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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     April 1, 1956 (Sunday)

Elvis, Gene Smith and the band flew from Shreveport to San Diego for the upcoming television appearance on "The Milton Berle Show".

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     April 2, 1956 (Monday)

The Colonel sent a cashier's cheque for $10,000 to the Louisiana Hayride in exchange for Elvis' to be released from his contract. Elvis also agreed to appear on a special Hayride show in December.

Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis (photo) offered Elvis a contract for one motion picture with a further option for six more.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   April 3, 1956 (Tuesday)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE: "THE MILTON BERLE SHOW"

The U.S.S. Hancock, San Diego Harbor, San Diego, California. (8:00 pm)

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

Elvis made his first television appearance on "The Milton Berle Show" live from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hancock which was docked in San Diego Harbour in California.

He sang a snippet of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" during the show's opening intro.

He later performed "Heartbreak Hotel", "Blue Suede Shoes" and then appeared in a comedy sketch with his 'brother' Melvin (Milton) Presley as they performed a duet of "Blue Suede Shoes".

 

Elvis was paid $3,000 for this appearance.

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"Shake, Rattle and Roll" (opening) (improved sound)

"Heartbreak Hotel"/"Blue Suede Shoes"/"Comedy Sketch" (improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            April 4, 1956 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Arena, San Diego, California. (8:15 pm)

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

Elvis with D.J. Fontana and vocalist Glen Glenn (photo)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  April 5, 1956 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Arena, San Diego, California. (8:15 pm)

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

Don Freeman of the San Diego Tribune interviewed Elvis. (photo)

Elvis received $15,000 for his two night stay in San Diego.

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Elvis in San Diego (silent footage)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        April 6, 1956 (Friday)

In the evening Elvis flew to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time on a one-night holiday where he stayed at the New Frontier Hotel.