Daily Elvis: February 26

Give us this day, February 26, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

A U.S. Congresswoman introduced a bill to prohibit the distribution of “obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy” recordings.
Elvis and Dixie went to attend the All Night Gospel Singing at Ellis Auditorium together.


Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling the 78s for the first time. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia’s 33 rpm. RCA introduced the first 45 on March 31, 1949 when they released 104 single vinyl records. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was “You’re Adorable” by Perry Como, on May 7th, 1949.
LaVern Baker appealed to Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr. The letter requested the revision of the Copyright Act of 1909. She says that recording artists should be protected against “note-for-note copying” of already recorded R&B tunes and arrangements by White artists and arrangers. Her request was denied.
Elvis performed at the Hillbilly Jamboree, Circle Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio at 7.30 and 10.30 p.m.

Elvis Presley : February 26, 1955 : Cleveland

After the show Elvis met with Bill Randle, a top WERE jock, which suggested to Bob Neal that Elvis was a “big artist on his way” and gave Neal the name of a contact for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, what would be a perfect way to become nationally exposed.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info February 26 1955 Circle Theater Cleveland OH (7:30 PM) Yes
Info February 26 1955 Circle Theater Cleveland OH (10:30 PM) Yes
Elvis performed at the City Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida at 2.00, 5.00 and 8.00 p.m.
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After all taxes and expenses were paid the tour’s total net receipts came to $22,623.02. Elvis’ share was little over $6,700.

Scotty, DJ, Elvis and Bill (believed to be) onstage at the City Auditorium in Pensacola – Feb.. 26, 1956
Photo from Bill E. Burk’s Early Elvis: The Sun Years

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info February 26 1956 City Auditorium Pensacola FL (2:00 PM) Florida Tour Yes
Info February 26 1956 City Auditorium Pensacola FL (5:00 PM) Florida Tour Yes
Info February 26 1956 City Auditorium Pensacola FL (8:00 PM) Florida Tour Yes

February 26, 1957

Loving You  

There was a brief recording session at Radio Recorders at which Elvis overdubbed guitar-slapping and piano on Wear My Ring Around Your Neck.

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February 26, 1959
Military Service

Elvis called Anita Wood, as he prepared to resume his old life. Joe Esposito, who had already left for home, had agreed to work for him upon his return. So had Elisabeth Stefaniak, who would be returning to the States with Vernon and Grandma, and Elvis hoped that Rex Mansfield, too, would be part of the team.
 February 26, 1961
 February 26, 1962

February 26, 1963

Fun in Acapulco

Elvis reported to Paramount for preproduction on Roustabout.

February 26, 1965

In Nashville Elvis recorded 2 songs Harum Scarum , while the band did 3 additional tracks.
RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Golden Coins SPA3 6754-SP
Animal Instinct SPA3 6761-12
Harem Holiday ////////-02
Harem Holiday (Dubdown to Track) ////////-NA
Go East – Young Man (Track) ////////-03
Mirage (Track) ////////-05

February 26, 1966

The Beatles’ LP “Rubber Soul” rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, becoming the group’s seventh US album chart topper. Paul McCartney conceived the album’s title after overhearing someone’s description of Mick Jagger’s singing style as “plastic soul.”

Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1.



Once again Elvis delayed his departure to Los Angeles.
He complained about painful saddle sores. Dr. Nichopoulos came out to the ranch to examine him. There were some prescriptions and the doctor even agreed to call the Colonel to explain the problem. Dr. Nichopoulos and Elvis hit it off almost from the start and this was the beginning of a long-standing relationship, both personal and professional.
 February 26, 1968
Elvis and the Colonel provided a photo opportunity to publicize his upcoming engagement at the International.

February 26, 1969 - Elvis signing his performance contract with The International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Elvis signing his performance contract with The International Hotel in Las Vegas was staged, with the actual contract signing in later in April.

This is when Vegas changed from Mafia, Rat Pack and Gambler to Vegas a Family Vacation and Artists in Residence. Elvis would be the first performer to empty the casinos and fill the showroom.

Elvis was willing to perform there, so they could continue to get financing, but they had to prove they were building it, before they could contract that he’d be there.

International Hotel president Alex Shoofey, Elvis Presley and talent booker Bill Miller.

The Beatles album “Beatles Again” was released in the U.S. It contained the single “Hey Jude.”
 The Astrodome was much bigger than Vegas Showrooms – Elvis became aware from the first moments of rehearsal in Houston, that the sound system was hopeless and the band would not be able to hear itself. “Don’t fight it”, he said to Glen D. Hardin. “Just go ahead and play.”
Elvis and Priscilla saw the Irish Royal Show Band at the Stardust.
 February 26, 1972
Joe Tex’s funk record “I Gotcha” enters the Billboard Pop chart and begins its climb to #2. Much the success of the song is rumored to be Tex’s slurred delivery of the line Told you not to play with my affection, which caused many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.
 February 26, 1973
 February 26, 1974
February 25, 1975
Sonny and Cher’s divorce became final.
Harry Chapin‘s revue, The Night That Made America Famous, opens on Broadway. It would close on April 6th after 75 performances.
Elvis Presley went to The Memphian Theatre to watch movies with his Memphis Mafia pals and extended group.
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Elvis signing autographs in the parking lot of the Memphian Theatre in Memphis
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 February 26, 1976
 February 26, 1977
Sherman Garnes of Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers died during open heart surgery. He was 36.
The Sex Pistols released the album “The Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle.”
After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller album reached #1 and stayed there for thirty-seven weeks, selling more than 40 million copies. It went on to become the most successful album of all time, with sales estimated by various sources as  between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.
twenty-seventh annual Grammy Awards
Tina Turner won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance, all with the million-seller, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” at the twenty-seventh annual Grammys.
Chuck Berry Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Reggae recording category was instituted with first Jamaican artist to win a Grammy Jimmy Cliff song, “Reggae Night.”
Capitol Records released the first 4 Beatles albums on CD.
The LP “The Beatles”, more commonly called “The White Album”, became the first Beatles‘ LP to be issued on CD. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the disc is the group’s best-selling album, going 19-times Platinum and is the tenth-best-selling album of all time in the United States.
Cornel Gunter of the Coasters was shot and killed while in his car in Las Vegas. He was scheduled to perform at the Lucky Lady Hotel that night.
At the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s third annual Pioneer Awards in New York, Aretha Franklin received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bobby “Blue” Bland was honored
Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights, held in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for the Recording Artists Coalition. The organization is working toward changes in the California Labor Code that affect recording artists – includes The Eagles, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks
Apple announced that the iTunes Store had surpassed Best Buy to become the second largest music seller in the U.S. The number one seller at the time was Walmart.
A 10-minute version of The Beatles‘ “Revolution 1” leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what the White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It is unclear which copy appears on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
It was announced that Queen’s We Will Rock You was still the most-played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, We Will Rock You was the No.1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically.

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database






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