Daily Elvis: February 26

Give us this day, February 26, our daily Elvis


Charlie Chaplin signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for $670,000 to produce a dozen two-reel comedies. Chaplin was given near-complete artistic control and he produced twelve films over an eighteen-month period that rank among the most influential comedy films in cinema history.

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Vernon Presley  in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)

Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.



August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
Berry Street -“Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.

Commerce Street, a rental

510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.


Mulbery Alley


Memphis, Tennessee


Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue

Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era



Because of what she described as public outrage over the lascivious nature of several recent “race” recordings, U.S. Congresswoman Ruth Thompson (R-Michigan) tried but failed to pass a bill forbidding distribution of any “obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy publication, picture, disc, transcription, or other article capable of producing sound.
Elvis and Dixie went to attend the All Night Gospel Singing at Ellis Auditorium together.

Romances: Dixie Locke

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour from September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955


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.

February 26, 1955 | Ad for Cleveland Concert on this date

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info February 26 1955 Circle Theater Cleveland OH (7:30 PM) Yes
Info February 26 1955 Circle Theater Cleveland OH (10:30 PM) Yes

The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

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
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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
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The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957

February 26, 1957

Loving You  

The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive until March 1957, moving into Graceland

Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the second No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks.
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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Wear My Ring Around Your Neck | Elvis Presley Official Web Site

The Presleys lived at  Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

February 26, 1959

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

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.

Bromance: Rex Mansfield

Romances: Elizabeth Stefaniak

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

 February 26, 1961
 February 26, 1962

February 26, 1963

Fun in Acapulco

 The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ became the Beatles’ fourth UK No.1 and their third single to sell over a million copies in the UK.
Elvis reported to Paramount for preproduction on Roustabout; co-starring Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson, Sue Ane Langdon, Pat Buttram, Dabbs Greer, and Jack Albertson.

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.

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Elvis Presley on the set of the movie “Spinout.”



Once again Elvis delayed his departure to Los Angeles.
After recently spending a considerable amount of time horseback riding, Elvis Presley delayed an already-postponed trip to Hollywood to begin filming his 25th film, “Clambake. 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. Elvis was willing to perform there, so they could continue to get financing, but they had to prove they were building it. The actual contract would be signed on April 15.

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 Vegas into the Vegas of Family Vacations and Artists in Residence. Elvis was the first performer to empty the casinos and fill the showroom.

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

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

The album originally titled “Beatles Again,” a compilation (conceived by Allen Klein and Apple, not Capitol Records) of non-albumBeatles singles and B-sides, was released in North America as “Hey Jude,” to promote the inclusion of the song that led off side two. Klein authorized release of the album to keep Beatles record sales active during post-production of the delayed “Let It Be” album. The front and back cover pictures on the “Hey Jude” album were taken at the last Beatles photo session on August 22, 1969 at John Lennon’s new 72-acre estate, Tittenhurst Park.
 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 Wake and Aftermath

The Sex Pistols released the album “The Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle.”
During a court case between the Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
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.

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

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.

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

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 label’s first four Beatles albums on CD: “Please Please Me,” “With The Beatles,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Beatles For Sale.” All four were issued in monaural.
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
Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’, Sonique, Best British Female artist, Best Dance act went to Fat Boy Slim, A1 won Best British Newcomer, Westlife won Best Pop act, Eminem won Best International Male solo artist and U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.
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

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


The 36-track “Readymade Digs Elvis” was released.

Readymade Digs Elvis CD | Elvis CD News – Elvis Australia

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.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

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.
The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.

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Reference Sites:

February 26 – Events – Today in Elvis Presley History – Elvis Presley






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

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Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company



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