Give us this day, May 17, our daily Elvis
306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
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.
Vernon Presley awaiting prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)
Nearly 1800 fans crowded into the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York to attend a dual-network radio broadcast of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra that was heard on both NBC and Mutual.
Vernon Presley in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)
Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,
Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.
The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, May 15 to June 20, Returning to Tupelo.
August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
Berry Street -“Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.
Commerce Street, a rental
510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.
1948-1953 – Humes High School
Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949
572 Poplar Avenue
Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)
January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street
June 3, 1951 to July 1, 1951
Elvis was employed as a machinist by “Precision Tool Co.”
April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952
Elvis worked as an user at Loew’s State Theatre
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
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.
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.
Elvis delivered supplies to job sites for Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour. April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955
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.
|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|
The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
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
|Info||May 17 1956||Shrine Mosque||Springfield MO||(7:00 PM)|
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive
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.”
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.
The Military Service Disruption
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 at Fort Hood in Texas., for basic training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.
The Presleys lived at Graceland
May 17, 1959
Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
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.”
At the Capitol Tower Recording Studio in Hollywood, Dean Martin recorded “Just In Time.”
May 17, 1961
May 17, 1962
May 17, 1963
The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. The festival featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter Paul and Mary. The 1967 Monterey Rock festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who as well as the first major public performances of Janis Joplin. It was also the first major performance by Otis Redding in front of a predominantly white audience.
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.
Bob Dylan made his first major concert UK appearance when he played at the Royal Festival Hall in London with an afternoon show listed as a ‘Folksong Concert’. Dylan’s 18-song set included the live debut of Mr. Tambourine Man and took place on a Sunday afternoon. In the interval, Dylan received a telegram from John Lennonseeking a meeting which never materialised.
May 17, 1965
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
Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
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.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
May 17, 1970
May 17, 1971
Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney released “Ram,” the only album credited to the pair.
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.
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.
|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|
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Date:||17 May 1974|
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Track list:||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Tryin’ To Get To You
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
I Can’t Stop Loving You
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
The Wonder Of You
Big Boss Man
Can’t Help Falling In Love
|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.
Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena, London England. The set list included: Rock And Roll, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Going To California, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, and Black Dog. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70) – £2.50 ($4.25).
NBC paid $5 million for the rights to show “Gone with the Wind“ on television one time. It was shown on November 7, 1976 and received a then-record household rating of 47.7 and a 65 share of viewers.
May 17, 1976
May 17, 1977
The Wake and Aftermath
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.
Paul McCartney appeared with wife Linda as the musical guests on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” They performed their latest single, “Coming Up.”
1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, the singers third US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
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.”
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard performed together on the same stage for the first time at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England, They were scheduled to appear in London the following night and in Birmingham on May 20, however Domino did not perform at either of those shows due to illness.
US blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were “ain’t that a bitch.” His ferocious ‘Space Guitar’ single of 1954 pioneered guitar feedback and reverb.
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.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley performed “Idiot” on “Good Morning America.”
2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
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.
Bob Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dylan, who was unable to attend the New York ceremony, said he felt “extremely honoured” and “lucky” to be admitted. Dylan’s induction was decided by a vote of the Academy’s 250 members.
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.
Alanis Morissette sued her former manager for fraud saying she was robbed of almost $5m (£3.5m) by her former business manager. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the singer claimed Jonathan Schwartz transferred money to his own accounts without permission. Schwartz said the transfers were made to fund an “investment” in a marijuana-growing business for the singer, and to avoid extra trips to the bank because Morissette “spends a lot of cash”.
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