Daily Elvis: April 23

Give us this day, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


  “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.


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952

Loew’s State Theatre

April 23, 1954 – October 1954

Elvis worked for at Crown Electric

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.
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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

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




Military service  Fort Hood in Texas.

Military Service


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 And Dean record “Surf City” with The Beach Boys providing background vocals. The Brian Wilson penned tune became the first surf song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and even crossed over to the R&B chart where it reached #3.


Roustabout  Post Production


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.

Change of Habit 

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

Elvis Presley once more affirmed his role as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” to overflow crowds at the Anaheim Convention Center. Reminiscent of his recent TV special, Elvis illuminated the stage in a beaded, white pants suit as he strutted out to the pulsating rhythm of “2001” – an appropriate introduction for the man whose genesis was “Hound Dog” and who has left an indelible impression on the evolution of Rock And Roll.

Twenty years and millions of sold records later, only some of the pelvis in Elvis seems to be gone. He had immediate control over his audience from the first song – C.C. Rider – until his finale of Blue Hawaii. His delivery was both melodic and mellow. Ardent fans may have been surprised by his subdued Rhythm and Blues rendition of Hound Dog and later, James Taylor’s Steamroller. His showmanship was apparent throughout the night last week as he appealed, with almost sarcastic flare, to all areas of the audience amidst the strobe-like effect of flash bulbs.

Elvis also got a little help from his friends. Included in the production was an exceptionally fine brass orchestra directed by Joe Guercio, his own backup band led by James Burton, the “J.D. Sumner and The Stamps” quartet and soprano Kathy Westmoreland. Miss Westmoreland’s obligato was an unique contribution to Elvis’ performance of How Great Thou Art, one of two gospel numbers he included.

The Sweet Inspirations, a soulful female trio, harmonized with Elvis throughout the evening as did the quartet, of whom it was Ray Strampy who had an unbelievable bass voice. The Sweet Inspirations were also one of the lead acts, and were successful in getting the audience warmed up with their rendition of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits. Aretha Franklin is one of the many great singers with whom they have appeared.

A particularly moving moment was Elvis’ presentation of Dixie and Battle Hymn of the Republic. One of his few comments during the show was that his music doesn’t have any message. It is only for our entertainment, and he hoped we enjoyed it. The audience responded throughout the performance with applause, screams and personal pleas. About a hundred loyal disciples diligently braved the strong resistance of Convention Center personnel and local police to get close to Elvis on stage. Although most were unsuccessful, one young fan bobbed and dodged security men in a 440-type dash and succeeded in placing a personalized scarf onto the stage. Unfortunately, the scarf remained untouched by Elvis during the evening.

Elvis’ perspiration soaked scarves tossed to the audience were met with near riotous break-outs with fans fighting for their lives almost as much as for the prized souvenirs. The now more “mature” Elvis remained rather subdued, physically, during the show with an occasional relapse into the bumps and grinds that made him famous, during such oldie goldies as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever and Heartbreak Hotel.

Apparent favorites of the audience included Love Me Tender and his more recent record Suspicious Eyes. Each number, however, was met with enthusiastic approval. Introducing the show was comedian Jackie Kahane. Most pre-shows are usually considered to be time-fillers, but Kahane was an unexpected surprise and was consistent with the high quality of Elvis’ shows.


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 9 – April 22nd – April 30th 1973
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Info April 23 1973 Convention Center Anaheim CA (8:30 pm) 8500 Thunderbird Original belt Yellow Suit Yes Yes


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.
Elvis flew to Macon, Georgia to begin with a tour.
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

Elvis wears baggy pants. Face it – Elvis Presley at 41is approaching that never-never land of middle age. Yes, he is chubbier. He’s enough to give sex-symbol dreams to the over-weight throughout the country. His svelte, taut, youthful, truck-driver’s masculine body is a thing of the past.

But his voice is still right on. The low register is still the powerful, sensual, sexy, melodious, euphonious instrument which made him king. The higher range is still expressive and full-bodied; it is used to accent his singing and for the fast-moving melodies.

The audience has settled down, too. Gone is the fanatic, frenzied, hysterical screaming. It has been replaced by a solid, respectful, established worship. The 19000 persons at McNichols Arena Friday night responded to Elvis singing with devoted clapping instead of unleashed madness.

The audience was a study from A to Z of personality types. The emphasis was slightly to the country side where Elvis probably still is most popular. The majority was in the 30-and-over bracket, although the low end was in the teens and the top end was in blue-washed hair set. Elvis was escorted on stage by a phalanx of security guards approximately 90 minutes after the show began. Whichever way he turned, the reaction was the same – a disorienting, vertigo producing, continuous explosion of flashbulbs.

He was attired in a basic white jumpsuit, opened to the waist. The jumpsuit had flared baby-blue satin sleeves. The front was multi-colored cloth, accented with rhinestones and sequins. The show was opened by J.D. Sumner and “The Stamps”. Jack Kahane, a comedian followed. “The Sweet Inspirations” sang a short set in front of a 13-piece band before two more musicians, “the scarf manager” and Elvis’ 10 backing singers came on stage.

Time doesn’t stop even for a living force. Elvis is no longer the “Pelvis.” Elvis is a Frank Sinatra of another generation. He will be living force until breath is his body ceases. The king is middle-aged; long live the king.

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
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Info April 23 1976 McNicholes Sports Arena Denver CO (8:30 pm) 19000 White Egyptian Bird Original belt White Suit Yes Yes
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
The Toledoan Balladeer  and Elvis the Concert Years volume 30 
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

There were at least three Elvis Presleys in Toledo Saturday Night. The first, most evident in the eyes of the bubbly, pant-suited women before the show, was the young, dusky sex symbol of the 50s, whose hip contortions, sideburns, and gritty synthesis of country and blues burgeoned into rock’n’roll and electrified a musical era. This one wasn’t seen much once the show began.

The second was the mature balladeer. His pulsing baritone filled out nicely some slower tunes like Sinatra’s My Way or And I Love You So. He made several appearances, showing that the Presley voice, not quite as flexible as it once was nonetheless remains creditable. The third Elvis in the University of Toledo Centennial Hall Saturday was a pudgy middle-aged man whose mumbled lyrics and feeble attempts at pelvis thrusts were a parody of the first. But if you missed all three, folks, you didn’t miss much.

The “super Elvis souvenirs” – badges, photo books, posters, mirrored pictures, T-shirts etc. – and the slick, Las Vegas revue warmup groups made the show seem more like a circus than a concert. Elvis must have handed out a hundred scarves. An assistant draped one after another over Elvis’ neck and the star would throw them to the adoring, feminine multitudes. It would have been allright though (after all, the man is the king of rock’n’roll) if he hadn’t mumbled through the songs at the same time.

There were flashes, though, instants where you could catch a flavor of the excitement that he represents. In Little Sister (“don’t do what your big sister done”), he seemed to pick up the feeling of the music. During “Sister” his hip swings and winches which most of the night were awkward cartoons used to tease the sell-out crowd, somehow seemed more natural, as if he were enjoying the music. His voice, often tentative or self-conscious – or even occasionally bored – came through his generally tight, unwieldy stage presence.

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There were other tunes, too, many of them ballads, where the sensuality that set all those women in pastels to bubbling come through. To be sure, dyed-in-the-spangles Presley fans were satisfied. There was no shortage of well-manicured hands to clutch for the white or blue scarves. And there were still the screams at the lead-in to Don’t Be Cruel (which was one number I got really mad at because he ruined it by festooning the audience with scarves and forgetting to sing).

One fan, Sandy Hawley of Dayton, said she’s been to more than 25 of the king’s concerts. “I grew up with Elvis and I never dropped him. Seeing him brings back old memories.” I asked her if she found him sexy, and she gave a sultry laugh. “Let’s just say I like him.” She’s traveled to Pittsburgh, Charlotte N.C., Champaigne, Ill., and many other cities, and paid up to $55 just to hear Elvis.

And Ms. Hawley is not alone in her enthusiasm. At least two bouquets (one of them roses) were tossed onstage during the 1-hour, 10-minute performance , and the one mandatory pair of panties appeared as well. I had the feeling they were tributes to the memory, to the event, more than to the music.

Crowd reactions to the music were mixed. Several couples sitting near me left early, evidently disappointed that their memories had held up better than Elvis himself. Charlie Hart, a Toledoan, said that Presley seemed “too much into theatrics. When he concentrated on singing, though, he wasn’t too bad.” On the other had, 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.

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But even 42 isn’t too old to remember lyrics (he fluffed some on It’s Now Or Never, a pleasant Latin scorcher). True, one can’t fault the scarcity of his leg shimmies, only their lack of sincerity. But then Elvis Aron Presley isn’t what 9322 people went to see Saturday night. We went to see flat-tops again, and angora dice, and ourselves without backaches doing the twist or the mashed potato on American Bandstand. “Pelvis” makes the women feel young and sexy and the men feel young and handsome.

It’s as if the uncomfortable 60s had never happened. For, after its initial popularity, the raunchy, good-time sexuality of pure rock’n’roll was out of vogue for a long time. Back seats gave way to moonlit chapels in the woods and hand-holding. Love matches, made in heaven, ended only in bloody, syrupy auto accidents (as in J. Frank Wilson’s Last Kiss) or other forms of untimely death.

But gradually, after the decline of the Beatles and before the reincarnation of Jefferson Airplane – in fact, after the charming and naive hip movement’s search for spirituality was lost in drug-induced stupor and postwar bewilderment – the new rockers – the “punks” reinstated kicks in music. Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, and others again dealt with sensuality set to bass-heavy music as had Elvis and Little Richard, Freddie (Boom-Boom) Cannon, and Chuck Berry in the 50s. With glitter, disco and the inevitable 50s revival filling the headphones of a new generation of listeners (the third in Elvis’ career), the troubadors of peace and love like Melanie and Donovan have gone begging.

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People can again pay a lot of money to see sex symbols, and women can shriek and throw their underwear onstage, and performers can wiggle their hips, and no one has to feel guilty that multitudes are starving or that rivers are dirty or that there’s a war on. Folks can go about doing what they do to have a good time – even wear Elvis buttons – without being required to feel foolish or guilty.

So, in 20 years of popular music, we’re where we started from. A little older, so that the moves come slower, but the atmosphere is the same.Oh yes, Elvis has been rumoured to be obese. He’s not. A little pudgy, maybe. Fluffy around the middle, but not fat, strictly speaking. And while he had a guitar hung around his neck for a couple of songs, he’s quit pretending he can play it. It just sat there for a couple of songs, like much of the audience. The only standing ovation he got was when he quit singing.

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 30 – April 21st – May 3rd 1977
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Info April 23 1977 University of Toledo Toledo OH (8:30 pm) 9800 Mexican Sundial Original belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes



The “We Are the World” album was released.


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.


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


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.



reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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