Give us this day, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Scotty, MC Johnny Hicks, Elvis (with Sonny James’ D-28) and Bill – Apr. 16, 1955
Elvis had not yet adopted the tactic of bolting from the stage and leaving the building following his final number. Instead, he ended his first show with a corny joke. “It’s been a wonderful show folks,” Porterfield heard him say. “Just remember this. Don’t go milkin’ the cow on a rainy day. If there’s lightning, you may be left holding the bag.”
Greensmith noted as follows how easy it was for Elvis at that time to interact with his young fans:
“When the concert was over, Elvis came to the front of the stage and sat down at the edge to sign autographs on glossy black and white portraits of himself that were held up to him by probably about 100 admiring young women. No one tried to tear off a piece of his clothing or plant a kiss on him. It was all very civilized. But this was early 1956 and Elvis had not hit the peak of his fame that was to follow.”
|Info||April 16 1956||Memorial Coliseum||Corpus Christi TX||(8:00 PM)||6000||Texas Tour||Yes|
Military service – Elvis spoke with the Colonel on the phone.
The Rolling Stones‘ self-titled, debut album was released in Great Britain. It sold over 200,000 copies, hitting number one two weeks later and was the first non-Beatles album to reach the top in over a year. Six weeks later it would be issued in America where it would reach #11.
By JoAnna Moore The Florida Times April 1972
It was June years ago when Elvis Presley came to Jacksonville for a concert and left town with a major turning point in his career. Some called that day the focal point.
For the thousands who filled the Coliseum Sunday afternoon and evening (9,256 for the 2:30 concert alone) th emost dramatic moments of the Elvis Story occurred before their eyes.
Elvis Presley was introduced by the music of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the musicreally could have been created for just such an entrance. He was glimmering figure; wisps of his greaseless shag hair brushed the collar of his white, silver and stone-studed, caped jumpsuit. For every tenth second passed, an enormous crew of cricket sounds accompanied the fire-fly actles of a thousand instamatics. This would go on for the entire show: the temporary blindness Elvis must have experienced never razed him.
He was accommodating for the photographers; posing in a split, he said, “I hope this suit don’t tear apart.” His left thigh did most of his dance work, pumping to find the beat and seemingly in control of the full orchestra, band and singing group that gave a wide throne to the Elvis leadership.
Vocally, Elvis’ health deepness repeated the old days: “all Shook Up,” “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Haertbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog” and more. In the newer numbers – “C. C. Rider,” “Proud Mary” and “Poke Salad Annie” – the orchestraties underwent a striking change. Elvis hold to his basics, though he never became dated.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Suspicious Minds” were highlights. His extremely physical presentation was alive in each song and the audience reactionnever subsided. Those movements that once were considered bizarre were slight in comparison to the many performers who have followed and increased the original Elvis idea of onstage esercise.
The Sweet Inspirations opened the extravaganza and later this female trio served to fill in on Elvis sounds.
The inspirations promoted clapping hands and tapping feet and did “Ain’t Not Sunshine” and a medley which included “Sweet Inspiration.”
Comedian Jackie Calhain also appeared with localized commentary and lessons in current event that never failed to reap laughter. “When you say the police are fuzz,” he said of Jacksonville’s bearded officers, “they’re fuzz.”
The most remarkable facet of the production was the intricate sound system that surely was the best to come within the Coliseum walls.
A giant sphere of speakers hung above the performer’s platform and gave satisfying sound for a proper reproduction of the music and vocals.
For those who wished to take home a souvenir of THE Elvis happening, there were “limited quantities” of posters, albums, I Love Elvis buttons, etc. For the minority, those who didn’t bring a camera or didn’t buy a button, there were memories available in the form of one Elvis Presley who danced and sang like he always did, except he was greater than before.
|Info||April 16 1972||Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Jacksonville FL||(2:30 pm)||9258||White Pyramid||Gold Attendance belt||Light Blue Suit||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Info||April 16 1972||Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Jacksonville FL||(8:30 pm)||9500||Blue Nail||Original belt||Black Suit||Yes|
Paul McCartney’s first television special, James Paul McCartney, airs in America on the ABC network. The show, which includes performances by McCartney and Wings, would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
Paul McCartney headlines a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate Earth Day. Other performers at the concert include Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley.
Nielsen SoundScan released figures that showed vinyl album sales were up 53% during the first three months of the year, compared to last year. The top selling album during that period was The Beatles’ “Abby Road”, which sold 172,000 copies. Vinyl unit sales rose to 9.2 million in 2014, up from 6.1 million in 2013.
|April 16, 2013||ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND IN MEMPHIS ILLUMINATED IN BLUE AND GOLD TO CELEBRATE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES’ 2013 NBA PLAYOFF RUN|
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