Daily Elvis: December 30

Give us this day, December 30, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi


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

December 30, 1937

Vernon in prison

 December 30, 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 30, 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


Billy Ward & the Dominoes (with bass Bill Brown on lead) recorded their monster hit, “60 Minute Man,”  which spent three and a half months at #1 R&B in 1951 (#17 pop).

572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


December 30, 1954

December 30, 1955

RCA Victor’s Atomic Powered Singer

December 30, 1956

December 30, 1957

Alan Freed’s Brooklyn Paramount Christmas Show extravaganza featured the Moonglows, the Heartbeats, the Dells, the G-Clefs, and the Three Friends.

The Military Service Disruption

military service: Elvis received a letter from the Colonel that there were rumors in the press about parties at the Hotel Grunwald in Bad Nauheim, Germany. So the Colonel cautioned Elvis to maintain a low profile.

December 30, 1959
Military Service/Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 30, 1960

Wild in the Country production break

December 30, 1961

December 30, 1962

Brenda Lee is slightly injured when she runs into her burning Nashville home to rescue her poodle, Cee Cee. However, it is too late as the pet succumbs to smoke inhalation and the home is destroyed by the flames. Brenda’s hit, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, that featured Boots Randolph on saxophone, was still riding high on the charts.

Priscilla visits Elvis

Romances: Priscilla

December 30, 1963

December 30, 1964

December 30, 1965

Again the purchase of the day was a horse, along with a great deal of equipment for riding.
December 30, 1967
The Beatles scored their 15th US No.1 with ‘Hello Goodbye’, Gladys Knight and the Pips were at No.2 with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and The Monkees at No.3 with ‘Daydream Believer’
“Hello Goodbye” becomes The Beatles 15th Billboard number one hit. The flip side, “I Am The Walrus” reached #56, the lowest ranking for any charted “B” side of a Beatles number one single. John Lennon wrote nonsense words for “Walrus” after learning that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyze Beatles’ lyrics. He would later say, “Let the fuckers work that one out.”
December 30, 1968
Peter Tork quit The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract for $160,000, which left him broke. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison’s soundtrack to the film Wonderwall. He later did some club performances and live television appearances before intermittently returning to The Monkees in 1986.
There was a lot of fireworks delivered at Graceland for the New Year’s Eve party.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis Presley tours FBI headquarters in Washington DC. He requests and is given a permit to carry a gun in every state.
Elvis returned to Washington D.C. with 8 friends, including ex-sheriff Bill Morris, for a visit to the headquarters of the National Sheriffs Association. Elvis took out memberships for everyone to that they would all be eligible for automatic life insurance policies.
Morris, who was also Mayor of Memphis during his career,  had also promised Elvis to arrange for an appointment with J. Edgar Hoover, but once again this failed. The group did went on a special tour at the FBI headquarters the next day.
Memphis Sheriff Bill Morris with James Earl Ray, who murdered Martin Luther King Jr.
Priscilla and Lisa Marie flew back to Los Angeles. Following their departure, Elvis announced to everyone that Priscilla was leaving him. She hadn’t told him why, he said, simply that she no longer loved him.
December 30, 1972
Jermaine Jackson charted with “Daddy’s Home,” reaching #2 R&B and #9 pop. The song was originally a hit for Shep & the Limelites in 1961, reaching #2 pop. Jackson once said of his more famous sibling, “A lot of Michael’s success is due to timing and luck. It could have just as easily been me.”
Elvis got a house call from the podiatrist who had helped him a couple of days ago with his toenail.
Elvis telegrammed the Colonel: “Dear Colonel, I appreciate your signing any papers necessary for me while I am recuperating. The best from all the boys and myself. Happy New Year, Elvis.”
Around midnight Elvis left for Pontiac, Michigan.
ABBA, the world’s most successful singing group of the seventies, are awarded a US Gold record for their “Greatest Hits” album. Despite the compilation title, only half of the tracks had actually charted as hit singles in America.
Elvis performed at Omni, Atlanta, Georgia.
December 30, 1976. Atlanta, GAElvis Is Back – Slimmer, Healthier Presley Shows Adoring Fans He’s In Top Form Again By Scott Cain
The Atlanta Journal,  December 31, 1976

There’s good news for Presley fans: Elvis is back in the groove.

This Thursday show at the Omni was tops, the best possible year-end present for his Atlanta fans.

From a vocal standpoint, Elvis was operating at his peak, both in tonal quality and exertion. He has lost a little weight and looks much healthier than he did last June. His vitality is restored and he was full of pep. Furthermore, he was in a good mood. He was giving his best and knew it, adding a wonderful aura of self-confidence to the show.

The concert was unique in many respects. You haven’t lived until you have seen the king of rock ‘n’ roll lying flat on his back on the stage. And who would ever have thought that the king of rock ‘n’ roll could be upstaged while in just that position?

This happened while Elvis was giving a particularly powerful rendition of “Hurt.” He was going through an elaborate display of theatrics, culminating in a swirling motion in which he revolved closer and closer to the floor, finally lying down.


This brought a wild ovation, during which a determined mother pushed her young daughter, perhaps 6 years old, onto the platform. The girl boldly stalked up to Elvis, who was still prostrate. Elvis took this interruption in stride, bestowing a warm hug on the child.

The program also was unusual in that Elvis revealed himself as an acceptable pianist. He plopped down at the keyboard and accompanied himself as he sang a lovely version of “Unchained Melody.” His piano playing which consisted largely of a few simple chords, has more in common with saloon technique than with Horowitz, but it was still an expected bonus.

Elvis gave an uncommonly long performance. He did 25 songs in more or less full form, plus snippets of numerous others. His part of the show lasted an hour and a half, which is substantially longer than has been his custom.

There were virtually no lags, either. Elvis stopped one song because he felt the tempo was wrong and he halted another because he was having trouble getting into the same key as his band, but these were only minor lapses.

Hie repertoire ran the gamut. He opened with “C.C. Rider,” and performed such Presley classics as “Jailhouse Rock,” “That’s All Right, Mama,” “Hound Dog,” “Amen,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “Fairy Tale.”

Elvis shrewdly built the momentum of the performance, and the core of the show was centered on his no-holds-barred interpretations of “My Way,” “Working on the Chain Gang,” “Early Morning Rain,” and “Love Letters.”

The Presley audience was beside itself with glee. The fanaticism of his fans has reached such a peak that Elvis sometimes has difficulty staying in control of the situation.

He was able to restrain the fury somewhat. He has sharply reduced the scarf-giving and the kissing. He gave away about 15 scarves and kissed only three or four of his feminine admirers.


He did not accept as many gifts from the audience as he has done previously, but the ones he got were notable for their diversity. One girl gave him something that looked like a shrunken head. It had a tongue that went in and out and, when a string was pulled, emitted a hideous laugh.

Still another fan had baked Elvis a two-layer birthday cake, with a king’s crown on top and an abundance of flaming candles all around. When Elvis accepted this donation. The audience warbled “Happy Birthday” to him, even though he will not be 42 until next month.

The concert had been sold out weeks in advance and Elvis reassured his squealing fans that he will return any time they want him.

The most notable member of the audience was the defeated candidate for the office of mayor of Plains, Georgia. When Billy Carter entered the auditorium during intermission, he attracted as much attention as Jacqueline Onassis did in her heyday.

Image result for elvis presley december 30
Date: 30 Dec 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Atlanta, GA.
Tickets: 17,000
Costume: King Of Spades (white) suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Jailhouse Rock
Such A Night
Reconsider Baby
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
That’s All Right
My Way
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Love Letters
School Days
Hound Dog
Unchained Melody
Can’t Help Falling In Love


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 27 – December 27th – December 31st 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info December 30 1976 The Omni Atlanta GA (8:30 pm) 17000 1974 Arabian V-Neck suit belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes


After an appeal by lawyers for Warner Brothers Records, the US Immigration Service reverses its decision to bar The Sex Pistols from entering the United States.

The Wake and Aftermath


Emerson, Lake And Palmer,formed in 1970, announce that they are splitting up; having sold over 35 million albums.


The J. Geils Band album “Freeze-Frame” is awarded a Gold record. The LP would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in February 1982 and remain at the top for four weeks on the strength of the hit singles “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame”.

Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


LL Cool J and Boyz II Men’s single, “Hey Lover,” reached #3 pop and R&B.


Johnny Moore, lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit “Under The Boardwalk”, died at the age of 64.


George Harrison was attacked by an intruder in his Oxfordshire mansion. At about 3:00 a.m., Michael Abram, a 33 year old Liverpudlian, stabbed Harrison several times in the chest. With the help of wife Olivia and son Dhani, Abram was hit over the head with a lamp and then detained until police arrived. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung but eventually recovered from the wound. Abram would later be found not guilty by reason of insanity and less than two years after his trial, was given a conditional discharge.


It was a very good year for several classic rockers. Pollstar’s Top 10 list of tours showed that the number 1 concert draw was Tina Turner with earnings of $80.2 million from her Twenty Four Seven farewell tour. Fourth place was earned by KISS, at $62.7 million, and eighth spot was Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young with $42.1 million.



According to a Nielsen SoundScan survey, total CD album sales were down 10.7% in 2002, marking the sharpest sales decrease from the previous year in the 11-year tracking history. It was the second straight year the market declined, following steady growth since Nielsen first began tracking the US market in 1991. Total album sales in 2002 were 681 million, compared with 762.8 million the previous year. Country album sales posted the largest increase, as sales rose 12.2% from 2001. This rise was largely fuelled by such crossover sensations as The Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, and Faith Hill.

The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London. Strummer had died of a suspected heart attack on 22nd Dec 2002 aged 50.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


A rare copy of a Beatles LP signed by all four members sold – for the sum rejected at auction in Sussex a few weeks earlier. Chris Collins, from Eastbourne, and his sister, Liz Chambers, from Worthing, initially turned down a £12,000 bid for a copy of the album, Please Please Me. They had hoped to get £15,000 for the LP, which was given to their late father during a drinking session. But the siblings later accepted £12,000 from private buyers. The album was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr after they used it as a drinks coaster during a card game in 1963.


Bruce Springsteen’s latest album ‘High Hopes’ briefly appeared for download on Amazon’s US site for several hours, two weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. Although it was subsequently removed from sale, the record had now appeared on several file-sharing sites. The album’s official release date was listed as 14 January.


Allan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, died in Liverpool at the age of 86. After booking John, Paul, George and Stuart Sutcliffe into his coffee bar, Jacaranda, he helped them get other gigs as well, including a short tour of Scotland with Johnny Gentle. After the group took on an extended engagement at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, they fell out with Williams over the commission he believed he was owed. Williams later became known as “The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away” from the title of his autobiography.

Elvis Presley in the Movies The Commercial Appeal

reference sites:





http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog



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