Daily Elvis May 17

Give us this day, May 17, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


In Nashville, Jimmie Rodgers, who was terminally ill with tuberculosis, recorded “Blue Yodel No. 12” and “I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now,” which were among his final sides for RCA Victor. The “Singing Brakeman,” as he was nicknamed, died nine days later.


May – June 1943

The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from May 15 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

Lloyd Price charted with his debut single, “”Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” on Specialty Records, reaching #1 R&B for seven weeks.

Johnny Horton debuted on “The Louisiana Hayride,” an influential radio (and eventually television) country music show broadcast from the Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Later he was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry but declined for “personal reasons.” Horton was married to Hank Williams’ widow, Billie Jean, who hated the Opry because they had fired Williams.

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

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

In the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for school integration, declaring that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.

May 17, 1955

Opening for Hank Snow, Martha Carson, The Country Gentlemen and Slim Whitman; Elvis performed at the City Auditorium, Asheville, 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 17 1955 City Auditorium Asheville NC (7:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info May 17 1955 City Auditorium Asheville NC (9:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

May 17, 1956

Elvis flew to Springfield, Missouri, with Gene Smith and Tom Diskin, while the band drove to the show in Elvis’ Cadillac.
At the Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, I Was The One, Blue Suede Shoes, Money Honey and Hound Dog

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 17 1956 Shrine Mosque Springfield MO (7:00 PM)

May 17, 1957

Elvis wrote a note to the staff of the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital: “Dear Friends, I want you to know how very much I appreciate your very wonderful treatment while I was there. When I went in I was all shook up but I left loving you. Thanks a million. My best to all. Sincerely, Elvis Presley.”

Jailhouse Rock

May 17, 1958

Ferriday, Louisiana celebrates Jerry Lee Lewis Day with a parade honoring their home town boy who was just about to leave on his fateful tour of England.

Connie Francis topped the UK chart for the first of six weeks with “Who’s Sorry Now”, a song that was first recorded by Isham Jones And His Orchestra in 1923. It also reached #4 on the Billboard charts and earned a Gold record for sales of one million copies.

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

May 17, 1959
Military Service in Germany

May 17, 1960

Fats Domino performed at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, TX, but his appearance cost him more than he made. Thieves rifled his dressing room, absconding with $1,300 of the Fat man’s money while he was onstage doing “Ain’t That a Shame.”

G.I. Blues 

May 17, 1961

Blue Hawaii 

May 17, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

May 17, 1963

the very first Monterey Folk Festival in Monterey, California featured Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Peter, Paul And Mary

May 17, 1964

In four shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. WSM-Nashville’s Ralph Emery was the emcee for Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, Skeeter Davis, Porter Wagoner and Leon McAuliffe.

May 17, 1965

Frankie and Johnny 

May 17, 1966

Bob Dylan, whose music had recently “gone electric,” appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he began to sing his latest hit, “Like A Rolling Stone,” an obvious folk purist in the audience who was upset by Dylan’s switch from acoustic to electric guitars, shouted, “Judas!” Dylan replied with “You’re a liar,” then told his band to play the song “f****** loud.”

May 17, 1967

“Don’t Look Back”, a documentary on Bob Dylan‘s 1965 British tour – including the Judas incident- premiered in San Francisco, CA.

May 17, 1968

The producer Bob Finkel had hired Steve Binder as director for Elvis’ upcoming Christmas special and there was a meeting with Elvis at 8833 Sunset Boulevard to discuss the show.

May 17, 1969

Britain’s music magazine, The New Musical Express announces that for the first time ever, LP sales and production have outstripped those of singles in Great Britain. 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles.

The album “Elvis: NBC TV Special” hit #2 in the U.K.

Image result for Elvis presley nbc tv special lp uk Image result for Elvis presley nbc tv special lp uk

May 17, 1970

May 17, 1971

On the third recording night in Nashville Elvis started with Help Me Make It Through The Night and Until It’s Time For You To Go. Finally Elvis went back to the original reason that he was there for: the gospel album. But only after some karate moves, so the session ended before completing the album.

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (jam) APA4 1269-02
Help Me Make It Through The Night APA4 1273-SP
Until It’s Time For You To Go APA4 1274-08
Lady Madonna (informal recording) WPA5 2572-01
Lead Me, Guide Me APA4 1275-06

May 17, 1972

May 17, 1973

Due to illness Elvis, cancelled these Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows, and the next 2 nights, ending the Season.

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 17 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV CANCELLED
Info May 17 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV CANCELLED

May 17, 1974

ABC aired the Elton John television special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things.”

NBC-TV’s “The Midnight Special” presented another retro tribute, with Frankie Avalon as host, and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, the Fleetwoods, Shirley & Lee, Frankie Ford, and Fabian.

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows.

Date: 17 May 1974
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0


Date: 17 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
Love Me Tender
Steamroller Blues
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
Suspicious Minds
[band Introductions]
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Heartbreak Hotel
Help Me
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
The Wonder Of You
Big Boss Man
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 17 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 17 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am) Yes

May 17, 1975

Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.

May 17, 1976

May 17, 1977


Donna Summer’s film Thank God It’s Friday premiered in Los Angeles.

ABC-TV aired two music specials, “The Carpenters: Space Encounters,” with guests John Davidson and Charlie Callas, and then “Olivia,” hosted by Olivia Newton-John, with ABBA and Andy Gibb.


Champagne music maker Lawrence Welk died at his home in Santa Monica, California at the age of 89. Our generation laughed at his corny music, but The Lawrence Welk Show was on TV for 30 years.


Johnny Cash began recording sessions for his 81st album, “Def American.”


Appearing together for the first time at a concert in Sheffield, England: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard.


Songwriter Sharon Sheeley died in a Los Angeles hospital from complications following a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 62. Sheeley wrote “Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson as well as “Dum Dum”, a hit for Brenda Lee. Sharon was the girlfriend of Eddie Cochran and was in the London car accident that took Eddie’s life on April 17th, 1960.


Lisa Marie Presley performed “Idiot” on “Good Morning America.”


Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Love to Love You, and ‘Baby’ and ‘I Feel Love’.

Lisa Marie Presley performed her song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on American Idol’s results show.


George Harrison’s Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles’ live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for $485,000 by Julien’s Auctions in New York. Also purchased were a black sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson, a stage-worn tank top that belonged to Madonna and Elvis Presley’s tour bus and marriage certificate.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog

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