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306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
April 5, 1936
The fourth deadliest tornado in U.S. history ripped through Tupelo, Mississippi, killing 235 people but sparing one-year-old Elvis Presley, who was held by his mother Gladys in his Great Uncle Noah’s house until the storm passed.
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.
Commerce Street, a rental
510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.
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
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955
Elvis played at a High School in Charleston, MS – forfeiting a $25 bond for a speeding ticket 2 days before.
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The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
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Elvis backstage with the press at the Philadelphia Arena
Press Conference: High School Reporters Keep Their Poise Interviewing Elvis
By CAROL GELBER
ELVIS PRESLEY, sharply dressed in black and wearing spotless all-white shoes, met the press Friday day night at the Arena — but in a way he never had before.
The sideburned singer. wearing a big gold medallion that “some little gal gave to me,” was interviewed by a dozen high school reporters from this area, aged 14 to 18.
And there’s no two ways about it: The youngsters gave him the business. Questions were quick and to the point.
True, there was a gag of incredibility when Elvis himself, preceded by five tough-looking protectors, actually strolled into a room backstage set aside for the interview, which preceded his first of two evening shows. The singer concluded his two-day engagement here last night, presenting his fourth and final performance before leaving for hi palatial new home in Memphis. Tenn.
But after the initial shock of his preview – there was no introduction — the youngsters snapped back quickly for their school paper interviews.
BEFORE Elvis showed up for the interviews, some of the teenagers had confided that he was the “most.” Others said he’s fading. One said “I like Pat Boone.”
But the teen-age reporters showed no undue emotion when they came face to lace with their idol: no worshipful attitudes.
Elvis interviewed by high school reporters backstage at the Arena – April 5, 1957
Photo source David English
HERE are some of the things the so-called neophyte reporters got the 22-year-old singer draped comfortably over a chair, to tell them:
Question: What did you think of your movie “Love Me Tender?”
Answer: It was pretty humble. Acting’s not something you learn over night. Ah knew that picture was bad when it was completed. Ah’m mah own worst critic. But mah next picture is different. Ah know I done a better job in it. It’s called “Loving You” and it’s gonna be released August 1.
Q. Do you think rock ‘n’ roll will last?
A. It’s sure gonna take something mighty good to replace it. Maybe Ah won’t be around forever, but rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay for awhile.
Q. Do you think rock ‘n’ roll is causing juvenile delinquency?
A. No music can do that. It’s from something else. lf there’s riot or some trouble, rock ’n’ roll has nothing to do with it.
Q. What’s your favorite record?
A. “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Q. What do you think calypso?
(This was obviously a touchy subject. Elvis looked to one of his managers for the go-ahead. He got it.)
A Calypso’s good. Who am Ah to say it’s not?
Q. How long do you plan to keep your hair that way and what do you think of boys and girls who cut their hair the same way as yours? (This from Linda, one teenager who could hardly be classified as non—partisan. She was wearing a Presley haircut, sideburns and all.)
A. Wahl, Ah like to think people would wear their hair the way they want to. But for my next picture Ah have to get a crew cut ’cause it’s a prison picture.
(Chorus; Oh, Elvis, don’t get your hair cut!)
Q. When will you be drafted? How long will you serve?
A. Everyone thinks Ah’ve been drafted already but Ah haven’t. Ah only passed the physical. But A’m not definitely going in. If Ah do go in Ah’ll serve two years. But Ah’ll continue making records.
Q. What are your most memorable high school experiences?
No answer from Elvis.
Q. Well? Didn’t you have any?
A. Well, it wasn’t a very exciting life. A few dates maybe.
Q. Did you ever go steady? (This from a girl 17, who does.)
A. Yes, Ah went steady twice. Once for two years even.
Q. What do you think of Ivy League clothes?
A. Ah wear them all the time. (Laughter).
Q. Are you going to appear on television anymore, even though they only show you above the waist?
(Once again a look at his manager). A. Ah dunno.
Q. Are you nervous now, before a show?
A. Ah’m always nervous before s show. Right now Ah have a real bad cold so it’s worse.
Q. How did you rank in your high school class?
A. Rank? Watta ya mean?
Q. You know, what were your marks?
A. Oh, a C-plus or B-average. (Smiles from the students.)
Q. Is it true you can’t get married before you’re 23 — that it’s in your contract?
A. No. Ah can get married whenever I want.
Q. (From a pretty blonde). What do you think of Natalie Wood?
A. She is a girl no different from anyone else. That’s what all the stars are like – the same as everyone else.
One of his boys told Elvis the interview was almost over, that disc jockeys, and reporters from the newspapers were waiting for him outside.
There was time for one more question. It came from Rochelle.
“What are your plans for the future. Elvis Movies? Records?”
“Ah just take every day as it comes,” Elvis told her. “Ah don’t plan too far ahead. There’ll be record albums, of course, and movies too. Don‘t know anymore; maybe Ah’ll go back to driving a truck.”
The interview was over. The teenage reporters had conducted themselves admirably. But they are still teenagers: suddenly they all surrounded him – even the boy who likes Pat Boone – and asked him for his autograph.
He gave it. And then the high school press representatives went to their auditorium seats — to hear Elvis Presley sing.
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin – April 6, 1957 courtesy Ger Rijff’s Long Lonely Highway
Dear Elvis: We Foiled a Hair Raid
Memo to Elvis Presley:
You were going to lose your well-preserved hair tonight. All of it, Even those dreamy sideburns.
But you’re safe now. Thanks to the Daily News. Our reporters unearthed a dark and devious plot that, if successful, would have made Yul and Zsa Zsa (no mean baldies themselves) more than envious.
The self -appointed barbers were to be 15 University of Pennsylvania undergraduates. Five were girls, obviously no fans of yours.
The hair raid was scheduled for sometime during the night, after you finished up at the Arena. The best considered time was 3 to 5 a.m.
THE PLOT was well laid, the Daily News learned. Even the first contact with a representative of the clippers’ syndicate was a dark, dank mystery. It took place on the Penn campus behind Houston Hall just .off 36th St.
The mystery man delivered the startling news from behind a bush. No one saw his face. Only when he mentioned your name could the reporter detect a glow –of hate.
Subsequent contacts were equally devious. But the details weren’t. These guys and gals had it in for you, but good. Had been planning the whole thing since they first learned you were coming to Our Town for two days.
The way they had it fixed they weren’t “all shook up.” Sure you’ve heard that phrase before. We have, on juke boxes.
THE PLOT details go something like this:
The gang of 15 are Penn freshmen. The fellows are members of the same fraternity; the gals belong to the same sorority.
The idea first was breached by some upper classmen who also think you have little talent.
(You’re weak out there, Elvis. You ought to do something about it.)
The initial plan called for four guys to rush you from different angles while you’re holding forth on the Arena bandstand. They were to shear off as much hair as they could and take off.
THIS, HOWEVER, was discarded as too risky.
They decided on a more elaborate scheme. Four students were to rent a room on the same floor of your hotel. The five gals were to engage a room on another floor. Two freshmen were to join them there, stage a mock riot to divert the attention of hotel officials and any police assigned to guard you during your stay here.
With all this commotion going on, the boys on your floor would be joined by four others sneaking up the back stairs or on a self-service elevator.
The eight either planned to pick the lock on your door or break it down, Four of the eight were described as husky-lads. Their job: to hold you down and keep you from sounding an alarm.
The others had five minutes, plus sharp shears and clippers, to make you the latest convert to the baldy craze.
The phone would be ripped out. You were to lose your clothes to discourage pursuit.
THEY WERE to bring along a bag to cart off your wavy locks.
The hair was to be offered to gals on the campus anxious for a fond remembrance of your more hirsute personality. For a fee, of course.
There was no mention or what would be done with the money.
Reasoning behind the shearing session:
It would be a great thing for the fraternity; get it some publicity. Also it sure would be a wild time.
We’re sure. Elvis would sure be wild.
Elvis, Jimmy Velvet and Ken Moore backstage in Philadelphia – April 5, 19575, 1957 courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia
Jimmy Velvet pretends to be Elvis with his guitar and band:
DJ Fontana, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black
on my other blog:
Elvis and Bill onstage at the Philadelphia Arena
DJ and Elvis onstage at the Philadelphia Arena
My fave fan photo:
Fans react to Elvis at the Philadelphia Arena
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.
The Military Service Disruption
The first ever hit compilation album, Johnny Mathis’ “Johnny’s Greatest Hits,” entered the Billboard chart and stayed there for almost 9½ years, a tenure record that remained unbroken until 1982 when it was surpassed by Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon.”
Irvin Feld’s Greatest Show of Stars opened an 80-day tour of North America.
Military service at Fort Hood, TX, for basic training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.
The Presleys lived at Graceland
On CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” Domenico Modugno, the Billy Williams Quartet, Wayne & Shuster and Myron Cohen performed while The Fleetwoods sang their #1 song “Come Softly To Me”
Lenny Bruce appears on The Steve Allen Show
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
|RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee|
Barbra Streisand made her network television debut when she appeared on NBC’s “Tonight with Jack Paar,” with guest host Orson Bean. Bean had recently performed with her in a nightclub and invited her to be on the late-night program for some national exposure when he filled in for Paar. She sang “A Sleeping Bee” and “When The Sun Comes Out.” Phyllis Diller andGore Vidal were also on the show.
The Beatles – with Pete Best on drums- performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles’ fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time’s sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.
The Searchers made their U.S. debut by appearing on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show,” singing “Needles and Pins” and “Ain’t That Just Like Me.” Teresa Brewer, Nipsey Russell, ventriloquist Senor Wences and mouse puppet Topo Gigio also performed on the program.
In the UK: A group of British Monkees fans protested Davy Jones’ being drafted by marching from London’s Marble Arch to the U.S. Embassy. He was eventually exempted for being the chief caregiver for his father.
Al Martino recorded “Mary In The Morning.”
Elvis Presley’s 24th feature film, “Double Trouble,” co-starring Annette Day (her only movie), Yvonne Romain, and John Williams, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
Elvis in production of Clambake ;
Simon & Garfunkel‘s single “Mrs. Robinson” was released.
Jerry Butler elevated to #1 on the R&B chart with “Only The Strong Survive”.
Tommy Roe had the #1 song on this date with “Dizzy”, Roe’s fourth week at the top. The 5th Dimension moved to #2 in just their fifth week with “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”. “Time Of The Season” from the Zombies was #3, becoming that group’s biggest hit and Blood, Sweat & Tears rose from 12 to 4 with “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”.
Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell was the new #1 album as Blood, Sweat & Tears temporarily relinquished the spot with their self-titled album. Ball from Iron Butterfly was next with Cream’s Goodbye followed by In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly in fifth. The rest of the Top 10: Donovan’s Greatest Hits, the Greatest Hits package from the Association moved back up to #7, Cloud Nine by the Temptations moved from 15-8, Help Yourself from Tom Jones and the latest release from CCR, Bayou Country, was #10.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
The Temptations performed “Psychedelic Shack” on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Buddy Rich, George Hamilton, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Marilyn Maye, and John Byner also appeared.
Chicago became the first American rock group to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They played six sold-out shows and recorded the concerts for the four-record album, “Chicago at Carnegie Hall,” which became their third album to make the Top 5 in the U.S.
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The Guess Who hosted a charity tennis event to benefit Ballet of Canada.
Minnie Riperton went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Stevie Wonder produced song ‘Loving You’ (a No.2 hit in the UK). It was the singers only US chart hit. Riperton died of cancer on 12th July 1979.
The Carpenters jumped from #74 to 47 with “Only Yesterday”.
Minnie Riperton grabbed the #1 song with “Lovin’ You”. Elton John had to wait another week with “Philadelphia Freedom” while Ringo Starr had the “No No Song” in third place. B.T. Express remained at 4 with “Express” and Joe Cocker had his biggest solo hit with “You Are So Beautiful”. The rest of the Top 10: Phoebe Snow with “Poetry Man”, LaBelle’s former #1 “Lady Marmalade”, B.J. Thomas entered the list with “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and former #1’s from Olivia Newton-John (“Have You Never Been Mellow) and Frankie Valli (“My Eyes Adored You”).
Led Zeppelin held on to #1 on the Album chart for the third week with Physical Graffiti. Have You Never Been Mellow by Olivia Newton-John was next with An Evening with John Denver in third. Blood on the Tracks from Bob Dylan was on its way down while Perfect Angel from Minnie Riperton was still in the Top 10 after 34 weeks of release. The rest of the Top 10: For Earth Below from Robin Trower, Labelle’s Nightbirds, Rock ‘N’ Roll by John Lennon, Kraftwerk was next with Autobahn and David Bowie had a rare Top 10 album with Young Americans.
Aviator/film producer/director/engineer/philanthropist/eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes died of kidney failure at age 70.
Elvis performed at Hughes’ Hotels, rented his plane until getting his own, and they spoke on the phone.
The Wake and Aftermath
1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
The Beach Boys were banned from a Fourth of July concert at the White House by President Ronald Reagan’s staff because they “attracted the wrong element”. After public outcry, Reagan rescinded the ban two days later.
1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
The Chemical Brothers worked their way to #1 in the U.K. with “Block Rockin’ Beats”. The song later won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Poet Allen Ginsburg died of liver cancer from complications of hepatitis at age 70. (Howl and Other Poems, Mind Breaths, Deliberate Prose)
The Spice Girls performed their first ever-live UK concert when they appeared in front of a 9,000 strong audience in Glasgow, Scotland.
Drummer Cozy Powell was killed at age 50 when his car, that he was driving at a highly dangerous 104 miles per hour, ran into crash barriers on a road in Bristol, England. Powell had worked with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Emerson, Lake and Palmer and was a session musician for Donovan, Jeff Beck, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Gary Moore and Jack Bruce.
Three of Tammy Wynette’s daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette’s death on negligence by her husband and her doctor. An undisclosed out-of-court settlement was reached in 2002.
David Bowie started his BowieRadio on-line radio station.
Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice in Chains, died of a drug overdose at age 34 in Seattle, Washington. His body was found April 19.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Paul McCartney began the U.K. leg of his “Back In The World Tour”. The set included 22 Beatles songs.
Carlos Santana sharply criticized President George W. Bush and Iraq leader Saddam Hussein at a concert in Melbourne, Australia. Santana said “We are the architects of the world and our agenda is different than Saddam Hussein and George Bush. Dignity and grace are our weapons–unity, salvation and elegance.”
Lisa Marie Presley’s album “Now What” was released.
Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. Pitney helped The Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the band. Jagger and Richards wrote his hit ‘That Girl Belongs to Yesterday’ which became the Stones duo’s first composition to reach the American charts. He scored the 1962 US No.4 single ‘Only Love Can Break A Heart’. and 1967 solo UK No.5 & 1989 UK No.1 single with Marc Almond ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’, plus over 15 other US & UK Top 40 hits.
Toto performed their final concert at Dom Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea, before breaking up.
Lady GaGa had the #1 U.K. album with her debut The Fame.
Apple’s iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. Market research firm NPD said iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart in January and February if 12 downloads are considered equal to the sale of one CD album. iTunes had sold more than four billion songs since its launch in 2003.
The Temptations sang the national anthem of the United States before the NCAA College Basketball Championship.
2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
A statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occurred on April 5, 1994. The statue designed by local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff was of his signature Fender Jag-Stang guitar. The concrete guitar was eight and a half feet tall and also featured a ribbon with lyrics written on it from Nirvana’s ‘On a Plain’. It reads: “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home.”
Canadian hip hop artist Drake released the single ‘One Dance’. The track reached No.1 in ten countries including the US and topped the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks, making it the joint-second longest consecutive No.1 in the country with Scottish band Wet Wet Wet’s cover of ‘Love Is All Around’. The track also became the most played song on streaming media service Spotify, with over 950 million individual streams.
In Dallas, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band continued The River Tour with a concert at the American Airlines Center.
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