Give us this day, January 2, our daily Elvis
The first issue of The Melody Maker magazine went on sale in the UK. Advertised as being for “all who are interested in the production of popular music,” the first issue featured dance band news, a story about ukuleles and how to read music by sight.
306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
January 2, 1938
Vernon in prison
The Andrews Sisters recorded “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,
Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.
January 2, 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.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)
January 2, 1954
Eddie Calvert started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Oh, Mein Papa.’ This was the first No.1 to be recorded at Abbey Road studios in London and stayed at the top of the charts for 9 weeks.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
January 2, 1955
Johnny Ace, who died December 24, 1954 in a “be careful/it’s not loaded” “Russian Roulette” incident was buried at the Clayton Temple AME Church in Memphis. More than 5,000 mourners attended, including pallbearers Little Junior Parker, Wille Mae Thornton, Roscoe Gordon, and B.B. King. Ace was formerly in King’s band before joining the Beale Streeters.
Elvis and Red West returned to Memphis to began a 5 day tour with Johnny Cash and others.
Elvis performed at the High School, Charleston, Mississippi, where he was billed as “The King of Western Bop.”
January 2, 1957
Harry Belafonte’s version of the traditional Jamaican Folk song “Banana Boat” (Day-O) enters the Hot 100 where it will peak at #5 next March.
Jackie Wilson recorded his last sides with the Dominoes (including “To Each His Own”) for Decca before embarking on his tremendous solo career.
Elvis got a letter from the Colonel, who lectured him about the responsibilities of being a star. Elvis had complained about requests for local appearances and wanted his manager to deal with that.
The Military Service Disruption
January 2, 1959
Elvis called George Klein in Memphis. He made regular calls to friends at home, especially Anita Wood.
January 2, 1960
Elvis requested leave to go to Paris.
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
Elvis flew back to Los Angeles with Sonny West, Charlie Hodge, Alan Fortas, and Gene Smith for Wild in the Country to resume production.
January 2, 1962
After refusing to sign an oath that says they have never been members of the Communist party, the American Folk group, The Weavers are removed from the line-up of NBC-TV’s Jack Parr Show.
January 2, 1963
January 2, 1964
January 2, 1965
went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack from ‘Roustabout,’ Presley’s eighth No.1.
It was his last LP released in both stereo and mono; with the mono version being rarer. It was certified Gold on May 20, 1988 by the Recording Industry Association of America
The album would be Presley’s final soundtrack to reach number one and his next number one album would be 1973’s Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite
January 2, 1966
This was the date of Elvis’ new agreement with the Colonel, which for the first time explicitly recognized that they were engaged in what amounted to a partnership or joint venture.
January 2, 1968
, police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album “Two Virgins” owing to the album featuring a nude cover.
Elvis Gold Records volume 4 was released: a compilation of hit singles
released between 1961 and 1967, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard 200
. It was certified Gold on March 27, 1992 by the Recording Industry Association of America
January 2, 1969
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
January 2, 1970
January 2, 1971
George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a #1 album in the US when “All Things Must Pass” went to the top of the Billboard chart for a seven week stay. It was eventually certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA and was ranked #437 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
RCA release “Elvis Country” it reached number 12 on the Billboard 200
. It peaked at number six in the United Kingdom
, selling over one million copies worldwide. It was certified Gold on December 1, 1977 by the Recording Industry Association of America
Elvis generally worked song by song and this was the only attempt at a cohesive album and the song snippets used as a bridge between tracks turned it into a concept album. This cover was more than the usual Elvis face shot of the 50s and 60s or the Jumpsuit Shots of the other 1970s albums, and is the only by Elvis statement cover.
January 2, 1973
January 2, 1974
US country singer, actor and radio presenter Tex Ritter died of a heart attack when he was trying to bail a member of his band from a jail in Nashville. His song ‘High Noon’ won an Oscar for Best Song in 1952.
RCA did a series of “Legendary Performer” for most of their label artists getting 1 LP of rare material not deemed suitable for release at the time of recording. Ultimately, four volumes of Presley’s outtakes and live recordings, along with interviews were released over the next decade in the RCA A Legendary Performer
series, the only artist besides Glenn Miller
to have multiple volumes issued in that series.
There was also an LP sized book of newspaper clippings and studio paperwork.
It was certified Gold on January 8, 1975 and Platinum and 2x Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA
. The album opens with his first recording from 1954, “That’s All Right
“, the song that started his recording career at Sun Records
January 2, 1975
District Court Judge Richard Owen ruled in New York, that John Lennon and his lawyers will have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.
January 2, 1976
January 2, 1977
The Wake and Aftermath
The trial of ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious for the October 1978 murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opened in New York City. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the trial was complete.
US singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home aged 45. Williams had the 1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single ‘Short Fat Fannie.’ Also known for ‘Bony Moronie’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy.’ The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs
Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
made a guest appearance on Late Night With David Letterman
, performing his comeback tune, “Kiss”, a song he recorded with The Art of Noise. It was his first US hit in almost a dozen years.
Record Mirror published a chart of last years Top UK singles artists. No.1 was Kylie Minogue, No.2, Bros, No.3, Yazz, No.4 Tiffany, No.5, Phil Collins, No.6, Cliff Richard, No.7, Erasure, No.8, Pet Shop Boys, No.9, Belinda Carlisle, and No.10, Wet Wet Wet.
started a three week run at the top of the UK album chart with “Bat Out Of Hell II – Back Into Hell”. The LP, which featured the single “I’d Do Anything for Love”, also topped the charts in the US and Australia and has sold more than 14 million copies world-wide.
Soul singer Isaac Hayes topped the UK chart with a tune called “Chocolate Salty Balls”, using the exaggerated deep voice of Chef, his character in the animated TV series South Park.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
The Essential Elvis Presley is a greatest hits collection by American rock and roll icon Elvis Presley. The album was released as a two-disc set on January 2, 2007 by RCA Records as a part of Sony BMG‘s The Essential series and was later released by RCA and Legacy Recordings as a Limited Edition 3.0 three-disc set.
In the Netherlands the album was released as The Dutch Collection, which topped the albums chart in that country, while The Essential Elvis Presley topped the albums chart in Sweden. Although not as successful as other releases in The Essential series, the album was certified gold in three countries. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 8/4/2010 and Platinum on 3/3/2016 by the RIAA.
2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
Dear Stanley Brothers: if you had been doing your jobs, he might not have died that night
seriously, this is not a topic you want attention on eh?
Adele was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third studio album 25. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at No.1 in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; in the US, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.
http://www.elvisrecordings.com/ Master and Sessions
The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
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