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Elvis and Southern Maid Donuts

After a post last week with no photos, here’s one from 2012 that is loaded with them.


Most serious Elvis fans know he did only one advertisement during his career.  It was for one of his favorite food items – donuts.  Elvis recorded a radio jingle for Southern Maid Donuts.


Elvis’ association with Southern Maid Donuts started when he began regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA, in October 1954.


Elvis performing at the Louisiana Hayride


Elvis frequented The Southern Maid Donut store in town, getting an early foundation for his well-publicized lifetime affinity for donuts.



Southern Maid Donuts began in Dallas, Texas in 1937, and the total of company-owned or licensed stores now exceeds 100.  The Southern Maid name came about because the founders wanted a name that encompassed humble southern traditions, memories, and feelings.



The Louisiana Hayride was a perfect venue for marketing their product, and Southern Maid Donuts provided large sponsorship on the show’s radio broadcasts for several years.  The radio spots featured a strange little jingle that deserves some explanation.



One of Southern Maid Donuts claims to fame is the sign above their stores with giant red neon letters lighting up the night sky  — HOT, HOT, HOT.  The stores sell donuts, éclairs, bear claws, apple fritters and other goodies all day long, starting at 6AM.  But after 4PM, you can order a box of twelve glazed donuts made especially for you and served to you piping hot.  Southern Maid Donuts have no preservatives.  They are made to be eaten HOT, not saved for later.  If you want hot, light-textured donuts that literally melt in your mouth, these are hard to beat.



So, it follows that their radio jingle was:

You can get them piping hot after 4PM,
you can get them piping hot,
Southern Maid Donuts hit the spot,
you can get them piping hot after 4PM.

A number of Louisiana Hayride performers sang the jingle, including Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, and Johnny Horton.  Elvis’ version aired on November 6, 1954.

To my knowledge, there is no remaining copy of Elvis singing the Southern Maid Donut jingle.  I wonder what that would be worth if it ever did surface.  A caller on George Klein’s radio show said that he had obtained the commercial in 2009.  If so, why hasn’t it been aired by now?



For some reason, the Johnny Cash version of the jingle was preserved, and it can be heard on the CDs, The Best of the Louisiana Hayride, Volume 4, and Johnny Cash: Hayride Anthology.


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Editor’s note: A reader named Paul Soums commented on the original post from 2012.

“Indeed there is a old copy of Elvis Presley commercial from Southern Maid Doughnuts. Mr. Scott Tubbs did obtain the reel to reel audio along with video of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash singing together. I met with Scott Tubbs when I heard about this and saw it with my two eyes. I asked Scott why he hadn’t turned this over to EPE. He explained he did speak with Jim Sikes and George Kline after the court battle but no one got back with him. He would not sell it because it’s truly a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history and it is priceless. I must admit it was strange to hear Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley singing together.”

ElvisBlog Before There Were Pictures in Every Post

When I’m looking for good old posts to use again, I jump around to different years in the archives. Until now, I haven’t gone back past 2008, because that’s the year pictures became a regular feature on ElvisBlog. But I found a good one from 2007 with no pictures and wanted to share it with you.again.


Elvis’ First Coverage in the Press


Entertainment critics regularly panned Elvis early in his career, particularly in 1954, when he burst onto the national scene. Over the years, ElvisBlog has contained prime examples of these unfavorable reviews from the New York Times, the Las Vegas Sun, and Time magazine. However, the very first press report mentioning Elvis was in his hometown newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar.

It appeared on July 28, 1954, in a column titled “Front Row,” written by the Press-Scimitar movie columnist Edwin Howard. It was the result of a rushed interview Elvis had with him during Elvis’ lunch hour (Elvis kept his truck-driving job at Crown Electric until October). The interesting thing about the interview is that Howard didn’t want to do it. He reluctantly agreed as a favor to an old friend he knew from their days in local theater. The persistent friend was a lady named Marion Keisker. Does that name sound familiar? Sure it does, Marion Keisker worked for Sam Philips at Sun Records.

In fact, she was at the front desk in 1953 when Elvis first showed up to cut a record for his mom. Some folks think Marion is the person who actually discovered Elvis, because she had the foresight to turn on the master tape recorder while Elvis sang “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” She also got his name and address on a 3×5 card and added the note: “Good ballad singer, hold.” Marion was the gatekeeper at Sun Records and Elvis passed the test that day. It was another year before she got him back to sing for Sam Phillips, and Phillips may never have seen Elvis if not for Marion Keisker.

It has been duly noted that Elvis, Scotty, and Bill recorded his first song, “That’s All Right,” on July 5, 1954. Once they recorded a second song, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” on July 8, Sam quickly produced a 45 record. Soon, local disc jockey Dewey Phillips was giving “That’s All Right” heavy airplay, enabling Scotty to get the group booked at the Bell Air Club. They played on two consecutive Saturday nights, July 17 and 24, and their sets consisted of two songs — the only ones they knew.

Then, Sam Phillips convinced Bob Neal, promoter of the upcoming “Hillbilly Hoedown” show, to add Elvis to the bill. The show was held in the Overton Park Shell on Friday, July 30, and the headliner was Slim Whitman. This concert appearance is of historical note because it is when Elvis first started shaking his legs and where girls first started screaming for him. This was a big break for Elvis.

Marion Keisker must have foreseen the concert’s potential to aid his career, so she not only arranged the press interview for Elvis, she took him to it. She correctly saw it as a chance to promote both his new single and his upcoming live performance. She even came armed with stats to show how well “That’s All Right” was selling.

In spite of his friendship with Marion Keisker, critic Howard considered the interview a distasteful chore. When he saw Elvis, he was instantly turned off. Howard is quoted saying, “He walked in there looking like the wrath of God. Pimples all over his face, Ducktail hair. Had a funny looking thin bow tie on.”

The great Edwin Howard forced himself to ask Elvis a few questions, and Elvis gave a crummy interview. Howard later said, “About all I could get out of him was yes and no.”

So, how bad was Elvis slammed in Howard’s column the next day? Howard opened with a section about the Ringling Bros. Circus coming back to Memphis after a two-year absence. Elvis definitely wasn’t going into the lead of the column. The Elvis item was brief, and the nicest thing Howard could manage to write was: “This boy has something that seems to appeal to everybody… equally popular on popular, folk and race record programs.” Howard obviously tossed off the piece without any rereading and editing, or else that terrible “popular on popular” jam-up would have been fixed.

Just three weeks after Elvis recorded the songs for his first release, he was mentioned in an entertainment article in the local paper. It’s nice that Elvis received press coverage so quickly after starting his career, but it probably didn’t matter. The important thing was that there were teenaged girls at that hillbilly concert, and they saw something special up on that stage. It started the ball rolling. From that point on, Elvis always had plenty of bookings.


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Here’s something I found while getting this post together. I like it partly because it mentions two of the old hands at Sun Records.

“Inspired by Elvis’ success, Mr. Howard cut his own record for Sun in 1959. A front-page story chronicled the reporter’s efforts, which resulted in a Phillips International label single, “Forty-’Leven Times.” The record was engineered by “Cowboy” Jack Clement under the guidance of Sun artists-and-repertoire man Bill (“Raunchy”) Justis, who was unimpressed.”

The other reason I like it is because Edwin Howard went nowhere as a singer.

The BIG 50 Auction of Elvis Memorabilia

For over ten years, I have enjoyed looking at the photos and reading the narratives about Elvis collectibles at auction. There is a big one going on right now and ending on August 27. It is loaded with jewelry. Twenty pieces that Elvis gave to family, friends, and others. This is some very good stuff. Here’s the list.

7 rings
3 bracelets
2 watches
2 belt buckles
2 necklaces
1 each cufflinks, pendant, stage belt
And a jewelry box

The rings are what really caught my eye, so I will do a full blog on six of them after the auction is over. Here is a preview of what’s coming after the bidding is completed.


20-Diamond 14K Gold Ring:


Min Bid: $15,000
Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000



Gold Ring with Large Black Star Sapphire Stone and 32 Diamonds:


Min Bid: $5,000
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000



Sterling Silver Ring with Large E on the Face:


Min Bid: $4,000
Estimate: $8,000 – $10,000



Lion-Head Figural Gold and Diamond Ring:


Min Bid: $10,000
Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000



Gold Ring with Large Lapis Lazuli Stone and 14 Diamonds:


Min Bid: $10,000
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000



Elvis’ US Army Insignia Ring:


Min Bid: $4,000
Estimate: $8,000 – $10,000

Here’s what the Rockhurst Auction website says about this last ring, “The offered ring shows signs of being worn proudly and extensively.”

I’ll say. That’s a lot of wear. But Jeff Marren, the auction owner, called it “the one with the coolest historical value. I just love the wear – you can tell he wore the heck out of it.”

We’ll cover all that in the full report to come.


If you want to look at the auction catalog, click on this:

Elvis Movie Bloopers

Here’s a post from 2012 about the lapses in continuity in some Elvis movies. I hope you like it.


Last year, I mentioned a blooper in the movie Jailhouse Rock.  It was a lapse in continuity in the scene where Elvis sings “Baby, I Don’t Care” at a pool party.  Notice in the close shots Scotty is not wearing sunglasses, but in the long shots, he is.

Jailhouse Rock — No Sunglasses on Scotty


Jailhouse Rock — Scotty Wearing Sunglasses


I must admit I never noticed it, but when I read about it somewhere, I popped the DVD into the computer and checked it out.

Recently, I joined a wonderful website called TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS, The Elvis Forum.  They have dozens of topics, including “Movie Bloopers,” which showed I had missed many other continuity goofs.  Here are some of the better ones.


Viva Las Vegas

This is the same mistake as in Jailhouse Rock.  None of these singers are wearing glasses.

Viva Las Vegas — Singer With No Glasses


But the next shot shows Elvis and Ann-Margret dancing in front of the group.  Look at the guy second from the right.


Viva Las Vegas — Singer with Glasses


As they continue to dance, you can notice a Band-Aid or piece of white tape on Elvis’ second finger, right hand.


Viva Las Vegas — Band-Aid on Second Finger


Whoops, now it’s gone.

Viva Las Vegas — No Baind-Aid on Finger


I like this one in Ann-Margret’s dance routine.  The first shot show her wearing high heels.


Viva las vegas — Ann-Margret Wearing Heels


Later in the dance sequence, she is wearing flat pumps, or whatever you call them.


Viva Las Vegas — Ann-Margret Wearing Flats


Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis and Laurel Goodwin walk down the street in front of a movie theater.  Notice anything familiar about the movie poster in the window?


Girls! Girls! Girls! — Walking Past Movie Posters in Window


Oh, yes.  It’s an Elvis Presley movie.


There are some great pictures of Elvis and all the girls around the pool in Spinout.  Notice the girl wearing the white suit with the orange stripes.


Spinout — Girl Wearing White Bathing Suit with Orange Stripes


As the shot changes to Elvis starting to stand up, she’s not there anymore.  The film editor must not have cared about continuity at all.  “Oh, it’s just an Elvis movie.”


Spinout — Where’d She Go?


Live A Little, Love A Little

Working at Classic Cat Magazine was one of two jobs Elvis’ character Greg Nolan tried to do at the same time.  That buxom blonde below is a cardboard stand-up in front of the company’s logo on the wall.


Live A Little, Love A Little — No Classic Cat Magazine on Wall


When the shot changes to a close up, something new has been added.


Live A Little, Love A Little — Classic Cat Magazine on Wall


Fun In Acapulco

The bike ride Elvis and the boy take in town is full of continuity errors, but this one is pretty glaring.  They come to a corner where they will turn right.


Fun In Acapulco — Elvis and Boy Approach a Corner on Bike


Next shot, they have turned the corner.  Hey, how did that car turn into a truck?  How did the restaurant’s curtain get down, and where did all those customers go?


Fun In Acapulco — They Turn the Corner and Everything Has Changed


Kissin’ Cousins

Lance LeGault was a Lousiana blues singer who appeared as Elvis’ double in all the movies from 1960 to 1968.  In Kissin’ Cousins, Elvis played two characters, so Lance did too.  Here he is as Josh Morgan in a large dance sequence.


Kissin’ Cousins — Lance Le Gault Playing Josh Morgan


And here he is as Jody Tatum.  Things move so fast in the scene that most people wouldn’t notice, unless you do pause.  Except for the guy in the plaid shirt and hat and the soldier to his left, it looks like a mostly different group of dancers behind them


Kissin’ Cousins — Lance Le Gault as Jody Tatum



Elvis’ character in Clambake was Scott Hayward, son of the big oilman who owned Hayward Oil.


Clambake — Scott Hayward’s Driver’s License


But, look how they spelled the company’s name on this sign.  Also, note how they cut five years off Elvis’ age on the driver’s license.


Clambake — Heyward Oil Sign


If I was spending as much time on blog research as I used to, I’m pretty sure I could find some more of these movie bloopers. 


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Elvis Movie Posters – from Italy

I stumbled upon an Italian website that features the Elvis movie posters used in that country. Of course, the titles were in Italian, and often the poster pictures were nothing like the ones used in America.

Like this one. The picture shows Richard Egan and Deborah Paget as the main actors, with a smaller insert of Elvis. That’s enough to figure out that the movie is Love Me Tender. Back in early 1956, Elvis wasn’t  yet the phenomenon in Italy like he was in the US, so they went with the actors they knew.

However, the Italians changed the title, too. Fratelli Rivaldi translates to Rival Brothers. This isn’t too far off base, because the original title of the movie was The Reno Brothers. Still, you have to wonder why they didn’t use the translation for Love Me Tender, which is Amami Tereramente.


This picture wasn’t even on any lobby cards in America, but it made the main poster in Italy. However, Paese Salvaggio is the direct translation for Wild In The Country.

As a side note, I’ve always wished Elvis ended up with Tuesday Weld in this movie. She’s one of my favorite Elvis co-stars, and she really looks cute in this picture.


You have to study this one for a while to figure out what movie it is. The drawing of Elvis is almost unrecognizable, but Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau at the bottom gives away that this is King Creole. The Italians must have not liked that title, so they used La Vie Del Male, which translates to The Bad Way. That certainly fits King Creole’s plot.


This is an easy one – if you remember Café Europa was the name of the nightclub where Juliet Prowse performed in G.I. Blues. Maybe the G.I. reference would have confused the Italian movie-goers.


This is some kind of composite picture the Italians put together for Kissin’ Cousins. Look hard and you can see both Elvises on the straw. They also changed the title to Il Monte di Venere, which means Mountain of Love. That’s a pretty good alternative choice because the story took place on Pappy Tatum’s mountain.


This picture gives you a good clue that this movie is Flaming Star. Stella di Fuoco is a direct translation.



Elvis’ white suit, blue shirt, and white tie can be remembered from just one movie – The Trouble with Girls, correctly translated in Italian to Guai Con Le Ragazze.

Another side note: This is the Elvis movie I have seen fewer times than all the rest. One time, and I can’t even remember if I liked it or not.


This is the movie that led me to the Italian website with all these posters. The picture is an interesting composite of clips from the film Jailhouse Rock. But apparently the Italians didn’t like the direct translation of Casa Carere Rock. Instead they used Il Delinquente del Rock ‘n Roll, which is easy to figure out. I guess there are no Italian words for Rock ’n Roll.



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Elvis 30-Year Timeline

In 2007, Darwin Lamm, editor of Elvis the Magazine, asked me to compile a timeline of the main events in Elvis world since his death.  It took a lot of work to put it together, so I am happy to get a second use of it here on ElvisBlog.  There are no photos, just a lot of text, which is generally considered a bad thing for keeping the reader’s attention. But, I think you will find it interesting enough to read it to the end.



Elvis left the building for good thirty years ago, but he has continued to be a part of our collective consciousness.  Never does a year go by without something happening that is Elvis-related: something to remind us once again of this incredible icon.  Here is a timeline of these events:


The beginnings of Elvis Week. Hundreds of fans found themselves drawn to Memphis and the gates of Graceland. They spent the evening of August 16 talking and reminiscing with each other and burning candles.
-Elvis was inducted into the Playboy magazine Musical Hall of Fame.


The movie Elvis starring Kurt Russel was broadcast on February 11. Produced by Dick Clark, Elvis beat Gone With The Wind in the ratings.
-Vernon Presley died on June 23 at age 63. He was buried at Graceland next to Elvis and Gladys.


A brass statue of Elvis was unveiled on Beale St. in Memphis.
-Minnie Mae Presley, Vernon’s mother, died at age 86.


The book Elvis by Albert Goodman was published. Various reviews labeled it gossip, pure crap, and the worst hatchet job known to man.
-Nine states proclaim January 8 as “Elvis Presley Day.”
-The TV movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen starring Don Johnson aired on NBC on March 1.
-The movie This Is Elvis premiered in theaters on April 3. Later, 43 extra minutes were added for the video release.


Graceland opened to the public.
-Col. Parker signs a deal with EPE to relinquish all future income connected with his long-time client.


Priscilla Presley debuts on the TV series Dallas.


The airplane Lisa Marie made its last flight, going to Memphis to become an attraction at Graceland.
-The album Elvis: A Golden Celebration was released by RCA. This fabulous six-record set contained Sun sessions outtakes; Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan appearances; and nine newly discovered home recordings.


The TV special Elvis: One Night With You aired on HBO on January 8.
-The best-selling hard-cover book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley was published.


Elvis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, part of the inaugural class of ten.


The TV special Elvis ’56 premiered on Cinemax on August 16. It contained vintage clips, stills by Al Wertheimer, and home movies of Elvis.


Elvis International Forum magazine published its first issue. Over the years, the name would change to Elvis International…The Magazine and finally to Elvis…The Magazine.
-The TV miniseries Elvis and Me, based on Priscilla Presley’s book, aired on ABC on February 7 and 8.
-Lisa Marie Presley married Danny Keough on October 3.
-The stage production Elvis, An American Original opened on July 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
-“Hound Dog” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


Darwin Lamm hosted the first “Good Rockin’ Tonight” concert during Elvis Week.
-Elvis’ granddaughter Danielle Riley Keough was born on May 29.
-The Elvis Car Museum opened at Graceland.
-Marion Keisker died on December 29. As Sam Philips’ studio manager at Sun Records, she had the foresight to note Elvis’ potential on his first visit to the studio.
-The TCB Band reunites in Lausanne, Switzerland for its first performance since 1977. The concert included Charlie Hodge, Kathy Westmoreland, and The Stamps.


The TV series Elvis starring Michael St Gerard began on February 6.


Graceland was placed on he National Register of Historic Places.
-The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals finds in favor of EPE in suit against Elvisly Yours, a retailer of many items (like edible Elvis underwear) considered demeaning of the image of Elvis.


Voting was conducted on the Elvis postage stamp. 1.2 million ballots were cast and 75% favored the “young Elvis.”
-Elvis’ grandson Benjamin Storm Keough was born on October 21.


Elvis postage stamp was issued on January 8. Over 124 million were purchased making it the most popular stamp of all time.
-The TV movie Elvis and the Colonel aired on NBC on January 10. Beau Bridges played Col. Parker. A Dick Clark production.
-Lisa Marie turned 25 but did not take over running Graceland. She wisely decided to let management of EPE continue under Jack Soden.


The Elvis Tribute Concert was performed at the Memphis Pyramid Arena. It featured 30 artists and was broadcast on Pay-Per-View for $25.
-The book Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick was published in October.
-Lisa Marie married Michael Jackson in July.


The Elvis Presley Mastercard was issued by Leader Federal Bank in October. It featured three different poses of Elvis from 1968 and 1969.
-“Heartbreak Hotel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of fame.


Lisa Marie signed a deal for exclusive representation by the William Morris Agency.
The Cleveland Ballet presented “Blue Suede Shoes,” a pop-rock dance work set to the music of 37 Elvis songs.
-The Elvis statue on Beale St in Memphis was moved to the Tennessee Welcome Center on the Mississippi riverfront.


EPE opened Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a restaurant, in the old Lansky’s clothing store building.
-Col. Tom Parker died on January 21 after a stroke. He was 87.
Elvis Platinum: A Life In Music was released. The 4 CD set contained 100 songs, including 77 never previously released tracks.
-The first performance of Elvis the Concert was presented during Elvis Week in Memphis.


“That’s All Right (Mama)” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
-J.D. Sumner died on November 16. His vocal group, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, toured and recorded with Elvis from 1971 to 1977.
-Elvis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Peter Guralnick’s second Elvis book, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, was published.
-“Suspicious Minds” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


Elvis was selected by TV Guide magazine as the “Entertainer of the Year.”
-Elvis Presley Gospel Treasury, a special recording package from Time-Life went platinum (one million copies sold).
Department 56, leading designer of holiday collectibles, honored Elvis with the introduction on “Elvis Presley’s Graceland.”


Elvis was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
-In the wake of the 9-11 tragedy, RCA released an Elvis CD single of  America The Beautiful,” with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. The song entered the Billboard charts at #8.
-Elvis became the first recording artist to be honored on genuine U.S. coinage. A new process fused the face of the 2002 Tennessee statehood quarter with a brilliant color portrait of Elvis.


The remix of “A Little Less Conversation” reached #1 in the U.S.
-Lisa Marie married actor and big Elvis fan Nicholas Cage.
“Don’t Be Cruel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
-The Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch contained six songs by Elvis.
-The CD Elvis 30 #1 Hits was released on September 24, and it debuted at #1 in seventeen countries. It was a Triple Platinum seller in the U.S.


Sam Phillips died on June 30 at age 80 of respiratory disease.
-The remix of Elvis’ 1969 song “Rubberneckin” debuted at #1, dropped to #3 the next week, and went back to #1 the following week.
-The CD Elvis Second To None débuted at #3 on the Billboard album Chart.


In December it was announced that media mogul Robert Sillerman and his company CKX Inc. would pay $50.1 million to acquire 85% of EPE.
-The Recording Industry Association of America certified that Elvis was now officially the best selling solo recording artist in U.S. history.
-The CD single “That’s All Right (Mama)” topped the Billboard Singles Chart 50 years after Elvis initially recorded the song.


Elvis’ granddaughter, now going by the name Riley Keough Presley,
became the embodiment of the new Christian Dior perfume “Miss
Dior Cherie” in a global print campaign that started in May.
-The four-hour mini-series “Elvis” was broadcast on CBS on May 8 and 11, pulling in a total of 27 million viewers.
-The two-hour special “Elvis By the Presleys” followed on May 13, and it was watched by 13 million viewers.


Charlie Hodge died of lung cancer on March 3 at the age of 71. Hodge had been one of Elvis’ closest friends from 1958 until 1977.
-Graceland was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 21.
-President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Graceland on June 30.
-Elvis was named #66 in Atlantic Monthly magazine’s !00 Most Influential Figures in American History.
-The three-disc DVD Elvis – The Ed Sullivan Shows was released on
November 21.


Graceland opened the Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access exhibit of 57 Elvis jumpsuits.
-“Are You Lonesome Tonight” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of
-The annual swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated included a photo of supermodel Tori Praver posing in Graceland’s jungle room.
-PBS aired “Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert” featuring the Elvis The Concert performance at Elvis Week 2002.


I’ll bet there are a few items listed here that you have forgotten over the years. These events were compiled from a variety of sources, but it’s possible that something significant has been missed.  If you can think of one, let us know on Comments.



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Elvis and Buddy Holly

If I had been reposting articles from the archives last year, I would have done this one to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death.  Instead, let’s look it now because I have found some new photos since it was first published in 2009.

Tuesday, February 3 will be the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.  They had just finished performing at the Winter Dance Party in the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

This story will be covered thoroughly by all the entertainment media, so I won’t repeat it here.  What I want to look at is the connection between Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.



Young Buddy Holly was a nineteen-year-old aspiring musician in Lubbock Texas when he first met Elvis.  It happened at the local Cotton Club on October 15, 1955. 


Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery opened the show as Buddy and Bob, before Elvis came out and took over. 

Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery are noted in the circle.  You can easily pick out Elvis.


Buddy Holly also opened for Elvis that year at the Fair Park Coliseum near Lubbock.

You will note that Buddy Holly is at the bottom of the marquee for Elvis’ show.


Here is an interesting story taken from to Elvis – His Life from A to Z by Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius:

“According to legend, Elvis told Holly and Montgomery that if they came down to the ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ he’d get them on the show, but when they did show up, Horace Logan [ed. note: station manager at KWKH, which produced the Louisiana Hayride] turned them away, and Elvis wasn’t there.”

In spite of this, Holly has been quoted, “Without Elvis, none of us would have made it.



Here’s a little-known nugget.  Elvis’ band, Scottie Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana, caused almost all West Texas Rockabilly bands to change their style, including the Crickets playing behind Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison’s band.


Elvis and Buddy Holly must have liked a lot of the same songs, because they both recorded these songs by other popular singers:

Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Hamilton)
Reddy Teddy   (Little Richard)
Blue Suede Shoes  (Carl Perkins)
Shake, Rattle and Roll (Joe Turner / Bill Haley)
Rip It Up   (Little Richard)

Elvis never recorded any songs released by Buddy Holly, and Holly never recorded any Elvis songs except one.  He once said, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” was his favorite Elvis song.  He recorded it as a demo during a visit to a radio station in 1956.  To my knowledge, it was never released during his life.

After his death, all sort of rare Buddy Holly music was released.  Because Holly’s career was cut so short, the total number of songs he recorded was much less than Elvis accumulated.  But that didn’t prevent historians and record producers from finding every scrap of tape with Holly playing and singing on them. 

Then they put out albums like this.  He was the undisputed king of the lost-basement-tapes, until they started digging for Jimi Hendrix material a decade later..


It is generally known that Waylon Jennings was part of the Crickets on that fateful night fifty years ago.  He was supposed to be on the charter plane with Holly, but gave up his seat to the Big Bopper.  There are few photos of Jennings with Holly, but here is one:


There is one last Elvis and Buddy Holly connection.  Both Elvis and Holly are charter members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 1986,when the first ten inductees to the Hall were named, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly were chosen.   Two rock icons, for sure.

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