Daily Elvis: December 23

Give us this day, December 23, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi



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

December 23, 1938

Vernon in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)

December 23,1939

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.

December 23, 1946
Commerce Street, a rental

The University of Tennessee Volunteers refused to play a team from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh over their concerns that the Dukes might use a black player in their scheduled basketball contest.

510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.

December 23, 1947

Mulbery Alley

At Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, scientists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley invented the transistor, for which they won the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Memphis, Tennessee


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

Elvis, Scotty and Bill were stopped for speeding on their way home from Shreveport.
Elvis recalled in a interview: ” I thought: Here goes my Christmas money for a traffic ticket.. But the officer let us go with a warning. After the officer left, the 3 of us got out of the car and counted our money by the car headlights. The money was mostly in dollar bills, Man, that was the most money I ever had in my pockets at one time! I blew the whole bundle the next day for Christmas presents.”
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955
December 23, 1955
The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

December 23, 1956
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

December 23, 1957

Sam Cooke charted with “Ill Come Running Back to You,” his second #1 R&B hit.

The title song to his movie April Love becomes Pat Boone‘s fifth US number one hit.

The Presleys lived at Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

December 23, 1958

Military Service in Germany

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

December 22, 1959
Chuck Berry was arrested & charged with violating the Mann Act, following his driving a fourteen-year-old Apache Indian across a state line. Berry said she was to be a hat check girl, she was cast as both victim and prostitute. Berry was initially convicted and sentenced to the maximum of five years in jail, and fined $2,000; however, judicial racism resulted in the matter being dropped.

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

The Brooklyn Paramount kicked off its annual Christmas rock ‘n’ roll shows, which ran through January 3. Among the sixteen acts appearing were Chubby Checker, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Shirelles, the Coasters, and the Blue Notes.

The Colonel had arranged this was the last day on the set of Wild In The Country for Elvis, before he flew home for the week off.

Hope Lang, Elvis and Parker as Santa
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December 23, 1961
Kid Galahad production

December 23, 1962

Priscilla’s Graceland Visit

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Romances: Priscilla

December 23, 1963

December 23, 1964

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys suffered a breakdown while on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson decided to retire from performing live, even though their “Beach Boys Concert” album was number 1 on the LP chart at the time. Glen Campbell became a temporary replacement before Bruce Johnston joined the group.

December 23, 1965

December 23, 1966

BBC-TV broadcast Ready, Steady Go! for the last time after the Musicians Union enforces a ban on miming. The weekly program was the UK’s most popular Pop music television show, helping many of Britain’s finest musical acts get their start. The special guests for the farewell show are Mick Jagger, The Who, Eric Burdon, The Spencer Davis Group, Donovan and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

December 23, 1967

December 23, 1968

Tammy Wynette released the album “Stand By Your Man.”

December 23, 1969

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

December 23, 1970

December 23, 1971

Elvis rented a movie theatre and watched Shampoo and Soul Soldier.

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December 23, 1972

Little Jimmy Osmond started a five week run at the top of the UK singles chart with “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool”. At nine years of age, he was the youngest person to have a UK #1 record.

The film of John Lennon singing “Imagine” premiered on national TV in the U.S.

December 23, 1973

With fan Colleen Taylor outside the Memphian Theater on December 23, 1973

Dick Grob and Sonny West with Elvis and fans

With Linda and Lisa Marie, Elvis flew back to Memphis  from Palm Springs through Amarillo, TX.
December 23, 1975
December 23, 1976

The Wake and Aftermath

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album ‘Stained Class.’ The two had drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the shooting. Their parents would attempt to sue the band/music industry, and lost at trial.


Phil Collins started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Another Day In Paradise’, his 7th US solo No.1 Taken from his No.1 album …But Seriously ‘Another Day in Paradise’ was written to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.

British TV’s BBC2 aired Christmas in Vienna, a special featuring Diana Ross and Placido Domingo, from the Vienna City Hall.
Cissy Houston, Roberta Flack, and Phoebe Snow backed Darlene Love as she did her yearly rendition of the immortal Phil Spector record “Christmas (Baby Plase Come Home)” on David Letterman’s CBS-TV show.
Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the College of Arms, the English heraldic body formed in 1484. The crest features a bird that appears to be holding a guitar in its claw. Four curved emblems resembling beetles’ backs reflect his career with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The motto is “Ecce Cor Meum”, Latin for “Behold My Heart”, which is the title of an oratorio he composed. McCartney applied for the crest in 1997, the year he was knighted for his contribution to British music and society, but the death of his first wife Linda in 1998 delayed its design and approval.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

The Grammy Museum just announced an upcoming exhibit of photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer’s iconic images of the King called Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,
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Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer | National Portrait Gallery

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2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


The Mail On Sunday reported that documents they obtained from the Cabinet Office via the Freedom Of Information Act showed that George Harrison, who passed away in 2001, turned down the chance to be included in the New Year’s Honours List in 2000. The OBE was recommended by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who said that Harrison should be recognised for his contribution to the music industry. The citation read: “He was a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, The Beatles”.

Brenda Lee‘s iconic 1960 hit, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” topped the Billboard Country Streaming Chart and the Billboard Holiday Airplay Chart. The song also re-entered the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, giving Little Miss Dynamite her first Top 40 hit since 1967’s “Ride, Ride, Ride” which rose to #37 during a two week stay.
Billboard.com reported that John Lippman, the owner of the legendary mail-order company Columbia House, was interested in reviving the service with vinyl records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl sales were up over 50 percent in the first half of 2015.
Paul Anka became the latest artist to announce that he was pulling out of a planned European tour following the November 13th terror attacks in Paris.

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