Daily Elvis: May 26

Give us this day, May 26, our daily Elvis

May 26, 1835

The U.S. Congress passed a resolution declaring it had no authority over state slavery laws.

May 26, 1913

In New York City, the Actors’ Equity Association was organized.

May 26, 1933

Country music singer (The Brakeman’s Blues, In The Jailhouse Now, Blue Yodel, The Soldier’s Sweetheart) Jimmie Rodgers, nicknamed “the Singing Brakeman,” died of a lung hemorrhage and tuberculosis at 35. In 1961, Rodgers was the first person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tupelo, Mississippi



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

May 26, 1938,

Vernon in prison

Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.

May 15 – June 20, 1942

Mississippi Gulf Coast and then they all returned to Tupelo, homesick for family and friends.

May 26, 1946
Berry Street “Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.
510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.

Mulbery Alley
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo.

Memphis, Tennessee


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Sept. 12, 1948 – Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952

Elvis was an usher at Loew’s State Theatre

January 7 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street, rented

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

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

end of 1954 to mid-1955
2414 Lamar Avenue, rented


The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

May 26, 1955

At Universal Recording in Chicago, Pat Boone recorded “Ain’t That A Shame.”

May 26, 1955 - Elvis Presley with Jimmie Rodgers Snow on Elvis´ pink Cadillac Fleetwood in Meridian, Mississippi

Elvis Presley won second prize at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Talent Show.

Ann Raye, Elvis and Mae Axton

May 26, 1955 – Elvis Presley Music

Bill Black, Jimmie Rodgers Snow and Elvis parade in Meridian, MS

All performers took a ride in the Jimmie Rodgers celebration parade.

Elvis performed at the Ray Stadium, Meridian, Mississippi.

Elvis onstage at Ray Stadium – Photo (reworked) from Country Song Roundup Vol. 1 No. 40 Sept. 1955


Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 26 1955 Junior College Stadium Meridian MS (7:00 PM) 4500 Jimmie Rogers Memorial Celebration Yes

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

May 26, 1956

The Clovers’ “Love, Love, Love” (#4 R&B) and the Magnificents’ “Up on the Mountain” (#9) R&B) were released

Carl Perkins finally appears on The Perry Como Show. Unfortunately, 2 months since his car accident, his hit “Blue Suede Shoes” had already peaked in popularity and Perkins’ career momentum was lost.

Liberace gave a three-hour solo piano performance for an audience of 16,000 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Oscar Davis plugs the sale of Elvis Presley Juke Box Favorites between acts

The Other acts were Jackie Little, The Smokey Mountain Boys, The Flaims, Frank Connors and Phil Maraquin

Elvis performed at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium , Columbus, Ohio at 7.00 and 10.00 p.m.

Elvis and DJ at the Veterans Memorial Aud

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Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info May 26 1956 Veterans Memorial Auditorium Columbus OH (7:00 PM) 2000 Yes
Info May 26 1956 Veterans Memorial Auditorium Columbus OH (10:00 PM) Yes

May 26, 1957

Jailhouse Rock

The Military Service Disruption

May 26, 1958

Just four days into Jerry Lee Lewis’ tour of England, theatre owners bowed to pressure from the UK press and canceled the thirty-three remaining dates. After headlines that said, “Clear Out This Gang,” “Baby Snatcher Go Home”, “We Hate Jerry Shout Ex-Fans”, and “Lewis: Bigamist”, Jerry Lee and his entourage packed their bags for home only to discover that the scandal had followed him there.

At Bell Sound Studios in New York City, Paul Anka, George Hamilton IV and Johnny Nash, with narrator Bill Givens, recorded “The Teen Commandments.”

Elvis Presley had been in the army barely two months, but the U.S. government already had plans to use their new private’s music to help ease the Cold War. In May 1958, the State Department was lining up program content for a negotiated radio broadcast exchange with the Soviet Union. In a May 26, 1958, article, Billboard reported that Presley’s music was being considered for some of the 16 programs the State Department had to provide the Soviets under the agreement signed in January.

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

Important May dates during Elvis Presley’s life

May 26, 1959

Military Service in Germany / 14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

May 26, 1960

G.I. Blues Elvis Presley chats with leading lady, Leticia Roman, 19, on the set of G.I. Blues at Paramount Studio in Hollywood May 26, 1960. The film was Presley’s 5th, but his first since his release from the Army.

One Hollywood producer was already pegging her as another Lollobrigida.It was the first movie for Leticia Roman, an import from Italy, she acted until 1968.

Elvis Presley and Leticia Roman

May 26, 1961

At Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut studio in Nashville, Joe Dowell recorded “Wooden Heart,” based on a German folk song.

May 26, 1962

The first Briton to chart in America: Mr. Acker Bilk’s instrumental single, “Stranger On the Shore” provided the first, hint of the British Invasion to come when it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mr. Acker Bilk was a jazz clarinetist dressed in the throwback garb of an Edwardian dance hall player

The Isley Brothers‘ “Twist and Shout” is released on Wand Records. It will rise to #17 on the US Pop chart and will be covered two years later by The Beatles, whose version rose to #2.

Elvis Presley’s single “Good Luck Charm” hit #1 in the U.K and stayed there for five weeks, it had charted in April at #1 in the USA.

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

May 26, 1963

Elvis goes to RCA’s Studio B in Nashville working on what will eventually become 14 recorded masters. The songs are intended to make up an album and a single with ‘Devil In Disguise’ selected as the A-side.

The planned album however is never released and the songs parceled out over the next few years as singles or soundtrack album ‘bonus selections’.

The prospective ‘album’ was eventually released on CD as ‘For The Asking – The Lost Album‘ in 1990 and FTD release, Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee.

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RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Echoes Of Love PPA4 0290-10
Please Don’t Drag That String Around PPA4 0291-06
(You’re The) Devil In Disguise PPA4 0292-06
Never Ending PPA4 0293-03
What Now, What Next, Where To PPA4 0294-01
Witchcraft PPA4 0295-03
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers PPA4 0296-03
Love Me Tonight PPA4 0297-08

May 26, 1964

May 26, 1965

On the TV show Shindig,  Jackie De Shannon, Sonny And Cher and The Rolling Stones performed Howling Wolf’s “How Many More Years.” and while Howling Wolf, whom the Stones had requested be on the program with them, also appeared.

Frankie and Johnny

May 26, 1966

Elvis went into the studio again and worked from 6.30 p.m. until 7.00 a.m.  Because Floyd Cramer wasn’t available until 9.00 p.m,  David Briggs was booked for the early session. Even after the arriving of Cramer, Briggs kept on playing the piano, because Elvis had grown used to his sound. The Imperials were present too.

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee
Love Letters TPA4 0914-09
So High TPA4 0915-04
Farther Along TPA4 0916-SP
By And By TPA4 0917-10
In The Garden TPA4 0918-03
Beyond The Reef TPA4 0919-02

May 26, 1967

The Beatles  “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released in the UK, one week before its American debut

May 26, 1968

The Jackson 5 signed to Motown Records. Motown President Berry Gordy intended to label their music “soul bubblegum.”

US blues artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record a ‘Fever’ (covered by Peggy Lee in 1958), and ‘Need Your Love So Bad’ covered by Fleetwood Mac. James Brown recorded a tribute album ‘Thinking Of Little Willie John… And A Few Other Nice Things’.

May 26, 1969

The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.


John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their second famous “bed-in” for peace at Le Reine Élizabeth Hotel (Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in English) in Montreal, Quebec. John Lennon recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in a room at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth in Montreal, Canada. The voices of Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

May 26, 1970

May 26, 1971

Don McLean records “American Pie”. Although he never actually mentions their names, most music lovers assume he is singing about February 3rd, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash, as ‘the day the music died.’

May 26, 1972

May 26, 1973

Deep Purple‘s “Smoke On The Water” is released. The song is based on the true story of how someone had fired a flare gun into the ceiling of the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, during a concert by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention. The resulting fire destroyed the building where Deep Purple was set to record a live album the next day. The single will reach #5 in the US and #21 in the UK.

The great double greatest hits album The Beatles/1967-1970 was #1 this week and the Beatles’ double album The Beatles/1962-1966 was at #3 withHouses of the Holy from Led Zeppelin sandwiched in between.

On Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 #19 “Steamroller Blues” by Elvis Presley

During the 1970s, Elvis Presley added “Steamroller Blues” to his concert repertoire and included it on his live album Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite. Presley also released it as a single in March 1973 with “Fool” as its flipside track, and the song reached number 17 on the U.S. pop singles chart. It was later included on Presley’s 2007 compilation The Essential Elvis Presley. A newly-orchestrated version was included on the 2015 album If I Can Dream with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

May 26, 1974

At White City Stadium in London, 650 people were injured and 30 required hospitalization at a David Cassidy concert. Over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers due to the frenzied excitement. One fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later. Cassidy is so shaken by the incident, he wouldn’t tour again for 11 years.

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Elvis ended his engagement at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, with an added performance at 3.00 a.m.

Date: 26 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
Why Me Lord
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
I Can’t Stop Loving you
Help Me / American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
Funny How Times Slip Away
Big Boss Man
Itâs Now Or Never
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: 0
Date: 26 May 1974
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateline, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: See See 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
Johnny B. Goode
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
You Gave Me A Mountain
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
I Can’t Stop Loving You
I’m Leavin’
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Let Me Be There
The Wonder Of You
Big Boss Man
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Meet Me at Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe! CD from – Elvis Fans Only

Elvis: Lake Tahoe ’74’ FTD In-Depth Review: ‘ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74’ features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974. This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is totally unreleased.

Although both concerts are “Dinner Shows” on May 26, with The Jackson 5 in the audience, Elvis was inspired and included several rarities – and pushed the band on with unexpected reprises.
Both concerts create a good combination – making this a great two-for-one release from FTD.
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 26 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm) Egyptian Original belt White Suit
Info May 26 1974 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am) Yes Yes

May 26, 1975

May 26, 1976

May 26, 1977

Elvis’ private jet, the Lisa Marie, had just landed after a Rochester-to-Binghamton, N.Y. flight. Grob, the chief of security, had just warned Elvis that they were in a restricted gun-carry area.

It was about 3 a.m. May 26, and a crowd of fans and dignitaries, including Elvis’ manager, Col. Tom Parker, and a high-ranking law officer, had gathered to welcome Elvis.

Still wearing pajamalike karate gear, Elvis began descending the portable stairs when the crowd started cheering as a spotlight hit him. As he lifted his arms to acknowledge the reception, two loaded semiautomatic Colt pistols fell from his waistband and bounced down the steps. ‘Elvis had a sheepish grin as he came down’.

Waiting was the local police chief or ranking officer. Elvis ‘completely disarmed the man by shaking his hand and introducing himself’. ‘The guy handed him the guns and said, ‘I believe these are yours Mr. Presley’. Elvis stuck ’em back in his waistband’. The guns are now on display at Graceland.

Elvis performed at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, New York.

Returning to his hotel in Binghamton, NY on May 26, 1977

Ginger left the tour after this show.

Romances: Ginger Alden

Pre-Concert Article – Elvis Presley In Concert

Presley Thrills Crowd At Arena – by Jeff Share, The Sun Bulletin

The gyrations which made him famous on television are a distant memory – and the ever-present paunch is an unpleasant reminder of age – but to the 7,000 who packed the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last night, Elvis Presley sounded better.

“He was just super, I’ll never be the same again, never, never, never,” said one middle-aged housewife as she led her seemingly indifferent husband through a throng of people after Elvis’ 60-minute show.

Several members of the audience said they were disappointed Elvis didn’t perform longer. Several others said they were upset by his pudgy appearance. Still others complained that Elvis should have sung more of his early numbers.

Presley, regarded as a father of rock ‘n’ roll with record sales of more than a half billion, was ushered by limousine into the arena past 30 fans about 15 minutes before his show.

Reviews – Elvis Presley In Concert

Date: 26 May 1977
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Binghamton, NY.
The Broome County Arena
Tickets: ?
Costume: Mexican Sundial Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me Let Me Know
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
Why Me Lord
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
School Days
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 26 1977 Broome County V. Memorial Aren Binghamton NY (8:30 pm) Mexican Sundial Original belt Black Suit Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


To demonstrate the power of radio, over 8,000 stations in the US go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42am.


Michael Jackson received Billboard magazine’s Music of the ’80s poll awards, including Black Artist of the Decade, Black Single of the Decade (“Billie Jean”), Pop Album of the Decade (Thriller), and Black Album of the Decade (Thriller).

For the first time ever the Top five positions on the US singles chart were held by female artists; Madonna was at No.1 with ‘Vogue’, Heart were at No.2, Sinead O’Connor No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5


In two months time, music fans around the world would be stunned to learn that 37-year-old Michael Jackson married 27-year-old Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. Both the bride and groom wore black – tt was his first marriage, her second, and occured in the middle of Jackson’s pedophile criminal investigation and without any hint of Presley’s first marriage to Danny Keough in trouble over media.  They had first met when Sweet Inspirations’ Myrna Smith took the seven-year-old Presley to several Jackson 5 concerts in Las Vegas in 1975. Lisa Marie would file for divorce in January of 1996, citing irreconcilable differences.


Myrna Smith, Sweet Inspirations and once girlfriend of Jerry Schilling, Memphis Mafia member

Interviewed by Elvis Fansite: Elvis Information Network

EIN – I believe that you were the first person to introduce Lisa Marie to Michael Jackson!

MS – Yes, Jerry and I did that! She would have been 6 years old I think and she wanted to see The Jackson 5. So we took her to see the show and afterwards we went backstage to meet them. But she didn’t remember that! I saw her on my birthday recently and she asked me about it because Michael had remembered the meeting and reminded her of it. Apparently Michael had tried to get in touch with her long before she started seeing him but until Lisa was 18 years old her Mother had her kinda’ under her thumb.

EIN – Now was that was a weird relationship, wasn’t it?

MS – In my mind it was a strange one. Lisa didn’t talk to me for a couple of years because I told her that, “No way are you going to get together with Michael Jackson”! She defied me anyway. She knows her own mind and she’s going to try it whether it’s right or wrong. She’s definitely like her Dad in that respect.

Riley Keough Talks about Her Late Stepfather Michael Jackson

Riley Keough Talks about Her Late Stepfather, Michael Jackson


The first episode of At Home With The Osbournes was shown on MTV in the UK.


Recording Artist: Lisa Marie Presley


Actor – Riley Keough



Paul McCartney visited Graceland and dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley’s grave, saying it was “So Elvis can play in heaven.”


A US judge ended a bitter two-year battle over the late soul singer James Brown’s estate. Judge Jack Early ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his six adult children. Brown’s family and wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, had fought over his fortune since he died of heart failure in 2006.


US authorities were investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician had been given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney. King died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on 14 May of this year, aged 89.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog


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