Daily Elvis: December 17

Give us this day, December 17, 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 17, 1954

Bill Haley And His Comets put a contender for first Rock and Roll song on the UK singles chart with “Rock Around The Clock”, which would later peak at number 4.

While their hit “Only You” was still at #2, The Platters‘ “The Great Pretender” enters the Billboard R&B chart at #13.
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s version of “Sixteen Tons” is number one on both the Billboard Pop and Country & Western charts. The song was first recorded in 1946 by American Country singer Merle Travis.
Carl Perkins wrote “Blue Suede Shoes.” Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it in Memphis, TN.
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. The crowd didn’t want him to leave the stage. Elvis performed: Baby Lets Play House, Sixteen Tons, Only You, I Got A Woman, Tutti Frutti, Thats All Right
Also on the bill: Wayne Raney
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info December 17 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
December 17, 1956
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
December 17, 1957
The Presleys lived at Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

Elvis was told by the Colonel that his new single One Night had already sold 1,250,000.
 Military Service in Germany

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

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December 17, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

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The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 17, 1960

Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar (to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. When Newby bowed out to return to college, Paul McCartney became The Beatles’ bass player.

“I Gotta Know,” the b-side to “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” hit #20 in the U.S.

Wild in the Country

December 17, 1961

Paul Anka sang a medley of his hits on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Barbara Cook, Wayne & Shuster, Elizabeth Allen and Corbett Monica also performed on the program.

At Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut studio in Nashville, Patsy Cline recorded “She’s Got You,” the follow-up single to her two big hits, “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” Released in late January 1962, the record was so successful that it earned her an appearance on “American Bandstand,” became her first hit single in the UK, and led to Cline having her own show in Las Vegas the following November.

Kid Galahad Production

December 17, 1962

December 17, 1963

James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles’ record on American airwaves. Carroll played “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from Britain. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every hour. Since it hadn’t been released yet in the States, Capitol Records initially considered court action, but instead released the single earlier than planned.

Elvis Presley: December 17, 1963

More than 150 people jammed into the mayor’s office Dec. 17, 1963, to see Elvis Presley hands out Christmas checks totaling $55,000. The checks benefited 58 Memphis and Mid-South charities.

In appreciation, the organizations presented Elvis with a six-foot plaque.

It was warm in the room, and when Commissioner Claude Armour announced Elvis was going to pass out the checks, the singer wiped his brow and said, ‘Elvis is going to pass out, period’.

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RCA extended Elvis’s recording contract two additional years.

 December 17, 1963 | Elvis Presley hand out Christmas

December 17, 1964

December 17, 1965

Judy Garland and The Supremes became first artists to perform at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

Elvis made his annual donation of $50,000 to a variety of Memphis charities.

December 17, 1966

Elvis’ 27th LP – The soundtrack album “Spinout” released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3702 peaked at  #18 in the U.S. Nine songs were recorded for the soundtrack, all of which appeared in the film. Most of the songs derived from the standard pool of songwriters, their publishing rights signed over to Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, the companies owned by Elvis and the Colonel;  One song “Stop, Look, and Listen” was previously recorded by Ricky Nelson and Bill Haley & His Comets.
The three bonus tracks were:
Tomorrow Is a Long Time“, an original by Bob Dylan (publishing rights were, of course, not signed over to Presley and Parker),
Down in the Alley” had been released in 1957 by The Clovers, a group Elvis had covered on the country circuit in the early 1950s
I’ll Remember You” had been a record by Don Ho, and reflected Presley’s infatuation with Hawaii and its culture; Elvis did in the 1960s, what became known as World Music in the 1990s.
In 2004 Spinout was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes
The Movie Spinout was one of three co-starring Shelly Fabres, TV star and Pop Singer – yet, they never did a duet – which could have completed a full soundtrack and crossed over fan-bases.
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December 17, 1967
The Trouble With Girls
December 17, 1969
On The Tonight Show -an estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to see 36 year old Tiny Tim marry 17 year old Victoria May Budinger, whom he refers to as “Miss Vicki”, . For appearing on the program, they received a free reception, wedding apparel, hair styling, flowers and a honeymoon in the Bahamas. The couple would have one daughter, Tulip, but divorced in 1972.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

December 17, 1970
The Beach Boys play a command performance for Princess Margaret at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Elvis flew to Memphis where he would stay most of the time until January 9, 1971.

December 17, 1971

David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory, which was the first to feature all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. Two singles were released from the album: ‘Changes’ / ‘Andy Warhol’ in January 1972 and ‘Life on Mars’ which was released late June 1973. Bowie himself considered the album to be one of the most important in his career.

December 17, 1972

December 17, 1973

December 17, 1974

December 17, 1975

Elvis flew back home to Memphis in The Lisa Marie.

December 17, 1976

The third movie version of “A Star is Born,” starring Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark, and Sally Kirkland, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

It was the first Dolby surround sound film – and the last major movie to be turned down by Elvis.

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The Wake and Aftermath

Instead of the Sex Pistols who were denied Visas, Elvis Costello appears on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live, where producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow him to perform “Radio, Radio” because of the song’s criticism of the broadcasting industry. A few measures into “Less than Zero”, Costello halts his group and goes into “Radio, Radio”. He was never invited back.

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

Karen Carpenter made her last public appearance, singing Christmas carols at Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
The Who play the last concert of their It’s Hard Tour at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. The show was recorded and later released as “Live from Toronto.” The show was also aired live on cable TV and FM radio across the U.S. and Canada.
American Delta blues musician and songwriter Big Joe Williams died in Macon, Mississippi aged 79. Wrote ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, a 1965 UK Top 10 for Them, (featuring Van Morrison).
Olivia Newton-John appeared in the TV movie “A Mom For Christmas.”
A remixed version of The Four Seasons‘ “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” re-enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will stay for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in history. The song reached #1 the first time out and #14 during its second stay.
A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet
Crossover jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, collapsed and died in New York after taping a performance for CBS’s “The Saturday Early Show.” He was 56. The show aired the next day.
The film This is Spinal Tap is chosen by the National Film Registry for historical preservation. The Library of Congress chose the entries, which picked the movies that it saw as, quote, “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert FX Sillerman in a deal worth $100,000,000. Sillerman will run Presley’s Memphis home, Graceland, will own Elvis’ name and likeness, as well as the rights to his photographs and revenue from his music and films. Lisa Marie will retain ownership of Graceland and many of her father’s personal effects. The agreement was to pay her $53 million in cash and absolve her of $25m in debts owed by the estate. She will also receive shares in the new company expected to be worth more than $20 million. Actress Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie’s mother and Presley’s former wife, remained executive consultant to the business.
U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to Billboard. More than three million people watched the band’s sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m). The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more than $71m (£40m). Kenny Chesney was fourth with $63m (£35.5m), Paul McCartney $60m (£33.8m), Rod Stewart with $49m (£27m), Elton John with $45.5m (£25.6m), Dave Matthews Band with $45m (£25.3m), Jimmy Buffett with $41m (£23m) and Green Day with $36.5m (£20.5m).
Insisting that he has let go of all his “anger and bitterness”, John Lennon’s son Julian said that he has finally forgiven his late father for walking out on him as a child. “I realized if I continued to feel that anger and bitterness towards my dad, I would have a cloud hanging over my head.” After John was murdered in 1980, it was revealed that he had left very little to Julian in his will.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough

Don Van Vliet, who became a Rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died from complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 69. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with a unique style of Blues-inspired, experimental Rock ‘n’ Roll. His “Trout Mask Replica” LP was #58 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death sold for nearly $1 million at auction. Among the items sold were an armoire upon which Jackson wrote a message to himself on the mirror that fetched $25,750, the rug that was beneath his bed that went for $15,360, and a kitchen chalkboard where Jackson’s children wrote “I love daddy” that sold for $5,000.
Adele was named Billboard’s top artist of 2012, while her hit record 21 was named top album of the year in the music magazine’s annual review. The 24-year-old became the first to receive both accolades two years in a row. The year’s top three songs were Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Fun’s We Are Young. respectively.
Billboard magazine announced that Madonna’s MDNA tour was the top-grossing concert tour of 2012, selling out 72 tour dates and raking in a total of $228.4 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band came in second ($199.37 million), followed by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd ($186.46 million) and Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” ($147.3 million). Coldplay ($147.1 million) was fifth.
Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller would be inducted into the shrine at their ceremony next April.


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