Give us this day, our daily Elvis
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
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
June 3, 1951 to July 1, 1951 -“Precision Tool Co.”
April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952 –
Elvis worked as an user at Loew’s State Theatre
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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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Buddy Holly released the single “Rave On.”
Military service Fort Hood in Texas.
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.
Military Service in Germany
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’.
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.
Harum Scarum Post production
Live a Little, Love a Little production
Change of Habit production
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of school busing as a method of achieving racial desegregation.
Paul McCartney released his first solo album, “McCartney.”
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.
At age 84, comedian/actor George Burns became the oldest person to have a hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 when “I Wish I Was 18 Again” peaked at #49.
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 (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) Don Siegel died of cancer at age 78.
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.”
April 20, 1994
At Wembley Stadium, Barbra Streisand gave her first London concert in 28 years.
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