Daily Elvis: December 8

Give us this day, December 8, 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.



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


Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) charted R&B for the first time with “How Many More Years,” reaching #4. The flip-side, “Moanin’ At Midnight,” reached #1. Wolf earned his nickname from his blues yodeling style, reminiscent of Jimmie Rodgers, and learned blues guitar from early pioneers Willie Brown and Charlie Patton.

September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

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

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

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

December 8, 1954

most likely date for having recorded:

Elvis with Scotty and Bill played a Christmas Jamboree along with Bill Strength and Parker Brothers Band
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
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Info December 8 1954 P and G West Memphis AR Christmas Jamboree

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

cotty, Elvis Bill and DJ onstage at the Rialto – Dec. 8, 1955
With Duke Of Paducah and  Hank Snow, Elvis with Scotty, Bill and DJ appeared at the Rialto Theater, Louisville, Kentucky with Hank Snow for Philip Morris Company employees.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info December 8 1955 Rialto Theater Louisville KY Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree
December 8, 1956
“Singing The Blues” by Guy Mitchell tops the Billboard chart for the first of an eleven week stay. Marty Robbins’ version of the same song was released simultaneously and peaked at number 17
The album “Elvis” hit #1 in the U.S.
Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

December 8, 1957

55-year-old German accordionist Will Glahe outsold many established Rock And Roll artists when his “Liechtensteiner Polka” reaches #19 on the Billboard Pop chart. Glahe’s first success in America came in June, 1939 when his rendition of “Beer Barrel Polka” hit the top of the US Hit Parade, selling over a million copies.

The Military Service Disruption

December 8, 1958

Lloyd Price entered the national hit list with “Stagger Lee,” eventually reaching #1. It also hit the top spot R&B, retaining its supremacy on both charts for four weeks. The record also reached #7 in Britain.

“The Chipmunk Song” by David Seville And The Chipmunks entered the Billboard Top 40 chart on its way to a four week stint at #1, selling 4.5 million copies in seven weeks. The record would go on to win three Grammy Awards: Best Comedy Performance, Best Children’s Recording and Best Engineered Record (non-classical).

Military Service in Germany

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

December 8, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 8, 1960

Wild in the Country Nov 6, 1960 – January 1961; released: June 15, 1961

December 8, 1961

Kid Galahad  October 23, 1961 until December 20, 1961

December 8, 1962

Alan Freed testifies at his payola trial in New York that he received $2,000 in 1958 from Cognat Distributors for a promise to play their records on his New York radio show. He also accepted a similar deal from Superior Records for $700. He pleads guilty and is fined $300 and given six months probation. Dick Clark was also questioned, but is cleared of all charges.

December 8, 1963

19 year old Frank Sinatra Jr. was abducted at gun point from his hotel room at Harrah’s Casino in Lake Tahoe, California. Two days later he was released unharmed after his father paid the kidnappers’ $240,000 ransom demand. Within a week, three perpetrators were located and arrested.

At their trial, which took place in the Spring of 1964, the defendants claimed that Frank Jr. had orchestrated the abduction as an elaborate publicity stunt, but there was no evidence to support their accusation. The young mastermind behind the scheme, Barry Keenan, served 4-and-a-half years in federal prison and went on to become a successful real-estate developer.

The idea of not being allowed to profit from crimes with book  and movie sales resulted from this crime.; and was entered into American law.  

December 8, 1964

December 8, 1965

December 8, 1966

December 8, 1967

December 8 1968

The Trouble With Girls

Elvis Presley’s 1968 TV “Comeback Special” Remembered

Running 60 minutes, it was easily the highest rated prime time program in the Nielsen ratings for the week of December 2-8, 1968.

December 8, 1969

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis went shopping again: He bought a house for Joe Esposito and his wife in west Los Angeles and Mercedeses for himself, Jerry Schilling and Barbara Leigh.
Elvis received a bill from IC Costume: $9,525 for 5 jumpsuits, 5 silk shirts, 5 corduroy suits and repairs to 8 jumpsuits.
December 8, 1973
Elton John‘s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. The record’s flip side was a song originally called “Screw You”, though the US release re-titled it “Young Man’s Blues” so as not to offend record buyers.
The Elvis Presley single “Raised on Rock” hit #36 in the U.K.
December 8, 1974
December 8. 1975
Elvis played the Hilton Showroom.
Date: 08 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Unknown
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
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Until It’s Time For You To Go
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Just Pretend
It’s Now Or Never
One Night
How Great Thou Art
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Can’t Help Falling In Love



Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 14 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 15th 1975
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Info December 8 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Rainfall Original belt Yes Yes


December 8, 1976

The Blue Swirl Jumpsuit at the Hilton Vegas.

Elvis Presley: December 8, 1976


December 8, 1976 MS. Las Vegas, NV.

Date: 08 Dec 1976
Time: 9pm
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Rainbow (blue) 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
Blue Christmas
That’s All Right
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Softly, As I Leave You
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Love Letters
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Tornado From Vegas


Elvis Presley announced that “plans are under way now for a visit to London.”

December 8, 1976 – Elvis Presley Music

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 8 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Midnight (12.00am) 2200 Blue Swirl White Two-Piece suit belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath


A riot broke out in Brisbane, Australia after over 1,000 fans, who had waited over an hour for Blondie to appear on stage, where told that the show had been canceled due to Debbie Harry being ill.


Pat Benatar receives a Platinum record for her very first album, “In the Heat of the Night”. The former waitress and bank teller was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club in New York. The album made it to the Top Ten and the follow up, “Crimes of Passion” went to #2.

Just two months after his 40th birthday, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman, who remained at the scene, reading his copy of The Catcher in the Rye and read it until the police arrived to arrest him. He confessed it was for the fame. he remains in jail in 2017 – Yoko Ono attending every parole hearing. 

Much of America learned of the tragedy from ABC-TV, which was in the midst of airing an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Announcer Howard Cosell, who had interviewed Lennon years earlier, announced the news of the murder: “This, we have to say it, is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival.”

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


Marty Robbins suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 57. In the late ’50s and early ’60s he had successfully crossed over from the Country music charts to the Pop charts with hits such as “El Paso” (#1), “A White Sport Coat” (#2), “Don’t Worry About Me” (#3), “Devil Woman” (#16) and “Ruby Ann” (#18).



Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The group’s third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. This made them the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles.

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil is involved in a car accident that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks’ drummer Nick “Razzle” Dingley and seriously injures two people in another vehicle. He is arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. In July 1986 he would be sentenced to a 30 day jail term, 5 years probation and $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash, as well as 200 hours of community service. Vince was released from jail after 20 days.

The former manager of The Coasters, Patrick Cavanaugh, is convicted and sentenced to death after he is found guilty of murdering the group’s bass singer, Nathaniel Wilson. Wilson’s dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in 1980.


Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People, telling the host that she wished she had done “eight thousand million things differently” to have prevented the death of her husband, Kurt Cobain.


A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

Although he had denounced The Beatles’ music as “decadent” in the 1960s, Cuban President Fidel Castro attends the unveiling of a statue of John Lennon in Havana’s El Vedado Park on the 20th anniversary of singer’s murder.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Sony/Legacy Recordings releases Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday with a 100-song box set called “Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight.”

Review: Elvis 75: Good Rockin Tonight 100 Track 4 CD

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2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Several hundred people with candles and glow sticks braved cold temperatures to sing John Lennon songs next to a peace monument in Liverpool, England. In New York, hundreds of fans gathered in Central Park, near the spot where Lennon was shot. Flowers were laid in the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park, which was converted to a memorial garden after his death.


Sinead O’Connor celebrated her 45th birthday by marrying her fourth husband, Barry Herridge, in a 10 minute, drive-thru ceremony in Las Vegas. O’Connor achieved just one Top 40 single, the chart topping “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990, but gained notoriety in 1992 when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on the October 3rd edition of US TV’s Saturday Night Live.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that over 1.15 million people have been killed by firearms in the United States since John Lennon was gunned down thirty-five years earlier.

The Rolling Stones 73-year-old frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time when his girlfriend, 29-year-old Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to the couple’s son. Jagger had previously fathered seven other children, Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis and Gabriel, who range in age from their 40s to teenagers.



On the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono continued her plea for gun control in the United States with a Facebook posting that said, “Dear Friends, every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him.”

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash – Burton Cummings Theatre for the …



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