Daily Elvis: April 28

Give us this day, April 28, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” It was the telephone number of the Café Rouge at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, and is still a working number.


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 delivered supplies to job sites for  Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour.

April 28, 1955

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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April 28, 1956

“Heartbreak Hotel” hit #1 on the Billboard pop charts.

At the New Frontier Hotel, The Colonel had arranged for Elvis to play a special matinee show for teenagers in addition to the scheduled Dinner and Midnight shows.

At an era where teenagers were just starting to be heard and children not seen at all, finally an audience that related to Elvis.

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By Bill Willard : Las Vegas SUN : April 28, 1956

Accent is on pitch and pull for this batch of acts comprising the current Venus Room Bill. The powers of the New Frontier are pitching the local premiere of Elvis Presley, but the pull will be in Freddy Martin’s smooth music making and word-of-mouth cheering for Shecky Greene’s unbridled comedy…….

Elvis Presley, arriving here on the wave of tremendous publicity, fails to hit the promised mark in a desert isle surfeited with rock and rollers who play in shifts atop every cocktail lounge on the Strip. The brash, loud braying of his rhythm and blues catalog (and mind you, they are big hits everywhere it seems) which albeit rocketed him to the big time, is overbearing to a captive audience. In a lounge, one can up and go — fast. But in a dining room, the table sitter must stay, look and listen the thing out. Which is perhaps why Presley received applause on his opening show edged with polite inference only. 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.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info April 28 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (2:00 PM) 700 The Atomic Powered Singer
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Info April 28 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (12:00 AM) The Atomic Powered Singer

April 28, 1957

Elvis arrived in Los Angeles and checked into the penthouse apartment and the presidential suit of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with Gene and Junior Smith, George Klein, Arthur Hooton and Bitsy Mott. The band remained at the downtown Knickerbocker Hotel.

April 28, 1958

The Drifters recorded their classic “Drip Drop.” It was the last charter (#58 pop) for the original group.

Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show” did two performances at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon, Danny & the Juniors, the Diamonds, Billy Ford, the Chantels, Larry Williams, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and the Pastels.

The Elvis Presley compilation album “Elvis’ Golden Records” hit #3 in the U.S.  It was certified Gold on November 1, 1966, and Platinum on March 27, 1992, by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Military service  Fort Hood in Texas.

April 28, 1959

After a ten-year run, the final “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” aired on CBS-TV.
Military Service in Germany

April 28, 1960

G.I. Blues Pre-prodcution: Recording continued from 12.30 p.m. to 11.03 p.m. But due to new union rules regarding length of sessions and prescribed breaks it was not an successful session and arrangements were made to continue the following week at Radio Recorders where Elvis had always felt more at home.

RCA Studio’s – Hollywood, California
Big Boots (Fast Tempo) WPA5 2514-07
What’s She Really Like (Continued) ////////-19
What’s She Really Like (Insert) ////////-22
What’s She Really Like (Composite) L2PB 3679-SP
Pocketful Of Rainbows (Alternate Master) WPA5 2544-12
Blue Suede Shoes L2PB 3687-01
Wooden Heart L2PB 3681-04
Pocketful Of Rainbows (Continued) WPA5 2544-28

April 28, 1961

In the UK “Wooden Heart” by Elvis Presley is #1

In Philadelphia, Jerry Butler, the Flamingos, the Miracles, Maxine Brown, the Vibrations, and Shep and the Limelites played the Uptown Theater.

Blue Hawaii Production

April 28, 1962

In the UK, “Good Luck Charm” by Elvis Presley is #1

Girls! Girls! Girls! production

April 28, 1963

Ray Charles performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

London public relations man Andrew Loog Oldham got his first look at the Rolling Stones onstage at the Crawdaddy Club. The next day he became their manager.

April 28, 1964

At Wembley studios in England, The Beatles filmed the television special “Around the Beatles.” In addition to performing their hit songs, they played Act V Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream.” John was cast in the female role of Thisbe, Paul was Pyramus, George played Moonshine, and Ringo was Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.

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RCA issued the “What’d I Say/Viva Las Vegas” single, “Viva Las Vegas” charted separately from its A-side, a modest hit reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chartGold Award certification, issued on March 27, 1992.

The Elvis version of “What’d I Say” peaked at #21, the two sides having equivalent appeal in the marketplace. “Viva Las Vegas” reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart, improving to #15 after a reissue in 2007.

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April 28, 1965

Barbara Streisand‘s first TV special aired on CBS. It was titled “My Name is Barbara”.

April 28, 1966

During Elvis’ stay at home, movies were screened at the Crosstown Theater almost every night.

April 28, 1967

Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and, as a result, was arrested and stripped of his boxing title. He sited religious grounds for his refusal.  In June 1967, Ali was found guilty by a jury that deliberated just 21 minutes. After an Appeals Court upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in June 1971, his conviction for refusing induction was overturned by unanimous decision.

Gary Lewis and the Playboys’ “This Diamond Ring” was certified Gold.

Clambake post-production

Rumors of Elvis’ imminent marriage appeared in the press just as members of the wedding party began to assemble in Palm Springs.

April 28, 1968

Richard Harris sang “Didn’t We” on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show. Ella Fitzgerald, the Doodletown Pipers, George Carlin, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, and Milt Kamen also performed.

The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.

Live a Little, Love a Little 

April 28, 1969

Change of Habit production

April 28, 1970

April 28, 1971

April 28, 1972

April 28, 1973

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon went to No.1 in the US. The album went on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 discontinuous weeks on the Billboard chart, and has now sold over 45 million copies world-wide. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks there, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.

Elvis Presley : April 28, 1973 : (3.00 pm). Spokane, WA.

Elvis performed at the Coliseum, Spokane, Washington at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m.

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Date: 28 Apr 1973
Time: 3pm
Venue: Spokane, WA.
Tickets: 6,500
Costume: Flowers (brown) suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me Tender
You Gave Me A Mountain
Steamroller Blues
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Hound Dog
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: Spokane Magnatism

CONCERT DATE: April 28, 1973. Spokane, WA.

Elvis Show Incredible
by Wayne Carlson
April 30, 1973
Spokane Daily Chronicle

An incredible carnival called the Elvis Presley show was staged twice in the Coliseum Saturday, and Spokane has apparently survived the sights and sounds onslaught.

Seeing was almost believing for 12,900 persons – predominantly female, late 20s and early 30s crowds – who viewed two shows.

The carnival had it all: The Gypsy king, the hawker and the fool.

The hawker, slicked-down and mustachioed, acted as emcee. He also sold “Elvis super souvenirs” before the show, during intermission and after the show.

He peddled autographed pictures of the gypsy (Bob Dylan’s name for Elvis) for $2, posters for $1 and medium sized and giant “flashbacks” ($3 and $5) in Shimmering, Silent Silver and Glimmering Gentle Green.

The fool was up next. A comic forgettable but for his red suit and bad taste, Jackie what’s-his-name talked of homosexuality, heterosexuality and hairdressers.

Another warm-up act followed, this time by the talented Sweet Inspirations, who offered a medley of Aretha Franklin’s hits.

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And then the magic began: the lights dimmed, the band struck up the theme song from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and out strutted the undisputed king of rock and roll.

Dressed in a bell-bottomed white outfit, studded with sequins, white boots, three diamond rings on one hand and two on the other, Elvis walked to one side of the stage and then to the other. He picked up his prop guitar and, left leg a-twitchin’, belted out “C.C. Rider.”

Bedlam followed: Following the opening number, Presley paused to talk. “Well…”

Up in the balcony came to screams. Elvis smiled: “Maybe ah’ll just stand here all night” But he didn’t

He mugged, he gyrated, he posed, he strutted, he directed the band with lavish gestures. And he sung.

Elvis’ powerful voice, with the assistance of his own super sound system, triumphed even over what are laughingly called the acoustics of the Coliseum.

Presley raced through 24 songs in an hour. He possess not only one of the strongest voices ever heard in the Coliseum but has become a consummate performer. On Saturday, he obviously took great delight in his flamboyant, outrageous posing for the flashbulbpopping, binocular-armed throng. He danced and directed the band with gestures, arm jerks and karate chops.

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He quite clearly does not take himself too seriously and winds up a parody of himself.

But, who cares? The audience loved it all.

At one point, he took a drink of (presumably) water, mopped his perspiring face with a towel, looked mischievously out at the audience, then hurled the dripping cloth into the seats.

He smiled as he prepared to execute one of his antics, knowing the response it would evoke, the laughed along with the stage troupe and the rest of the audience when the reaction came.

He changed lyrics (“Heartbreak Hotel” became “Weird-Named Hotel”) His left leg moved violently during “Fever” and he pounded it with his fist, as if to say, “Stay put…”

Best-received numbers were “American Trilogy” (“Dixie,” “All My Trials” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”), “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Suspicious Minds,” “What Now My Love?,” “You Gave Me A Mountain” and “Love Me Tender”

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But Elvis could have sung a medley of Guy Lombardo’s greatest flops and had the audience in his bejeweled hands.

For the crowd was there to see a living legend in the flesh and Elvis didn’t disappoint.

For 10 bucks a head, the price was small. Indeed.

Date: 28 Apr 1973
Time: 8pm
Venue: Spokane, WA.
Tickets: 6,500
Costume: White Aloha Eagle
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
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
I’m Leavin’
Johnny B. Goode
Hound Dog
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


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 9 – April 22nd – April 30th 1973
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Info April 28 1973 Coliseum Spokane WA (3:00 pm) 6500 Fire Original belt Yes
Info April 28 1973 Coliseum Spokane WA (8:00 pm) 6400 1973 American Eagle Second belt Yellow Suit Yes Yes Yes

April 28, 1974

April 28, 1975

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Donahue, inventor of “free form,””deep cuts” and “classic rock” radio, died following a heart attack at age 46 — Influential radio disc jockey/programmer/manager (KSAN-San Fracisco, KMET-Los Angeles, KPPC-Los Angeles, KMPX-San Francisco, KYA-San Francisco, WIBG-Philadelphia)/record label owner (Autumn)/concert promoter (Beatles at Candlestick Park)

Ringo Starr sang his latest hit, “No No Song,” on NBC-TV’s “Smothers Brothers Show.” Later that night, John Lennon was a guest on NBC’s “Tomorrow” show hosted by Tom Snyder.

Elvis performed at the Civic Center Arena, Lakeland, Florida.

Date: 28 Apr 1975
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Lakeland, FL.
Lakeland Civic Center
Tickets: 8,200
Costume: White 2-piece suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Dont Have To Say You Love Me
Big Boss Man
Its Midnight
When It’s My Time [JD Sumner & The Stamps]
Burning Love
[band introductions]
My Boy
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Let Me Be There
An American Trilogy
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: We’ll Make You Happy CD1 (from When It’s My Time to end)


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“Hefty And Hot, Elvis Still Carries Weight with Fans” by Victor Livingston
St. Petersburg Times (April 28, 1975) (Concert Review) (off site)

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 15 – April 24th – May 7th 1975
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Info April 28 1975 Lakeland Civic Center Lakeland FL (8:30 pm) 8200 Navy Blue Two-Piece with Blue Armadillo None Red Suit Yes Yes Yes

April 28, 1976

April 28, 1977

Elvis performed at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Date: 28 Apr1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Green Bay, WI.
Brown County Veterans.
Tickets: 6,532
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

My Way
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
Delta Lady
Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll
Hawaiian Wedding Song

Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: I Did It My Way


CONCERT DATE: April 28 1977 (8:30 pm). Green Bay WI.

And How Was Elvis? “Fantastic”
by Warren Gerds
Green Bay Press-Gazette
April 29, 1977

It was as if the President were visiting – only worse. Tight security. Secrecy about arrival time. Rumours. $100 tickets. Crowd control. No interviews. No tape recorders. No motion picture cameras. All this for Elvis Presley. He was accorded admiration suitable to his nickname – The King.

Hundreds awaited the arrival of his jet Thursday evening at Austin Straubel Field. Thousands more – 6532 ticketholders – cheered him at Brown County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. On the bottom line, Elvis Presley is merely an entertainer. But he has built up an mystique around himself – partly due to his inaccesibility. That mystique generates itself into adventure and excitement for his followers.

His 70-minute performance was not remarkable in itself. But the whole atmosphere was. Earlier in the day, John Dederich, arena manager said laughingly of the impending show: “If it does anything, it’ll show that the middle age is just as foolish as the kids when it comes to their own thing.” Said one man enjoying a fling like the kids do at rock concerts: “This is the first time 40 doesn’t seem so old.” But the crowd was not entirely middle age. There were little kids and gray hairs. The average was probably early 30s.

Among the audience was a man who has to be among the ultimate Elvis fans. He’s Donald Richard of Montreal. Richard and five of his buddies from Quebec have been following Presley’s 12-show tour by car. And they’ve seen every show. Up to now that’s been Detroit, Toledo, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee and Green Bay. Coming up: Duluth (where Presley flew right after the show), St.Paul, Chicago (twice) and Saginaw again. This is the fourth year Richard has been using his vacation time to do this. He’s seen 75 Presley shows.

How did this interest develop? Richard responded simply in his French-Canadian accent: “We like the show, and we like his style.” Richard said Presley changes songs in his show from city to city. Presley has used 28 on this tour. Presley has been “fantastic” on this tour, Richard said. And the crows reaction is the same in every city – crazy, wild.

How do Richard and his pals manage to get tickets? “From scalpers at the door.” And they don’t get nailed for high prices. “The most we pay is $20,” Richard said. About 15 scalpers were selling tickets outside the arena Thursday. One ticket went for $70, while 20 feet away a youngster was selling at $30.

One high school student started asking $75. At 7PM, he turned down a $35 offer. He sold it at 8.30, show time, for $20. Perhaps it was to the patient Mr. Richard or one of his friends.

Meanwhile inside, sitting in a front row seat she paid “around $100 for, Judy Cebert of Green Bay was eagerly awaiting the arrival of The King – her “first teen-age love.” The price of the seat was worth it, she said. “When you wait for 20 years and think he won’t come here again, I think it is.”

Sitting behind her was he husband, Craig. He said: “The only reason I’m here is to make sure she won’t get killed.” Judy said, “He has visions of me climbing on the stage.” A few people tried that, but Presley’s security men pushed them back. The total security force was 21 off-duty, plainclothes county policemen and 10 deputies (same as for the recent Kiss rock concert), plus Presley’s four-man guard.

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Further back in the crowd, Karin Craft of Green Bay was sitting on the edge of her seat with a rose in her hand. “I’m going to ask him for a scarf and a kiss”, she said. She figured her chances for that were “about 100 to 1”. Plenty of people – about 30 – got scarves, worn for seconds by Presley. One girl got a kiss – but she was Presley’s 20-year old girlfriend, singing with the backup group. Karin is a devoted follower of Elvis. “I’ve got all of his records”, she said. That includes 52 albums. What’s the attraction? “I don’t know, I just love him.”

Mary Keyser of Green Bay had the prime seat of the night. Front row, right smack dab under Presley’s microphone. Things is, she didn’t know she had such a good set beforehand. “We (she and her husband) knew we were in a good section, but we didn’t know we were in the first row.” The Keysers paid the regular $15 for the ticket, no $100 scalper rate. She said, “I like him a lot, but I wouldn’t pay a whole lot of money for it. I can’t afford it.”

And then there was Judy Shoen of Green Bay. Judy, Judy, Judy – turned on Judy. She waited for 23 hours outside the arena March 19 and was in the group that got the first tickets – front row, of course. Thursday, she was adither with delight. “Fantastic! This is it! He is the ultimate!” she cried before the show. “I would have given my eye teeth to get in the arena, let alone the first row! Can you believe this? I just can’t stop shaking.” What was she nervous about? “Oh my God! Do you realize who’ll be standing there?”

After the show, Judy’s head was still spinning. “Fantastic!” was her word for the night. Did she get a scarf? Yep, she produced it from inside her brassiere. She got the second one. Lucky Judy. What was she going to do with the scarf? “Sleep with it tonight, tomorrow and the next night.” What of Elvis? “He looked a little old, but he looked great to me,” she said. “I couldn’t find a flaw in his body.”

Presley’s show grossed nearly $100000 – easily a one-event arena record. Arena manager Dederich said the whole aura of Presley’s visit was “definitely, definitely fun.” Many would agree with him. Dederich added, “I think it’s a feather in Green Bay’s hat if it wants something big.”

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 30 – April 21st – May 3rd 1977
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Info April 28 1977 Brown County Veterans Green Bay WI (8:30 pm) 6532 Mexican Sundial Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes



Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” album was certified Platinum.


The California State Assembly consumer protection committee heard testimony from so-called experts who complained about playing the Led Zeppelin recording of “Stairway To Heaven” backwards. The “Back Masking” rock n roll scare was back on and video games replaced Comic Books.


For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl version: “The Art of Excellence” by Tony Bennett. It was his first album upon re-signing with Columbia Records.


Ray Charles addressed members of the U.S. Congress, urging increased funding for hearing research, saying “My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity.”


MC Hammer (Stanley Burrell) charted with the dance-rap classic “U Can’t Touch This,” reaching #1 R&B (#8 pop). In its first week on the charts it reached #28, the highest position a rap song had achieved up to that time.


April 28, 1992…The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped chart showing the elements and proportions of a recommended diet.


Lisa Marie Presley announced her separation from first husband Danny Keough after 5½ years of marriage and two children. The divorce became final eight days later. Lisa Marie would soon be married to Michael Jackson.


In Memphis, Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed it Jerry Lee Lewis Day.


The Reader’s Digest compilation 1983 seven album set “Elvis! His Greatest Hits” was certified platinum by the RIAA.


Marilyn Manson walked off stage during a concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when he realized that someone had put a large yellow “smiley face” on a stage prop. 23 arrests were made in the aftermath.


The iTunes Music Store marked its first anniversary with over 70 million songs sold


Emeli Sande set a new record for the most consecutive weeks on the UK’s Official Album Chart top 10 of any debut album. ‘Our Version Of Events’ was released in February 2012 and went on to become the biggest selling album that year. The album hadn’t dropped out of the top 10 since its release and had been in the UK’s Official Album Chart for 63 weeks. The 26-year-old singer had overtaken The Beatles who previously held the record.


Tupelo Elvis Festival news coverage

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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