Daily Elvis: March 31

Give us this day, March 31,  our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Vernon Presley  in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)

Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.


The original Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!,” starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard Da Silva, and Celeste Holm, opened at New York’s St. James Theatre for 2212 performances.


August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
Berry Street -“Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.


The original Broadway production of the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Eddie Dowling, Julie Haydon, Anthony Ross and Laurette Taylor, opened at New York’s Playhouse Theatre for 563 performances.

Commerce Street, a rental

510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.


Mulbery Alley

Memphis, Tennessee

1948-1953 – Humes High School

Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue


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.

The first 45 rpm released was “Texarkana Baby” by country & western singer Eddy Arnold. The disc was made of green vinyl, part of an early plan to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included yellow for children’s songs and red for classical music.

Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


March 31, 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955

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

The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Brenda Lee , at eleven-years old,  made her television debut on ABC’s “Ozark Jamboree,” singing the Hank Williams song, “Jambalaya.”
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
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info March 31 1956 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
 The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957
In Little Rock, Arkansas, Sun labelmates Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins began their only tour together; also on the bill were  Onie Wheeler,  Glen Douglas.
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

The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.

The Military Service Disruption

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 at Fort Hood, TX, for basic training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.

March 31, 1959

On NBC-TV, “The Jimmie Rodgers Show” began its 21-week run with series regulars Connie Francis, the Kirby Stone Four, the Clay Warnick Singers, and Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra.

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

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

on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The McGuire Sisters, Rickie Layne and Velvel, and Dave Barry also performed on the program, while Jackie Wilson sang “Night” and “Baby Work Out”

March 31, 1964


March 31, 1965

“Shindig!” on ABC-TV featured Chuck Berry, Bobby Sherman, the Spats, and Adam Faith.

Harum Scarum 

March 31, 1966

The movie “Frankie and Johnny,” starring Elvis Presley and co-starring Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan, Sue Ane Langdon, and Nancy Kovack, premiered in Baton Rouge, LA.


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.

In Toronto, Gordon Lightfoot gave the first of his annual series of concerts at Massey Hall.


March 31, 1968

on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show. Frankie Laine, the Young Americans, Myron Cohen and Wayne & Shuster also performed on the program while Smokey Robinson & the Miracles sang a hits medley

Live a Little, Love a Little 

March 31, 1969

John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono left their “bed-in” at the Amsterdam Hilton to make a quick trip to Vienna for the premiere of Yoko’s new film “Rape,” a trip detailed in the next Beatles single, “The Ballad Of John And Yoko.”

Change of Habit 

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

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.


The official Beatles Fan Club disbanded.
The “Tom Jones Live at Caesar’s Palace” album was certified Gold.
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



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

Elvis Presley Huntsville, AL - May 31, 1975


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.
Date: 31 Mar 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Baton Rough, LA
Costume: 0
Track list: 0
Recordings: 0
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
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info March 31 1977 Louisiana State University Baton Rouge LA CANCELLED

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


MTV added Michael Jackson’s video for “Beat It” to its schedule, the first video by a black artist to be played on MTV.

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

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.”
Elvis Presley’s “Crying In The Chapel,” recorded in 1960 and released as a single in 1965, was certified Gold.
The World’s Largest Twist Party took place when 2,248 twisters joined singer Chubby Checker at Disneyland as part of their “Blast to the Past” celebration.
At the Starplex Amphitheater in Dallas, Cher began her 55-date Heart of Stone World Tour.
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.
“Good Times” – made in 1967, and the only movie to star Sonny & Cher – had its home video debut and included a previously unreleased version of “I Got You Babe.”

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

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, became Chaz Salvatore according to a petition filed in Los Angeles. Salvatore was his father Sonny Bono’s real first name.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

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 plagiarize because the inclusion of two bars from the tune was a tribute.
In Denver, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band continued The River Tour with a concert at the Pepsi Center.
Joe Walsh to Perform Concert During Weekend Tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Vanessa Hudgens rocks cute hoodie of Elvis Presley’s eyes

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