Give us this day, December 25, our daily Elvis
“Silent Night” was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
December 24, 1937
Vernon in prison
December 24, 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 24, 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.
December 25, 1947
Elvis gets his first bicycle
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo..
The Ravens’ incredible version of “White Christmas” entered the R&B hit registry, reaching #9. It was the standard by which all future R&B versions would be judged, even the legendary Drifters’ version, which was almost a note-for-note copy. The 78’s B-side, a haunting version of “Silent Night,” reached #8.
“The Christmas Song,” one of the season’s most enduring standards, charted, reaching #8, R&B. Though it has long since been credited to Nat King Cole, the original recording was attributed to the King Cole Trio.
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 an hour.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
December 25, 1954
Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ entered the Billboard Pop chart for the eleventh time. Bing’s rendition has sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles. It was the largest selling single in music history until it was surpassed by Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’.
The Penguins’ classic “Earth Angel” charted en route to #8 pop. It is considered to be the most popular R&B oldie of all time.
Elvis spent Christmas with his parents in the family’s Memphis apartment at 462 Alabama Street.
December 25, 1955
Again Elvis was home on Christmas Day. The family had moved to a house at 1414 Getwell in Memphis. A month earlier he had signed on with RCA Victor, and his 21st birthday was just two weeks away.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
Elvis Presley donated thousands of teddy bears to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
The Military Service Disruption
Military Service in Germany
October 1958 to February 2, 1959: Hotel Grunwald in Bad Nauheim, Germany
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
December 25, 1960
Neil Sedaka shot up from #100 to #57 this week with “Calendar Girl”.
Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome To-night?” was #1 for a fifth week.
Elvis celebrated Christmas at Graceland.
The photo on Colonel Parker’s Christmas card that year featured Elvis sitting on Colonel Santa’s lap. It was taken in November on the set of Wild in the Country.
December 25, 1961
Elvis spent the holidays with friends at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. It was the last Christmas of his life that he would spend away from Graceland.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
Tupelo friend Janelle McComb, Elvis and Linda Thompson.
The Wake and Aftermath
In a move that defied all logic, an audience that consisted mainly of children was treated to a Christmas Day concert at Ivanhoe’s in Huddersfield, England by The Sex Pistols.
Abba’s pre-recorded appearance on BBCI-TV’s “Mike Yarwood Christmas Show” aired in Britain.
Paul McCartney held the first of three concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London to benefit relief efforts in the war-torn country of Kampuchea, with help from the Who, Queen, the Clash, Elvis Costello and Rockpile.
Actress Joan Blondell died of leukemia at 73. (Here Come the Brides, Grease, Topper Returns, The Public Enemy, Gold Diggers of 1933, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Desk Set, The Champ, Support Your Local Gunfighter, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, This Could Be the Night, Stay Away Joe, Three on a Match)
AC/DC had their second straight #1 album as For Those About to Rock We Salute You moved to the top spot. Barbra Streisand had the only new Top 10 album, her compilation called Memories.
The J. Geils Band played a Christmas concert for the inmates of Norfolk Correctional Center near Boston, the group’s hometown. Following the show, lead singer Peter Wolf tells the audience, “We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside.”
Michael Jackson called Paul McCartney and suggested they write and record together. Their first effort would result in a US #2 and UK #8 hit, “The Girl Is Mine” in late 1982.
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
In one of the most successful duets in Christmas music history, and surely the strangest, 30-year-old David Bowie and 73-year-old Bing Crosby achieved the number one song in the UK with “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy”. The song had been recorded in September, 1977 when Crosby was in Great Britain to tape a TV special called Merrie Olde Christmas. Having him share a number with Bowie was the brainchild of producers Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion. After the recording circulated as a bootleg for several years, RCA decided to issue it as a single. It has since become a holiday standard, but it is entirely possible that neither Crosby or Bowie were familiar with each other’s work.
Michael Jackson moved to #1 on the R&B chart with “The Way You Make Me Feel”.
George Michael made it three weeks at #1 with “Faith”. Whitney Houston moved to challenge with her new one “So Emotional” while Whitesnake swapped places with Whitney with “Is This Love”. George Harrison edged up with “Got My Mind Set On You”. The rest of the Top 10: Debbie Gibson’s “Shake Your Love”, Jody Watley with “Don’t You Want Me”, Michael Jackson was up to #7 with “The Way You Make Me Feel”, Pretty Poison remained at #8 with “Catch Me (I’m Falling)”, John Cougar Mellencamp scored another Top 10 with “Cherry Bomb and the hot new song from INXS–“Need You Tonight” bounced up from 16 to 10.
Absent from the charts after an Oscar winning movie career phase, Cher’s “Just Like Jesse James” hit number 8. She chart again in Top Ten again with “Believe” in 1998.
On Christmas Day, James Brown is given a four day furlough from prison, during which time he gives his first concert in two years. Brown performed for a crowd of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina soldiers whose leave had been cancelled because of the impending Gulf War.
Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was the top R&B song for the fourth straight week.
The “Bodyguard” Soundtrack was #1 on the Album chart for the third week. Home for Christmas by Amy Grant was #2.
Dean Martin, who recorded such standards as “Memories Are Made of This” (#1 in 1955), “Return To Me” (#4 in 1958) and “Everybody Loves Somebody” (#1 in 1964), died of acute respiratory failure on Christmas morning at the age of 78. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer two years earlier. During his career, Dean recorded over 100 albums and placed 17 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1955 and 1967. He also starred in a popular TV variety show that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes.
“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Courtney Love was released.
The Spice Girls’ movie Spice World was released in the U.K
Bryan MacLean, guitarist for the Rock group Love, died in Los Angeles of a massive heart attack while having Christmas dinner with a young fan who was researching a book about the band. He was 61.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Michael Jackson recorded his first interview since news of the allegations of sexual abuse with a 12-year old boy.
Bruce Springsteen finished the year with the top tour as he grossed $115.9 million. Celine Dion was second, earning $80.5 mil from shows at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
James Brown the ‘Godfather of Soul’, died at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Brown went to his dentist in Atlanta the previous day who told him something was wrong, and sent him to a doctor immediately. His hits included ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’, ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’, and ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1’. Brown was married four times, at the age of 16, was arrested for theft and served 3 years in prison. In 1988, Brown was arrested following a high-speed car chase along the Georgia-South Carolina state border.
American actress, singer, and cabaret star Eartha Kitt died from colon cancer at her Weston, Connecticut home at the age of 81. Best known for her 1953 Christmas song ‘Santa Baby.’
2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
Elton John and his partner David Furnish become the proud parents of a son, born to a surrogate. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was the first for the pair who have been together since the early 1990s. A second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, was born to the couple by the same surrogate mother on January 11th, 2013.
Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with x, (pronounced “multiply”). In 2015, x won the Brit Award for British Album of the Year, and at the 57th Grammy Awards it was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year. Spotify named x the most-streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.
Singer/songwriter George Michael who launched his career with Andrew Ridgeley in the duo Wham! before going solo, “died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver” at 53. In the mid-1980s with Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! (and for a while Wham UK as there was also an American Wham group) to score eight Billboard Top 10 hits, including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”” (#1), “Careless Whisper” (#1), “Everything She Wants” (#1), “Freedom” (#3) and “I’m Your Man” (#3). As a solo artist, he reached the US Top 40 fifteen more times, including six number one records, “Faith”, “Father Figure”, “One More Try”, “Monkey”, “Praying For Time” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”.
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