Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Today in Elvis History

February 23, 1955


Elvis performed at the High School Auditorium, Pine Bluff, Arkansas at 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.

February 23, 1956

Elvis performed at the New Baseball Park Jacksonville, Florida. Here Elvis collapses in the parking lot after the first show and was taken to a hospital, where the doctor diagnosed exhaustion and told him to slow down.

February 23, 1957

Steve Sholes arranged a session at Radio Recorders for Elvis to cut Loving You again, this time as an RCA single, but Elvis turned his attention to other material instead. During a session from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. I Beg Of You and One Night came out , with each a potential candidate for single release.

February 23, 1967

Elvis returned to the studio, wearing a complete cowboy outfit with chaps. He overdubbed vocals on the prerecorded instrumental tracks. Some were completed on this date, but several had to wait until his return to Hollywood.

February 23, 1969

Elvis returned to Los Angeles.

February 23, 1970

Elvis closed his engagement with a midnight show that ran until 3.00 a.m. giving what many considered to be one of his finest performances. He played the piano on Lawdy, Miss Clawdy and Blueberry Hill and toward the end of the evening he introduced the Colonel to the audience saying: "He's not only my manager, but I love him very much."

February 23, 1971

Elvis concluded his Las Vegas engagement with a show that ranged from an uninhibited Mystery Train/Tiger Man Medley to a sadly bittersweet Help Me Make It Through The Night. As on almost every other final night, there was also a water fight.

February 23, 1972

Priscilla flew in for the end of Elvis' engagement and informed his that she was involved with karate champion Mike Stone.

Elvis was awarded a 5 degree black belt from Ed Parker's International Kenpo Karate Association.

February 23, 1973

Ann-Margret was in the audience on Elvis' closing night. To Lamar, who was in charge of the lights, Elvis said: "Leave the light on her, man, I just want to look at her."

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