Give us this day, March 24, our daily Elvis
Billboard magazine published their first album chart with Nat King Cole’s “A Collection of Favorites” named as #1.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis Presley’s first driver’s licence
March 24, 1954
March 24, 1955
Elvis with Scotty and Bill played a High School show with Bud Dickerman and Onie Wheeler on the playbill. Elvis sang “I got a woman”
|Info||March 24 1955||High School Auditorium||Marianna AR||(8:00 PM)|
Ratings from the Neilson Corp. gave ‘Stage Show’ 20.9% of the national audience, compared to Perry Como’s 31.8%. Over the past eight weeks, the ratings for ‘Stage Show’ had not been significantly improved by Elvis’ half-dozen appearances. Following the show, Scotty, Bill. D.J. and Red West, who had accompanied the group for the past few weeks, loaded the instruments into two cars and set off for Memphis. Elvis remained in New York for an extra day or two to do a few interviews and talk business with RCA Victor and the William Morris Agency.
For these appearances the band rented instruments in New York while Elvis associates Red West and Gene Smith transported the band’s own instruments to the next concert appearance using a pink trailer that Elvis’ father Vernon had built for this purpose. After the fourth ‘Stage Show’ the rented standup bass that Bill Black had enthusiastically played had to be repaired. Bill had broken the neck, sound post and the back of the instrument. The repairs cost $32.96.
The Platters charted with “(You’ve Got) the Magic Touch, reaching #4 pop and R&B. It would become their second million-seller of only three releases.
“Later Alligator,” by Bobby Charles, hit the R&B hit list going on to #14. The song was recorded by Charles in 1955, and with a name variation Bill Haley & the Comets had the pop hit as “See You Later Alligator” in 1956.
March 24, 1957
Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958. ‘There’s not much difference between this and making a movie’, he said. ‘In Hollywood, you have to get up at 5 a.m. and be on the set at 6. The only different thing here is that you don’t have a limousine’.
After reporting for duty about 6:30 a.m. at the Draft Board office in the M&M Building, 198 South Main, he and other inductees would spend much of the day at Kennedy Veterans Hospital for processing and physicals before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, During this bus trip Elvis would meet Rex Mansfield, who would become one of his closest army friends.
March 24, 1959
Halfway through his military service, suspicions that Elvis’s star had faded reached their height.
Dealer orders for his latest stateside RCA Victor release of “A Fool Such As I” coupled with “I Need Your Love Tonight” had just gone over 1,000,000. It was Presley’s 20th consecutive gold record.
“(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” recorded by Hank Snow for whom it peaked at number four on the country charts early in 1953. Elvis’ version reached number one in the UK and number two Pop and #16 R&B in the United States (1959). It became a platinum record.
In a Billboard article by Hazel Guild filed on this day in Germany for the next day’s edition:
“Meanwhile, Presley is just one of the boys at Ray Kasern,” Guild explained of Elvis’s current army profile. “Under orders from the Pentagon, he’s being given no special treatment and no special publicity during his tour of duty overseas. Both Stars and Stripes and AFN, military-controlled newspaper and radio station for servicemen overseas, have been told [to put] no special emphasis on Presley being here.”
“I have no way of telling if my fame is fading,” Elvis admitted in March 1959. “I stay homesick all the time. I’d give my neck to be back. You just don’t know. I hope the folks back home haven’t forgotten me.”
The international chart for “A fool such as I” in it’s original 1959 and 2005 re-release before European public domain laws.
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
|US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles||16|
|US Cashbox Hot Singles||2|
|US Cashbox Hot Country Singles||6|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|Australian Kent Singles Chart||1|
|Belgian Singles Chart||13|
|Dutch Singles Chart||15|
|Norway VG-lista Singles Chart||5|
|South African Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||17|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|European Singles Chart||6|
March 24, 1960
Elvis Presley and Sheila Riddell : Fontainebleau Hotel.
Elvis was in Miami for the Timex Presents Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home Elvis Episode.
Frank Sinatra rehersals
March 24, 1961
March 24, 1962
Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ The Night Away” wrestled the #1 spot on the R&B chart away from Gene Chandler’s “Duke Of Earl”.
Connie Francis reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You”.
March 24, 1963
The Beatles, on tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, perform in their hometown of Liverpool, at the Empire Theatre. This is The Beatles’ first appearance in Liverpool in more than a month. The group’s loyal Cavern fans saw their worst fears being realized: that The Beatles’ rocketing popularity would take them away from Liverpool.
March 24, 1964
The Beatles go on display as wax figures in Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum in London.
|Radio Recorders Studio B – Hollywood, California|
|It’s Carnival Time (Vocal Overdub – Movie Version)||////////-12|
March 24, 1965
The Temptations released ‘Its Growing’, the follow-up to ‘My Girl’. The track was the first to feature David Ruffin as the Temptations new lead singer. Interestingly both ‘My Girl’ and ‘Its Growing’ were the only Motown tunes ever covered by Otis Redding.
March 24, 1966
Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound,’ was also a No.5 hit in the US.
The New York State Assembly passes a bill making it a misdemeanor to sell unauthorized copies of records or tapes; such records are commonly known as bootlegs.
March 24, 1967
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March 24, 1973
The O’Jays topped the pop and R&B charts with the message song, “Love Train,” which also reached #9 in England.
During a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on the bottom. The man was thrown out of the theatre and Reed completed the show.
March 24, 1974
March 24, 1975
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas shows.
|Date:||24 Mar 1975|
|Venue:||Las Vegas, NV.
|Date:||24 Mar 1975|
|Venue:||Las Vegas, NV.
|Info||March 24 1975||Hilton Hotel||Las Vegas NV||Dinner (8.15pm)||2200|
|Info||March 24 1975||Hilton Hotel||Las Vegas NV||Midnight (12.00am)||2200|
March 24, 1976
March 24, 1977
Elvis performed on tour in Amarillo Texas.
|Date:||24 Mar 1977|
|Venue:||Amarillo, TX. Civic Center.|
|Costume:||White King of Spaces Suit|
|Track list:||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
You Gave Me A Mountain
Blue Suede Shoes
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Walk With Me [S. Nielsen]
Can’t Help Falling In Love
|Info||March 24 1977||Civic Center||Amarillo TX||(8:30 pm)||7389||1974 Arabian||Original belt||Black suit||Yes||Yes|
The British courts grant British record companies the rights to seize bootleg and pirate recordings.
Tom Jones does a tv tribute to Elvis
The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tragedy’, the group’s eighth US No.1. and also No.1 in the UK.
1970s Country Down Under Olivia Newton-John, post movie Grease, releases her first rock album “Totally Hot” and the single is #10 with “A Little More Love”.
March 24, 1990
Sinead O’Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’, featuring the single ‘Nothing Compares To You. Also No.1 in 13 other countries and six weeks at No.1 in the US.
“Black Velvet,” Alannah Myles‘ tribute the King, Elvis Presley, who spurred a “new religion that’ll bring you to your knees,” began a two-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100.
Christopher Ward was reportedly inspired to write the song (with David Tyson) after riding on a bus full of Presley fans on their way to Memphis for the icon’s 10th-anniversary vigil at Graceland.
A Chicago judge ruled in the Milli-Vanilli class-action suit that $3.00 cash rebates would be given to anyone that could prove that they bought the group’s music before November 27, 1990 (the date the lip synching scandal broke).
Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and ‘Girl, You Know It’s True,’ selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album.
Al Grey, the heavy-swinging trombonist from the Count Basie Big Band, died at seventy-four. Grey was one of the innovators of the “growl” style of playing that traced its roots to the Duke Ellington “jungle” sound of the ’20s. He influenced rockers like Jimi Hendrix and played with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. He appeared on almost 100 albums, including thirty of his own.
Anthony Jackson, choreographer for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Tour, became the first Black choreographer to ever use that expertise for a country act for the Mother Daughter The Judds’ Country Act.
In Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Patton Museum of Calvary and Armor opened a new exhibit that focused on the years Elvis spent in the U.S. Army. The exhibit was planned to stay at the museum until March of 2005.
The Broadway musical “All Shook Up” opened.
Sony Music have re-released Platinum: A Life In Music.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
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