Daily Elvis May 13

Give us this day, May 13, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952

Elvis was an usher at Loew’s State Theatre

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

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

May 13, 1955

Elvis performed at the Jacksonville Baseball Park  (renamed Wolfson Park) Florida.

Elvis Presley‘s performance in Jacksonville, Florida is the first Presley show at which a riot ensues: At the end of his performance Elvis said to the audience: “Girls, I’ll see you backstage”. This became a riot with fans pursuing Elvis into his dressing room and tearing off his clothes and shoes.

Elvis, Faron Young and Mae Boren Axton - May 1955
Elvis, Faron Young and Mae Boren Axton

Peter Guralnick in Last Train To Memphis wrote, “Almost immediately they were after him. The Police got him into the dugout locker room, where Mae and the Colonel were totaling up the nights receipts. Most of the other acts were backstage too Mae recalled, when the fans started pouring in through an overhead window that had been inadvertently left open. ”I heard feet like a thundering herd and the next thing I knew I heard his voice from the shower area, I started running and three or four policemen started running too and by the time we got there several hundred must have crawled in – well maybe not that many but a lot and Elvis was on top of one of the showers looking sheepish and scared, like What do I do? and his shirt was shredded and his coat was torn to pieces. Somebody had even gotten his belt and his socks.”

Reportedly, Tom Parker was convinced of the magnitude of Elvis’ popularity.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info May 13 1955 Baseball Park Jacksonville FL (8:00 PM) 1400 Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree

May 13, 1956


Elvis performed at the St. Paul, MN St. Paul Auditorium  at 3.00 p.m.

“I Love You Baby,” Fans Cry– Teen-Age Girls Rock Auditorium While Elvis ‘Rolls’

By Allen W. Doerr, The St. Paul Pioneer Press

Elvis Aaron Presley, swarthy young singing idol of teenage rock and roll fans, held court for 26 minutes in the St. Paul auditorium Sunday.
There were no casualties.
Some 4000 present, mostly girls, greeted the 21 year-old former Tennessee truck driver.
They screamed, they cheered, they whistled, they clapped and they cried. Then they fought like demons for a touch or close-up glimpse of their king.
Another 4,000 persons, only slightly less exuberant, screamed and squealed through Presley’s evening show in the Minneapolis auditorium.
Youths lined up at the doors before noon. They bought photographs of Presley for 50 cents, 75 cents and $1.

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Presley, in nondescript black shirt and slacks slipped in a side door at 3:15 p.m. A dozen patrolmen held back the mob.
In his dressing room Presley admitted in his southern drawl that he doesn’t know how long his popularity will last. “Ah’m not worried. There were plenty of good ‘rock and roll’ men before I came along. “This is good. I hope it keeps on. Ah’ll keep working as long as it does.”

He signed autographs and posed for pictures and explained he hopes to try serious acting in movies. It would be a career to fall back on if the rock and roll boom fades, he said.
Outside the crowd was chanting “We want Elvis.” When he emerged in a Kelly green jacket and started for the stage, they began screaming again. Police formed a ring around the stage.
After the first words of his hit song “Heartbreak Hotel,” the noise of the crowd drowned out the music. Only the beat carried over the loudspeaker system.

“Over Here, Elvis”     “I Got A Woman . . .”

“You don’t need to know what he’s saying,” one girl shouted. “It’s just to look at him.”
Presley grabbed the microphone with both hands and tossed his head. He shook his shoulders in a motion that carried down through his body to his feet. He shuffled stiff-legged from side to side. He leaned his forehead on the microphone closed his eyes and twitched slowly through his body as he sang.

He threw his guitar from side to side and moved jerkily around the stage. The guitar gashed the side of his head and girls in the audience moaned and through their handkerchiefs to him as blood flowed.
“Over here, Elvis, over here,” a 13-year-old shouted falling on her knees pleading in the front row.
“I love you, baby I love you. I love you,” another girl chanted, tears streaming down her face.

Police formed a flying wedge to take Presley in a waiting car after the show, but the crowd broke through. The Kelly green coat was half torn off.
Two stowaway girls were waiting in the car. Police pushed one into the street and the car drove away.
“Hey,” screamed the girl. “My girl friend is in there.”
She stood in the street crying and the pouring rain matted her hair down around her face.

“Go, Man, Go”

“. . . A Lonely Place . . .”

Eager for Elvis This eager group of teen-age girls huddled in front of Minneapolis auditorium Sunday afternoon. They were getting the jump on the horde expected to hear singer Elvis Presley, the new teen-agers’ king of swoon, at 8 p.m.  Several teens arrived at 6 a.m. and were questioned by a cautious squad car crew. Most came around noon; because their mothers insisted they get at least one hot meal. Kid stuff, huh? Well, two older women fans showed up early with the teen-agers. They thought Liberace was playing!

Minneapolis Tribune Photo by Bill Seaman

Elvis signs Souvenir Programs for Timi Anderson, Suzie Olson, Dede Smith and Anna Skarning – May 13, 1956
Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune Photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Elvis performed at the Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Auditorium at 8.00 p.m.

Open Letter To Elvis PresleyBy Bill Diehl,  Motion Picture Editor

OPEN LETTER to Elvis Presley:
Dear Elvis:

Last Sunday we met you for the first time. Remember Sunday? It was a day of disappointments. The weather was disappointing. Your crowds both at the St. Paul and Minneapolis auditoriums were disappointing (a Twin Cities total of something like 25,000 was expected and the combined total was only about 6,000). And Elvis, we’re sorry to say it, but your act was disappointing.

This column has been quite a booster of yours. And we’re not giving up on you. Yet. We liked you because you dared to be different. and we liked you because we heard you didn’t drink or smoke. Knowing you were idolized by millions of kids, we thought you were setting a fine example.

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Texas DJ Bill Strength and Elvis in Minneapolis


Oh, we heard grown-ups make cracks about your sideburns but so what? And we heard that you looked like “one of those hoodlums.” Again, so what? Maybe the kids would let their sideburns grow, but also in setting an example — didn’t smoke and drink, maybe eventually the kids would ape you that way, too. And you’d accomplish something.

So we said, okay, come on, Elvis! We saw you, talked to you and were impressed by your courtesy and consideration and poise in the dressing room. You were generous with autographs and interviews. Your fingers showed no yellow stains, so we assume the stories about your not smoking are true. Your hair was long, sure, but neatly groomed. Even your fingernails were reasonably clean. Yes, you had pimples as some people cracked, but many at your age do. (I might be getting one on the end of my nose right now!)

But then, Elvis, we saw your act. And we were, in a word, disappointed. Somebody, probably an adult, has told you to wriggle around when you sing. Your actions, Elvis, were “low.” And you don’t have to be like that, boy. Your records are selling like crazy to kids who have never seen you but who like your singing style . . . free and uninhibited.

On stage, Elvis, you were nothing but a male burlesque dancer. Your gyrations were straight from strip-tease alley. Happily, you did leave your clothes on. Now, you flopped in Las Vegas because you were playing to adults who don’t dig you. some calculating adult booked you in there — and he was pushing you. You got the bounce.

Do you wonder why flops No. 2 in St. Paul and No. 3 in Minneapolis happened? Oh, they’ll blame the weather and Mother’s Day and anything else. We’ve been asking around, though, and I’ll tell you one big reason: Moms and Dads had seen you on TV and didn’t like your unnecessary bump-and-grind routine.

If more Moms and Dads had seen you, I bet not even the scattered 6,000 would have turned up. You disillusioned many of your fans needlessly. You set a fine example with your courtesy and by not smoking and not drinking. Why, Elvis, do you resort to your “Pelvis Presley” routine? You’d better drop it before more and more people drop you.

Of course, there’ll always be a few crackpots to screech: “Oohhh, Elvis” when you do your hip-wriggle bit. But by now you should know that in show-biz nothing grows in dirt. Clean it up and you’ll really clean up.

Hopefully, Bill Diehl

Elvis backstage with Tupelo friend, Airman Edward Thornton, at the Minneapolis Auditorium

Elvis driven away from the Minneapolis Auditorium through the crowd
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info May 13 1956 Auditorium St. Paul MN (3:00 PM) 4000 Yes
Info May 13 1956 Auditorium Minneapolis MN (8:00 PM) 4000 Yes


May 13, 1957

Jailhouse Rock Principal photography began on the jailhouse dance sequence.

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May 13, 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from wife number two, Jane Mitcham, six months after marrying his second-cousin, Myra Gayle Brown.

Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. 

May 13, 1959

At Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut studio in Nashville, Johnny Horton recorded a British version of “The Battle Of New Orleans”

After one year, Milton Berle hosted his last “Kraft Music Hall” on NBC-TV. Perry Como became the program’s host in the fall of 1959 and continued through 1967.
Military Service in Germany

May 13, 1960

Frankie Lymon (without the Teenagers), Shirley & Lee, Robert & Johnny, Billy Bland, Major Lance, Barrett Strong, and Irma Thomas performed on a bill together with backing by Ernie Field’s band at the Regal theater in Chicago

G.I. Blues 

May 13, 1961

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, the Olympics, and Aretha Franklin appeared at the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis.

Blue Hawaii 

May 13, 1962

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

May 13, 1963

Elvis screened movies at The Memphian almost every night from this day on until June 23.

May 13, 1964


May 13, 1965

Frankie and Johnny Pre-production Elvis continued recording for Frankie and Johnny at Radio Recorders at 5.00 p.m. He overdubbed lead vocals on the tracks recorded the day before, but after doing 2 additional songs he left the studio again.

May 13, 1966

Like on many other nights Elvis rented the Fairgrounds after the movies.

May 13, 1967

The Monkees second album ‘More Of The Monkees’, went to No.1 on the UK charts. In 1967 only four albums reached No.1; ‘The Sound Of Music’ which spent 17 weeks at No.1, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper, 25 weeks at No.1 and The Monkees first and second albums spent 9 weeks at No.1.

The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with ‘The Happening’; it made No.6 in the UK. It was the last single to be released as the Supremes, from now on they were known as Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Elvis Presley’s second religious album, “How Great Thou Art,” hit #18 in the U.S. and #11 in the U.K.

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May 13, 1968

May 13, 1969

Led Zeppelin became one of the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: ‘The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better’.

May 13, 1970

The world premiere of The Beatles film ‘Let It Be’ took place in New York City. The film, which was originally planned as a television documentary, features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

May 13, 1971

On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.

May 13, 1972

Elvis Presley’s third gospel album, “He Touched Me,” hit #79 in the U.S.

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May 13, 1973

In addition to the Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows; Elvis performed at the Sahara Tahoe at 3.00 p.m.

This 3 pm show was a special Mother’s Day engagement to benefit a local hospital and was released on the Follow that Dream Collector label in 2003.

Date: 13 May 1973
Time: 3am
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Help Me Make It Thru The Night
Steamroller Blues
You Gave Me A Mountain
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Shake Rattle And Roll
My Way
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Suspicious Minds
I’ll Remember You
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
It’s Over / Release Me
Faded Love
Can’t Help Falling In Love


Date: 13 May 1973
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Steamroller Blues
You Gave Me A Mountain
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Shake Rattle And Roll
My Way
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Suspicious Minds
I’ll Remember You
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
It’s Over
Release Me
Faded Love
Can’t Help Falling In Love


Date: 13 May 1973
Time: Midnight
Venue: Stateside, NV.
Sahara Tahoe Hotel
Tickets: Unknown
Costume: Unknown
Track list: Im Leavin
A Big Hunk Of Love
** Tracklist Is Incomplete
Recordings: 0


Engagement – Tour Ref: Lake Tahoe Season 2 – Lake Tahoe May 4th – May 20th 1973
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Info May 13 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV 3:00am Yes Yes
Info May 13 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Dinner (10.00pm) Fire Original belt
Info May 13 1973 Sahara Hotel Lake Tahoe NV Midnight (12.00am)

May 13, 1974

Forty-three people were arrested and more than fifty were injured after youths started throwing bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK stadium in Washington DC.

Elvis performed at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.

Date: 13 May 1974
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: San Bernardino, CA.
Swing Auditorium
Tickets: 7,200
Costume: Blue Phoenix suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Tryin’ To Get To You
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Johnny B. Goode
Hound Dog
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
Suspicious Minds
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Help Me
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: 0


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 12 – May 10th – May 13th 1974
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Info May 13 1974 Swing Auditorium San Bernardino CA (8:30 pm) 7200 Turquoise Phoenix Spare belt Purple suit Yes

May 13, 1975

May 13, 1976

May 13, 1977

Dolly Parton made her New York City debut with a performance at the Bottom Line.

EMI in Britain and Capitol Records in the U.S. released “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl,” an album made from live recordings of theBeatles‘ North American tours of 1964 and 1965.


Boney M were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rivers of Babylon’. The single which stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks was originally by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians, whose version of the song appeared in the sound track to the 1972 movie The Harder They Come.


Stevie Wonder was cited by the United Nations for his efforts against apartheid.


Michael Jackson launched a court case suing Motown Records. Jacko filed the lawsuit in LA, saying he hadn’t been paid royalties due for the music he did with the Jackson Five in the 60s and 70s. The singer also claimed his music has been used in TV ads without his permission.


CBS aired the TV special Elvis by the Presleys.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





Daily Elvis: February 24

Give us this day, February 24,  our daily Elvis

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,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.



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


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

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era



February 24, 1954

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour from September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955

Elvis performed at the South Side Elementary School Bastrop, Louisiana at 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.
This was the last show of this second Jamboree Attractions tour.


Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info February 24 1955 South Side Elementary School Bastrop LA (7:30 PM) WSM Grand Ole Opry Tour Yes
Info February 24 1955 South Side Elementary School Bastrop LA (9:30 PM) WSM Grand Ole Opry Tour Yes
 Scotty Moore – South Side Elementary School, Bastrop, LAThe Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

With the city looking for a legal way to shut down the increasing number of rock ‘n’ roll shows, police in Cleveland, Ohio were instructed to enforce a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.
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Rare picture of Elvis and his manager,Colonel Parker.
February 24, 1956 - Elvis and Mae Boren Axton - When Elvis played the Ballpark in Jacksonville, FL. (Mae Boren Axton cowrote Heartbreak Hotel)
Mae Boren Axton and Elvis – she wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” and was the mother of Hoyt Axton.
Elvis performed at the Jacksonville Baseball Park  (renamed Wolfson Park), Jacksonville, Florida.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info February 24 1956 Baseball Park Jacksonville FL (8:15 PM) Florida Tour

The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957

Elvis finally completed the version of Loving You that would appear on record.
Dudley Brooks and Elvis Presley
He also kept his promise to Sam Philips to record When It Rains It Really Pours, which he hadn’t completed at Sun. After the conclusion of this recording session Steve Sholes had 7 finished masters from 2 days of work.

King Creole Production

The Presleys lived at  Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

February 24, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

February 24, 1960

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

In New York City, Sam Cooke began a week of shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. His supporting acts were Little Anthony and the Imperials and Aretha Franklin.
With Wild in the Country filming once again completed, Elvis had returned to Memphis, where he hold a rehearsal with Scotty, DJ, the Nashville session players and the Jordanaires at Graceland for his Memphis charity show.

February 24, 1962

Elvis’ 10th UK chart topper with “Can’t Help Falling In Love” / “Rock-A-Hula Baby”.

A double A-sided release with “Can’t Help Falling in Love“, it peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1962, and spent four weeks at the chart summit.

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” would become Elvis’ signature concert good bye song in the 1970s.

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February 24, 1963

In Richmond, Surrey, the Rolling Stones began performing on Sunday nights in the Crawdaddy Room of the Station Hotel, their first steady engagement. They were paid approximately $41 (US) and only 66 people showed up for the first performance.

Fun in Acapulco

February 24, 1964

The Beatles began filming their second, as yet un-named movie, on New Providence in the Bahamas. Director Richard Lester filmed them riding bicycles near the airport. The film would first be called Eight Arms to Hold You before producers finally settled on Help!. Co-starring in the movie was actor Victor Spinetti, who would also appeared in A Hard Day’s Night, Magical Mystery Tour and John Lennon’s How I Won The War.
At Universal and Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood, a month after they recorded “Help Me, Ronda” for issue on an album, the Beach Boys re-recorded the song for release as a single. For the first time, other than on their Christmas album, guitarist Al Jardine sang lead. The Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew provided much of the instrumentation, along with Carl Wilson on guitar and Brian Wilson on acoustic piano and Hammond B-3 organ. Backing vocals were by Mike Love, Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson.
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At the last minute there was a soundtrack session set up for Elvis’ new film, Harum Scarum. Due to the hurried manner in which the session was scheduled, Elvis’ regular accompanists were not available ant their places were taken by Charlie McCoy on guitar, Henry Strzelecki on bass and Kenny Buttrey on drums. They were joined by Rufus Long and Ralph Strobel on flute and oboe in order to lend A middle Eastern touch to the soundtrack.
This was Elvis’ first visit to a recording studio in 8 months and his distraction and disaffection with the material was obvious. He broke off at 3.30 a.m. after only 4 hours in which he did 38 dreary takes of Shake That Tambourine.

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee – Elvis Presley Recording

February 24, 1965

February 24, 1966


February 24, 1967

Robert Stigwood signed a five-year management contract with the Bee Gees.

Detroit declared it Aretha Franklin Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. presented Aretha Franklin with the Southern Christian Leadership Award at Cobo Hall

In Los Angeles, the Supremes began recording “The Happening.” They completed the track the following day. When “The Happening” was released a month later, it was the final single issued by the Supremes under that name. Beginning with their next single, “Reflections,” the group’s billing changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Florence Ballard was replaced with Cindy Birdsong of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.

February 24, 1968

Elvis Presley’s single for “Guitar Man” hit #43 in the U.S.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their last British concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall before breaking up the following June.
The B.J. Thomas single “Hooked On A Feeling” was certified Gold.
After shopping for clothes in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on February 24, 1969, Elvis flew to Vegas. Two days later, February 26, Elvis and the Colonel set up a ceremonial contract signing on the construction site of the International Hotel for his upcoming concert engagement. The actual contract would be signed on April 15.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

February 24, 1970
Elvis and Priscilla remained in Las Vegas to attend Ann-Margret’s opening at the International.
February 24, 1972
Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song” topped the pop charts for the first of five weeks.
With Roger McGuinn remaining the only original member, The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
Elvis and Linda attended Ann-Margret’s Vegas opening.
Elvis and Linda remained in Las Vegas along with Elvis’ Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee, who conducted karate classes in the suite.
February 24, 1974
February 24, 1975
Led Zeppelin released their sixth album Physical Graffiti in the UK.
At Sound Labs in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
February 24, 1976
The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits’ became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification’s represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.
The new certification represented sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles. The Platinum award was originated in the early seventies because Gold status was achieved by most popular records in a very short period of time. The Eagles’ greatest hits album stayed on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart for two and half years.

February 24, 1977

The Wake and Aftermath


Barry Manilow shared the stage with Ray Charles during The Second Barry Manilow Special, dueting on “It’s a Miracle”. Manilow had just enjoyed a Top Ten hit with “Looks Like We Made It” and would follow with “Can’t Smile Without You”, “Even Now”, “Copacabana” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again” during the next few months.


The Pointer Sisters, now down to a trio after Bonnie Pointer had left for a solo career, enjoy their biggest US hit when the Bruce Springsteen written “Fire” tops out at Billboard’s #2.


Grammy Awards:

  • John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” LP is named Album Of The Year
  • Kim Carnes’ “Betty Davis Eyes” wins for Record Of The Year
  • Sheena Easton is named Best New Artist.

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


Grammy Awards:

  • Paul Simon’s “Graceland” – Best Album;
  • Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” – Best Record
  • Bruce Hornsby And The Range – Best New Artist
  • Fats Domino is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.


Johnnie Ray, the 1950’s teen idol, died of liver failure at the age of 63. He scored over twenty US Top 40 singles between 1952 and 1960, including the number two hit, “Just Walking In The Rain”. He was even referred to in Dexys Midnight Runners’ 1982 hit “Come On Eileen” as Poor old Johnnie Ray, sounded sad upon the radio, he moved a million hearts in mono.

The Roy Orbison All-Star Tribute Concert:

  • Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman of The Byrds reunited, A couple of months later, the trio would record four more songs for their upcoming Boxed Set, which also included the two songs from the tribute concert.
  • Bob Dylan joined Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman andDavid Crosby to sing “Mr. Tambourine Man,
  • Also performing at the benefit concert were B.B. King, John Fogerty, John Lee Hooker, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Ricky Skaggs, Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Harrison, John Hiatt, Booker T, Larry Gatlin, Al Kooper, Slim Jim Phantom, Iggy Pop, Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Tina Weymouth, and Dwight Yoakam.


February 24, 1992

The US Post Office begins the Elvis Stamp Referendum:  two possible designs for the US Postal Service Elvis Presley Stamp were unveiled at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV. The younger 1950’s Elvis was the winner. The Elvis stamp was released on January 8, 1993.

Elvis Presley Stamp

On This Date: February 24, 1992, two Elvis Presley stamp designs …


At the Grammys, NARAS president Michael Greene, make an incoherent, boring ten-minute speech and denied Little Richard the opportunity to receive his award onstage.A justifiably disgruntled Little Richard stated at the Grammys, “I’m the innovator, I’m the emancipator, I’m the originator, I’m the architect of rock ‘n’ roll.”


The Spice Girls won best single with ‘Wannabe’ at this year’s Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included, Best Group for Manic Street Preachers, Best Dance Act went to The Prodigy, George Michael won Best Male, Best Female went to Gabrielle, Best Newcomer was won by Kula Shaker, International Male was Beck, International Female Sheryl Crow and Best International Group was The Fugees.


Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in front of his parents and his partner David Furnish.

The Elvis Presley compilation album “A Touch of Platinum” was released.


at the forty-first annual Grammy Awards:

  • Sam Cooke was honored posthumously with the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Also honored were Smokey Robinson and Otis Redding
  • Lauryn Hill received five Grammys including Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (for “Doo-wop (That Thing)” ), Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best R&B Album (for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill).
  • Madonna wins four Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Album for “Ray Of Light”.
  • Celine Dion is given the nod for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “My Heart Will Go On”
  • Eric Clapton’s “My Father’s Eyes” is named Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male.

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis, aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax studio, ‘Soulsville USA’, was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

Elvis Presley also had a legendary session at Stax.


The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten’s Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “Next to The Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We’re not coming.”


The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington;  making him the first African-American to appear by himself on an American coin.


Elvis was everywhere – News – Bastrop Daily Enterprise – Bastrop, LA


At New York’s Apollo Theater, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and Elvis Costello were among the performers at Howlin for Hubert, a tribute to guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band for decades and died of heart failure on December 4.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Lennie Baker, vocalist and sax player for the ’50s Tribute group Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 69. Joining the group in 1970, he appeared with the band on their TV show, which ran from 1977 to 1981, as well as appearing in the 1978 movie Grease where he sang lead vocal on “Blue Moon”.

Elvis Presley‘s former personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, passed away at the age of 88. Known as “Dr. Nick”, Nichopoulos was Presley’s doctor for eleven years before the singer’s death from heart disease on August 16th, 1977. In 1995, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ultimately revoked his medical license after it ruled he had over-prescribed potentially addictive drugs to thirteen patients, two of whom died and two were musically famous, Elvis and fellow rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis; with the bulk of the patients being Memphis Business men. 

The Simpson’s Dr Nick is based on Dr. George C. Nichopoulos



Hot Wax: Heartbreak Hotel

“Waallll sinze muh baby left me”

The Teenaged Lover lament, first love lost love

the heartache heartbreak

feeling like you could just die

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As it turns out, one can:

The Science Behind Heartbreak – Science 2.0

http://www.science20.com › Social Sciences › Psychology › Variety Tap

Nov 14, 2008 – Heartbreak is more than just an emotional defeat; to some the pain is very real. At one point or another, everyone must experience this mind …



Front page of El Paso Herald-Post, Aug. 25, 1955

The name who wrote the line “I walk a lonely street” was. Alvin Krolik

Mae Boren Axton (Mother of Hoyt Axton, country singer, Hee Haw performer) and Tommy Durden wrote the song inspired by the phrase and it became Elvis’ 1st million selling song.

A suicidal wail of despair only to be healed by true love.

It is little wonder that RCA hesitated to consider the message and the audience.

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Mae Boren Axton Interviews Elvis Presley : 1955 : Elvis Interviews …

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Aug 1, 2012 – Mae Boren Axton interviews Elvis Presley, she promoted the Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree where Elvis appeared. It was the first time Elvis met …

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Carleton University professor solves a 60-year-old Elvis Presley

CTV NewsJul 19, 2016
It was Elvis Presley’s first number one pop hit, and is considered by many to … Written in 1955 by songwriters Tommy Durden and Mae Axton …
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Heartbreak Hotel History

KFVS16 hours ago
On January 10th, 1956 Elvis Presley recorded one of the biggest hits of his career. “Heartbreak Hotel” was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton.

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Solving the Mystery of ‘Heartbreak Hotel

RollingStone.comJul 15, 2016
Elton John, recalling the day he first heard the song, said, “That weekend … And it turns out that the story of the real-life man behind “Heartbreak …

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BARRY LEVINE: A look at The King’s Top 5 on his birthday

The Albany HeraldJan 7, 2017
Heartbreak Hotel” gained No.1 status in May 1956, knocking Les Baxter’s instrumental “Poor People of Paris” from No. 1. The song remained …

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Elvis would perform the song on live television in the 50s, but the Burlesque Hound Dog is the performance most remember, along with that Elvis from the waist up on Sullivan.

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Elvis poses with his first gold record for “Heartbreak Hotel”, his parents, Gladys and Vernon Presley, and deejay Dewey Phillips.

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