Daily Elvis: December 15

Give us this day, December 15, 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)

December 15,1939

“Gone with the Wind,” starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, had its world premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, the culmination of three days of festivities in the city. Among those attending were Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Vivian Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Ann Rutherford, Olivia de Havilland, and author Margaret Mitchell. Noticeably absent were cast members Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen, black actresses who were not welcome on the white side of segregated Atlanta society.

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

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.


American jazz musician, singer and composer, Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. Wrote many songs including ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘Your Feet’s Too Big’ and ‘The Reefer Song’. In 1926 Waller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club he was ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster.


A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

70 years later, mystery of Glenn Miller’s disappearance may be solved …

Glenn Miller – Wikipedia

Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a filling station. Their son, Randall Hank Williams, would achieve fame in his own right as Hank Williams, Jr., who was born on May 26, 1949. The marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.

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 15, 1954

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Johnny Cash released the Sun Records single “Folsom Prison Blues,” which peaked at #4 on the Country chart but did not break into the Billboard top pop list. Cash included the song in his repertoire for decades. He performed it at Folsom Prison on January 13, 1968 and that “live” version was eventually released by Columbia on the “At Folsom Prison” album the same year, and as a single that reached #32 on the pop chart.
The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
Elvis performed at the Helena, AR Catholic Club,  in a show with Carl Perkins. There were sold 500 tickets, two days in advance.
Col Tom Parker made the first Television appearance deal for Elvis on the Jackie Gleason Show – hosted by the Dorsey Brothers
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
Elvis Presley gave his final regular performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first uttered the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

Elvis arrived in Shreveport at 5.00 a.m. and checked into the Captain Shreve Hotel. He performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum , Louisianan Fairgrounds, Shreveport.

Elvis on stage at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Jack Barham courtesy of Louisiana Hayride Archives – J. Kent

This would be his final Hayride appearance and a one man radio concert with over 9,000 fans enjoying it in person.
Tommy Blake and Elvis

Backstage there were milling scores who want to slap his back, shake his hand and “remember me” him. Then the reporters, the photographers, the disk jockeys with their tape-recorders, city officials, civic dignitaries, fan club presidents, business associates. . . 2

Horace Logan, deejay Ed Hamilton and Elvis at the Hirsch Coliseum – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Langston McEachern

Elvis waves farewell to Shreveport and the Hayride – Dec. 15, 1956
Photo by Langston McEachern

Elvis had already made “Love Me Tender” and “Loving You” was scheduled next. The performance was attended by Hal Kanter, director of Elvis’ upcoming film. After watching the show Hal Kanter crafted the screenplay: the story of the rise of a young singer, who very much resembled Elvis Presley. It would even have an Artistic Free Speech Fight vs City Hall scene for Lizabeth Scott – in what would become her final movie.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info December 15 1956 Fair Grounds Youth Center Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) over 9000 Louisiana Hayride


December 15, 1957

Sammy Davis Jr. hosts a syndicated radio talk show with a round-table discussion of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His guests are Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller and MGM Records president Arnold Maxim. When Davis and Miller blast Rock ‘n’ Roll as “the comic books of music,” Maxim takes an opposing viewpoint and says, “I don’t see any end to Rock ‘n’ Roll in the near future.”

The Presleys lived at Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

December 15, 1958

Military Service in Germany

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

December 15, 1959

At Bell Sound Studios in New York City, the Everly Brothers recorded the Pierre Delanoë-Gilbert Bécaud composition “Let It Be Me.” It was the first time they recorded outside of Nashville and the first time they were backed by a string section. Jerry Allison of the Crickets played drums on the session.

Colonel Tom Parker cleverly keeps his client in the news by suggesting that Elvis may re-enlist at the end of his first hitch. That, of course, never happened and Presley received his official discharge from active duty on March 5th, 1960.

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 15, 1960
Wild in the Country Production

December 15, 1961

Kid Galahad  Production

December 15, 1962

The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever “Mersey Beat” poll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).

“Return To Sender” hit #1 in the U.K. The song peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart,[5] and was even the UK Christmas number one of 1962. It also reached #2 on the American Billboard singles chart, but reached number 1 on the rival Cash Box and Music Vendor singles charts. “Return to Sender” also went to #5 on the R&B charts.[6] It was the first Christmas number one in Ireland, as the Irish Charts had been founded in October 1962.

Gerri Granger later recorded an answer song: “Don’t Want Your Letters”.

Cut from the movie, and the single’s B side, “Where Do You Come From” peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100, The single was certified “Platinum” by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the US.

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Actor Charles Laughton (Spartacus, Mutiny on the Bounty, Witness for the Prosecution, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Advise & Consent, The Big Clock, Captain Kidd, The Canterville Ghost, Hobson’s Choice, It Started with Eve, This Land Is Mine)  died of complications from gall bladder cancer at 63. Laughton had been the host of the first and second of three Ed Sullivan episode that Elvis Presley appeared on; while the Ed hosted one was from the waist up.

December 15, 1963

December 15, 1964

The Beatles released the album “Beatles ’65.”

Dusty Springfield is deported from South Africa for the “crime” of performing in front of an multiracial audience at a show near Cape Town.

December 15, 1965

The movie “Harum Scarum” opened in the U.S.

Elvis gave a present to George Klein: a yellow Cadillac convertible.
December 15, 1967
Just a few days after it was released, The Beatles‘ “Magical Mystery Tour” LP goes Gold. It would top the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and receive a Grammy nomination for Best Album.
The Beach Boys meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris and learn transcendental meditation.
While performing with the Jefferson Airplane on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Grace Slick appears in blackface and raises a black-leather glove in a power salute at the conclusion of “Crown of Creation”. The incident is one of several which leads to the show’s cancellation the following season. The gesture had been made infamous when two African-American athletes at that year’s Olympics raised their fists instead of putting their hands over their hearts during the U.S. National Anthem.
The Trouble With Girls
December 15, 1969
A benefit concert for UNICEF at the Lyceum Ballroom, in London: George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon and Eric Clapton joined John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band as part of Peace for Christmas,  The concert was the last live appearance that Lennon ever made in his home country.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

December 15, 1970
“Elvis – That’s The Way It Is” was released in the U.K.
December 15, 1971
December 15, 1972
David Cassidy went to #1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album “Dreams Are Nothin’ More Than Wishes”.
Elvis Presley recording session that was stopped earlier that morning was picked up again and ran from 9.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
Elvis closed his 2 week Las Vegas engagement and after expenses Elvis and The Colonel had to split $180,000.
Date: 15 Dec 1975
Time: Midnight
Venue: Las Vegas, NV.
Hilton Hotel
Tickets: 1,600
Costume: Rainfall 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
I’m Leaving
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
Just Pretend
How Great Thou Art
Burning Love
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Little Sisiter
One Night
Until It’s Time For You To Go
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
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 15 1975 Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV Closing (12.00am) 2200 Rainfall Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes
December 15, 1976

The Wake and Aftermath

The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

Despite having one of his performances picketed by a senior’s advocate group called The Grey Panthers, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Dr. Elmo hit #1 on the Billboard Christmas singles charts, becoming the first song to ever surpass Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”. To this day, estimated sales of the song top 50 million copies.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” enters the UK chart at #1, where it will stay for five weeks. The Bob Geldof produced song, specifically written to raise money for relief of famine in Ethiopia, was recorded by leading Irish and British musicians, including Phil Collins, Bono, George Michael, Sting, David Bowie, Boy George and Paul McCartney. The record would sell more than three million copies in Britain alone and enjoy similar success around the world.
Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John married actor Matt Lattanzi. They had a daughter before divorcing in 1995.
Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.
Nirvana released “Incesticide,” a collection of b-sides and rarities.
Dr. Dre’s debut album “The Chronic” was released.
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“It’s Now or Never: the Elvis the Tribute Concert” is broadcast. John Stamos hosted artists from a variety of genres doing Elvis Presley covers.
DJ Fontana, John Stamos, some ETA, Scotty Moore and Neal Matthews
DJ Fontana, Chris Isaak and Scotty Moore
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In attendance: Priscilla Presley, and Lisa Marie with 2nd husband, Micheal Jackson
“It’s Now or Never, the tribute to Elvis” tv special soundtrack
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 ‘Spice World The Movie’, featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the ‘worst film’ at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
The surviving members INXS released a tape of an interview in which they talk about the life and death of the group’s late vocalist Michael Hutchence. The band members had been reluctant to give interviews until this release.
Country music superstar Garth Brooks said that he planned to keep an “extremely low” profile in 2000 and that he would “probably” announce his retirement at the end of the year.
R&B singer Rufus Thomas, whose biggest Pop hit was “Walkin’ The Dog” in 1963, died following a short illness at 84 – he’d recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Scored the 1963 US No.10 single ‘Walking The Dog’ and the 1970 UK No.18 & US No.28 single ‘Do The Funky Chicken’.  A popular Memphis disc jockey from 1953 to 1974, there is street named in his honor, just off Beale Street.
Thomas’ Sun Records song “Tiger Man” was performed by Elvis on his 1968 tv special – and Elvis appeared on stage with Thomas in 1956:
Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.’ Previously a No.11 hit for Elton in 1976. It gave Elton only his 5th No 1 after over 30 years of hits!

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

The iconic blues musician B.B. King was honored by President George W. Bush on Dec. 15, 2006, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Bush lauded the guitarist for setting himself apart as the standard in playing the instrument.
A modest, one-story, red-brick house in St. Louis where Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Chuck Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Berry, who now lives in Wentzville, Mo., about 40 miles west of St. Louis, said “Many of my favorite songs came about while in that house. It’s good to know that my music and now that house will always be a part of St. Louis’ history.”
With U2 leading the way by making over 311 million dollars, several classic rockers were among the top earning touring acts of the year, including Madonna ($222 million), Bruce Springsteen ($156 million), AC/DC ($135 million), Billy Joel and Elton John ($90 million) and Tina Turner ($86 million).

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


At the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rolling Stones played the fifth and last concert of their 50th anniversary mini-tour. Guest performers at the concert included Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, the Black Keys, John Mayer, and former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

Paul McCartney was the musical guest on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” He performed “My Valentine” accompanied by Joe Walsh and “Cut Me Some Slack” backed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselicand Pat Smear of Nirvana.


Actress  Joan Fontaine, younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, died at age 96. Fontaine and de Havilland are the only siblings to ever win lead acting Academy Awards, for “Rebecca” and “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress,” respectively.

Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989. The album eventually became the best-selling album of 2014 in the US market and had sold over 5.7 million copies by the end of 2015, while selling 9.5 million worldwide. Seven singles have been released from the set.

Priscilla Presley brings ‘Elvis and Me’ to San Antonio tonight


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