Daily Elvis: May 20

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.”


Tupelo, Mississippi


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.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
  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

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
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.

Jailhouse Rock 

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


 G.I. Blues 

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

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

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

Frankie and Johnny 

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
I’m Leavin’ APA4 1285-NA
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

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


Date: 20 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 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
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Knoxville, TN.
Univ. Of Tennessee.
Tickets: 13,000
Costume: Mexican Sundial Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
How Great Thou Art

[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 31 – May 20th – June 2nd 1977
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
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.

Image result for Elvis - The '56 Sessions, Vol. 1


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

A Mom Again, Elvis’ Widow Tries to Lay His Ghost to Rest in a Painful


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.

Image result for Roustabout, elvis

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.

Image result for aloha elvis lpImage result for wonderful world of christmas elvis


“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.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog


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