Daily Elvis: December 13

Give us this day, December 13, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi



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

, 1938

Vernon Presley 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.


The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, May 15 to June 20, Returning to Tupelo.


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.


The Ravens’ first release, “Write Me A letter,” became the first R&B record to hit the pop Top 25, reaching #25. It also peaked at #5 R&B.

Memphis, Tennessee

1948-1953 – Humes High School

Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue

Sept 20 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)


Actor James Dean began his show business career with a non-speaking part in a television commercial for Pepsi-Cola.

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

September 1952

Elvis worked for MARL Metal Products, a furniture manufacturer – He worked the 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM shift as an assembler.


398 Cypress Street (rented from January 7 to April 1953

572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

December 13, 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

December 13, 1955

Dickie Valentine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Christmas Alphabet’, the first Christmas song to reach the No.1 position. It was the first Christmas No.1 that was actually about Christmas, a trend that would continue off and on over the next several decades.

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

Patti Page reaches #11 on the Billboard chart with a song called “Mama From The Train (A Kiss, A Kiss)”, it was Patti’s fifth of sixteen Top 40 hits.
In a year when he had eleven US Top 40 hits, Elvis Presley endures a rare miss when a song called “Paralyzed” peaks at #78 during a one week stay. In the UK however, the record would reach #8 in August, 1957.
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Elvis met Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director of his upcoming film – Loving You. Freddy Bienstock, form Hill and Range, was also in town to help Elvis choose the songs for the film.
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive

December 13, 1957

Pat Boone‘s fifth US number one hit is the title song to his movie April Love.

The Presleys lived at  Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

December 13, 1958

Military Service in Germany

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

December 13, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 13, 1960

Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never” sets a new record in the UK for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release. Elvis the Rocker has left the building and Elvis the Crooner is in.  

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Wild in the Country Production

December 13, 1961

The movie The Young Ones, starring Cliff Richard, premiered in London.

The Beatles performed at the The Cavern Club Liverpool playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. Decca Records’ Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract. Decca would later reject the band, saying “The Beatles have no future in show business.”

Kid Galahad  Production

December 13, 1962

After scoring a US Top 20 hit with “She Can’t Find Her Keys” earlier in the year, 17 year old Paul Peterson re-entered the charts with “My Dad”, which would reach #6. The former Disney Mouseketeer and cast member of the TV’s Donna Reed Show would go on to found A Minor Consideration, an organization committed to changing the working conditions for child performers.

Elvis Presley  had his 13th UK #1 single with “Return To Sender”. The record included backing musicians, Scotty Moore on electric guitar, D.J. Fontana on drums, Dudley Brooks on piano, and Boots Randolph on baritone sax.

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Romances: Ann-Margaret

December 13, 1963

December 13, 1964

December 13, 1965

December 13, 1966

Jimi Hendrix recorded “Foxey Lady”. and then made his TV debut on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded ‘Foxy Lady’ on this day. The United States version of Are You Experienced listed the song with a spelling mistake as ‘Foxey Lady’ and this is how it is still known among many North American fans.

December 13, 1967

December 13,1968

The Trouble With Girls Production
December 13, 1969
The Supremes’ great song “Someday We’ll Be Together” took over at #1 on the R&B chart.
 “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B.J. Thomas zoomed to #1 on the Adult chart – from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  B.J. Thomas moved into the Top 10 overall with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”.
  Abbey Road was one of the great albums of the Rock Era to this point and on this date, the Beatles made it seven weeks at #1.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

December 13, 1970
Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit ‘I Hear You Knocking.’ The Welsh singer, songwriter and producers only No.1 hit.
December 13, 1971
“Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and Roddy McDowall opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
December 13, 1972
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December 13, 1974

George Harrison has lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House. They exchanged buttons: Ford gave George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now) pin and Harrison gave the president an Om (Hindu mantra word expressing creation) button. Later that same day, Ford meets with Peter Frampton.

December 13, 1975
The Rolling Stones‘ request to put on a three day show for 100,000 fans on Easter Island is denied by the government of Chile, who say “The whole future of the island” would be damaged.
Patti Smith released her debut studio album Horses. Produced by John Cale, Horses has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. Horses has also been cited as a key influence on a number of acts, including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smiths, R.E.M. and PJ Harvey.
Barry Manilow was on a roll and “I Write The Songs” was the new #1 song on the Adult chart.
A song on the move for C.W. McCall–“Convoy”, up from #82 to #29 on this date.
The Silver Convention were holding steady at #1 for a third week with “Fly, Robin, Fly”.  Right behind them, the Staple Singers (“Let’s Do It Again”) and Jigsaw’s “Sky High”.  K.C. and the Sunshine Band fell down with “That’s The Way (I Like It)” while newcomers the Bay City Rollers were up to 5 with “Saturday Night”.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Ohio Players burst onto the scene with “Love Rollercoaster”, the Bee Gees were up to 7 with their great song “Nights On Broadway”, Diana Ross jumped from 19 to 8 with the song from the movie in which she starred in–“Theme From ‘Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)”, Simon & Garfunkel scored their 17th hit with “My Little Town” and Sweet crawled into the list with “Fox On The Run”.
Chicago IX, the group’s Greatest Hits package, rose to #1 on the Album chart.  Red Octopus by Jefferson Starship was still hanging around and Rock of the Westies by Elton John reversed course and headed back up.  Windsong from John Denver was third with the self-titled debut by K.C. and the Sunshine Band #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Simon slipped with Still Crazy After All These YearsGratitude jumped from 98 to 7 for Earth, Wind & Fire, History/America’s Greatest Hits was #8, Alive!  by Kiss edged up and Save Me from the Silver Convention cracked the Top 10.
Elvis Presley’s U.K.-only version of Tom Jones’ “Green, Green Grass Of Home” hit #29 in the U.K.
Elvis Presley in residence in Vegas: Hotel Hilton Dinner Show in the Totem Pole and Midnight in the Blue Silver Phoenix.
Date: 13 Dec 1975
Time: 2.30pm
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
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Tryin’ To Get To You
And I Love You So
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Wooden Heart
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
How Great Thou Art
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Bautiful
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Blue Christmas
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Dinner at Eight and Wooden Heart in Vegas

Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 13, 1975 : Midnight Show

Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 13, 1975 : Midnight Show

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Date: 13 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Silver Phoenix suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Tryin’ To Get To You
And I Love You So
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
You Gave A Mountain
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Johnny B. Goode
Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll
Just Pretend
How Great Thou Art
Burning Love
Hound Dog
Welcome To My World
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
It’s Now Or Never
Little Darlin’
Little Sister
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Just Pretend                        Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 4
All Shook Up
Engagement – Tour Ref: Las Vegas Season 14 – Las Vegas December 2nd – December 15th 1975
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Elvis Presley’s U.K.-only version of Tom Jones’ “Green, Green Grass Of Home” hit #29 in the U.K.
Paul McCartney’s triple-album set “Wings Over America” goes gold three days after its release.
Elvis returned to Memphis for a 2 week rest before hitting the road again on a brief 5 day tour.

The Wake and Aftermath

New records making their first appearance on the US record charts include: Rod Stewart‘s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”, Anne Murray‘s “Daydream Believer”, Queen‘s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” and Neil Diamond‘s “September Morn”.
Stevie Wonder was doing fine on the R&B chart, as “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” was #1 for a seventh week.
Newcomer Christopher Cross took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “Never Be The Same”.
Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits was the new #1 album as he was certainly as hot as anyone at the time and being compared to Elvis – which tends to end musical careers
Kenny Rogers remained at the top for the fifth week with “Lady”.  Leo Sayer had his biggest career hit with “More Than I Can Say” while Queen, by now #1 in most markets, was third with “Another One Bites The Dust”.  The late John Lennon moved up with “(Just Like) Starting Over” and Stevie Wonder maintained at 5 with “Master Blaster”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Neil Diamond with “Love On The Rocks”, Bruce Springsteen found himself at #7 with “Hungry Heart”, Barbra Streisand was at #8 with “Woman In Love” and also moved from 14-9 with her duet “Guilty” with Barry Gibb and Pat Benatar reached the Top 10 for the first time with “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
December 13, 1981
Chicago Tribune serials Albert Goldman’s Elvis book:Elvis Presley: devoted son, disdainful spouse

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


The Stray Cats released the single “Stray Cat Strut”.


During Robert Plant’s solo concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, former Led Zeppelin mate Jimmy Page joined him to perform the old Roy Head song “Treat Her Right”.

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

Phil Collins makes his TV acting debut in America when he guests on an episode of “Miami Vice.” Don Johnson’s tv character had a pet alligator named Elvis.
Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is’, a No.15 hit in the UK. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, ‘Changes’ from 1998.
The Way It Is” moved to #1 for newcomer Bruce Hornsby & the Range.  The Bangles were within striking distance with “Walk Like An Egyptian”.  Huey Lewis & the News peaked at 3 with “Hip To Be Square” and Sun Valley, Idaho’s Peter Cetera slipped from #1 with “The Next Time I Fall”, his duet with Amy Grant.  The rest of the Top 10:  Wang Chung was “chungin'” with “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”, Bon Jovi’s former #1 “You Give Love A Bad Name”, Billy Idol moved up three with “To Be A Lover”, “Notorious” entered the list for Duran Duran, Gregory Abbott had a big hit with “Shake You Down”, which moved from 15 to 9 and Ben E. King amazingly came back to the Top 10 25 years after he originally was there with “Stand By Me”, spurred by the movie of the same name.


Lionel Richie’s “Ballerina Girl” charted, reaching #5 R&B and #7 pop. Interestingly, the B-side, “Deep River Woman,” reached #10. . . .on the country charts!


Mariah Carey released the single “Someday”.

John Denver‘s special, Montana Christmas Skies aired on CBS-TV. He was joined by Clint Black, Kathy Mattea and Patty Loveless.


Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune “Shameless.”


Prince was on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing Dolphin


The film, Jerry Maguire, co-starring The Eagles‘ singer / guitarist Glenn Frey, makes its debut in US theatres. The movie’s other star, Cuba Gooding Jr. is the son of Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead vocalist for The Main Ingredient, who are most often remembered for their 1972, #3 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool”.


Chuck Berry performed for an hour at the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai.

Children’s TV characters The Teletubbies went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Teletubbies Say-eh-oh’. The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart.

Spiceworld, the Spice Girls’ follow-up album, moved into the Top 10.

Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana from England (“Candle In The Wind 1997”) was now at 10 weeks at #1.  At this point, only seven songs in the Rock Era had stayed at the top longer.  And Elton was not done.


The performing rights organization Broadcast Music Incorporated declared “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” to be the most played (BMI) song of the century on American radio and television, with more than eight million airings. The original recording of the song is by the Righteous Brothers. “Never My Love” was the second most-played song, followed by “Yesterday,” “Stand By Me,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Rounding out the Top Ten were “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Rhythm Of The Rain,” and “Georgia On My Mind.”


It was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.

Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.

Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aerosmith and Queen were announced as the new inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.


Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack. Was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. Formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964, they scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Summer In The City’

UK music channel Music Choice analysed all the Christmas No.1 singles from the past 30 years and identified criteria for their success. These included the use of sleigh bells, children singing, church bells harmony and references to love. They concluded that Sir Cliff Richards 1988 hit ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ was the perfect Christmas hit.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Lauryn Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures to “repent” whilst speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope. The former Fugees singer was playing at a Christmas show in Vatican City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and the cream of Italian society.


ABC-TV announced that Dick Clark would not be able to host his annual “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” broadcast due to a stroke he suffered on December 8th.


A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire had bought the cheque for £4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on 23rd January 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for £6,946.


New York police arrested Koral Karsan and charged him with first-degree attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. The 50 year old Karsan had worked for Ono as a chauffeur for over six years.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


In New York, Paul McCartney performed an intimate concert for 1,400 people at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as part of Sirius XM Radio’s celebrations on acquiring 20 million subscribers. The planned 22-song set was followed by two encores of three songs each. McCartney told the audience, “I just want to just soak in the Apollo. I’ve dreamed of playing here for many a year. This is very special for us British boys. The holy grail.”


A collection of love letters written by Mick Jagger to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at auction for £187,250. The letters were penned in the summer of 1969 while The Rolling Stones frontman was in Australia. They are believed to be the inspiration for the band’s hit single ‘Brown Sugar’.

Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced that Carole King is the 2013 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


Officials at New York’s Madison Square Garden announced that Billy Joel had sold out his 30th consecutive show at the 18,666 seat venue, set for June 17, 2016.

Billboard.com reported that John Lippman, the owner of the legendary mail-order company Columbia House, was interested in reviving the service with vinyl records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl sales were up over 50 percent in the first half of 2015.

Songwriter/record producer Luigi Creatore, who teamed with his cousin Hugo Peretti to create hits for Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and Jimmie Rodgers, among others, died of complications from pneumonia at age 93. Paretti died in 1986.  (Cant Help Falling In Love, Wild In The Country, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, I Will Follow Him)


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