Daily Elvis: December 25

Give us this day, December 25, our daily Elvis

1818

“Silent Night” was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

Tupelo, Mississippi

1935-1940

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

December 24, 1937

Vernon in prison

December 24, 1938

Vernon in prison

1940-41
Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

1942
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.

1946
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

Mulbery Alley
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo..

1948

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.

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 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 celebrated Christmas in the Audubon Drive House.
For their first Christmas as a married couple, Jerry Lee Lewis gives his thirteen-year-old wife Myra a red Cadillac convertible with a white leather interior. Although she routinely drove it around Coro Lake, Tennessee, she wouldn’t be of age to get her driver’s license for another three years.
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Elvis spent Christmas at Graceland with his parents and Anita Wood. The first and only Christmas for Gladys at Graceland and the draft notice cast a pall over the day.
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Gladys wanted Elvis to marry and start with the grandchildren, give up fame and buy a business.
Anita Wood was a Memphis celebrity and recorded on the Sun Records label.

Romance: Anita Wood

Elvis Presley donated thousands of teddy bears to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

The Military Service Disruption

Alan Freeds Christmas rock n’ roll spectacular in New York took place with Johnnie Ray, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon, Bo Diddley, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Clanton, the Crests, Dion & the Belmonts, theMoonglows, the Royal Teens, and Baby Washington.
The First Christmas without Gladys: The whole family celebrated Christmas at the Hotel Grunewald with a very special meal and gifts.
Elvis received an electric guitar from Vernon. There was also a card from the Colonel, dressed like Santa.

Military Service in Germany

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

Richard Starkey, 18, who later would be known as Ringo Starr, received a drum set for Christmas.
Elvis arranged to have a French poodle delivered to Anita Wood for Christmas.
In Germany Elvis threw a Christmas party at the Goethestrasse for family and friends.
Priscilla was there too and she gave some bongo drums to Elvis for his Christmas.
Christmas 1959: Elvis Presley December 25, 1959, in the Army, Germany

Military Service in Germany

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

Romances: Priscilla

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.

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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.

Romance: Anita Wood

Elvis and Priscilla gave a private party for 30 friends. Elvis gave a toy poodle to Priscilla and she gave a wooden cigarette box, playing Surrender, to Elvis.
 The Beatles released the single “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in America.
Elvis spent Christmas with Priscilla at Graceland.
In New York, “Murray The K’s Big Holiday Show” went on as scheduled, with the Zombies, the Nashville Teens, and the Hullabaloos, after the U.S. Labor Department lifted a ban on granting British artists work visas. Britain’s Musicians Union had retaliated by canceling Fats Domino’s upcoming tour, before the whole matter was dropped.
The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York.
The Beatles recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London: ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’ and ‘She’s a Woman.’
The Beatles scored another #1 with “I Feel Fine”.  The group finished the year with six #1 songs and monopolized the #1 position for 18 weeks.  “Come See About Me” from the Supremes was second with Bobby Vinton remaining at 3 with “Mr. Lonely”.  The Beatles moved from 14-4 with “She’s A Woman” while the Zombies were on their way down with “She’s Not There”.
Beach Boys Concert by the Beach Boys was #1 on the Album chart for the fourth consecutive week.  Elvis Presley was lined up at #2 with the Soundtrack to “Roustabout” while 12 x 5 from the Rolling Stones came in third.  People by Barbra Streisand was #4 while the Supremes moved up with Where Did Our Love Go and the “Mary Poppins” Soundtrack was #6.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Beatles moved back up to 7 after 24 weeks with the Soundtrack to “A Hard Day’s Night”The Beatles’ Story moved from 20-8 after three weeks, Dean Martin held on with The Door Is Still Open to My Heart and the Soundtrack to “My Fair Lady” dropped to #10.
At Christmas Elvis received a special gift from all the “boys”. At Marty Lacker’s behest they had bought a special Bible with a “tree of life” on the front page. On each branch of the tree was a name of one of the guys and at the bottom there was Elvis’ favorite quotation: “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”, written in English. Hebrew and Latin. Elvis noticed that Larry’s name was missing and he did not want to accept the gift until this was corrected. During this same period Elvis started to wear a Jewish “chai” around his neck.
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The Beatles 6th album Rubber Soul started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. It spent a total of 42 week’s on the UK chart and was also a No.1 in the US.
Having topped out at #45 in Great Britain, The Dave Clark Five‘s “Over and Over” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It would prove to be their only US chart topper, although they would place sixteen songs in the Top 30 during their career. They became the 7th UK act of the year to score a #1 single in America
The Elvis Presley single “Puppet On A String” hit #14 in the U.S.
Elvis received a statue of Jesus, which the entourage had bought for $500 from a local artist. (it is still in the Meditation Garden) Priscilla gave Elvis a home slot-car racing set, purchased at the Robert E. Lee Raceway, where they had been spending much time since they returned to Memphis. Elvis liked it very much.
Elvis spent Christmas at Graceland with Priscilla and his family. Christmas dinner was catered by Monte’s Catering Service as always.
The Doors and Chuck Berry began a weeklong series of concerts at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
On Christmas Day, Paul McCartney becomes engaged to actress Jane Asher. She would end the relationship in early 1968 because of Paul’s alleged infidelities

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Christmas at Graceland. By the end of the year the remaining horses were brought back to Graceland, where Elvis and everybody else continued to ride in the fields behind.
Led Zeppelin arrived in the United States for the very first time in preparation of their debut North American tour. The group were paid an average of $1,500 for each show.
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Elvis and Priscilla spent Christmas at Graceland. It was Lisa Marie’s first, and Grandpa Vernon dressed up as Santa.
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Christmas was spent at Graceland again. Elvis gave Priscilla a black fox coat, while she gave him a velvet suit and shirts and slacks, designed for his personal use by Bill Belew.
Vernon plays Santa again at the Graceland Christmas party.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

 “Stoned Love” by the Supremes was the new #1 on the R&B chart.
 Gordon Lightfoot’s first career single “If You Could Read My Mind” entered the chart.
 George Harrison became the first Beatle to earn a #1 solo hit as “My Sweet Lord” climbed to the top.  The 5th Dimension was second with “One Less Bell To Answer”.  The previous #1 “The Tears Of A Clown” from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles was third, followed by Dawn’s “Knock Three Times” and “Black Magic Woman” from Santana.  The rest of the Top 10:  The former #1 “I Think I Love You” from the Partridge Family, the Supremes remained at #7 with “Stoned Love”, Chicago wouldn’t budge with “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, Brian Hyland was still at #9 after 17 weeks with “Gypsy Woman” and Badfinger finished the list with “No Matter What”.
Elvis spent Christmas quietly at home at Graceland with Priscilla and Lisa Marie. They went to see Little Fauss and Big Halsy, at the Memphian.
Melanie Safka led both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with “Brand New Key”, a song that she would later say took her only fifteen minutes to write.
Christmas was spent at Graceland. When it was time to hand out the presents Elvis joked around, distributing MacDonald’s gift certificates, before revealing his real presents.  Although everything seemed normal, many of the guys recollected that Priscilla and Elvis appeared distant over the Christmas holidays.
Elvis presented to Linda Thompson a mink coat that he had purchased from King Furs in Memphis.
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Romances: Linda Thompson

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Tupelo friend Janelle McComb, Elvis and Linda Thompson.

Christmas was spent at Graceland. Elvis gives a mink coat and fox coat (with matching purse) to Linda Thompson at today’s Graceland Christmas festivities.
Elvis spent Christmas at Graceland. He had Voice flying in and out during this holiday season.
In the evening Elvis took everyone up in the Lisa Marie and gave out jewelry that he had personally selected for each individual from Lowell Hays’ collection.
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At the end of the evening Elvis’ aunt Delta got drunk and cursed out his friends.
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December 25, 1976
The Supremes ‘ “You’re Driving My Wheel” reached #85 pop, becoming their last of forty-seven singles to hit the Top 100. The last original member, Mary Wilson, then left the group to form Mary Wilson & the Supremes.
American MOR singer Johnny Mathis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When A Child Is Born’, the singers only UK No.1 and the Christmas hit of 1976.
In an article in the UK’s New Musical ExpressThe Pat Travers Band, newcomers to the British music scene themselves, say they can outplay The Sex Pistols using minimal equipment, anytime, anywhere.
The final Christmas season of Elvis’s life was a hectic one: returning to Memphis on December 13, after a bizarre Las Vegas engagement, then just two days after Christmas, he would appeared at Wichita State University to start a new tour.
Six-and-a-half months later, Elvis died at Graceland on the eve of a tour post bodyguard book.

Romances: Ginger Alden

The Wake and Aftermath

1977

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.

1978

Abba’s pre-recorded appearance on BBCI-TV’s “Mike Yarwood Christmas Show” aired in Britain.

1979

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)

1981

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

1982

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.

1987

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.

1989

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.

1990

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.

1992

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.

1995

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.

1996

“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Courtney Love was released.

1997

The Spice Girls’ movie Spice World was released in the U.K

1998

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

2003

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.

2006

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.

2008

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

2010

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.

2014

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.

2016

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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