Daily Elvis: March 21

Give us this day, March 21, our daily Elvis

1935-1948

Tupelo, Mississippi

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1949-1953

Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

1952

The Cleveland Arena is the site of what will become recognized as the world’s first major Rock ‘n’ Roll concert. With over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside, Alan Freed is set to broadcast the event ‘live’ over WJW radio. Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers were playing their first song when city officials decided to shut the proceedings down, citing fire code violations. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back.

March 21, 1954

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March 21, 1955

Elvis performed at Parkin, AR  High School Auditorium

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Dr. L.C. Harpe (Opthamologist), Don Leonard, Elvis and Haynes Sherron
Dispatch Staff Photo courtesy Lexington Public Library/Dewey Snider
Elvis performed at the YMCA Gymnasium, Lexington, Kentucky. Elvis was not feeling well and was attended by a physician before the show. He told reporters his success “appears to be a dream to me. I hope I can continue to please the public.”

Edith Kennedy, Linda Shaver, Bonnie Kennedy, Janice Snyder, Lorraine House,
Harriet Gilyard, Bobbie Smith and Barbara Hull with Elvis backstage at the YMCA Mar 21, 1956
Dispatch Staff Photo by “Scoop” McCary courtesy Robert Gordon’s “The King on the Road”

Elvis on stage at the Lexington YMCA – Mar 21, 1956
Photo courtesy Robert Gordon’s “The King on the Road”

Elvis Presley To Play – Large Crowd Expected For Big Show At “Y”

Advance sale tickets are moving at a fast clip and a big attendance should be on hand to “rock and roll” with Elvis Presley, youthful singing sensation at the YMCA tomorrow night.
Presley, the atomic-driven “Mr. Dynamite” of the entertainment world, heads an all-star show that starts at 8 o’clock.
Just turned twenty-one Presley is called the greatest new personality in the last ten years of recorded music. He has best sellers in a number of divisions of RCA recordings, has made many radio and television appearances and is soon booked for a trip to Hollywood to make movies.
His best selling record right now is “Heartbreak Hotel.” Other favorites are “I Was the One,” “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Tutti Frutti” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
A gay dresser and full of energy Presley is a great one of public appearances. His restless motions while singing have gained him acclaim from many sources. He is a favorite of the teen-aged set and scores of youngsters are expected to watch him work tomorrow night.
Presley appears here at the head of an outstanding show that also includes such favorites as Mother Mabelle and the Carter sisters and the comedy ace of Grand Ole Opry, Rod Brasfield. All of these stars have been seen on television many times.
Advance tickets are being sold at the James Harman Music Company on North Main Street and are moving at a good clip according to Mr. Hartman. The price range is a popular one. $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.


Scotty and Elvis (with 2nd D18) on stage at the YMCA – Mar 21, 1956
Photo courtesy Robert Gordon’s “The King on the Road”

The Salisbury Post reported, Heaven was a big auditorium in Lexington last night for a few thousand teen-agers. A dreamy-eyed young man by the almost, impossible name of Elvis Presley, the country’s newest singing sensation, was the attraction (to use the word mildly). In an appearance that couldn’t have lasted 15 minutes Elvis sent the bobby-soxers in the packed YMCA into a frenzy.4

Far be it from this writer to say whether or not the man can sing because the screams of the predominantly female crowd drowned out everything. But whatever it was, to use the words of the popular music world, the major portion of the audience was not only “sent,” man, it was gone. Gone. GONE.4

Less than six months ago, few people had even heard the name Elvis Presley. But that was before a disc jockey worked him in for a spot on the Dorsey brothers big Saturday night television production, “Stage Show.” The Dorseys are bewilderedly shaking their respective heads. Five times since he first appeared his sweeping popularity has caused the Dorseys (who know a good thing when they see it) to bring Elvis back for reappearances.4

Presley who just turned 21 years of age is a tall handsome young man who sweeps his hair back to the rear of his head to modernized ducktail fashion, has a set of even white teeth (if that means anything) is of average weight and has a style with a microphone that is all his own. Sinatra sort of leaned into his. Johnny Ray looked like a Golden Gloves boxer who just before he fell flat on his face was trying to find his. But this Presley boy wonder. The way he makes love to the thing, caresses it, is something to see, but it is also something that could not accurately be described by a household publication of any sort.4

And on top of all that, he handles a guitar that must be reinforced because of the treatment it gets.  And then Presley steps back, sweat pouring from his lace, his breathing heavy. With his shoulders twitching, hips swaying and legs moving in perfect rhythm, the house comes down. It one could put his finger on any particular thing that Presley does that has caused his sudden rise, it must be those body gyrations. Each tune he really got carried away with himself through his twisting and turning any audience applause needle would have popped right out of the glass.4

The four policemen who had to surround the boy to keep him from being torn apart said the crowd of over 5.000 was the biggest ever assembled for any attraction in the spacious new YMCA there. The place seats around 5,000 and last night saw them standing in the aisles. They had converged from every city and town within 50 miles of Lexington.  Presley is just about as bewildered about the whole thing as everybody else. But, nervously chomping on a piece of chewing gum before he went upstairs and onstage last night, Presley told this reporter, “I love it!”4

He said he decided on singing as a career about a year and a half ago. He had always liked it, but it was not until he and a small group got together and recorded a now-famous hillbilly song called “That’s All Right Mama.” The song went over big, and Presley has been at it ever since with the same combo, his and another guitar, a bass fiddle and a set of drums. Presley takes the hill-billy out of the hill-billy and in its place puts “rock and roll.”  He said his style just comes natural.  How does it feel to be the idol of the bobby-soxers?  Presley grinned sheepishly, shrugged and mumbled something to the effect that he himself can‘t quite realize what has happened, it’s all been so fast. In fact, it appears that it hasn’t thoroughly soaked in yet.4


Scotty and Elvis on stage at the Lexington YMCA – Mar 21, 1956
Photo courtesy Ger Rijff”s “Long Lonely Highway”


Scotty and Elvis on stage at the Lexington YMCA – Mar 21, 1956
Photo courtesy Ger Rijff”s “Long Lonely Highway”

Presley calls Memphis home, but he was born and reared in Tupelo, Miss. According to the publicity agents, he started singing when he used to listen to the “plaintive” songs of the field hands. He is an only child, and daddy was a truck driver who is not doing much of anything these days. He and mama are tickled pink, though, happy for their son. The Presleys moved to Memphis, the land of the blues, about eight years ago. Male reaction appears to be about nil to Presley. One man could be heard saying after it was all over, “I just can’t see lt.”

A freelance writer by the name of Jim Poling who began an assignment yesterday to do a feature on Presley for Pageant Magazine simply threw up his hands in amazement. He plans to stick with Presley and try to find the answer. Pageant wants the story around June.4

Standing quietly to the corner of the dressing room as the hundred or so bobby-soxers were trying to smash their way inside was a young man by the name of Gene Smith. Gene and Elvis are first cousins and grew up together. He drives Elvis’ long Cadillac. The rest of the time he stands around wearing an expression that he would like to unobtrusively pinch himself every few seconds to really see if the thing is true. And then Gene fades aside as the screeching youngsters surge on Elvis for a touch or an autograph.4

4Presley, like the troupers of old, went on last night even though he had been suffering during the day from a touch of flu. It he had failed to appear, there is some doubt that there would have been anything left of the Lexington “Y.” Also on the program were some of the Grand Ole Opry stars, but they were lost in the Presley.4

Current and hot: “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti-Frutti,” “I Got a Gal” and “That’s All Right Mama.”  By the way, nobody fainted last night. But many red-faced youngsters with tears streaming from their entranced eyes, would undoubtedly have done so if the program had lasted another five minutes.4

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info March 21 1956 YMCA Gym Lexington NC (8:00 PM) 4800 Yes
March 21, 1957
Elvis bought a 1956 Ford for Anita Wood.
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RCA releases Elvis’ 1st “Greatest Hits” compilation of hit singles released in 1956 and 1957, and is widely believed to be the first greatest hits album in rock and roll history. It is the first of five Elvis’ Golden/Gold Records compilations, four of which would be released during Presley’s lifetime. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on October 17, 1961, Platinum on May 20, 1988, 5x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 6x Platinum on August 17, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]
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March 21, 1959
Military Service in Germany

Elvis receives his first degree black belt in karate, an interest he developed while in the army.

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Elvis traveled by train from Nashville to Miami, for the Frank Sinatra show. Once again there were thousands of fans along the route.
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The Blue Hawaii session in march 21 1961.
The soundtrack recording for Blue Hawaii began at Radio Recorders at 1.00 p.m. They worked until 11.50 p.m. In 2 days there were completed 15 songs, including Can’t Help Falling In Love. The usual Nashville players were there including Hal Blaine, a percussionist, and steel guitar and ukuleles to help create a Hawaiian sound.

 

March 21, 1962

March 21, 1963

Fun in Acapulco

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March 21, 1964

After ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with ‘She Loves You’.

Roustabout 

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Elvis Presley’s single “Kissin’ Cousins” hit #12 in the U.S.

March 21, 1965

Harum Scarum 

Selma to Montgomery march begins – Mar 21, 1965 – HISTORY.com

March 21, 1966

Spinout 

March 21, 1967

Clambake 

March 21, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little 

March 21, 1969

Change of Habit 

March 21 1970

Elvis Presley’s single “Kentucky Rain” hit #16 in the U.S. The song was written by Eddie Rabbit.

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Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Cry Daddy” hit #8 in the U.K.

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March 21, 1971

March 21, 1972

March 21, 1973

The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show, Top Of The Pops after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.

March 21, 1974

March 21, 1975

Elvis does Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows

Date: 21 Mar 1975
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Burning Love
It’s Midnight
And I Love You So
Big Boss Man
Love Me Tender
Hound Dog
Band introductions / What’d I Say / Ronnie Tutt Solo / Duke Bardwell Solo / Glen Hardin Solo / David Briggs Solo / Joe Guercio Theme
My Boy
If You Love Me
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There
An American Trilogy
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:

 

Date: 21 Mar 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
And I Love You So
It’s Midnight
Promised Land
Fairytale
[band introductions]
My Boy
I’ll Remember You
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Let Me Be There
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:

Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk … – Elvis Presley Music

Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 12 – Las Vegas March 18th – April 1st 1975
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info March 21 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (8.15pm) 2200 Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit None Yes Yes
Info March 21 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00am) 2200 Navy Blue Two-Piece with Blue Armadillo None Yes
Elvis performed on Tour at the Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio at 2.30 and 8.30 p.m.
Date: 21 Mar 1976
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Cincinnatti, OH.
Riverfront Coliseum
Tickets: 17,540
Costume: Rainfall Suit
Bicentennial (white) Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Let Me Be There
You Gave A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
And I Love You So
Hurt – Burning Love
America
Funny How Times Slips Away
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Live In Cincinatti
This was the first show at which Elvis wore the Bicentennial suit (white sleeves), but ripped the seam in the pants and left the stage to change into the Rainfall suit.
Rainfall Jumpsuit

By Cliff Radel : The Cincinnati Enquirer : Concert Date : March 21, 1976 (2:30pm)Only Elvis Presley could elicit screams just by singing ‘America, the Beautiful’. As he sang about ‘amber waves of grain’, at his Sunday afternoon Riverfront Coliseum, a chorus of girlish screams shot up from the sold-out audience of 17,540. The crowd’s reaction to the next line was wilder. ‘For purple mountains’ majesty above the fruited plains’, Presley sang. Upon reaching ‘fruited’ he momentarily let his gaze drop to the women seated in the first row. He quickly flashed them the patented Elvis sneer. The women jumped out of their seats. Shrieking, they reached out with one hand toward the stage and with the other hit their heads in ecstasy. No performer, 20 years after attaining stardom, receives the response Presley does. If audience adulation was the determining factor, his title to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would be unquestioned.

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The years have not been kind to Elvis. His eyes are puffy. His ample cheeks and fleshy neck overemphasize his surly lips. If he gains any more weight, they may be squeezed from his face.Presley’s girth is regal in the manner of Henry VIII. The man’s legendary hip gyrations are there in spirit, but not in action. The enormous six inch wide belt which before Presley split a rear seam in his powder-blue pants was a matching blue number encircled with the Presidential Seal – and the equally enormous paunch drastically restrict his movements. The hips that once could never be shown on television are now only a memory.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEJjw_PsEgkThe Singer takes these signs of being mortal in stride. Only a true king would be able to laugh at his physical flaws. After his third song, ‘Amen’, featuring the contrabass vocal glisses of J.D. Sumner, he held up a copy of Jerry Dowling’s caricature which appeared in Sunday Enquirer ‘This picture of me appeared in this morning’s paper’, Presley drawled. ‘They captured me just perfect’ he added, running his finger across his image’s distended stomach. ‘All I want to say is whoever drew this’, the King paused and then said laughingly, ‘I hate the (expletive deleted)’, And then he broke into ‘Love Me’ with the opening line, ‘Treat me like a fool…’ ‘Love Me’ also ushered in another Presley tradition, the awarding of scarves to the outstretched hands of his loyal followers. In all he gave out 38 scarves throughout the afternoon.

What Presley gave the audience musically was mostly memories. He did ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Burning Love’, ‘All Shook Up’, and ‘Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear.’ In all he appeared disinterested and on ‘Burning Love’ he forgot the lyrics. He seemed to delight in garnering screams with the slightest lift of an eyebrow. He only played acoustic guitar in the concerts first three songs. The King did not even touch the instrument, the electric guitar, with which he started a revolution. Despite the jokes about his weight and ambivalent delivery, Presley is still capable of putting across a song. His renditions of ‘This Time You Gave Me a Mountain’ and his new single ‘Hurt’ revealed a powerful voice and wide range all too often tragically obscured by the kind of events that occurred at the concert’s conclusion.

As Elvis sang his traditional closer, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, from his 1961 movie ‘Blue Hawaii’, hordes of women rushed down the aisles. Yellow-jacketed Coliseum ushers were sent sprawling.

Private policemen tried in vain to stop the onslaught. With the crowd rushing the stage and reaching for those scarves, Presley cautioned them to ‘take it easy and don’t get hurt’.

Outside the Coliseum after Presley’s 65-minute show the crowd, clutching Elvis scarves, posters, buttons, and Souvenir folios, poured onto Cincinnati’s streets. Lashed to the building’s side was an immense banner proclaiming the ‘Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Alone in it’s gratness’. To 17,500 people the circus they had just witnessed was for them the greatest show on earth.

Leaving the Netherland Hotel in Cincinnati on March 21, 1976

Date: 21 Mar 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Cincinnatti, OH.
Riverfront Coliseum
Tickets: 17,540
Costume: Rainfall Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Let Me Be There
Love Me Tender
Steamroller Blues
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Hail, hail Rock ‘n’ Roll
And I Love You So
Hurt (with Reprise)
Burning Love
America, The Beautiful
Hound Dog
Funny How Times Slips Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:

Romances: Linda Thompson

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 19 – March 17th – March 22nd 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info March 21 1976 Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati OH (2:30 pm) 17540 Blue Egyptian Bird Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes
Info March 21 1976 Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati OH (8:30 pm) 17540 Rainfall Original belt Black Suit Yes Yes Yes

 

March 21, 1977

1980

On the TV show “Dallas”, J.R. Ewing was shot.

Elvis Presley’s album “Guitar Man” hit #43 in the U.K. It was the first attempt to add new music to Elvis recordings to make them sound current.

1984

Part of Central Park in New York was renamed Strawberry Fields in honor of John Lennon.

1985

Boy George said in “Women’s World” magazine that he would never marry, settle down, or become a father.

1987

U2 scored their third UK No.1 album with The Joshua Tree featuring the singles ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, & ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. Also a US No.1.

35 year old Dean Martin Jr. of Dino, Desi And Billy, died when his F-4 Phantom fighter-jet crashed into California’s San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm about 100 kilometers east of Los Angeles. Dino doing reservist duty was serving in the Air National Guard at the time. In the 1960s, “Dino Desi and Billy” all sons of celebs, had placed two songs on the Billboard Top 40 chart, “I’m A Fool” (#17) and “Not The Lovin’ Kind” (#25), both in 1965. He was married to actress Olivia Hussey from 1971 to 1978 and to ice skater Dorothy Hamill from 1982 to 1984.  “Misfits of Science” ended with his death.

Misfits of Science (TV Series 1985–1986) – IMDb

Misfits of Science Poster

1994

Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for the song ‘Streets of Philadelphia.’

2006

Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in 1939, won a six-year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda who was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with $25 in his bank account. The song had been recorded by Pete Seeger (as ‘Wimoweh’), The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured in the Disney film The Lion King. It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone.

2013

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was set to seal its place in history at the US Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry.The recording that received the highest number of public nominations for this year’s registry was Dark Side, Floyd’s groundbreaking 1973 album.

2017

40 years after his death, Elvis bio sings a sad song about fame

 

The Wonder of You, Elvis Presley show is coming to Sydney

reference sites:
http://www.elvisnews.com

http://www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html

http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

www.elvishistoryblog.com/

 

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