Give us this day, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
January 3, 1954
January 3, 1955
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!”
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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
January 3, 1961
Wild in the Country Production
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.
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.
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