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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       June 1, 1956 (Friday)

The Presley's were at home to see how the installation of their new swimming pool was progressing. Elvis went to Beale Street to buy some clothing at Lansky Brothers.

Later that evening, Elvis went to see old friends Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and new Sun recording stars Roy Orbison and Warren Smith perform at the Overton park Shell in Memphis.

Elvis and Carl Perkins signed autographs for some fans. (photo) 

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                June 2, 1956 (Saturday)

Frequent flyers (photo) Elvis and Gene Smith flew to Oakland, California. They arrived at 4:00 am and met up with the band who had already traveled by car.

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Scotty and Bill told Elvis that they heard a new song called "Be Bop A Lula" on the car radio and thought that Elvis had recorded a song without them. They later found out that the song was actually sung by a newcomer called Gene Vincent, who had copied Elvis' musical style.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #19

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Moonglow and Them From Picnic" by Morris Stoloff.

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #2

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

"I Forgot To Remember To Forget" by Elvis Presley. #5

"My Baby Left Me" by Elvis Presley. #14

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

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

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

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BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"I'm In Love Again" by Fats Domino.    

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard.

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #9  

Most Played By Jockeys:

"I'm In Love Again" by Fats Domino.  

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #8

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BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Moonglow and Them From Picnic" by Morris Stoloff.

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. #2

The Top 100: 

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #31

"Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley. #38

"I Was the One" by Elvis Presley. #52

"My Baby Left Me" by Elvis Presley. #72

"Money Honey" by Elvis Presley. #95

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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No EP Chart

Billboard's reported that Milton Berle would present Elvis with two "Triple Crown" awards when Presley appeared on his show next Tuesday. (photo)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   June 3, 1956 (Sunday)

Start of tour of California and Arizona (June 3 - June 10)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California. (2 shows) (3:00 pm and 8:00 pm)

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

Elvis told the Oakland Tribune why he doesn't stand still. "I get nervous. If the police and my managers would let me, I'd get mobbed all the time. It makes you feel good. I would feel worse if they didn't swoon over me".

Oakland concert radio spot (audio)

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Oakland Radio Spot - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   June 4, 1956 (Monday)

Elvis and Gene Smith flew to Los Angeles for rehearsals in preparation for his second appearance on "The Milton Berle Show".

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  June 5, 1956 (Tuesday)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE: "THE MILTON BERLE SHOW"

NBC Studios, Radio City, Burbank, California. (8:00 pm)

 

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric 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 made his second appearance on NBC TV's "The Milton Berle Show". The live show was broadcast from NBC's Studio in California.

Elvis sang a rip-roaring version of Leiber and Stoller's "Hound Dog" which ended with Milton Berle mimicking Elvis. Berle then introduced him to 21 year old Hollywood actress Debra Paget. (video)

Later, Milton and Elvis performed a comedy sketch which led into Elvis performing "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" with background vocals provided by the Jordanaires. (video)

 

When the song was over, Berle presented Elvis with the "Billboard Triple Crown" award for his recent hit single; "Heartbreak Hotel".

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"Hound Dog" - Elvis Meets Debra Paget (improved sound)

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            June 6, 1956 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The San Diego Arena, San Diego, California.

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

The American press have now nicknamed him "Elvis the Pelvis" and compared his act to a striptease. Jack Gould of the New York Times wrote; "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability", while John Crosby of the New York Herald Tribune called Presley; "Unspeakably untalented and vulgar".

This criticism prompted parents, religious groups from the north and south, and the Parent-Teacher Association (video) to condemn Elvis and Rock 'n' Roll music in general by associating both with juvenile delinquency.

Checking fan mail with Judy Spreckles (photo)

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Milton Berle Show Backlash

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                June 7, 1956 (Thursday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California.

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

Harry Kalcheim informed the Colonel that everyone in the William Morris office was worried that Elvis looked tired on the Milton Berle show. He suggested that it might be wise to do less shaking during his performances. 

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      June 8, 1956 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis was interviewed by Lou Irwin. (audio)

 

 

RCA released an EP titled "Elvis Presley" (EPA-830)

Side 1: "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "I Love You Because"

Side 2: "Blue Moon", "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"

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Lou Irwin Interview - Elvis Presley
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RCA Victor EPA-830 (45rpm)