Elvis Presley: The Gold Standard

Measuring Up To Elvis

Drake SUPPOSEDLY tied with Elvis’ number of US top-10 singles: The news is that the Canadian rapper Drake has now tied with Elvis Presley for the number of top-10 US Billboard singles.
Drake supposedly tied with Elvis for number of top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 this week after his latest release, “Nice For What,” hit No. 1 on the chart, dethroning his previous No. 1 single, “God’s Plan.”
The rapper has now earned 25 top-10 singles on Billboard’s chart, matching the mark Presley set with 1972’s “Burning Love.”
EIN notes however that this story is totally false as the Billboard ‘Top 100′ only started in summer 1958 and so the KEY years of Elvis’ run of top ten hits, 1956 and 1957 are actually missing from the list!
Without even considering this new age of “instant download” and the distortion that this has created on the charts, ELVIS still dominates everyone who had the same period in the charts.
Elvis had another 13 top ten US hits in 1956/57 making his total actually 38 – the same as Madonna.

So Drake still has a long way to actually match or beat Elvis and also to get close other artists with the most top-10 singles.

Drake’s contemporary Rihanna ranks third with 31 – behind The Beatles and Madonna.

Top bands / solo artists with the most Billboard Hot 100 top-10 singles:
Paul McCartney —  23
The Rolling Stones —  23
Elvis Presley —  25 (Actually 38) 
Drake —  25
Mariah Carey — 27
Janet Jackson —  27
Elton John —  27
Stevie Wonder —  28
Michael Jackson —  29
Rihanna —  31
The Beatles —  34
Madonna — 38
(News, Source;DodgyStatistics/ElvisInfoNet)

Following up on my earlier Why Elvis Remains the Bar and some semi-recent news items that would like to proclaim the King is off or at least having to share the throne; specifically about Mariah Carey getting more number 1 singles, Glee surpassing Elvis chart records and most erroneously, Michael Jackson topping Elvis on the Forbes dead celebrity earning list.

Forbes Dead Celebrity Earnings Lists

Elvis has been the number one dead celebrity earner in all but three years that Forbes has calculated the list. The first time Elvis was bumped to number two was the year that Courtney Love sold Kurt Cobains’ catalog for Cobains one and only appearance on the list.

Elvis made is lowest appearance on the list in 2009 with $55 million, the year of Jackson’s death – Elvis ranked at number four with Jackson’s debut at number three with $90 million in earnings – shattering expectations of an outrageous lead of a record first place.

Jackson was defeated in the race to number one by the sale of the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog for a total earnings of $235 million and the liquidation of Yves St. Laurent’s estate at $350 million.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s earnings were from their catalog sales and St. Laurent’s estate was liquidation of artwork and assets that had been invested and collected – so the earnings, to my mind, should have been credited to the artists who made the sold works, even though the money didn’t flow to their estates.

That brings us to putting 2010 into view. The 2010 list has Jackson as the number one dead earning celebrity and Elvis as the second.

Jackson’s  estate took in $250 million for 2010;  alleged to be largely due to the release of his rehearsal footage for his never given “This Is It” concerts. But, I think a careful review of revenues would show that these earning came from from Jackson’s investment in The Beatles catalog with the Rock Band video game and the final release of The Beatles as a complete catalog box set – in both stereo and mono.

Especially given that in terms of box office, Myles Cyrus’ Hannah Montana concert film had a better opening weekend than This is It.

Elvis holds number two this year with $60 million for 2010. Which is what his estate took in, largely through Graceland Tourism, merchandise and sales of his post 1973 recordings.

What money was earned due to Elvis’ catalog doesn’t get included as part of Elvis’ estate earnings – since all sales of his catalog pre 1973 is Sony’s profits – not Elvis’ earnings – so in terms of what Elvis’ catalog actually earns, this is not reflected in any of the Forbes lists because the estate gets not a penny.

In 1973, Elvis was forced to sell his interest in his back catalog to RCA to refinance his divorce. When Elvis and Priscilla initially divorced, Elvis simply agreed to pay what she demanded – but, Priscilla ended up suing for more money then and spendaholic Elvis didn’t have the cash.

Parker negotiated what he thought was a sweet deal to re-sell to RCA what had already been sold with no thought to the longer term value – Parker simply in his immediate greed for cash, forgot the lessons that they had learned from Elvis sales in the 1950s – that there was no limit to how many times fans would buy re-packaged Elvis.

In 1973, no one suspected that Elvis didn’t have years and decades ahead of him to continue to record more material – but it’s interesting that the urgency of fear that Elvis was just a fad in the 50’s and to get while the getting was good overrode the longer view that Elvis could (and is) endless repackaged and re-sold to fans would be more sustainable income.

Priscilla received a larger settlement, Parker took 50% of the sales and Elvis ended up with a pittance and no back catalog to rely on for future income – it’s no wonder that Elvis would soon be deeper into drugs and not trusting even his longest running friend – Red West.

Elvis the man meant less to the people around him than Elvis the ATM.

Elvis got so little recognition and credit for his work when he was alive that him topping this list is a testament to his lasting legacy – although given that the money is more sourced by Graceland and merchandise than his catalog, Elvis’ placement is a testament to how much he was loved and meant to his fans, who continue to be as disrespected as Elvis in that we are treated as ATM machines and pawned off with ridiculous and tacky merchandise, endless and thoughtless repackages – but, as when Elvis was alive – the marketing of Elvis responds to the market – so the movies got cheaper when we the fans weren’t critical and Elvis became disillusioned – confused why he had such a devoted following, but knowing he was putting out inferior product to his capacity so knew on a level that it was an unearned and uncritical following.

We get the Elvis we deserve, not unlike we get the government we deserve with low voter turnout and disengagement.

It is difficult to quantify subjective things like what a given person’s impact in social and art contributions terms, so we rely on the vulgar measure of money: how much money is generated. Curious then, like with the St. Laurent liquidation that the artists who created the art that he purchased and the estate sold were credited to the investor, not the creator who sold the works for a paltry sum compared to what the investor “earned” for their later sale. – If a painting original sells for a few hundred or thousand dollars it is less impressive than when that same painting later sells for millions or tens of millions.

Charts: Elvis vs Mariah Carey and Glee

A change in technology and the rules of the organizations that maintain charts will always favour current recording artists over decades ago and deceased ones. Which, is rightfully so, since the living should be more important than the dead.

However, it is tricky when you are not giving consideration to the person, but hyping and measuring sales.

In the fifties, a gold record was a million seller and sixty years later,  gold record is a half million seller and a million is platinum.

In the fifties, Elvis was the second artist who ever sold a million copies of a 45 single and he was the first artist who sold consistent million selling singles after million selling singles. So, the fact of assigning gold and platinum records is a result of Elvis’ sales.

So it is difficult to claim that any artist has sold more than Elvis or earned more accolades, when that we even count and measure these accolades is because of Elvis in the first place.

So, how someone else does on a scale that exists because of Elvis compared to Elvis…well no matter how anyone rates on the chart, Elvis will remain the chart itself until some other artist has such an impact as to change how we measure artists against each other.

As for technology, to have a million selling single in the fifties, an artists had to record an A and B side, the record had to have good radio play, the artist had to appear on tv or tour and the record had to sell;which meant that people had to take the time and effort to go to a store and buy the physical record, limited access by number of copies available and distribution and how fast records put be pressed and shipped. Record sales could stall while waiting for more product to be available.

Today, an artist can record one song and put it up on itunes and do an internet campaign and people have to download it. Minimal effort on the part of the artist, the label and the fan.

A download represents less commitment and more curiosity – music is a downloadable and disposal commodity, as opposed to an investment in a physical collection, which requires space and time throughout the ownership of the disc, rather than allocating file space in increasingly unlimited digital media.

Mariah Carey matching Elvis for number 1 hit records, first is not beating Elvis, only matching Elvis – and the market for music is now so fragmented that artists can have a number of huge selling success, but remain largely unknown outside of their specific audience.

Few artists achieve a mainstream/cross over success or even awareness, regardless of how talented or deserving. Mariah Carey is far more known for her diva conduct than her music.

When Elvis started, the music industry was in silos and Elvis broke the barriers of white vs black music – and Elvis recorded any music that appealed to him – he sang country, blues, rock, showtunes, folk tunes from several countries, funk, bossa nova/latin, swamp rock and gospel – Elvis is in more Music Halls of Fame than any other performer – Elvis truly was something for everyone.

While most artists achieve success with a specific demographic and type of music – just repeating the same over and over without ever reinventing or trying new styles.

With the size and ease of music collecting and listening, the audience today is at once cavernous yet still in style silos, as most people tend to be attracted to a narrower range of music.

Although, I find it endlessly hysterical when young people discover the rebellious music that their parents or even grandparents listened to – such was the dismay of the young girl in the late 80’s who, bringing home a cd of the Lost Boys soundtrack was looking forward to freaking out her Mom with this Jim Morrison lead singer of the Door – until it was pointed out to her that Morrison had been dead before she was born and her Mom could probably introduce her to their original vinyl and Janice Joplin besides.

As for Glee – like with Elvis and The Beatles – there was one Elvis who had to have all the appeal for his fans, while there was four Beatles to chose from – so an ensemble cast recording cover tunes of proven hit songs is not at all comparable even to the Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch who at least recorded original songs and are more properly the basis for comparison.

Elvis didn’t have a regular tv show to showcase his performances or songs, like the Monkees did and Elvis, while he recorded covers, did so in a different style as well as original songs – so as fun and good as the Glee cast is – the songs are covers of hit songs that benefit from being a tv show soundtrack and the cast is actors who can sing – not singers who also act. The songs are supported by scripted tv program, not a concert tour, and are not at all comparable to any musical artist, as they are wholly a separate category of repacked and sanitized for increasingly younger audiences.

Glee is to Elvis, as the wholesome and sexually unthreatening white young male teen idol singers that followed the wave of real rockers – Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Eddie Cochrane and other sexually threatening rockers were.

Elvis brought raw black music and urgent sex to the white teens and Buddy Holly make rock n roll into a higher and refined, pure and innocent – Peggy Sue only got laid after Peggy Sue got married – she wasn’t a girl in high heel sneakers or the temptress Woman from way over town.

That it’s that packaged and sanitized music that is downloaded and file allocated today – and its just not comparable either through the effort of acquiring it from the fans or the critical appreciation of music as a force of nature captured for a moment in a raw and unrefined performance of sexual power – but rather, a wall of sound orchestrated, choreographed and controlled to simulate the real thing.

 

Elvis vs Artists, Studios and his management

 

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Elvis Screwed by Billboard Charts

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Billboard has long been the go to for song and album charting since music was first manufactured as a physical product to be sold.

Because the easiest way to sell something is to establish that everyone else is buying it before you – so get yours before someone else get it, you don’t want to be the last on on your street? Wait, we don’t know our neighbours anymore, scratch that.

I used to work in a Mom and Pop video store in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – right on the cusp of VCRs coming down in price, below the $3000 they were originally – think about that, you can get Blue ray players for under $100 now! But new tech is always expensive and it seems rarely worth being an early adaptor – so as a public service, I want to continue the Meme:

Let’s all ignore any physical media after blu-ray and force the studios to stop re-selling the same content and instead, merge the big TV with computers and sell us subscriptions to your back catalog and new releases and end the need for TV broadcasters and content on physical media sales. Long tail and ever green.

Let’s face it, most of us watch entertainment in very different ways that Televsion was imagined and not changed in meaningful ways since it’s inception.

The only purpose of TV is the commercials – and we all skip over them now – so they’ve got to work in commercials as product placement, incorporate consumer messages into the programs, the same way that these products occur in our daily lives.

So, Elvis and Billboard. Elvis Info Net provides a detailed explanation of how the charting rules have been altered to minimize deceased or decades ago artists, in favour of current artists today./

In a way, it’s a bit like poorly done affirmative action – past artists are being dropped from the charts, resulting in a shifting of the history of popular music and creating false impressions.

Elvis was the second person to sell a million copies of a single. He was the first to sell consistent million sellers back to back – and if the current billboard group wants to promote current hitmakers as being impressive, then removing Elvis as the measuring standard, creates a fraudlent impression.

Honestly, if I were a performer, I’d want my chart history to stand against the best, not take out the King and measure myself against all the other pretenders.

Because that’s what’s going on.

Elvis has never been given his due as an artist – he became famous the wrong way, he was Southern and alien to the northern skewed enterainment business.

More than that, Elvis was a well mannered and respectful to authority, and when he obeyed, he was a workhorse musical and movie hitmaker who could take our minds off our daily grind and just enjoy being entertained without thought to hidden messages.

When Elvis didn’t obey, he showed us with his Sun singles, the early RCA hits, the 68 Special, the Chips Moman sessions, his true greatness eliminating all diversity resistance and blending all musical human expression into an atomic sexual  volcanic force of nature:

Rockabilly was Country done Blues with a Gospel fervor delivery.

Elvis was a musical sponge and he could and did record it all – pop, rock, ballads, blues, country, rockabilly, show tunes, folk songs, Great Songbooks, Tin Pan Alley and at the end of his career, he didn’t record opera, but he was expressing even that epic a delivery with Hurt, How Great Thou Art and The American Trilogy.

If music stories organized by genre, Elvis would have to have space all over the store, in almost every category. He continues to defy description, so is taken for granted. Elvis sells whether his label or studio put any thought or effort into products or marketing.

Some songs, he was even doing sing song spoken word versions of. Softly as I leave you – with Elvis speaking and Sherril Nielsen singing the lead, with Elvis ending on the final harmony. Spine chilling and dramatic story telling, giving comfort to our life’s hurts and pain and reminding us of the joys and our greater potential.

For as much as Elvis maintained he kept his views to himself, through his song choices, Elvis made his message clear. Be kind and polite, generous and ignore the things that don’t matter, like the colour of someone’s skin over the quality of their individual character.

He quoted a lot, the Hank Williams, Men with Broken Hearts and embraced the Walk a Mile in my Shoes as a guiding principle. He wasn’t a Ghetto poser, he lived out the Great Depression in rural sharecropper father in prison and not the best of providers when he wasn’t, with a strong mother who loved her boy above all, and why he aspired to the middle class dream of ascending prosperity to provide for her, all the things that they didn’t have. Sadly, Gladys did not live long and seemed more bewildered and frightened by Elvis’ unprecedented fame and adoration, than enjoying it.

Money has a way of separating you from your friends who have none. And the Presleys went from public housing to a mansion in a few short years. Enough to turn anyone to drink and despair, if you think about how foriegn a world it was that they suddenly had that their feet. Worse, that sense that their new money would never allow the Presleys to fit in. The Unsinkable Molly Brown syndrome and it wouldn’t be until the 1960’s and post-army service, that Elvis obtained that veneer of civilized society that made him the biggest box office draw. The man who’s movies made the money that all the artistic movies were made from.

Ironic then, that it’s the Elvis light musical comedies with exotic locations and pretty girls that remain re-watchable and timeless, since they existed in the Elverse.

Because let’s face it. Elvis was and remains in a universe entirely of his own.

But that doesn’t mean it’s okay for Billboard to erase Elvis’s career from musical history.

34 years after his death and he’s still too dangerous and unpinndownable for the studio execs and establishment industry.

The only way other artists can beat him is to cheat him.

So how can any artist want to claim record milestones, when they are only comparing themselves to each other – and not against the one person who’s career path everyone is trying – and failing – to emulate?

How can we pretend that Elvis wasn’t the King?

 

 

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Our Daily Elvis for April 19, 2018

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Daily Elvis April 19

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April 19, 1764

England’s Parliament banned the American colonies from printing their own paper money.

April 19, 1824

Poet George Gordon Byron, known as Lord Byron, died of fever at 36.

April 19, 1927

In New York City, actress Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in jail (a workhouse on Roosevelt Island) for obscenity, as a result of “Sex,” a play she wrote and starred in at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre. More than 325,000 people, including police officers and their wives, judges, and members of the district attorney’s staff, saw the play during its 375 performances before the police raided the theater and arrested West.

Tupelo, Mississippi

1935-1948

Memphis, Tennessee

1949 – 1977

 

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

R&B singer Clyde McPhatter, a member of the Drifters prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army, completed a two-year tour of duty and upon discharge immediately launched his solo career.
Elvis performed at the Municipal Auditorium , Oklahoma City at 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.

Scotty, D.J. Bill and Elvis onstage at the Municipal Auditorium – Apr. 19, 1956
Oklahoma
 City Times photo courtesy NewsOK

Regional TV news coverage:

The “King of Rock & Roll” was 21 when he performed in Tulsa for the first time in 1956. His hip-shaking moves drove female fans to hysteria and one fainted before the show began.

The Military Service Disruption

The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on April 19, 1959 · Page 119

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

1960

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Elvis Presley (age 25) greets fan Mrs. Carrie Tywater (age 69) in a layover at the Texas & Pacific Railway station
The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ (the original name for the movie ‘Help!’).
The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling StonesThe SupremesThe Four TopsJames BrownThe Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson And The Miracles opened in London under the title Teenage Command Performance.
Elvis completed his work on Harum Scarum 

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis performed at the Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico and following on this show Elvis flew home to Memphis.  Elvis on Tour

 

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

1995

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The video “Elvis – The Lost Performances” was certified by the RIAA at 100,000 copies sold.

1997

Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2003

The oldest working musician in Britain, George Conrad Leonard, died at the age of 104. During his career he had worked with Fred Astaire, Cole Porter, Petula Clark and the BBC. At the age of 99 he was still performing 75 times a year. Until the age of 103, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.

2005

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. announced that two 30-second TV commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.

2010

A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romanonewspaper that said they forgive John Lennon’s remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus”, Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper’s editors had written, “The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic… (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?” Ringo was unimpressed and replied “Didn’t the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.”

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

2017

Stories of Rock: Wednesday April 19 | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

 2018

 Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ Uncovers the King’s Early Days

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difficult to choose:

2017

Elvis Presley propiedad Dixie Cup que se bebía desde abril 19th 1956

Elvis Presley reportedly drank from cup for sale on eBay | The Wichita .

Elvis Presley cup sells for $3k – Capital Lifestyle – Capital FM Kenya

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 2018

 

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http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

Elvis History Blog

 

Our Daily Elvis for April 18, 2018

Give Us This Day, Our Daily Elvis

Daily Elvis: April 18

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

 

April 18, 1775

Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott took to their horses to ride from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts to warn the citizens of the approaching British army. Their actual shouted warning was “the Regulars are coming out.” Later, the phrase “the British are coming” was attributed to Revere.

April 18, 1877

Poet/writer/inventor Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros, and not Thomas Edison, is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph.

Tupelo, Mississippi

1935-1948

Memphis, Tennessee

1949 – 1977

 

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

April 18, 1953

Rufus Thomas entered the R&B charts with “Bear Cat,” peaking at #3, from the legendary Sun Record Company of Memphis, TN. The song was an answer to Big Mama Thornton’s hit, “Hound Dog,” which would eventually be a huge hit for Elvis Presley. The next time Rufus would reach the charts would be for another Memphis label, Stax.  Rufus is the father of singer Carla Thomas.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony. A religious ceremony took place the following day. They had three children and remained together until her death in a 1982 car accident. The prince died in 2005.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Elvis Presley played two shows at the Fairgrounds Pavilion at 7.00 and 9.00 p.m
Elvis Presley is shown during his performance at the Tulsa fairgrounds Pavilion in 1956.

PDF Elvis Presley story, Tulsa World, April 19, 1956

Elvis thrilled Tulsa teens at fairgrounds April 18, 1956

1957

The live cross-continent concert tour “Biggest Show of Stars for ’57” made a stop at the Auditorium in Ottawa for a show featuring Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Bill Doggett, Clyde McPhatter, theFive Keys, Ann Cole, the Moonglows, the Five Satins, and Charlie Brown.

Buddy Knox, whose “Party Doll” was a recent number one, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he’s in uniform. It will does anyway when none of the songs chart.

The Military Service Disruption

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

At Bell Sound Studios in New York City, Canadian Paul Anka recorded “Hello, Young Lovers.”
Singer Bobby Rydell was featured on the CBS-TV sitcom “Father Knows Best.
Memphis Central Station, Monday, April 18, 1960 - Elvis besieged by some 200 fans shortly before boarding his train to Hollywood to film his first post-Army movie "G.I. Blues." Take a look inside the FTD book "Elvis Presley From Memphis To Hollywood": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPFEND8OvmoElvis in Memphis in april 18 1960.
Elvis besieged by some 200 fans shortly before boarding his train to  California by train to make his first post army motion picture: GI Blues.

1964

The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

The Elvis Presley compilation album “Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 3” hit #6 in the U.K.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis performed at the Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas and this show was filmed and recorded for Elvis on Tour.

Elvis Presley | San Antonio, Texas | April 18, 1972

 Newspaper Articles > 1972 > April 18, 1972. San Antonio, TX.

10 Facts About Elvis in San Antonio | ArtSlut – San Antonio Current

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

2002
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The Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. introduced two new lines of Elvis Presley bedroom pieces at the International Home Furnishings Market.   Elvis Presley’s initials provide the handles for an armoire of one of the Elvis Presley bedroom lines on display at the Vaughan-Bassett showroom in the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.,

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

2018

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The 1972 concert was officially released in the “Elvis Close Up” box set:

‘Elvis Presley Close Up’ 4 CD Bookset Re-release April 6 | Elvis News

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http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

Elvis History Blog

 

Our Daily Elvis for April 4, 2018

Give Us This Day, Our Daily Elvis

Daily Elvis: April 4

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The Updated for 2018 are:

  1. Added the Elvis Era Headers to the post

 

Tupelo, Mississippi

1935-1948

Memphis, Tennessee

1949 – 1977

 

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

 Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena in San Diego, California. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.

 

The Military Service Disruption

1959

The Elvis Presley compilation album “For LP Fans Only” hit #19 in the U.S.

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

1960

Elvis is Back recording session: At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Elvis Presley recorded nine songs, including “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Such A Night,” which were later released as singles.

1964

1964

The Beatles make music history with the top 5 songs on Billboard Hot 100, and another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the USA Hot 100:

No. 1, “Can’t Buy Me Love”
No. 2, “Twist and Shout”
No. 3, “She Loves You”
No. 4, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
No. 5, “Please Please Me”

In Canada, they had nine of the Top 10 singles, while the Australian charts saw them occupying the first six places.

1967

At 6:01 p.m., local time, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. After emergency chest surgery, King was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 7:05 p.m. He was 39 years old.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

1972

1972

Elvis Presley released the single “An American Trilogy,” recorded during one of his concerts at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in February 1972. Despite the advertisement, the Elvis Standing Room Only LP was not released.

NBC aired the Elvis Presley tv special “Aloha From Hawaii.” It was the first American airing of the performance.  Overnight Nielsen ratings indicated that 33.8 percent of all American televisions were tuned to Elvis’s concert – the rest watched Super Bowl VII, or not at all.
Elvis was at home in Los Angeles where he saw the Aloha From Hawaii broadcast on NBC at 8,30 p.m  broadcast in the USA/Canada.

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

2013

Rita Moreno: I only dated Elvis Presley to make Marlon Brando jealous 

2016
It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the UK album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album Blackstar becoming the second best selling album of the year so far, (behind Adele’s 25).
2018

Daily Highlight for 2018

Elvis bought women’s clothing for more than $1,300 at Laclede’s on Union Avenue.
Bye Bye Birdie opens in theatres, Ann-Margaret plays The Fan Who Kisses the Elvis Character. her next movie would be Viva Las Vegas with Elvis.

Reference Sites:

http://www.elvisnews.com

http://www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html

http://www.elvis-in-concert.com/

http://www.elvisconcerts.com

http:www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/

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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company

http://www.elvisinfonet.com/

http://www.elvis.com.au/

Elvis History Blog

 

From Rockabilly Sun to RCA’s Atomic Powered Singer

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

Known as “Little Miss Share Cropper,” LaVern Baker (Delores Williams) had her debut disc, “Tweedlee Dee,” released today. It reached #4 R&B and #14 pop, beginning her string of twenty-one hits through 1966.
The Drifter’s quintessential R&B version of “White Christmas,” was released, rising to #2 R&B.
Elvis performed at Shreveport, LA’ Louisiana Hayride

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

Bo Diddley performed on The Ed Sullivan Show , playing “Bo Diddley” even though he was scheduled to play “16 Tons.” Sullivan was so infuriated, Bo would never be invited back. The singer later recalled, “Ed Sullivan said that I was one of the first colored boys to ever double-cross him. Said that I wouldn’t last six months.” Diddley would prove Sullivan wrong, as he released 11 albums between 1958 and 1963.
The song that changed popular music history ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974.
Elvis signed his contract with RCA which included all the Sun Masters.
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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
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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.”
Elvis Presley 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.
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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.

 

America’s son on SUN: Elvisworld

Elvis World: The 1954 Private Demos

Harbour Lights: The Anthem side of Elvis

Elvis Trax: The Spoken Verse

When Elvis Presley dug deep

ElvisWorld: Blue Moon and Unshiny Sun

The Final Sun Sessions Set: Left right and real gone

Sun to RCA: The Producers

1994

The Garth Brooks album “Ropin’ The Wind” was certified 10X Platinum.

1996

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.

1997

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.

2001

ABC aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert, “Britney Spears: Live from Las Vegas.”

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2003

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.

2006
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.

 2013
Paul McCartney 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.
2015
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.
2015
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.

Fats Domino and Elvis

 

Little Richard On Fats Domino: ‘He Could Make a Piano Talk’

Fats Domino and Elvis then Fats with The Beatles in the 1960s.

Fats and Elvis in Vegas in the 1970s.

Fats Domino was the reason Elvis Presley hated being called ‘The King’