Daily Elvis: May 14

Give us this day, May 14, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf recorded one of his earliest sessions at Sam Phillips Sun Studios in Memphis. The session included his early classics “Moanin’ at Midnight” and “How Many More Years,” which would become both sides of his first chart single.

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 14, 1955

Bo Diddley’s tune “Bo Diddley” debuts on the US R&B chart, where it will stay for 18 weeks, climbing to #1. The song will become his most successful record and introduces what will be known as the Bo Diddley beat.

Elvis performed at the Shrine Auditorium, New Bern, North Carolina at 7.00 and 9.00 p.m.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 14 1955 Shrine Auditorium New Bern NC (7:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info May 14 1955 Shrine Auditorium New Bern NC (9:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

May 14, 1956

Patti Page released the single “Allegheny Moon.”

“The Platters,” the group’s first album, was released.

Buddy Holly is fitted with contact lenses by Lubbock optometrist Dr. J. Davis Armistead. Although they cost him $125, Holly can’t get used to them and will revert to his trademark glasses.

Elvis performed at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, LaCrosse, Wisconsin at 7.00 and 9.30 p.m.

Elvis onstage at Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium – May 14, 1956

The program were promoted as a five-star variety show featuring Elvis, The Jordanaires, Irish tenor Frank Connors, the Flaim Brothers and Rick Flaim and his  Orchestra.

Elvis and Bill onstage at Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium – Photo © Vinje Dahl Jr.

While a full house yelled like wild banshees at the floor shows acts that preceded the king of rock ‘n roll, Elvis himself was pacing nervously near the entrance to his dressing room, his guitar lying carelessly on the floor. “I’m always by myself before I go on,” he said. “I’m never assured. In Las Vegas, a while ago, it was really bad. There were a lot of movie stars there, and that made it even worse.”  Ten minutes later Presley stepped onto the stage, immediately the soft-spoken kid with the nervous laugh disappeared and Elvis turned into a purple-coated musical demon who belted out songs like his young life depended on it.”

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 14 1956 Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium La Crosse WI (7:00 PM) 4000 Yes
Info May 14 1956 Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium La Crosse WI (9:30 PM) 1200 Yes

May 14, 1957

Jailhouse Rock while working on the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock, Elvis swallowed a cap from one of his teeth.

Taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed from his lung, was released the next day.

Image result for elvis may 14, 1957

May 14, 1958

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

May 14, 1959

Cliff Richard’s first movie, “Serious Charge,” premiered in the UK.
Military Service in Germany

May 14, 1960

G.I. Blues 

May 14, 1961

Blue Hawaii

May 14, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

May 14, 1963

May 14, 1964

Elvis finished his work on Roustabout with some more publicity stills.

Afterwards there was a brief recording session at Radio Recorders to overdub the new title song.

Radio Recorders Studio B – Hollywood, California
Roustabout (Vocal Overdub) RPA3 5273-17

May 14, 1965

Frankie and Johnny  Elvis returned to Radio Recorders for overdubs from 5.00 to 7.30 p.m.

Radio Recorders Studio B – Hollywood, California
Frankie & Johnny (Movie Version Part 1 – Vocal Overdub) ////////-05
Frankie & Johnny (Movie Version Section 3 – Vocal Overdub) ////////-NA
Frankie & Johnny (Movie Version Section 6 – Vocal Overdub) ////////-NA
Frankie & Johnny (Movie Version – Composite) TPA3 3997-SP
What Every Woman Lives For (Vocal Overdub) SPA3 7377-08
Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter ////////-04
Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter (Insert) ////////-02
Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter SPA3 7375-06
Look Out Broadway SPA3 7379-12
Everybody Come Aboard SPA3 7385-15
Chesay SPA3 7376-07
Frankie & Johnny (Record Version) SPA3 7378-06

May 14, 1966

Elvis’s 25th LP was the soundtrack album “Frankie and Johnny” hit #11 in the U.K. It peaked at 20 in the US; and It was certified Gold and Platinum on January 6, 2004

Image result for elvis frankie and johnny soundtrack

The Kingsmen‘s “Louie Louie” enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the ninth time. This time it only stayed on the charts for two weeks, going to #97. When it was first released in 1963, it made it to #2 during a thirteen week run.

May 14, 1967

May 14, 1968

Elvis had a meeting with Bob Finkel about his upcoming Christmas special and Elvis declared that he wanted the special to be something completely different from everything else he had done. He wanted everyone to know what he really could do.

May 14, 1969

May 14, 1970

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is 

May 14, 1971

May 14, 1972

May 14, 1973

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows

Date: 14 May 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0


Date: 14 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
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info May 14 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 14 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 14, 1974

Elvis flew from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe to begin rehearsals with Joe Guercio and the rhythm section for his upcoming show.

May 14, 1975

May 14, 1976

33 year old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. His voice can be heard on such British Invasion classics as “For Your Love”, “Heart Full of Soul”, “I Ain’t Got You”, and “Shapes of Things”.

May 14, 1977


The Elvis Presley single “Baby I Don’t Care” hit #61 in the U.K.

Image result for elvis Baby I Don't Care 1983


At Atlantic record’s fortieth anniversary concert at Madison square Garden in New York City, saw reunions of Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Rascals,Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, Yes, Foreigner, The Spinners and many others –  Sam of Sam & Dave, in a duet with Dan Aykroyd—whose Blues Brothers film gave renewed interest in Sam & Dave’s classic songs—also performed.


Conway Twitty’s album “The Very Best Of Conway Twitty” was certified Platinum.


The acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings, “That’s All Right Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” in 1954, sold for $152,000 at an auction in London, England.


While visiting the Great wall of China, B.B. King was on hand to open the first Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing.

Janet Jackson performed on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.


Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. He enjoyed his first hit record in April, 1940 with “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and went on to have over 30 US and 40 UK Top 40 singles, selling over 150 million records worldwide. His final entry on the Hot 100 had come in 1980 with “Theme From New York, New York”. He would be buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California on May 20th with a tombstone that reads The Best Is Yet To Come.


Tom Jones‘ album “Reload” was at the top of the UK album chart, making him the oldest artist (60) to ever score a UK #1 album with new material.


As part of the fiftieth annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard were presented with the Icon Award

The musical We Will Rock You opened in the West End of London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.


Two weeks after he appeared on American Idol, Neil Diamond topped the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for the first time in his career when “Home Before Dark” went to number one. The closest he came before was with the 1973 soundtrack to “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, which reached #2.


Blues legend B.B. King passed away at the age of 89. In a career that spanned over 60 years, he won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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