At the Franklin Institute, Emile Berliner demonstrated an improved early gramophone using a flat 7-inch disc with lateral-cut grooves on one side only, hand-cranked at 30 RPM with a two-minute capacity. He was the first to mass-produce hard rubber vulcanite copies from a zinc master disk.
The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
May 15 1943
The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Vernon got a job. They stayed there until June 20, and then they all returned to Tupelo, homesick for family and friends.
“Crazy, Man, Crazy” by Bill Haley & His Comets was their first chart entry and also the first rock ‘n’ roll record to make the Billboard pop music chart.
May 16, 1955
At the Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia: Martha Carson, Slim Whitman, The Davis Sisters, Onie Wheeler, Jimmy Rogers Snow and special added attraction: Elvis with Scotty and Bill
Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen in Elvis Day by Day wrote “RCA field representative Brad McCuen (responsible for east Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas) and country–and–western promotion manager Chick Crumpacker are in the audience to check out some of their acts. Crumpacker remembers being bowled over. “What really got the listeners was his energy and the way he sang the songs. The effect was galvanic.” Subsequently Crumpacker makes a point of taking all of Elvis’ records back to New York to give to his boss, Steve Sholes, who, unbeknownst to him, is already well aware of the new act.”
Backstage at the Mosque
May 16, 1956
Elvis performed at the Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas at 7.00 and 9.30 p.m.
Elvis was interviewed by a local DJ between shows to name his favorite song and Elvis picked “I Was The One”, from his first RCA session.
Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, Money Honey, I Got A Woman, Blue Suede Shoes, and Hound Dog twice.
Elvis Cools Cats Down To a Dungaree Delirium
By Jack Blalock and Ray Moseley of the Gazette Staff
It started as a chant of “We want Elvis,” mounted to a wave of hysterical screaming and from then on the cats had a ball.
Elvis Presley, his guitar and his singing caused it all last night – the biggest mob scene the Auditorium has ever witnessed.
Teen-aged rock-and-roll fans started lining up 5 1/2 hours before his appearance and at show time the auditorium was packed, with hundreds more waiting outside.
Presley, flashily dressed and beaming broadly, took it all with ease as he sang for two worshipful mobs.
The 21-year-old singing star was scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. but he missed a plane connection in Memphis and did not come on stage until almost 8:30. The delay merely heightened the pandemonium in the Auditorium.
Thirty minutes before his arrival, the big hall started rocking with waves of rhythmic applause and cries of “We Want Elvis!” The crescendo mounted to a hysterical pitch when the stage lights came on.
The curtain parted and a blue jacketed master of ceremonies bubbled: “Bless your hearts, you’re going to get him.” That touched off another round of screaming.
Then the crowd booed and hissed intermittently as another act performed. Plainly they wanted Elvis.
In Person; In Purple
The master of ceremonies returned, fumbled through an introduction that no one cared to hear and then it happened.
Out of the curtains on the right emerged a broadly smiling Presley, garbed in a violet purple coat and black silk slacks. A guitar was draped over his shoulders as he slinked toward the microphone.
Instantly, the crowd was on its feet, screaming and waving. The front rows surged forward.
Presley continued to beam, wrestled the microphone toward him and suddenly burst into the opening notes of his most popular song “Heartbreak Hotel.”
That was more than the teenagers could take sitting down. On the left side of the auditorium, they rose in a body and stormed down the aisle, then stood screaming on the brink of the stage.
Presley gyrated wildly on stage, drawing louder screams each time he flicked a leg in hula dancer fashion.
Police Herd Them Back
Policemen scrambled down the aisle after the teen-agers and finally persuaded them to return to their seats.
The screaming never subsided during the rendition.
The notes came through only now and then, but it didn’t matter.
REALLY SENDS ‘EM – Elvis Presley “sent” these teen-agers “a-rockin and a-roll-in” while singing and shaking out one of his self-styled “hi want you, hi need you” songs. This front row scene was typical in the packed Robinson Auditorium last night. The ticket demand was so great that Presley presented a second show.
|Arkansas Democrat Photo by Cranford Little Rock Public Library|
May 16, 1957
Jailhouse Rock production
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.
May 16, 1959
Elvis Presley’s single “A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight” hit #1 in the U.K.
Military Service in Germany
May 16, 1960
Elvis Presley held on to #1 for a fourth week with “Stuck On You”.
May 16, 1961
May 16, 1962
May 16, 1963
The Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children’s program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me.’
May 16, 1965
The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their latest hit, “Help Me Rhonda”. Although all of the group sang on the record, only Carl Wilson (guitar) and Brian Wilson (piano and organ) played instruments on it. The rest of the music was provided by The Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles studio musicians who would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
The Rolling Stones appeared with Chuck Berry on the television show “Hollywood A-GO-GO.”
Elvis signing autographs in Bel Air
May 16, 1966
The Beach Boys released the album Pet Sounds in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson. To confirm this, Pet Sounds has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (Sgt. Pepper’S came first). Paul McCartney picked it as one of his favorite albums of all time.
Bob Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock’s first double album, and Dylan’s seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.
The Beatles continued working on the George Harrison composition “Taxman,” which became the opening cut on their “Revolver” album. The initial recording was done on April 20 and the track was completed on June 21.
In Hollywood, Frank Sinatra recorded “Summer Wind.”
May 16, 1967
The Monkees‘ third LP, “Headquarters” was released. It was their first album recorded primarily by the four members of the group and would reach #1 in the US for one week before being relegated to second place for eleven consecutive weeks by “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Elvis went to The Memphian to see Peter Sellers’ A Shot In The Dark.
May 16, 1968
At the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Tony Joe White recorded his composition, “Polk Salad Annie.” Billy Swan, singer of the 1974 hit “I Can Help,” produced the session. Elvis would open many concerts with his cover version.
May 16, 1969
Jack Cassady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana for possession of marijuana.
Pete Townshend of the Who was arrested onstage after mistakenly kicking a New York police officer.
John Lennon, declared “an inadmissible immigrant to the US”, seeks a visa to visit America. Lennon’s standing visa was revoked by the US Embassy in London ten days before because of his drug conviction in November 1968.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel finally relinquished its spot at #1 on the Album chart after 10 weeks, falling to #2. The winner was the great Deja Vu by Crosby Stills, Nash & Young. McCartney, Paul’s first solo release, went from 14-3 with Hey Jude from the Beatles at 4 and Band of Gypsys (sp) by Jimi Hendrix coming in fifth.
Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane was arrested for marijuana possession and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota.
May 16, 1971
Back in the recording studio in Nashville for his upcoming Christmas album, Elvis and the band started to jam during a break. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” of Bob Dylan went on for more than 11 minutes. Unfortunately Elvis lost his interest for the Christmas album afterwards and the band did 3 instrumental tracks.
May 16, 1973
The Carpenters released the single “Yesterday Once More”.
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows.
May 16, 1974
Elvis performed at the High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada to tepid reviews..
May 16, 1975
Chuck Berry hosted a retro tribute on “The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV was a retro tribute hosted by Chubby Checker, and featured performances by Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore, the Drifters, Tymes, Angels, and Danny & the Juniors.
May 16, 1976
From Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis Tennessee released
Paul McCartney released his “McCartney II” album.
Dr. George C. Nichopoulous is indicated in Memphis on 14 counts of over prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients. Although he was acquitted in November, his case was reopened twelve years later and resulted in the revocation of his medical license.
Former New Christy Minstrels member (with Kenny Rogers), Kim Carnes started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, the singers only US No.1 and a No.10 hit in the UK. Carnes received a personal thank-you letter for the song from actress Bette Davis, saying that it had impressed her young grandson. Blogger Nina recalls Davis publicly not liking the song or knowing what it was supposed to even mean.
The double soundtrack album “This Is Elvis” hit #115 in the U.S. The soundtrack album was certified Gold on August 6, 2002 by the RIAA
Motown’s twenty-fifth anniversary on NBC TV gathered The Temptations and the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles reunited for the show, The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong) also reunited for the event and, appropriately, sang “Someday, We’ll Be Together.” Stevie Wonder sang “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” It was the first time Michael Jackson performed the “moonwalk” for a live audience.
Comedian/actor (Taxi, Heartbeeps, In God We Tru$t, God Told Me To) Andy Kaufman died of lung cancer at the age of 35.
A royalty check for $6.5 million from sales of “We Are The World” was handed over to the USA for Africa Foundation by Columbia Records. The total raised would eventually exceed $50 million. Blogger Nina recalls -None of the charity was effective and corrupt governments and military groups took the money and the food aid.
U2 started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart ‘With Or Without You’, co-produced by Canada’s Daniel Lanois, the group’s first US No.1. The third track from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree the song was the group’s most successful single at the time.
Jim Henson, The Muppets creator who scored two US Top 30 hits with “Rubber Duckie” in 1970 and “Rainbow Connection” in 1979, died of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome at the age of 53.
Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer at the age of 64. Davis was a member of The Rat Pack, along with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop and had several US Top 40 hits including “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “That Old Black Magic”, “The Candy Man” and his signature tune, “I’ve Gotta Be Me”.
Frank Sinatra famously got the mob to not murder Sammy for marrying a white woman.
Sammy and Elvis were long time friends, and appeared together on stage on the Frank Sinatra welcome elvis home special.
but Sammy’s most important tv and cultural appearance was on “All In the Family”
Ray Charles was inducted into the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall breaks his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their Bridges To Babylon tour.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince reverts back to the name Prince. Because his publishing contract expired December 31, 1999, Prince says his birth name was emancipated from “long-term restrictive documents,” and he could stop using the unpronounceable symbol he used to identify himself when he was committed to what he called “undesirable relationships.”
Britney Spears released her sophomore album, Oops!… I Did It Again. It included tracks like “Stronger” and “Lucky” as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and a recording of “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” co-written by Canada’s Shania Twain.
Mike Love‘s lawsuit against fellow Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and the British newspaper Mail On Sunday was dismissed as being without merit. Love had sued over the free distribution of a 2004 CD that included the Beach Boys’ name and Love’s image.
Parma, Italy honored musical performers Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lennon, by re-naming city streets after them.
Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’. The album also is significant as the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.
Paul McCartney told Scotland’s Sunday Mail newspaper that he is convinced The Beatles would have reformed in recent years if all their members had survived, because they would have signed up for a reunion “just for a laugh”. He pointed out that the band was asked to reunite shortly after they split, but said “It wasn’t really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, ‘Oh go on. Just for a laugh.’”
Nina Notes – SNL Did.. they were all in new york…but it was the too soon until it was too late.
all that orchestra was the wrong way to go for teenagers
Please Join Councilwoman Patrice J. Robinson and State Representative Joe Towns for a townhall meeting to discuss updates on Elvis Presley Enterprises on Wednesday, May 16th from 6-7:30pm.
The townhall will be held at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Whitehaven Center, located at 1234 Finley.
For more information, contact Judy Milam or LaKevia Perry at (901) 636-6786.
CNBC–19 hours agoCountry star Blake Shelton and Jay Leno take a seat at the famous Formosa Cafe and eat Elvis Presley’s favorite meal! Catch the sneak peek …
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