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August 16, 1937
The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor. On September 17, 1952, the Television Authority and AFRA merged to create a new union, the present-day American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
1949 – 1977
Elvis worked at the Upholsterers Specialties Company.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
August 16, 1954
Elvis worked at Crown Electric, until mid-October 1954
The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955
August 16, 1955
The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
August 16, 1956
Actor Bela Lugosi died after a heart attack at 73. (Dracula, White Zombie, Bride of the Monster, The Wolf Man, Son of Frankenstein, Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Body Snatcher, The Ape Man, The Invisible Ray, The Black Cat, Ghosts on the Loose, Island of Lost Souls, Glen or Glenda, Spooks Run Wild, Ninotchka, International House, Bowery at Midnight, Voodoo Man, Plan 9 from Outer Space)
Elvis left Memphis on an American Airlines flight for Los Angeles where he reported to 20th Century Fox for pre-production meetings for his first movie: The Reno Brothers, based on a true story and would be renamed “Love Me Tender” and the second movie version in the same time period.
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive
August 16, 1957
Buddy Holly And The Crickets played the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and were booed by the mostly Black crowd who were expecting to see an R&B group that also used the name ‘The Crickets’. By the end of the night however, the audience was cheering for the Lubbock, Texas band. Also on the bill that night were Roy Hamilton, Shep And The Limelites and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.
For his first effort at Imperial Records, Ricky Nelson records “Be Bop Baby”, which already has 750,000 advance orders. The song will go on to sell over a million copies and reach #3 on the Billboard chart.
The Presleys lived at Graceland
The Military Service Disruption
August 16, 1958
Military Leave in Memphis: Elvis attended the funeral of Red West’s father. He was overcome with emotions and later in the afternoon he visited his mother’s grave.
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
August 16, 1960
Flaming Star : Principal photography began at Conejo Movie Ranch in Thousand Oaks, California.
August 16, 1961
August 16, 1962
Peter, Paul And Mary released their first US Top 10 hit, “If I Had a Hammer”, a standard Folk song that had been around since 1949.
Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show up, drummer Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three filled in the temporary vacancy.
August 16, 1963
August 16, 1965
Elvis received a telegram from the president of Capitol Records inviting him to a cocktail party in Los Angeles on the 24th, to meet the Beatles.
August 16, 1966
August 16, 1967
August 16, 1968
Working at Abbey Road studios on The White Album, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version.
The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California.
Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c. The lineup of the group consisted of Springsteen (guitars & vocals), John Graham (bass), Michael Burke (drums) and ‘Flash Craig’ (organ). The group only had a 6-month existence.
August 16, 1969
During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend. And down the road Bruce Springsteen’s band Child played the first of two shows over two days at the Student Prince, Ashbury Park. Springsteen was also unable to attend Woodstock due to these gigs.
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
August 16, 1970
This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Free, ‘All Right Now’, No.4, Shirley Bassey, ‘Something’, No.3, Hotlegs, ‘Neanderthal Man’, No.2, The Kinks, ‘Lola’ and No.1, Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder Of You’, (his 16th UK No.1).
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows. That’s the Way It Is Production
August 16, 1971
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows.
August 16, 1972
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows.
August 16, 1973
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Vegas Shows.
August 16, 1974
August 16, 1975
Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving Genesis. The group auditioned more than 400 singers during the next 18 months before deciding that Phil Collins, who had been the drummer for Genesis since 1970, could front the band.
Noon rehearsals were held each day for three days in preparation for the Vegas opening.
August 16, 1976
August 16, 1977
12:00 midnight: After his 10:30 pm dentist’s appointment is completed, Elvis and girlfriend Ginger Alden return to Graceland.
2:15 am: Elvis calls his doctor to request more painkillers, ostensibly because of pain engendered by the dentist trip. Elvis’ stepbrother Ricky Stanley drives to the all-night pharmacy at Baptist Memorial Hospital and returns with six Dilaudid pills.
4:00 am: Elvis wakes up first cousin Billy Smith and his wife, Jo, to request they play a game of racquetball with him. Presley, as usual, plays the game while barely moving, and playfully attempts to hit Billy with the ball. In doing so, Elvis manages to hit himself with his racquet, bruising his leg. The game is called off.
4:30 am: Elvis moves to a nearby piano and performs two unidentified gospel numbers and “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
5:00 am: Elvis decides to turn in early (for him), going up to his bedroom with Ginger. He takes one of the pre-packaged packets of pills created by his doctor for twice-daily use.
7:00 am: Elvis takes a second pack of pills.
8:00 am: Still unable to sleep, Elvis asks for a third packet, which is brought to him by his aunt, Delta Mae Biggs.
9:30 am: Elvis takes the book he’s been reading, Frank Adams’ The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus, and goes into his bathroom, “Don’t fall asleep in there,” she says, knowing his propensity to nod off.
“Okay, I won’t,” he says.
Ginger, who Elvis gave a Tylenol 3 tablet, drops back to sleep.
-at some point, Elvis had ice cream and cookies and more Pills, with his Aunt Delta likely being the last person to see him alive.
1:30 pm: Ginger awakens and sees Elvis is still gone. When knocking on the bathroom door produces no reply, she enters and finds his lifeless body on the floor in front of the toilet.
She calls downstairs for help and Nancy Rook, Graceland Maid answers and dispatches Elvis associates Al Strada and Joe Esposito, who arrive in the bathroom and they call the fire department. An ambulance is dispatched. Daughter Lisa Marie and father Vernon arrive in the bathroom, but Lisa Marie is quickly removed from the scene.
2:56 pm: Elvis Presley arrives at the Baptist Medical Center in Memphis.
3:00 pm: Elvis is pronounced dead.
4:00 pm: On the steps of Graceland, heartbroken father Vernon Presley tells the assembled reporters: “My son is dead.”
His autopsy was performed at 7:00 p.m. The death was announced as the autopsy was being carried out: The official coroner’s report listed “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, (which only means the heart stopped and not why) but the real cause of death: a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken together in doses no doctor should ever prescribe to a person with terminal illness, which Elvis did not have. The pills he took were for symptom management: pain and sleep mostly, nothing for an actual medical condition.
Also on Memphis Mafia duty during the final hours were Stepbrothers David E. Stanley and Rick Stanley. One delivered pill packs and the other was smoking pot with a pal in the pool table room, off the TV room.
The staff of television newsrooms considered Elvis’ death a late-breaking story. There was not enough time for TV reporters who had been sent to Memphis to file stories for the evening news. Executives had to decide quickly what film footage they could use from their files and where to place the story in relation to the other news of the day. NBC-TV not only rewrote their news lineup to lead off with the story of Elvis’ death, but the network also made immediate plans to delay The Tonight Show and put together a late-night news documentary. David Brinkley, a national news anchor for NBC at the time, opened his broadcast with three minutes devoted to Elvis’ sudden death. ABC-TV also decided to lead with the Presley story.
When they learned that NBC would be doing a late-night news special about the significance of Elvis Presley to American music, ABC announced that they would also air a half-hour documentary.
CBS did not follow suit, however. The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, featuring the most respected man in broadcasting at that time, had led the news program ratings for more than a decade. CBS executives chose not to open the evening broadcast with the Presley story. Arbitron’s records indicate that when millions of viewers realized this they immediately switched the channel to another network.
The CBS decision not to lead with Elvis’ death gave the CBS Evening News its lowest ratings in years. (For the record, Roger Mudd was substituting for Walter Cronkite that evening.) CBS devoted only 70 seconds to its story on Elvis, placing it after a lengthy segment on the Panama Canal. The producer for that evening’s news was vehemently opposed to leading off with Elvis’ death, in spite of other members of the CBS programming staff suggesting it repeatedly. Interviewed later, the producer agreed that he was out of sync with the national consciousness. Two days later, CBS tried to save face by putting together a documentary on Elvis.
Radio Luxembourg was the first radio station in Europe to announce Elvis’ death.At 11pm Mark Wesley reads the news and announces Elvis’ death, and then it’s the Tony Prince show. Prince, close to tears at times, devotes his entire show to Elvis, finishing at 3.45am.
The Wake and Aftermath
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
RCA Victor Records released the Elvis Presley single “Baby, Let’s Play House.”
the Producer was Joan Deary, who started at RCA the same year as Elvis, but she was a secretary then. In 1973, she recorded the Aloha Concert for RCA and she was the last RCA producer known to Elvis Presley.
Cinemax-TV premiered “Elvis ’56.”
Light Year Entertainment released a three-video boxed set entitled “Elvis – The Concert Collection.”
Will Smith started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Men In Black’ taken from the film of the same name. The song won Smith a Grammy in 1997 for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Elvis Presley, via video, starred in “Elvis in Concert ’97.” Over thirty of his former TBC bandmates made appearances.
On the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis, Tennessee for a 10 minute mourning, circling his grave. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd.
In Memphis, TN, Lisa Marie Presley introduced a recording of “Don’t Cry Daddy” The event was the last day of a 25th anniversary concert, the first of three Father/Daughter duets – following on the Hank Williams Sr/Jr and the Nat King and Nathalie Cole post-humus duets.
Released: The true story of Elvis’ first fiancee, June Juanico. This documentary featuries the oldest home movie of Elvis in a private setting…on vacation in Biloxi, Mississippi with June in the summer of 1956.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
Thousands of silent mourners paid their respects to Elvis Presley at his gravesite at Graceland, on the 34th anniversary of his death. Flower arrangements and heart-shaped wreaths decorated the burial site as Presley’s music played softly in the background.
“My Brother Elvis” by David E. Stanley was published.
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ELVIS WEEK 2017 – DAY 5– EIN exclusive report: ‘C’mon Everybody’ and watch out Memphis because Sanja Meegin, EIN’s roving reporter, is back in the Promised Land once again to give us all the inside scoops on Elvis Week 2017.
This is Sanja’s 18th visit to Memphis and Elvis Week, and as we head to the Candlelight Vigil she spent the day looking around Memphis to check out all those more obscure ELVIS connections such as Anita Woods house, Sam Phillips recording studio, Khang Rhee’s karate studio just to name a few.. and then to the Strictly ELVIS dance party..
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