Daily Elvis: January 4

Give us this day, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi

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.



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee


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.


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

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.

Memphis Recording Service – Memphis, Tennessee (private demo recording)
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January 04, 1955

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


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)
Elvis drove with 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 and when Elvis arrived at his home he climbed the fence, which the Presley family always kept locked at night, and was off to greet his mother and father, then a good night’s sleep.

January 4, 1958

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.

January 4, 1960

Military Service

January 4, 1961

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

Priscilla Visit

Romances: Priscilla

January 4, 1964

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.

January 4, 1965

January 4, 1966

January 4, 1967

January 4, 1968

January 4, 1969

January 4, 1970

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
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.
January 4, 1975
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.
Elvis, Ginger, and Ginger’s sister Rosemary, flew to Palm Springs to celebrate Elvis 42th birthday on January 8.
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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.”


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.


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%.


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.

reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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