Daily Elvis: April 26

Give us this day, our daily Elvis

1935-1948

Tupelo, Mississippi

1949-1953

Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952

Elvis was an usher at Loew’s State Theatre

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

Elvis worked at Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour, delivered supplies to the job sites.

April 26, 1954

Elvis performed at the City Auditorium Big Spring, Texas  along with Dub Dickerson, Gene Kay, Chuck Lee and Walking-A-Ranch Hands
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Joyce Railsback, a fan who had been keeping a diary about all their broadcasts on the Hayride, finally got see them in person here and wrote that Elvis wore pink pants and a pink shirt with black trim. After the show she got to meet him and have a Hayride program autographed
Stanley Oberst wrote that having arrived in Big Spring earlier in the day, Elvis met and ate with Oscar Glickman, the owner and operator of The Record Shop at 211 S Main St., not far from the auditorium. Promoting his Sun recordings, Elvis attempted to sell Glickman copies from the trunk of his car, a practice of self promotion not uncommon for many artists in those days. Though reluctant and with little faith in the boy’s future as a performer, he was won over by Elvis’ charm.  He bought a box of 78s and reputedly put one record on the shelf and the rest in the basement.7
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info April 26 1955 City Auditorium Big Spring TX (8:00 PM) TNT Records Tour Yes

April 26, 1956

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DJ Fontana, Scotty Moore, Bill Black with Elvis poolside in Vegas


Relaxing by the pool between shows April 26, 1956
Photo © courtesy EPE, Inc.

The Band with the Boy Singer – promotional pictures repeated printed in teenaged magazines.

Elvis surrounded by girls girls girls and being the most photogenic and photographed

Another painful set of shows for an Adult Vegas Audience for Elvis and The Blue Moon Boys at  New Frontier Hotel Vegas.

 Bill Willard, a reviewer for the Las Vegas Sun Link newspaper, panned the performance writing, ‘For the teen-agers, the long, tall Memphis lad is a whiz; for the average Vegas spender or showgoer, a bore. His musical sound with a combo of three is uncouth, matching to a great extent the lyric content of his nonsensical songs’. 

Willard may have captured the dismay that older Vegas audiences had with the young upstart, but Las Vegas resident Ed Jameson caught a vision of the future Elvis Link would have in Vegas. Penning a rebuttal to Willard’s review, Jameson wrote, ‘He is not a Rock ‘n’ Roller nor is he a cowboy singer. He is something new coming over the horizon all by himself and he deserves his ever-growing audience. Nobody should miss him.

Parents would do well to take their children to hear him. 

It would be a good way to get to know and understand your own kids’.

Reviews : Elvis Presley at The New Frontier Hotel April 1956

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info April 26 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (8:00 PM) The Atomic Powered Singer
Info April 26 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (12:00 AM) The Atomic Powered Singer

 

Harry Belafonte signed for the then-unheard-of sum of $1 million with RCA Records. Known as the King of Calypso, Belafonte was actually from the Bronx.

April 26, 1958

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas.

April 26, 1959
Military Service

Elvis had music rehearsals for G.I. Blues Production
Joan Blackman and Elvis finishing Location filming in Hawaii for Blue Hawaii production –
Elvis and Joan Blackman "Blue Hawaii" - On April 26, 1962 location filming in Hawaii was completed.

April 26, 1962

Jerry Lee Lewis‘ arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled the UK because of the disclosure that he was married to his then thirteen year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown – their young son had drowned in the family pool days earlier. Lewis would perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.

 On location shooting for the Elvis Presley film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” finished.

April 26, 1963

Frankie Avalon inks a deal to appear in the Hollywood movie, Beach Party, where he and Annette Funicello would sing, battle a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale And The Del Tones.

UK’s Musical Express features an Elvis cover and colour poster.

April 26, 1964

April 26, 1965

 

April 26, 1966

 

April 26, 1967

Clambake 

April 26, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little 

April 26, 1969

Dorothy Morrison & the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit the pop charts with the pure gospel song “Oh Happy Day,” which broke all barriers on its way to #4 pop and million-seling status.

Canada’s Guess Who  latest single “These Eyes” entered the Billboard Top 40. It would climb to #6 and was followed by twelve more hits over the next five years. Lead singer Burton Cummings would later recall; “We fought RCA tooth and nail not to release that as a single because we wanted to be a Rock band.”

 

Change of Habit 

April 26, 1970

April 26, 1971

John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison officially end their plans to appeal Paul McCartney’s efforts to legally dissolve The Beatles.

Elvis flew to Memphis. He would be at the movies most nights and the theater would be closed to all but the inner circle.

April 26, 1973

In Howard Hughes’ airplane, Elvis arrives as the Fresno Air Terminal, fans mob the airports and tv news and press media do full coverage.

His stage and personal wear blur, the Cisco Kid Vest:

We can see here Elvis in april 26 1973 in Fresno using as personal wardrobe his 1971 sleeveless Cisco kid jacket .  It was the last time that he wear it.

In the White Snowflake Jumpsuit, Elvis performed at the International Sports Arena, San Diego. California.

Elvis Still Rock Royalty
by Carol Olten The San Diego Union

A tribute, if you will, to Elvis Presley

“Elvis in Person” last night at the Sports Arena, the everliving epitome of rock ‘n’ roll. A hunk-a hunk-a burnin’ love. Surly. Pouting. Dreamy. Romantic. “Hip-swivelling. Pelvis-grinding. Husky. Smouldering. Like the ideal male in a Steve Roper comic, still ready to make those ’56 Chevies peel, those front porches shake. Elvis, at 38, still much deserving of a tittle a small potatoes singer gave him when he was a lad just out of Tupelo, Miss. – Mr Gypsy Rose Lee.

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14,435 ATTEND

Elvis performed before a capacity house of 14,535 persons here in the Arena, a heroic pop idol it would seem to everyone present, dressed in a white suit studded with silver jewels.

He offered his screaming fans gospel, romantic ballads and, best of all, vintage rock thunder that only Elvis seems capable of. The selections were prime cuts – “Johnny B. Goode,” “Hound Dog” “Blue Suede Shoes” – you don’t get much truer vintage than that.

Also on the bill were tepid versions of “Steamroller Blues” and “Fever,” plus a generous supply of ballads such as “Love Me Tender” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

In true southerly fashion Elvis pulled out a stirring gospel song “How Great Thou Art,” and the inevitable “Dixie,” his voice soaring as if he had seen a vision of Tara in “Gone With The Wind” and the orchestra backing him as though it were playing the score.

Other Elvis tunes packed in to the evening included “C. C. Rider,” “I Got A Woman,” “Suspicious Minds” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” the last of which Elvis sung as a departing lullaby.

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HAS DRAWBACKS

The show, itself, was very similar to the one Elvis brought here a couple of years ago after coming out of a nine year hibernation with his first live performance in Las Vegas. The Vegas format remains a definitive pattern with an introductory comic, large orchestra and a fill-in spot taken by the Sweet Inspirations, a black, female vocal trio which used to back Aretha Franklin.

It has its kinks, this format, especially in the token comic, Jackie Cochran, whose material seems a combination of all the dumb jokes ever told on a nightclub stage.

The continuing reminders before the show and during intermission of “last” chances to buy Elvis’ “giant posters, photo albums, satellite pictures from the recent “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii” television special and autographed cards, likewise, detract from the show.

But a tribute to Elvis, please, nonetheless. Kings can always be forgiven for these small faults.

Date: 26 Apr 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: San Diego, CA.
Selland Arena
Tickets: 15,000
Costume: White Snowflike suit
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
I’m Leaving
Hound Dog
Fever
What Now My Love
Suspicious Minds
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: 0

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 9 – April 22nd – April 30th 1973
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Info April 26 1973 Sports Arena San Diego CA (8:30 pm) 15000 1973 Snowflake Original belt White Suit Yes

April 26, 1974

Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “The Way We Were” charted, becoming their thirty-third of forty-two Top 100 singles. The same day, the quintessential disco hit “The Hustle,” by the late great Van McCoy, entered the hit list, rising to #1 pop and R&B.
B.J. Thomas not only reached the top spot on both the Cash Box Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100, he also set a record for the number one song with the longest title with “Hey Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”. The tune was not a hit in the UK.
Elvis performed at the Curtis-Hixon Auditorium, Tampa, Florida at 2.30 and 8.30 p.m;the afternoon show was recorded on Soundboard
Date: 26 Apr 1975
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Tampa, FL.
Curtis Hixson Hall
Tickets: 7,500
Costume: Grey 2-piece suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Love Me Tender
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
It’s Midnight
Burning Love
[band introductions]
What’d I Say
School Days
My Boy
T-R-O-U-B-L-E
I’ll Remember You
Let Me Be There
American Trilogy
Funny How Time Slips Away
That’s All Right
Heartbreak Hotel
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: The King Rocks On Tampa
 April 26 1975. Tampa FL.

Hefty And Hot, Elvis Still Carries Weight with Fans
by Victor Livingston, St. Petersburg Times

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll has grown puffy-faced, pale and paunchy in this, his 40th year. He holds his pelvic gyrations and karate-chop contortions in check, as if under doctor’s orders. His legs twitch perceptively to the pounding rhythm in protest against the singer’s newly required restraint. He reaches over the edge of the stage to kiss a front-row female and apologizes “That’s as far as I can bend, honey.” And most telling, his conservatively cut blue suit studded with red sequins remains securely buttoned throughout the full, hot hour on stage, not quite hiding that much gossiped-about girth.

But the energy that a younger, slimmer Elvis Presley would have out into his on-stage gymnastics is not lost; instead, that force manifests itself in the man’s music, and in his inexhaustible personal magnetism. The Elvis Presley that brought down the house Saturday at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon hall retains that famous smile, charm and that voice – what a voice! It was as if Elvis knows he had to compensate for his physical lackings by putting his all into his sound. And that he did.

The 8000 mostly white, middle-aged fans didn’t mind a bit that their idol just stood there clutching the microphone and crooning most of the time, or that his belly bulged out at times making him look something like a chubby penguin. They too have grown older, and they understand. The raw physical power and electricity of the vintage Elvis is a thing of Elvis’ past – and theirs – and both accept that fact of life. Where once Elvis’ fans felt pure awe in his presence, now there is empathy, and it actually enhances his appeal.

As Elvis belts out C.C. Rider and I Got a Woman, two early rock ‘n’ roll classics, he executes a slow bump and grind, joking, “Let’ see if it all works,” then stops, clutching his leg in mock pain. He smiles, and the communication with the audience is total. Without spelling it out, Elvis is saying “Look, I’m not everything I used to be, but I still have a lot to give.” The audience acknowledges each slight body movement with the expected screams and tumultuous applause.

He still sings his early classics like Love Me Tender, Teddy Bear and Don’t Be Cruel but he does so in self-parody, laughing at his own legend by altering the lyric and the tempo. He still works up a sweat and hands out perspiration-stained scarves to adoring stage-side fans, and provokes jealous screams by planting kisses on their cheeks. The animal Elvis has mellowed with age, but that beast in him remains.

The most impressive thing about this rotund Elvis is his musicianship, no longer eclipsed by his choreography. When he slides into his recent ballad My Boy you know it comes from deep down. His voice is full, robust and resounding, in perfect pitch. And so it is with the other ballads on the program I Remember You, It’s Midnight and the stirring American Trilogy. For middle-of-the-roaders, Elvis turns in respectable but unimpressive pop versions of Funny How Time Slips Away, If You Love Me Let Me Know and Let Me Be There, the latter two tunes recent Olivia Newton-John hits.

But Elvis’ forte is still the rockin’ stuff, and he shows he hasn’t lost what it takes. His Burning Love puts shame even to his own record version. When he launches into a slow, torchy Heartbreak Hotel, the inflections are vintage 1956. Somehow it’s not the same without those pelvic thrusts and deep knee-bends, but the audience forgives. Once or twice Elvis tentatively executes a half-split, as if testing his bloated body. But mostly he just clutches the microphone and wails in the best way he knows how. He wears his famous guitar for his first rocking numbers, then discards it. He never actually plays it.

The high point of the performance comes when Elvis goes back to his roots and announces “I’d like to do the first record I ever recorded.” He launches into a feverish That’s All Right Mama, bopping and slurring the lyric in classic rockabilly fashion, far better than the original on record. He lead guitar man reinforces the sound with lead licks from another early Elvis opus My Baby Left Me and fills in the bridge with the same That’s All Right lead first laid down in 1955 by Elvis’ original guitarist, Scotty Moore.

At the last moment Elvis lapses into mediocrity with a syrupy, schmaltzy and too-fast version of Can’t Help Falling in Love with You as his final number. One last time he bends over to kiss some cheeks and shake some hands. He smiles and strides off the stage in triumph, a lackluster finish notwithstanding. There is no encore. But the applause thundered on. And this crowd of loyal fans was not just applauding the legend, or the vestigial traces of a one-time teenage idol. Even without the gyrations, contortions and Mr. America build, this hefty but hot Elvis Presley truly earned it.

Elvis fans had to wait a full hour before their man came on stage. The audience endured a schlocky Las Vegas comic who yukked about getting seven days out of a 5-day deodorant pad. Two warm-up acts, Voice and the Sweet Inspirations, both of them Elvis back-up groups, tried their best to entertain a crowd who wanted only Elvis. And then, of all things, an intermission, during which a thoroughly obnoxious master of ceremonies hawked Elvis souvenirs from the stage. Some concertgoers complained that they had paid $10 for mail-order tickets, but had been given $5.50 or $7.50 seats – with no adjustment. Some fans took their case up with Curtis Hixon management, who denied responsibility and refused to make any refunds.

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Date: 26 Apr 1975
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Tampa, FL.
Curtis Hixson Hall
Tickets: 7,500
Costume: White 2-piece suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Love Me Tender
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Help Me
Burning Love
[band introductions]
What’d I Say
School Days
My Boy
T-R-O-U-B-L-E
Alfie (1 line)
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Let Me Be There
American Trilogy
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings:
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 15 – April 24th – May 7th 1975
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Info April 26 1975 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa FL (2:30 pm) 7500 Navy Blue Two-Piece with Red Armadillo None White Suit Yes Yes Yes
Info April 26 1975 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa FL (8:30 pm) 7500 Navy Blue Two-Piece with Multi Colored Arrows None Blue Suit Yes Yes Yes
Elvis performed at the Coliseum, Seattle, Washington.

The Elvis Presley Army – 14,687 Strong
Seattle Post-Intelligencer April 27, 1976

It was a happy, busy scene at Seattle Center last night as an army of Elvis Presley fans – 14,687 strong – advanced on the Coliseum

From all corners of the Center they streamed, fresh-faced teenagers and more than a generous sprinking of the Geritol set, all with anticipatory smiles.

Salesmen were hawking pregrams at $3 a throw, and women were buying pins bearing a color picture of elvis for a dollar.

Scalpers were doing a brisk, if furtive trade in tickets, with some tickets going for $45. “I was willing to pay 50,” one satisdfied customer said.

Before 7 pm. the faithful were lined up on a level above the entrance they thought Elvis would use, all armed with cameras. One of them was May Humphries who had come from Boise to see him, after missing him twice in Las Vegas “I made teddy bears,” she said “I was hoping to bring him one but I was afraid I couldn’t get close enough to give it to him”

Irene Cure, standing next to her, had come up from Albany, Ore. forthe occasion.

They’re here becuase they want to see The King volunteered Gary Pederson standing next to them.

A jolly group of women, from Tacoma said they had waited in line five hours for tickets, “I guess you’re surprised to see so many gray hairs here” one of the group said “I wouldn’t let my kids watch him becuase of wiggles and here we are.

Rose Nollette from Vancouver, BC who wore an Elvis pin with the legend “Elvis Spirit of 76” flew down with her friend Penny Cake bread and addmitted that she had been a member of Elvis’ fan club for a long time but had never seen him.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bosko of Mercer Island were waiting for friends outside the Coliseum. Mrs. Bosko said her husband got their tickets and came home saying “Here I am almost 56 and I never thought they day would come when I would stand in line three hours to see some guy play a guitar” Mr. Bosko added: “He seems to appeal to the younger generation too. I think that what attracts people is that you can actually understand what he is singing.”

Elvis did have his detractors, however. There was the young man who wandered around telling everyone. “I think Elvis is some sort of screwball”.

Standing patiently with a sign: “wanted two tickets” was Gerry Kingen, Seattle restaurateur.

Perhaps one of the nicest sights at the center was a man who sold two tickets for exactly what he paid for them $7.50 each. He was Suresh Malhotra an economist who said: “I’m sorry I don’t want more for them” He had bought them for a girl who was coming here from India but didn’t make it in time.

As for economist Malhotra “I’m too old for this sort of thing” he said.

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April 26, 1976 (8:30 pm) Seattle, WA.
Date: 26 Apr 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Seattle, WA.
Coliseum
Tickets: 14,687
Costume: Aztec (Dark Blue) 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
Tryin’ To Get To You
My Way
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
What’d I Say
America
And I Love You So
Hound Dog
Hurt
Help Me
How Great Thou Art
Blue Suede Shoes
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Live In Seattle
 

Boarding the Lisa Marie in Long Beach, CA on April 26, 1976 heading for Seattle, WA

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 20 – April 21st – April 27th 1976
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Info April 26 1976 Coliseum Seattle WA (8:30 pm) 14687 White Egyptian Bird Original belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes
Elvis performed at the Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Photo by Bob Heis
Date: 26 Apr1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Kalamazoo, MI.
Wings Stadium.
Tickets: 7,500
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

My Way
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll
Hurt
Hound Dog

Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Memories From Kalamazoo
 
Bob Heis Photo:
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 30 – April 21st – May 3rd 1977
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Info April 26 1977 Wings Stadium Kalamazoo MI (8:30 pm) 7500 Mexican Sundial Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes

 

1978

Ringo Starr’s TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper airs on American television. Ringo played both characters and George Harrison provided the narration, but the effort still finishes 53rd out of 65 shows.

1997

ABC’s telecast of U2: A Year in POP becomes the lowest-rated prime-time program in the history of major network television.

 

2011

Dionne Warwick and the surviving members of The Shirelles launched a lawsuit against the producers of a new Broadway musical called Baby It’s You, accusing them of cashing in on the plaintiffs’ stories and successes while using plaintiffs’ names, likenesses and biographical information without their consent.

2016

In the first week after the death of Pop star Prince, fans bought 654,000 copies of his albums and downloaded 2.82 million of his songs. “The Very Best of Prince”, “Purple Rain” and “The Hits / The B-Sides” re-entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at 1, 2 and 6, respectively.

reference sites:
http://www.elvisnews.com

http://www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html

http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

www.elvishistoryblog.com/

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