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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        May 1, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Curtis Gordon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

The Municipal Auditorium, 1201 Saint Peter Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. (3 Shows) (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

Bude, Mississippi (later in the evening)?

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

This was the start of a three week "All Star Jamboree" tour organised by Colonel Parker and Hank Snow, who would headline. Other artists included on this tour were: Faron Young (photo), Slim Whitman, The Wilburn Brothers, Martha Carson, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters: (Anita and Becky),

Onie Wheeler, Jimmie Rodgers Snow and the Davis Sisters (Skeeter and Georgie) (not related)

Elvis now appeared in some new territories where airplay of his records was very scarce. They started off in Louisiana, then onto

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and finally Tennessee.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       May 2, 1955 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Curtis Gordon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Onie Wheeler

The High School Auditorium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (2 Shows) (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

Songs performed: "That's All Right", "You're A Heartbreaker" and "Good Rockin' Tonight".

Supposedly while Faron Young, 'Elvis Prestley', The Wilburn Brothers and Onie Wheeler appeared at the High School Auditorium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hank Snow, Jimmie Rodgers Snow and the Davis Sisters split from the group and played in Jennings, Louisiana.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 3, 1955 (Tuesday)

The tour reunited in Mobile, Alabama where they gave some interviews on local radio.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              May 4, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Curtis Gordon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters (photo), Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

Ladd Stadium, 1621 Virginia Street, Mobile, Alabama. (8:15 pm)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 5, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Curtis Gordon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

Ladd Stadium,1621 Virginia Street, Mobile, Alabama. (8:15 pm)

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

A pack of girls chased Elvis across the football field.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                          May 6, 1955 (Friday)

Elvis didn't appear with the rest of the band in Birmingham as he was in Memphis and attended Dixie Locke's Junior Prom as a double-date at South-Side High School (Humes) with his cousin Gene Smith and Bessie Wolverton. (photo)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Curtis Gordon, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

The Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama. (8:15 pm)

Musicians: Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 7, 1955 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Martha Carson, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

The Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, Florida. (8:15 pm)

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

 

This was Colonel Parker's home territory as he had lived in Tampa for almost fifteen years. Martha Carson replaced Faron Young on this date.

Jacksonville schoolteacher and songwriter Mae Boren Axton, who had done some promotional work for Col. Parker previously, worked as a publicist on some of these dates.

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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

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

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes.    

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:

"In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"My Babe" by Little Walter. 

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles.   

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Wallflower" by Etta James.  

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes.   

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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"The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 8, 1955 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida. (2 Shows) (2:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 9, 1955 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

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

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 10, 1955 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler

The Southeastern Pavilion, Ocala, Florida. (8:00 pm)

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          May 11, 1955 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler, Martha Carson

The Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida. (2 shows) (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm)

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

During Hank Snow's performance the crowd called for Elvis while he was outside signing autographs.

Songs performed: "Shake, Rattle and Roll".

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 May 12, 1955 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler, Martha Carson

The New Baseball Park, Jacksonville, Florida. (8:00 pm)

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

During this performance, Elvis collapsed in Anita Carter's arms and was brought to hospital by Red West, Scotty and Bill. They

stayed in Red's hotel room worrying about Elvis, who was diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion.

 

Elvis told them later it was a ruse to get closer to Anita.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        May 13, 1955 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) - Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree - Hank Snow, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, The Davis Sisters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Onie Wheeler, Martha Carson

The New Baseball Park, Jacksonville, Florida. (8:00 pm)

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

The tour returned to the new Baseball Park and after the show, Elvis told the audience of 14,000 girls; "I'll see you backstage!"

The result was a riot as the crowd chased him into his dressing room where Colonel Parker and Mae Axton were counting the takings

from the night's show. Elvis was heard shouting "Mae! Mae! Mae!" as he climbed on top of the showers as the girls tried to rip his

clothes off.