Daily Elvis: March 31

Give us this day, March 31,  our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



RCA Victor introduces the 45 rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7 inch disc was designed to compete with the 33 1/3 LP introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78 rpm platter that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45 RPM records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

March 31, 1954


Elvis performed at the Reo Palm Isle, Longview, Texas.
Elvis at the Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas - March 31, 1955
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info March 31 1955 Reo Palm Isle Club Longview TX Yes
Brenda Lee made her first network television appearance on ABC’s Ozark Jamboree.
A full-page in Billboard (another first for Elvis) on March 31 announced, “A Red Hot Star Is Born on RCA Victor Records!” The LP quickly rose to the top of the LP chart, where it stayed for 10 weeks. It became the first RCA album ever to sell over 300,000 copies on its initial release.
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 Presley had thirty-five R&B hits from 1956 through 1963 starting today with the R&B debut of “Heartbreak Hotel,” which reached #3. He was the most successful White artist on the Black charts and was #35 among the Top 500 R&B artists of all time.
Due to his impending stardom, Elvis would buy out of the remainder of his contract for $10,000 and the agreement to return at a future date for one final benefit appearance.

Elvis during his final Hayride appearance in the Municipal Auditorium – Mar. 31, 1956
Elvis performed his last regular appearance one the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport.
The other acts were Billy Walker, Johnny Cash, Jeanette Hicks, Buddy Attaway, Hoot & Curley, Buzz Busby & The Bayou Boys, Jack Ford and David Houston

Elvis and DJ during their final Hayride appearance in the Auditorium – Mar. 31, 1956
Photo © Carol Golemon courtesy John Golemon

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info March 31 1956 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Onie Wheeler, Carl Perkins and Glen Douglas open a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Billed as the nation’s only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans. Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ made their second appearances in Detroit, at the Olympia Stadium, at 2.00 and 8.00 p.m, the opening acts were Rex Marlowe, June Day, Jimmy James, Frank Connors, Frankie Trent and The Jordanaires
Elvis backstage at Olympia Stadium. March 31, 1957
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15,000 fans had seen Elvis the first time, the Detroit Free Press reported this time performed to at least 24,000.
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Opening acts were Rex Marlowe, June Day, Jimmy James, Frank Connors, Frankie Trent and The Jordanaires

Elvis backstage with members of the Detroit Police Dept. women’s Division

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1957
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info March 31 1957 Olympia Stadium Detroit MI (2:00 PM) Midwest Tour Yes
Info March 31 1957 Olympia Stadium Detroit MI (6:00 PM) Midwest Tour Yes

March 31, 1958

Chuck Berry‘s “Johnny B. Goode” is released. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and rise to number 8 on the Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart. The song’s original lyrics referred to Johnny as a “colored boy”, but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to “country boy” to ensure radio play.

military service

March 31, 1959
Military Service

March 31, 1960

Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, his third No.1. Donegan became the first British artist to enter the UK chart at No.1, the only other artist to achieve this feat at this time was Elvis Presley. The song which was recorded live at the Bristol Hippodrome was a music hall novelty song.

March 31, 1961

The Brooklyn Fox’s Easter Extravaganza included performances by the Marcel, the Shirelles, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, Carla Thomas, Ben E. King, the Olympics, Chuck Jackson, the Capris, the Isley Brothers, and Rosie, formerly of the Originals.

Blue Hawaii 

March 31, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

March 31, 1963

March 31, 1964


March 31, 1965

Harum Scarum 

March 31, 1966


Elvis’ 20th motion picture Frankie and Johnny premiered in the US.

March 31, 1967

The Jimi Hendrix Experience began its first tour at the Astoria Theatre in London, but the debut was short-lived as Jimi was taken to a hospital for burns on his hands as a result of his new “gimmick” that included burning his guitar. The tour included American and British stars the Walker Brothers and Engelbert Humperdinck. Before the tour was over Jimi would be playing his guitar with his teeth along with his nightly burn-the-guitar ritual, which would have theater owners up in arms.


March 31, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little 

March 31, 1969

Change of Habit 

March 31, 1970

March 31, 1971

Colonel Parker inks a new deal with RCA that will allow for three new releases per year on the label’s budget Camden imprint. The albums will feature ten tracks, mostly movie leftovers and some previously released material.


Filming of the MGM documentary continued, with Elvis and the musicians working through the tour repertoire.
The night ended with Elvis, Charlie Hodge, James Burton and J.D. Sumner gathering around the piano singing gospels.
March 31, 1973
Muhammad Ali wearing the robe given by Elvis. March 31, 1974
March 31, 1974
March 31, 1975
Hilton Hotel dinner and midnight shows.
Elvis Presley Huntsville, AL - May 31, 1975
Date: 31 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
Love Me
If You Love Me
And I Love You So
Big Boss Man
It’s Midnight
Burning Love
Band Introductions / What’d I Say (James Burton) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) / School Day /
My Boy
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There

My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Performed By Kathy Westmoreland)
How Great Thou Art
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love


Von Braun Civic Center promoting Elvis Presley's 1976 appearance.

Date: 31 Mar 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Darkblue two piece suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
The Wonder Of You
Burning Love
Band Introductions / What’d I Say / Drums solo (by Ronnie Tutt) / Bass solo (by Duke Bardwell) / Piano solo (by Glen D. Hardin) / Electric Piano solo (by David Briggs) / School Day
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There
Hound Dog
Dialogue – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Little Darling

Celebrity introductions (Liberace)
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love




Elvis Presley: Huntsville, AL : May 31, 1975

Streamlined Elvis still has That Old Magic
by Dianna Sheram National Tattler

Elvis Presley has shed 30 pounds of fat and is back on tour, almost as slim as swivel-hipped as ever – and definitely possessing the magic that drives female fans wild.

Launching his summer 1975 tour which wind up in Las Vegas in September, King Elvis generated several near riots and by the time he left town, there was a sizable casualty list – caused by the crush of fans going out of control. Five teenaged girls suffered bone breaks and bruises when they tried to leap from a balcony almost, but not quite overhanging to the stage. They missed, and landed on concrete. Two wound up in the hospital.

Eight adult women tried a flying wedge past a security guard to get to their hero. They failed too, but the guard – whose orders were apparently to stand and die at his post if necessary – barely escaped serious injury. As it was, he was pinned and had the breath knocked out of him.

Another guard had a finger badly bitten, requiring several stitches.

His hip-swinging routine revealed only a small roll of fat above the belt, in an amount that nearly all 40 year old men would find acceptable. The roll of flesh only slightly inhibited his movements.

After doing his first number, the rock-and-roll standard ‘See See .Rider’, Elvis stood still except for slightly twitching one thigh. The squeals and the screams might have shattered crystal had there been any on stage.

After some minutes , the din subsided, and the King began joshing with his subjects.

‘Well’, he said teasingly, ‘I’ll just stand here and do this, if that’s all you want me to do’.

‘Noooo’, came the shrill reply from thousands of females throats.

‘All right then’, he said launching another song. As it ended, he leaned over the stage to touch a little girl’s cheek. She was about eight years old, a bit frightened.

‘Are you afraid of me?’ he asked her. Seeing she was, he touched her slightly and gave her one of his scarfs. Perhaps he was thinking of his own daughter Lisa Marie, who is about the same age.

Elvis Presley Huntsville, AL - May 31, 1975

LATER, ELVIS got a kiss from a very attractive young woman. On one knee at the edge of the stage, he told her: ‘You got to me, you know that, don’t you?’

The young woman’s day obvioulsy was made.

Then he said: ‘A few weeks ago, another girl kissed me like that and gave me some kind of jungle rot. Now you’ve got it’. He laughed with delight as he sprang up and returned to center stage.

All in all, it seems that The King is in his finest hour. By the time he gets to Las Vegas, half the women in the U.S. may be walking around with Elvis’ imaginary disease.

Portions of these shows were used in the Follow that Dream label “Southern Nights” a compilation concert CD

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audience recording on cassette

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 31 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (8.15pm) 2200 Yes Yes
Info March 31 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00am) 2200 Yes Yes
March 31, 1976
Elvis Presley‘s concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is postponed during intermission when he is too ill to go onstage.  Elvis was unable to go on with the tour and the last 3 shows of the tour were canceled.
Elvis learned that Red West and cousin Sonny West along with Dave Hebler signed a book deal for “Elvis What Happened”
The next day, he is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay, suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 29 – March 23rd – April 3rd 1977
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Info March 31 1977 Louisiana State University Baton Rouge LA CANCELLED
O’Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 48. As a trio, the Isleys started as a Gospel group in the early 1950s, switching to R&B in the latter half of the decade. Their first big hit was “Shout” in 1959, followed in 1962 by the original version of “Twist and Shout”, later covered by the Beatles. The Isley Brothers’ biggest hit came in 1969 with the million-selling “It’s Your Thing.”
Whitney Houston performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Norfolk Naval Air Station for American soldiers returning from the Gulf  War. Her recording of the anthem sold more than 750,000 records in only nine days.
Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar had been fired for embezzlement.
The video for “Good Times,” the only movie to star Sonny & Cher, hit stores. The video included an unreleased version of “I Got You Babe.” The movie was made in 1967.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that digital music sales almost tripled around the world in 2005, reaching $1.1 billion in value.
A private detective’s search for Olivia Newton-John‘s former boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, was called off when McDermott sent photos and voice recordings to prove that he was alive and well. McDermott vanished at sea in 2005 and was believed to have drowned after a boating mishap, but has since been traced to the Mexican fishing village of Sayulita, where he was working as a deckhand. Newton-John split from McDermott the day before he disappeared and she went on to wed millionaire herb entrepreneur John Easterling in 2008.

Cher’s first child, Chaz Bono, asked a judge to formally change his name and gender following the sex change surgery he had last year. The 41-year-old, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, now wants to be known as Chaz Salvatore according to a petition filed in Los Angeles. Salvatore was his father Sonny Bono’s real first name.

Australian band Men at Work lost an appeal against a ruling which found their 1983 hit single ‘Down Under’ was partly copied from a folk song. Australia’s Federal Court upheld the decision which stated part of the song’s melody came from the tune Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. Record label EMI argued the writers did not plagiarise because the inclusion of two bars from the tune was a tribute.
Joe Walsh to Perform Concert During Weekend Tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Vanessa Hudgens rocks cute hoodie of Elvis Presley’s eyes
Forget Rappers, Drake Is Taking On Elvis Presley As The New “King” – Exclusive Hip Hop News,

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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