Our Daily Elvis for May 8, 2018

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Daily Elvis: May 8

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The Updated for 2018 are:

  1. Added the Elvis Era Headers to the post, and
  2. the following updates to the original Daily Elvis Post:

Tupelo, Mississippi


Memphis, Tennessee

1949 – 1977

Britain’s BBC bans the song “Such a Night” by Johnnie Ray after listeners complain about its ‘suggestiveness’. Ray’s animated stage persona included pounding on his piano, writhing on the floor and even crying, which earned him the nicknames “Mr. Emotion”, “The Nabob of Sob”, and “The Prince of Wails”.
Elvis and Dixie attended the annual Memphis Cotton Carnival.

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 8, 1955

Elvis outside Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL.

Elvis performed at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory , Tampa, Florida at 2.30 and 8.15 p.m. near the bottom of the bill for headliner Hank Snow, His Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle, The Carter Sisters, Jimmy Rogers Snow, The Davis Sisters and Onie Wheeler

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer


Elvis went back to Memphis where he stopped by the newspaper office and announced: “Man, I really like Vegas. I’m going back there the first chance I get.”

For the first time Elvis had an extended stay at his new Audubon Drive home.

May 8, 1957

At the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, WJAS disc jockey Barry Kaye presented a concert featuring Ray Charles, George Hamilton IV, theMoonglows, Ruth Brown, the Clovers, Johnnie & Joe, Bo Diddley, theCharms, and the G-Clefs.

Jailhouse Rock Pre-production: Elvis went to the MGM soundstage to record the vocals for Baby I Don’t Care. Afterwards there were some script rehearsals.

The Military Service Disruption

May 8, 1959

In Los Angeles, Frank Sinatra and a children’s chorus recorded “High Hopes,” a song he introduced in the feature film, “A Hole in the Head.”

Military Service in Germany: Since Red West went home for a couple of days, Elvis tried to recruit Alan Fortas to replace Red West, but this failed. Alan was already warned by Red of the restrictiveness of life in Germany. Elvis then contacted Cliff Gleaves.

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

May 8, 1960

The Browns performed “The Old Lamplighter” on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Nina Simone, Bess Myerson, Wayne and Shuster, Ford and Hines, Gordon and Shiela MacRae, and Noonan and (Peter) Marshall also appeared on the program.

G.I. Blues Production


RCA released the single “I Feel So Bad/Wild in the Country”  “I Feel so Bad” peaked at No.5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No.15 on Billboard’s Top 20 R&B Singles chart while  reaching No.4 on the UK singles chart, while “Wild in the Country” only manged 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 but made the top 10 in Flamish Belgium (Flanders) and Hong Kong

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Blue Hawaii Production


Girls! Girls! Girls! Production


The Elvis Presley album “Girl Happy” hit #7 in the U.K. Elvis 22nd album was a soundtrack disc:”Girl Happy” hit #7 in the U.K. In the US, it peaked at number eight on the Top LP’s chart. It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Co-starring in the movie was TV actress/singer Shelly Fabres – a duet and a song by her in the movie and on the soundtrack might have increased sales to her fan base. A missed opportunity, even when there were movie duets, the soundtrack would be Elvis alone.

This disc was the 6th in a row that was a soundtrack LP, with only the Elvis Golden Records 3 collection of singles.

Bill Haley & His Comets and released on Decca Records: “Yeah, She’s Evil!”Haley actually recorded his version six days after  just before Elvis’ recording of the same song under the  different name of  “Meanest Girl in town” – and released his single before Elvis’s soundtrack. Burring that original vs cover line rather a lot.

The soundtrack single, a dance tune “Do the Clam” was released approximately a month ahead of the album as a single, peaking at number 21 and is perhaps Elvis’ dirtiest ditty.

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Frankie and Johnny Pre-production

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

May 8, 1970

The Beatles  twelfth and final album, Let It Be was released, (it was recorded before the Abbey Road album, and was originally to be called ‘Get Back’). The album came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a ‘Get Back’ book.

May 8, 1973

Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows


ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with ‘Fernando’, the song went on to become ABBA’s biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million. And also on day Abba started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ‘Greatest Hits’ album.

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


The three surviving Beatles and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, won a legal battle to block the CD release of a Beatles recording made at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Bruce Springsteen was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Devils and Dust’ his 13th No.1 studio album.

CBS aired the first part of the new four-hour mini-series “Elvis.” The second part aired on May 11. Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the part of Elvis – it was the first Elvis biography to use Elvis recordings.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough




Chuck Berry was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: “In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run.”

Elvis Presley On Stage Tours Europe – Graceland


Never judge a man…. (Elvis Presley 5/8/2016) | elvis presley expert blog



Daily Highlight for 2018


Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold, died of natural causes, one week before his 90th birthday. Arnold had reached the Billboard Pop chart four times, including the 1965 #4 hit, “Make The World Go Away”,  What’s He Doing In My World, The Tip Of My Fingers, Misty Blue, Somebody Like Me, I Want To Go With You, Bouquet Of Roses, The Cattle Call, Trouble In Mind, Easy On The Eyes, There’s Been A Change In Me, I Wanna Play House With You, Just A Little Lovin’ Will Go A Long Way, Anytime) songwriter (You Don’t Know Me. Arnold had  been managed by Col Parker before Elvis.

Eddy Arnold – Elvis Information Network

Colonel of Lies – The Washington Post


Reference Sites:






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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company



Elvis History Blog


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