Daily Elvis: December 22

Give us this day, December 22, 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)

end of 1954 to mid-1955
2414 Lamar Avenue, rented

mid-1955 to May, 11 1956
1414 Getwell Street

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


December 22, 1954

Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys played Shreveport, LA Lake Cliff Club.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
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December 22, 1955
Lake Cliff Club
Shreveport, LA

December 22, 1955

Alan Freed‘s Rock ‘n’ Roll Holiday Jubilee opens in New York. The twelve day show features Count Basie, LaVern Baker, The Cadillacs, The Wrens, The Valentines, The Chuckles and a host of others.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

December 22, 1956

Mickey & Sylvia charted with their rock ‘n’ roll classic “Love Is Strange,” reaching #1 R&B and #11 pop.

Billboard magazine reported that Elvis Presley had the most charting records this year with seventeen. Pat Boone was next with five, followed by Fats Domino, Little Richard and The Platters with three each. An Rock Era record that would stay until the year of 1964, when the Beatles had 30.

December 22, 1957

The Military Service Disruption

December 22, 1958

After just two weeks on the Billboard Pop chart, “The Chipmunk Song” was the number one tune in the US. It’s creator, David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian), named the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, after executives at Liberty Records – the novelty tune holding to #2 with “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by The Platters.

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December 22, 1959
Military Service in Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 22, 1960

During the Wild in the Country Production, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Los Angeles Tribal Council by Chief Wha-Nee-Ota for his ‘constructive portrayal of a man of Indian blood’ in Flaming Star.

Elvis’s sixth movie, Flaming Star, opened in theaters nationwide.


 December 22, 1961

New York disc jockey Murray the K Kaufman hosted the Brooklyn Paramount’s Christmas show featuring Johnny Mathis, the Isley Brothers, the Crystals, the Chantels, the Vibrations, Bobby Lewis, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, and the most soulful white girl of the times, Timi Yuro.

The teen film Twist Around the Clock, featuring Chubby Checker & the Marcels, opened nationally.


Elvis traveled to Las Vegas. He stayed at the Sahara through the holidays, probably because his father was still residing there with his new wife and her three sons.

Vernon had just bought a new house on Hermitage, around the corner.


December 22, 1962

The Tornadoes became the first British group to have a number 1 record in the US when they hit the top with their instrumental, “Telstar”. The song was named after the world’s first communication satellite launched by the US earlier in the year and preceded the Beatles’ chart debut by 13 months.

Acker Bilk’s “Stranger On The Shore” finally drops off of the UK charts after 55 weeks. That record would stand until 1968 when Engelbert Humperdinck‘s “Release Me” stayed for 56. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, later charted for 124 non-consecutive weeks.

Priscilla’s first visit to Graceland continues with  seeing the places where Elvis grew up, including attending movies at the Memphian and dining out at Chenault’s Drive-In.

Romances: Priscilla

December 22, 1963

The documentary The Beatles Come to Town premiered in British cinemas.

The Beatles performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

Scheduled for an earlier release but helpd up due to the assassination of President Kennedy, Darlene Love’s epic Christmas classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” was finally issued. Background vocals on rock’s greatest holiday recording were by the Ronettes, the Crystals, and Cher.

December 22, 1964

December 22, 1965

December 22, 1966

Priscilla bought a gentleman’s watch for $1,500 from Harry Levitch
December 22, 1968
The Trouble with Girls – Post Production

December 22, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet for one hour with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa. Earlier in the day, they saw the Minister of Health, John Munro and discussed drug abuse.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis returned to Graceland with presents for Priscilla and Lisa Marie and told them what happened over the last few days: his new Badge.
 December 22, 1971
 December 22, 1972
Little Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.’ At nine years eight months of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1 record, also the biggest seller of 1972.
 December 22, 1973
With “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” sitting atop both the US and UK charts, Elton John‘s show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon is broadcast live by BBC Radio 1.
 December 22, 1974
 December 22, 1975
 December 22, 1976

The Wake and Aftermath


The stage version of Harry Nilsson’s “The Point” opened in London with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

Former studio musician Rupert Holmes had the last number one record of the seventies with “Escape” (The Pina Colada Song). The tune stayed at the top for two weeks and the follow-up, “Him”, also made the Top 10. Holmes had previously done studio work for The Drifters, The Platters and Gene Pitney. “Escape” made #23 in the UK.
An album called “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” was released by London, England’s Stiff Records. The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence, but still sold over 30,000 copies.
Madonna started a six-week run at No.1 in the US charts with ‘Like A Virgin’, her first US No.1. Produced by Nile Rodgers, family groups sought to ban the song as they believed that the song promoted sex without marriage.
James Brown launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the producers of the movie The Commitments, claiming one of the characters too closely resembled him.
Michael Jackson issues his first public denial regarding allegations of child sexual abuse
The annual list of all-time music greats by the Guinness book of hit singles was again topped by Elvis Presley. The list based on the number of weeks spent on the UK singles chart looked like this; 1. Elvis Presley (1193), 2. Cliff Richard (1152), 3. The Shadows (771), 4. Elton John (623), 5. Madonna (606), 6. Diana Ross (560), 7. Michael Jackson (509), 8. Rod Stewart (477), 9. Beatles (456) and 10. David Bowie (452).
The internet search engine Google announced that Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during the last twelve months, with people looking for pictures from her so-called “wardrobe malfunction” at Super Bowl 38 when she exposed her right breast.
American songwriter Dennis Linde died aged 63 from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley’s last major hits, ‘Burning Love’ and also wrote ‘Goodbye Earl’ for the Dixie Chicks, and ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’ for Garth Brooks.
A cassette tape of John Lennon performing Lloyd Price’s “Just Because” sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (20,200 Pounds). The song was recorded ‘live’ with an unknown backing band in the autumn of 1973, during the 18-month period Lennon later called his “lost weekend”, when he left his wife Yoko Ono and moved from New York to Los Angeles. The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price’s Just Because. “Debauched lyrics” improvised by “a drunk Lennon” include “just a little cocaine will set me right”, and, “I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take ’em and hold ’em tight.”
The FBI released 333 pages of documents compiled about Michael Jackson between 1992 to 2005.
The British government declared the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road zebra-crossing a national heritage site. Britain’s Minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose, said “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral, but thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photo shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”


Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including his cover of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and ‘Up Where We Belong’. He was made an OBE in 2011.

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