Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           February 1, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Bud Deckleman

The High School, Randolph, Missouri.

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

This performance at the High School in Randolph, Mississippi, marked the start of a new tour that was booked by Bob Neal.

 

The show though was cancelled due to a tornado warning.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    February 2, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Bud Deckleman

The Agusta High School, Augusta, Arkansas. (8:15 pm)

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

Advertisements for this show promoted Scotty and Bill as The "Blue Moon" Boys".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 3, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Bud Deckleman

Aubrey High School, Aubrey, Arkansas.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 February 4, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Bud Deckleman

The Jesuit High School, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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

Elvis appeared with Ann Raye, the daughter of Biloxi promoter Yankie Barhanovich. He was late for an appearance at radio station WWEZ to promote the show.

 

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 5, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - (Louisiana Hayride)

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 - Steel Guitar:

James 'Sonny' Trammel - Piano: Leon Post.

 

Joyce Railsback's diary:

Songs performed: "Tweedle Dee", "That's All Right", "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "Money Honey".

The Colonel sent Elvis another cheque for $550 as a deposit for additional dates on the upcoming Hank Snow tour.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Hearts of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters.

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"Let Me Go Lover" by Joan Weber.   

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"Let Me Go Lover" by Joan Weber.     

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith.

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"Let Me Go Lover" by Hank Snow

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"Earth Angel" by the Penguins. 

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"Hearts of Stone" by the Charms.  

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"Sincerely" by the Moonglows.

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Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Let Me Go Lover" by Joan Weber.   

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             February 6, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Faron Young, Martha Carson, Ferlin Huskey, The Willburn Brothers, Texas Bill Strength, George McCormick, Jim Ed & Maxine Brown

Ellis Auditorium, 225 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee. (3:00 pm and 8:00 pm)

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

Elvis made two appearances, one at 3:00 pm the other at 8:00 pm at the North Hall of Ellis Auditorium in his hometown, Memphis, Tennessee.

Other acts that appeared: Faron Young, Martha Carson, Ferlin Huskey, the Wilburn Brothers, Bill Strength, and J. E. Maxine Brown.

Dewey Phillips appeared on stage with Elvis. (photo)

 

In between shows Bob Neal arranged for Sam Phillips to meet Colonel Tom Parker and Tom Diskin at Palumbo's restaurant across the street. Parker supposedly told Sam that Elvis is going nowhere on a small label like Sun, which infuriated Phillips.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 7, 1955 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The High School Gymnasium, 720 South Clayton Street, Ripley, Mississippi. (8:00 pm)

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            February 8, 1955 (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    February 9, 1955 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       February 10, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The band started another tour of East Texas and New Mexico. February 10 - February 18.

The High School Auditorium, Alpine, Texas.

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

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

 

Colonel Parker made Tom Diskin inform Steve Sholes, (photo) who was RCA Victor's Head of Artists and Repertoire, that Elvis Presley was tied up at Sun and attempted to convince him to sign Tommy Sands instead.

Harry Kalcheim, an agent who represented the William Morris Talent Agency in New York, wrote to Parker informing him that he had mislaid the photograph of Elvis that the Colonel had sent him. But that he also agreed that "Presley sounds promising with a very special type of voice".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              February 11, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Sports Arena, Carlsbad, New Mexico. (4:00 pm)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Hobbs, New Mexico. (7:00 pm)

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        February 12, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Legion Hut, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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

Advertisements for this show reported: "Elvis Presley and his Blue Moon Boys".

Cash Box reported that Bob Neal had opened a new booking office at 160 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

Around this time, a country version of "That's All Right" by Marty Robbins was doing well on the C&W chart.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hearts of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters.   

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.     

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith. 

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Earth Angel" by the Penguins. 

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Sincerely" by the Moonglows.  

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace.

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Melody of Love" by Billy Vaughn.   

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          February 13, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - The Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The Fair Park Coliseum, 15 East Broadway Street, Lubbock, Texas. (4:00 pm)

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

This is the first booking that Bob Neal had obtained directly through Colonel Parker.

Other artists on the bill were: the Grand Ole Opry's Duke of Paducah, and Big "D" Jamboree regulars; Charlene Arthur and Hank's son Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Elvis, Scotty and Bill received $350 for their afternoon performance.

Also on the bill was a young Buddy Holly who hailed from Lubbock. He appeared as one half of the duo, 'Buddy and Bob'.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          February 14, 1955 (Monday)

Elvis was told by Tom Parker to meet Tom Diskin at the Roswell Hotel no later than 3:00 pm. This was to do some promotional work for the band's first appearance at

North Junior High School later on that evening as part of the Hank Snow tour.

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)Hank Snow Tour: The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The North Junior High School, Roswell, New Mexico. (2 shows) (7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Supporting acts to Hank Snow were:

The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 15, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Hank Snow Tour: The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The Fair Park Coliseum, Abilene, Texas. (2 Shows) (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

Bill included: Duke of Paducah, 'Charlie' Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Steve Sholes replied to Tom Diskin (photo) stating that the last time he spoke to Col. Parker, he seemed quite favourable to RCA signing Elvis. "So your comments in relation to Presley were a little surprising".

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 February 16, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Hank Snow Tour: The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The Odessa Senior High School Field House , Odessa, Texas. (2 Shows) (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm)

 

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

Also on the bill were: Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, 'Star of Louisiana Hayride' Charlene Arthur, and 'Star of Big "D"

Jamboree Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Among the crowd of 4,000 people was local singer, Roy Orbison.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      February 17, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Hank Snow Tour: The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The City Auditorium in San Angelo, Texas. (2 Shows) (7:30 pm) and (9:30 pm)

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             February 18, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) Hank Snow Tour: The Duke of Paducah, Rainbow Ranch Boys, Elvis Presley, Charlene Arthur and Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The West Monroe High School, Monroe, Louisiana. (2 shows) (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

These live performances marked the end of the Hank Snow tour of East Texas and New Mexico.

Songs performed at the 9:30 pm show:

"Milkcow Blues Boogie", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "You're A Heartbreaker", "Baby, Let's Play House", "That's All Right",

"Breakin' the Rules" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        February 19, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - (Louisiana Hayride)

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 - Steel Guitar:

James 'Sonny' Trammel (photo) - Piano: Leon Post - Guitar: Leo Jackson. (photo)

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hearts of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters.   

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.     

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"More and More" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith. 

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Earth Angel" by the Penguins.

 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Earth Angel" by the Penguins.

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Melody of Love" by Billy Vaughn.   

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           February 20, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Jamboree Attractions Tour: Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Carter Sisters, Charlie Stewart & Uncle Dudley.

The Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas. (2 shows)

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

These two appearances at the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas, began a week long tour of Arkansas and Louisiana.

Headlining act was: The Duke of Paducah, followed by Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Charley Stewart. Extra special act: Jimmy Rogers Snow and special added: Elvis Presley.

Elvis, Scotty and Bill received $350 for these two shows instead of the usual $200 per day.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 21, 1955 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Jamboree Attractions Tour: Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Carter Sisters, Charlie Stewart & Uncle Dudley.

The City Auditorium, Camden, Arkansas. (8:00 pm)

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

Elvis appeared as a special added attraction along with Jimmie Rodgers Snow and Charley Stewart. The Duke of Paducah with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters topped the bill.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        February 22, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Jamboree Attractions Tour: Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Carter Sisters, Charlie Stewart & Uncle Dudley.

The City Hall, Hope, Arkansas.

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

Advertisements for this show had Elvis billed as:"The nations singing sensation".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 February 23, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Jamboree Attractions Tour: Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Carter Sisters, Charlie Stewart & Uncle Dudley.

The Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (2 shows)

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

The Colonel contacted A.V. 'Bam' Bamford an influential promoter from Nashville, now based in California to organise bookings for Elvis all over the country. Parker informed Bamford that "Elvis is a great artist, but needs a lot of build up before he becomes a good investment".

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      February 24, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Jamboree Attractions Tour: Duke of Paducah, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Carter Sisters, Charlie Stewart & Uncle Dudley.

The South Side Elementary School, Bastrop, Louisiana. (2 shows)

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

This 'Jamboree Attractions' tour had not been as successful as the Hank Snow show and they lost money on this one.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             February 25, 1955 (Friday)

Elvis, Scotty and Bill accompanied by Bob Neal, drove to perform their first date outside of the south. They appeared at local radio stations along the way to increase the amount of airplay for their songs.

Colonel Parker wrote to William Morris agent Harry Kalcheim explaining that Elvis can succeed if he is exploited properly.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       February 26, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)Hillbilly Jamboree

The Circle Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio. (2 shows) (7:30 pm and 10:30 pm)

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

Elvis was billed as a star of the Louisiana Hayride, with songs: "That's All Right" and "You're A Heartbreaker". WERE disc jockey Tommy Edwards was master of ceremonies.

After the show Elvis met Bill Randle who gave Bob Neal some contact information which could help them gaining a spot on the upcoming 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts Show'.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hearts of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters.   

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters.     

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"More and More" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Loose Talk" by Carl Smith. 

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Earth Angel" by the Penguins.

 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace.