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.
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.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
January 8, 1954
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Bill Haley And His Comets kick off a world wide tour in Sydney Australia, playing two sold out concerts, each attended by over 7,000 fans.
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’.
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.
Mary Kosloski at Graceland as an adult:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian rock band Rush were named the country’s official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.
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”
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.
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’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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