Give us this day, December 1, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
December 1, 1954
Johnny Ace was named Most Programmed Artist of 1954 by Cash Box magazine while on tour with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton of “Hound Dog” fame.
Billboard reports Elvis Presley was making regional charts with Blue Moon of Kentucky – #7 in Richmond, VA. and That’s All Right – #8 in Houston, TX
December 1, 1955
RCA meeting and Photo Session: Col Parker, Country Singer Eddy Arnold, Elvis and RCA’s Steve Sholes.
Colonel Parker had previously managed Eddy Arnold.
The first Elvis album cover has been copied many times.
December 1, 1956
After leading the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for 15 weeks, Elvis Presley is finally knocked out of the number one spot by Guy Mitchell’s “Singing The Blues”. Elvis had topped the list with “Hound Dog” (4 weeks), “Don’t Be Cruel” (6 weeks) and “Love Me Tender” (5 weeks).
Elvis to Humes: ‘Be My Guest’ – Elvis Presley (right) became the host with the most as he bought 1,400 tickets to the E.H. Crump Memorial Game for the blind friday night at Crump Stadium – one for each student at Humes High School, his alma mater, Carlos Wilson, chairman of the game for the 10 sponsoring Lions Clubs, made the sale with help from Miss Patsy Cothran of 96 N. Seventh, Humes cheerleader”
December 1, 1958
The Teddy Bears were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’
December 1, 1959
December 1, 1960
Wild in the Country
December 1, 1961
Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Blue Hawaii’, his seventh US No.1 album.”
In the United States, the album spent 20 weeks at the number one slot and 39 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Top Pop LPs chart. It was certified Gold on December 21, 1961, Platinum and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 3x Platinum on July 30, 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America. On the US Top Pop Albums chart Blue Hawaii is second only to the soundtrack of West Side Story as the most successful album of the 1960s – a Movie Elvis turned down. The Blue Hawaii soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1961 in the category of Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television, losing to “West Side Story”
Blue Hawaii was reissued on compact disc in 1997 and again in 2008. The latter edition was a deluxe 2-disc release on the Follow That Dream label that featured numerous alternate takes. It also corrected the error with the 1997 issue that incorrectly reversed the stereo channels.
Kid Galahad Production
December 1, 1962
December 1, 1963
The New York Times published an article about the growing phenomenon that was The Beatles and the music they made with guitars. Written by Frederick Lewislondon, it stated that “The Beatles are four young men who play guitars and drums and sing pop songs they write themselves. This sounds like merely a minor accomplishment, but it isn’t – not the way they do it, and the noise they make while they are doing it, and the spectacularly demented way they look while they are doing it. By comparison, Elvis Presley is an Edwardian tenor of considerable diffidence.”
December 1, 1964
December 1, 1965
December 1, 1966
Tom Jones‘ cover version of Porter Wagoner’s “Green, Green Grass of Home” tops the UK charts for the first of a seven week stay. It will become his biggest hit, selling over 1.2 million copies in Britain alone. The record reached #11 in the US.
Elvis had pledged a total of $10,000 to the Memphis Jewish Community Center Building Fund and paid a $2,500 installment on this date.
December 1, 1968
The Trouble with Girls: Oct – Dec 18
December 1, 1969
Elvis went shopping in the Optique Boutique. He bought a pair of silver “goggles with reverse fade” and gold prescription glasses, with the initials “EP” and a TCB lightning bolt molded to the frame. He also purchased a P38 9mm automatic pistol by Walther
December 1, 1971
December 1, 1972
Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is released in the US where it will reach #1. The tune causes much speculation about who Carly was singing about, with popular guesses that included Mick Jagger (who sang unaccredited backing vocals on the song), Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson (with whom she had had brief relationships), her unfaithful fiance William Donaldson, and her ex-husband, James Taylor. At one point, Carly said she was singing about a composite of many men she had known, but later claimed that the song was about openly gay record producer David Geffen.
December 1, 1973
went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Top Of The World’, becoming the duo’s second of three No.1 singles, following ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ and preceding ‘Please Mr. Postman.’ Country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and her version became her first hit when it reached No.2 on the US country singles charts in mid-1973.
December 1, 1974
December 1, 1975
December 1, 1976
The Sex Pistols, who have just released their first single, “Anarchy in the UK”, appear on British TV’s Today Show
as a last-minute replacement for Queen
. After interviewer Bill Grundy asks them about their “nasty reputation”, bass player Glenn Matlock utters a four letter word on the air. In the resulting uproar, The Sex Pistols are banned from appearing in all but five cities that were booked for their first UK tour. By next month, no club or concert hall in Great Britain will book the group.
December 1, 1977
“Elvis sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas”,
released in 1971 would have charted high on the Billboard 200 but from 1963 to 73 Holiday albums were not allowed to chart,was certified Gold on November 4, 1977, Platinum on December 1, 1977, 2x Platinum on May 20, 1988 and 3x Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA
After nearly eight months in production, Michael Jackson
‘s milestone album “Thriller” is released. Seven of the album’s nine songs were issued as singles and all reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP won a record-breaking eight awards at the 1984 Grammys and would become the largest selling album more than 40 million sales worldwide; It would garner twelve Grammy nominations, also a record.
was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album Everybody’s Rockin’ featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young’s shortest album.
A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film The Wall
to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Ice Ice Baby’. The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen
and David Bowie
No.1 ‘Under Pressure’.
‘Ice Ice Baby’ was initially released as the B-side to the rapper’s cover of ‘Play That Funky Music’, and became the A-side after US DJ’s started playing it.
suffered a rare flop when his album “Duets” failed to crack the top twenty-five on the US album chart. The effort, which featured Don Henley, Chris Rea, kd lang, Little Richard, Kiki Dee, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Leonard Cohen, was received much better in the UK, topping out at number 5.
An auction of Frank Sinatra’s possessions earned him more than $2 million.
asked fans to pray for his speedy recovery after undergoing hip surgery at a Tennessee hospital. The 76-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer asked family friend Rev. Bill Minson to tell fans “to get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with him in the new year because he’s coming back strong.”
The Rolling Stones ended their longest-ever studio album drought with the release of “Blue & Lonesome”, a 12-song, 42-minute collection of Blues classics. It was the British rockers’ first studio LP since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang”, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.
Drake was named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2016, with his single ‘One Dance’ the site’s biggest song of the year. The Canadian had 4.7 billion streams in this year, more than half of which were for his album Views. ‘One Dance’ alone was streamed 960 million times. Played consecutively, that would take more than 5,200 years.