Daily Elvis: December 26

Give us this day, December 26, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi


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


W.C. Handy recorded the classic “St. Louis Blues.”


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.

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)

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


December 26, 1954

December 26, 1955

Bill Haley And His Comets‘ version of the Bobby Charles tune “See You Later Alligator” is released by Decca Records. It will reach #6 on the US Pop chart and become Haley’s third and final million-selling single.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

December 26, 1956

Elvis received a deferment from the Draft Board until March 20, 1958.
Elvis donated a truck full of Teddy Bears to the National foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

The Military Service Disruption

December 26, 1958.

Military Service in Germany– Elvis Presley visits Holiday on Ice show

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Elvis Presley visits Holiday on Ice show

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Red West doubles as a table for Elvis to sing autographs

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December 26, 1959
Military Service in Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 26, 1960

The Shirelles, the Drifters, the Coasters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bo Diddley, and the Blue Notes, among others, appeared at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn for an all-star Christmas Show.

December 26, 1962

Priscilla Visits Graceland

Romances: Priscilla

December 26, 1963

Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which rejected the US rights to every Beatles record that they were offered until then, finally released ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ backed with ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. The song was currently topping the UK chart with ‘This Boy’ on the flip side. Within five weeks, the record would rise to number one in the US, where it would stay for seven weeks. The song was recorded the previous October and the hit version was take number 17.

December 26, 1964

The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Feel Fine’. (the first song to use feedback) It was the group’s 6th No.1 of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts. The flip side of the single, “She’s A Woman” sat at #4.

With long hair for men now in fashion, The Rolling Stones place a notice in Britain’s Rock ‘n’ Roll magazine, New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers a Merry Christmas.

Elvis had a small party at Graceland with food provided by Monty’s Catering. Sometime over this period of Christmas time Elvis tried LSD. He had read about it for almost a year and wanted to try it himself.  Later Elvis, Larry, Priscilla and Jerry walked out behind Graceland and talked about having such good friends and how much they all cared about each other – Priscilla however had a bad trip, got paranoid and had to be re-assured by Elvis. As for anybody knows this was the only time Elvis experienced with LSD.
December 26, 1966
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club, London, (where he was billed as “The American Top soul Singer – Jimi Hendrix”). Hendrix also wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze in the dressing room on the same day.
December 26, 1967
The Beatles movie, The Magical Mystery Tour was shown in black and white by BBC-TV on Boxing Day.
The concept was to load the band into a bus, drive around for a while and see what happened. Unfortunately, nothing did. Audiences were mystified, critics were either disappointed or contemptuous, and the Beatles suffered their first flop. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was canceled. A Daily Express critic wrote that he had never seen “such blatant rubbish.”
December 26, 1968
December 26, 1969

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

George Harrison started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Sweet Lord’, making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit.
Elvis bought more firearms and supplies from Taylor’s Gun Shop and in the evening he saw That’s The Way It Is again at The Memphian.
December 26, 1971
December 26, 1972
December 26, 1973

December 26, 1974

December 26, 1975

The Wake and Aftermath

December 26, 1976

The Sex Pistols recorded ‘God Save The Queen’ at Wessex Studios London, England. The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record’s lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song. The song reached No.1 on the NME charts.

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Pink Floyd’s The Wall was at No.1 on the US album chart. (The album spent a total of 15 weeks at No.1 during a 35-week stay on the chart). The Wall also spent a total of 5 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.

The first night of a series of concerts were held at The Hammersmith Odeon in London for the People of Kampuchea, featuring Queen, The Clash, The Pretenders, The Who, Elvis Costello, Wings, and many more artists. The events which were organised by Paul McCartney and Kurt Waldheim were aimed to raise money for the victims of war-torn Cambodia.


AC/DC started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’ the follow-up to their highly successful album ‘Back In Black’.

Bobby Womack charted with his classic soul album The Poet, reaching #29 pop and 31 R&B for five weeks. He had offered the publishing on the album to K-Tel publishing president Jay Warner for $15,000. Warner enthusiastically said yes, but the K-Tel board wouldn’ give him the money, as they were preoccupied with their newest venture, drilling holes in Louisiana looking for oil. (They never found any oil, but Womack’s album went gold!)


Ray Charles was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors ninth annual ceremony in Washington, DC.


The Spice Girl’s movie “Spice World” opens in the UK.


The Spice Girls scored their 8th UK No.1 single with ‘Goodbye’, (the first single without Geri Halliwell). It gave the group the Christmas No.1 for the third year in a row equaling the record set by The Beatles from 1963, 64 and 65.


American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter Curtis Mayfield died aged 57. He was a member of The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single ‘Lilies Of The Field’) and solo, (1971 UK No.12 single ‘Move On Up’, 1972 US No.4 single ‘Freddie’s Dead, Theme From Superfly’).


Amy Winehouse’s second album ‘Back to Black’ was named as the biggest-selling album of the year. Released at the end of 2006 the album had now sold more than 1.5m copies in the UK, achieving five platinum sales awards, Winehouse was also nominated for six Grammys including song of the year.


“Caught in a Trap” airs on UK tv.

Caught in a Trap (2008) (TV)

The movie was based on this 2006 incident: A collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection – which included rare recordings and foreign pressings of Elvis songs, was to be auctioned off by a High Court receiver to provide compensation.


Teena Marie, known as the “Ivory Queen of Soul”, as she was Motown Records’ first White act, passed away at the age of 54. As well as scoring two Platinum albums, she reached #37 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1981 with “I Need Your Lovin'” and #4 in 1985 with “Lovergirl”.


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