Daily Elvis March 26

Give us this day, March 26, our daily Elvis

March 26, 1885…In Rochester, New York, the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. produced the first commercial motion picture film.


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Jonas Salk announced his development of a vaccine that would prevent polio. There had been 58,000 new cases of the disease and 3,000 deaths from it during an epidemic the previous year.
Elvis visited the Tennessee State Employment Security office, listing his address as 462 Alabama, where the family had moved to an apartment in a large Victorian home at a rent of $50 a month. Elvis filled out the application carefully with a pencil, noting under “leisure time activities”: “Sings, playing ball, working on car, going to movies”, and indicating that he would like to work as a machinist. At the end of the application form, the interviewer noted that his appearance as a “rather flashily dressed ‘playboy’ type was denied by fact had worked hard past 3 summers, wanted a job dealing with people.
March 26, 1954


The Hearts, (originally called the Jaynets), one of the first rock ‘n’ roll female groups, stormed the R&B charts with their scintillating, powerhouse performance of “Lonely Nights,” reaching #8. The record was also one of the first to have a talking bridge, and anyone who’s heard that smokin’ line “You great big lump o’ sugar” will never forget the first in-your-face- attitude hit. The group included Zell Sanders, Jeanette “Baby” Washington, Hazel Crutchfield, Forestine Barnes, Joyce West, and later Louise Harris.
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info March 26 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
Elvis did a screen test for Hal Wallis at Paramount Studios which lasted 3 days.
Day one was filming Elvis lip syncing to his Blue Suede Shoes, to see if his stage persona was capturable on film
They filmed him once from head to toe and then again in a medium shot, and this is the edited together proto-song promotional film aka music video – it was first released on the 1990 VHS Elvis Greatest Performances 1 & 2.
After Bob Neal’s management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over.
Elvis signed the agreement that made Colonel Parker his “sole and exclusive Advisor, Personal Representative, and Manager. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley’s earnings.

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Elvis: The Great Performances – Center Stage, Volume One

Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol. 2 – The Man and the Music


March 26, 1957

Ricky Nelson records his first tunes for the Verve label. “A Teenager’s Romance” will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and a cover of Fats Domino‘s “I’m Walkin'” will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs in the US Top 40.

March 26, 1958

Eddie Cochran records his only US Top Ten hit, “Summertime Blues”, which will rise to #8 in the US next Fall. It reached #18 in the UK.

Elvis at Fort Chafee

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March 26, 1959
Military Service – Vernon and Elizabeth Stefaniak (Elvis secretary in Germany – who will eventually marry Rex Mansfield) are in an automobile accident on the Autobahn. Rumours spread that Elvis has been killed, even though he was not even in the car.

The Frank Sinatra-Timex Special, also known as Welcome Home Elvis is taped at 6.15pm for airing on May 12. at the  Fontainebleau Hotel
Elvis performed “Stuck On You”, “Fame And Fortune”, (his new single) and with Frank Sinatra a duet of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”, as well as verses in the opening group sing.

Elvis and Scotty onstage at the Fontainebleau – Mar 26, 1960

Colonel Parker had made the deal with the show’s producers months before Elvis was released from active duty. He had hoped that appearing with Frank Sinatra would introduce Elvis as a pop singer to a wide audience made up of adults and pop enthusiasts as well as teenagers and country-western fans.

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Never one to take chances, the Colonel made sure Elvis would make a big splash by packing the studio audience with 400 members from one of Elvis’ biggest fan clubs.

The Frank Sinatra Timex Special – Welcome Home Elvis
Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami – 26.03.1960
Nelson Riddle Orchestra – Screening – May 12, 1960
Fame And Fortune
Stuck On You
Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Duet Elvis and Sinatra)

Elvis Presley with Nancy and Frank Sinatra. March 26, 1960. Fontainebleau Hotel.

March 26, 1962

Elvis reported to Paramount for preproduction of his new picture, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Soundtrack recording sessions began at Radio Recorders and ran from 11.00 a.m. until after midnight. In 3 days, 15 songs were recorded.
RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Echoes Of Love PPA4 0290-10
Please Don’t Drag That String Around PPA4 0291-06
(You’re The) Devil In Disguise PPA4 0292-06
Never Ending PPA4 0293-03
What Now, What Next, Where To PPA4 0294-01
Witchcraft PPA4 0295-03
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers PPA4 0296-03
Love Me Tonight PPA4 0297-08

March 26, 1963

March 26, 1964

The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.

Former Beatles drummer Pete Best was a guest on the CBS-TV quiz show “I’ve Got A Secret.” When host Gary Moore asked Best why he “left” the group (Best was fired), he replied, “I thought I’d like to start a group of my own and I thought at that time they weren’t going to go as big as they are now.”

Roustabout Production

March 26, 1965

Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.

Harum Scarum 

March 26, 1966

Marvin Gaye’s “One More Heartache” reached #29 pop and #4 R&B. It was his fifteenth R&B hit in a little more than three years.


March 26, 1967


March 26, 1968

Blues artist Little Willie John died in prison under mysterious circumstances after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the US R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including “Fever”, “Sleep”, and “Talk To Me, Talk To Me”.

Live a Little, Love a Little 

RCA releases The single “We Call On Him / You’ll Never Walk Alone”

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

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March 26, 1969

Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Change of Habit 

March 26, 1970

Woodstock,” a chronicle of the 1969 music festival held near that town in upstate New York, opened in movie theaters throughout North America.

Elvis received a bill for an American flag pin, he had ordered while he was in the hospital from another jeweler, Lowell Hays.
March 26, 1972
March 26, 1973
Elvis flew to California and most likely remained in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for the next 2 and a half weeks.
March 26, 1975
Elvis did dinner and midnight shows.
Date: 26 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
Dialogue / Love Me
If You Love Me Let Me Know
And I Love You So
Big Boss Man
It’s Midnight
omised Land
[band introductions]
Hail, Hail Rock’n’Roll
My Boy
I’ll Remember You
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Date: 26 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
Big Boss Man
It’s Midnight
Promised Land
Band introductions / What’d I Say (by James Burton / Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (by Duke Bardwell) / Piano Solo (by Glen Hardin) / Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (by David Briggs) / School Day
My Boy
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Until It’s Time For You To Go
Burning Love
Steamroller Blues
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 12 – Las Vegas March 18th – April 1st 1975
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Info March 26 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (8.15pm) 2200 Navy Blue Two-Piece with Red Armadillo None
Info March 26 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00am) 2200 Yes Yes
During the evening Elvis came across an accident on I-240 and after displaying his badge, he helped the victims.
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In Memphis, Elvis Presley jumped out of his limo at a multi-car pileup, displayed his honorary Memphis police captain’s badge, and assisted accident victims until police and rescue teams arrived.
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Elvis performed at the University of Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Date: 26 Mar 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Norman, OK.
Univ. Of Oklahoma.
Tickets: 11,500
Costume: White King of Spaces Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Rip It Up [excerpt]
Love Me
Help Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Love Me Tender
Blue Suede Shoes
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
That’s All Right
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Blue Christmas
My Way
How Great Thou Art
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
School Days
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 29 – March 23rd – April 3rd 1977
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Info March 26 1977 University Of Oklahoma Norman OK (8:30 pm) 11500 1974 Arabian Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes


March 26, 1980

Breaking the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King’s “Tapestry”; Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “Dark Side Of The Moon” became the album with the longest consecutive stay on the Billboard 200 album chart, remaining there until 1988. At the same time, their latest single “Another Brick In The Wall” was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.


Duran Duran went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Is There Something I Should Know’. Their first No.1 and their eighth single release. The group were on a US promotional trip on this day, where they were greeted by 5,000 screaming fans at an in-store appearance in New York City. There were 5 of them and Media dubbed them the Fab Five for a while, their music videos, filmed in tropical locations were sensations in Night Clubs and tv music shows and eventually MTV in the USA and Much Music in Canada.


Radio stations in South Africa boycotted all of Stevie Wonder’s records the day after he dedicated his winning Oscar at the Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.


Michael Jackson squeezed a fourth, US number one single out of his album “Bad” with “Man In The Mirror”. It was a #21 hit in the UK.

March 26, 1989

The science fiction television series “Quantum Leap,” starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, began a five-season run on NBC. There would be an Elvis Episode starring Micheal St Gerard as Elvis.

TV Series: Good Rocking Tonight


MC Hammer sold out the Tokyo dome in Tokyo, japan in only six hours. The only other acts to accomplish that were Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.

March 26, 1995

London’s Sunday Times reported that Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, visited Paul McCartney’s recording studio during their weekend stay with the McCartney family. The newspaper suggested that the visit signified an end to decades of hostility between McCartney and Ono.

Rapper producer, and record executive Eazy-E (Eric Lynn Wright) died of AIDS in Los Angeles aged 31. Formed Ruthless Records, worked with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.


The Woman in Me the second studio album by Shania Twain was at No.1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. ‘Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?’, a song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album.


Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62, after being in poor health sustained in a 1966 car crash. Had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.26 single ‘Surf City’, (co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson). At the height of their fame, Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, the film also featured The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

March 26, 2009

A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at one of his concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden sold at auction for $212,588

March 26, 2011

Carl Bunch, the drummer for Buddy Holly who was in the hospital with frostbite when Holly and other members of the Winter Dance Party Tour were killed in a 1959 plane crash, died of complications from diabetes at age 71.

March 26, 2012

Video Screen Elvis tours Europe


Game Changers: Graceland

NorthJersey.com – ‎Mar 24, 2017‎
Rockers from Paul Simon to Marc Cohn have written songs about it. 650,000 people see it annually — making it the second-most-visited residence in the U.S., after the White House. It’s Graceland — the Memphis mansion Elvis Presley purchased 60 years

Elvis Presley Birthplace to show lake upgrades

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – ‎Mar 24, 2017‎
TUPELO – The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum will host a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and everyone’s invited. The free event will highlight work done on the lake located on the backside of the grounds. “The lake was built after Elvis left here


reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database






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