Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                           July 1, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Casino Club, Plaquemine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 2, 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.

Songs performed: "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone". (audio)

I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley
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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.   

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" by Faron Young.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Unchained Melody" by Les Baxter.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Starring Sammy Davis Jr." by Sammy Davis Jr.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"In the Wee Small Hours" by Frank Sinatra.

Cash Box magazine announced that Elvis Presley has been voted the number one up and coming male vocalist by country music disc jockeys.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       July 3, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Hoedown Club, 4320 Lexington Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas. (2 shows) (4:00 pm and 8:00 pm)

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

Songs performed: "Born To Lose", "Do the Mess Around" and "Maybelline"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      July 4, 1955 (Monday)

Elvis, Scotty and Bill appeared at a July 4th Jubilee covering three venues approximately twenty miles apart.

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Slim Willet, The Farren Twins, The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesmen Quartet, The Deep South Quartet, The Stamps Quartet, The Ozark Quartet

The City Recreation Hall, Stephenville, Texas. (10:00 am)

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

This was a family picnic put on by gospel promoter, W.D. Nowlin.

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Slim Willet, The Farren Twins, The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesmen Quartet, The Deep South Quartet, The Stamps Quartet, The Ozark Quartet

Hodges Park, Deleon, Texas. (3:00 pm)

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

Songs: "The Old Wooden Church","Precious Memories","Known Only To Him" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".

This appearance was at an indoor Jamboree where Elvis sang mostly gospel songs which got a very poor reception.

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Brownwood, Texas. (8:00 pm)

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

He reverted back to his regular routine later that evening.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      July 5, 1955 (Tuesday)

Elvis returned to Memphis for a two week vacation.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               July 6, 1955 (Wednesday)

Elvis bought a blue 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty with a black top to replace the pink one that was destroyed by fire recently. The car had a removable wooden roof rack that was used to transport the bands instruments.

1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 7, 1955 (Thursday)

Scotty Moore traded in his Gibson ES 295 guitar (photo left) for a Gibson L5 (photo right) at O.K. Houck Piano Company. This new guitar complimented the custom built Echosonic amplifier he had purchased in installments back in May for $495.

Elvis may have bought his new guitar, a Martin D-28 (photo bottom centre) around this time. It had a tooled leather cover which prevented the back being scratched by his belt buckle.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                           July 8, 1955 (Friday)

A two-page Publishing Agreement between 'Hill and Range Songs, Inc' was signed by the Presleys and head of the 'Hill and Range' company Julian Aberbach. This was for the use of Elvis' name, likeness and biographical materials for the sum of 5 cents plus 10% royalties. Aberbach had been told about Elvis by his other client, Hank Snow. Aberbach went to see Elvis in Shreveport on the Hayride and wanted to organise a music publishing deal. But Elvis being signed to Sun meant that Sam Phillips owned the rights to Elvis' recordings through 'Knox' and 'Hi-Lo' music.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 9, 1955 (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Learning the Blues" by Frank Sinatra.   

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Unchained Melody" by Les Baxter.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Starring Sammy Davis Jr." by Sammy Davis Jr.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"In the Wee Small Hours" by Frank Sinatra.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 10, 1955 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 11, 1955 (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   July 12, 1955 (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            July 13, 1955 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 14, 1955 (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        July 15, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Joy Drive-In Theatre, Minden, Louisiana.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 16, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - (Louisiana Hayride) Jim Reeves, Buddy Attaway, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black,

Billy Walker, David Houston, Betty Amos, Wayne Walker

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.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.   

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"I Don't Care" by Webb Pierce.

"Baby Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Unchained Melody" by Les Baxter.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Starring Sammy Davis Jr." by Sammy Davis Jr.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"In the Wee Small Hours" by Frank Sinatra.

"Baby, Let's Play House" entered Billboard's Country and Western Best Sellers (Country Music Sales) Chart at #15, which marked Elvis' debut on the national charts. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 17, 1955 (Sunday)

The exact date is not known but Elvis arranged to have the blue '55 Cadillac Fleetwood repainted pink. (photo)

1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 18, 1955 (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   July 19, 1955 (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            July 20, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Cape Arena Building, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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

 

Elvis headlined a two day package tour.

The Colonel was preparing for full representation, he instructed Tom Diskin not to mail the Presley 'Poop Sheet' all over the country at once but instead send batches to one geographical area at a time. This meant the bookings would not be spread too far apart. He told Diskin; "Let's not promote Sun Records now as they are doing nothing for us".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 July 21, 1955 (Thursday)

POSSIBLE 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 - Drums: Johnny Bernero - Piano: Elvis Presley.

Sam Phillips enlisted the services of drummer Johnny Bernero for this session.

 

Songs recorded: "I Forgot To Remember to Forget", "Mystery Train" and "Tryin' to Get to You"

 (audio)

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Silver Moon Club, Newport, Arkansas.

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

I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Elvis Presley
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Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
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Trying To Get To You - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        July 22, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Joy Drive-In, Minden, Louisiana.

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

In a conference call, Colonel Tom Parker, Bob Neal, Hank Snow and Tom Diskin discussed moving Elvis to a major record label as well as booking him on a proposed Hank Snow weekly television show. Parker and Snow as partners in 'Hank Snow Attractions' and producers of the 'Jamboree Attractions' tours agreed to put up $10,000 in cash to buy Elvis' release from Sun Records.

In return, they expected a 2% share of Elvis' record royalties, calculating that he will receive a standard 5% and presumably be satisfied with the 3% that he gets from Sun as it stands. RCA meanwhile, will make an offer of either a flat $12,000 towards the settlement and delivery of Elvis Presley to RCA, or a $5,000 non-refundable bonus to Presley, plus $20,000 recoupable from future record royalties.

The offer also included the guarantee of an appearance on network television within sixty days of signing and can be presumed to be in response to the terms demanded by the Colonel.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 23, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Big "D" Jamboree, Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas.

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

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado.  

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"I Don't Care" by Webb Pierce.

"Baby Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Lonesome Echo" by Jackie Gleason.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Love Me or Leave Me" by Doris Day.

"Baby, Let's Play House" remained at #15 on Billboard's Country and Western Best Sellers chart.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     July 24, 1955 (Sunday)

From this point onwards, Elvis would be exclusively represented by Colonel Parker/Hank Snow Attractions, but remained managed by Bob Neal.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    July 25, 1955 (Monday)

Start of Florida tour. (July 25 - July 31)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Andy Griffith, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Marty Robbins, Jimmy Farmer, Jimmie Rodgers Snow

The New City Auditorium, Fort Myers, Florida. (8:00 pm)

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

Popular hillbilly comic Andy Griffiths was the headliner along with other stars of the Grand Ole Opry.

This the start of a seven day tour, the first under the new regime. Once again, Mae Boren Axton acted as publicist.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   July 26, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   July 26, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            July 27, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida.

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 July 28, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Andy Griffith, Ferlin Husky, Marty Robbins, Jimmy Farmer, Tommy Collins, Glenn Reeves, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Jimmie Rodgers Snow

The New Baseball Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida. (8:15 pm)

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

Again there was a near riot when Elvis performed.

RADIO INTERVIEW

Mae Axton interviewed Elvis either today or back on May 12. (audio)

Mae Axton Interview - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        July 29, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Andy Griffith, Ferlin Husky, Marty Robbins, Jimmy Farmer, Tommy Collins, Glenn Reeves, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Jimmie Rodgers Snow

The New Baseball Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida. (8:15 pm)

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

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  July 30, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, Florida. (2 shows) (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Learning the Blues" by Frank Sinatra.  

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"I Don't Care" by Webb Pierce.

"Baby Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley. #14

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Ain't It A Shame" by Fats Domino.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Lonesome Echo" by Jackie Gleason.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Love Me or Leave Me" by Doris Day.

"Baby, Let's Play House" rose to #14 on Billboard's Country and Western Best Sellers chart.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      July 31, 1955 (Sunday)

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida. (2 shows) (2:15 pm and 8:15 pm)

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

At the Colonel's request, well-known celebrity photographer 'Popsie' William S. Randolph took a series of live shots of Elvis during this performance.

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