Daily Elvis: May 21

Give us this day, May 21,  our daily Elvis


While searching for gold along the Mississippi River, explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto died of semitropical fever at the age 45 (or 46).


The Great Atlanta Fire destroyed 300 acres, including 2,000 homes & businesses; displaced nearly 10,000 people.


Walt Disney’s trademark application for “Mickey Mouse” was filed with the U.S. Patent Office.

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


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.


Mulbery Alley

Memphis, Tennessee

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

, 1954

Elvis worked at Crown Electric,  until mid-October 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


May 21, 1955

Chess Records new artist Chuck Berry recorded his first single, “Ida Red.” During the session, producer Leonard Chess decided to rename it “Maybellene.” It would become one of the first records to be successful on rhythm & blues, country & western, and pop charts at the same time.. Elvis  would cover the R&B song to a country audience.

Chuck Berry records “Maybellene” – May 21, 1955 – HISTORY.com

Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport,

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 21 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride

The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

May 21, 1956

The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

Brenda Lee signed a recording contract with Decca Records.

Doris Day released the single “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).” The song was introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” starring Day and James Stewart, which had premiered in New York City five days earlier.

Elvis arrived in Topeka by plane where he got off the plane wearing nothing above the waist but a loose fitting, 2 button, shantung suit coat.

Elvis performed at the Municipal Auditorium, Topeka. Kansas, where an estimated 2,500 fans stormed the stage.

That teenage trauma Elvis Presley had about 2,500 Topeka misses envying a microphone Monday night in Municipal Auditorium

The rock-and-roll recording sensation strode onto the stage like a musical Paul Bunyan with a guitar for an axe.
And for 20 minutes, he made love to the “mike,” completely felling most of his already-sold audience.
Anticipating demonstrations similar to those in other cities, Topeka police took no chance.
Several stood at stage-side through Presley’s short performance which followed a variety show.
But the guards were not needed. The stage was too high and Presley was out of the building by a secret exit and into the Hotel Kansan before the youths caught on.

It was a little hard to be sure above the continuing squeals and clapping—but the sensuous 21-year·old from Memphis apparently sang some of the songs which have pushed him to the top of the Hit Parade.
Though he didn‘t give the titles, it was obvious the young fans had heard the loud tunes before.
Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Money Honey,” and “Hound Dog” were among them.
With movements which would put a burlesque queen to shame, Elvis squirms out his songs. He keeps himself so breathless from the physical contortions that the pleasant timbre of his lower baritone notes can seldom be detected.

Dressed in his famed red coat and black shirt and pants, Elvis has the effect of an earlier Frank Sinatra, with a more robust appeal.
His songs not only transform his fans, but that walk on stage apparently brings a metamorphosis in him.
Off stage. despite some published reports, Elvis is a polite young man, who prefixes nearly every sentence with “Yes, mam,” or “Thank you, mam.”
With a hair cut and a shave for his sideburns. he would not turn many heads on Kansas Avenue. His light brown hair tops very blue eyes and full lips.

He is amazed by it all. It wasn’t long ago that he walked into a public recording studio to cut a record “just to hear myself sing.”
The money ( reported $7.500 a week), which permits him to own several Cadillacs and maintain a new home for his parents, is easy to take, he admits.
Though he soon will make a movie, Elvis said he has “got what I want. But I’d just like to keep giving the people something that they want to hear.”
Whether rock-and-roll is here to stay he doesn’t know.”
He says he will “start worrying when the, girls don‘t mob me.”
However, he no longer exposes himself unnecessarily.
Police have had to guard him at all his recent Western and Midwest stops.
“There is no sense getting your clothes torn off,” he said.
“Several times they got everything but my pants and I had quite a fight for those.”
His garb on arrival at Municipal Airport might explain some of this.
The singer had on nothing above the waist but a loose-fitting, two button shantung suit coat which exposed considerable bare chest.
His style was “just an accident,” he says. But he claims to “admire anybody in any profession that is good at it.”
“A great singer, I could listen to all night. I don’t care whether it is opera or jazz.”
He is quick to refute many egotistical statements attributed to him in magazines and newspapers. ‘
The draft may catch him soon, but in the meantime he claims no matrimonial intentions.
Of the Time Magazine remark attributed to him in this connection-“Why buy a cow when you can get milk through a fence?”—he says, “I never said that.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 21 1956 Municipal Auditorium Topeka KS (7:00 PM) 2500

The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive

May 21, 1957

Jailhouse Rock Production

Image result for Elvis presley may 21, 1957 jailhouse rock wig

At 7.00 a.m. Elvis had a makeup appointment for the fitting of the “butch cut” wig that he would wear in the prison scenes of Jailhouse Rock

Image result for Elvis presley may 21, 1957 jailhouse rock wig

The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.

The Military Service Disruption

May 21, 1958

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 21, 1959

The musical “Gypsy,” based on the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and starring Ethel Merman and Jack Klugman, opened at New York’s Broadway Theater for 702 performances.

Jackie Wilson recorded “I’ll Be Satisfied.”

A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight by Elvis Presley was #1 on the UK Singles Chart for 5 weeks

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

May 21, 1960

G.I. Blues 

May 21, 1961

At Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio in Nashville, Brenda Lee recorded “Dum Dum.”

Blue Hawaii 

May 21, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

May 21, 1963

The Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for Saturday Club and six songs for Steppin’ Out

Little Stevie Wonder released the single “Fingertips (Part 2),” recorded in June 1962 during a concert at the Regal Theater in Chicago.

May 21, 1964

At the Atlantic Studios in New York City, The Drifters recorded “Under The Boardwalk,” with Johnny Moore substituting for lead singer Rudy Lewis who had been found dead the previous night.

New York Times reviews “Viva Las Vegas” as “Whatever it isn’t, “Viva Las Vegas” remains friendly, wholesome and pretty as all get-out.”

Elvis-Presley Teams With Ann-Margret – NYTimes.com

May 21, 1965

Debunking One of Rock Music’s Original Myths

Image result for 1965 May 21 Time magazine

Frankie and Johnny 

May 21, 1966

Dusty Springfield‘s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will reach #4 and become her biggest US hit. In the UK, it went all the way to #1.

Five students from Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey performed at their senior prom as the Castiles. The group’s lead singer was Bruce Springsteen.

May 21, 1967

The Seekers and Petula Clark performed on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from Expo 67 in Montreal. Alan King, Birgit Nilsson, Peter Gennaro, and the Montreal Symphony also appeared.

May 21, 1968

Last contact was made with the nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard. Later the remains of the sub were found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

The Monkees performed at Olympia Stadium in Salt Lake City

In London, Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attended an Andy Williams/Henry Mancini concert at Royal Albert Hall.

May 21, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day “bed-in” in Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

May 21, 1970

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single Ohio, written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

Elvis and Priscilla returned to Memphis, where they stayed until July 5, except for some brief trips to Dallas by Elvis.

Romances: Priscilla

May 21, 1971

Marvin Gaye released his eleventh studio album What’s Going On. The concept album consisting of nine songs tells the story from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, and seeing only hatred, suffering, and injustice. What’s Going On is regarded as one of the landmark recordings in pop music history, and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century.

RCA Studio A – Nashville, Tennessee (overdub session)
It’s Only Love (overdub) APA4 1287-NA
RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Love Me, Love The Life I Lead APA4 1288-12
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (duet with Temple Riser) APA4 1255-01

Heading to record in Nashville at Studio ‘B’

Heading to record in Nashville at Studio ‘B’ on May 21, 1971 and another date in May 1971

On this last day of the session in Nashville Elvis had Joyce Bova as a guest in the studio.

Romances: Joyce Bova

May 21, 1972

The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun, Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.

May 21, 1973

May 21, 1974

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows

Date: 21 May 1974
Time: 8.30pm
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
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
When I Say Goodbye
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Help Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Let Me Be There
The Wonder Of You
Big Boss Man
Funny How Times Slip Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: 0

The Midnight concert was officially released by the Follow that Dream Collector label as “High Sierra”

High Sierra – FTD CD. EIN in-depth review

Date: 21 May 1974
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: 2001 Theme
C C Rider
I Got A Woman
– segued medley with –
Love Me
Tryin To Get To You
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
You Dont Have To Say You Love Me
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord ?
Suspicious Minds
Band Introductions
I Cant Stop Loving You
Help Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Let Me Be There
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Big Boss Man
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

Lake Tahoe, May 16 – May 27, 1974 – Elvis Presley In Concert

Spanish Eyes By Request’ CD review – Elvis Information Network

It’s Midnight – CD review – Elvis Information Network

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 21 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm)
Info May 21 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am) Yes Yes

May 21, 1975

Officials at Gatwick Airport in London announce that they will not permit a plane carrying The Osmonds to land there because when the group last visited the UK, twenty overly enthusiastic teens were injured.

May 21, 1976

Dan Fogelberg’s “Souvenirs” album was certified Gold.

May 21, 1977

Elvis performed at the Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky

Arriving and departing Louisville, KY on May 21, 1977

Enroute to the Freedom Hall to perform in Louisville Kentucky

May 21, 1977 - Elvis In Concert - Louisville, Kentucky - TCB⚡with TLC⚡

Date: 21 May 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Louisville, KY.
Freedom Hall.
Tickets: 18,000
Costume: Mexican Sundial Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
That’s All Right
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
My Way
Heartbreak Hotel
Funny How Time Slips Away

[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
Recordings: All Right In Louisville

Arriving and departing Louisville, KY on May 21, 1977
Enroute to the Freedom Hall to perform in Louisville Kentucky on May 21, 1977

Elvis Rerun… 19000 Fans Don’t Seem to Mind  by Billy Reed, Louisville Courier-Journal May 22, 1977

May 21, 1977. (8:30 pm) Louisville, KY – Elvis Presley In Concert

Louisville, KY – Elvis Presley In Concert

Elvis Presley | Louisville Kentucky | May 21st 1977

Elvis ‘Road To Nowhere’ Louisville, KY, May 21st, 1977 … – Elvis Presley

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 21 1977 Freedom Hall Louisville KY (8:30 pm) 18000 Mexican Sundial Original belt Light Blue Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


Elton John started a tour of Russia, when he played the first of eight concerts making him the first Western star ever to do so.


After poor ticket sales at the venue caused him to cancel his second scheduled concert in Dayton, Ohio, Bob Dylan performed his last “gospel” show, eventually returning to secular music.


A worldwide reggae legend, Bob Marley was especially revered in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, where he was buried with full state honors.


The Hacienda Club was opened in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live. Home to many Manchester acts including Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths, Charlatans, James, M People who all played at the club. (The club closed in 1997).

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


Anita Baker debuted on the R&B charts with “No More Tears,” which reached #49. She would go on to have twenty-one R&B chart singles through 1995.

Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” reached #6 pop and #15 R&B.

David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie’s first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism.


1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


Marvin Gaye’s last album, “Dream Of A Lifetime,” was released, featuring songs that critics considered too offensive, such as the controversial pop version of “The Lord’s Prayer.” Three of the songs on the album were completed after Gaye’s death.


Prince scored his first UK No.1 album with ‘Lovesexy.’ The cover (based on a photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino) caused some controversy upon release as it depicts Prince in the nude. Some record stores refused to stock it or wrapped the album in black.

Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘She’s Leaving Home.’ The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childLine charity, sales of the single, which spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine .


It was reported the Indian Times and CNN that a picture of Elvis Presley hung beside pictures of Hindu gods in a temple in the Indian state of Karnataka. The temple is maintained by a man who last year published a booklet under Presley’s name titled “Why my daughter married Michael Jackson.”

CNN – Elvis worshipped in India town – May 21, 1996

Presleys in the Press: Elvis in Asia – ElviCities


The Elvis Presley Instant Lottery Promotion created by MDI Entertainment, Inc., began. The scratch ticket lottery featured cash prizes up to $100,000 and “Elvis Experience” VIP trips to Graceland.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Mariah Carey hit back at Eminem’s threats to sample the slushy voicemail messages she left on his mobile. Carey described the rapper as “a little girl” saying it’s “like dealing with a girlfriend in 7th grade, and he shouldn’t do it because it’ll get him in a bit of trouble with her lawyers.”

Paul McCartney received an honorary doctorate in music from the conservatory of Russia’s St. Petersburg University.


Country music singer (I’d Like To Be In Charlie’s Shoes) Billy Walker, his wife, and two band members were killed in a car crash while driving back to Nashville from a show in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Walker, a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 46 years, was 77.

Madonna played the first of three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum in California, the first dates on her Confessions Tour. The 60-date tour grossed over $260 million, becoming the highest grossing tour ever for a female artist


Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who created the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over a decades-long scam that bilked thousands of investors out of their life savings. Many victims were Pearlman’s relatives, friends and retirees in their 70s or 80s who lost everything. A view of the behind-the-scenes life of The Backstreet Boys is revealed in Gary James’ interview with A.J. Mclean’s mother, Denise McLean Solis

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rolling In The Deep’, taken from her second studio album, 21. The video to the song was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011. And on 12 February 2012, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world also voted for artists such as Regina Spektor, David Bowie, Florence and the Machine, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Pete Doherty.


“Elvis at 21” Published – Photographs by Alfred Wertherimer – a travel gallery exhibit was also done.

Elvis Presley at 21: Photos From Before He Was King – The Atlantic



Television director Marty Pasetta died after accidentally being run over by the car he had just exited at age 82. (Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire, Stand Up and Cheer, Paul Anka…Music My Way, TV inaugural galas for Presidents Carter and Reagan, 17 years of Academy Awards shows, Grammy and Emmy Awards broadcasts)

Marty Pasetta – Elvis Presley Music

Marty Pasetta and Elvis – An EIN spotlight on Aloha producer Marty …


Interview with ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ director and producer, Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta dies at 82; directed 17 Oscar shows, Elvis satellite concert


Auctioneers at Julien’s auction house in New York sold one of Elvis Presley’s acoustic guitars for $354,400. Other items in the sale included a red vinyl jacket which Michael Jackson wore for his 1996-97 HIStory world tour which sold for $256,000 and John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ “Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite” which brought $354,400.



After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circusshut down “The Greatest Show on Earth” with a final performance for a sold-out audience at the Nassau Coliseum in suburban New York City.

Neil Diamond continued the North American leg of his 50-Year Anniversary World Tour with a concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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