Give us this day, May 15, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954
Elvis delivered supplies to job sites for Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour.
May 15, 1954
Elvis and Dixie went to the Hi-Hat on South Third. Elvis was wearing his bolero jacket with a pink shirt and accompanied himself on the guitar. He sang 2 songs. This tryout didn’t get him a job.
May 15, 1955
Elvis performed on the bill with Hank Snow, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Slim Whitman, Martha Carson, The Davis Sisters, Mother Maybelle, The Carter Sisters, Onie Wheeler and Jimmy Rogers Snow at the Municipal Auditorium Norfolk, Virginia at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m.
Elvis and Bill onstage in Norfolk – May 15, 1955
A blurb in Billboard Magazine at the time reads, Tex Davis, country spinner at WCMS, Norfolk, typewrites that the last big show of the season there recently, featuring Hank Snow and band, Slim Whitman and band, Elvis Presley, the Davis Sisters, Onie Wheeler and Jimmie Rodgers Snow, attracted over 6,000 payees in two performances.5
|Info||May 15 1955||Municipal Auditorium||Norfolk VA||(3:00 PM)||abt 3.000||Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree||Yes|
|Info||May 15 1955||Municipal Auditorium||Norfolk VA||(8:00 PM)||abt 3.000||Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree||Yes|
May 15, 1956
Bob Neal’s Cotton Pickin’ Jamboree at Ellis featured Elvis headlining over Hank Snow and the Jordanaires as part of the opening of the twenty-second annual Cotton Carnival.
Elvis performed at the Ellis Auditorium, Memphis along with Hank Snow and The Jordanaires
Patricia Cowden, Elvis and Clare Mallory at Ellis Auditorium – Photo by Bob Williams © The Commercial Appeal
He wears black pants, a white shirt, and a kelly-green jacket, sings Heartbreak Motel, and introduces Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” as a beautiful song “recorded by a friend of mine…I never met him, but here’s the song.
Long Tall Sally
I Was The One
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis at Ellis Auditorium -Photo by Robert Dye
Elvis signs autographs at the Cotton Jamboree at Ellis Auditorium – Photo by Robert Dye
|Info||May 15 1956||Ellis Auditorium||Memphis TN||(8:30 PM)||7000||Cotton Pickin Festival|
May 15, 1957
Elvis is released from the hospital after surgery to remove his lung lodged tooth-cap
May 15, 1958
Military service Fort Hood in Texas.
May 15, 1959
Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’ His first ballad to hit No.1.
“A Fool Such as I” initially released as B-side to “I Need Your Love Tonight“, was the even bigger hit, reaching number one in the UK and number two Pop and #15 R&B in the United States (1959). It became a platinum record.
Military Service in Germany
May 15, 1960
Elvis Presley’s song “Fame And Fortune” hit #17 in the U.S.
The song was first released on a single as the flipside to “Stuck on You” (RCA 47 7740) and was Presley’s first post-army single. “Fame and Fortune” peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 while “Stuck on You” spend several weeks at number 1.
In the United States the single “Stuck on You” (backed with “Fame and Fortune”) was certified Gold by RIAA for selling in over 1 million copies.
May 15, 1961
Gladys Knight & the Pips became the first act in history to have two different versions of the same song on the charts at the same time when “Every Beat of My Heart” hit the pop Top 100. First recorded for Huntom and licenced to Veejay (#6 and #1 R&B), they recorded it on Fury (#45 and #15 R&B) and both raced up to the hit list starting today.
Brenda Lee guest-starred on the Danny Thomas sitcom “Make Room For Daddy” on CBS-TV.
Floyd Cramer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘On The Rebound.’ The US singer’s only UK No.1. The Nashville pianist played on many Elvis Presley hits.
May 15, 1962
May 15, 1963
At the fifth annual Grammy Awards, Ray Charles won the Best R&B recording Award for his classic country pop single, ” I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Record of the Year is Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. Peter, Paul And Mary‘s “If I Had a Hammer” wins both Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Folk Recording.
May 15, 1964
May 15, 1965
May 15, 1966
May 15, 1967
May 15, 1968
May 15, 1969
John Lennon’s “Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions,” the noise music successor to 1968’s highly controversial “Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins,” was released on Apple’s subsidiary label Zapple. The album opens with an extended and improvised recording titled “Cambridge 1969,” recorded at Cambridge University in front of a live audience. The piece consists of Yoko Ono’s vocalizations accompanied by electric guitar feedback from John Lennon. The second side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London’s Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono’s pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.
May 15, 1970
The Carpenters released the single “(They Long To Be) Close To You.”
May 15, 1971
Two short films by John Lennon were shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Elvis returned to Nashville to record some songs for his upcoming Christmas album, because RCA had pressured him. Although he was not in the right mood he did complete half the album before breaking off at 4.00 a.m.
May 15, 1972
In Laurel, Maryland, while campaigning for the U.S. presidency, Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer. Three bystanders were also wounded. Bremer was found guilty of attempted assassination and sentenced to 63 years in prison. After 35 years of incarceration, Bremer was released in November 2007.
May 15, 1973
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows
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Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Date:||15 May 1973|
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Info||May 15 1973||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||Dinner (10.00pm)|
|Info||May 15 1973||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||Midnight (12.00am)|
May 15, 1974
In Lake Tahoe the rehearsals were held at noon, both this day and the following day.
May 15, 1975
May 15, 1976
The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black And Blue’, the group’s sixth US No.1 album.
May 15, 1977
Five weeks after first appearing on the Billboard Pop chart, “Ebony and Ivory” reached #1. The Paul McCartney / Stevie Wonder duet would stay at the top for seven weeks. It was also a #1 hit in the UK.
Sam Phillips is a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman where the host spends six awkward minutes trying to interview the record producer about the early days of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Instead of answering the questions put to him, a disinterested Phillips seems bent on making silly comments about Letterman’s teeth and giving short, flippant answers.
In Washington, DC, Lisa Marie Presley attended a protest against the use of mind-altering medications for children.
June Carter Cash died at the age of 73 after complications from heart surgery. Along with Merle Kilgore, June wrote the Johnny Cash hit “Ring of Fire” about their stormy courtship. That song became the biggest hit of his career, staying at number one in the US for seven weeks. Actress Reese Witherspoon portrayed June in the 2005 film Walk The Line.
Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.
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