Daily Elvis: March 12

Give us this day, March 12, our daily Elvis


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

March 12, 1954


American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker died of a heart attack in New York City while watching Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra on television. He was 34. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker’s 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age. (After years of drug and alcohol abuse).
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info March 12 1955 Municipal Auditorium Shreveport LA (8:00 PM) Louisiana Hayride
At 8.44 a.m. Vernon, Gladys and Elvis signed papers to complete the purchase of their new home for $29,500 from Welsh Plywood Corporation

March 12, 1957

Loving You   

Jazz singer Billie Holiday, who had pled guilty to a narcotics-possession charge in 1956, is given a year’s probation by a Philadelphia court.
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Elvis was back in Hollywood and attended a cast party for King Creole given by Hal Wallis. In an interview with Vernon Scott Elvis said that the army couldn’t be any worse than the merry-go-round he had been on for the past 2 years.
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March 12, 1959
Military Service in Germany

Jackie Wilson performed on Dick Clark’s nighttime version of his daily American Bandstand.
Elvis threw a party at Graceland,  taking time out to greet a group of deaf children who arrived at the gates of Graceland.
Elvis Presley at the gates of Graceland - March 12, 1960

Memphis Press Scimitar. March 14, 1960

Elvis Presley is playing host to the Holiday on Ice company today at his home. Buses were to leave the Hotel Claridge at 2:30, carrying the entire company to Graceland to spend the afternoon.

The singer visited the show again last night at Ellis Auditorium and spent most of the time backstage. He climbed up to the elevated bandstand where Conductor Ben Stabler let him wield his lighted baton for a moment over the 17-piece band. Later he hugged the matronly wardrobe women and told them they had all don ‘a great job’. Elvis was kept busy signing autographs and posing for pictures for members of the company.

He wore a white open-neck shirt and dark suit.

At the performance for negroes last night, which drew a capacity house, St. Jude Hospital received a check for $500 thru the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, a negro organization.

Sarah Lewis, top student at LeMoyne College and ‘Holiday Princess of the Ice for 1960’ accepted the check from Mrs. Maggie Jordan, sponsor of the sorority campus chapter, who turned it over to Fred Gattas, representing the hospital. Remaining performances of the ice show will be tonight and tomorrow at 8:30.

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Deaf Children Meet Elvis

Elvis Presley fans know no boundaries – recognize no handicaps. Saturday night Elvis made the world of four youngsters a brighter place when he left a houseful of guests to come and greet four youngsters, who are students at the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Flecher Davis, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John K. Davis of West Memphis; Shirley Varner, 13, foster daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Lopez of Memphis; Philis Roberson, 15, of Stuttgart, Ark., and Betty Penington, also 15, of Benton, Ark., drove out to Graceland to have a look at the home of Elvis.

‘The children had no idea of seeing Elvis’, said Mrs. Davis’, in fact, we warned them that they couldn’t. We drove the children out about 9 p.m.. And then we saw one of Elvis’ cousins, Wayne Presley, whom we met in West Memphis last summer. He recognized us and said he would go inside and explain the situation to Elvis’.

‘When Elvis’ uncle, Travis Smith, called us out of a line of some 30 cars and motioned us inside the gate you could have heard our children squealing and the other disappointed fans moaning a mile away.

‘Elvis is a warm hearted and thoughtful young man. He came bounding out of the front door of his home looking handsome in a dark suit and a white shirt. He kissed the girls on the cheeks and they stood like rag dolls vowing to never wash their faces again. He shook hands and thanked us for bringing the children to see him’.

Mrs. Davis says the children are deaf but not mute, and that some even have partial hearing. Contrary to popular notion, deaf children love music. They feel the vibrations and even dance in their stocking feet to feel the vibration of the music more keenly. Last year the Davis family donated a juke box and several albums.

Elvis Presley at the gates of Graceland - March 12, 1960
Elvis bought a 1962 Dodge House Car for over $10,500. This was the way he planned to travel to California.

March 12, 1963

Fun in Acapulco

March 12, 1964


March 12, 1965

Harum Scarum 

March 12, 1966

The Drifters’ “Memories Are Made Of This” was released. The Dean Martin oldie reached #48 as their next-to-last of thirty-six Top 100 singles.


After learning of the bathroom fall accident, Vernon and Priscilla flew out from Memphis to Elvis.
The Colonel had by now dismissed Marty Lacker as co-foreman, leaving Joe Esposito in charge. Larry Geller was banished, forbidden by the Colonel to spend any time alone with Elvis. There were no more religious discussions and no more books allowed. Elvis was made to burn his spiritual books and his porn in advance of getting married later in the year.

Clambake pre-production

March 12, 1968

Live a Little, Love a Little 

eleventh annual Grammy Awards, Dionne Warwick won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female, The Temptations became the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for ‘Cloud Nine’ for the Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance.
Change of Habit principal photography began. Primarily the filming took place at the studio but included some locations around Los Angeles.
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March 12, 1974
CONCERT DATE: March 11 1974 (8:30 pm). Hampton VA.Local Fans Scream Loyalty To Elvis
By Linda Cooley – The Times Herald  March 12, 1974

Not rain, a half mile walk or $10 tickets will keep middle America from adoring their glittering idol, Elvis Presley.

Elderly mean hearing aids and canes, 35 year old women in hot pants with hair piled high and studded with rhinestone pins and 10 year old girls screaming “Elvis,Elvis!” paid their tribute about 10,500 strong to an older, shorter-haired Elvis at Hampton Roads Coliseum Monday night.

Some fans had to walk in the cold rain from adjacent parking lots when the coliseum lot filled up 20 minutes before showtime.

More relaxed than on his April 1972 visit here and at times almost giddy. Elvis proved again his versatility in the many types of music he performs, but more importantly, that he can still mesmerize an audience.

Backed up by 10 vocalists and 10-piece orchestra Elvis emerged as he did for his 1972 performances during the theme from the film 2001 looking like Cinderella’s prince.

Dressed in white jumpsuit studded with gold chains and turquoise stones. Elvis put together songs from driving rockers like “C.C. Rider” and “I Got A Woman” to the Chicago blues song “I’m A Steamroller Baby,” to the religious “How Great Thou Art” and a rendition of “Dixie” that brought tremendous audience reaction.

Elvis, now 39, appeared amused by the audience reaction and pleased that he could still bring girls charging to the stage by moving a hip in their direction.

He managed to dispose of at least half a dozen neck scarves to maniacal young women. A scuffle over one scar between two people was eventually resolved by a policeman who tore it in half.

Almost always pictured with a guitar, Elvis apparently uses it just for show now. when he first came on stage, a black linger-smudged guitar was gingerly placed around his neck. He removed it two songs later without having touched its strings.

Strolling around the stage whispering to female singers and breaking them into laughter, or motioning for one of his bodyguards to poke another singer in the leg, it was hard to tell whether Elvis just wasn’t taking things seriously or if he was just having a tremendous amount of fun.

His gyrations were somewhat more mundane than those that made Ed Sullivan nervous in the early days, but he is as agile as ever. At the end of “Polk Salad Annie,” he did a near split – when like any slightly out of the ordinary move – made the audience scream.

The king of rock can still slow fans down and move them just as well as he can bring them up and excite them. “Why Me Lord,” a gospel song, was one of the most stirring numbers, and the voice power that came from the vocalists was incredible powerful.

While the former truck driver who began with country and western music gave his followers trinkets, they gave others back. A set of long red underwear lettered with “I’m longing to kiss Elvis,” a large paper flower, and a tiny brown teddy bear thrown on stage during, of course, “Teddy Bear,” were among the items Elvis got but didn’t take away.

The Elvis concert is like no other rock concert at the coliseum. Sold out in several days, the performance was surrounded with security that would keep the Shah of Iran, Henry Kissinger and Patricia Hearst secret backstage.

Presley had no less than 25 Hampton police as security. Arrangements were so secret that Monday afternoon Hampton Police Chief P.G. Minetti said of Elvis arrival, “It’s so secret, I don’t even know.”

The policemen who usually don levin and sweat-shirts to act as narcotics agents at concerts wore their traditional blue, and for probably the first time actually got to watch some of the show.

Unlike with other rock stars, the surroundings preceding an Elvis concert are considerably more tacky. A greasy-haired pot-bellied huckster-type incessantly urged fans to “get your super souvenirs”: picture books, posters, banners, “all made up just for this tour” he barked “you can’t buy them in any store.”

One vendor during Elvis’ April 1972 appearance reportedly sold about $3,000 worth personally of Elvis trinkets.

Unlike any other promoters who grant press passes, Elvis promoter Tom Parker would allow no news photographers or reporters without the price of a ticket.

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 11 – March 1st – March 20th 1974
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Info March 12 1974 Richmond Coliseum Richmond VA (8:30 pm) 11791 1973 American Eagle Second belt Light Blue Suit Yes
Elvis finished the sessions in the RCA studio with 2 more masters before he broke off at 3.30 a.m. The 10 songs were barely enough for a new album and there was no new single among them.
March 12, 1976
Elvis got some sand into his eye and instead of visiting the USS Arizona, he hurried back home to Memphis. Dr. Nick suggested that Elvis would recuperate at home for a week or so before going out on tour once again. The Hawaii Vacation ended and the group returned home.
In a poll conducted by the Recording Industry Association of America, music fans voted Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow” as the Song Of The Century. The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” came in at #16 and The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was #26.
Amy Winehouse made her US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman performing ‘Rehab’. The song went on to win three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and also won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.


reference sites:





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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database






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