Daily Elvis: January 1

Give us this day, January 1, Our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi


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


Billboard magazine issued its first record sales chart, with “Stop! Look! Listen!” by Jazz artist Joe Venuti listed as the number one record.

December 31, 1937

Vernon in prison

 December 31, 1938

Vernon in prison

January 1, 1940

NBC begins regular FM transmission from New York’s Empire State Building on W2XDG. In October of the same year, the FCC granted 15 stations the first construction permits for commercial FM operation. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation) first demonstrated the technology to executives and engineers of RCA in 1933.

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)


Billy Eckstine entered the R&B hit list with “Blue Moon,” reaching #12 and #21 pop. It would be Billy’s version that the Marcels would wildly revamp for their 1961 hit.


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January 1, 1950

26 year old Sam Phillips opens his Memphis Recording Service at the corner of Union and Marshall in Memphis, Tennessee. The new venture’s slogan is “We Record Anything – Anywhere – Anytime.”

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street


January 1, 1953

29 year old Hank Williams died of heart failure while on his way to a show in Canton Ohio. Ironically, he had the number 1 song that week on the Country chart called, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”.

Williams is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. 35 of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life, ending his association with the Grand Ole Opry, but not the Louisiana Hayride.

September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour.

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

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

RCA Victor announced that they were dropping the prices of their records in an attempt to spur record sales.
The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
Elvis performed “I Got A Woman” and “Baby Lets Play House” at the Grand Prize Saturday night Jamboree, Houston, TX Eagles’ Hall.along with James O Gwynne, Coye Wilcox, The Dixie Drifters, Ernie Hunter, Herb Remington, Tommy Sands, George Jones, Jerry Jerico

Elvis (said to be) at Cook’s Hoedown – Dec 28, 1954 (or Jan 1, 1955)

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January 1, 1955 – Elvis’ new managerial contract with Bob Neal goes into effect on this date; Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info January 1 1955 Eagles Hall Houston TX (8:00 PM) Grand Prize Saturday Night Jamboree

RCA Victor’s Atomic Powered Singer

Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’ went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time. The single is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25m.
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Sun Records released ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ as a single backed with another classic ‘Honey Don’t’ (One of three Carl Perkins songs latter recorded by The Beatles.)
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
Elvis flew from Shreveport with Red West to play a Grand Ole Opry package headlined by Hank Snow and featuring Webb Pierce and Slim Whitman, Rod Brasfield, Duke Of Paducah, Dr Lew Childre, Benny Martin

Elvis performed at the Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info January 1 1956 Kiel Auditorium St Louis MO (3:00 PM) Grand Ole Opry show Yes
Info January 1 1956 Kiel Auditorium St Louis MO (8:00 PM) Grand Ole Opry show Yes
January 1, 1957
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Elvis at the Greeneville train station, Tennessee.
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The Presleys lived at Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

January 1, 1958

Little Richard officially announced that he had retired at the peak of his career to become an Evangelist. His conversion would last all of four years.

Military Service in Germany

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

TV ratings for December 1958 listed Dick Clark’s American Bandstand as the United States’ most popular daytime show.
Johnny Cash played a free concert for the inmates of San Quentin Prison, California. One of the audience members was 19 year-old Merle Haggard, who was in the midst of a 15 year sentence (he served three years) for grand theft auto and armed robbery.
Elisabeth Stefaniak moved into the hotel with Elvis and his household. She was hired to answer all the fan mail, learning quickly from Red and Lamar how to sign Elvis’ name.

Romances: Elizabeth Stefaniak

Vernon Presley smashes his son’s black Mercedes into a tree in Germany. Local newspapers mistakenly print that Elvis has been killed, but Vernon walked away without a scratch.

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

January 1, 1960

Johnny Cash gave his first of many performances at San Quentin Prison. In the audience that night was Merle Haggard, who was serving just under three years for burglary.

January 1, 1961

Wild in the Country production break

January 1, 1962

The Beatles attend a New Year’s Day audition for Decca Records where they record 15 songs. After reviewing their material, the company decided to sign Brian Poole And The Tremeloes instead. A record company executive tells Brian Epstein, “These boys won’t make it. Guitar groups are out. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein. You have a good business there.”

January 1, 1963

Priscilla Visit

January 1, 1964

The first edition of the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops was transmitted from an old church hall in Manchester, England. Acts miming to their latest releases included The Rolling Stones, (I Wanna Be Your Man), The Dave Clark Five, (Glad All Over), The Hollies, (Stay), and The Swinging Blue Jeans, (Hippy Hippy Shake). The first song played was Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’. Also featured on disc and film, The Beatles (I Want to Hold Your Hand), Freddie & the Dreamers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Gene Pitney.

On the 11th anniversary of his father’s death, 14-year-old Hank Williams, Jr. released his version of his father’s composition “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.”

George Hamilton is chosen in favor of Elvis Presley for the title role in the Hank Williams bio, Your Cheatin’ Heart. William’s widow felt that the appearance of Elvis would overshadow her husband’s memory.

Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964) – IMDb

January 1, 1965

The Beatles had three L.P.s in the Top 10 of the US albums chart, with “Beatles ’65” (number 1), “A Hard Day’s Night” (number 6) and “Beatles’ Story” (peaking at number 7).

Elvis Presley’s soundtrack “Harum Scarum” hit #8 on the U.S. charts.

January 1, 1966

The final episode of the US TV show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (with Rick Nelson) is filmed. The show began as a radio series of Ozzie and Harriet with child actors in 1944 and moved to television with the Nelson Family in 1952. Later, Guitarist James Burton revealed that Elvis watched the show.

January 1, 1967

January 1, 1968

Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.

January 1, 1968 – 1967 Hollywood Highlights | Chicago Tribune Archive

January 1, 1969


The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” debut Motown single reached #1 pop and would reach #1 R&B for four weeks. The song was originally conceived for Gladys Knight & the Pips.
Elvis went to the Memphian, like he would be almost every night until he left for Los Angeles and it was during this time he saw the movie Patton for the first time. This film made an enormous impression on him and he memorized the dramatic speech at its beginning.
January 1, 1971
Radio Luxembourg aired over seven hours of continuous Beatles’ music to celebrate the group’s tenth year in the music business. Every song played was a single or LP track by The Beatles or from their solo albums.
Elvis went to the Memphian or the Crosstown to watch movies almost every night in the New Year, but unlike other times the screening was for the inner circle only.
Elvis spent the first 3 nights of the New Year at the Memphian.
Elvis begins a 2 week crash diet to get ready for the Aloha Show, he made Red West do the diet with him.
January 1, 1974
January 1, 1975
January 1, 1976
January 1, 1977

The Wake and Aftermath

The Clash played the opening night at punk’s first real venue, The Roxy Club in London.
RCA UK invited British fans of the official fan club to select 16 songs from Elvis’s extensive recorded repertoire to represent studio work, Hollywood film soundtracks and live shows. Most songs picked were an assortment of singles, B-sides, album tracks and some obscure movie songs.  It sold over 100,000 copies, peaked at No. 12 in the UK album chart and earned a silver disc award.
Cliff Richard is awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the British Empire. Before this, the title was held by the Beatles and Elton John alone among Pop musicians.
Prince and the Revolution released their first home video “Live.” The recording is from the “Purple Rain” tour.

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

ABBA made their final live appearance as a group when they played in Stockholm, Sweden.

1983 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

VH-1 premiered as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye’s “Star Spangled Banner” video.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) changed the requirements for a musical work to achieve gold and platinum status.
American radio station WKRL in Florida played Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven” for 24 hours straight, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization took over exclusive U.S. and Canadian administration for the Elvis Presley music catalogs through a deal with the Presley estate, Gary Horey, Julian and Jean Aberbach.
Elton John breaks Elvis Presley‘s record for the most consecutive years having a US Top 40 hit when “The Last Song” peaks at number 24, giving him a string of 23 straight hit making years.

January 1, 1995

Elvis Presley Anthology – Boxed Set (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Box edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793540410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793540419



B.B. King enjoyed the famous Rose Bowl Parade from atop a Mississippi Tournament of Roses Association float.


Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens spent several hours in police custody after being arrested for drink driving. The 80’s singer was charged and released to appear before magistrates on January 16th.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

January 1, 2003

Capitol Records announced that Lisa Marie Presley’s first album, “To Whom It May Concern” was set for release on April 8th of this year. The LP would go on to reach #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 and be certified Platinum in 2007.

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January 1, 2005

The copyright on songs recorded in 1954 and earlier expired in most of Europe, including Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” and “Only You” by The Platters. In the UK, Elvis’ 1950s singles would be re-issued and re-chart.

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Queen beat The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone.


The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reported that the number of music downloads sold in the UK in the final week of 2007 was double the total of 12 months earlier. In total there were 2.95 million downloads in seven days, the highest ever recorded for any weekly period. And when the whole of the year was taken into account, 77.5 million downloads were sold in the UK in 2007.


Although the number of viewers dropped for the third straight year, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve With Ryan Seacrest was still the most-watched New Year’s Eve countdown special in America with an 8.5 rating. Primary competitor, New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly, earned a 5.0 rating during its telecast.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Chuck Berry cut short a concert at Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois after collapsing on stage an hour into the show. Berry slumped over a keyboard and did not move for a couple of minutes before being helped off stage, he returned 15 minutes later only to be forced off again almost immediately. The 84 year-old later re-emerged on stage but told fans he had no strength to continue performing.

January 1, 2014

Patti Page, the best selling female artist in America in the 1950s, earning 15 Gold singles and 3 Gold albums, passed away at the age of 85. When Page recorded her first hit single, ‘Confess’ in 1947; owing to a strike, background singers were not available to provide harmony vocals for the song: Page decided to overdub her own, becoming the first pop artist to overdub her vocals on a song. She met Elvis several times.

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Patti Page recorded four US No.1 hits, including ‘Tennessee Waltz’ and the novelty record ‘(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window’. Page recorded her first hit single, ‘Confess’ in 1947. Because of a strike, background singers were not available to provide harmony vocals for the song, so instead, Page decided to overdub her own, thus, Page became the first pop artist to overdub her vocals on a song.


Miss New Orleans-1957/actress Donna Douglas  (The Beverly Hillbillies, Frankie and Johnny, Lover Come Back, Career, Chronicles of Life Trials) died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 82.


What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2017

Graceland Cam


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