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April 20, 1931
In Chicago, Louis Armstrong recorded his theme song, “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South.” This first of dozens of recordings of the song by Armstrong failed to chart; Paul Whiteman had the big 1931 hit with it. A later version, with Satchmo backed by the Gordon Jenkins orchestra, peaked at #19 in early 1952.
306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
Vernon Presley awaiting prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)
April 20, 1939
The first civil rights song, “Strange Fruit,” an Abel Meeropol poem originally titled “Bitter Fruit” and later set to music, was recorded by Billie Holiday. It became Holliday’s biggest record success
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
April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952
Elvis worked as an user at Loew’s State Theatre
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955
|Info||April 20 1955||American Legion Hut||Grenada MS||(8:00 PM)||Yes|
The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
Rock’n Roll Presley Evokes Raw Display
By Elston Brooks
In one of the rawest displays of emotion for an entertainer since Franks Sinatra swooned his first bobby-soxer in 1942, a crowd of some 7,000 persons cried, grimaced and screamed for guitar-twanging Elvis Presley at North Side Coliseum Friday night.
In a word, it was utterly fantastic.
Mass hysteria completely gripped the crowd – mostly teenage girls – at two full house shows as it watched the drake-tailed young rock and roller who spiraled overnight from a $35 a week truck driver to a show business millionaire.
And all at 21.
The audience patiently sat through a pre-Presley offering by various artists, but by intermission one actually could feel the tension rising in the throng.
An animalistic roar split the coliseum as Presley sauntered on stage at last, guitar around his neck.
A cannon going off wouldn’t have been heard when the shrieks rose as Presley pitched into his first number, “Let’s Play House.”
“Elvis, I’m going to die'” one girl shouted in ecstasy. She didn’t.
“Elvis, I’m going to faint'” another threatened with closed eyes and clenched fists. She almost did
In a reaction better explained by Freud than Variety or Billboard, the girls collapsed on one another, moaning from side to side with closed eyes.
They screamed. Tears ran down their faces. They swarmed toward the stage.
Twenty policemen, imported for the Friday night show, shook their heads in amazement and ushered them back to their seats.
Forty girls from Dallas chartered a bus to attend the show. Two proudly displayed scars on their arms where they had carved the word “Elvis” with pocket knives.
Georgiana Blaylock, 16, and Dolores Orms, 16, both of Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, said their mothers called them “idiots” for carving their arms.
“I’ve done it four times – the latest one today,” Georgiana said with a sigh.
“I’ve only done it twice,” pouted Dolores.
Earl Lloyd Bright Jr., whose parents live at 609 Crosby, came to the show with a child’s guitar, and strummed and swayed along with the star.
The Brights’ other child, 20-month-old Laura, clapped her hands to the rock and roll music while sucking a bottle.
SING IT, ELVIS – These three 15-year old students at E. M. Daggett Junior High alternately wept and screamed as Elvis Presley contorted on the stage at North Side Coliseum Friday night. Left to right are Mary Hicks, Paula Egenbacher and Carolyn Faulkner.
Star-Telegram Photo courtesy Fort Worth Library
He’s polite, well-mannered young man who says “sir” to every question asked, and who is tremendously humble at his fabulous success.
He doesn’t wear motorcycle boots and black denim trousers. Instead, he was expensively attired in a lavender sports coat, black dress pants, a flashy sports shirt and black loafers. He wears his sideburns long and there’s a bit of a duck-tail to his hair, but apparently the kids like it that way.
Today, he’s the hottest new item in show business. His recordings of “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes” are writing their own tickets on the Hit Parade. Next week he opens in Las Vegas at $20,000 for 14 days. He’s just signed a seven year contract with Paramount Pictures.
His tour manager estimates this year he’ll clear $500,000.
“Two years ago,” Presley said in a backstage interview, “I was making $35 a week driving a truck in Memphis. Man, this is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It’s a dream come true.”
He says he’s always “sung this way” since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. His break came two years ago when a company decided to press a record of his after hearing a home recording.
Scotty, DJ, Elvis and Bill onstage at the North Side Coliseum – Apr. 20, 1956
Star-Telegram Photo courtesy The Portal to Texas History, U of T at Arlington Libraries
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|Info||April 20 1956||North Side Coliseum||Fort Worth TX||(9:30 PM)||7000||Texas Tour||Yes|
The Presleys lived at at 1414 Getwell Street until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive March 1957
|It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies.|
The Military Service Disruption
In Chicago, Chuck Berry recorded his composition “Beautiful Delilah.”
Buddy Holly released the single “Rave On.”
The Champs performed their hit, “Tequila,” on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Kathy Linden, Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys, Anna D’Angelo, Vivian Blaine, David Wayne, Hermione Gingold, Billy De Wolfe, and Rickie Layne & Velvel also appeared on the program.
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
The first single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton was released on Gold Band Records. It was called “Puppy Love.” and it would become a hit record in the 1970s for Donny Osmond.
Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
Question : Has Rock N’ Roll died out?
Elvis: ‘A lot people say it is has’. ‘I’ll tell ya, It has changed some, the music itself has changed, it’s progressed quite a bit I think’.
Question : It’s better?’
Elvis: ‘I think it’s getting better all the time, you know, because the arrangements are getting better, they’re adding more instruments, and, you know so forth, it’s getting better, but in 1956 when I first started out, I was hearing the same thing, that Rock N Roll was dead, that it was dying out, I’m not saying that it won’t die out, because it maybe dead tomorrow, completely, I don’t know’.
New Orleans Citizens’ Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.
Girls! Girls! Girls! Production
James Brown’s “Prisoner of Love” charted and soon became his first pop Top 20 hit (#18) after fifteen lesser Top 100 entries going back to 1956. Though the soul icon crossed over to pop an incredible 119 times through 1998, he never had a pop #1.
Rick Nelson married Kris Harmon, daughter of college football legend Tom Harmon, brother of actor Mark Harmon and sister of model Kelly Harmon. Kris gave birth to daughter Tracy six months later, twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew, in 1967, and Sam in 1974, before the couple divorced in 1982.
Harum Scarum Post production
At Olympic Studios in London, the Rolling Stones, with new producer Jimmy Miller, recorded “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Some early U.S. pressings had a technical flaw about halfway through the instrumental bridge, where the speed of the master tape slowed down for a moment then came back to the correct speed. In 2005, Q magazine placed “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” at #2 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks ever recorded.
Live a Little, Love a Little production
The Beatles began recording “Oh! Darling.” It was not completed until August 11.
Change of Habit production
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” as a religious symbol.
Paul McCartney released his first solo album, “McCartney.”
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of school busing as a method of achieving racial desegregation.
Elvis Presley recorded a live version of “The Wonder of You” in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 1970. The song was released as a single on April 20, 1970, backed by the song “Mama Liked the Roses“. In the United States, both songs charted at #9 together in the spring of 1970. “The Wonder of You” was one of his most successful records in the UK ever, topping the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in the summer of that year. It also stayed at number one in the Irish Charts for three weeks that same year. This was the 59th Top 40 hit of his career. Presley’s version also reached number 37 on the US Country Singles chart, and number one on the easy listening chart.
” Mama Liked the Roses” is a song by Elvis Presley and recorded in 1969. The song was released as the B-side to “The Wonder of You” 45 single on April 20, 1970 and the 1970 RCA Camden LP Elvis’ Christmas Album. As a single, it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached number 65 on the Cashbox charts. The song was composed by John L. Christopher, who also co-wrote “Always on My Mind“.
Apollo 16’s lunar module, commanded by American astronaut John Young, landed on the Moon.
At Monty Python’s concert in New York, George Harrison joined the troupe onstage, replete with Mountie outfit, for a rousing rendition of their “Lumberjack Song.”
April 20, 1977
Variety reported that, “The vet singer’s appearance here has generated record illicit prices as scalpers, professional and otherwise, gathered the chutzpah to go public with classified ads in a Sunday newspaper.” Of course, details of such illicit ticket sales are hard to come by, but it is known that one scalper who advertised $15 tickets for “best offer” received offers up to $100 per ducat.
The Wake and Aftermath
84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie Oh God with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when ‘I Wish I Was 18 Again’ peaked at No.49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, Burns replied “I wish I was 80 again.” Before this, his most recent charting record had been a spoken word comedy routine with his wife and partner Gracie Allen in the summer of 1933.
John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
A record store in Callaway, Florida was forced to closed down and a part-time clerk was arrested after selling a copy of ‘2 Live Is What We Are’ by 2 Live Crew to a 14 year old boy. Officials had deemed the recording “obscene” because of its pornographic lyrics.
April 20, 1991
Film director Don Siegel died of cancer at age 78. (Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Shootist, Telefon, Coogan’s Bluff, Madigan, Flaming Star, Rough Cut, Charley Varrick, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Death of a Gunfighter, Baby Face Nelson, Riot in Cell Block 11, Hound-Dog Man)
Madonna signed a deal with Time Warner to set up a multimedia company. The reported $60 million deal made her the highest-paid woman in pop music.
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at London’s Wembley Stadium. Def Leppard, Lisa Stansfield, Elton John, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Annie Lennox, Guns N’ Roses, Roger Daltrey, George Michael, Metallica, Liza Minnelli, Spinal Tap, and the three remaining members of Queen performed Freddie’s major hits. Elizabeth Taylor also appeared. The concert was televised to more than 1 billion viewers worldwide and is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as “The largest rock star benefit concert.”
Shania Twain released her self-titled debut album.
April 20, 1994
At Wembley Stadium, Barbra Streisand gave her first London concert in 28 years.
At the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel performed what he said was his last rock music concert. He planned to devote his efforts to classical music, but later returned to touring and singing his hits
Singer Alan Dale, who hosted his own TV shows on the DuMont and CBS television networks in the late 1940s, had the 1955 US No.7 single ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.’ and appeared singing the title song in the Alan Freed film “Don’t Knock the Rock,” died of cardiac arrest at 76.
2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
Actress Deanna Durbin died at the age of 91. (Can’t Help Singing, First Love, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, Christmas Holiday, Mad About Music, That Certain Age, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, It’s a Date, It Started with Eve, Lady on a Train, Spring Parade)/singer (My Own)
In Baltimore, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band continued The River Tour with a concert at Royal Farms Arena.
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