Daily Elvis: April 2

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The first motion picture theater, the Electric Theatre, opened in Los Angeles with first features “Capture of the Biddle Brothers” and “New York in a Blizzard.” Business was so good on opening night that the theater started offering matinées the next day.

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.



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


At RCA Victor Studio 2 in New York City, Perry Como recorded “Surrender.”

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

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



Elvis returned to Humes for another talent show, accompanied by Dixie.

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

Elvis performed at  the City Auditorium, Houston, Texas, which was remotely broadcast by the Louisiana Hayride. The show included  Slim Whitman, Hoot and Curley, Johnny Horton, Tibby Edwards and Floyd Cramer.
Over 2,000 people were turned away for this performance and Elvis and Slim Whitman both tore the house down.
Elvis on stage in Houston ( Texas ) in april 2, 1955
 Elvis sang “Little Mama”, “That’s All Right”, “You’re A Heartbreaker” and “Shake, Rattle And Roll”.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 2 1955 City Auditorium Houston TX (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride Remote Broadcast

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

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer


At Sun Studio in Memphis, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two recorded “I Walk The Line.”

The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957

Elvis Presley played before a combined audience of 23,000 people in two concerts at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The second of the concerts, for 15,000 fans, was the largest audience Elvis had faced to date. Presley performed formally outside the U.S. only four times in his career – these two concerts in Toronto, another the following night in Ottawa, and one in Vancouver later in 1957.

The front page of the Toronto Daily Star – April 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Shirley (Harris) Deasley

Elvis plays with a flat deck trolley backstage


The Press Conference – Elvis is flanked by cousin Gene Smith and pal George Klein

Gene Smith, Elvis and George Klein backstage at Maple Leaf Gardens – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Sheila Roth

Elvis and CHUM DJ Josh King backstage at Maple Leaf Gardens  – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Sheila Roth

Backstage in Toronto on April 2, 1957 (2nd link)

Elvis poses with Miss Toronto Judy Welch.
Elvis poses with Miss Toronto Judy Welch.

Elvis performed at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada at 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.

CHUM DJ Josh King introducing Elvis at Maple Leaf Gardens  – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Brian Petersen
This was the last concerts Elvis wore the full gold suit and he performed Heartbreak Hotel
Long Tall Sally
Dont Be Cruel
Love Me
Thats When Your Heartaches Begin
Blueberry Hill – Elvis played piano
Too Much
One Night

Jordanaires and Elvis at Maple Leaf Gardens (1st show) – Apr 2, 1957

famed ballerina Mia Slavenska and Elvis backstage – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Jim Curtin’s “Candids of the King”
Evening show

closeup of Elvis at Maple Leaf Gardens (Eve) – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Brian Petersen
For the second show, Elvis performed
Heartbreak Hotel
Long Tall Sally
Dont Be Cruel
Love Me
Thats When Your Heartaches Begin
Blueberry Hill
Too Much
Hound Dog

Shouts and Screams Drown Out Presley
Toronto, April 3 – (BUP)
Elvis Presley came to town last night and 30,000 teenager swooned, shouted and screamed.
Although Presley sang with accompanying wiggles for two performances at Maple Leaf Gardens, his voice was hardly heard. Instead, there was a steady din of screams and enthusiastic groans from his audience which drowned out the bespangled performers favorite renditions: Hound Dog, Don’t Be cruel and Heartbreak Hotel.
The 22-year-old former truck driver was rated real cool on the platform which was ringed by 40 police and Gardens attendants to thwart a possible rush at the end of his program.
He sat cross-legged on a table for a news conference and admitted he suffers from stage fright before every performance until he starts his first song.
The six-foot-two Presley said that although he regretted never doing better at school than leaning “nuff to write mah own name”, he enjoyed his present life.
His appearance her for two nightly shows resulted in one of the largest police escorts provided in Toronto for a visitor.
Ninety-five policemen were detailed off to the Gardens to protect the singer and throw out anybody who got out of his seat and started to wander.
Although leading hotels were plagued all day by questioners as to Presley’s whereabouts, he remained in hiding until his appearance at the Gardens for his interview with reporters, half an hour before his first show.
Two women fans were ejected late in the second performance when they tried to break through policemen and attendants to reach the sideburned rock ‘n’ roll singer on the stage.
When each 45 minute performance was over, fans left quietly.

Ottawa Journal article added July 26, 2009, courtesy Ottawa Public Librar

Elvis at Maple Leaf Gardens (Eve) – Apr. 2, 1957
Photo courtesy Sheila Roth
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1957
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 2 1957 Maple Leaf Gardens Toronto CAN (6:00 PM) over 8.000 Midwest Tour Yes
Info April 2 1957 Maple Leaf Gardens Toronto CAN (9:00 PM) 1500 Midwest Tour Yes
 The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.

The Military Service Disruption


The Presleys lived at  Graceland

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


Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment


Elvis Presley was named the Best-Selling Male Artist at the first annual National Association of Recording Merchandisers Awards in Las Vegas.


In Washington, DC, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, the Shirelles, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Chuck Jackson, and theShells performed in concert at Uline Arena.

Blue Hawaii 


Girls! Girls! Girls! 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, to join the city’s leading civil rights activist, the Rev. Frederick Lee Shuttlesworth, in leading a massive desegregation campaign.
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Elvis and Priscilla were spotted in the Chenault’s parking lot by a reporter.
Chenault’s parking spot in Memphis, down at 1400 Bellevue (which is now EP Blvd) TN. Elvis was talking to a reporter after he got back (the day before) from the West Coast where he just had finished up filming “Fun In Acapulco”.
Image result for Elvis Presley april 2, 1963


The Beatles had their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ With advanced sales of over 2.1 million, it holds the record for the greatest advanced orders for a single in the UK.

At Western Studios in Hollywood, Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” It was during this session that Brian Wilson dismissed his father Murry as the group’s manager. The vocals for “I Get Around” were recorded on April 10. It became the group’s first U.S. #1 single.

RCA released the Kissin Cousins soundtrack.

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Harum Scarum 


In Los Angeles, Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas, Otis Redding, the Turtles, Donovan and Bob Lind performed in a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass became the first act to have four entries simultaneously in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart.





Live a Little, Love a Little 


The featured guests on CBS-TV’s “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” were The Vogues, Flip Wilson, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Change of Habit 

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Phil Spector completed final editing and mixing for The Beatles Let It Be album, 16 months after the Get Back project had begun.
Elvis and Priscilla made a down payment of $13,000 on a house at 845 Chino Canyon in Palm Springs and signed for a mortgage for $85,000.


Janis Joplin was at No.1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released Pearl. The album features the No.1 hit ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster on which she played acoustic guitar.


Elvis on Tour –

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Elvis was promoted by Ed Parker to the 6th degree black belt in his International Kenpo Karate Association.
Have you ever wondered what Elvis' phone number was? How about how much his phone bill cost? That would be over $800 today!
Have you ever wondered what Elvis’ phone number was? How about how much his phone bill cost? That would be over $800 today!
Elvis’s mobile phone:
Elvis Presley's Mobile Phone.



The Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Four Seasons song ‘Bye Bye Baby.’ It gave the Scottish group the best selling single of 1975.



ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fifth No.1 ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You.’ The song was also a Top 10 hit in over 15 countries.

Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with Rumours. The album is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

Frank Sinatra scored his fourth UK No.1 album with Portrait Of Sinatra – Forty Songs from the Life of a Man, that consisted 40 songs that were recorded for Reprise Records.

Elvis Presley’s single “Moody Blue” hit #6 in the U.K.

Elvis had learned that Red West and cousin Sonny West along with Dave Hebler signed a book deal for “Elvis What Happened” Elvis is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay (April 1-6), suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.

Date: 02 Apr 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Macon, AL
Costume: 0
Track list: 0
Recordings: 0
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 April 2 1977 Macon Coliseum Macon GA CANCELLED

The Wake and Aftermath


“Dallas,” starring Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Victoria Principal, and Charlene Tilton, began its 14-season run on CBS-TV. Priscilla Presley would eventually join the cast.


CBS records launched the ‘Nice Price’ series of back catalogue albums in the UK. The first batch priced at £2.99 included early albums by Bob Dylan, Santana, Billy Joel, ABBA, Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel.

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


U2 began their 29-date North American Joshua Tree tour at the Arizona State Activity Centre. During the concert, Bono introduced a version of “Helter Skelter” by announcing “This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We’re stealing it back.”

k.d. lang made her Los Angeles debut at the Roxy nightclub.


Garth Brooks’ “No Fences” album was certified 3 x Platinum.


Country music singer Wynonna Judd began her first solo tour in Midland, Texas. Her mother Naomi left their Grammy-winning duo several months earlier when she was forced into retirement because of liver disease. She recovered after treatment.


A revival of the 1970’s musical “Elvis” opened in London. Timothy Whitnall played the 1960’s Elvis and P.J. Proby played Elvis in the later years. The show, which runs April 2-July 20, with preview shows from March 19.

Billboard – 30 Mar 1996 – Page 145 – Google Books Result


Mariah Carey signed the richest recording deal in history. The 31-year old singer signed a deal with Virgin for three albums worth £60m. The singer had sold over 120 million records worldwide, scoring 14 US No.1 singles.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Kanye West had to abandon a signing appearance in Fresno, California, after a fight broke out between a fan and a security guard. West was taken out of the back door of the new FTK urban boutique, while the owners locked all the doors and cleared around 1,000 fans from the store’s parking area.


A John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old’s drawing of Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the Carpenter was sold at auction for £126,500, ($239,733). The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles’ 1967 song ‘I Am the Walrus’. Also sold for £12,000, ($22,741) was a ship’s log book written by Lennon during a stormy trip to Bermuda in 1980, and a letter from Paul McCartney to his bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its £50,000, ($94,742) reserve price.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios was fully restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label in Detroit. Sir Paul McCartney helped fund the restoration of the 1877 Steinway, which was originally in Motown’s Studio B. and was used to create hits for names including Marvin Gaye,Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr.


Recordings by U2, (The Joshua Tree), the Everly Brothers, (‘Cathy’s Clown’), Jeff Buckley, (‘Hallelujah’), Linda Ronstadt, (Heart Like a Wheel) and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s(‘Fortunate Son’) were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Four people, including the gunman, were killed and sixteen others were injured during a shooting spree on the Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas. The perpetrator was U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class Ivan A. Lopez-Lopez, a veteran of the war in Iraq, who had been undergoing psychiatric treatment for depression and was allegedly distraught over the deaths of two family members and financial issues.


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