Daily Elvis: December 31

Give us this day, December 31, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi


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

December 31, 1937

Vernon in prison

 December 31, 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 31, 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 31, 1954

Elvis, Scotty and Bill played the Red River Arsenal, New Boston, TX.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
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Info December 31 1954 Red River Arsenal NCO New Boston TX

RCA Victor’s Atomic Powered Singer

Based on record sales as well as radio and jukebox plays, Billboard magazine named “Unchained Melody” by Les Baxter And His Orchestra, the number 1 song in the US.
Elvis performed “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Peace In The Valley” at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. Also on the show: Johnny Cash
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info December 31 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride

The front page of the Wall Street Journal reports that in the past few months Elvis merchandise has grossed $22 million in sales. Elvis ends the pivotal year of his career, when regional popularity gave way to unprecedented national and international fame; in 2016 dollars: $195,211,985.29 inflation: 787.3%

On New Years Eve, Elvis Presley appeared on Wink Martindale’s local TV special in Memphis with Dewey Phillips.

December 31, 1957

Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis headlined Alan Freed‘s show at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. As per the contract, Fats Domino closed the show, following Holly and then Lewis. After Jerry Lee had whipped the crowd into a frenzy, Fats had only a half-filled theatre to play to. It was the last time he ever insisted on following The Killer.

The Military Service Disruption

Elvis received  a book by Konstantin Stanislavsky from Tom Diskin. Much of the book, he said, might not interested Elvis but it supported Elvis’ instinct, that great acting came from “be(ing) natural”.

military service

Elvis sent a telegram to his manager: ” Please convey my thanks to the various groups in Memphis who have suggested a special homecoming for me when I return to Memphis. However, I wish to return to Memphis the same way that any other serviceman returns to his hometown without ceremony or fanfare, I served as they served and was proud to do it. Seeing the city of Memphis, my family, friends, and fans, will be the most welcome sight in the world to me. I appreciate their kind gesture. I know they will understand and I am glad you are in agreement with me on this. Best wishes to you and Mrs. Parker: From Dad, Grandma and myself.”

Military Service

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

December 31, 1960

The future standard “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles entered the charts on this last day of the year, rising to #2 R&B and #1 pop.

Wild in the Country Production Break

December 31, 1961

Appearing on New Year’s Eve at the Ritchie Valens Memorial Concert at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, The Beach Boys play their first show under that name. Prior to this, they called themselves The Pendletons and Carl And The Passions. The gig paid them $300.

Priscilla Visit & There was a big fireworks display at Graceland, followed by a party at the Manhattan Club for over 200 friends, family and fans.

December 31, 1963
Elvis rented out the Memphian for New Year’s Eve.
Elvis gave a New Year’s Eve party at the Manhattan Club once again for friends, family, and fans.
The Monkees topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the Neil Diamond composition, “I’m A Believer”. Because of over a million advance orders, the single went Gold two days after its release and has now sold over ten million copies worldwide. Its reign at #1 lasted for seven weeks.
Again there were several horses bought today as an addition to the stable. Elvis held his annual New Year’s Eve party at Manhattan Club, but he didn’t attend himself, because there was not a parking place available.
His guests however enjoyed the catering by Monte’s again as well as the music: Willie Mitchell and his band.
Sonny And Cher are barred from Pasadena, California’s Tournament of Roses Parade for speaking out in support of the 2,000 demonstrators who protested a year-long campaign by sheriffs and police to clear the Strip of ‘loitering’ teenagers. Known as “the Sunset Strip rioters”, the group mainly consisted of 15-year-olds with long hair and acne who were confronted by several hundred riot-helmeted sheriff’s deputies.
For the first time the New Year’s Eve party was held at the Thunderbird Lounge on Adams Street, but again catered by Monte’s. Elvis danced several times with Priscilla, including once on his request of Summertime.
For the first time ever, Americans spent more than $1 billion on records. According to Billboard magazine, album sales were 192 million units and singles sold 187 million units.
For the second year Elvis’ New Year’s Eve party was at the Thunderbird Lounge.
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Elvis New Year’s Eve party was held at TJ’s, a new club in Memphis.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Elvis and the group went on a special tour at the FBI headquarters. Here Elvis expressed his admiration for J. Edgar Hoover to the FBI agent conducting the tour. Elvis also offered to serve in an undercover capacity in any way he could. On the agent’s recommendation Director Hoover sent Elvis a note on January 4: “your generous comments concerning the Bureau and me are appreciated and you may be sure we will keep in mind your offer to be of assistance.”
The group flew home to Memphis in a leased jet in time for the annual New Year’s Eve party at TJ’s.
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Elvis hosted a small New Year’s Eve party at Graceland, not at a local club like he had done in the past.
December 31, 1972
Dick Clark’s first Rockin’ New Years Eve airs on ABC-TV, starring Three Dog Night, Al Green and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
December 31, 1973
December 31, 1974

Elvis Presley performed a New Year’s Eve concert before 60,000 fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. He earned $800,000 for the night, a then world record for a single show by a solo artist.

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Backstage at the pontiac silverdone with Mayor Wallace Holland and Oakland press writer Jackie Kallen before his new year’s eve show

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But the show itself was somewhat less of a success.
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Elvis ripped his pants and more generally speaking it was not his best show ever.
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Afterwards Elvis and the group flew home to celebrate New Year in Elvis bedroom.
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They watched tapes of old Monty Python shows.


Date: 31 Dec 1976
Time: Unknown
Venue: Pontiac, MI.
Pontiac Silverdome
Tickets: 60,500
Costume: Rainfall suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
And I Love You So
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Hound Dog
Heartbreak Hotel
One Night
You Gave A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
My Way
Love Me Tender
Auld Lang Syne
How Great Thou Art
It’s Now Or Never
America The Beautiful
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Wooden Heart
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 18 – December 31st 1975
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Info December 31 1975 Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac MI (8:30 pm) 60500 Rainfall Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes
Elvis performed at the Civic Center Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This show was very different from the other New Year’s Eve shows. Elvis was at his best and Ginger Alden was backstage.
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Elvis superfan Jim Curtin was there and later produced an LP of this concert
Probably due to the presence of Ginger, the 90 minute show was a big success.
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Date: 31 Dec 1976
Time: 9.30pm
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA.
Civic Center Arena
Tickets: 16,409
Costume: Phoenix (black) 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
My Way
Funny How Time Slips Away
Auld Lang Syne
Blue Suede Shoes
Trying To Get To You
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Love Letters
School Days
Hound Dog
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Little Sister
Unchained Melody
Rags To Riches
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Recordings: Auld Lang Syne
New Years’ Eve
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 After the show Vernon told Elvis of the death of his cousin Bobbi Mann at 38, after taking an overdose of pills. The whole group returned to Memphis at 6.30 a.m.
Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 27 – December 27th – December 31st 1976
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Info December 31 1976 Civic Center Arena Pittsburgh PA (9:30 pm) 16409 Black Phoenix Original belt Black Suit Yes Yes Yes

The Wake and Aftermath

Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

Rock and Roll legend Rick Nelson was killed while en route to a New Year’s Eve show in Dallas, Texas. His private DC-3 (which was previously owned by Jerry Lee Lewis) crashed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. Early press reports erroneously suggested that drug use, namely freebasing, might have played a role in the crash that killed Rick, his band, and his fiancee Helen Blair (the pilot and co-pilot survived). In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board’s 1987 report determined that the fire began in a malfunctioning gas heater. Rick Nelson died protecting Helen Blair from the on-board fire. 


The O’Jays performed on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ABC-TV show.


Radio Luxembourg, Europe’s oldest commercial radio station, closes down after being on the air for 62 years.


Donna Summer performed at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, for Merv Griffin’s third annual New Year’s Eve special, which was shown on Fox-TV. It was also Summer’s forty-fifth birthday.


Babyface and Boyz II Men performed to a sellout audience of more than 16,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York.


Paul McCartney receives his knighthood from the Queen.


Pianist Floyd Cramer, who scored a Billboard number 2 hit in 1960 with “Last Date”, died of lung cancer at the age of 64. As a session musician, he played on many major hits for a variety of artists, including Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel”. In 2003, Cramer was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


For the first time in the last 32 years, Dick Clark wasn’t in New York’s Time Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The 75 year old TV host and producer was forced to watch the show from his hospital bed after suffering a mild stroke on December 6th. A spokesman said that Mr. Clark had been doing some rehab and that doctors were encouraged with his progress.


Tom Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony that Jones later described as “a great and humbling honor.”

The John Lennon song Imagine was voted the nations favourite song a quarter of a century after his death. A UK radio station conducted the poll of 7,000 listeners. The Beatles were voted into second and third place with ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Let It Be.’

Although he wasn’t actually in Times Square and his speech had slowed due to the effects of a stroke he suffered in December, 2004, Dick Clark made a return to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve TV show.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Nielsen Sound Scan reported that while overall album sales were down again in 2014, vinyl album sales grew by 52 percent to 9.2 million copies (up from 6.1 million in 2013). More vinyl albums were sold than in any other year since Nielsen started tracking music sales in 1991.


Natalie Cole, a nine-time Grammy-winning singer and daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole, passed away at the age of 65. She placed twelve songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1975 and 1991, including the Top Ten hits, “This Will Be”, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, “Pink Cadillac” and “Miss You Like Crazy”.

Featured Reference Site:

What Elvis Presley did on New Year’s Eve – Elvis History Blog

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