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306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
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.
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
Decmber 19, 1952
At the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas, Hank Williams gave his last scheduled performance. He sang publicly one more time after being persuaded to take the stage and sing a few songs at the annual dinner of the American Federation of Musicians on December 28. Williams died three days later.
September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954
Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
December 19, 1954
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
Elvis went shopping in Memphis. He visited the jewelry store in the Peabody and the Lansky Brothers.
The Presleys 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ performed a Memphis charity show at Ellis Auditorium
to benefit the Memphis Press-Scimitar’s Goodfellows Fund and the Commercial-Appeal’s American Legion Basket Fund.
Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys, along with Slim Rhodes and his Mountainair’s and other musical artists, provided the singing introduction for an “all-star wrestling program.”
DJ Fontana and Bill Black at Ellis Auditorium – Photos by Robert Dye
Scotty, Bill and Elvis onstage (in the ring) at Ellis Auditorium
December 19, 1956
Elvis Presley had 10 singles on the Billboard chart, a record high number for an individual act, which stood until 1964 when the Beatles had 14 simultaneous chart hits.
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
The Presleys lived at Graceland: Elvis received an informal word from Memphis draft board chairman Milton Bowers, that his induction notice had been drawn and was waiting for him.
The Military Service Disruption
December 19, 1958
Conway Twitty was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Only Make Believe’. The first song to reach the UK Top 10 in four different years: Billy Fury (1964), Glen Campbell (1970) and Child (1978).
Military Service in Germany
October 1958 to February 2, 1959: Hotel Grunwald in Bad Nauheim, Germany
December 19, 1959
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
December 19, 1960
Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his very own record company, Reprise Records. Frank did “Ring-A-Ding-Ding” and “Let’s Fall in Love.”
Wild in the Country Production
on TV ‘s To Tell the Truth:
December 19, 1961
Kid Galahad Production
After girlfriend Anita Wood left him due to his romantic indecision, Priscilla arrived on a flight from Germany under the name Priscilla Fisher. She was picked up at the airport Idlewild in New York by Vernon and Dee. They accompanied her to Memphis.
Elvis picked her up at his father’s house. He wanted to show her Graceland for the first time by himself. He drove her past the annual Christmas display in the lawn, including the life-size Nativity scene that is still in use today. Priscilla was nervous, and Elvis prescribes some sleeping pills which leave her asleep for the better part of two days.
December 19, 1963
December 19, 1964
The Beatles fourth album, “Beatles For Sale”, started a seven-week run at the top of the UK album chart. It would stay in the Top 20 for an amazing 46 weeks.
Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles charted with the old standard “Danny Boy” (based on the 1855 Irish tune “Londonderry Air”). It was their third of six Hot 100 singles (#75) before they became LaBelle in 1975.
December 19, 1965
Elvis was interviewed by the Memphis Commercial Appeal and talked about Christmas time as well as in the past as in the present: “Everything is so dreamy when you are young. After you grow up it kind of becomes just real.”
Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town” entered the Billboard Hot 100 where it would reach #5. Although the lyrics seem innocent enough, the song’s writer, Lee Hazelwood, would later say “Sugar Town was an LSD song if there ever was one.” The B-side was “Summer Wine”, a popular duet featuring and also written by Hazelwood.
December 19, 1967
December 19, 1968
Colonel Parker and Elvis accepted a standard performance deal to appear at Kirk Kerkorian’s International Hotel, which was still under construction at the time. Elvis signed on for a four-week mid-summer engagement at $100,000 per week.
Elvis and Charlie at Hillcrest Drive
December 19, 1969
latest Christmas record, ‘The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record’ was released to members of their fan club in the UK and the US.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
Vernon and Priscilla tried to confront Elvis over his spending habits. Elvis became furious and left Graceland. He went to the airport and on board a plane for Washington D.C. Here, he checked into the Hotel Washington and tried to get in touch with Joyce Bova.
Shortly after, he left to fly on to LA via Dallas. Here Elvis called his limousine driver, Gerald Peters, and Jerry Schilling to arrange to meet him in LA. However he warned them not to tell anyone where he was.
December 19, 1971
December 19, 1972
December 19, 1973
December 19, 1974
December 19, 1975
As if Disco wasn’t bad enough, the US music scene reaches a new all time low when “Convoy” by C.W. McCall earns a Gold record. It would go on to top the Billboard Pop chart in early January. The novelty tune tells the story of interstate truck drivers and their run-ins with the law. It reached #2 in the UK. The movie Convey stars Kris Kristofferson, who would co-star in the third Star is Born remake with Streisand instead of Elvis.
December 19, 1976
The Wake and Aftermath
‘s personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with ‘illegally and indiscriminately’ prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and pain killers for the Rock ‘n’ Roll star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995. He died February 24, 2016; and
inspired the “Dr Nick” Character on The Simpson.
The film “9 to 5,” with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin opened.
Diana Ross’ first RCA single after two decades with Motown, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” a remake of the Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ classic, peaked at #7 pop, #6 R&B, and #4 in England.
scored their seventh UK No.1 album with The Visitors, the Swedish pop group’s eighth and final studio album. It was one of the first records to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be manufactured on the new CD format in 1982 on Atlantic.
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
the rock n roll and scary teenagers took a Heavy Metal turn:
A California Superior Court Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne
by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”. The judge ruled that Ozzy is protected by The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives him the right to freedom of speech.
Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host “Saturday Night Live.”
The Pet Shop Boys had their third UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Always On My Mind. The duo had performed a version of ‘Always on My Mind’ on Love Me Tender, an TV special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s
death, their performance was so well-received that the group decided to record the song and release it as a single.
Whitney Houston’s single “I Will Always Love You” sold a record 399,000 copies in one week, breaking the record set by Bryan Adams’ single, (“Everthing I Do) I Do For You” a year earlier.
Neil Diamond’s “Christmas in Washington” aired on NBC-TV.
Chaka Khan and B.B. King performed in Vatican City for the annual Vatican Christmas Concert.
VH1 premiered “Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story.”
Madonna appeared on television’s “Dateline.”
filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark’s American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Actress Hope Lange died of colitis at age 70. (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Blue Velvet, Death Wish, Pocketful of Miracles, The Young Lions, Peyton Place, Bus Stop, Clear and Present Danger, Wild in the Country, I Love You Goodbye, The Best of Everything, In Love and War)
Sir Elton John
turned down £5.7m for the exclusive rights to his civil union to his partner David Furnish. The couple had considered the offer from a US television channel, putting the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude magazine they had decided to keep the day private.
2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
MDNA World Tour made more money than any other during 2012. The tour grossed $228m (£141m), after more than 1.6 million fans paid to see her perform in 65 cities worldwide since last June. She beat Bruce Springsteen
into first place on the highest-grossing tour list, who earned $198 million (£123 million). Also in the top 25 were Coldplay, who took fifth place, and Lady Gaga at number six, who attracted audiences reaching 1.1 million people in comparison. Jay-Z and Kanye West came in at number nine, while Justin Bieber’s tour was the 20th highest-earning at $30.6 million (£18.9m).
Wrapping up a 28 year tradition that started in 1986, Darlene Love
sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on The Late Show With David Letterman
for the last time. The 73-year-old Love said she would retire the song from television after Letterman retires.
Thirty-three years after it was released, Michael Jackson’s classic album Thriller
became the first to sell more than 30 million copies in the US. The Recording Industry Association of America reported latest sales figures showing The Eagles
Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 had now sold 29m and Billy Joel
Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, 23m copies.
The Official Chart Company announced it was changing the way it calculated the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming. Currently, 100 streams counted as one “sale” of a song. From January 2017, the ratio will become 150:1. It was hoped that the change would break the bottleneck at the top of the charts, as hits on streaming services linger for weeks on end.
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