Daily Elvis: July 4

Give us this day, July 4, our daily Elvis

Tupelo, Mississippi


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

July 4, 1938

Vernon in prison

Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.

July 4, 1945
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
1010 North Green Street, in the Shakerag section of Tupelo.

Memphis, Tennessee


Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Sept. 12, 1948 – Sept. 20, 1949


July 1953,

At M. B. Parker Company, Elvis had a temporary job as an assembler. He worked there until the job ran out at the end of the month, making 90-cents an hour or $36.00 a week.

572 Poplar Avenue
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

Elvis worked at Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour. He delivered supplies to the job sites and hoped to train to be an electrician. He stayed at Crown until mid-Oct

end of 1954 to mid-1955
2414 Lamar Avenue, rented

rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

1414 Getwell Street

Audobon Drive

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era

July 4, 1954

Elvis went to Scotty’s house and run through nearly every song he knew. Bill Black showed up too, but neither of them were impressed by Elvis. However, Scotty agreed to Sam Philips that it would be worth another try in the studio with Elvis.

July 4, 1955

Sun Records had released Elvis’s first four single records, with a fifth due out in August.

It was a hectic Independence Day for Elvis. He made personal appearances this day in three separate Texas communities—De Leon, Stephenville, and Brownwood. They were among about 200 live shows he had performed with Scotty and Bill in the year since they first met.

Stephenville, TX City Recreation Hall (10:00am)

DeLeon, TX Hodges Park (afternoon)

Brownwood, TX Soldier’s & Sailor’s Memorial Hall (8pm)

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info July 4 1955 Stephenville Recreation Hall Stephenville TX (10:00 AM) Gospel All-Day Picnic Yes
Info July 4 1955 Hodges Park DeLeon TX Gospel All-Day Picnic Yes
Info July 4 1955 Memorial Hall Brownwood TX (8:00 PM) Yes


The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

July 4, 1956

Elvis arrived with the train in Memphis and walked home to Audubon Drive.

With his girlfriend Barbara Hearn present, he played for them the acetate of “Don’t Be Cruel,” which he had recorded at RCA’s New York studios two days before.

Elvis spent the holiday with his family at the Audubon Drive home he had purchased.

Romances: Barbara Hearn


In the evening he did a show in Russwood Park, Memphis.

Elvis onstage at Russwood  – July 4, 1956
Photo by Bob Williams © The Commercial Appeal

Vernon and Gladys with Minnie Mae and Barbara Hearn enjoy the show.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info July 4 1956 Russwood Park Memphis TN (8:00 PM) 14000 Charity Show

July 4, 1957

After hearing of the death of Judy Tyler, costar in Jailhouse Rock, Elvis showed up at George Klein’s house early in the morning.

The Military Service Disruption

July 4, 1958

Elvis shares a rented house off base with his parents, his grandmother Minnie, cousins Gene and Junior Smith, and friend Lamar Fike.

July 4, 1959

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

July 4, 1960

On his first Independence Day since his army discharge, Elvis visits his mother’s grave in Memphis. Having mixed feelings about his father’s marriage to Dee Stanley, Elvis did not attend the ceremony the day before.

In an interview two days later, he said, “I only had one mother and that’s it. There’ll never be another. As long as she understands that, we won’t have any trouble.”

July 4, 1961


July 4, 1962


July 4, 1963

July 4, 1964

Girl Happy 

July 4, 1965

July 4, 1966

Double Trouble pre-production

July 4, 1967

Speedway June 19 to August 21

July 4, 1968

Elvis’s 1964 Rolls Royce is auctioned off to benefit a children’s charity.

July 4, 1969

“In the Ghetto” was at #7 in Billboard’s current Hot 100 list.

A nervous and excited Elvis prepares to leave Memphis for Los Angeles to begin rehearsals for his return to live performances at the end of the month at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Signing autographs at Graceland sometime between June 22nd and July 4th 1969

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

July 4, 1970

July 4, 1971

After the annual evening fireworks display/war at Graceland, Elvis and the guys spend the rest of the night at the Crosstown theater watching two films—Williard and an Italian horror film, The Cat o’ Nine Tails.

July 4, 1972

July 4, 1973

Elvis returns to Memphis from Atlanta after completing a 10-day tour. He looks forward to Lisa Marie’s summer visit and plans are made for him to stay in town for a recording session at Stax, a studio renowned for its rhythm and blues recordings.

Driving around Memphis on his Harley Davidson on July 4, 1972

July 4, 1974

Back home in Memphis after an eighteen-day tour, Elvis gives a lecture and demonstration at with Ed Parker at his newly established Tennessee Karate Institute.

Giving a karate demonstration with Ed Parker in Memphis on July 4, 1974

Elvis Presley giving a Karate demonstration in Memphis : July 4, 1974

July 4, 1975

Waiting at traffic lights in Memphis on July 4, 1975

July 4, 1976

Elvis performed at the Mabee center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa. Oklahoma at 2.30 p.m.

© George Hill

Date: 04 Jul 1976
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Tulsa, OK.
Oral Roberts University Mabee Center
Tickets: 14,974
Costume: Bicentennial (blue) Suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
Jailhouse Rock
An American Trilogy
[band introductions]
Help Me
Hound Dog
Funny How Time Slips Away
How Great Thou Art
Little Darlin’
Can’t Help Falling In Love


Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 22 – June 25th – July 5th 1976
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info July 4 1976 Oral Roberts University Mabee Tulsa OK (2:30 pm) 11974 Blue Egyptian Bird Original belt Red Suit Yes Yes Yes

July 4, 1977

Elvis spends the final Independence Day of his life in seclusion upstairs at Graceland. Charlie Hodge, Billy Smith, and his wife Jo are regular visitors, and girlfriend Ginger Alden comes and goes. Otherwise, Elvis sees few others until Lisa Marie is due to arrive for a two-week visit at the end of the month.

The Wake and Aftermath


1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism



2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley

2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough




Reference Sites:

Elvis Celebrate 4th of July | Elvis Presley News Elvis News

What Elvis Presley Was Doing on the Fourth of July – Elvis History Blog






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

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database



Elvis History Blog



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  1. Pingback: Romances: Barbara Hearn | Our Daily Elvis

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