Presley brings ‘Elvis and Me’ to San Antonio tonight



reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog



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