Daily Elvis: January 3

Give us this day, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


January 3, 1954

January 3, 1955

Elvis performed at the Booneville, MS Von Theatre  (2 shows) at 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. Elvis was advertised as “The Folk Music Fireball.” Also on the bill: Johnny Cash and David Houston

ELVIS PRESLEY, “the king of Western bop,” as many of his fans call him, is a 20-year-old youngster who has set the field of country music to talking with his unusual combination of folk music spiced with a “rock and roll” beat. His Sun Records are in demand by folk music fans coast to coast. He is appearing in person at the Von Theatre along with Johnny Cash and “The Tennessee Two, and David Houston, star of the KWKH “Louisiana Hayride”, Thursday, Jan. 3, for two shows, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Presley was horn in Tupelo, Miss., and moved to Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 12. A natural sense of rhythm along with a unique voice quality benefited from his childhood surroundings in which country music and negro blues were everyday music to him. But aside from a few non-professional efforts while in high school in Memphis, his first real work was done when the Sun Record Company of Memphis heard his voice on a personal record and encouraged him to make his first release, “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Since he started his career with the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Presley’s career has come along by leaps and hounds. He has drawn record crowds in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia – as a matter of fact, all through the South.

Elvis is 20, his birthday being on January 8. He is unmarried, and has no serious intentions to become married. Not that he is shy, for he is very fond of the young ladies, as they are of him. His main interests are his cars, a 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan in a striking pink and black color, and a 1954 Cadillac convertible. He has acquired one of the biggest collections of unusual and flashy clothes any artist owns, preferring the “cool cat” type of dress rather than Western apparel. When near water, Elvis is an avid water-skiing fan, having learned at Memphis this summer.

A real fire-ball in his stage manner, Presley pleases young and old. And his tours from coast to coast are building an ever increasing following for “the king of Western bop!”

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info January 3 1956 Von Theatre Booneville MS (6:00 PM)
Info January 3 1956 Von Theatre Booneville MS (8:00 PM)

January 3, 1957

Fats Domino records “I’m Walkin'”, a song he wrote after his car broke down and a fan shouted “Hey, look at Fats Domino, he’s walking!”. The record won’t be released for over a year, but would go on to reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart in April of 1958.

January 3, 1958

January 3, 1959

Phil Spector’s “The Teddy Bears” one hit wonder band appear on NBC’s Kraft Music Hall where they  Billboard #1 hit, “To Know Him Is To Love Him”.

“I would give my neck to be back home. I am homesick all the time … I’m happy to do my part in the Army, but you’ll never know how much I want to get back home … back to the entertainment business one way or another the rest of my life … whether playing or as a stagehand. You will never know how wonderful old Memphis is until you’ve been away for a while.” — during a telephone interview while in Germany, January 3, 1959

Elvis did Military Service in Germany

January 3, 1960

Bobby Darin and Connie Francis pair up to sing “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “You’re The Top” on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Military Service

January 3, 1961

Wild in the Country Production

January 3,1962

January 3, 1963

After placing thirty songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signs a one million dollar, twenty year contract with Decca, where he will achieve six more Top 40 hits.

Billed as The “Love Me Do” Boys, The Beatles kick off a five day tour of Scotland at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin.

Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Next Time / Bachelor Boy,’ both songs were from the film Summer Holiday. His sixth UK No.1.

Priscilla Visit

Romances: Priscilla

The Beatles were seen for the first time on a US TV show when a clip from the BBC’s The Mersey Sound, showing the group playing “She Loves You”, was shown on The Jack Paar Show. At that point, Parr was not a fan and made fun of their haircuts on the air.
Elvis went shopping for clothes at Lansky’s.
January 3,1965
January 3,1966
The Beach Boys‘ Carl Wilson refused to report to the local draft board after getting his draft notice. He would eventually win conscientious objector status. The Beach Boys were still enjoying the success of their latest single, “Good Vibrations”, which hit number 1 in the US just a few weeks earlier.
The Bee Gees achieved their first recording success when a song called “Spicks and Specks” rose to the top of the Australian singles chart. Although it failed to make much of a splash in the UK or North America, it did reach #2 in Netherlands and #28 in Germany.
For a little while now horses were very popular with Elvis and the boys. They only rent out the Memphian for movies four times this month. Almost everything had to do with horseback riding these days. During the next 2 weeks Elvis would not only purchase his own favorite horse, which he renamed in Rising Sun, but he also bought a horse for his father.
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Elvis complained to RCA about the mastering of his new single Guitar Man. According to Elvis the sound was different than the sound he had achieved in the studio, where his voice was more integrated with the band.
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January 3, 1969
Thirty thousand copies of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album “Two Virgins” were seized at a New Jersey airport because the cover showed the couple naked. A vice squad in Chicago shut down a record store displaying the album, causing the distributor, Tetragrammaton Records to sell the L.P. in a plain brown paper wrapper.
What would prove to be The Beatles‘ final recording session is held at EMI’s Abby Road Studios. The last song they ever played together was “I Me Mine”
Singer Davy Jones announces that he too is leaving The Monkees, after Peter Tork the previous year. 
Elvis spent over $3,900 to remodel 2 rooms and a bathroom in the basement of Graceland to be used as an apartment for Charlie Hodge.
January 3, 1971
January 3, 1972
Don McLean received a Gold record for his single “American Pie”, which reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK, selling over three million copies.
January 3, 1973
Due to toothache Elvis went to the dentist.
January 3, 1975
January 3, 1976
 The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saturday Night.’ At the height of their US success, the Scottish group signed a deal to promote breakfast cereal.
Elvis flew Ginger and her family to Harrison, Arkansas, to attend the funeral of Ginger’s grandfather.

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Romances: Ginger Alden


American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. Famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’


Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The Arsenio Hall Show debuted on Fox TV with Luther Vandross singing the 1975 Major Harris hit, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.”



Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, MC Lyte, Public Enemy, and the Geto Boys performed at Madison Square Garden in New York for what was billed as the World’s Greatest Rap Show Ever.



B.B. King’s latest album, featuring  thirteen duets with artists such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Heavy D, Bonnie Raitt, Wille Nelson, and Van Morrison, reached #73 pop today.



Great Britain’s commercial radio show Hit 40 UK announced that it will no longer use CD sales for its official figures. The networked Top 40 chart program, which broadcasts across 130 stations, will base its weekly charts solely on digital downloads.


Gloria Estefan became the first female artist in the history of the Billboard Latin singles chart to enter at number one when “Hotel Nacional” debuted at the top.


Follow That Dream released the Elvis Country Legacy Edition, it combined the original “Elvis Country” and “Love Letters from Elvis” LPs with additional tracks.


Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’ and influenced acts such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys.


The King on screen: Elvis Presley birthday bash


reference sites:





http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database






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