Daily Elvis: January 23

Give us this day, January 23, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

January 23, 1954


January 23, 1955

James Brown And The Famous Flames sign a recording contract with King Records. As a signing bonus, they receive $200. Their first effort, “Please, Please, Please”, would become a million seller later in the year, but their next nine releases failed to live up to the success of their debut.
Home in Memphis again, there were rehearsals with Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ for their upcoming appearance on Stage Show – their first television appearance.

January 23, 1957

Loving You   Movie Production

King Creole Pre-Production – recording the soundtrack, from 8.00 to 11.00 p.m. He also worked on an other movie song and rehearsed 2 songs for an upcoming RCA session.

Elvis wants Leiber and Stoller present at his next session and tells Tom Diskin he is prepared to reschedule if necessary. Tom Diskin informs Steve Sholes in two separate letters dated January 24 and 29 of Elvis’ wishes.

RCA was desperate to get Elvis into the recording studio before he was inducted so RCA could be assured of a steady stream of new releases available during his two year tour of duty.

January 23, 1959

Buddy Holly kicks off the twenty-four date Winter Dance Party at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee, backed by Tommy Allsup on guitar, Waylon Jennings on bass and Carl Bunch on drums. Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens as supporting acts on the doomed tour.
Elvis does Military Service in Germany

January 23, 1960

Military Service in Germany

January 23, 1961

Actor/singer Paul Robeson died in Philadelphia. He was the strong-voiced star of numerous films, including Showboat and King Solomon’s Mines.

Ben E. King charted with his first solo single, “Spanish Harlem,” reaching #15 R&B and #10 pop.

January 23, 1962

Fun in Acapulco Pre-Production Soundtrack recording : This was the second day of a marathon recording session of more than 24 hours in 2 days. Soundtrack recording went on from 1.00 p.m. till 3.50 a.m.

January 23, 1964

January 23, 1965

No.2 hit in the UK “Downtown” that Petula Clark recorded in three takes (with the second take ultimately chosen as the completed track), session players in the studio recording included Jimmy Page  hit #1 in the USA.  She was the second UK female singer to have a No.1 on the US singles -Vera Lynn in 1952 was first.

She would go on to rack up many more smashes, including “I Know a Place”, “My Love”, “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”, “This is My Song” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”. Clark had already been very successful in the UK, chalking up hits since 1954.

January 23, 1966

January 23, 1967

January 23, 1968
January 23, 1969
The American Sound Session, Elvis recorded:
January 23, 1970
January 23, 1971
As a follow-up to their US number 3 hit “Candida”, Tony Orlando and Dawn topped the charts with “Knock Three Times”. It was the trio’s second straight million seller, but it would take two more years and a series of minor chart makers before they would return to the top with “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”.
George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ‘ ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the UK single charts. The song from his ‘All Things Must Pass’ album stayed at No.1 for five weeks. The track returned to the top of the UK charts in 2002, following his death.
January 23, 1972
Tour Rehearsals @ Showroom, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
January 23, 1973
After reading a note that says ‘an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam’, Neil Young announces to a Madison Square Garden crowd, “Peace has come.”
 Elvis sent a Telegram of condolence to the recently widowed Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady.
January 23, 1974
January 23, 1975
January 23, 1976
David Bowie released his tenth studio album Station to Station, which was the vehicle for his last great “character”, the Thin White Duke. The album made the top five in both the UK and US charts.
January 23, 1977
Roots TV Mini Series aired.
Patti Smith fell off the stage in Tampa, FL. She required 22 stitches and broke several neck vertebrae.
Carole King’s landmark LP, “Tapestry” became the longest-running album of all time on the Billboard chart, as it reached its 302nd week on the list.
January 23, 1984
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January 23, 1986
The first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was held in New York City.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Blues great Robert Johnson also was honored and had the unique distinction of being the artist with the smallest catalogue of recorded  work by far (only twenty-nine recordings) to be inducted.

Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” reached #1, giving its producer, Quincy Jones, the distinction of having the longest time span between #1 singles. He started twenty-five years earlier with Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” in 1963.
Michael Jackson went to #1 on the US singles chart with “The Way You Make Me Feel”, the third track from the LP “Bad” to accomplish that feat. It was a #3 hit in the UK.
Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, ‘Sound And Vision’ 1990, during which he would invite each local audience to decide on a ‘greatest hits’ running order, organised through local radio stations.
The City Council in Johnson City, TN, withdrew their permission for White Zombie to hold a show there.
63 year old Richard Berry, who wrote The Kingsmen‘s “Louie Louie”, died from an aneurysm while sleeping at his home in South Central Los Angeles. The most controversial song in music had an FBI investigation and no one asked the band about the song. 
The movie “Spice World” was released in the United States.
An English coroner criticised the rap singer Eminem’s lyrics as depressing during an inquest into the death of a schoolboy who threw himself in front of a train. The 17-year old boy had printed out the lyrics to Eminem’s track ‘Rock Bottom’ before his death.
EMI announced that it would pay Mariah Carey $28 million to end their association which was planned to last for several albums estimated at $100 million.
Former Beatles drummer Richard Starkey filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the name “Ringo”.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database







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