Give us this day, January 1, Our daily Elvis
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.
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo.
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.
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
Elvis (said to be) at Cook’s Hoedown – Dec 28, 1954 (or Jan 1, 1955)
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RCA Victor’s Atomic Powered Singer
Elvis performed at the Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, at 3.00 and 8.00 p.m.
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
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
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.
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, 1969
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
The Wake and Aftermath
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
1983 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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