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Elvis Presley Sep 17
Today in 1926, ’s original bassist, , was born. Along with guitarist , Black was one of the musicians coupled w/ at . Black played on ’s , early RCA work, & toured w/ him. Black died in 1965 of a brain tumor.
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Elvis Presley Sep 16
Today in 1925, was born. met him at the WDIA Goodwill Review in ‘56. reportedly told : “Thanks man, for all the early lessons you gave me.” King later said of Elvis “there was not a single drop of racism in that man…believe me I should know.”
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Elvis Presley Sep 15
Today in 1956, ’s hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100—the first of 7 weeks at the top. The first week, ’s single was tied with ’s ; for the next 6 weeks, was #1 by itself.
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Elvis Presley Sep 13
Today in 1966 released the title track/lead single for the film b/w . Both sides were hits for , as reached #40 Billboard (#32 CashBox & #25 Record World) & hit #41 Billboard (#39 CashBox & #51 Record World).
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Elvis Presley Sep 12
Today in 2003, ’s friend, , passes away. later said of : “Elvis was such a nice guy, & so talented & charismatic—he had it all—that some people just couldn't handle it & reacted with jealousy. It's only human, I suppose, but it's sad.”
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Elvis Presley Sep 11
Today in 1948, “marries” . was ’s first real girlfriend in , & when his family moved to when was 13, he made a marriage certificate that was found nearly 50 years later. h/t
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Elvis Presley Sep 10
Today in 1954, records at . The song will be ’s second single & a classic follow-up to his smash first song from , . This rock & roll thing was no fluke—have *you* heard the news?
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Elvis Presley Sep 9
Today in 1956, appears on The Show for the first time. Contrary to popular belief, was NOT the filmed from the waist up—that was in his 3rd appearance—as he was shown full-screen singing , , , & .
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Elvis Presley Sep 8
Today in 1956, appears on the cover of for the first time. In the interview, explains “I’m not tryin’ to be vulgar, I’m not tryin’ to sell any sex, I’m not tryin’ to be vulgar & nasty. I just enjoy what I’m doin’ & tryin’ to make the best of it.”
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Elvis Presley Sep 7
Today in 1936, was born. was a huge fan & recorded several hits like & . This is the only known photo of & —Elvis is at the center; Buddy at the far right—from February 1955.
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Elvis Presley Sep 6
Today in 1957, records . The song is a rare ballad that released in March of 1958, just before entering the Army. was a major hit, reaching #1 on Billboard & CashBox, #2 on Record World, & #3 in the UK.
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Elvis Presley Sep 5
Today in 1962, releases . Originally featured in the film , was a personal favorite of ’s—& one of his biggest hits, reaching #2 Billboard, #1 CashBox, #1 Record World, & #1 in the UK.
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Elvis Presley Sep 4
Today in 1972, held a press conference at the to announce his concert the following January. The aired in over 40 countries & was the most expensive entertainment special up to that time, costing $2.5M.
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Elvis Presley Sep 3
Today in 1968, released b/w . Originally, was the A-side, but it only hit #95 & was out-performed by , which made #69. A remix of by gave a posthumous #1 UK hit in 2002.
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Elvis Presley Sep 2
Today in 1956, recorded . didn’t release the song until January 1957, when he debuted it on The . eventually hit #1 on the Billboard sales chart & #2 on the Top 100. The single also hit #1 in CashBox & #3 in Record World.
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Elvis Presley Sep 1
Today in 1956, recorded . Originally written by , was released on ’s second LP. was released as the lead song on the accompanying Elvis EP & hit #2 on Billboard—the first time an EP track made the singles chart.
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Elvis Presley Aug 28
Today in 1971, received the Award. was only the 6th recipient & the youngest by far. It was then called the Award, which is why is with Crosby’s son here. The award proved ’s place in the American canon.
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Elvis Presley Aug 27
Today in 1969, received his 1st article in Magazine. They wrote about in part: “Wherever the lean, 21-year-old Tennessean goes to howl out his combination of hillbilly & rock & roll, he is beset by teenage girls yelling for him.“ Can’t argue w/ that.
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Elvis Presley Aug 26
Today in 1969, released b/w . was the last song of ’s lifetime to reach #1 on the Billboard pop chart; it also hit #1 on CashBox & Record World, as well as in the UK.
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Elvis Presley Aug 24
Today in 1956, recorded the title track of his first film, . The song was based on the Civil War ballad & was adapted by (pen name for ) & , in a rare songwriting credit. went on to become a #1 hit.
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