Give us this day, April 8, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
|Info||April 8 1955||B & B Club||Gobler MO||(9:00)|
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
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.
MISS JACKSON WELCOME
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
|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|
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 Billboard‘s Top LP’s and topped the UK Albums Chart.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.
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.
Elvis in Hawaii, filming Girls! Girls! Girls!
The Elvis Presley movie “Frankie And Johnny” opened at the Victoria Theatre in London.
Lesley Gore performed “California Nights” on “American Bandstand.”
Elvis Presley : Arriving at McGhee Tyson Airport : Knoxville : April 8, 1972. From the book, Elvis On Tour by JAT Publications.
C C Rider
Never Been To Spain
You Gave Me A Mountain
Until Its Time For You To Go
Polk Salad Annie
All Shook Up
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
Johnny B Goode
An American Trilogy
Love Me Tender
Cant Help Falling In Love
|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|
|Quadrofonic Sound Studio – Nashville, Tennessee (Overdub Session)|
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April 8, 1977
At Graceland, Elvis rides his 3 wheel motorbike with Lisa Marie behind him and Ginger Alden
Elvis Presley’s album “He Walks Beside Me” hit #37 in the U.K.
Elvis Presley’s grandmother, Minnie Mae “Dodger” Presley, died.
“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.”
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