Daily Elvis: December 4

Give us this day, December 4, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.



In Nashville at the WSM Radio studios, Eddy Arnold recorded four songs, including “Cattle Call,” at his first recording session.

August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
Berry Street -“Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.

Commerce Street, a rental

510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.


Mulbery Alley


Memphis, Tennessee


Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue

Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour.

end of 1954 to mid-1955
2414 Lamar Avenue, rented

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

December 04, 1954

The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
Elvis performed at the Shreveport, LA Louisiana Hayride.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 4 1954 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride Yes

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

As an extra added attraction Elvis on a bill with Hank Snow, Rod Brasfield, Mother Maybelle, The Carter Sisters at the Indianapolis, IN Lyric Theater. This was the first day of a 4 day booking with the Hank Snow show.

Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ onstage at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis, IN – Dec. 1955

Of the engagements, Lee Cotten wrote:

Elvis, billed as “a county and bop singer, ” was scheduled to join Hank Snow for a four-day run at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis. According to a later report in the Indianapolis Times (August 8, 1956), Snow was detained by a winter storm. When he failed to make the first date, Elvis carried on with just the supporting acts, comedian Rod Brasfield and Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. For the four-day engagement, Elvis was paid a total of $750. The William Morris Agency of New York, which was already involved in negotiations with Colonel Parker, sent out Lou Mindling from Chicago to take a look at Elvis. Mindling’s positive report to the head office soon led to Elvis signing with the powerful William Morris Agency, which would negotiate future bookings.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (2:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (4:43 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes
Info December 4 1955 Lyric Theater Indianapolis IN (7:00 PM) Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree Yes

December 04, 1956

Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

Elvis, with Vegas Showgirl Marilyn Evans, showed up at Sun Records where Carl Perkins and his band with Jerry Lee Lewis hired for the session was recording. Elvis’ drop by turned the session into The Legendary Jam Session. Sam Phillips called the press, leveraged the unexpected visit for publicity and called Johnny Cash, newly signed to the label for the photographs.

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The Perkins session that became known as The Million Dollar Quartet was recorded by Phillips. knowing it could never be released – already sold to RCA Presley was a national and breaking international star – while Perkins and Cash were on his label.

Jerry Lee Lewis was still trying to convince Phillips, and was there as a session musician.

Phillips recorded the mostly gospel, with Chuck Berry songs, and Elvis doing impersonations of Country Singers Bill Monroe and Hank Snow as well as impersonating Jackie Wilson who sang lead for Billy Ward and His Dominos, whom Elvis had just seen perform in Vegas.

Million Dollar Quartet – Dec. 4 1956 | Sun Record Company

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A copy of the tape was made for Elvis and it was located in the 1980s in his Graceland bedroom closet, along with a recording of the 1956 Tupelo Homecoming show and an interview with Elvis and both of his parents.

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MusicWorld: The Holy Grail of Rock n Roll

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The Million Dollar Quartet

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71-year-old former Elvis Presley girlfriend tracked down in Chicago

Most of the infamous jam is gospel music, which was changed for the Broadway Play. Also, Elvis plays piano for most of the recordings and while Johnny Cash is in the photos, he’s not evident on any of the tape. Elvis’ Vegas Showgirl Date – Marilyn Evans is – she quips about “This Rover Boy Trio”

Marilyn Evans, the mystery girl Elvis brought to the Million Dollar Quartet

Romances: Marilyn Evans

The four ended up taping some songs together, but recordings from the impromptu session would not be pressed on to discs for another 25 years when they were released as “The Million Dollar Quartet”.

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Elvis Presley had a copy of the session tapes which RCA used, while the Sun Studio was later sold and their original tapes were used by the new owner. Who also had Jimmy Ellis sing “Elvis on Jerry Lee Lewis recordings.

The Million Dollar Quartet : December 4, 1956 | Elvis Articles |

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The Million Dollar Quartet – COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Million Dollar Quartet Studio Jam

December 4, 1957

After hearing reports that many US radio stations had banned Elvis’ Christmas album because of their shock over “the Pelvis” singing religious songs, DJ Allen Brooks of CKWS in Kingston, Ontario, plays the entire album and invites listeners to call in their opinion. Of eight hundred callers, only 56 disapprove of Presley’s sacred music.

The Military Service Disruption

December 4, 1958

At Bell Sound Studio in New York City, Lloyd Price, backed by the Ray Charles Singers, recorded “Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” a stereo re-make of his 1952 release. Price also recorded a less violent version of his current single “Stagger Lee,” requested by Dick Clark for use on the “American Bandstand” TV show.

Military Service in Germany

October 1958 to February 2, 1959: Hotel Grunwald in Bad Nauheim, Germany

December 4, 1959

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 4, 1960

The Crickets released the single ‘I Fought the Law’ on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.

Wild in the Country 

December 4, 1961

Bobby “Blue” Bland charted R&B with “Turn On Your Love Light,” reaching #2. The song become one of his signature hits, crossing pop to the tune of #28. His energetic blues style had earned him the nickname “Blue.”

After making a generation of girls swoon over his role as Moondoggie in the film Gidget in 1959, James Darren enjoyed his biggest hit record when “Goodbye Cruel World” peaks at #3 on the Billboard chart. He would go on to place nine more songs on the Billboard charts while also appearing in dozens of films and TV programs, most notably T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1985.

Kid Galahad

December 4, 1962

December 4, 1963

December 4, 1964

The Beatles released their fourth album, “Beatles For Sale”, which would spend 11 weeks as the #1 album in the UK.  It did not surface as a regular album in the U.S. until 1987. Issued in its place was “Beatles ’65” which included only eight of the songs from “Beatles For Sale.”

December 4, 1965

The Byrds‘ scored their second US number one hit with “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Unlike their first chart topper, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording instead of studio musicians. “Turn, Turn, Turn” made it to #26 in the UK.

Gene Chandler charted with “Rainbow ’65 Part 1” (#2 R&B), his biggest hit after “Duke of Earl.” Chandler, who often performed under the name “The Duke of Earl,” would appear on stage wearing a cape, a top hat, and a monocle.

December 4, 1966

The Elvis Presley song “Tell Me Why” hit #15 in the U.K while the album “Elvis For Everyone” hit #8 in the U.K.



December 4, 1967

December 4, 1968

The New York Times quotes Soviet music critic A. Martinosa, who says that The Beatles “have become rich idols of the Philistines.”

The Trouble with Girls

December 4, 1969

President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view simulated acid trip films and listen to Rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap. Which really puts Elvis’ visit to Nixon’s oval office into perspective – Nixon was The 50s Square and Elvis had been the Coolest Guy.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis and Priscilla completed their purchase of the new home at 144 Monovale for $339,000. This house was considerably larger than the one on Hillcrest. It provided bedrooms for the entourage and their wives as well, and the grounds around it offered everyone some privacy.
Elvis bought 7 more TCB pendants as well as other jewelry at Schwartz and Ableser.
December 4. 1971
Don McLean’s “American Pie” enters Billboard’s Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song will eventually sell over 3 million copies and become one of the most debated songs that popular music has ever produced. McLean used to sell a booklet to explain it. 
Led Zeppelin started a two week run at the top of the UK album chart with the “Four Symbols” album. Featuring the 8 minute track, “Stairway To Heaven”, the LP stayed on the US chart for nearly 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.
CBS-TV airs George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangla Desh” which had been taped that august at Madison Square Garden.
Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” reached the charts, rising to #1 R&B for nine weeks and #1 pop.
Elvis was back in Memphis and at the Memphian almost every night into New Year.
December 4, 1973
December 4, 1974
December 4, 1975
Hilton Las Vegas show in the Totem Pole Jumpsuit.
Date: 04 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Puff Sleeves
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
And I Love You So
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
It’s Now Or Never
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Just Pretend
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Burning Love
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Little Darling
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 14 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 15th 1975
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info December 4 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Totem Pole Original belt Yes Yes
December 4, 1976
A year after leaving The Guess Who, lead singer Burton Cummings is awarded a Gold record for his million selling, US Top Ten, solo hit, “Stand Tall”.
Elvis at the Hilton, 2 shows, the Dinner in the Egpytian Jumpsuit and The Red Phoenix for the Midnight Show.
Date: 04 Dec 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Inca Gold Leaf suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
If You Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
It’s Now Or Never
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
America The Beautiful
Bridge Over Troubled Water
What Now My Love
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Love Letters
Hound Dog
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Date: 04 Dec 1976
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: American Eagle
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
It’s Now Or Never
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Tryin’ To Get To You
Blue Suede Shoes
Softly, As I Leave You
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
Love Letters
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hound Dog
Danny Boy/Walk With Me [S. Nielsen]
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 15 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 12th 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info December 4 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Egyptian Indian Head belt Black Suit Yes Yes Yes
Info December 4 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00pm) 2200 Red Phoenix Second belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones inform the public of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin, following the death of drummer John Bonham. Page and Plant did get together for a highly successful tour in 1995.

Prince played the first night of his 31-date Dirty Mind tour at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high-heeled boots with leggings, and bikini brief trunks.

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


A retrospective compilation album of John Lennon’s solo music called “The John Lennon Collection” started a six-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. The front and back covers for the LP were taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on December 8th, 1980, just five hours before Lennon was murdered.


Roy Orbison played his final gig when he appeared at The Front Row Theater in the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.


52-year-old Frank Zappa died of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his wife and children. At a private ceremony the following day, Zappa was interred in an unmarked grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles. The next day, his family publicly announced: “Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6:00 pm on Saturday.”


Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, Ginuwine, and Shaggy, among others, performed at Super Jam 97 at the Fleet Center in Boston.

The Recording Industry Association of America updates the sales amounts of 11 Led Zeppelin albums, making Zeppelin second only to The Beatles as the all-time top-selling artist.


Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown’s missus also admitted to being addicted to sex. She said her business is sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


2015, Justin Bieber scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Love Yourself’, which knocked his previous chart topper, ‘Sorry’, to No.2. The last living artists to achieve the feat were The Beatles in 1963 with ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and Elvis Presley before them.

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