Give us this day, January 15, our daily Elvis
Blues great-to-be Howlin’ Wolf played his first gig in the South before eventually moving to Chicago.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride
, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. Elvis wore a rust-colored suit, black-dotted purple tie, and pink socks and performed Hearts Of Stone, That’s All Right and Tweedle Dee.
Colonel Parker and Tom Diskin arrived in Shreveport and this was almost certainly the first time either of them saw Elvis perform.
Elvis in the dressing at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium – Apr 15, 1956
Photos courtesy Kay Wheeler
Elvis onstage at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio – Apr 15, 1956
Photo by Eddie Goodman
The Colonel took steps to forge a link with Bob Neal after the show.
Elvis performed at the Municipal Auditorium
San Antonio, Texas at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m. On this 6 day Hank Snow tour, Elvis was billed as “RCA Victor’s newest singing sensation” but this was the last time he was booked as a supporting act. He received $1,800 for the entire tour.
While Elvis was in San Antonio he visited D.J. Fontana’s aunt and uncle in their restaurant. There for he missed a cocktail party held in his honor with Bob Neal and the Colonel. Later he was reminded by them of his professional obligations.
Elvis went to the studio where soundtrack recording for his new picture began, at 10.00 a.m. ending at 5.00 p.m. Like Elvis had promised, The Jordanaires, Scotty, Bill and DJ were all hired. The 2 musicians who were regulars in the Paramount studio, Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell on guitar and Dudley Brooks on piano, were playing along and became regulars on Elvis’ Hollywood sessions in the sixties.
Elvis worked on the soundtrack at Radio Recorders from 9.00 a.m. to 5.40 p.m. Leiber and Stoller, who had written several songs for the picture, were in charge with the usual Hollywood band. The bassist Ray Siegel was present too as well as a 4 man horn section to create a Dixieland Rock feeling.
Elvis impersonates Dean Martin in his dressing room
January 15, 1959
January 15, 1960
Little Junior Parker, Bo Diddley, Bobby Bland, Etta James, Bill Doggett, and the Isley Brothers performed at the Regal Theater in Chicago.
January 15, 1961
The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Originally founded as the Primettes, they became the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group with 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wild in the Country Production
January 15, 1962
January 15, 1963
January 15, 1964
The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano, Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.
January 15, 1965
January 15, 1966
Elvis arranged for the funeral of his uncle Pat Biggs, the husband of Vernon’s sister Delta. He invited the widow to live with her mother Minnie, at Graceland, where she would remain until her death on June 29, 1993. Pat Biggs, a gambler and nightclub owner, had always encouraged Elvis to believe in himself and had been a favorite of his nephew.
Minnie Mae “Dodger” Presley and her adult children at Graceland.
Elvis flew to Nashville to record 2 new tracks for Stay Away Joe, as well as some additional material for RCA. He was accompanied by all the Nashville regulars, along with Jerry Reed once again on guitar. The session ran until 5.00 a.m. The first song was a real good version of Too Much Monkey Business, but the next movie song Elvis had to do, drained all the energy out of the session.
Elvis fought himself through 30 takes of Goin’ Home. Later he went home himself in his rented Lincoln to the Jack Spencer Motor Hotel.
January 15, 1969
American Sound Recording Session
January 15, 1970
Outside RCA Hollywood during rehearsals on January 15, 1970 for his second Las Vegas season which was to run from January 26th to February 23rd
Elvis drove to Memphis with Priscilla and arrived at 11.30 p.m. and then Elvis spent several hours in the study next to his bedroom where he worked on his speech for the JCC awards dinner.
January 15, 1972
Issac Hayes began a European tour with a performance in West Germany.
Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath. The song was listed as the No.5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century.
RCA Studio C, Hollywood, California for Rehearsals
Elvis returned to Los Angeles, after the Aloha show.
Elvis was picked up at 7.45 p.m. at his Monovale home and driven to the RCA studio on Sunset to rehearse for his upcoming Vegas opening. He returned home at 1.45 a.m. and this schedule was maintained the next 3 nights.
Among the new songs Elvis rehearsed were some of the recordings from his recent Stax session, as well as The Twelfth Of Never, Born To Lose and I’m Leavin’ It Up To You. However in the end only Let Me Be There, Why Me Lord and Help Me were introduced in the show.
January 15, 1975
January 15, 1976
January 15, 1977
Men At Work started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Down Under’ the Australian act group’s second US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
Phil Collins had his first UK No.1 single with his version of ‘You Can’t Hurry Love,’ a hit for The Supremes in 1966. Collins’ version was the first track on the very first Now That’s What I Call Music CD.
Patti LaBelle received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Cobgress of Racial Equality (CORE) awards dinner in New York.
Sean Lennon’s remake of his father’s “Give Peace A Chance” was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990’s.
On TV’s Entertainment Tonight Brenda Lee, the dimunitive dynamite damsel, suggested that the all-male line-up of inductees into that night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should include the likes of the Shirelles, Mary Wells, Dionne Warwick, and herself. “The women who pioneered rock ‘n’ roll. . . .were just as important as the males,” she stated.
The Rock and Roll Hall of fame inducted Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jimi Hendrix, Sam & Dave, Elmore James, and Booker T & the MG.’s for the seventh Annual awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. Little Richard inducted the Isley Brothers and brought down the house when he sang “Shout” with them at the post-awards party. Also inducted was pioneer New Orleans Bluesman, Professor Longhair, whom presenter Aaron Neville called “The Grandfather of rock ‘n’ roll. Where did rock ‘n’ roll come from? It’s the baby of R&B.”
The Old School Reunion Tour began, with rappers Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Kool Moe Dee, and Houdini, among others.
American singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure after spending the previous day in the recording studio. He recorded ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film Midnight Cowboy and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees.
Had the UK & US No.1 single with his version of the Badfinger
Evans & Ham song ‘Without You.’ When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, “Nilsson”. Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, “Nilsson”.
Elvis Presley had turned down the role that Voight played in Midnight Cowboy, and might have recorded the song, he also performed many Three Dog Night songs in concert.
The iTunes Music Store
reached 4 billion songs sold.
Nineteen of David Bowie’s
albums entered the UK album charts in the wake of his death. His new album, Blackstar, reached No.1, and in the top 40, Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best Of was at No.5, The Best Of 1969 / 1974 was at No.11, Hunky Dory, No.14, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, No.17, Best of Bowie, No.18, Aladdin Sane, No.23, The Next Day, No.25, Low No.31 and Diamond Dogs, No. 37. Thirteen Bowie tracks also entered the top 100, led by ‘Heroes’ at No.12. Also his songs were streamed more than 19 million times on services like Apple Music and Spotify.
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