Daily Elvis: March 23

Give us this day, March 23, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

March 23, 1954


Elvis, Scotty, Bill and Bob Neal flew to New York City for The Arthur Godfrey audition at 2.30 p.m. on the 14th floor at 501 Madison Avenue.  Elvis plays “Good Rockin’ Tonight”but the show’s producers turn him down.
 RCA ships “Elvis Presley,” the first album in Elvis’ discography. This album full of SUN and RCA Elvis songs soon goes to #1 on Billboard’s pop album chart for 10 weeks. It is the first Elvis album to reach over $1 million in sales at under $4 per LP, thus earning Elvis his first gold album award – and is the First Rock n Roll LP.
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Carl Perkins and his band were in a career ending car crash; Perkins was in his mid 20s and married. Blue Suede Shoes, his biggest song.

Telegram to Carl Perkins – Mar. 23, 1956
Photo courtesy eBay and Elvis Information Network

Jimmy Dean and Elvis on WMAL-TV’s Town & Country Time set – Mar 23, 1956
Photo courtesy ElvisMatters – Peter Verbruggen

On the day of the show Elvis made a brief appearance at the WMAL-TV studio to promote the show that night on “Town & Country Time.” Dean later wrote in his autobiography:

Elvis was the featured entertainer on the boat that night and was booked on our show to promote the cruise, apparently because it wasn’t quite full. I had the excruciating task of conducting the interview with Elvis, possibly the worst I’ve ever done. It went basically like this:

Me: So, you’re gonna be on the S.S. Mt. Vernon tonight, are you, Elvis?
Elvis: Yep.
Me: Have you ever worked on a boat before?
Elvis: Nope.
Me: I imagine you’re looking forward to this, aren’t you?
Elvis: Yep.

And that was it. “Yep, nope . . . ” and that’s all he would say. But I’m sure it didn’t matter; all it would take would be for the gals who tuned in to that TV show to get a good look at him and he wouldn’t have any trouble selling more tickets. Years later, when we were both playing in Las Vegas, Elvis would apologize profusely for leaving me hanging on that interview, He told me, “You know, Jimmy, I was so sorry about that but I was scared to death.”

excerpt from Thirty Years of Sausage, Fifty Years of Ham by Jimmy Dean and Donna Meade Dean

Elvis performed on the S.S. Mount Vernon Steamship, Washington, D.C. where he was the featured attraction on the Country Music Cruise promoted by well-known country DJ and promoter Connie B. Gay on a bill with Rod Brasfield, Mother Maybelle, The Carter Sisters, June Carter, and Hal & Ginger
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info March 22 1956 Mosque Theater Richmond VA (7:00 PM) Yes
Info March 22 1956 Mosque Theater Richmond VA (9:00 PM) Yes
“Lucille” by little Richard charted, reaching #21 pop and #1 R&B. Out of Richard’s first six singles, five had both sides chart, including the flip of “Lucille,” “Send Me Some Lovin’ ” (#3 R&B, #54 pop).
The Platters charted with “I’m Sorry,” reaching #11 pop and #15 R&B. Its B-side, “He’s Mine,” soared to #5 R&B and #23 pop, making that Platters single the sixth 45 in a row to have both sides chart on the pop Top 10.
Elvis attended an all-night gospel singing at Ellis Auditorium – Elvis and The Blackwood Brothers, featuring JD Sumner.
This was Elvis’ last night before his inductions. Elvis, Anita Wood and some friends went to a drive-in and afterwards everyone went roller-skating. Elvis didn’t go to bed all night.

March 23, 1959

Ray Peterson recorded the original version of “The Wonder Of You”, which will climb to #25 on the Billboard chart. Elvis Presley would take the same song to #9 in 1970.

Military Service in Germany.

March 23, 1960

Elvis was in Miami for the Frank Sinatra Welcome Elvis tv show, shown at his hotel room

Elvis at his Miami hotel in march 23 1960

Frank and Elvis rehearsing at the Fontainebleau.

Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley Rehearsals for 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special' - March 1960
Elvis, Col Parker and Nancy Sinatra

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Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Wooden Heart.’ No. 1 for six weeks in March and April 1961. The song was based on a German folk song and was featured in Presley’s film GI Blues.
In the USA, Wooden Heart was released as the B side to “Blue Christmas in 1964.

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Marlene Dietrich recorded a version of the song sometime before 1958, pre-dating Presley, in the original German language, which appears as a B-side on a 1959 version of her single “Lili Marlene“,

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Dudley Brooks and Elvis: Blue Hawaii soundtrack recording at Radio Recorders ran from 1.00 to 5.22 p.m.


March 23, 1962

The Regal Theater in Chicago presented a dynamite lineup of Llyod Price, Eddie Holland, the Crystals, Gene Chandler, Jimmy McCracklin, Solomon Burke, and Aretha Franklin.

March 23, 1963

March 23, 1964


March 23, 1965

Harum Scarum 

March 23, 1966


March 23, 1967


March 23, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little

March 23, 1969

In response to Jim Morrison’s alleged exposure incident 3 weeks earlier: Entertainers Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant appear in Miami, Florida at what is billed as the Rally for Decency. Posters for the event warn that “longhairs and weird dressers” won’t be allowed inside. Four days later, President Richard Nixon sends a letter of appreciation to the organizers of the rally.

Change of Habit 

Elvis returned to Los Angeles and the next evening he flew on to Memphis.
Elvis bought 25 watches at $75 each from Memphis jeweler Harry Levitch.
Frank Sinatra announced he’s retiring.
March 23, 1972
The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in history. The concert raised almost $250,000 (£166,667) for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief. It would be the inspiration for LiveAid and future relief based mega-events.
March 23, 1973
March 23, 1974
March 23, 1975
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows
Date: 23 Mar 1975
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
I Can Help (excerpt)
Love Me
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
And I Love You So
Big Boss Man
It’s Midnight
Promised Land
[band introductions]
What’d I Say
School Days
My Boy
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love


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Date: 23 Mar 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0



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 23 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (8.15pm) 2200
Info March 23 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00am) 2200 White Two-piece suit with blue shoulder ornaments None
 March 23, 1976
Elvis Presley began his final tour at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The 49 date jaunt would conclude with his last ever concert at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena on June 26th, 1977.
Just before stepping out on stage Elvis whispered to his cousin: “You didn’t think I’d make it, did you?” and Billy recalled that Elvis put on “a hell of a show”.
Date: 23 Mar 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Tempe. AZ. Arizona State Univ.
Tickets: 14,047
Costume: Mexican Sundial Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
My Way
Jailhouse Rock
You Gave Me A Mountain
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
How Great Thou Art
Band Introductions /Early Morning Rain( featuring John Wilkinson )/Whatd I Say ( featuring James Burton )
Johnny B Goode( featuring James Burton ) Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) Bass Solo( featuring Jerry Scheff )
Piano Solo( featuring Tony Brown ) Electric Piano Solo ( featuring Bobby Ogdin ) School Day

Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 29 – March 23rd – April 3rd 1977
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info March 23 1977 Arizona State University Tempe AZ (8:30 pm) 14047 Mexican Sundial Original belt White Suit Yes Yes
March 23, 1985
John Lennon’s son Julian gave his first concert in San Antonio, Texas. Over the next two years he would place four songs on the Hot 100, including “Valotte” (#9) and “Too Late For Goodbyes” (#5).
Bill Kenny, legendary singer of the pioneering Ink Spots, died.
The initial Soul Train Music Awards in Hollywood, CA  were co-hosted by Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick. It was the first televised awards ceremony to pay exclusive homage to black producers, songwriters and recording artists in the music industry.
Elton John joined George Michael on stage at London’s Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”. The ‘live’ version will be released as a single and would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.
The Staples Singers and Patti LaBelle performed at a joint benefit for the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the Country Music Foundation at the Universal Amphitheater.
Lauryn Hill began the first of three sold-out concerts at the Madison Square Garden. The highlight was a duet with Mary J. Blige on “I Used to Love Him.” She later donated $50,000 to a refugee fund-raising project.
March 23, 2010
Legacy Edition of On Stage released-  features the entirety of Elvis in Person at the International Hotel on its second disc.
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March 23, 2012
Viral Video
Sun Records episode 5 “Rising Sun” airs on CMT
5 Rising Sun Sam finds another hit with Johnny Bragg and The Prisonaires. Becky makes a surprising announcement. Elvis enlists Sam to help him record a song for his mother. Johnny takes his relationship with Vivian to the next phase. 23 Mar. 2017

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