Daily Elvis: May 5

Give us this day, May 5, our daily Elvis


The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. By midyear it was calling itself “The Official Organ of the Great Out-Door Amusement World.”


Tupelo, Mississippi


Bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s chart debut was “Rock Me Mama,” and eventual #3 R&B. Crudup started singing with the gospel group The Harmonizing Four and was discovered by an Okeh Records A&R man while playing on a Chicago street corner.


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.

May 5, 1955

Elvis performed at the Ladd Stadium., Mobile, Alabama, where some girls chased Elvis across the football field.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info May 5 1955 Ladd Stadium Mobile AL (8:15 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

May 5, 1956

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info May 5 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (8:00 PM) The Atomic Powered Singer
Info May 5 1956 New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas NV (12:00 AM) The Atomic Powered Singer


May 5, 1957

May 5, 1958

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

May 5, 1959
Military Service in Germany

May 5, 1960

Elvis complained to the Colonel that RCA had altered the sound on It’s Now Or Never. RCA responded by suggesting that Elvis’ record player probably produced a different sound than the studio equipment, hoping that Elvis’ Concerns would go away.

G.I. Blues Production

May 5, 1961

While the Colonel and RCA were disputing which song would be released as Elvis’ next single, Elvis solved the issue by picking “I Feel So Bad” from the last Nashville session. The Colonel responded: “I don’t pick the tunes, Elvis does.”

Blue Hawaii production

May 5, 1962

The Shirelles were presented with a Gold record for “Soldier Boy”, a song that was recorded in one take and originally intended as an album filler. It was the second million seller for them, following their first number one hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. The girls would later find the US Top 10 again with “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Mama Said”, “Baby It’s You” and “Foolish Little Girl”.

The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks at the No.1 position. While Elvis had not done that movie, in favour of Blue Hawaii, he did cause Natalie Wood to be cast.

Girls! Girls! Girls! Production

May 5, 1963

May 5, 1964


May 5, 1965

ABC-TV’s “Shindig!” featured performances by the Isley Brothers, Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, the Chambers Brothers, Ray Peterson, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Boyd, all participating in a “Tribute to Elvis” episode.

Opening medley (song excerpts):
1. Joey Cooper – “Blue Suede Shoes.”
2. The Blossoms – “Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do.”
3. Glen Campbell – “Big Hunk O’ Love.”
4. The Wellingtons – “I Need Your Love Tonight.”
5. Sonny & Cher – “I Got Stung.”
6. The Isley Brothers – “Hard Headed Woman” (end of medley).

Other songs (not in broadcast order):
–Chambers Brothers – “Jailhouse Rock.”
–Sonny and Cher – “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear,” “All Shook Up” and “Treat Me Nice.”
–Cher – “Wooden Heart.”
–Isley Brothers – “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck.”
–Glen Campbell – “Trouble” & “Surrender.”
–Ray Peterson – “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “It’s Now or Never” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”
–Linda Gail Lewis – “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Crying in the Chapel.”
–Jimmy Boyd – “Hot Dog” and “Poor Boy.”
–The Blossoms – “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck” and “Shake Rattle & Roll.”
–The Shindogs – “King Creole.”
–Delaney Bramlett – “That’s Alright Mama.”
–Joey Cooper – “Mean Woman Blues” and “Crawfish.”
–Willy Nelson – “Hound Dog” (not “Willie Nelson,” the country singer).
–The Wellingtons – “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck.”
–Maria Ghava (Shindig dancer) sings “Hey Memphis.”
–The Shindig dancers – “Party.”
Finale: Joey Cooper – “Blue Suede Shoes” (with closing credits).

May 5, 1966


May 5, 1967

Elvis and Priscilla went to the ranch during the day but returned in the evening to see movies at the Memphian.


May 5, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little 

May 5, 1969

Stevie Wonder received the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Committee on Employment of Handicapped People by President Nixon at the White House.

The Beatles single ‘Get Back’ was released in the US. John Lennon claimed in 1980 that “there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there”, claiming that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang “Get back to where you once belonged.”

Change of Habit post production


May 5, 1970

May 5, 1971

May 5, 1972

Romances: Priscilla

May 5, 1973

Elvis did dinner and midnight shows at Lake Tahoe

Date: 05 May 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0


Date: 05 May 1973
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0
Engagement – Tour Ref: Lake Tahoe Season 2 – Lake Tahoe May 4th – May 20th 1973
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Info May 5 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 5 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 5, 1974

At RCA Studio A in New York City, Perry Como began recording “It’s Impossible.” It peaked at #10 on the pop music chart, his first hit single in the 1970s, Como had racked up Top 25 records in four consecutive decades – the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Elvis recorded the song in 1973.

May 5, 1975

Elvis Arriving in Jackson with Mindi Miller and Red West

Romances: Mindi Miller

Elvis performed at the Mississippi State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi, which was a benefit performance.

photo by Sean Shaver

Backstage in Jackson, MS on May 5, 1975

This show was the Special Benefit Show that the Colonel had arranged with Elvis to raise money for the January 9, 1975 McComb Twister Victims. A total of $113,674.88 was raised. Through Mississippi Governor Bill Waller’s intervention, the Coliseum was provided free of charge to house the 10,242 fans. Elvis and the Colonel also had all the money raised by the souvenir sales contributed to the Tornado victims cause. They even paid for all the shows advertising and production for the show (a total of $35,000). Before the show a Check for $113,674.88 was presented to Governor Waller , who then offered Elvis the States thanks “it was an historic occasion” commented Waller “This is the biggest Benefit in the State”. Elvis also met backstage McComb Mayor John Thompson and other state officials


In 2017 dollars, 1975 ones convert at a rate of  353.2% to $515,131.03 for the donation and $158,606.60 advertising.

Date: 05 May 1975
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Jackson, MS.
State Fair Coliseum
Tickets: 12,000
Costume: White 2-piece suit
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 15 – April 24th – May 7th 1975
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info May 5 1975 State Fair Coliseum Jackson MS (8:30 pm) 10242 White Two-piece suit with blue shoulder ornaments None Red Suit Yes

May 5, 1976

Elvis performed at the Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe.

Date: 05 May 1976
Time: 10pm
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me Let Me Know
You Gave Me A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Tryin’ To Get To You
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Love Letters
Burning Love
Hawaiian Wedding Song
How Great Thou Art
It’s Now Or Never
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: The Concert Years Vol 4
Engagement – Tour Ref: Lake Tahoe Season 5 – Lake Tahoe April 30th – May 9th 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info May 5 1976 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (8.00pm) White Egyptian Bird Original belt Red Suit Yes

Romances: Linda Thompson

May 5, 1977

Country music singer Loretta Lynn was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Romances: Ginger Alden


Top of the Pops has it; 1,000th  broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.


Duran Duran were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last No.1. The song which was taken from their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger was also a US No.1.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be built.


The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.

TV series “Elvis Good Rocking Tonight” continues on-air.

Grand Ole Opry: Elvis and the boys get the offer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry where, after their heads swell a bit, they go over like a lead balloon. They go back to Memphis with their tails between their legs, and struggle to record their next record.

TV Series: Good Rocking Tonight


The Beach Boys played themselves on an episode of the ABC-TV sitcom “Full House.”


Paul McCartney released “Flaming Pie,” his first studio album in more than four years and the last to feature vocals and participation from his wife Linda McCartney, who died of breast cancer in 1998.


Sonny and Cher‘s only child, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, appeared in a Santa Monica, California court where a judge signed off on an official gender and name change. The judge ruled that the gender reassignment is complete and that Chastity will now be a man known as Chaz Bono.


A group of UK musicians, including Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Soul singer Beverly Knight, released a charity single called “Save the Children (Look Into Your Heart)”, to benefit children in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there.


Elvis Presley’s Revolvers Sell for World Record Prices

Rock Island Auction Company sells Elvis Presley’s Smith & Wesson revolver,  one of his sheriff’s badges and a Colt Python revolver

Elvis Presley's Smith & Wesson revolver (shown here) and his Colt Python revolver sold Friday, May 5 for a world record price at Rock Island Auction Company. Also sold were the King's sheriff's badge (see photo), the original sales contract for Graceland, and numerous signed personal documents.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database




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