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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 1, 1955 (Thursday)

RCA Studios, 155 East 24th Street, New York City

At the RCA New York Studio, Elvis and Parker met with RCA New York executives that included president Larry Kanaga

and publicity director Anne Fulchino. A photo shoot had been arranged and the shots taken by William "Popsie" Randolph

would be used primarily for publicity purposes and also for the rear cover of his debut album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another RCA recording artist Eddy Arnold was present at the studio for a recording session and joined in for a publicity shot with Elvis. 

              Steve Sholes and Elvis                                                   Eddy Arnold and Elvis                                              Col. Parker, Eddy Arnold, Elvis and Steve Sholes

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             December 2, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia.

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

 

Elvis appeared in front of a small crowd and was paid $300.

RCA released their first Presley single: "I Forgot To Remember To Forget"/"Mystery Train" (20/47-6357) while it was still riding high as a Sun single on the national country and western charts.

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RCA Victor 20-6357 (78rpm)

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RCA Victor 47-6357 (45rpm)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 3, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Johnnie and Jack, Fred Wamble, Jack Turner, Buddy Hawk, Eddie Hill (MC)

The State Coliseum, Montgomery, Alabama.

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

The band were paid $400 for this performance that followed the final of a talent contest by WBAM radio titled: "Talent Search of the Deep South".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Sixteen Tons" by Ernie Ford.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Sixteen Tons" by Ernie Ford.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Sixteen Tons" by Ernie Ford.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love, Love, Love" by Webb Pierce.

"I Forgot To Remember To Forget" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Love, Love, Love" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Love, Love, Love" by Webb Pierce.

"I Forgot To Remember To Forget" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Only You" by The Platters.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Only You" by The Platters

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Only You" by The Platters

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Sixteen Tons" by Ernie Ford.

The Top 100: 

"Sixteen Tons" by Ernie Ford.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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"Love Me or Leave Me" by Doris Day.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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No EP Chart

Billboard announced that Elvis Presley had signed two contracts, one with RCA, the other with Hill & Range, the music publishing company under which the newly formed BMI company "Elvis Presley Music, Inc" will operate. (photo)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          December 4, 1955 (Sunday)

The start of a four day booking with the Hank Snow show.

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - Hank Snow, and the Rainbow Ranch Boys, Rod Brasfield, Sleepy McDaniel, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black.

The Lyric Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana. (4 shows) (2:00 pm, 4:43 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 5, 1955 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - Hank Snow, and the Rainbow Ranch Boys, Rod Brasfield, Sleepy McDaniel, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black.

The Lyric Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana. (2 shows) 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

Elvis and Anita Carter took a tour of the RCA manufacturing plant in Indianapolis.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 6, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - Hank Snow, and the Rainbow Ranch Boys, Rod Brasfield, Sleepy McDaniel, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black.

The Lyric Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana. (2 shows) 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 December 7, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - Hank Snow, and the Rainbow Ranch Boys, Rod Brasfield, Sleepy McDaniel, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black.

The Lyric Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana. (2 shows) 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

The boys were paid $1,000 for the four days.

Tom Diskin reported to the Colonel from Indianapolis that Elvis is getting better but needs to work on pacing his act.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 8, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - The Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black.

The Rialto Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky. (Phillip Morris Company Employees)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 9, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow Tour - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Johnny Cash

The High School, Swifton, Arkansas.

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

 

Songs performed: "Rock Around The Clock", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Only You" and "Heartbreak Hotel"

Elvis sang "Heartbreak Hotel" and told the crowd: "It's gonna be my first hit". Johnny Cash also appeared on the bill.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 10, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Louisiana Hayride - Elvis Presley, Hoot and Curley, Jimmy Newman, Betty Amos,

Jack Ford, Johnny Horton, Werly Fairburn, Buzz Busby and the Bayou Boys, David Houston, Jeanette Hicks,

Buddy Attaway.

The Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. (8:00 pm - 11:30 pm)

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

Fontana.

Songs performed: "Money Honey"