Daily Elvis: May 23

Give us this day, May 23, our daily Elvis


In Bienville Parish, Louisiana, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed in their stolen Ford V8 Deluxe by six Texas Rangers shooting a combined total of nearly 130 rounds.

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,


Frank Sinatra, the Pied Pipers (including Jo Stafford) and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra recorded “I’ll Never Smile Again,” which went on to spend 12 weeks at #1.

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

May 23, 1950

Linda Thompson, who was Elvis’s girlfriend for four and a half years starting in 1972, was born in 1950.

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

May 23, 1953

Bill Haley And His Comets saw their first release for Essex Records, “Crazy Man, Crazy” enter the Cashbox Best Sellers chart at #19. The success will be short lived however, as the record would fall out of the Top 50 two weeks later.

May 23, 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

May 23, 1955

Elvis Scotty and Bill played at the Mayfair Building in Tyler TX.

Elvis backstage at the Mayfair Bldg. in Tyler, TX
Photos: Jim Curtin’s Candids of the King

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 23 1955 Mayfair Building Tyler TX (8:00 PM)

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

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

May 23, 1956

Elvis performed at the Municipal Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa.

The review in the paper the next day panned the show, naturally, or rather Elvis specifically, when Journal writer Marjorie Howe wrote:

An hysterical crowd of 5,000 gave Elvis Presley a screaming reception at the auditorium Wednesday night. His performance was the most disgusting exhibition this reporter has ever seen. For Presley is the male counterpart of a hoochee koochee dancer in a burlesque show.

The writhing goes on while Presley is singing Blue Suede Shoes or Hound Dog, but his frenzied singing and guitar strumming are only incidental to the act. In fact, the singing can barely be heard above the crowd noise for every paroxysm brings a fresh outbreak of shrieks from the audience.

A formidable line of police officers kept the people away from the stage but they jammed the aisles, moving ever closer. They were almost all teenagers, with girls in the overwhelming majority.

Presley is not long out of the teen-age bracket himself. He has a sulkey look and his infrequent smile is almost surly. He wears long sideburns and is beginning to get fat.

The Elvis Presley performance took up only one fourth of the show, the last fourth, but it was the part the audience was waiting for. They showed their impatience at every delay. They were restless. They were watching for a glimpse of Presley. The tension mounting.

They almost ignored some of the preliminary acts, which were fairly good. They liked the comedian and the male quartet but talked all the time some other singing was going on.

Then there was an intermission and still further postponement and finally Presley appeared and the contortions and the tumult began. The act was merely variations on a single theme, except that every new wiggle was a little more “low down,” in Presley’s own words, and quite soon the orgy was ended. The only consolation is a prediction that Elvis Presley’s sensational popularity will be short lived.

Elvis Presley’s 1956 Show in Sioux City – Elvis History Blog

Elvis Presley on the Jimmy Dean WMAL-TV Show, March 23, 1956

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 23 1956 Municipal Auditorium Sioux City IA (8:00 PM) 5000 Yes

The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive

May 23, 1957

Jailhouse Rock Wardrobe photos

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

The Military Service Disruption

May 23, 1958

Patti Page released “Left Right Out Of Your Heart.” It became the 23rd of her 24 Top 10 singles.

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 23, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

May 23, 1960

Ella Fitzgerald charted R&B with “Mack the Knife,” reaching #6; and despite Bobby Darin’ pop version charting nine months ahead of Ella’s pop chart debut, her version still impressively reached Pop chart #27.

First recorded by the Spaniels in 1958, “A Rockin’ Good Way” bounced onto the Hot 100 for Dinah Washington in a duet with Brook Benton while rockin’ its way to #7.

The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, which also spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers’ biggest hit single and their third and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide. Cadence Records, the Everly Brothers’ former label, released two of their 1959 recordings on the single “When Will I Be Loved” b/w “Be-Bop-A-Lula.”

G.I. Blues

May 23, 1961

Blue Hawaii  Principal photography for Blue Hawaii ended

Elvis Presley during filming of "Blue Hawaii" (March 27 - May 23, 1961) | The lady in the picture was put in charge to bring Elvis his meals and what ever he needed. On the last day he was there he wanted to pay her and she told him that she couldn't take the money so he kissed her on the cheek and sang "Amazing Grace" to her.

The lady in the picture was put in charge to bring Elvis his meals and what ever he needed. On the last day he was there he wanted to pay her and she told him that she couldn’t take the money so he kissed her on the cheek and sang “Amazing Grace” to her.


and publicity stills were shot as well.

May 23, 1962

May 23, 1963

May 23, 1964

Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when her version of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ entered the UK chart.

The Beach Boys release “I Get Around” which will go on to become the group’s first #1 hit, topping the US chart for two weeks.

May 23, 1965

Frankie and Johnny

May 23, 1966

The Beatles “Paperback Writer” is released in the US, where it will go on to become the band’s twelfth Billboard #1 hit. The song also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

May 23, 1967

The movie “Stranger in the House,” starring James Mason, Geraldine Chaplin, and Bobby Darin, had its world premiere in London. It was not released in North America until the following January.

May 23, 1968

May 23, 1969

The Who released their fourth album, “Tommy,” the first musical work billed as a rock opera.

Elvis flew to Palm Springs for the weekend.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

May 23, 1970

Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, “McCartney”, started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200, while The Beatles’ LP “Let It Be” was #1 on the UK album chart for three weeks.

The Elvis Presley 37th album “Let’s Be Friends” hit #105 in the U.S. A cheapie  compilation released on RCA’s Camden in April 1970, was re-issued  by Pickwick Camden Records with the original Camden catalog #CAS 2408 and with a black border around the original cover art. It was reissued for compact disc by Sony Music Entertainment in 2006 – was certified Gold on June 15, 1999 and Platinum on January 6, 2004

May 23, 1971

Elvis flew to Los Angeles, where he would stay for 2 weeks.

May 23, 1972

May 23, 1973

May 23, 1974

George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows

Date: 23 May 1974
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: C C Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / Tryin’ To Get To You / All Shook Up / Love Me Tender / You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / Hound Dog / Fever / Polk Salad Annie / Why Me Lord / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Help Me / An American Trilogy / Let Me Be There (Incomplete) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Big Boss Man / It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love

Date: 23 May 1974
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Unknown
Recordings: 0

There was a party to celebrate Linda’s birthday after the show.

Romances: Linda Thompson

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

Elvis Presley – Elvis As Recorded Live In Lake Tahoe, Nevada

High Sierra : May ’74 : 1974 : Elvis Presley FTD CD

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 23 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm) Yes Yes
Info May 23 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 23, 1975

Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album was released, the first to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release and first album to debut at #1, where it stayed for seven weeks.

B.J. Thomas’ single “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” was certified Gold.

May 23, 1976

May 23, 1977

Engelbert Humperdinck’s “After the Lovin'” album was certified Platinum.

Jefferson Airplane are barred from giving a free concert at Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities pass a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote “We Built this City” about the ban.

Elvis performed at the Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

Date: 23 May 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Providence, RI.
Civic Center.
Tickets: 13,500
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
Jailhouse Rock
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Funny How Time Slips Away

My Way
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
Hound Dog
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Elvis Puts on a show at the Civic Center by Tony Lioce Journal Bulletin

Elvis Presley in concert at the Providence Civic Center on May 23

 On Tour 77 #28 – www.elvisandhismusic.com

ngagement – 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 23 1977 Civic Center Providence RI (8:30 pm) 13500 Mexican Sundial Original belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


The Third Barry Manilow Special airs on ABC-TV.

Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” goes Platinum. The album’s title track, a #2 hit last month, is the rallying call for baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, who will go on to win the 1979 World Series in October.


After Smokey Robinson’s song “Being With You” was turned down for Kim Carnes, he recorded it himself and it reached #2 pop today. He was kept from the top spot by (you guessed it) Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes.”


The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union puts forth a resolution to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements. The proposal was defeated.

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


The will of the late Freddie Mercury bequeathed the majority of the Queen singer’s $17 million estate to Mary Austin, his longtime companion.


The UK’s Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA who named it after his record label, Polar Records


Ben Weisman, 85; helped write many songs for Presley – latimes

Ben Weisman, 85, Composer for Presley, Dies – The New York Times

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Erasmus MC University Medical Center in the Netherlands announced they had drawn clear links between listening to loud music, smoking marijuana and having “risky” sex. The study, published in the Official Journal of the American Academy Of Pediatrics, revealed that young people who listened to loud music on their MP3 players were more likely to have sparked up a joint in the last month. The researchers, surveyed 944 students from inner-city vocational schools aged 15 to 25.


During court proceedings for Michael Jackson‘s wrongful death trial, a stage manager testified that he warned an AEG executive just five days before the star’s death that he was in a physical and mental decline.


Elvis Presley’s guitar sells for £230,000 – The Telegraph


Promised Land review – a wild ride through doomed America in Elvis

Story image for elvis presley from USA TODAY

Memphis: Elvis never left the building

New Zealand HeraldInside the home of rock ‘n’ roll, Winston Aldworth gets a glimpse into the head and heart of The King.

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Reference Sites:






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The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company



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