Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      August 1, 1956 (Wednesday)

Elvis did a promotional appearance while in Biloxi at a local clothing store. Eddie Bellman and a friend, Lew Sonnier owned the shoe department located in the store. Bellman, Sonnier and the store owner Dave Rosenblum presented Elvis with a Winchester shotgun in appreciation. (photo)

Skeet Shooting (silent footage)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 2, 1956 (Thursday)

Elvis arrived in Miami in his new Lavender Lincoln to start a new tour before heading on to Los Angeles.

Over the next three days he stayed at the Robert Clay Hotel.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  August 3, 1956 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Olympia Theatre, Miami, Florida. (3 shows) (3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

June Juanico arrived in Miami with a friend and had to answer press speculation about her relationship with Elvis. "Right now, he's married to his career" she told the Miami News in a backstage interview.

The Colonel was worried about rioting fans at Elvis' performances where he left one show with his trousers completely torn.

He also had the negative press about Rock 'n' Roll music and it's influence  regarding juvenile delinquency.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 4, 1956 (Saturday)

Elvis visited local Miami Mercury Lincoln dealer Lade Conlee and traded in his lavender Lincoln which had been defaced by love notes and telephone numbers from fans. He was given $3,515 for the Lincoln against the total price of $10,688 for a white 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II. (photos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Olympia Theatre, Miami, Florida. (4 shows) (1:30pm, 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"My Prayer" by the Platters.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #9

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #25

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #14

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rip It Up" by Little Richard.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #13   

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I'm In Love Again" by Fats Domino. 

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #8  

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Fever" by Little Willie John.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #20

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #26

The Top 100: 

"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #24

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #38

"My Baby Left Me" by Elvis Presley. #59

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"My Fair Lady" by the original cast.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Songs for Swingin' Lovers" by Frank Sinatra.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              August 5, 1956 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Fort Homerly Hesterly Armory, Florida. (2 shows) (3:30 pm and 8:15 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis was interviewed by Ray Pillow and his sister Norma, who both worked for WJBK, a radio station from Detroit. (audio)

Ray & Norma Pillow Interview - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 6, 1956 (Monday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Polk Theatre, Lakeland, Florida. (3 shows) (3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis was interviewed by Tampa Tribune reporter Paul Wilder who later interviewed Colonel Parker. Elvis reacted very angry with some of the negative questions that Wilder put to him. (audio)

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TV host Ed Sullivan was injured in a car crash and taken to Hospital.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 7, 1956 (Tuesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Florida Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida. (3 shows) (3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass:

Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis was interviewed by Bob Hoffer. (audio)

Bob Hoffer Interview - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     August 8, 1956 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida. (2 shows) (8:00 pm and 10:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis was interviewed by "Happy" Ison for NBC's 'Monitor' radio program. (audio) He told "Happy" that his favourite song that he had recorded so far was "Don't Be Cruel" and his favourite song by another artist was "My Prayer" by The Platters.

Interview by "Happy" Ison - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 9, 1956 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, Florida. (2 shows) (8:00 pm and 10:15 pm) (by popular demand)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

 

 

Elvis was interviewed by Ed Ripley. (audio)

Ed Ripley Interview - Elvis Presley
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"Elvis Presley Speaks!" was a magazine format pictorial biography written by Memphis Press-Scimitar reporter Bob Johnson. It accurately covered Elvis' rise to fame and sold out it's first print run almost immediately. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 10, 1956 (Friday)

The reverend Robert Gray who was the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, offered up prayers for Presley's salvation after declaring that the young singer had achieved a new low in spiritual degeneracy. (photo)

Elvis appeared in front of juvenile court judge Marion Gooding, (photo) who warned Elvis in his chambers that he must tone down his performance on stage. Elvis told reporters; "I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong".

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida. (3 shows) (3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

During his performance Elvis wiggles his little finger suggestively throughout the show and the crowd still

went wild.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          August 11, 1956 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida. (3 shows) (3:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"My Prayer" by the Platters.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #2

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #20

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #12

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #19

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #8

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley.

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #10

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Rip It Up" by Little Richard.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #14   

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I'm In Love Again" by Fats Domino. 

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #8  

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Fever" by Little Willie John.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #14

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #10

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #25

The Top 100: 

"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #28

"My Baby Left Me" by Elvis Presley. #64

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #65

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"My Fair Lady" by the original cast.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Songs for Swingin' Lovers" by Frank Sinatra.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 12, 1956 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana. (2 shows) (4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:15 pm)

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

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis was awarded the key to the city as the tour ended. The Colonel had guaranteed Elvis $500 a performance or $2,000 a day, whichever had the greater sum. Elvis also received a total of $20,000, plus a $7,500 commission on souvenir sales for the ten-day tour.

Harry Kalcheim told Col. Parker that he had declined Dean Martin's $30,000 offer for an appearance on his television show in October.

Elvis sent a letter to Steve Sholes and informed him of changes being made on the "Reno Brothers" movie, but didn't see any difficulties arising because of this. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 13, 1956 (Monday)

William Morris Talent Agent Abe Lastfogel sent a telegram to Colonel Parker stating that 20th Century Fox wanted Elvis to report for work on the "Reno Brothers" movie between August 20th to 27th. The movie was directed by Robert D. Webb and starred Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Robert Middleton, William Campbell, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock, Bruce Bennett, James Drury.

Robert Middleton

William Campbell

THE RENO BROTHERS

(20th Century Fox) (1956)

Richard Egan

Robert D. Webb

Debra Paget

Neville Brand

Mildred Dunnock

Bruce Bennett

James Drury

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          August 14, 1956 (Tuesday)

The Colonel paid for Elvis' new white 1956 Lincoln Continental, deducting the cost from the earnings at the end of the tour.

Back in Memphis, Elvis was seen at a service station in his new Lincoln. Red West got into a fight while he was with Elvis at the fairgrounds. This caused Elvis' father Vernon to advise him not to bring Red along on the trip to Hollywood.

 

Red in turn, joined the U.S. Marines.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   August 15, 1956 (Wednesday)

Around this time, Elvis had his 1955 Blue Cadillac Series 75 Limousine repainted Yellow.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 16, 1956 (Thursday)

Elvis traveled from Memphis to Los Angeles on an American Airlines flight. (video) Tom Diskin informed the Colonel by telegram that "The Cat" has arrived and was "ready to go".

Elvis reported to 20th Century Fox for pre-production meetings for his first film, which was produced by David Weisbart, who produced one of Elvis' favourite films; "Rebel Without A Cause".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 17, 1956 (Friday)

RCA released their new Elvis extended play which was a combination of his last two singles.

"The Real Elvis" (EPA-940) (45rpm)

Side 1:  "Don't Be Cruel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" 

Side 2: "Hound Dog", "My Baby Left Me" 

RCA Victor EPA-940 (45rpm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         August 18, 1956 (Saturday)

The Knickerbocker Hotel, 1714 Ivar Avenue, Hollywood, California.

Ed Braslaff photographed Elvis and Gene Smith as they arrived at the Knickerbocker Hotel (photo) where he stayed while

working on his new movie.

Later in the day, Elvis, Gene and Junior Smith spent $750 at the Long Beach Amusement Park.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #10

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"My Prayer" by the Platters.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #7

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #9

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #10

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Fever" by Little Willie John.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

  "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #13   

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"My Prayer" by the Platters. 

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #8  

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Fever" by Little Willie John.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"My Prayer" by the Platters.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #17

The Top 100: 

"My Prayer" by the Platters.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #17

"My Baby Left Me" by Elvis Presley. #77

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #92

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"My Fair Lady" by the original cast.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Songs for Swingin' Lovers" by Frank Sinatra.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 19, 1956 (Sunday)

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