The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
Elvis performed at the Memphis, TN Eagle’s Nest
An influential DJ showed up at the club and was so impressed by Elvis that he booked him for a show the next week.
November 19, 1954
Sammy Davis Jr. was involved in a car accident in which he lost his left eye. Sammy had released a number of singles which were mostly ignored until he signed with Decca Records in 1955, where he scored hits with “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “That Old Black Magic”.
Elvis performed at Lake Cliff Club concert
November 20, 1954
November 21, 1954
American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘This Ole House.’ This song was also a No.1 for Shakin’ Stevens in 1981.
Her nephew, actor George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral in 2002.
Elvis performed at the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium, Texarkana, Arkansas at 7.00 and 9.15 p.m.
Johnny Cash was very surprised to witness Elvis washing his car by hand to remove all the mud and rain after the long drive.
Elvis performed at Longview, TX’ Reo Palm Isle
November 19, 1955
Carl Perkins recorded ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock ‘n’ roll classic became a US No.2 & UK No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956, and has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon. ”
Elvis at Gladewater High School Gymnasium in Gladewater TX;
performing “I Forgot To Remember To Forget”,“Baby Lets Play House” “Thats All Right” and covering “Rock Around The Clock”
November 20, 1955
Elvis signed his contract with RCA which included all the Sun Masters.
RCA Victor buys Elvis Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $40,000. The deal was inked at New York’s Warwick Hotel and gave Sam Phillips $35,000 for Elvis and $5,000 in back royalties owed to Elvis by Sun to Elvis.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black were not contracted to Sun Records or RCA, ditto DJ Fontana, they were on contract to Elvis. RCA’s Steve Sholes with new acquisition: Elvis Presley
After the switch from Sun to RCA Elvis sent a telegram to the Colonel: ” Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I’ve always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father, Elvis Presley.”
November 14, 1956
Sam Phillips produced Jerry Lee Lewis‘ first Sun Records recording session, from which came the single “End Of The Road” b/w “Crazy Arms.”
makes his acting debut as the movie Love Me Tender
premieres in New York City. Despite critical reaction, it takes in nearly $4 million in just two months.
November 17, 1956
Elvis Presley’s single “Love Me Tender” hit #1 in the U.S.
Elvis Presley’s single “Blue Moon” hit #9 in the U.K.
Elvis performed at the Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally this (or the next night) show was planned to be the worldwide satellite broadcast.
Elvis performed at the Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, at 2.30 and 8.30 p.m. which was broadcast on tv in Japan as a technical run for the January 1973 first live broadcast via satellite by a solo performer.
Elvis gave a press conference at the Hawaiian Village Hotel to announce the satellite show once again.
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ElvisWorld: Blue Moon and Unshiny Sun
The Final Sun Sessions Set: Left right and real gone
The Garth Brooks album “Ropin’ The Wind” was certified 10X Platinum.
Anthology Volume 3 by the Beatles was the #1 album, making the group the only act in the Rock Era to have three #1 albums in a 12-month period.
Céline Dion released the album “Let’s Talk About Love,” which includes the song “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic.” In her native Canada, it set a record for first-week sales: 230,000 copies, meaning one out of every 100 Canadians bought the album in the first seven days of its release.
ABC aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert, “Britney Spears: Live from Las Vegas.”
The Beatles released “Let It Be… Naked” (minus the Phil Spector Wall of Sound embellishments on the original album). The LP would reach #5 in the US and #7 in the UK.
First official release of the Million Dollar Quartet – the most complete and properly sequenced release version.
In a poll compiled by the Official UK Charts Company, “Queen’s Greatest Hits” was named as the most popular album of all time in Britain. According to the list, the album has sold around 5.4 million copies, beating the Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which has sold 4.8 million copies.
posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.
A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous ’68 Comeback TV Special performance were bought by a UK collector for £29,500, ($44,500). Elvis had worn the size-11 Verde boots while singing ‘If I Can Dream’, two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the lyrics included quotes from the civil rights leader.
Justin Bieber topped the UK singles chart with ‘Sorry’ breaking a chart record for the most tracks inside the top 40. The chart featured eight songs from Bieber’s new album Purpose, the first time a living artist had so many simultaneous entries. His eight entries saw him break a record set by Elvis Presley in 1957, when he had seven songs in the top 40 singles chart.