Daily Elvis: January 4

Give us this day, January 4, Our Daily Elvis


NBC Red debuted “The Carnation Contented Hour”. The show was as a showcase for top singers and musicians.

Tupelo, Mississippi



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


Billboard magazine published its first record sales chart. Big band violinist Joe Venuti’s “Stop! Look! Listen!” was the first #1 record to be listed.

January 4, 1938

JD Presley and JG Brown stood sureties for Travis Smith and Lether Gable.  Vernon spent six months in custody awaiting trial.

J.D. was still farming on Orville Bean’s land; Orville Bean was his landlord so it may have encouraged J.D. to stay on the ‘right side’ of the landowner.

Vernon Presley  spent six months in custody awaiting trial Jan 4 – (minus 6 months until)

.in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.



August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
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

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)


Two years after Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 RPM long-playing vinyl record, RCA announces that they will also start using the same format.

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

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


Over 20,000 people jam the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, as Hank Williams’ funeral is held at the City Auditorium.

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

January 4, 1954

Elvis went to the Memphis Recording Service in hopes of auditioning for Sam Phillips, not a gift for his Mother as was the publicity story during his career. Elvis Presley recorded “It Wouldn’t be the Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.” on a private demo disc, that he gave to the high school pal who loaned him the fee.

Memphis Recording Service – Memphis, Tennessee (private demo recording)
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Acetate Receipt - I'll Never Stand in Your Way / It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You

Acetate Receipt : I’ll Never Stand in Your Way / It Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You

Marion Keisker did the recording and took down Elvis’ number with a note “good ballad singer”, and would later get Sam Phillips to call Elvis.

Marion Keisker MacInnes – Sun Records | Elvis Articles – Elvis Australia

Marion Keisker – sun records

Jack White Has Elvis Presley’s First Recordings Digitally Transferred

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

January 04, 1955

Odessa, TX  High School Auditorium (2 shows) were done by Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys

The Presleys  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

Elvis performed at the Community Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info January 4 1956 Community Center Jonesboro AR (8:00 PM)
Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis introduced Solomon Burke on The Steve Allen Show.
Elvis Presley released the single “Too Much” b/w “Playing For Keeps.”
“Too Much” reached number one on both the Cashbox and Billboard sales charts and went to number three on the R&B chart.[6] The single peaked at number two on the then-named Top 100 chart, the main Billboard pop chart
“Playing for Keeps” reached number 34 in the United States
Elvis drove his Cadillac Eldorado to the Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis for a pre-induction physical for his draft status.
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He was accompanied by Cliff Gleaves and Dottie Harmony.
Elvis Presley Kennedy Veterans Hospital January 4, 1957
Later in the day Dottie flew back to Los Angeles. Elvis returned to Audon Drive, were he climbed the locked fence.
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.

The Military Service Disruption

January 4, 1958

The Soviet satellite Sputnik I fell out of Earth orbit after three months and burned up in the atmosphere. It had been launched on October 4, 1957 and was the first artificial Earth satellite.

Military Service in Germany

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

January 4, 1959

Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #81. It will peak at #22 a month later and is now regarded as a Rock ‘n’ Roll classic.
Military Service

Elvis called the Colonel at 5.00 a.m. and woke the Colonel with his call. It turned out in an hour-long chat and the Colonel joked that the call interrupted his dream about Elvis getting an early army release, but that now he didn’t get to know how the dream ended.

Military Service in Germany

January 4, 1960

Marty Robbins moved to #1 with “El Paso”.

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

January 4, 1961

After leaping from #100 to #50 last week, Mark Dinning’s “Teen Angel” enters the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop chart. The teenage tragedy song will reach the top less than five weeks later.

The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.

Wild in the Country 

January 4, 1962

The British music magazine Mersey Beat publishes a group popularity poll which shows The Beatles at the top, well ahead of Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Remo Four, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes and Johnny Sandon And The Searchers.

January 4, 1963

Eydie Gorme released the single “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”.

Bob Dylan spent his second day shooting the television play Madhouse in Castle Street.

Priscilla Visit

Romances: Priscilla

January 4, 1964

The Rolling Stones performed at the Ricky Tick club at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading, England.

Bobby Vinton‘s “There! I’ve Said It Again” becomes the last US number one record before the so called British Invasion. Between Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” in July, 1955 and Vinton’s hit, only five non-American artists could manage a US chart topper. All that was about to change.

After enjoying a #4 smash in early 1963 with “Tell Him”, The Exciters return to Billboard’s Hot 100 with their rendition of “Doo-Wah-Diddy”. Unfortunately the record stalled at #90 during a one week stay while a version of the same song, re-titled “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, would top the charts in the UK, the US and Canada for the British band Manfred Mann next October.

Bobby Vinton rolled to the #1 song with “There!  I’ve Said It Again”.  The Kingsmen peaked at 2 with “Louie Louie” while the Singing Nun fell from her perch with “Dominique”.

January 4, 1965

CBS purchases The Fender Guitar Company for $13 million.

Gary Lewis & the Playboys released their first career single “This Diamond Ring”.

January 4, 1966

January 4, 1967

The Doors released their self-titled debut album, ranked #42 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

January 4, 1968

In Los Angeles, the University of California announced that students studying for music degrees would be required to examine the music of the Rolling Stones, saying it was because the group had made such an important contribution to modern music.

January 4, 1969

Glen Campbell rode on top of the Adult chart for the fourth week with “Wichita Lineman”.

Marvin Gaye made it four weeks at #1 with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, holding off Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life”, which peaked at #2.  Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations moved from 7-3 with “I’m Gonna’ Make You Love Me” while Young-Holt Unlimited surged from 16 to 4 with “Soulful Strut”, one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* and Glen Campbell was at #5 with “Wichita Lineman”.  The rest of the Top 10:  “Cloud Nine” from the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes’ former #1 “Love Child”, the Classics IV were at position #8 with “Stormy”, Johnnie Taylor and “Who’s Making Love” while B.J. Thomas jumped into the Top 10 with “Hooked On A Feeling”.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

January 4, 1970

Tragedy struck The Who when a gang of teens attacked Keith Moon’s Bentley limo. His chauffeur, Neil Boland got out to try to protect the car, but left it in gear, and it started moving. Moon, who had no driver’s license, jumped behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the chauffeur, who was being beaten, had fallen under the car and as Keith gunned the engine, Neil was run over and killed. Though the inquest absolved Moon of blame, Neil’s family didn’t and neither did Moon himself, as he was been haunted by the incident for the rest of his life.

George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo and Paul McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr re-recorded vocals for “Let It Be”, the final recording session for the Beatles.  John Lennon was not present at this session–the final time all four were in the studio together was August 20, 1969.

After avoiding Elvis in 1970, FBI Director G. Edgar Hoover sent Elvis a note on January 4: “your generous comments concerning the Bureau and me are appreciated and you may be sure we will keep in mind your offer to be of assistance.”
Accompanied by Charlie Hodge, Sonny West, Richard Davis and Bill Morris, Elvis flew to Dallas, where he registered at the Royal Coach Motor Hotel under the name of Jon Burrows.
January 4, 1972
Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both ‘Blinded By The Light’ and ‘Spirit In The Night’ were released as singles but neither made a dent in the charts. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band later released a version of ‘Blinded By The Light’ on their album ‘The Roaring Silence,’ which reached No.1 on the US charts in 1977.
The Allman Brothers name Lamar Williams as the replacement for the late Berry Oakley. The announcment was in Rolling Stone magazine.
In a very good mood Elvis flew to Los Angeles on his way to Hawaii. Last November he was told to loose some weight and he and Red West each lost 25 pounds on a crash diet Elvis picked up in Las Vegas.
 January 4, 1974
Richard Nixon received a subpoena which required him to show tapes which would lead to evidence regarding 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Headquarters located in the Watergate complex. As a result, Sam J. Irving, Jr. D.N.C. planned to take Richard Nixon to court. Over 500 tapes as well as several hundred written documents were sought as evidence regarding this case.
Marvin Gaye makes his first concert appearance in over four years when he appears at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in California to record the album “Marvin Gaye Live!”.
January 4, 1975
Elton John‘s remake of The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” becomes his tenth US Top Ten hit and his third number one. The recording included John Lennon on guitar.
Elvis’ update of the ballad “My Boy” hit #5 in the U.K.
Elton John took his remake of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” to #1 while Barry White edged up with “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything”.  Carl Douglas was at #3 with “Kung Fu Fighting”, Paul McCartney & Wings were at #4 with “Junior’s Farm”/”Sally G” and Neil Sedaka reached #5 with “Laughter In The Rain”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Helen Reddy’s former #1 “Angie Baby”, Ringo Starr with “Only You”, Stevie Wonder moved up with “Boogie On Reggae Woman”, the Carpenters registered their 12th Top 10 hit out of 16 releases with “Please Mr. Postman” and newcomer Barry Manilow reached the Top 10 for the first time with “Mandy”.
Elton John remained at #1 for the sixth week on the Album chart with his Greatest Hits album.  War Child by Jethro Tull was #2 again, followed by Neil Diamond’s Serenade and Fire from the Ohio Players.  Joni Mitchell’s new live release, Miles of Aisles, moved from 13-5.  The rest of the Top 10:  John Denver with Back Home AgainVerities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin, Free and Easy from Helen Reddy at #8, Ringo Starr had one of his biggest career albums with Goodnight Vienna and BTO moved back into the Top 10 with Not Fragile.
Mal Evans, former roadie and bodyguard of the Beatles, was shot to death at this apartment in Los Angeles by the L.A.P.D. after he allegedly pointed a loaded rifle at officers.
Elvis flew to Colorado for a vacation with Linda and a party of 17 others.
First they checked into a Denver hotel, but Elvis dispatched Joe Esposito, Jerry Kennedy and Ron Pietrafeso to Vail to find enough rental houses and condos for the group.
The Sex Pistols board a plane at London’s Heathrow Airport and proceed to be as obnoxious as possible. A flight attendant would later tell the press “These are the most revolting people I’ve ever seen. They called us filthy names and insulted everyone in sight.”
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 Elvis, Ginger, and Ginger’s sister Rosemary, flew to Palm Springs to celebrate Elvis 42th birthday on January 8.
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Romances: Ginger Alden

The Wake and Aftermath


Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis. Warner Bros. executives attended the show but decided that Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music.

The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, the famous spot where the Beatles performed often in the early years, reopened its doors.


David Bowie appeared on Saturday Night Live Live from New York City performing ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, ‘TVC 15’ and ‘Boys Keep Swinging’ with a specially prepared backing group, including Blondie’s Jimmy Destri (keyboards) and Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias (backing vocals).

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1983 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


“Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie was #1 again on the Adult Contemporary chart for a fifth week.

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy died at the age of 36. A pathologist’s report later indicated that he had developed multiple internal abscesses and blood poisoning, as a result of which he had suffered kidney, liver and heart failure. His last single, “Nineteen”, had been released just a few weeks earlier.


Belinda Carlisle released the single “I Get Weak”


Richard Marx continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song for the third week with “Keep Coming Back”.

Michael Jackson continued to own the top song with “Black Or White”, #1 for a fourth week.  Boyz II Men remained second with “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”.  Color Me Badd were still at 3 with “All 4 Love”, Mariah Carey moved up with “Can’t Let Go” and PM Dawn fell with “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss”.


The Isley Brothers charted with “Tears,” reaching #12 R&B. It was their last of an amazing seventy-four R&B hit singles during the century dating back to 1962. Forty-four of those had gone into the Top 20.

No Doubt had the top album for a third week with Tragic Kingdom Falling Into You by Celine Dion was second.


American singer, producer, and politician Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’ and had become a US Congressman. The United States Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, was named in honor of Bono when it was passed by Congress nine months after his death.


Bill “Little Bo” Savich, drummer for the instrumental group Johnny And The Hurricanes, died at the age of 62. The band placed four songs on the Billboard Top 40, including the #5 hit, “Red River Rock” in 1959.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Ray Davies of The Kinks was shot in the leg during a robbery in New Orleans when two thieves stole a lady friend’s purse at gunpoint. Davies gave chase and one of the men turned and shot him in the thigh.


Ashlee Simpson was booed offstage during her performance at the Orange Bowl.


Jamie Foxx had the #1 album with Unpredictable.

The Hendersonville, Tennessee home where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought for $2.3 million by the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb. The house burned to the ground 15 months later during renovations.

The body of Barry Cowsill was identified with dental records by Dr. Louis Cataldie, head of the Louisiana state hurricane morgue in Carville.  Cowsill’s body was discovered December 28 on the Cartres Street Wharf but was not identified until Cataldie made his announcement.  The 51-year-old former bassist of the Cowsills (“Hair”) is believed to have died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


New music industry data showed the number of US albums sold last year tumbled 9.5% from 2006, even as the number of digital tracks sold soared by 45%.

Britney Spears was carried out of her home on a stretcher and taken into police custody after officials were called in a dispute involving her three children.  Spears was ordered to hand her children to her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Gerry Rafferty, the lead singer of Stealers Wheel on their 1973 hit “Stuck In The Middle With You”, died after a long illness at the age of 63. After the band split up, he went on to a successful solo career, enjoying five more Billboard Top 30 hits, including “Baker Street” and “Right Down The Line”.


Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989 which was the best selling album of 2014 in the US market with over 5.5 million copies sold.

David Cassidy won a law suit against Sony Pictures Television over non-payment of royalties from Partridge Family merchandise. The court action, first filed in 2011, was settled for $160,000, but a return court date was set to recover $58,000 in legal fees and $36,000 in interest.


Robert Stigwood, who managed Cream and the Bee Gees before producing the Rock musicals Saturday Night Fever and Grease, as well as who staged theatre (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita). passed away at the age of 81.

Robert Balser, who served as the animation director for The Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine and on the Saturday morning Jackson 5 cartoons of the early 1970s, passed away at the age of 88.

Elvis‘ birthday approaches; The King would have been 82

The Elvis Presley Effect:
Nielsen Music reported that sales of George Michael’s music skyrocketed in the days following his death last Christmas Day. The former Wham! singer sold around 477,000 albums and songs in the week ending 29 December compared to 17,000 the week before, an increase of 2,678 per cent.
The British Phonographic Industry announced that sales of David Bowie‘s album “Blackstar” helped push global sales of vinyl records to a twenty-five year high. Sales in the UK topped 3.2 million, an increase of a whopping 53 percent over last year.
Ray Thomas, flautist, vocalist and founding member of The Moody Blues, died January 4th, 2018 at the age of 76, just three and half months before the band was due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dublin Elvis Presley fan seeks new home for his huge collection

Irish Times6 hours ago
Elvis Presley fan Maurice Colgan has been acquiring Elvis records, books, magazines and memorabilia since the 1950s. His one bedroom …

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