Daily Elvis: December 14

Give us this day, December 14, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, recorded earlier in the year by 10 year old Gayla Peevey, inspired an Oklahoma City fund-raising effort to buy a hippopotamus for the Oklahoma City Zoo. Oklahomans raised $4,000 for the cause, with much of the money coming from children. The zoo bought a 3-year-old hippo named Matilda who had eight offspring and died in 1998.


The Browns, Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie with Elvis in Pine Bluff, AR – Dec. 14, 1956
Photo courtesy Maxine Brown

Scotty, Elvis and Bill at the Mint Club in Gladewater, TX – Photo courtesy Steve Bonner
Somewhere during this period before Christmas Elvis made his first appearance in Gladewater, Texas. There was a show in the Mint Club, by Tom Perryman, a local DJ, who would book Elvis continually in the area around Texas, even during the next year.

Elvis signing some of his earliest publicity photos at the Mint Club –
Photo courtesy Steve Bonner

Scotty Moore Site: December 14-17 

Gladewater, TX KSIJ Radio, Mint Club
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 14 1955 Catholic Club Helena AR 500 Yes
December 14, 1955
Elvis and director Hal Kanter drove to Shreveport with Bitsy Mott, Gene and Junior Smith. They had dinner at the Trio Restaurant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown. They left after midnight and arrived in Shreveport early in the morning where they checked into the Captain Shreve Hotel.

December 14, 1957

December 14, 1958

military service in Germany

December 14, 1959

Billboard magazine reports that in the wake of the government’s payola investigations, the pay-for-play phenomenon has all but ceased. One Philadelphia record distributor complained, “You can’t even buy the disc jockeys lunch.”

The Ohio State University Research Center finds that, although Rock ‘n’ Roll is the overwhelming favorite of kids aged 14 to 18, adults aged 19 to 70 list it as their least favorite form of music.

The Kingston Trio started an eight-week run at #1 on the US album chart with “Here We Go Again!”

Guy Mitchell follows his chart topping “Singing The Blues” with his second Billboard number one hit, “Heartaches By The Number”. In all, Mitchell placed thirty songs in the US Top 100, with nine of them reaching the Top 10. Twelve of his records made the UK Top 10.

Elvis Presley does Military Service in Germany

December 14, 1960

Wild in the Country Production

December 14, 1961

Kid Galahad  Production

December 14, 1962

December 14, 1963

Dinah Washington, known  to many as “the Queen of the Blues” died of an overdose of sleeping pills. At the time, she was married to Detroit Lion Dick “Night Train” Lane, her seventh husband. She was only thirty-nine.

The Sam Cooke recording of the Willie Dixon blues tune “Little Red Rooster” peaked at #11 pop and #7 R&B. The piano player at Cooke’s session was Ray Charles.

The Beatles‘ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” begins a five week stretch at number one on the UK record charts, replacing their own “She Loves You” which had been at the top for two weeks.

The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais, London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.

Again Elvis donated $55,000 for Memphis charities.
December 14, 1965
December 14, 1966

Released: Spinout (1966) – IMDb

Image result for Elvis Presley, december 14 1968

December 14, 1967

Iron Butterfly‘s classic album, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is certified Gold. Today it is a multi-platinum album with sales of over 25 million copies.
Elvis spent the weekend in Palm Springs from the The Trouble With Girls Production.
December 14, 1969
The Jackson 5 appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Elvis returned to Los Angeles.
Elvis returned to Memphis, flying as Jon Burrows, along with Charlie Hodge, Sonny West and James Caughley, who traveled under their real names.
December 14, 1972
Born To Boogie the Ringo Starr directed movie premiered in London. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England starring Ringo Starr, Marc Bolan and T. Rex and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
There was a session at the Stax Studios but around 3.00 a.m. Elvis found out there was no food ordered for the group and so he stopped. Only one song was recorded:
December 14, 1974
December 14, 1975
White Egyptian Bird suit:

Follow that Dreams Elvis Collector label included this in “Fashion Fit for a King”

It included July 1, 1974, Omaha, NE and December 14, 1975, Las Vegas, NV.

After singing Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis introduces the audience to Lisa Marie and Vernon. Then someone in the audience gives Elvis an alarm clock!
Date: 14 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Blue Bicentennial 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
Hound Dog
Until It’s Time For You To Go
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
[Band Introductions]
Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Stamps]
Happ Birthday [to Charlie Hodge]
Just Pretend
How Great Thou Art
Burning Love
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Little Sisiter
Heartbreak Hotel
It’s Now Or Never
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: The King Of Entertainment
Happy Birthday Charlie
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 14 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Dinner (10.00pm) 2200 White Egyptian Bird Second Indian Feather belt Light Blue Suit Yes Yes Yes

December 14, 1976


The movie, Saturday Night Fever premieres in New York City and is instrumental in spreading the Disco craze throughout the country. The soundtrack by The Bee Gees will go on to be one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, racking up over 15 million in sales.


Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York’s Central Park.


Artists United Against Apartheid peaked at #38 in the U.S. and #21 in England with the single “Sun City”.  The artist collective consisted of forty-nine acts (most of whom were black), including Curtis Blow and Africa Bambaataa.

Whitney Houston scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Saving All My Love For You’. The song which was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, had been a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 and was also a US No.1 for Houston.


Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album reached #1, making him the first artist since Elton John (1975) to have consecutive chart-topping albums.


A tribute to Frank Sinatra on Sinatra: 80 Years My Way on ABC-TV – Little RichardBob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among the performers.


Elton John‘s tribute to Princess Diana, “Candle in the Wind 1997”, was at its ninth week at number 1 on the Billboard chart. The song would go on to become the largest selling single of all time in the US and the UK, and sits second to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” as the best selling record world-wide.


Paul McCartney played The New Cavern Club in Liverpool, 35 years after his last appearance at the original club.

The concert is broadcast live over the Internet and attracts 50 million visits. A young fan, who changed his name to John Lennon, won a ticket to the show. The original Cavern Club closed in 1973 and was demolished to enable an underground railway to be constructed. In 1984 the present building, known as Cavern Walks, was opened on the site and contains a rebuilding of the original Cavern Club in the basement, as well as shops, offices and an internal nine-storey atrium. The edifice also includes statues of The Fab Four on the outside walls.


The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announced that Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, The Ventures and The Dave Clark Five will be enshrined next year.


Adele was at No.1 on both the UK and US chart with her third album 25. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at No.1 in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in many countries, including the UK and US. 25 eventually became the world’s best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year, and has sold 20 million copies as of June 2016, making it one of the best selling albums worldwide.

reference sites:





http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog


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