Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           October 1, 1956 (Monday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: (20th Century Fox) (Love Me Tender)

20th Century Fox Soundstage 1, 1417 North Western Avenue, Hollywood, California. (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Producer: Lionel Newman.

Engineer(s): Bob Mayer, Ken Runyon.

 

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Guitar: Vito Mumolo

 

Back in Hollywood, Elvis recorded an extra verse of "Love Me Tender" on the Fox sound stage to be added to at the end credits of the movie. Backing vocals and strings were overdubbed later. 

Songs: "Love Me Tender" (End Title Version)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          October 2, 1956 (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    October 3, 1956 (Wednesday)

Colonel Parker negotiated a new five year contract for Elvis with RCA. Elvis would receive an immediate non-refundable advance of $135,000 against a 5% royalty, as well as a guaranteed $1,000 weekly payment for the term of the deal, also against royalties.

 

He was required to make at least ten appearances either in person or on radio or television to promote his recordings.

The contract was signed by Elvis and the Colonel on October 18th.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        October 4, 1956 (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               October 5, 1956 (Friday)

While in Hollywood, Elvis received a "Triple Crown" award from Billboard Magazine staff for the single "Don't Be Cruel" which topped all three sales in the pop charts.

Elvis is pictured with the award with actors Robert Wagner (centre) and Alan Hale Jr. (front right) (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 6, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #17

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

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

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

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

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #5

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #29

The Top 100: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #2

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #32

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"The King and I" Soundtrack.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Soundtrack.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             October 7, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           October 8, 1956 (Monday)

With all post-production work completed on "Love Me Tender", Elvis was released from the movie.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          October 9, 1956 (Tuesday)

Elvis paid $150 to have plastic inserts for his upper anterior teeth made by a Beverly Hills dentist.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 October 10, 1956 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     October 11, 1956 (Thursday)

 Elvis, Gene Smith and Nick Adams arrived in Dallas, Texas by train.

The start of a four day tour of Texas promoted by Bam Bamford.

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas. (8:00 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 entered the stadium in an open top convertible which took him up to the stage in front of a crowd of 26,500.

Elvis was served with a subpoena for a breach of contract suit by North Side Coliseum, Fort Worth  promoter R.G. McElyea. Elvis and the Colonel were both named defendants in a $38,000 suit filed by McElyea. Elvis was due to make four appearances and had only made one. An agreement for Elvis to make the remaining appearances before  December 15 was made with the Colonel and the charges were dropped.

The show grossed $29,955.84 and Elvis received $17,973.50 on a guarantee of $15,000 against 60% of the gross after federal taxes. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            October 12, 1956 (Friday)

On route to Waco in Texas, the group left the Stoneleigh Hotel and traveled to Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas. Elvis dropped into Katherine's Cafe and ordered a bowl of chilli with frijoles and a soft drink with Eddie Fadal, (photo) a Dallas DJ from Waco.. After the show the band went back to Eddie's house for a meal. (video) 

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Heart O' Texas Coliseum, Waco, Texas. (8:00 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: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 13, 1956 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas. (2 shows) (4:00 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.

Oscar Davis appealed to the crowd to sit down before the show began. "Just remember, it may be your child that gets trampled".

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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #12

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Let the Good Times Roll" by Shirley & Lee.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #3 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

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

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #7

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #30

The Top 100: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #55

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #60

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #77

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"The Eddy Duchin Story" Soundtrack.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Soundtrack.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 14, 1956 (Sunday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Bexar County Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas. (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.

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

The total paid attendance for these shows was $10,517. The gross box-office take totaled $17,378.

Elvis was interviewed by Al Hickock. (audio)

Interview by Al Hickock - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 15, 1956 (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        October 16, 1956 (Tuesday)

Elvis had dinner with Barbara Hearn and Dewey Phillips at the State Cafe where he broke both of his dental inserts.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 October 17, 1956 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     October 18, 1956 (Thursday)

While stopped at a petrol station in downtown Memphis, Elvis' car was surrounded by eager fans. The gas station attendant, Edd Hopper asked him to move on and an altercation broke out. Hopper pulled out a knife and a third man, Aubrey Brown joined in the fight. Elvis gave the 6' 3" Hopper a black eye and all three men were booked on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. (photo)

Elvis went home to Audubon Drive with Barbara Hearn and was photographed playing piano and playing with his dog, Sweet Pea.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              October 19, 1956 (Friday)

Courthouse, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis appeared in court with the two other men who were involved in yesterdays fight at the filling station. All charges against Presley were dismissed, while the two station attendants were fined for their part in the altercation.

June Juanico arrived from Biloxi to visit Elvis.

Appearing in Court (silent footage)

RCA released Elvis' long awaited second studio album, simply titled: "Elvis" (LPM-1382)

Side 1: "Rip It Up", "Love Me", "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", "Long Tall Sally", "First In Line", "Paralyzed".

Side 2: "So Glad You're Mine", "Old Shep", "Ready Teddy", "Anyplace Is Paradise", "How's The World Treating You", "How Do You Think I Feel".

The photo on the front cover was chosen from the Hecht session back in January.

RCA Victor LPM 1382 (33rpm)

Accompanying the LP, were two EP's, one titled "Elvis, Volume I" (EPA-992)

Side 1: "Rip It Up", "Love Me".

Side 2: "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", "Paralyzed".

RCA Victor EPA-992 (45rpm)

The other, an EP titled "Elvis, Volume II" (EPA-993)

Side 1: "So Glad You're Mine", "Old Shep".

Side 2: "Ready Teddy", "Anyplace Is Paradise".

RCA Victor EPA-993 (45rpm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 20, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #11

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #9

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

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

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #10

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #8

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #4 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

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

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

The Top 100: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #9

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #12

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #46

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #64

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #74

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 21, 1956 (Sunday)

Elvis and June stayed in the house on Audubon Drive.

Later that evening they went to a local theatre to see the Newsreel footage of the Tupelo Concert. (video)

Elvis' black limousine was parked outside and some fans vandalised it for souvenirs.

British Movietone Reel

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        October 22, 1956 (Monday)

The local press incorrectly list Elvis' date from last night, June Juanico as Barbara Hearn.

Elvis, Scotty, Bill, and D.J. rehearsed with the Jordanaires for their upcoming second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        October 23, 1956 (Tuesday)

Around this time RCA made available for $1.49, a special promotional 45 rpm EP titled "Perfect For Parties". This EP contained tracks from various RCA artists and kicked off with "Love Me" from Elvis' newly released album. A coupon was provided so you could mail an order for the special price of 25c. An extra special offer of a 7"x7" full colour reprint of all album covers shown was available for $1.00. This offer expired on December 31st, 1956.

Perfect For Parties - Elvis Presley
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"Perfect For Parties" (Highlight Album) (SPA 7-37)

Side 1: "Love Me", "Anchors Aweigh", "That's A Puente".

Side 2: "Rock Me But Don't Roll Me", "Happy Face Baby", "Prom To Prom".

RCA Victor SPA 7-37 (45rpm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                October 24, 1956 (Wednesday)

Before he left for New York, Elvis attended a special screening of a rough cut of "Love Me Tender" with June and his parents. Everyone thought the movie was wonderful, but Elvis was unhappy with his performance.

Variety declared "Elvis a millionaire in one year". This was based on the trade paper's projections of total income form records, song publishing, movies, merchandising and personal appearances.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     October 25, 1956 (Thursday)

Gene Smith, Nick Adams joined Elvis on a flight to New York. Bitsy Mott (the brother of Colonel Parker's wife Marie) also accompanied them. Mott had been acting as road manager and supervisor of security in recent months.

The band traveled north in Gladys Presley's Cadillac Fleetwood which lost a wheel bearing in Pennsylvania.

CBS TV producer Marlo Lewis wrote to William Morris' Harry Kalcheim (photo) with instructions regarding Sunday's rehearsal for "The Ed Sullivan Show". The crew need to be ready at 1:00 pm. Meeting point was Studio 50 on 53rd street and Broadway, Stage Entrance 219, West 53rd 51.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            October 26, 1956 (Friday)

Elvis rehearsed with the Jordanaires.

 

The Colonel closed a deal with RCA to use the Presley name and likeness to promote their "Victrola" record players. Two specific models had the officially endorsed "Elvis Presley" autograph and they came with specially packaged Elvis extended play albums. (photos) Elvis recorded two messages used for radio spots. (audio)

Victrola Promo #1 - Elvis Presley
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Victrola Promo #2 - Elvis Presley
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RCA "Victrola" (7EP2) (4 speed portable) $32.95.                                          (Packaged with RCA Victor Elvis EP) (SPD-22)

"Elvis Presley" (SPD-22) (2 x EP)

Side 1: "Blue Suede Shoes", "I'm Counting On You".

Side 2: "I Got A Woman", "One Sided Love Affair".

Side 3: "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry", "I'll Never Let You Go".

Side 4: "Tutti Frutti", "Tryin' To Get To You".

RCA Victor SPD-22 (45rpm)

RCA "Victrola" (7EP45) (Automatic portable) $44.95                                          (Packaged with RCA Victor Elvis EP) (SPD-23)

"Elvis Presley" (SPD-23) (3 x EP)

Side 1: "Blue Suede Shoes", "I'm Counting On You".

Side 2: "I Got A Woman", "One Sided Love Affair".

Side 3: "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry", "I'll Never Let You Go".

Side 4: "Tutti Frutti", "Tryin' To Get To You".

Side 5: "Don't Be Cruel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

Side 6: "Hound Dog", "My Baby Left Me".

RCA Victor SPD-23 (45rpm)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 27, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

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

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

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

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #12

The Top 100: 

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #9

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #47

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #84

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #87

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 28, 1956 (Sunday)

DThe Paramount Theatre, 1501 Broadway and 43rd Street, Times Square, New York City.

During rehearsals for the Sullivan Show, the Colonel handed out "Elvis for President" buttons at the unveiling of a forty foot cut-out of Elvis on top of the Times Square Paramount marquee that announced the upcoming premiere of "Love Me Tender". (video)

Elvis also got inoculated with the new salk polio vaccine as part of a public service for the "March of Dimes"(photo)

"Love Me Tender" Unveiling Ceremony (silent footage)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE: -"THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW"
The Maxine Elliott Theatre, 109 West 39th Street, Manhattan, New York City. 
(8:00 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 made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

In three separate segments he sang a total of four songs; first he sang "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender".

 

Afterwards he sang "Love Me" and finally "Hound Dog".

"Don't Be Cruel"/"Love Me Tender" (improved sound)

"Hound Dog" (improved sound)

"Love Me" (improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 29, 1956 (Monday)

While in New York Elvis went to the Junco Studio located at East Sixty-Ninth Street to film a new ending for "Love Me Tender". (photo)

 

Even though Elvis' character, Clint Reno still dies in the end, the updated scene had a ghostly image hovering over the mourners walking away from his grave. This was used in conjunction with the 'End Title' version of the title song recorded at the start of the month.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       October 30, 1956 (Tuesday)

Elvis returned to Memphis with his friends by train.

Figures to date he had sold over ten million singles, a figure that represented about two-thirds of RCA's total singles sales for the year.

 

Steve Sholes would be very happy.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   October 31, 1956 (Wednesday)

Hollywood starlet Natalie Wood flew into Memphis for a visit. Elvis and Nick Adams took her down to the Hotel Chisca to meet Dewey Phillips. (photo)