Give us this day, May 20, our daily Elvis
The Canadian Marconi Company’s station XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) in Montréal gave what it would later claim to be thefirst scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and quite possibly in the world. Its call letters were changed to CFCF on November 4, 1920, and while the meaning of that call sign has never been officially confirmed, it is generally believed to be “Canada’s First, Canada’s Finest.”
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra recorded “I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo,” with Marion Hutton & the Mordernaires and featured solos by Tex Beneke and Billy May. The single spent eight weeks at #1.
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.
Bill Haley And His Comets‘ “Rock Around the Clock” was released. The record would find only limited success until the following year when it was included on the soundtrack of the film Blackboard Jungle.
May 20, 1955
Ruth Brown’s hit, “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” was banned in England. British Broadcasting felt that it might encourage wife beating.
Elvis Scotty and Bill on Kilgore, TX KOCA Radio.
|May 20 1955||KOCA Radio.||Kilgore, TX||Yes|
May 20, 1956
Elvis performed at the Civic Auditorium Arena, Omaha, Nebraska at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m on the playbill with The Flaims, Jackie Little, Frankie Conners, and Phil Maraquin
Bill, D.J. and Scotty backstage in Omaha, NE – Photo © J. Kent
Omaha World-Herald – May 21, 1956
DJ, Elvis and Bill at the Omaha Civic Auditorium
High in the third tier, Elvis was watched by comedian Victor Borge. Mr. Borge‘s comment: “The only thing he does like me is that he doesn’t come back for an encore. When he goes off the show is over. The remainder of the Presley show was very good.
Article on Victor Borge in the May 1956 issue of Playboy
|Info||May 20 1956||Civic Auditorium||Omaha NE||(3:00 PM)||3500||Yes|
|Info||May 20 1956||Civic Auditorium||Omaha NE||(8:00 PM)||3500||Yes|
May 20, 1957
American crooner Andy Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Butterfly’, the US singers only UK No.1 and the first of 40 hit singles from 1957 until 2002 on the UK chart.
May 20, 1958
Sun Records single “Guess Things Happen That Way.” by Johnny Cash
Military service Fort Hood in Texas.
May 20, 1959
Military Service in Germany/ in Bad Nauheim, Germany
May 20, 1960
At the Tivoli Theater in Chicago: The Flamingos, the Crests, and Sam Cooke
May 20, 1961
Elvis Presley’s song “Flaming Star” hit #14 in the U.S. The song was from, “Elvis By Request,” an experimental four-track release Extended Play 45 sized single that played at the Long Play 33rpm speed; and containing two songs written for the motion picture Flaming Star (“Flaming Star” and “Summer Kisses Winter Tears”, the latter cut from the final print) and two of his earlier hits on the reverse side.
Elvis by Request is the only Presley EP to play at 33⅓ rpm. All of his other EPs were 45 rpm
The “Flaming Star” song was originally recorded as “Black Star” and changed to “Flaming Star” – and the movie was turned down by Brando – with Elvis turning in a solid acting performance placing “Flaming Star” on the Movie Academy Top 100 Westerns for it’s dealing with social issues that sadly remain relevant in 2017.
Blue Hawaii Production
May 20, 1962
May 20, 1963
May 20, 1964
Rudy Lewis, 28, the lead singer of The Drifters on their hits “On Broadway” and “Up On The Roof”, died under mysterious circumstances the night before the group was set to record “Under the Boardwalk”. Rather than reschedule the studio session to find a new front man, former Drifters backup singer Johnny Moore was brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording. The single reached #4 in the US the following July and #45 in the UK.
Elvis Presley‘s 15th feature film “Viva Las Vegas,” co-starring Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova and William Demarest, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
May 20, 1965
May 20, 1966
May 20, 1967
The BBC announces that it will not play The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”, claiming it contained explicit drug references. On the same day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr go to the BBC to record interviews for the show Where It’s At.
May 20, 1968
May 20, 1969
Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera attended a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game in Los Angeles, where four Marines who disapproved of his long hair beat him so badly that his jaw was broken and he lost four teeth. He spent five hours in surgery and two days in intensive care. The incident had an effect on Cetera’s career and, according to him, an impact on his singing style. “With my jaw wired together, I went on the road and I was actually singing through my clenched jaw, which, to this day, is still the way I sing.”
The Circle G Ranch in Mississippi was sold for $440,000 to the North Mississippi Gun Club.
May 20, 1970
The Beatles’ Let It Be, premiered – basically a documentary of the group’s break-up, including footage of their last public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters in London.
May 20, 1971
Still in Nashville Elvis recorded some pop material to be released as singles: I’m Leavin’, We Can Make The Morning and It’s Only Love.
|RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee|
|We Can Make The Morning||APA4||1286-NA|
|It’s Only Love||APA4||1287-04|
|I Shall Be Released (informal rehearsal)||WPA5||2573|
|It’s Only Love||APA4||1287-10|
May 20, 1972
May 20, 1973
Cancelled Shows – Elvis in Memphis
|Info||May 20 1973||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||CANCELLED|
|Info||May 20 1973||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||CANCELLED|
May 20, 1974
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows
|Date:||20 May 1974|
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Date:||20 May 1974|
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
|Info||May 20 1974||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||Dinner (10.00pm)|
|Info||May 20 1974||Sahara Hotel||Lake Tahoe NV||Midnight (12.00am)|
May 20, 1975
May 20, 1976
May 20, 1977
Elvis performed at the University of Tennessee Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, which was the first night of his 4th tour of the year.
|Date:||20 May 1977|
Univ. Of Tennessee.
|Costume:||Mexican Sundial Suit|
|Track list:||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
How Great Thou Art
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll
Can’t Help Falling In Love
|Info||May 20 1977||University Of Tennessee||Knoxville TN||(8:30 pm)||13000||Mexican Sundial||Original belt||Black Suit||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The stage show “Beatlemania” opened at the Winter Garden Theater, New York.
The Buddy Holly story film was premiered in Holly’s hometown, of Lubbock, Texas. The film features an Oscar-nominated lead performance by Gary Busey.
Paul McCartney led his group Wings to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time with “With A Little Luck”. It reached #5 in his homeland.
Rick James’ first single as a member of the Motown family, “You and I,” charted, reaching #1 R&B and #13 pop, becoming his first gold disc. Rick, whose real name was James Johnson, played with a blues group in London called the Main Line in 1970 before signing to Motown’s Gordy label. He was motivated by acts like Sly & the Family Stone, the Drifters, and George Clinton, all of whom inspired the style of music he created and called funk ‘n’ roll.
The Elvis Presley compilation album “Elvis – The ’56 Sessions, Vol. 1” hit #47 in the U.K.
Elton John performed in Leningrad in the Soviet Union.
Priscilla Presley held a press conference to deny that Elvis is still alive. There are however, many who still think otherwise and the Did Elvis Fake His Death? denial/conspiracy remains to 2017
Rick James, the King of Punk Funk, charted with “This Magic Moment/Dance With Me,” reaching #74 R&B. The recording was a medley of two late Drifters hits and the only songs of his career that he charted with but did not write. It was also his last of twenty-seven career singles charters.
Elvis Presley’s album “Roustabout” was certified gold by the RIAA.
The Elvis Presley albums “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” and “Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas” were certified by the RIAA to have sold 2 million copies.
“Unchained Melody” becomes the first song to reach #1 in the UK by three different artists when the version by Robson Green and Jerome Flynn makes it to the top. Jimmy Young did the trick in 1955 followed by The Righteous Brothers‘ re-charted rendition in 1990.
The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Mourners in attendance included, Tony Bennett, Faye Dunaway, Tony Curtis, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Sophia Loren, Bob Newhart, Mia Farrow and Jack Nicholson.
The South Carolina State Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services pardoned James Brown for all past crimes in the state…including drug, weapons and assault charges. Brown, who appeared before the board, sang “God Bless America” after the decision.
The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that designated Frank Sinatra Day to honor his contributions to American culture.
Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees passed away at the age of 62 after battling colon and liver cancer. His vocals were featured on the hits “Massachusetts”, “I Started a Joke”, “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” and “Holiday”.
BPI, the British recorded music industry’s trade association, announced figures that showed that UK music accounted for 17.1% of the global music market, its highest ever share. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction and Coldplay were the the top selling British artists around the world.
http://www.elvisrecordings.com/ Master and Sessions