Daily Elvis: April 8

Give us this day, April 8, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee



Elvis performed at the B&B Club, Gobler, Missouri along with Onie Wheeler and Jimmy Haggett & Band
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 8 1955 B & B Club Gobler MO (9:00)
This was the first day of a new tour featuring Faron Young, Wanda Jackson and Jimmy and Johnny.
Elvis performed at the Coliseum, Denver, Colorado at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m.

Wanda Jackson – c.1956

Elvis Presley’s Distinctive Artistry Steals Opry Show
By Ben Calloway
Denver Post Staff Writer

By all shriek meter standards, it was Elvis Presley by a landslide in Denver Coliseum Sunday.
This new sensation of the entertainment world drew roaring response from the 12,000 who viewed two performances of the Presley Grand Ole Opry show Sunday and even Faron Young had to take a back seat this time to the wild, fast-rising star.
Presley is a “weird one” who brings out the animal in his female audience and mixed reactions, including near-nausea among the males. He stole the show and not even Sunday’s rain-snow storm could dampen the “Spirit of ’56.”
Presley’s minimum of swinging and maximum of wild wiggling created a near riot among the assembled addicts as a “Bopry” windup following “Opry”-type stars Jimmy and Johnny, Wanda Jackson and Young.
This “Spirit of ’56” has taken the record dealers and enthusiasts of the nation by storm, but its likely that Young, No. 1 boy in country music, will weather the “big blow” and still be on top after the “Spirit” fades away.

Elvis at the Denver Coliseum – Apr. 8, 1956

Distinctive Artistry
Presley’s distinctive artistry on such smash hits as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” and “I Was the One,” prompted less hysteria than such as “I Got a Woman Way Over Town” and “Don’t Step on My Blue Suede Shoes,” in which he leaped, stomped and shook, making the assemblage go berserk.
Faron was handicapped when his ‘Country Deputies’ band didn’t arrived from Florida in time for Sunday’s shows. Backed up by KLAK Ranchhands, however, he rang the bell with “If You Ain’t Lovin,” “Girls Like You,” “You’re Still Mine,” “It’s a Great Life,” “Going Steady,” “Live Fast,” “All Right,” “I’ve Got Five Dollars” and other songs.
Faron is a handsome, happy young artist loved by the gals and liked by the guys and his popularity is built on a solid foundation.
Jimmy and Johnny opened the program. Aside from “Somebody Else Will” and “Sweet Singing Daddy” hits and clever imitations, their joke efforts were of silo caliber.
High boots would have marred the effect of 18-year-old Wanda Jackson, curvaceous Ozark Jubilee cutie. Her bouncy offerings including “You Can’t Have My Love,” “That Makes Him Mad,” Maybelline” and the newer “Wasted,” added a welcome strictly feminine touch to the program.
Much ballyhoo surrounded Presley’s first Denver showing with constant appeals from his drumbeater for fan club formation and Hollywood lobbying. Feminine souvenir seekers were thwarted in their efforts when sizeable police escorts “protected” both Presley and Young as they escaped their exuberant pursuers unharmed.

© Denver Post – April 10, 1956 courtesy Denver Public Library

Fan, Faron, Wanda and Elvis believed to be backstage in Denver- Apr. 8, 1956
Photo courtesy Cristi Dragomir and The Hillbilly Cat by Hans Langbroek

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 8 1956 Coliseum Denver CO (3:00 PM) 6000 Grand Ole Opry show Yes
Info April 8 1956 Coliseum Denver CO (8:00 PM) 6000 Grand Ole Opry show Yes


Elvis returned home to Audubon Drive.


Military service

Military Service


RCA releases “Elvis is Back” a rock n roll jazz infused blues LP with a couple of ballads.

In stereo and monaural versions, the album reached number two on Billboards Top LP’s and topped the UK Albums Chart.[36]Despite this, its commercial performance was a disappointment, with fewer than 300,000 copies sold in the United States –  it was outsold by the GI Blues Soundtrack that Elvis hadn’t wanted released.

A gatefold cover for the single LP offered fans a photo album of Army Elvis.

Image result for elvis is back gatefold

Elvis Is Back! topped the UK Albums Chart and reached number two in Billboard’s Top LP’s. Initially, the release received mixed reviews, but over subsequent years its critical reception became progressively more positive. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.

In Memphis, Elvis buys a diamond necklace for Anita Wood.



Blue Hawaii 


Elvis in Hawaii, filming Girls! Girls! Girls!






Harum Scarum 

Principal photography for Spinout was completed, and Elvis drove his new bus home to Memphis.

The Elvis Presley movie “Frankie And Johnny” opened at the Victoria Theatre in London.



Lesley Gore performed “California Nights” on “American Bandstand.”

Elvis had an electric gate installed at the Hillcrest house. during the Live a Little, Love a Little production. 
 Image result for elvis presley Hillcrest house fence


Change of Habit 



Elvis performed at the Stokely Athletic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee at 2.30 and 8.30 p.m. Elvis on Tour documentary 
Elvis Presley : Arriving at McGhee Tyson Airport : Knoxville : April 8, 1972. From the book, Elvis On Tour by JAT Publications.
Elvis Presley : Arriving at McGhee Tyson Airport : Knoxville : April 8, 1972. From the book, Elvis On Tour by JAT Publications.
Col Parker and Elvis
2001 Theme
C C Rider
Proud Mary
Never Been To Spain
You Gave Me A Mountain
Until Its Time For You To Go
Polk Salad Annie
Love Me
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Blue Suede Shoes
For The Good Times
How Great Thou Art
Sweet Sweet Spirit
( featuring JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet )
I Cant Stop Loving You
Suspicious Minds
Band Introductions
Johnny B Goode
An American Trilogy
Love Me Tender
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
Meanwhile, former Beatle, Paul McCartney’s new band – Wings released “Give Ireland Back To The Irish”. The song was banned by the BBC and IBA.
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 5 – April 5th – April 19th 1972
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 8 1972 UOT Stokely Arena Knoxville TN (2:30 pm) 10500 1971 Snowflake Original belt Black Suit Yes
Info April 8 1972 UOT Stokely Arena Knoxville TN (8:30 pm) 13300 Blue Nail White Fireworks suit belt Yes
Accompanied by Linda and some friends Elvis flew to San Francisco, to attend Ed Parker’s California Karate Championships. There he discovered the unauthorized use of his name both in promotion and on the marquee and flew back to Los Angeles again, very disappointed about this exploitation by friends.



Quadrofonic Sound Studio – Nashville, Tennessee (Overdub Session)
Fairytale (Overdub) EPA3 1594-NA
I Can Help (Overdub) EPA3 1596-NA
Shake A Hand (Overdub) EPA3 1601-NA
Quadrofonic Sound Studio – Nashville, Tennessee (Overdub Session)
Fairytale (Overdub) EPA3 1594-NA
Green, Green Grass Of Home (Overdub) EPA3 1595-NA
Woman Without Love (Overdub) EPA3 1600-NA
Pieces Of My Life (Overdub) EPA3 1603-NA
And I Love You So (Overdub) EPA3 1597-NA
Susan When She Tried (Overdub) EPA3 1598-NA
Bringin’ It Back (Overdub) EPA3 1602-NA



April 8, 1977

At Graceland, Elvis rides his 3 wheel motorbike with Lisa Marie behind him and Ginger Alden

April 8, 1977 with Ginger Alden and Lisa Marie (leg only!)


Elvis Presley’s album “He Walks Beside Me” hit #37 in the U.K.


Elvis Presley’s grandmother, Minnie Mae “Dodger” Presley, died.


April 8, 1994
“Kurt Cobain’s body is found in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier. The Nirvana song “Come As You Are” takes on new meaning with the line, “I swear that I don’t have a gun.”


April 8, 2013 “Annette Funicello dies at age 70 of multiple sclerosis. The actress became famous as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club before becoming a pop singer and was known for a string of popular ’60s “Beach Party” films with co-star Frankie Avalon.”


Leo Sayer talks pink Rolls-Royces, Elvis Presley and M&S sandwiches

Herald Scotland16 hours ago
LEO Sayer is a little b*****d. Now, it’s easy to imagine what you’re thinking: that is a bit of a harsh statement. After all, we’re talking about the nice fella from West …

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




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