Daily Elvis: May 16

Give us this day, May 16, our daily Elvis


At the Franklin Institute, Emile Berliner demonstrated an improved early gramophone using a flat 7-inch disc with lateral-cut grooves on one side only, hand-cranked at 30 RPM with a two-minute capacity. He was the first to mass-produce hard rubber vulcanite copies from a zinc master disk.


The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.


Tupelo, Mississippi

May 15 1943

The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Vernon got a job. They stayed there until June 20, and then they all returned to Tupelo, homesick for family and friends.


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952

Elvis was an usher at Loew’s State Theatre


“Crazy, Man, Crazy” by Bill Haley & His Comets was their first chart entry and also the first rock ‘n’ roll record to make the Billboard pop music chart.

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

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

May 16, 1955

At the Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia:  Martha Carson, Slim Whitman, The Davis Sisters, Onie Wheeler, Jimmy Rogers Snow and special added attraction: Elvis with Scotty and Bill

Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen in Elvis Day by Day wrote “RCA field representative Brad McCuen (responsible for east Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas) and country–and–western promotion manager Chick Crumpacker are in the audience to check out some of their acts. Crumpacker remembers being bowled over. “What really got the listeners was his energy and the way he sang the songs. The effect was galvanic.” Subsequently Crumpacker makes a point of taking all of Elvis’ records back to New York to give to his boss, Steve Sholes, who, unbeknownst to him, is already well aware of the new act.”

Backstage at the Mosque

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 16 1955 Mosque Theater Richmond VA (8:30 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

May 16, 1956

Elvis performed at the Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas at 7.00 and 9.30 p.m.

Elvis was interviewed by a local DJ between shows to name his favorite song and Elvis picked “I Was The One”, from his first RCA session.

Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, Money Honey, I Got A Woman, Blue Suede Shoes, and Hound Dog  twice.

Auditorium Pandemonium
Elvis Cools Cats Down To a Dungaree Delirium
By Jack Blalock and Ray Moseley of the Gazette Staff

It started as a chant of “We want Elvis,” mounted to a wave of hysterical screaming and from then on the cats had a ball.
Elvis Presley, his guitar and his singing caused it all last night – the biggest mob scene the Auditorium has ever witnessed.
Teen-aged rock-and-roll fans started lining up 5 1/2 hours before his appearance and at show time the auditorium was packed, with hundreds more waiting outside.
Presley, flashily dressed and beaming broadly, took it all with ease as he sang for two worshipful mobs.
The 21-year-old singing star was scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. but he missed a plane connection in Memphis and did not come on stage until almost 8:30. The delay merely heightened the pandemonium in the Auditorium.
Thirty minutes before his arrival, the big hall started rocking with waves of rhythmic applause and cries of “We Want Elvis!” The crescendo mounted to a hysterical pitch when the stage lights came on.
The curtain parted and a blue jacketed master of ceremonies bubbled: “Bless your hearts, you’re going to get him.” That touched off another round of screaming.
Then the crowd booed and hissed intermittently as another act performed. Plainly they wanted Elvis.

In Person; In Purple
The master of ceremonies returned, fumbled through an introduction that no one cared to hear and then it happened.
Out of the curtains on the right emerged a broadly smiling Presley, garbed in a violet purple coat and black silk slacks. A guitar was draped over his shoulders as he slinked toward the microphone.
Instantly, the crowd was on its feet, screaming and waving. The front rows surged forward.
Presley continued to beam, wrestled the microphone toward him and suddenly burst into the opening notes of his most popular song “Heartbreak Hotel.”
That was more than the teenagers could take sitting down. On the left side of the auditorium, they rose in a body and stormed down the aisle, then stood screaming on the brink of the stage.
Presley gyrated wildly on stage, drawing louder screams each time he flicked a leg in hula dancer fashion.
Police Herd Them Back
Policemen scrambled down the aisle after the teen-agers and finally persuaded them to return to their seats.
The screaming never subsided during the rendition.
The notes came through only now and then, but it didn’t matter.

REALLY SENDS ‘EM – Elvis Presley “sent” these teen-agers “a-rockin and a-roll-in” while singing and shaking out one of his self-styled “hi want you, hi need you” songs. This front row scene was typical in the packed Robinson Auditorium last night. The ticket demand was so great that Presley presented a second show.

Arkansas Democrat Photo by Cranford  Little Rock Public Library

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 16 1956 Robinson Auditorium Little Rock AR (7:00 PM) Yes
Info May 16 1956 Robinson Auditorium Little Rock AR (9:30 PM) Yes

May 16, 1957

Jailhouse Rock production

May 16, 1958

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

May 16, 1959

Elvis Presley’s single “A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight” hit #1 in the U.K.
Military Service in Germany

May 16, 1960

G.I. Blues 

May 16, 1961

Blue Hawaii 

May 16, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

May 16, 1963

May 16, 1964

May 16, 1965

The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show

Frankie and Johnny 

May 16, 1966

The Beach Boys‘ “Pet Sounds” album was released, In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (Sgt. Pepper’S came first).

Bob Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock’s first double album, and Dylan’s seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.

May 16, 1967

The Monkees‘ third LP, “Headquarters” was released. It was their first album recorded primarily by the four members of the group and would reach #1 in the US for one week before being relegated to second place for eleven consecutive weeks by “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Elvis went to The Memphian to see Peter Sellers’ A Shot In The Dark.

May 16, 1968

At the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Tony Joe White recorded his composition, “Polk Salad Annie.” Billy Swan, singer of the 1974 hit “I Can Help,” produced the session.

May 16, 1969

May 16, 1970

May 16, 1971

Back in the recording studio in Nashville for his upcoming Christmas album, Elvis and the band started to jam during a break. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” of Bob Dylan went on for more than 11 minutes. Unfortunately Elvis lost his interest for the Christmas album afterwards and the band did 3 instrumental tracks.

May 16, 1972

May 16, 1973

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows.

Date: 16 May 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0


Date: 16 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 16 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 16 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 16, 1974

Elvis performed at the High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada.

Date: 16 May 1974
Time: Midnight
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
Tryin’ To Get To You
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Steamroller Blues
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
Suspicious Minds
[band Introductions]
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Help Me
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
The Wonder Of You
Big Boss Man
Funny How Times Slip Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Engagement – Tour Ref: Lake Tahoe Season 3 – Lake Tahoe May 16th – May 27th 1974
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info May 16 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Opening (12.00am) Turquoise Phoenix Yes Yes

May 16, 1975

“The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV was a retro tribute hosted by Chubby Checker, and featured performances by Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore, the Drifters, Tymes, Angels, and Danny & the Juniors.

May 16, 1976

May 16, 1977


Dr. George C. Nichopoulous is indicated in Memphis on 14 counts of over prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients.  Although he was acquitted in November, his case was reopened twelve years later and resulted in the revocation of his medical license.


The double soundtrack album “This Is Elvis” hit #115 in the U.S. The soundtrack album was certified Gold on August 6, 2002 by the RIAA

Image result for this is elvis soundtrack

Image result for this is elvis soundtrack


Motown’s twenty-fifth anniversary on NBC TV  gathered The Temptations and the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles reunited for the show,  The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong) also reunited for the event and, appropriately, sang “Someday, We’ll Be Together.” Stevie Wonder sang “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.”


Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983’s Bark at the Moon.


Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer at the age of 64. Davis was a member of The Rat Pack, along with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop and had several US Top 40 hits including “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “That Old Black Magic”, “The Candy Man” and his signature tune, “I’ve Gotta Be Me”.


US soul singer Marv Johnson died of a stroke. He had the US Top 10 single ‘I Love The Way You Love’ and the 1969 UK No.10 single ‘I’ll Pick A Rose For My Rose’. Johnson’s recording of Berry Gordy’s song ‘Come To Me’ became Motown Records first ever-single release in May 1959.


The Artist Formerly Known As Prince reverts back to the name Prince. Because his publishing contract expired December 31, 1999, Prince says his birth name was emancipated from “long-term restrictive documents,” and he could stop using the unpronounceable symbol he used to identify himself when he was committed to what he called “undesirable relationships.”


Mike Love‘s lawsuit against fellow Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and the British newspaper Mail On Sunday was dismissed as being without merit. Love had sued over the free distribution of a 2004 CD that included the Beach Boys’ name and Love’s image.

Parma, Italy honored musical performers Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lennon, by re-naming city streets after them.


Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’. The album also is significant as the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.


Paul McCartney told Scotland’s Sunday Mail newspaper that he is convinced The Beatles would have reformed in recent years if all their members had survived, because they would have signed up for a reunion “just for a laugh”. He pointed out that the band was asked to reunite shortly after they split, but said “It wasn’t really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, ‘Oh go on. Just for a laugh.'”


all that orchestra was the wrong way to go for teenagers

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog


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