Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   December 1, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

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

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #21 (EP) (LP)

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

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

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #13 (EP) (LP)

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #20

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (Pts i&II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #7 (EP)

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #15

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

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

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #21 (EP) (LP)

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #22

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #27

The Top 100: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

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

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #24

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #27

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #31

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #94

"When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley. #97

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 2, 1956 (Sunday)

Elvis bought a new 1957 two-door Cadillac Eldorado Seville for $8,400.

Steve Sholes wrote to the Colonel informing him of his desire to ensure that future recording sessions take place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 3, 1956 (Monday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 4, 1956 (Tuesday)

RECORDING SESSION:

Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

(Carl Perkins Recording Session)

Producer: Sam C. Phillips.

Engineer: Jack Clement.

Assistant: Marion Keisker.

Elvis dropped by the Sun Studios in Memphis, accompanied by Marilyn Evans, the Las Vegas showgirl he dated last month.

Sam Phillips was producing a Carl Perkins recording session with Sun's newest artist, Jerry Lee Lewis playing piano. Johnny Cash was also present. Sam Phillips called Bob Johnson of the Memphis Press-Scimitar to come over to the studio with UPI representative Leo Sora and photographer George Pierce. Elvis spoke to Sam in the control room while listening to playback of the Perkins recording session. Afterwards he went into the studio and the jam session began.

Johnny Cash left and Elvis sat at the piano while the trio (not quartet) jammed to a mixture of country, rock 'n' roll and gospel harmonies with Elvis doing an impression of Jackie Wilson singing "Don't Be Cruel".

Sam left the tape running...

Musicians: Piano & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Piano & Vocals: Jerry Lee Lewis - Guitar & Vocals: Carl Perkins - Guitar: Charlie Underwood - Bass: Jay Perkins - Drums: W.S. Holland - Bass: Clayton Perkins.

 

 

 

Songs recorded: "Instrumental", "Love Me Tender - Instrumental", "Jingle Bells - Instrumental", "White Christmas - Instrumental", "Reconsider Baby", "Don't Be Cruel", "Don't Be Cruel", "Paralyzed", "Don't Be Cruel", "There's No Place Like Home", "When The Saints Go Marchin' In", "Softly And Tenderly", "When God Dips His Love In My Heart", "Just A Little Talk With Jesus", "Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Peace In The Valley", "Down By The Riverside", "I'm With The Crowd But Oh So Alone", "Farther Along", "Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand", "On The Jericho Road", "I Just Can't Make It By Myself", "Little Cabin Home On The Hill", "Summertime Is Past And Gone", "Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong", "Keeper Of The Key" (Carl Perkins - Lead), "Crazy Arms", "Crazy Arms", "Don't Forbid Me", "Too Much Monkey Business", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Don't Forbid Me", "You Belong To My Heart", "Is It So Strange", "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Rip It Up", "I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye", "Crazy Arms", "That's My Desire", "End Of The Road", "Black Bottom Stomp", "You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven" (Elvis Says Goodbye) (audio)

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood tailor Nudie Cohen wrote to the Colonel looking for Elvis' measurements in relation to providing his clothes for his third Ed Sullivan appearance in January. (photo)

Complete Session - Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                               December 5, 1956 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 6, 1956 (Thursday)

Loew's State Theatre, 152 South Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis went to Loew's State for another viewing of "Love Me Tender". (8:00 pm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          December 7, 1956 (Friday)

Elvis got his haircut at Jim's Barbers shop on South Main Street.

Later that evening Elvis and George Klein attended radio station WDIA's "Goodwill Revue" at Ellis Auditorium. This charity event took place twice a year. WDIA was the first radio station to feature all-negro talent and was known as "The mother station of the negroes" and presents an array of gospel, rhythm and blues music and comedic talent.

Some of the performers that appeared that night were: B.B. King, (photo) Ray Charles, The Moonglows, Claudia Ivy (photo) and local DJ, Rufus Thomas. (photo) Elvis appeared from behind a curtain and got a great reception.

Publishing agreement made through the Aberbachs for fifteen songs to be transferred over to 'Gladys Music'. (photo)

Songs:

"I Got A Woman", "I Love You So Much It Hurts", "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy", "Long Tall Sally", "Money Honey", "No Letter Today", "Rip It Up", "Tutti Frutti", "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", "Worried Mind", "At Mail Call Today", "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart", "It Makes No Difference Now", "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You", "Someday (you'll want me to love you)"

An unwell Colonel Parker confirmed the starting date of Elvis' next movie at Paramount for Hal Wallis to his personal secretary, Trude Forscher in Hollywood.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 December 8, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

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

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #21 (EP) (LP)

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #7 (EP) (LP)

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #15

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #23

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #8

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

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #11

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #16 (EP) (LP)

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #29

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #30

The Top 100: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #17

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #42

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #27

"When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley. #61

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #92

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        December 9, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 10, 1956 (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  December 11, 1956 (Tuesday)

Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long promoted Elvis to the same rank as his manager, which gave him the Honorary Commission of a Louisiana Colonel.

Elvis ran out of petrol downtown in his new Seville and was mobbed by fans.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 12, 1956 (Wednesday)

Elvis donated some toys to a marine drive for under-privileged children. He visited the local police station and went to see "Storm Over the Nile" at the Malco Theatre downtown.

Hal Kanter, screenwriter/director of Elvis' upcoming new movie for Hal Wallis at Paramount Pictures went to Memphis to see Elvis. Kanter was looking to get to know the young singer in order to add some of Elvis' personality into the script. He would accompany Presley to the specially arranged 'Benefit Show' on the "Louisiana Hayride" that was part of the buy-out agreement back in April.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                December 13, 1956 (Thursday)

Hill and Range worked together with Paramount and created much of the soundtrack for the new movie currently titled: "Lonesome Cowboy".

"Hound Dog" and "Love Me" composers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (photo) have four chosen numbers while Hill and Range representative Freddy Bienstock was also in Memphis and assisted Elvis with song selection. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 14, 1956 (Friday)

Elvis, Hal Kanter, both Gene and Junior Smith with Bitsy Mott drove to Shreveport. They stopped at the Trio Restaurant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where they had dinner with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown. (photo)

 

Elvis and his party left after midnight and arrived in Louisiana at five in the morning, where they registered at the Captain Shreeve Hotel. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                               December 15, 1956 (Saturday)

Elvis made his final appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" at the Hirsch Youth Centre located in the Louisiana Fairgrounds. This show provided Kanter with enough material to include in his screenplay. He posed for a picture with the new "Elvis Presley" Enterprises six-string toy guitar with "Elvis Photo" (left), "Love Me Tender" and "Hound Dog" decal (right).

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S) (The Louisiana Hayride)

The Hirsch Youth Centre, Louisiana Fairgrounds, Shreveport, Louisiana. (8:00 pm to 11:30 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.

Songs performed: "Heartbreak Hotel", "Long Tall Sally", "I Was The One", "Love Me Tender", "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me", "I Got A Woman", "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", "Paralyzed" and "Hound Dog". (audio)

 

Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
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Long Tall Sally - Elvis Presley
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I Was The One - Elvis Presley
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Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
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Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
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Love Me - Elvis Presley
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I Got A Woman - Elvis Presley
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When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Elvis Presley
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Paralyzed - Elvis Presley
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Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
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Elvis Has Left the Building - Horace Logan
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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #9 (EP) (LP)

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #20

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #8 (EP) (LP)

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #11

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell, Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #12 (EP) (LP)

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #14

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #28

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #30

The Top 100: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #9

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #14

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #35

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #43

"When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley. #49

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     December 16, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 17, 1956 (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  December 18, 1956 (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 19, 1956 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                December 20, 1956 (Thursday)

Payroll Expenses Log:

November 21, 1956 - December 20, 1956.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       December 21, 1956 (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                               December 22, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #8 (EP) (LP)

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

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #5 (EP) (LP)

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #11

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell, Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #9 (EP) (LP)

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #16

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #28

The Top 100: 

"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #15

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #36

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #59

"When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley. #44

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #89

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley.