Daily Elvis: December 21

Give us this day, December 21, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi


306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

December 21, 1937

Vernon in prison

December 21, 1938

Vernon in prison

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

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.

December 21, 1945
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
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo.

Memphis, Tennessee


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

December 21, 1954

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour. (September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954)

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

December 21, 1955

The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

December 21, 1956

The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

The production chief of Paramount Studios petitioned the U.S. Army to defer Elvis Presley’s induction by two months so he could finish filming “King Creole.” The draft board agreed after Elvis made the request himself.
Elvis and the Colonel’s in the red Isetta sports car which Elvis has just presented to him as a Christmas present. ‘It is snug’ observed Colonel Parker.
Colonel Parker and Elvis Presley in the BMW Isetta : The Colonel home : 1215 Gallatin Road South Madison, Tennessee 37115
After visiting and conferring with the Colonel, Elvis attended the Grand Ole Opry, accompanied by Gordon Stoker, who took him to a clothing store where he purchased a tuxedo for the evening.
The Jordanaires : Hugh Jarrett : Gordon Stoker, Elvis Presley : Neal Matthews : Hoyt Hawkins.
The Jordanaires : Hugh Jarrett : Gordon Stoker, Elvis Presley : Neal Matthews : Hoyt Hawkins.
Johnny Cash : Elvis Presley : Gordon Stoker
Johnny Cash : Elvis Presley : Gordon Stoker.
Elvis spent the evening chatting with performers backstage and even made a brief appearance to wave at the audience.
Hank Snow : Elvis Presley
Hank Snow : Elvis Presley.
The Wilburn Brothers : Teddy Wilburn, Elvis, Doyle Wilburn.
The Wilburn Brothers : Teddy Wilburn, Elvis, Doyle Wilburn.
Brenda Lee with Elvis
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Gordon Terry, Elvis Presley, Col Parker and Ray Price

Governor of Tennessee- Frank G. Clement ,Elvis and Colonel Parker.
Governor of Tennessee- Frank G. Clement ,Elvis and Colonel Parker.

After the Opry, it was over to the governor’s mansion to see Governor Frank Clement until one o’clock in the morning playing the piano.

The Marigolds, (evolved from The Prison Aires), with lead singer Johnny Bragg, performed for Elvis at Governor Frank G. Clement’s mansion. They sang Jailhouse Rock for Elvis, and he was impressed with their harmonies, and wanted to record with them, but apparently Colonel Parker did not consider this a good career move. Elvis joined them for a rendition of Just Walkin’ In The Rain,a song Elvis did not record. Elvis and his party returned back to Memphis in the early hours of Sunday 22nd of December 1957.


The Military Service Disruption

Elvis leased a BMW 507 from BMW Glöckler. The car was a ‘used’ one and Elvis knew this, formerly driven by racing ace Hans Stuck. Elvis was assured by Mr Glöckler that ‘the car was very well run in by Mr Stuck’. Stuck had raced the car in several sports car events, but the engine was modified for Elvis to use on a daily basis. (So the car was quite special). He had already a black Mercedes as well as a Volkswagen. That last one was used by Red and Lamar.
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Over Christmas Elvis and his friends fooled around with the new tape recorder, singing songs like Danny Boy and Mona Lisa.

Military Service in Germany

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


Conway Twitty released the single “Lonely Blue Boy.” It became the third of his three Top 10 pop hits. Elvis’ version of this song, “Danny” recorded  for King Creole was not released until the RCA’s Legendary Performer compilation series in the 1970s.

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 21, 1960


Elvis was in Wild in the Country Production

December 21, 1961

December 21, 1962

The Dells, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Lloyd Price, Little Esther Phillips, Etta James, the Radiants, and Erma Franklin performed at Chicago’s Regal Theater for the start of their annual Christmas shows.

December 21, 1963

Priscilla visit to Elvis: Priscilla Beaulieu sitting next to Dee Stanley’s niece, Theresa, at the Dolan street house, Memphis, TN,

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December 21, 1964

December 21, 1965

December 21, 1966

The Beach Boys receive three Gold Record citations for the single “Good Vibrations” and the albums “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Shut Down, Vol. 2”.

December 21, 1967

December 21, 1968

 Wilson Pickett charted pop with the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (#23, #13 R&B) despite the fact that the Fab Four were still on the hit list with their own version, which charted three months ahead of him. Even more impressive, he scored in the Beatles’ own backyard, reaching #16 in Britain.

Glen Campbell topped the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with “Wichita Lineman”. The LP would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, but it would be Campbell’s only number one.


The Trouble with Girls: Oct – Dec 18

December 21, 1969

Diana Ross & The Supremes made their final TV appearance together when they performed “Someday, We’ll Be Together”on The Ed Sullivan Show.

One of Rock and Roll’s strangest oddities happened when “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye hit number one on the Cash Box music chart. The same song was also a number one hit for Gladys Knight And The Pips exactly one year earlier.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis Presley left Memphis without any money and got on a series of planes between Memphis, Washington and LA.
He went to Washington most likely to see Joyce Bova, who was a Federal Government employee – and during the flights and meeting various people, the gift he intended to give to Bova was instead given to then President Nixon.
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Elvis arrived in Washington and was picked up at the airport. He dropped off a letter addressed to President Nixon requesting a meeting to discuss how the King of Rock and Roll could help Nixon fight drugs – including getting credentials as a “federal agent at large.” to the president at 6.30 a.m.
Then he checked into the Hotel Washington again. Elvis tried to get in touch with the BNDD’s director John Ingersoll. This failed, but there was a call from President Nixon’s deputy counsel, asking Elvis to meet him in 45 minutes at the Old Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.
Elvis Presley was almost at the Oval Office when he remembered he still had a gun and he turned over an ankle holstered pistol to the astonished security team.
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 He gives Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 while the President agreed to give him a Narcotics Bureau badge – but only after learning that the chief of the narcotics bureau had turned down the same request earlier that day and told Presley the only person who could overrule his decision was the President.
There Elvis, Sonny and Jerry met with President Nixon. To everyone’s surprise, except for Elvis’ , they really hit it off, and Elvis left the following day with that what he came for: the BNDD badge.
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At Elvis’ request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year until The Washington Post broke the story on January 27th, 1972.
Elvis went to the Memphian and saw Dirty Harry and Straw Dogs.
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December 21, 1972

December 21, 1973

December 21, 1974

Harry Chapin enjoys his only number one single with “Cat’s In The Cradle”. The song’s theme about a distant father and son relationship was suggested to Harry by his wife, after he expressed disappointment about being on tour instead of attending his son’s birth.

December 21, 1975

December 21, 1976

The Wake and Aftermath


Queen played the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


Bruce Springsteen’s album, “Born in the USA” passed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to become the second longest-lasting LP on the Billboard Top 100. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews lasted longer at 109 weeks. – Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd has the longest chart run spanning decades. 


Queen Latifah (born Dana Owens) hit the R&B charts with “Latifah’s Had It Up To Here,” reaching #13.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody – These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ by Queen started a five week run at No.1 in the UK, the 1975 word-wide hit had been re-released following the death of Freddie Mercury.


American blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as ‘Crosscut Saw’ and ‘As The Years Go Passing By’, and the 1967 album, ‘Born Under a Bad Sign.’

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Elton John became one of the first Britons to take advantage of his country’s new Civil Partnership Act. The 58 year-old Pop star and his longtime friend, Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, 43, tied the knot in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, on the first day that the new law took effect.


The Beatles‘ “Love” sat at #1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. The collection was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin and features music compiled and remixed for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The disc would quickly be certified Platinum and won Grammys in two categories – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album at the 50th annual Grammy awards on February 10th, 2008.

“Writing for the King” was released. The set included two CDs and a book that included more than 140 interviews with songwriters.

Writing For The King – FTD CD/Book review – Elvis Information Network


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), released its listing of 2009’s most played holiday songs, tracked by radio airplay monitoring service, Mediaguide, from over 2,500 radio stations nationwide.

The Top 10 most-played holiday songs in the ASCAP repertory for this holiday season are:

1. “Sleigh Ride” (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) – played 118,918 times
2.”Jingle Bell Rock” (Joseph Carleton Beal, James Roth Boothe) – played 118,601 times
3.”It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (Edward Pola, George Wyle) – played 101,614 times
4. “White Christmas” (Irving Berlin) – played 89,348 times
5. “Winter Wonderland” (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – played 77,599 times
6. “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) – played 74,360 times.
7. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (Johnny Marks) – played 57,948 times
8. “Little Drummer Boy” (Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone) – played 55,617 times.
9. “Feliz Navidad” (José Feliciano) – played 51,072 times
10. “Frosty the Snowman” (Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins) – played 51,068 times

Note: The above list represents an aggregation of all different artist versions of each cited holiday song.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish were married in London, England on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. After the ceremony, the pair held a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle.


Elvis Presley memorabilia on auction block at Graceland

President Nixon meets Elvis Presley: Dec. 21, 1970 – POLITICO

Memphis defies state ban to remove two Confederate statues

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