Daily Elvis: December 31

Give us this day, December 31, our daily Elvis

December 31, 1929

In New York City, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time during their first annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Hotel Roosevelt Grill. The show was broadcast on the CBS Radio network and became the longest-running annual special program in radio history.

3% of millennials believe Mariah Carey wrote Auld Lang Syne

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

December 31, 1940

A legal dispute between ASCAP (the American Society of Publishers and Composers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) forced all American radio stations to cease playing music licensed by ASCAP for ten months. While the move strengthened the upstart BMI, it also meant that the only way some radio stations could continue offering music on the air was by playing public domain songs, including classical and kids’ music.

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

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 a hour.

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

December 31, 1954

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented end of 1954 to mid-1955

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

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1954
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RCA Victor’s Atomic Powered Singer

It was announced that General Motors had become the first U.S. corporation with gross earnings in excess of $1 billion.
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 Presley’s single “I Forgot To Remember” hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart.
The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
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 Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

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 Presleys lived at Graceland

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 in Germany

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

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 in Germany

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

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.

The album “Elvis’ Christmas Album” re-charted at #33 in the U.S.

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.
John Lennon’s estranged deadbeat father, Alf, released the single “That’s My Life (My Love And My Home),” designed to ride his son’s coattails and be a sequel to the Beatles “In My Life.” John reportedly instructed manager Brian Epstein to make sure the single was blackballed in the UK. It was not a hit.

The Beatles’ single “I Feel Fine” and album “Beatles ’65” were certified Gold.

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.
Elvis Presley’s song “If Every Day Was Christmas” hit #9 in the U.K.
Again there were several horses bought today as an addition to the stable. Elvis Presley, Priscilla Beaulieu and Dee Presley on their way to the annual New Year’s Eve party at the Manhattan Club. Elvis didn’t attend, 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.
In the U.K., the TV special “Elvis” aired on BBC2-TV.
For the second year Elvis’ New Year’s Eve party was at the Thunderbird Lounge.
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A BBC-TV special declared John Lennon to be the “Man of the Decade,” on the same day that Rolling Stone magazine named him “Man of the Year,” while the music newspaper New Musical Express quoted him as saying he was thinking of leaving the Beatles.
Elvis New Year’s Eve party was held at TJ’s, a new club in Memphis.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

Paul McCartney sued the other members of the Beatles for a legal dissolution of their “partnership.” On the same day, the British magazine Melody Maker announced that the Beatles were looking for a new bass player. Four years to the day later, the four of them came to terms and made the separation final.
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. Entertainment for the evening was provided by TJ’s artist-in-residence, Ronnie Milsap.
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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. Elvis set a world record for a single show by a solo artist: grossing $816,000 for a single performance in Pontiac, MI.

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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

Backstage before his New Year’s Eve show in Pontiac MI on December 31, 1975

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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 where they watched betamax tapes of old Monty Python shows.
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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
Pontiac Silverdome Demolished: 

One day after explosive charges failed to bring down part of the Pontiac Silverdome, a repeat attempt did the trick Monday afternoon.
The implosion was the long-awaited beginning of the end for an obsolete landmark that hosted Elvis Presley concert, a Super Bowl, World Cup, plus hundreds of Lions and Pistons games.
Sunday morning’s initial implosion attempt left thousands of eager onlookers feeling deflated. While puffs of smoke emerged around the 400,000-square-foot structure during the nine-second “show,” the Silverdome’s upper columns remained stubbornly intact.
The building opened in 1975 and cost $55.7 million. It featured performances from Elvis on New Year’s Eve 1975 and Pope John Paul II in 1987 and the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event at WrestleMania III 1987.
But the stadium fell into disrepair after the Lions left in 2002 and moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
(2017 News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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 with Lisa Marie 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

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1983 Actor ExWife:Priscilla Presley

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.

Barbra Streisand performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, her first paid concert in 22 years.


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.


George Michael was paid a reported £1.5 million (about$2.35 million US) for a one-hour concert at a Russian billionaire’s New Year’s Eve party on his private estate 20 miles outside Moscow.


Elvis Presley: December 31, 1969, 40 years ago today | Elvis Photos

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


In London, Buckingham Palace announced that actress Angela Lansbury was among those named to Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list. Lansbury, previously a recipient of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to drama, her charitable work and philanthropy.

Top 12 Moments for Elvis Presley’s Graceland in 2013


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”.


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