Give us this day, December 20, our daily Elvis
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.
Charles Brown had one of the most successful Christmas records ever when his “Merry Christmas Baby” charted, reaching #3 R&B. It also went on to chart Top 10 in 1948 and 1949 and is considered a blues classic today.
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.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
December 20, 1954
Buick signed Jackie Gleason to one of the biggest contracts ever offered to an entertainer up to that time. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour television shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500. Elvis would appear 6 times on the Dorsey Brother’s show.
Elvis performed at Hawkins, TX High School
The Gladewater Daily Mirror from December 21, 1954, mentioning that “Ken Spradlin appeared last night [12/20/1954] on the Elvis Presley show at the Hawkins High School gymnasium”.
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
December 20, 1955
RCA re-released the Sun singles That’s All Right”/”Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight”/”I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine,” “Milkcow Blues Boogie”/”You’re a Heartbreaker,” and “Baby Let’s Play House”/”I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone.”
The Presleys 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
December 20, 1956
Comedian Jerry Lewis enjoys his only Billboard Top 40 hit when “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” peaks at #12. His former partner, Dean Martin, with whom he had split with the previous July, had three chart hits during this calendar year and would go on to have fourteen more.
Elvis Presley made US chart history by having ten songs on Billboard’s Top 100.
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
The Military Service Disruption
December 20, 1959
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
December 20, 1960
The Elvis Presley movie “Flaming Star” opened nationwide in the U.S. For that week the movie was #12 on the National Box Office Survey. Due to strict laws of racial separation the movie was banned in South Africa because of its focus on the complications of a bi-racial family.
Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council, coinciding with the opening with his movie “Flaming Star,” in which he played a character that was half Kiowa.
Elvis was in Wild in the Country Production
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
Dear Mr. President.
First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Agnew in Palm Springs three weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc. do not consider me as their enemy or as they call it the establishment. I call it America and
I love it. Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out. I have no concern or motives other than helping the country out.
So I wish not to be given a title or an appointed position. I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal Agent at Large and I will help out by doing it my way through my communications with people of all ages. First and foremost, I am an entertainer, but all I need is the Federal credentials. I am on this plane with
Senator George Murphy and we have been discussing the problems that our country is faced with.
Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, Room 505-506-507. I have two men who work with me by the name of Jerry Schilling and Sonny West. I am registered under the name of Jon Burrows. I will be here for as long as long as it takes to get the credentials of a Federal Agent. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing
techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing where I can and will do the most good.
I am Glad to help just so long as it is kept very private. You can have your staff or whomever call me anytime today, tonight, or tomorrow. I was nominated this coming year one of America’s Ten Most Outstanding Young Men. That will be in January 18 in my home town of Memphis, Tennessee. I am sending you the short autobiography about myself so you can better understand this
approach. I would love to meet you just to say hello if you’re not too busy.
P. S. I believe that you, Sir, were one of the Top Ten Outstanding Men of America also.
I have a personal gift for you which I would like to present to you and you can accept it or I will keep it for you until you can take it.
These are all my PVT numbers
|Col P.S. #||325-4781|
|Col B.H. #||274-8498|
|Col. Off M.E.M.||870-0370|
WASHINGTON HOTEL PHONE ME 85900
Under the name of Jon Burrows
Attn. President Nixon
via Sen. George Murphy
December 20, 1972
December 20, 1973
37 year old Bobby Darin died during surgery to repair a heart valve that had been implanted two years earlier. His career started in 1958 with “Splish Splash” and continued strong into the early sixties. He was pushed off the charts by the British Invasion, but had a comeback in 1966 with “If I Were a Carpenter”.
Bobby Darin and Elvis in 1961:
December 20, 1974
December 20, 1975
December 20, 1976
The Wake and Aftermath
Elvis Presley’s song “Santa Clause Is Back In Town” hit #41 in the U.K. The song was originally released in 1957.
Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead, “Just Like Starting Over” became his first UK solo #1.
Johnny Cash began a six-week stay at the Betty Ford Center to withdraw from an addiction to painkillers that had been administered to him during a recent hospitalization.
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
A lawsuit is filed against Chuck Berry on behalf of more than seventy women who claimed he had secretly videotaped them while they used rest rooms in his home and a restaurant. Although Berry adamantly denied making the tapes or even knowing who did, the cases were settled out of court for more than one million dollars.
Canadian Country singer Juno Awards Hall of Famer/Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Snow, “The Singing Ranger” a/k/a “The Yodeling Ranger,” died of heart failure at the age of 85. ‘The Singing Ranger’ released over 100 albums and scored more than seventy singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. A regular at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1954 Snow persuaded the directors to allow a new singer by the name of Elvis Presley to appear at the Grand Ole Opry.
It was a very good year for Classic Rockers. Elton John and Billy Joel toured together and grossed nearly $60 million from just 31 dates, averaging $1.9 million per show. Eric Clapton proved to be a strong draw in international arenas, earning a healthy $43.5 million from 59 shows, racking up 38 complete sell-outs and averaging nearly $750,000 per night.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Bruce Springsteen was the top-earning concert attraction in 2003, taking in $115.9 million. That ranks second only to The Rolling Stones for the most money ever earned by a concert act in a year.
Edison Media Research and Pinnacle Media Worldwide independently surveyed radio listeners on which Christmas songs they like and dislike. In both surveys, the only song that reached the top of both most-disliked lists was “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Dr. Elmo.
2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
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 was the first to receive both accolades two years in a row and the honours for Adele came in a year which saw her win six Grammy awards and dominate the US charts. Her second album 21 went straight to No.1 when it was released in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September 2012, during that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top spot.
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