Daily Elvis: May 19

Give us this day, May 19, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


May 15 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

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

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

May 19, 1955

Elvis performed at the Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, North Carolina, which was Elvis’ last show of the tour.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 19 1955 VFW Club Hernando MS

May 19, 1956

Lonnie Donegan kicks off a tour of the US by appearing on The Perry Como Show, where he performs “Rock Island Line”.

Roy Orbison and Teen Kings released the Sun Records single “Ooby Dooby” b/w “Go! Go! Go!” It peaked at #59 and was Orbison’s first chart entry.

Elvis performed at the University Of Nebraska Coliseum, Lincoln, Nebraska.

One girl knocked down all of the stage footlights while trying to grab the singer. Another grabbed a cord which disconnected the entire loudspeaker system. When the performance was finished, teenagers mobbed the stage. A cordon of policemen finally got Presley out of the Auditorium.

Police said their instructions were to escort Presley to a state car waiting out front immediately after his performance. Presley, however, said he did not want to leave. He was signing autographs and having his picture taken with some of his teenage fans. Because of the press of the crowd, police finally forcibly escorted Presley out of the Coliseum and into the waiting car

During an interview Presley said he has been in the entertainment business for a year and a half. When asked what type of music he sings, Presley said it was “a little rock and roll and a little hillbilly.” Asked how the frenzied reaction by teenage girls affected him, Presley said he thought it was “great, makes you want to kill yourself to do everything you can to please them.”

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 19 1956 Municipal Auditorium Oklahoma City OK (7:30 PM) 6500 Texas Tour Yes
Info April 19 1956 Municipal Auditorium Oklahoma City OK (9:30 PM) 6500 Texas Tour Yes

May 19, 1957

Jailhouse Rock 

May 19, 1958

Alan Freed took his R&B records with him when joined New York’s WABC-radio one week after quitting his position at WINS.

The  Clovers signed with Poplar Records after seven years with Atlantic, the Drifters’ classic, “Drip Drop” (#58 pop), was released and Bobby Freeman, former lead singer of the Romancers, went solo and charted with “Do You Want to Dance,” which reached #2 R&B and #5 pop. The song went on to become a rock ‘n’ roll standard.

Ritchie Valens records the self-penned “Come On, Let’s Go” for Del-Fi Records in Los Angeles. The song would peak at #42 on the Billboard singles chart the following October.

Bobby Darin‘s “Splish Splash” was released. It was the first recording made on an eight track recorder at Atlantic Records and would eventually reach #3 in America and #18 in Great Britain.

Peggy Lee recorded her classic hit “Fever” with just three backup musicians: Joe Mondragon on bass, Shelly Manne playing drums with his fingers, and instead of using his instrument, guitarist Howard Roberts provided finger-snapping.

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas.

May 19, 1959
Military Service in Germany/ Goethestr. 14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

May 19, 1960

Deejay Alan Freed is indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and would receive a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

Ben E. King recorded his last sides with the Drifters before going solo. They included “I Count the Tears” (#17 pop, #6 R&B) and the epic “Save the Last Dance for Me (#1 pop and R&B).

G.I. Blues 

May 19, 1961

The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope, intended for the purpose of discovering and developing new talent. Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers.

Blue Hawaii 

May 19, 1962

Johnny Tillotson‘s self-penned Country ballad “It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'” enters Billboard’s Top 40, where it will climb to number 3 and be nominated for a Grammy Award. In the UK, the song reached #31.

Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry version of “Happy Birthday” for U.S. President John F. Kennedy during a fund-raiser at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Girls! Girls! Girls!

May 19, 1963

May 19, 1964

May 19, 1965

FBI agents visit Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen. They would eventually release a statement that said that it was impossible to exactly decipher the lyrics from “the unintelligible rendition as performed by The Kingsmen.”


Frankie and Johnny  Elvis finished the Frankie and Johnny soundtrack at the Goldwyn Studios.

Samuel Goldwyn Studio’s – Hollywood, California
Hard Luck (Vocal Overdub) SPA3 7383-03
Chesay (Backup Vocal Overdub – Movie Version) ////////-NA

May 19, 1966

May 19, 1967

May 19, 1968

May 19, 1969

May 19, 1970

May 19, 1971

After recording 2 more gospels for his upcoming album, Elvis sat down behind the piano and played some of his old favorites in the early hours of the morning.

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Miracle Of The Rosary (harmony vocal overdub) APA4 1259
Seeing Is Believing APA4 1280-14
A Thing Called Love APA4 1281-09
It’s Still Here APA4 1282-05
I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen APA4 1283-01
I Will Be True APA4 1284-03

May 19, 1972

Elvis returned to Los Angeles.

May 19, 1973

Stevie Wonder hit #1 pop and #3 R&B with “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.”

Paul Simon releases the single “Kodachrome”, which would become a hit in the US, but was banned from air play in the UK because it contains a brand name.

After reviewers slammed Elvis Presley‘s debut at the Sahara resort at Lake Tahoe, and the several performance cancellations due to “illness,” manager Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis’ father Vernon asked Los Angeles attorney Ed Hookstratten to look into Elvis’ prescription drug use and identify his main suppliers. With Elvis unwilling to cooperate, however, the investigation went nowhere.

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 19 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV CANCELLED
Info May 19 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV CANCELLED

May 19, 1974

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows

Date: 19 May 1974
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Steamroller Blues
Spanish Eyes
How Great Thou Art
Recordings: 0


Date: 19 May 1974
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0


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 19 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 19 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 19, 1975

May 19, 1976

May 19, 1977


The disco film “Thank God It’s Friday,” starring Debra Winger, Jeff Goldblum, Donna Summer, Valerie Landsburg, Chick Vennera, and Terri Nunn,  premiered in New York City.


White funkster Teena Marie charted with her debut single, “I’m A Sucker for Your Love,’ reaching #8 R&B. The record was produced by Rick James.

The closest thing to a Beatles’ reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton’s wedding reception. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison.

ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 album.


On the third anniversary of his death, Island Records issued the Bob Marley compilation album Legend, which reached #1 in Britain on its first week of release and stayed on the charts for an incredible 129 weeks.


Motown celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem with the NBC-TV special “Motown Returns To The Apollo,” featuring performances by label stars Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, the Commodores, and Thelma Houston. Rod Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, James Brown, Little Richard, the Drifters, Al Green, Patti Labelle, Wilson Pickett, Mavis Staples, Joe Cocker, Marilyn McCoo, Lou Rawls, Billy Preston, Chuck Jackson, the Manhattans, and the Cadillacs also appeared.


In Vancouver, British Columbia, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Bryan Adams, and Loverboy performed at an Expo ’86 gala concert in front of an audience that included honored guests Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.


The British Phonographic Industry is rebuffed by the UK’s House Of Lords when it tries to prevent electronics manufacturer Amstrad from producing and marketing a dual tape deck which makes it easy for consumers to copy cassettes. Because the company includes copyright warnings with the machine, The House ruled that they were not encouraging people to break the law.


Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Vogue’. Originally planned as a B-side, it became the singers eighth US No.1 and seventh UK No.1 hit.

Good Rocking Tonight/Elvis last aired episode: Let it Burn – Elvis is on the road with his band. He cheats on his girlfriend, and she catches him at it


TV Series: Good Rocking Tonight



In Winnipeg, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, formerly of the Guess Who, joined Tom Cochrane to perform for nearly 40,000 people outdoors at a CBC-sponsored flood relief concert.


Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary continued a U.S. tour celebrating their 40th year together by starting a three-night stand at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.




reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog


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