Daily Elvis – January 8

Give us this day, January 8, our daily Elvis

My love for my son began even before he was born on January 8, 1935. At that time there was almost nobody poorer than my wife Gladys and me. But we were thrilled and excited when we learned that we were going to be parents. I was only 18 years old, but throughout Gladys’ pregnancy it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to take care of her and the baby. Elvis’ birth was long and difficult for my wife, and as her labor pains went on and on, I grew frantic.

My parents were at our house with us, along with two, women, one a midwife, who told us when it was time to call the doctor. After what seemed to me an eternity, a baby boy was born – – dead. I was desolate at the loss of our child. But then my father put his hand on I my wife’s stomach and announced, ‘Vernon, there’s another baby here?’ At the time Elvis was born, medicine hadn’t advanced far enough for a doctor to predict twins, so his arrival took us completely by surprise. Our little boys looked something alike, but I don’t think they were identical twins. Even though the elder one was dead, we named him Jesse for my father; the younger one we called Elvis, for me, since Elvis is my middle name. We chose the middle names of Garon for Jesse and Aron for Elvis because we knew a couple whose twin sons had those names.

Of course, Elvis and I both wondered, over the years, whether his life would have been drastically different had his brother lived. I’ve concluded that it wouldn’t have been, because I believe Elvis’ career and contribution to the world were fated from the first. For during his early life, certain things happened which convinced me that God had given my wife and me a very special child for whom He had some very special plans.

Gladys and I were so proud of Elvis and enjoyed him so much that we immediately wanted more children. But, for reasons no doctor could understand, we had none. While Elvis grew from infant to toddler to lively little boy, we consulted doctors about our failure to have another child. We prayed about it, too. There was no medical reason why my wife didn’t conceive again, but she didn’t.

Interview with Vernon Presley (1978)

Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.

Tupelo, Mississippi



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

Born on this day, Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of rock ‘n’ roll. He had his first No.1 in 1956 with the US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. His first UK No.1 single was in 1957, with ‘All Shook Up’. Presley went on to have over 100 US & UK Top 40 singles from 1956 – 2006. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century, with estimated record sales of over a billion million units worldwide.

January 08, 1935

306 Old Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi: the house that Vernon had built with the help of his father and brother, Gladys, attended by Dr. William R. Hunt, gave birth to twin boys. The first, Jesse Garon, was delivered stillborn at 4.00 a.m. and would be buried the nest day in an unmarked grave in the Priceville Cemetery, near Tupelo. The second, named Elvis Aron Presley, was born at 4.35 a.m.
Whether Vernon’s Father – Jessie D or JD Presley was there varies by family telling, the darkest version being that JD was so drunk that he was cooing and cuddling the stillborn until Vernon stopped him.


, 1938

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.

On his 11th birthday Elvis got a guitar from his parents instead of the bicycle he wanted.
The plain brown, acoustic model cost $12.95 from the Tupelo Hardware Store.

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

Vernon gave Elvis a paperback book of cartoons by George Price with the inscription: “May your birthday be sprinkled through ‘n through with joy and love and good times too, Daddy”.
Elvis brought this book with him to Germany, but it was left behind in his rented house at 14 Goethestrasse.

Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

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.

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

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

Sun Records releases Elvis Presley’s “Milkcow Blues Boogie/You’re a Heartbreaker”
The song was released in January 8, 1955 with “You’re a Heartbreaker” as the A-side, but would not be released on LP until 1959, when it was included on the RCA LP A Date with Elvis. The tune was also released as a 45 rpm single, along with “You’re a Heartbreaker” on RCA Victor records (47-6382).
“When It Rains It Pours” by Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson.
Both singles would flop miserably and add to Sun Records’ already sizeable financial troubles. Elvis would attempt “When it Rains it pours” at Sun, and would do a studio version at RCA. 
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. Elvis was introduced as the “Memphis Flash” and described to the radio audience by announcer Frank Page as wearing crocodile-skin shoes with pink socks. He performed That’s All Right, Hearts Of Stone, Blue Moon Of Kentucky and Fool Fool Fool.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info January 8 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

After appearing on the Hayride the night before, Elvis flew home to Memphis – with Red West –  on his birthday. He was asleep that morning when Colonel Parker called to wish him a happy 21st. Just two days later Elvis would record “Heartbreak Hotel” in New York City.
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever ‘rock & roll tour’ of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.
In theatres: Love Me Tender. On the Top 100: “Love Me Tender” at #3.
After appearing for the third and last time on The Ed Sullivan Show on the 6th, Elvis spent his birthday at home in Memphis with his parents.
Elvis celebrated his birthday at home with his parents. While he was home Elvis stopped by to see Dixie Locke, who was recently married.
On the same day the Memphis Draft Board announced that Elvis has been classified 1A for the draft.
The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive May 11 1956 to March 1957.
The Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, The Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and
 Danny & The Juniors.
Elvis was photographed on the stairs inside Graceland, with a March of Dimes poster girl. She was waiting for more than 2 hours before the picture was taken.
Eight-year-old Mary Kosloski had a date with Elvis Presley Jan. 8, 1958, and he kept her waiting for more than two hours. The Collierville girl, who was the national March of Dimes poster child in 1955, seemed to forgive all when Elvis appeared and told her: 'If you were 10 years older, honey, I wouldn't let you go'.

The Eight-year-old Mary Kosloski, who was the national March of Dimes poster child in 1955, seemed to forgive all when Elvis appeared and told her: ‘If you were 10 years older, honey, I wouldn’t let you go’.

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The pair were photographed with teddy bears and pandas Elvis was sending to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for auction during an upcoming fund drive.

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Later in the day, a birthday party was held for Elvis, who was scheduled to leave two days later for Hollywood to start work onKing Creole. In theatres: Jailhouse Rock. On the Top 100: “Jailhouse Rock” at #3.

January 8, 1958 – With Eight-year-old Mary Kosloski

Mary Kosloski at Graceland as an adult:

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The Military Service Disruption

Elvis celebrated his birthday in the army at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
On the Hot 100: “One Night” at #5 and “I Got Stung” at #14.

Military Service in Germany

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

January 08, 1960

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Elvis was interviewed by Dick Clark on this birthday for American Bandstand. Elvis spoke about his upcoming recording session, his appearance on the Frank Sinatra television show and his new Paramount picture, titled G.I. Blues.
Later in the evening Elvis celebrated at a local recreation center with about 200 guests, including Priscilla. Joe Esposito and the group gave Elvis a trophy with the inscription: ” Elvis Presley. Most Valuable Player. Bad Nauheim Sunday Afternoon Football Association, 1959.”

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

January 8, 1961

In theatres: Flaming Star. On the Hot 100: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” at #1. It would be the only time during his career that Elvis had a record at the top of the Billboardpop chart on his birthday.

With Elvis’s birthday falling on a Sunday, a party in his honor took place on the set of Wild in the Country on Friday, January 6. The cast and crew gave Elvis a plaque reading, “Happy Birthday, King Karate.”


Elvis celebrated his 27th birthday at the Sahara in Las Vegas.
Elvis celebrates his twenty seventh birthday in Las Vegas with a cake supplied by the casinos owner and friend of Colonel Parkers, Milton Prell, January 8, 1962.
 January 8, 1963: Elvis’s 28th Birthday

Elvis spent his birthday with Priscilla, who had flown in from Germany for a Christmas visit at Graceland. She would head back to Germany three days later, after Elvis failed to convince her parents to extend her visit. In theatres:Girls! Girls! Girls! On the Hot 100: “Return to Sender” at #8.

Elvis celebrated his 29th birthday quietly at home.

Elvis spent the last birthday in his twenties at Graceland. Four days later he traveled to Nashville for a recording session that produced “Ask Me,” “Memphis,” and “It Hurts Me.” In theatres: Fun in Acapulco.

Chuck Berry, backed by an English group known as the Five Dimensions, started a British tour with the Moody Blues and Long John Baldry at the Odeaon Theater, Lewisham, London. The grueling twelve nights included twice-nightly performances.
Elvis celebrated his 30th birthday quietly at home, thought some newspapers printed the news of his 30th birthday like it was the end of an era.
In theatres: Roustabout.
The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Rubber Soul the group’s seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It Out’ the group’s 11th US No.1 single.
Elvis In theatres: Harum Scarum. On the Hot 100: “Puppet on a String” at #21.
Elvis received a telegram from RCA, declaring: “Your understanding and cooperation made 1965 the biggest of all the ten years you have been with us”, what seemed more a statement of hope than of history.
Elvis celebrated his 31st birthday by attending It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World at the Memphian. He would continue to watch films almost every night while he was at home.
Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires visited Elvis on his birthday at Graceland. Elvis was in the midst of a horse-buying spree.
Five days before his birthday, he purchased three horses, including a registered palomino and a Tennessee walker. The day after his birthday he bought three more—a black gelding, a buckskin mare, and a sorrel. The Graceland barn was being remodeled to house all the horses. In theatres:Spinout.
Elvis celebrated his birthday for the first time as a married man. He and Priscilla spent the evening at the Memphian theatre. Four days later Colonel Parker reached an agreement with NBC for a TV special to be aired at year’s end. In theatres: Clambake.
Elvis spent his birthday, his first as a father, with his family at Graceland.
On the Hot 100: “If I Can Dream” at #26.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

January 8, 1970

Elvis and his family were in Los Angeles as Elvis prepared for his February Las Vegas engagement at the International Hotel. Two days later Elvis began rehearsals at RCA’s studio on Sunset Boulevard.

In theatres: Change of Habit. On the Hot 100: “Don’t Cry Daddy” at #15.

Elvis had a police radio installed in his Mercedes and he bought an array of police equipment, including revolving blue lights, shoulder holsters, chemical weapons and handcuffs. Over the next few days he would purchase a number of Smith & Wesson pistols as well as additional police equipment.
In theatres: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is. On the Hot 100: “There Goes My Everything” at #35.
Priscilla was in Los Angles, having told Elvis 10 days earlier that she was leaving him.
Elvis flew girlfriend Joyce Bova into Memphis to spend his birthday with him at Graceland.

January 8, 1973

On the Hot 100: “Separate Ways” at #28.

Elvis Presley sued Priscilla Presley for a divorce. Elvis was in Los Angeles prior to flying to Honolulu the next day.

Elvis had lost 25 pounds on a crash diet in preparation for his upcoming “Aloha From Hawaii” TV special concert on January 13.


January 8, 1974: Elvis’s 39th Birthday

The two mayors of Memphis, city and county, declare Elvis’ thirty-ninth birthday to be Elvis Presley Day, and both march in a parade down Elvis Presley Boulevard to Graceland. In Georgia governor Jimmy Carter issues a similar proclamation, in deference to Elvis’ five Atlanta performances in 1973.

Three Led Zeppelin concerts and Madison Square Garden sold out in a record four hours.
“Elvis Fat and Forty” was the headline over newspaper articles across the country on the day that Elvis turned 40. A story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal noted that Elvis spent the day “in self-imposed seclusion” at Graceland.
True or not, Elvis’ uncle Vester hadn’t seen his nephew since Christmas.
“Promised Land” In the US the album only reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart but reached 1 in Billboard’s Top Country LPs chart. The album also reached 1 in the Country Cashbox albums chart. In the UK the album reached #21.

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Elvis spent the evening of his birthday in a rental home on the slopes of Vail with Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith. There was a great deal of tension on this vacation, mostly due to Elvis changes of mood and Elvis was not feeling very well this evening until Myrna revealed that she had not seen one of his favorite recent films, Across 110th Street. Elvis recited every line of dialogue from the picture.

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Elvis spends the evening of his 41st birthday in a rental home on the slopes of Vail Colorado . with Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith, who have been living together for more than a year and will eventually marry. Many of the guys and their wives and girlfriends have been taking skiing lessons, but Elvis wears a full face Ski mask during the day but mostly only appears on the slopes at night in a rented ski mobile, causing eighteen-year old Susan Ford, daughter of the President to protest his violation of local regulations.

Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 is a compilation album featuring recordings by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. As with the first volume of the series, issued in 1974, the collection was a mixture of previously released and never-before-released recordings. In this volume, RCA Records released for the first time “Harbor Lights”, a ballad Presley recorded during his first session for Sun Records in July 1954. This marked the first time since the 1965 album Elvis for Everyone, in which the Sun recording “Tomorrow Night” was included, that RCA had released any “new” songs from the Sun Records archives. Other previously unreleased material included an alternate take of his 1956 hit “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, several performances from the 1968 NBC TV special that had not been previously issued, the song “A Cane and a High Starched Collar” from the soundtrack of the 1960 film Flaming Star, and an alternate take of his 1960 recording “Such a Night”. Also included were a pair of previously unreleased interview recordings.

Released on January 8, 1976, it was certified Gold on October 25, 1977 and Platinum and 2× Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA


January 8, 1977: Elvis’s 42nd Birthday

Queen went to #1 on the UK album chart with “A Day At The Races”.

In the USA, Elvis On the Hot 100: “Moody Blue” at #5.

Elvis celebrated the last birthday of his life in Palm Springs with girlfriend Ginger Alden and her sister Rosemary.

Romances: Ginger Alden

The Wake and Aftermath


Canadian rock band Rush were named the country’s official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

‘Elvis Presley Day’ was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1983 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s duet, “The Girl Is Mine,” reached #2 pop and #1 R&B.


The US Postal Service issues a stamp marking what would have been Elvis Presley’s 50th birthday. Over 500 million of them are sold. It would be the most profitable Stamp issued by the US Post Office.

At the time of issue, many are mailed to fake addresses, so they are returned by the Post Office, which no longer uses the phrase “return to sender”

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2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Officials from the National Archives announced that their most requested document is a photo of a cloaked and bejeweled Elvis Presley shaking hands with President Nixon at The White House on December 21st, 1970.

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2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles revealed plans to seek an indictment against Michael Jackson’s doctor on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The L.A. coroner ruled Jackson’s death, at age 50, a homicide with his passing caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol along with other sedatives a contributing factor.

Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.


It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Elvis Presley: born 79 years ago, he survived brother’s stillbirth


Elvis Presley’s first recording, an acetate disc from 1953 featuring “My Happiness”, backed with “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”, sold for $300,000 at a Graceland auction.


David Bowie released his twenty-fifth and final studio album Blackstar, on Bowie’s 69th birthday and two days before his death. It became his first and only album to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US.

The album is named for “Black Star” the original name of the Elvis “Flaming Star” movie song.




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