Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 1, 1954 (Thursday)

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Ellis Auditorium, 225 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

The funeral for the victims of the plane crash in Alabama was held at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. The Presley's along with

Dixie attended.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 3, 1954 (Saturday)

Dixie went on a two week vacation to Florida with her family.

Winfield Scott 'Scotty' Moore III (photo) a local guitar player who recorded at Sun with his own group 'The Starlite Wranglers' called Elvis' house to ask if he would like to audition for him.

 

Elvis was at the movies at the time and Gladys went over there and brought him back.

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Scotty Moore's Apartment, 983 Beltz Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis went to Scotty's house and later met Starlite Wrangler bass player, William "Bill" Black. (photo) They rehearsed dozens of songs that Elvis knew. Both Scotty and Bill were not too impressed, but told Sam Phillips that it "may be worth trying with him again in the recording studio".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       July 5, 1954 (Monday)

RECORDING SESSION:

Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Engineer: Sam C. Phillips.

Assistant: Marion Keisker.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Elvis, Scotty and Bill rehearsed at Sun Studio to try and impress Sam Phillips. Two ballads; "Harbor Lights"

(audio) and "I Love You Because" ​(audio) were attempted but nothing of great note happened.

 

During a break Elvis began to run through an old song originally recorded at Sun by Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup called "That's All Right, Mama". (audio) Scotty and Bill just naturally joined in.

Sam asked them what they were doing and they replied that they were just foolin' around. Sam really liked what he had heard and told them to keep going while he tried to record a proper version of the song.

After four attempts, they had a satisfactory take in the can, Sam reckoned all that was needed now was a B side to complete their first single.

Songs Recorded:

That's All Right - Elvis Presley
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I Love You Because - Elvis Presley
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Harbor Lights - Elvis Presley
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That's All Right - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       July 6, 1954 (Tuesday)

RECORDING SESSION:

Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Engineer: Sam C. Phillips.

Assistant: Marion Keisker.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Elvis, Scotty and Bill were back in the studio to try and nail a B-side for "That's All Right" but again struggled to come up with an acceptable candidate.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               July 7, 1954 (Wednesday)

RECORDING SESSION:

Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Engineer: Sam C. Phillips.

Assistant: Marion Keisker.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

The newly formed trio went back to the studio for the third successive day and recorded "Blue Moon of Kentucky". (audio)

 

 

 

Sam Phillips played an acetate of "That's All Right" for local Memphis WHBQ D.J., Dewey Phillips, (no relation) who loved the song and promised to play it on his show the following night.

Songs Recorded:

Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
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Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 8, 1954 (Thursday)

The Chisca Hotel, 272 South Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

Sam brought two one-sided acetates of "That's All Right" to the WHBQ studio that was

operating from the Hotel Chisca in downtown Memphis. The show was broadcast on the

mezzanine floor over the lobby, or as Dewey said; "The magazine Floor".

Elvis was too nervous to listen to the show so he went to the movies instead. There was a very favourable reaction to the song and both Gladys and Vernon searched the aisles at the Suzore #2 to tell Elvis the good news and bring him down to the station. Dewey told Elvis not to be nervous as they are not going out live. When they had finished talking, Dewey informed him that the microphone was on all the time.  

That's All Right - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                           July 9, 1954 (Friday)

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Dave Wells Community Centre, 915 Chelsea Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis and some friends that included Red West tried to organise a game of touch football. They asked another local boy, Jerry Schilling to help make up the numbers.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 12, 1954 (Monday)

Winfield Scott 'Scotty' Moore III, became Elvis' personal manager and booking agent. Elvis, who was only nineteen at the time, signed the contract with both of his parents. The contract stated that Scotty would receive ten percent of all earnings for his services. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 13, 1954 (Tuesday)

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Early publicity shot.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Bon Air Club, 4862 Summer Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Songs performed: "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

Sam Phillips took Elvis to the Bon Air Club in Memphis where the 'Starlite Wranglers' (photo) have a regular booking. Afterwards Elvis, Scotty and Bill performed the two songs that would be released as their new debut single for Sun.

The Starlite Wranglers:

(Bill Black, Tommy Seals, Doug Poindexter, Millard Yow, Cyde Rush, & Scotty Moore)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 18, 1954 (Sunday)

The Locke family arrived home from Florida. While driving into Memphis they heard "Blue Moon of Kentucky" for the first time over the car radio.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 19, 1954 (Monday)

Sam Phillips released the first ever Elvis Presley vinyl single record; "That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky" on Sun 209 in both 78rpm and 45rpm formats.

Sun 209 (78rpm)

Sun 209 (45rpm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 20, 1954 (Tuesday)

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LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Bon Air Club, 4862 Summer Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Songs performed: "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

The band performed once again with'The Starlite Wranglers' at the Bon Air Club. Dixie who was under age did not attend.

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Elvis signed a formal contract with Sam Phillips and Sun Records (photo) which was co-signed by his parents. It stipulated a minimum of eight sides over two years with the company having the option to renew for a second two years. The royalty rate was 3% of the wholesale price.

Sam Phillips now having Elvis on board, persuaded WMPS DJ Bob Neal (photo) to add Elvis to his upcoming"Hillbilly Hoedown", a package show starring "Louisiana Hayride" performers; 'Slim' Whitman and Billy Walker.

 

The show was going to be hosted from the Overton Park Shell in Memphis this coming Friday.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 27, 1954 (Tuesday)

Memphis Press-Scimitar Office (Fifth Floor), 495 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Marion Keisker brought Elvis along for a noon interview with Edwin Howard at the 'Memphis Press-Scimitar' to promote the new single and his upcoming live performance at the Overton Park Shell. While at the Scimitar office staff photographer Jim Reid took the opportunity to capture this new talent. (photo)

Advertisements that appeared around Memphis promoting the show have either misspelled his name 'Ellis Presley' or left his name out completely.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             July 28, 1954 (Wednesday)

The 'Memphis Press-Scimitar' (photo) from their interview the day before, ran an article that referred to Elvis as being "both equally popular on folk and race programs".

The young Presley received his weekly payslip from Crown Electric which showed four hours of overtime. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 29, 1954 (Thursday)

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LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black

Overton Park Shell, 2080 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. (8:00 pm)

Elvis, Scotty and Bill appeared at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. They performed both sides of their new

single, with Sam Phillips, Dixie and both of Elvis' parents in the audience. 

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Songs performed: "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

During the performance Elvis is so nervous he wiggles his hips and shakes his legs and the crowd went wild. Backstage afterwards he asked;"What Happened?". He was told it's the crowd responding to him, so when they went back out to do an encore of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" he repeated his actions once more.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 31, 1954 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Bon Air Club, 4862 Summer Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

Songs performed: "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

Elvis forgot his jacket when they left. So he and Dixie went back to collect it and this allowed Dixie to see where they had been playing.

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