Daily Elvis: December 12

Give us this day, December 12, 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

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 12, 1954

The Platters played the Riverside Rancho in California.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Elvis appeared with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins on a show at the National Guard Armory. Mississippi.
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According to Bill E. Burk, the show was booked by Bobby Ritter, a dee jay for WTUP in Tupelo, who also reputedly booked Elvis for others shows in Mississippi, including Bruce and Tupelo. “He (Elvis) was always late on stage, it seemed,” said Ritter. “On those nights when he would arrive late, Bob Neal and I would go on stage. Bob would be the comedian and I the straight man and we tried to keep the folks entertained until Elvis got there, but they didn’t want to hear us.”
Carl Perkins remembers the Amory concert well.
Perkins and Elvis had driven to Amory together from a concert the night before in Helena, Arkansas. En route, they were discussing music and both mentioned how much they liked singing the song, Only You, made popular by the Platters.
During his time on the Amory stage, someone in the audience shouted, “Only You, Carl.”
“You got it, hoss,” Carl snapped back, and sang his version of the song.
Perkins had the house jumping and they weren’t ready for him to leave the stage when the time came.
Backstage, Perkins found Elvis sitting, head in hands, shutting out the world.
“You feelin’ okay?” he asked Elvis.
“Aw, ain’t no need in me goin’ on,” Elvis replied. “They’re ready for you. What’d you do Only You for?”
Challenged, Perkins snapped, “’Cause I wanted to. ‘Cause I can sing it. There’s two reasons. You want another one?”
“Well, I was gonna do it,” Elvis told his fellow Sun partner.
“Well, go on out there and do it,” Perkins commanded.
“Hell, the Platters are singin’ it somewhere tonight.”
“I ain’t that big a damn fool,” a sulking Elvis said. “I ain’t goin’ out there and sing something you done sung. You done tore ’em all to pieces. I might as well go on to the car. “
Ritter and a partner had seen this interplay. Ritter made a five dollar bet, that despite the audience’s reaction to Perkins, Elvis would come out the crowd winner at the end.
“Walking toward the stage, Elvis asked me what we had been talking about,” said Ritter. “I told him about the bet.”
When Elvis walked on, the crowd was still shouting “We want Carl! We want Carl.”
Elvis, said Ritter, seemed to become overly motivated.
“He went wild. He sang, he was all over that stage. He was down on his knees. He was attacking that guitar.
“And it wasn’t long before he had ’em eatin’ outta his hands!”
When he re-entered the backstage area, Elvis winked at Ritter and said, “Go get your five dollars!”
By this time, Elvis had signed with RCA and the concert in Amory would be the last time the three acts would appear together – Carl Perkins was days away from audition the “Blue Suede Shoes” for Sam Phillips and cut it at Sun.
 Sometime in the fall of 1955, Carl and Johnny shared a bill at the Armory in Amory.  It was reputedly on this show that Johnny suggested that Carl write a song based on a phrase he had heard. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, “I don’t know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?
While playing in Jackson, Tennessee several nights later, he saw a dancer in the crowd trying to keep his girlfriend away from his new blue suede shoes, which connected with the idea that Cash had given him and leads his writing lyrics and subsequently he and his brothers worked up an arrangement.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info December 12 1955 National Guard Armory Amory MS
A busy day: Elvis donated some toys to a Marine drive for underprivileged children.
RCA decided to have Elvis in advertising for RCA equipment and the Hungerford Furniture photo shoot was done.  RCA realized teenagers don’t buy family furniture and the photos were unused.

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Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director of “Loving You”, flew to Memphis to meet Elvis Presley.
Elvis stopped by the police station for a visit then he went downtown to the Malco Theater to see Storm Of The Nile.
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December 12, 1957

Ignoring that he was still married to Jane Mitchum, 22-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his third cousin, 13-year-old Myra Gayle Brown, in a brief civil ceremony in Hernando, Mississippi. The union was performed by the Reverend M.C. Whitten with no family or friends in attendance. It would eventually ruin Jerry Lee’s Rock ‘n’ Roll career.

Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon is fired for violating the radio station’s ban against playing Elvis Presley’s rendition of “White Christmas”. He was told by the management “It is not in the spirit we associate with Christmas.”

The Military Service Disruption

December 12, 1958

Military Service in Germany

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

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December 12, 1959

After being pushed out of the number one spot on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the last four weeks, Bobby Darin‘s “Mack The Knife” returned to the head of the list. It is a feat that is seldom duplicated.

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 12, 1960

The Miracles charted R&B for the first time with “Shop Around,” reaching #1 for eight weeks while hitting #2 pop. The R&B classic, the first million-seller for the group and for their label, Motown, would become a symbol of the Motown machine’s power to manufacture hits.

Wild in the Country Production

December 12, 1961

Kid Galahad  Production

December 12, 1962

December 12, 1963

December 12, 1964

December 12, 1965

Elvis donated all kind of checks with a total amount of $105,000 for charities.
December 12, 1967
Ray Charles performed as the headline act at New York’s first Jazz Festival, held at Downing Stadium.
December 12, 1968
with fans in Beverly Hills – at home from Trouble with Girls Production
Elvis Presley : Beverly Hills, California : December 12, 1968.
December 12, 1969
The album “From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis” was confirmed gold by the RIAA.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

December 12, 1970
 The Doors played their last concert with Jim Morrison as lead singer, at the Warehouse in New Orleans. Band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore would later recall watching Jim Morrison lose “all his energy” as the show came to a close.
Charges of larceny by trick are filed against Little Richard in Miami Beach, Florida by Blacks, Inc., a black advocacy group which says the veteran Rocker pocketed $250 he had solicited for the organization. Little Richard claims that all he wants is a receipt and then he’ll give them their money. A week later, the charges were dropped.
The Magic Christian, a movie featuring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, premieres to negative reviews in London. The film also featured appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough and Roman Polanski.
The Elvis compilation album “Almost In Love” hit #65 in the U.S.
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Elvis and Joyce Bova flew to Washington staying at the Washington Hilton.
December 12, 1972
Elvis worked hard in the Stax Studios until 5.00 a.m. Elvis was focused on 4 songs written or brought to him by Voice.
December 12, 1974
December 12, 1975
Elvis did a Midnight Vegas Show in The Rainfall Jumpsuit.
Date: 12 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
One Night
You Gave A Mountain
[band introductions]
Just Pretend
How Great Thou Art
Softly, As I Leave You
Little Darlin’
America The Beautiful
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Little Sister
O Sole Mio – It’s Now Or Never
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 12 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 Rainfall Original belt Dark Blue Suit Yes Yes
Elvis Presley performed his last Las Vegas Concert.
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Scarf Sideman Charlie Hodge’s birthday.
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Date: 12 Dec 1976
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: King of Spades suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
My Way
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
Little Sister
It’s Now Or Never
Tryin’ To Get To You
Happy Birthday
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Christmas
Softly, As I Leave You
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
That’s All Right
Bridge Over Troubled Water
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Love Letters
School Days
Such A Night
Sweet Caroline
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Black Diamond
Farewell From Vegas
After the show of December 12, 1976 Elvis broke down in his dressing room and cried. He had talked with Rex Humbard, televangelist, about the lack of meaning of the life he lead.
Humbard (who died aged 88 in 2007) recollected: “I took both his hands in mine and said: “Elvis, right now I want to pray for you”, “Please do”, Elvis said, and cried.”
Humbard performed Elvis’ funeral service.
 Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 12, 1976.
It is hard to imagine that it wasn’t good to be the King, but Elvis Presley, although he dominated radio, had successful movies and smash tv specials, the amount of money that passed through his hands made him the biggest individual driver of the American economy – supporting the recording and movie industry as much as in his private life, he hired his extended family and lucky outsiders who made his inner circle.
Elvis Presley didn’t go to church because he didn’t want to disrupt the service.
Elvis Presley also didn’t care for how all the Preachers and Minsters had their hands out for money – and certainly, there was no comfort in their religion.
Elvis Presley publicly maintained that he was a Christian and that is really all that it takes for a person to be a member of a group – he did explore and study a range of religions = he had a lot of Jewish friends and he was deeply into eastern philosophies much to the disinterest of his inner circle who wanted to party and not have Elvis read -preach and try to spiritualize the group around him, probably as a means to reduce his guilt at the rather hedonistic life he did lead – offset by his extreme generosity to a wide range of charity groups.
Mostly. it’s getting away from that binary thinking and Elvis could have done better if he had stood up for his aspirations, and that was the biggest issue I think for him – everyone thought Elvis was an alpha male, but he really wasn’t – he was the guy in the corner with a guitar and he managed to be so good that the centre of attention shifted to him, rather than him stepping up into it.
Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 15 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 12th 1976
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Info December 12 1976 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Closing (12.00am) 2200 1974 Arabian V-Neck suit belt White Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

47-year-old Ian Stewart, the “Pete Best” of The Rolling Stones, died of a heart attack in his doctor’s waiting room. He left the band in May of 1963 when manager Andrew Loog Oldham felt that he didn’t fit the bad boy image of the group, but continued to work with them as a road manager and played keyboards on most of The Stones’ essential albums from the 1960s until the 1980s.
Cynthia Lennon, as well as Sean and Yoko Ono, attended the funeral of John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi (Smith). Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all sent floral arrangements. During the service, the funeral home played “Imagine”.
A seven inch single by The Quarry Men, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, was named as the rarest record of all time. Only 50 copies were made with each one being valued at 10,000 Pounds ($20,500).

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

December 12, 2003
The Presley Pictures  “Roustabout”, “King Creole”, “Blue Hawaii” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” were released on DVD.
Ike Turner, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 76.  His “Rocket 88” is a contender for first rock n roll song, but his role as one of Rock and Roll’s most innovative architects was overshadowed by his image as the man who abused his former wife and singing partner Tina Turner.

 2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

Barry Manilow entered a Los Angeles hospital to have ripped abductor muscles repaired on both hips. He was quoted as saying, “That’s what you get when you jump around to ‘Copacabana’ for 30 years!”
Google Inc. announced that “Whitney Houston” was the top search of the year following her untimely death on February 11th. Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” music video was second, followed by “Superstorm Sandy”.

A spokeswoman for Apple records confirmed the release of 59 rare and unheard Beatles recordings in a bid to stop their copyright protection expiring. EU law protects recordings for 70 years, but only if they get an official release. Otherwise, the copyright period lasts 50 years. In the case of The Beatles, that means the master tape for their 1963 debut album “Please Please Me” is protected until 2033, but the unreleased session tapes for that album are not.



Live like, The King, Elvis Presley in one of his former homes


Suzanna Leigh, Elvis Presley’s Co-Star in ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style dies

Elvis’ Women: Suzanna Leigh

Suzanna Leigh – IMDb

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