Daily Elvis: March 12

Give us this day, March 12, our daily Elvis

March 12, 1894

After eight years of being available only at soda fountains, Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.


Tupelo, Mississippi



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

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Vernon Presley  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)

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

March 12, 1953

Memphis disc jockey Rufus Thomas signed with Sun Records to release a song called “Bear Cat,” an answer to Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog.”


March 12, 1954

Elvis worked at Precision Tool company, operating a drill press for $1.55 a hour from September 21, 1953 to March 19, 1954

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

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

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

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

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
The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957

March 12, 1957

Buddy Holly And The Crickets record “Maybe Baby”, which would be released the following year and climb to #17 in the US and #4 in the UK.

Loving You   

The Presleys lived at  Audobon Drive until March 1957, moving into Graceland

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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The Presleys lived at  Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

March 12, 1959

An American Bandstand viewer’s pole lists 15 year old Fabian Forte as the Most Promising New Talent. The young man is currently enjoying success with “Turn Me Loose”, which will crack the US Top 10 in April.

Johnny Cash recorded “Five Feet High And Rising” and “I Got Stripes” at Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut studio in Nashville.

Military Service in Germany

Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

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.

‘Holiday On Ice Company’ Visiting at Elvis Home March 12 and 13, 1960

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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

The Beatles played at the Granada Cinema in Bedford. Also on the bill, Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.

Fun in Acapulco

March 12, 1964


March 12, 1965

The Beatles completed filming of their second movie, “Help!”

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.

Elvis Presley’s “Blue River” hit #22 in the U.K.


The Velvet Underground & Nico the debut album by the Velvet Underground was released by Verve Records. Though the record was a commercial failure upon release and was almost entirely ignored by contemporary critics, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of popular music.
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.
Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in a small civil ceremony at the Marylebone Registry Office, in the City of Westminster in central London. Contrary to the popular rumor of the day, she was not related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame. Paul’s brother, Mike, served as the best man, but none of the other Beatles were in attendance. Linda would die of cancer on April 17th, 1998 at the age of 56.
George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested in Surrey, England and charged with cannabis resin possession after authorities found 120 marijuana cigarettes in their house.
Change of Habit principal photography began. Primarily the filming took place at the studio but included some locations around Los Angeles.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

March 12, 1970
James Browns backing band The J.B.’s were formed after most of the members of his previous band walked out on him over a pay dispute. The J.B.’s initial lineup included bassist William “Bootsy” Collins and his guitarist brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins, formerly of the obscure funk band The Pacemakers.
March 12, 1971
A London court granted Paul McCartney’s request to appoint a non-biased receiver to handle the group’s business affairs after his lawsuit dissolving the Beatles was upheld.
March 12, 1972
March 12, 1973
March 12, 1974
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson are thrown out of the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles for heckling the Smothers Brothers. Nilsson, a good friend of Tom Smothers, thought he was helping the act because Tom had struggled through weak material at an earlier date
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.
Elvis Presley, Defendant: Complaint, March 12, 1976. Chancery Court of Davidson County, Tennessee, No. 93-1490-1
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.

The Wake and Aftermath

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism


U2 scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘War’, which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Two Hearts Beat As One’.

Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK No.1 single with a song written by Meat Loaf’s producer, Jim Steinman, ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’. Also No.1 in the US, (the only Welsh artist to score a US No.1), Canada and Australia, the single sold over 5 million copies.

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley

Eddie Rabbitt released his “All Time Greatest Hits” album.
Singer Nancy Sinatra donated her famous white go-go boots to the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California.
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.
The Chinese government ordered the Rolling Stones to exclude four songs from their upcoming performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Beast Of Burden,” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together.”

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

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.
Seven years of trying to secure the rights to use the Lennon-McCartney catalog paid off for TV’s American Idol, when over 31 million viewers tuned in to the show. The following day, the top five Google searches were also Beatles related.
Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed among 14 other tourists at John Lennon’s childhood home in Liverpool. The Folk legend strolled around the place where the late former Beatle grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George and later said that he was “enthralled” to see the bedroom where Lennon wrote some of his earliest songs.
Hundreds of fans queued at the O2 arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets went on sale to the public. The 50-year-old pop veteran had confirmed he would be playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on 8 July 2009. Some 360,000 pre-sale tickets had already sold. Organisers said the This Is It tour had become the fastest-selling in history, with 33 seats sold each minute. Prices ranged from £170 to £10,000, but tickets bought directly from the singer’s website cost up to £75. Jackson had said this would be the last time he would perform in the UK.
Your Blogger Nina notes: ticket companies sold the tickets to re-sellers more than they did for people planning to attend, with a tone of last show given or first one not. Jackson died before the tour began.
Elvis Presley’s 1969 return to performing saw him do 53 shows, two daily for a month.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Country star Taylor Swift beat Adele and Lady Gaga to be named the highest-earning pop artist of 2011. The 22-year-old earned $35,719,902 (£22.7m) in 2011 from a combination of music sales, royalties and touring. U2 took second place with $32m (£20m) thanks to their 360 tour, seen by more than seven million people while Adele came 10th.


Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy – which recognises music, literature and visual art – were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member like previous honorees Meryl Streep, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.


Iron Maiden’s personal Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck while grounded at Santiago, Chile. The band’s crew and their twenty tons of equipment were not onboard at the time of the crash, but two ground crew workers were injured.


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