Daily Elvis: April 23

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April 23, 1616

Poet/playwright William Shakespeare died at the age of 52. (Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, All’s Well That Ends Well)


Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


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.


At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Earl “Fatha” Hines Band began a series of engagements featuring then-unknowns Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan.


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.


Mulbery Alley

Memphis, Tennessee

1948-1953 – Humes High School

Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue


  “Trouble Blues” by Charles Brown charted on its way to #1 R&B for an amazing fifteen weeks. It became the fifth biggest R&B hit of all time.

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


Elvis worked at Crown Electric,  until mid-October 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955


Al Hibbler charted with the inspirational recording, “Unchained Melody” from the motion picture Unchained. The record reached #1 R&B and #3 pop and was the definitive version of this oft-recorded song until the Righteous Brothers’ blue-eyed soul version in 1965.
Print Ad for Elvis Presley's Louisiana Hayride Performance April 23, 1955

Elvis performed “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” and “Thats All Right” at the Louisiana Hayride, from Heart O’ Texas Coliseum (Hayride Remote), Waco, Texas. as one of the opening acts with Johnny Walker, Jimmy Newman, J.E & Maxine Brown for Slim Whitman and Jim Reeves

Scotty, Elvis and Bill onstage in Waco – Apr 23, 1955

Elvis, Horace Logan and Bill onstage in Waco – Apr 23, 1955

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info April 23 1955 Heart O Texas Coliseum Waco TX (8:00 PM) approx 5000 Louisiana Hayride Remote Broadcast Yes

The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black),  made his Las Vegas debut, opening for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene at the New Frontier Hotel.
Although he had become a teen sensation by this time, Elvis was not the typical Vegas Strip entertainer of the period and the audience reception was cool-to-indifferent. The contract was torn up after one week of what was supposed to be a two-week engagement. The experience was not a total loss, however. While there, Presley witnessed Freddie Bell and the Bellboys doing a raucous version of Big Mama Thornton’s blues hit “Hound Dog,” and he soon worked that song into his live act.  Presley wouldn’t play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years. 

Elvis at the New Fontier Hotel – 1956

With opening acts: Sheeky Greene and Freddy Martin and his orchestra backing him; Elvis performed at the

Las Vegas, NV New Frontier Hotel (2 shows daily)  at 8.00 p.m. and midnight. Liberace. attended and did a publicity meet:
Elvis opened a 2 week engagement in front of a middle aged and older audience.
Later Elvis recalled: ” after the first night I went outside and just walked around in the dark. It was awful. I wasn’t getting across to the audience.”

Scotty, Elvis and the Freddie Martin Orchestra
But never the less Elvis fell in love with 1950s Vegas was Mafia and Rat Pack Sinatra Crowds.  Presley wouldn’t play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years, when Elvis changed Vegas by becoming it’s first Artist in residence in the 1970s.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info April 23 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (8:00 PM) The Attomic Powered Singer
Info April 23 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (12:00 AM) The Atomic Powered Singer

The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957


The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.

The Military Service Disruption


Military service at Fort Hood in Texas., for basic training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.

The Presleys lived at  Graceland


Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment


The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were staying at Paul’s aunt’s pub.

After eight weeks as the best selling song in America, “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith And His Orchestra is finally replaced on the Cashbox chart by Elvis Presley’s “Stuck On You”.

Elvis Presley’s single “Stuck On You” hit #3 in the U.K.

G.I. Blues 


Blue Hawaii 


A song called “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and The Beatles was issued in America on the Decca label. It was the first commercial release anywhere in the world to carry The Beatles name. John Lennon would later say “It’s just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They’re flogging it, but I wish they’d just shut up! It’s terrible! It could be anybody.” The mono 45 failed to chart on Billboard or Cashbox.

Girls! Girls! Girls! 


Jan & Dean recorded “Surf City,” co-written by Brian Wilson and Jan Berry, with the Beach Boys providing background vocals. The instrumentation was by members of the famed group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew.” This became the first surf song single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The Beatles were filmed running around Thornbury Playing Fields in Middlesex, England, for their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The footage was combined with an earlier sequence shot at London’s Gatwick Airport and became the famous “Can’t Buy Me Love” scene. John Lennon was attending a luncheon to honor manager Brian Epstein at the time and not present for the film shoot. A body double was used.

Roustabout  Post Production


The Rolling Stones began their third North American tour with a show at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montréal, their first live performance in Canada. Over the following three nights, they did concerts in Ottawa, Toronto, and London, Ontario.

Harum Scarum Post Production

Elvis Presley’s single “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” hit #45 in the U.S.
From LA, Elvis arrived at Graceland at 9.00 p.m. and was welcomed by about 50 fans at the gates.




Live a Little, Love a Little 


Herman’s Hermits released a song called “My Sentimental Friend”, which would become a major European hit, reaching number two on the UK pop chart. In the US however, the band was now hopelessly out of style and one of the best songs they ever recorded was ignored completely.

The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Back’ the group’s 16th UK No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.

Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Bob Newhart, and Vicki Carr were the guest performers on CBS-TV’s “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.”

Change of Habit 

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Norman Greenbaum’s single “Spirit In The Sky” was certified Gold.
Elvis arrived in Palm Springs where he remained until April 28.
The Rolling Stones released their 16th studio album, Sticky Fingers. The album cover art, complete with working zipper, was done by Andy Warhol.
Elvis bought a Sony tape recorder, some speakers and a bass guitar at Bel Air Camera and Hi Fi.
Elvis Presley : 1174 Hillcrest, Beverly Hills, California : from the book The Elvis Files Vol. 6.
Elvis Presley : 1174 Hillcrest, Beverly Hills, California : April 23, 1971, from the book The Elvis Files Vol. 6.


Elvis on Tour

The Memphis Mafia and Elvis leave the Hotel for the arena.
Elvis leaving his hotel in april 23 1973 for his Anaheim concert. We can see Joe at right on the picture.
March 7 1974 Off to perform his evening concert in Monroe, LA at the Monroe Civic Center
Elvis performed at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.
Date: 23 Apr 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Anaheim, CA.
Convention Center
Tickets: 8,500
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me Tender
You Gave A Mountain
Steamroller Blues
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
How Great Thou Art
Johnny B. Goode
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
I’ll Remember You
I Can’t Stop Loving You
An American Trilogy
A Big Hunk O’ Love
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Johnny B Goode

April 23, 1973. Anaheim, CA.

Elvis Presley – Ardent Fans Surprised by Subdued Rhythm Rendition
by Kim Ortiz in the  Anaheim Bulletin


April 23, 1973. Anaheim, CA. – Elvis Presley In Concert

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 9 – April 22nd – April 30th 1973
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 23 1973 Convention Center Anaheim CA (8:30 pm) 8500 Thunderbird Original belt Yellow Suit Yes Yes


Mama Cass collapsed from exhaustion just before her scheduled appearance as guest host on NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

Guitarist/singer Pete Ham of Badfinger, depressed by band problems, hanged himself in his garage. Band mate Tom Evans would do the same under similar circumstances in November of 1983.
Pink Floyd played the first concert of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
Elvis flew to Macon, Georgia to begin with a tour.
The Rolling Stones album “Black and Blue” was released.
Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked No.58 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.
Elvis performed at the McNichols Arena Denver, Colorado.
Pietrafeso was the Denver Police Officer who tried to discuss drugs with Elvis.
Bob Pietrafeso on Elvis's last Denver concert in April 1976 and how The King was all nervous

Elvis Is Chubby And 41 But His Voice Is Right On
by Will Hardesty in the Rocky Mountain News
April 24, 1976

Date: 23 Apr 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Denver, CO.
McNicholes Sports Arena
Tickets: 19,000
Costume: Bicentennial (white) Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
Help Me
How Great Thou Art
Funny How Time Slips Away
Little Darlin’
It’s Now Or Never
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Live In Denver Colorado
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 20 – April 21st – April 27th 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 23 1976 McNicholes Sports Arena Denver CO (8:30 pm) 19000 White Egyptian Bird Original belt White Suit Yes Yes
Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

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Elvis performed at the University of Toledo Centennial Hall, Toledo, Ohio and Felton Jarvis continued the recording he started the last tour
Date: 23 Apr 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Toledo, OH
University of Toledo.
Tickets: 9,800
Costume: Mexican Sundial Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
Polk Salad Annie
My Way

[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Battle Of New Orleans
Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll
Hound Dog

Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: When The Crowd’s Going High   Goodbye Memphis


CONCERT DATE: April 23 1977 (8:30 pm). Toledo OH.
Elvis Presley Appears in Three Roles: As Symbol, Balladeer, And in Parody of His Past Performances
by Greg Oatis, Toledo Blade April 25, 1977

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Maggie Smith though he was “better than he ever was.” She agreed that his rocking was a trifle anemic, but pointed out that “the guy is in his 40s. What do you expect?” He’s 42, to be exact.

On Tour 77 #27 – www.elvisandhismusic.com

Bob Pietrafeso on Elvis’s last Denver concert in April 1976 

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 30 – April 21st – May 3rd 1977
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 23 1977 University of Toledo Toledo OH (8:30 pm) 9800 Mexican Sundial Original belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of ‘My Way’ for the Sex Pistols film ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.’


Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a performance in Stuttgart, West Germany that was recorded and released as the album “The Survivors.”

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’

U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit, Chapel Hill, Carolina.

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


The “We Are The World” album was released. In addition to the title track, the album included nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Tina Turner, among others.

Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera “Another World”. He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.

The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not a hit with consumers, and the company resumed selling the original version.


Roy Orbison celebrated his 51st birthday by re-recording some of his biggest hits. Included were “Oh Pretty Woman”, “Crying”, “Only the Lonely”, “Dream Baby”, “Running Scared” and many others. These newer recordings are nowhere near the quality of the originals, so if you’re in the market, make sure you buy the original hits, available from Sony Music and specialty labels like Rhino.



Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

Whitney Houston topped the pop charts with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” while setting a record for most consecutive #1 singles. It was her seventh, beating out both the Bee Gees and the Beatles, who each had six in a row.

Houston record was partly because Elvis Presley’s run of #1 from 1956 through 1957 were no longer counted.


Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.


Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Division Bell’, their fourth No.1 album


Little Richard performed at the opening of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Falls, TN.

The Sunday Times of London reported that Peter Hodgson of Liverpool had found a 1959 tape in his attic containing some of the Beatles’ earliest recordings. The 16-song tape included “Hello Little Girl,” a Lennon-McCartney composition the Beatles never recorded commercially, and Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” The tape was made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Paul McCartney had borrowed from Hodgson’s father.


James Earl Ray died of liver failure at age 70 while serving a life sentence in prison for the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray confessed to the crime, but later recanted insisting he had been framed.


Johnny Cash was honored by the U.S. Library of Congress with their Living Legend award.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


YouTube.com had its first video uploaded. Titled “Me at the Zoo,” the video shows YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim visiting the San Diego Zoo.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Amy Winehouse went out on a drink and drug-fuelled spree and hit and head-butted two men. After drinking all day, Amy visited the Good Mixer pub in Camden, London with Babyshambles guitarist Mik Whitnall. Inside she allegedly punched Mustapha el Mounmi in the face after he refused to give way to her at the pool table. The singer then left to visit Bar Tok in the early hours and once at the bar shouted “I am a legend get these people out. I want to take drugs.” After leaving the bar a good Samaritan tried to get her a cab, but she reportedly thought he was trying to molest her and allegedly head-butted him in the face.


Glen Campbell‘s publicist told members of the press that his client is no longer capable of performing on stage due to advancing Alzheimer’s disease. Sandy Brokaw went on to say that the 77-year-old Campbell planned on recording one final album called “See You There”, which would feature new renditions of old songs.


The California Supreme Court refused to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, rejecting his lawyer’s petition without comment.


London England’s Sunday Times named Sir Paul McCartney as the wealthiest UK musician with assets of an estimated at over 730 million pounds. He was followed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber at 650 million, the band U2 with 431 million, Elton John with 270 million and Mick Jagger with 225 million pounds.

In Brooklyn, New York, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of two nights of  The River Tour at the Barclays Center. The second night was on April 25.

Entertainment History: On April 23rd, 1956, Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas Debut

40 years ago today: The “King” makes final visit to Toledo

Photos: Priscilla Presley to open Elvis attraction, show April 23


Neil Diamond continued the North American leg of his 50-Year Anniversary World Tour with a concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

On This Date: April 23, 1956, Elvis Presley’s Historical first 

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Reference Sites:

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