Daily Elvis: December 20

Give us this day, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


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.


December 20, 1954

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”.

December 20, 1955

December 20, 1956

Elvis Presley made US chart history by having ten songs on Billboard’s Top 100.

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 picked up his draft notice.The poodle belonged to Gladys Presley and was named ‘Duke’ after John Wayne.
eb9eeeda2677fd8fff461425efc2006dElvis pictured at Graceland aftter picking up his draft notice. The christmas tree is in the background and It looks to be dark outside.The poodle belonged to Gladys Presley and was named 'Duke' after John Wayne.
“I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I’m just a guy who makes music—no different from anybody else … this country has given to me. And now I’m ready to return a little. It’s the only adult way to look at it.” — on receiving his draft notice, Memphis Press-Scimitar; December 21, 195
In the evening Elvis left for Nashville to deliver the Colonel’s Christmas present in person: a red Isetta sports car.
 The US Army’s 32nd Armored unit returns to base after maneuvers and Pvt. Elvis Presley is rewarded for his hard work with a three day pass, which he uses to buy himself a BMW sports car.
Elisabeth Stefaniak had promised him to come over and work for him as his secretary to help him with the enormous amount of fan mail the Colonel had sent to Germany.

December 20, 19559
Military Service

December 20, 1960

Wild in the Country Production

Principal photography on Kid Galahad was completed.
Elvis had given Priscilla some pills to help her sleep on her first night. However, she never woke for 2 days. The rest of her vacation was spent seeing the places where Elvis grew up, including attending movies at the Memphian and dining out at Chenault’s Drive-In.
December 20, 1963
December 20, 1964
December 20, 1965
Elvis bought 2 horses. One was his Christmas gift to Priscilla. The other was for Jerry Schilling’s fiancée, Sandy Kawelo, so that Priscilla had somebody to ride with.
Elvis bought the Colonel a 18 karat gold Accutron calendar wristwatch for $595 and a second one for Tom Diskin. Elvis purchased a new grand piano for Graceland as well today.
Elvis flew home to Memphis and arrived early in the morning. In the evening he went to the movies, like he would do almost every night while he was in Memphis.
December 20, 1969
After scoring a pair of number 2 singles in 1963 with “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”, Peter, Paul And Mary attain their first and only US number one hit with the John Denver written “Leaving On A Jet Plane”.
Elvis arrived in Los Angeles at 2.17 a.m. and saw a doctor about a rash he had developed on his face and neck. Most likely caused by an allergic reaction to the medication he was taking for an eye infection, but aggravated by the chocolate he ate on the plane. In the afternoon he explained to Jerry that he wanted to return to Washington.
Jerry protested because he had to be back in California for work. Elvis then allowed him to call Sonny West and have him meet them in Washington. He gave Sonny permission to tell Vernon and Priscilla he was safe, but not where he was
At this point, Elvis was trying to meet up with Joyce Bova – however, on the plane, Elvis met Senator George Murphy and on the plane Elvis wrote a letter to President Nixon offering his services in the government’s effort to combat illicit drug use:


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.


Elvis Presley

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.


Mr. President

These are all my PVT numbers

Beverly Hills 278-3496
Palm Spring’s
Pvt #
Pvt. #
Col P.S. # 325-4781
Col B.H. # 274-8498
Col. Off M.E.M. 870-0370

Room 505-506
Under the name of Jon Burrows

Attn. President Nixon
via Sen. George Murphy


Elvis Presley

Elvis’ Letter to Nixon (Transcript)


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”. 

December 20, 1974

December 20, 1975

December 20, 1976


Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead, “Just Like Starting Over” became his first UK solo #1.


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.


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.


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.


Grammy organizers announced that Diana Ross, Glen Campbell, The Allman Brothers Band and The Memphis Horns would receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2012 ceremony.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database






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