Daily Elvis: April 18

Give us this day, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



April 18, 1952

Loew’s State Theatre – Movie Usher


April 18, 1953

Rufus Thomas entered the R&B charts with “Bear Cat,” peaking at #3, from the legendary Sun Record Company of Memphis, TN. The song was an answer to Big Mama Thornton’s hit, “Hound Dog,” which would eventually be a huge hit for Elvis Presley. The next time Rufus would reach the charts would be for another Memphis label, Stax.  Rufus is the father of singer Carla Thomas.

Dixie had Easter dinner with Elvis’ family.



Elvis and Gene Smith flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Elvis performed at the Fairgrounds Pavilion at 7.00 and 9.00 p.m
Elvis Presley is shown during his performance at the Tulsa fairgrounds Pavilion in 1956.

Fears for audience safety

Between the two shows, Elvis relaxed backstage sipping a concession stand Coke from a paper cup as he spoke politely with reporters in his soft, Southern drawl. ‘I get scared when the audience starts hurting each other’, he said in response to a question about his fans’ hysteria. ‘That’s why I stopped giving autographs. The bigger kids run over the smaller ones and I’m always afraid they’ll get hurt’.

Elvis was forced to tone down his gyrations in Oklahoma City the next night after officials there received complaints that the Tulsa show was ‘indecent’ in places. Police Chief Roy Bergman assigned 40 police officers to keep order and sent word to Elvis that the show would be stopped ‘if he pulled anything’.

Interviewed by an Oklahoma City Times reporter, Elvis explained, ‘I wasn’t trying to be vulgar and sexy. I just get carried away with the music’.

One observer who was not carried away at the Oklahoma City show was Dr. Rupert Naney, a Baptist minister and chairman of the city’s board of censors, who remarked, ‘He ought to calm down some of that shaking. In my point of view, the law of mental suggestion is the most difficult one we have to countermand. There were some suggestive actions done that I would be glad had they not been there’.

Elvis performed four more concerts in Tulsa – June 20, 1972; March 1 and March 2, 1974, and July 4, 1976.

PDF Elvis Presley story, Tulsa World, April 19, 1956

Elvis thrilled Tulsa teens at fairgrounds April 18, 1956

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info April 18 1956 Fairground Pavilion Tulsa OK (7:00 PM) 8000 Texas Tour
Info April 18 1956 Fairground Pavilion Tulsa OK (9:00 PM) 8000 Texas Tour



Buddy Knox, whose “Party Doll” was a recent number one, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he’s in uniform. It will anyway.


Military service: Training Fort Hood in Texas.

Military Service in Germany

Memphis Central Station, Monday, April 18, 1960 - Elvis besieged by some 200 fans shortly before boarding his train to Hollywood to film his first post-Army movie "G.I. Blues." Take a look inside the FTD book "Elvis Presley From Memphis To Hollywood": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPFEND8OvmoElvis in Memphis in april 18 1960.
Elvis besieged by some 200 fans shortly before boarding his train to  California by train to make his first post army motion picture: GI Blues.
Hal Wallis had already filmed locations and background in Germany before Elvis was out of the military.

Elvis in Memphis in april 18 1960 with his manager, Colonel Parker.



Blue Hawaii


“It was in March of 1961 when I won contest to meet Elvis and see his benefit concert in Honolulu. Radio Station K-PO! sponsored the contest. Elvis was going to do the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Fund Benefit Concert. The date was March 25, 1961. I was invited to do a press conference in the afternoon. At that time I took some pictures of Elvis. After the concert, I returned to my island on Kauai. Later, Elvis came to my island to film Blue Hawaii. That was in April. On April 18th, I went to the Coco Palms where Hal Wallis was filming Blue Hawaii. During the casts’ lunch break, I approached Elvis to sign the pictures I took of him in Honolulu. After that, he ask me to meet him at the pool at 8:00 that night. I knew he wasn’t going to show up but I sewed him a Plumeria lei and asked my friend Bonnie to go with me anyway. Well, who would have guess….but Elvis came to the pool about 7:50. I gave him the lei and he gave me my first KISS. After that Bonnie took the only picture I have with Elvis and me holding hands. I will Never forget April 18, 1961.


Girls! Girls! Girls! 



The Elvis Presley compilation album “Evlis’ Golden Records, Vol. 3” hit #6 in the U.K.

The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

Elvis in Roustabout Movie Production


Little Richard performed at New York’s famed Paramount Theater. A member of his backup group at the time was a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.

Harum Scarum 






Live a Little, Love a Little 

Presley Reveals Expertise As Rib-Tickling Actor In Stay Away, Joe

The Elvis Files Volume 4 –


Change of Habit 



The Jackson 5 and Bill Cosby guest on Diana Ross’ solo TV special, Diana.

Elvis performed at the Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas and this show was filmed and recorded for Elvis on Tour.

The extreme hunger diet did result in Elvis losing a few kilos but he didn’t look well during the tour: his face was bloated, he looked tired – and the split with Priscilla was such a hard blow for Elvis that he didn’t manage to put his whole soul into the performance.

Despite this, the concerts were of a very high quality; the orchestra now functioned better than ever on tour, and the repertoire consisted of musical pearls like ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’ – and not least ‘An American Trilogy’, which was included for the first time on tour.

Elvis Presley : San Antonio, Texas : April 18, 1972. From the book, Elvis On Tour by JAT Publications.

This concert was released in the “Elvis Close Up” box set:

2001 Theme / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You Gave Me A Mountain / Until It’s Time For You To Go / Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / How Great Thou Art / I Can`t Stop Loving You / Love Me Tender / Suspicious Minds / Intros / For The Good Times / Burning Love / American Trilogy / Funny How Time slips Away / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 5 – April 5th – April 19th 1972
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Info April 18 1972 Convention Center San Antonio TX (8:30 pm) 10500 White Pinwheel Lion Head belt Yes Yes
April 18, 1973
Salt Lake Tribune Article:
Elvis Presley’s career since his discovery 20 years ago in Memphis by Colonel Tom Parker has been as care fully thought out and constructed as a Bach concert to Hundreds of hit songs a personal for tune and a virtually unblemished image followed his professional hookup with Parker Twice in his superstar career has Presley appeared in television specials the first in 1968 the second in 1973 To prove his drawing power Elvis literally carried a 90 minute program from the islands a couple of weeks ago by himself Aloha From Hawaii featured the Stamps Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations backing Presley but the star was onstage for the full program The Nielsen ratings for that week were released Tuesday it came as no surprise that Elvis topped the list


Elvis agreed with the mix for his new album, Today.
Alice Cooper‘s first TV special, “Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album” aired.


Elvis returned home.
Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.
Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.
Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June 1967.
B.B. King, Millie Jackson, and Bobby “Blue” Bland performed at the Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY.
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The Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. introduced two new lines of Elvis Presley bedroom pieces at the International Home Furnishings Market.   Elvis Presley’s initials provide the handles for an armoire of one of the Elvis Presley bedroom lines on display at the Vaughan-Bassett showroom in the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.,


A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre.

Dick Clark, who brought Rock ‘n’ Roll into the homes of millions of viewers on his daytime TV show American Bandstand from 1956 to 1988 and produced the 1970’s “Elvis” bio pic withe Kurt Russel as Elvis, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 82.
74-year-old Ringo Starr was inducted into Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, becoming the last of The Beatles to receive that honor. Since the band’s break-up in 1970, he had released 18 solo studio albums, including his latest, “Postcards From Paradise”, earlier this month. Also inducted into The Hall were Bill Whithers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The 5 Royals and Green Day.
Elvis Music Publisher for sale at $250m: Carlin Music, originally founded by Freddy Bienstock and Elvis’ main publishing company has been put up for sale with a $250m price tag.
The publisher controls the copyrights to a vast array of vintage songs ranging from Elvis’ “That’s Alright” to “What A Wonderful World” and with the rights to AC/DC, Dolly Parton, David Bowie and Scott Walker as songwriters on its books.
The catalogue contains over 100,000 songs and is one of the largest independent publishing assets available to buy

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database




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