Elvis from mold to stamp

February 24, 1992

The US Post Office begins the Elvis Stamp Referendum: two possible designs for the US Postal Service Elvis Presley Stamp were unveiled at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV. The younger 1950’s Elvis was the winner. The Elvis stamp was released on January 8, 1993.


the public got to vote Young vs Old Elvis

Elvis died at 42. Elvis never got to be old. Elvis reached middle age.


Fifteen years after his death, Elvis Presley has another No. 1 hit.

Only days after a mass mailing of some 800,000 brochures to people who voted in the “young Elvis/bloated Elvis” popularity contest last April, telephone orders began pouring in for a 29-cent stamp that is well on its way to becoming the best-selling piece of gummed paper in U.S. history.

And now, although the Elvis stamp will not be available until Jan. 8, the 58th anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roller’s birth, postal officials are worrying that the initial printing of 300 million–double the normal commemorative issue–won’t meet demand.

“It’s just phenomenal,” said Carl Burcham, manager of philately for the U.S. Postal Service.

Postmaster General Marvin T. Runyon Jr. is insisting there be enough Elvis stamps available to cover the usual 60- to 90-day life span of a commemorative, says Burcham. “We’ll have to decide soon about going back to press,” Burcham added. “We’ve just never experienced anything like this.”

Indeed, the response to the stamp honoring Presley is almost as extraordinary as the fact that an overweight entertainer whose death was reportedly caused by an overdose of prescription drugs is on a postage stamp at all. In a 23-year career, the one-time poor boy from Tupelo, Miss., had 107 Top 40 hits, made 41 million-selling albums and starred in 33 movies before succumbing to a heart attack in Memphis in August, 1977.

When the idea of honoring Elvis with a stamp first came up in 1987, many were opposed. Some critics cited his reported drug abuse. Others claimed he was still alive, and thus ineligible.


Post Office All Shook Up by Demand for Elvis Stamp

Post Office All Shook Up by Demand for Elvis Stamparticles.latimes.com


After the Elvis stamp sales, entire music genre series were issued

and people were shocked that music makes people spend money.

anyway, the USA Post Office more recently issued a more Memphis Elvis stamp

so I guess in about 10 years, expect a Tupelo one,



the Isle of St Vincent’s has been issuing Elvis stamps since the 1960s

stamps are their main economy

Daily Elvis: February 24

Give us this day, February 24,  our daily Elvis

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



February 24, 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

Elvis performed at the South Side Elementary School Bastrop, Louisiana at 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.
This was the last show of this second Jamboree Attractions tour.


Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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Info February 24 1955 South Side Elementary School Bastrop LA (7:30 PM) WSM Grand Ole Opry Tour Yes
Info February 24 1955 South Side Elementary School Bastrop LA (9:30 PM) WSM Grand Ole Opry Tour Yes
 Scotty Moore – South Side Elementary School, Bastrop, LAThe Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

With the city looking for a legal way to shut down the increasing number of rock ‘n’ roll shows, police in Cleveland, Ohio were instructed to enforce a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.
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Rare picture of Elvis and his manager,Colonel Parker.
February 24, 1956 - Elvis and Mae Boren Axton - When Elvis played the Ballpark in Jacksonville, FL. (Mae Boren Axton cowrote Heartbreak Hotel)
Mae Boren Axton and Elvis – she wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” and was the mother of Hoyt Axton.
Elvis performed at the Jacksonville Baseball Park  (renamed Wolfson Park), Jacksonville, Florida.
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
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Info February 24 1956 Baseball Park Jacksonville FL (8:15 PM) Florida Tour

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

Elvis finally completed the version of Loving You that would appear on record.
Dudley Brooks and Elvis Presley
He also kept his promise to Sam Philips to record When It Rains It Really Pours, which he hadn’t completed at Sun. After the conclusion of this recording session Steve Sholes had 7 finished masters from 2 days of work.

King Creole Production

The Presleys lived at  Graceland

The Military Service Disruption

February 24, 1959

Military Service in Germany

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

February 24, 1960

Military Service in Germany

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

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

In New York City, Sam Cooke began a week of shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. His supporting acts were Little Anthony and the Imperials and Aretha Franklin.
With Wild in the Country filming once again completed, Elvis had returned to Memphis, where he hold a rehearsal with Scotty, DJ, the Nashville session players and the Jordanaires at Graceland for his Memphis charity show.

February 24, 1962

Elvis’ 10th UK chart topper with “Can’t Help Falling In Love” / “Rock-A-Hula Baby”.

A double A-sided release with “Can’t Help Falling in Love“, it peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1962, and spent four weeks at the chart summit.

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” would become Elvis’ signature concert good bye song in the 1970s.

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February 24, 1963

In Richmond, Surrey, the Rolling Stones began performing on Sunday nights in the Crawdaddy Room of the Station Hotel, their first steady engagement. They were paid approximately $41 (US) and only 66 people showed up for the first performance.

Fun in Acapulco

February 24, 1964

The Beatles began filming their second, as yet un-named movie, on New Providence in the Bahamas. Director Richard Lester filmed them riding bicycles near the airport. The film would first be called Eight Arms to Hold You before producers finally settled on Help!. Co-starring in the movie was actor Victor Spinetti, who would also appeared in A Hard Day’s Night, Magical Mystery Tour and John Lennon’s How I Won The War.
At Universal and Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood, a month after they recorded “Help Me, Ronda” for issue on an album, the Beach Boys re-recorded the song for release as a single. For the first time, other than on their Christmas album, guitarist Al Jardine sang lead. The Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew provided much of the instrumentation, along with Carl Wilson on guitar and Brian Wilson on acoustic piano and Hammond B-3 organ. Backing vocals were by Mike Love, Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson.
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At the last minute there was a soundtrack session set up for Elvis’ new film, Harum Scarum. Due to the hurried manner in which the session was scheduled, Elvis’ regular accompanists were not available ant their places were taken by Charlie McCoy on guitar, Henry Strzelecki on bass and Kenny Buttrey on drums. They were joined by Rufus Long and Ralph Strobel on flute and oboe in order to lend A middle Eastern touch to the soundtrack.
This was Elvis’ first visit to a recording studio in 8 months and his distraction and disaffection with the material was obvious. He broke off at 3.30 a.m. after only 4 hours in which he did 38 dreary takes of Shake That Tambourine.

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee – Elvis Presley Recording

February 24, 1965

February 24, 1966


February 24, 1967

Robert Stigwood signed a five-year management contract with the Bee Gees.

Detroit declared it Aretha Franklin Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. presented Aretha Franklin with the Southern Christian Leadership Award at Cobo Hall

In Los Angeles, the Supremes began recording “The Happening.” They completed the track the following day. When “The Happening” was released a month later, it was the final single issued by the Supremes under that name. Beginning with their next single, “Reflections,” the group’s billing changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Florence Ballard was replaced with Cindy Birdsong of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.

February 24, 1968

Elvis Presley’s single for “Guitar Man” hit #43 in the U.S.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their last British concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall before breaking up the following June.
The B.J. Thomas single “Hooked On A Feeling” was certified Gold.
After shopping for clothes in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on February 24, 1969, Elvis flew to Vegas. Two days later, February 26, Elvis and the Colonel set up a ceremonial contract signing on the construction site of the International Hotel for his upcoming concert engagement. The actual contract would be signed on April 15.

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade

February 24, 1970
Elvis and Priscilla remained in Las Vegas to attend Ann-Margret’s opening at the International.
February 24, 1972
Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song” topped the pop charts for the first of five weeks.
With Roger McGuinn remaining the only original member, The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
Elvis and Linda attended Ann-Margret’s Vegas opening.
Elvis and Linda remained in Las Vegas along with Elvis’ Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee, who conducted karate classes in the suite.
February 24, 1974
February 24, 1975
Led Zeppelin released their sixth album Physical Graffiti in the UK.
At Sound Labs in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
February 24, 1976
The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits’ became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification’s represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.
The new certification represented sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles. The Platinum award was originated in the early seventies because Gold status was achieved by most popular records in a very short period of time. The Eagles’ greatest hits album stayed on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart for two and half years.

February 24, 1977

The Wake and Aftermath


Barry Manilow shared the stage with Ray Charles during The Second Barry Manilow Special, dueting on “It’s a Miracle”. Manilow had just enjoyed a Top Ten hit with “Looks Like We Made It” and would follow with “Can’t Smile Without You”, “Even Now”, “Copacabana” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again” during the next few months.


The Pointer Sisters, now down to a trio after Bonnie Pointer had left for a solo career, enjoy their biggest US hit when the Bruce Springsteen written “Fire” tops out at Billboard’s #2.


Grammy Awards:

  • John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” LP is named Album Of The Year
  • Kim Carnes’ “Betty Davis Eyes” wins for Record Of The Year
  • Sheena Easton is named Best New Artist.

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


Grammy Awards:

  • Paul Simon’s “Graceland” – Best Album;
  • Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” – Best Record
  • Bruce Hornsby And The Range – Best New Artist
  • Fats Domino is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.


Johnnie Ray, the 1950’s teen idol, died of liver failure at the age of 63. He scored over twenty US Top 40 singles between 1952 and 1960, including the number two hit, “Just Walking In The Rain”. He was even referred to in Dexys Midnight Runners’ 1982 hit “Come On Eileen” as Poor old Johnnie Ray, sounded sad upon the radio, he moved a million hearts in mono.

The Roy Orbison All-Star Tribute Concert:

  • Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman of The Byrds reunited, A couple of months later, the trio would record four more songs for their upcoming Boxed Set, which also included the two songs from the tribute concert.
  • Bob Dylan joined Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman andDavid Crosby to sing “Mr. Tambourine Man,
  • Also performing at the benefit concert were B.B. King, John Fogerty, John Lee Hooker, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Ricky Skaggs, Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Harrison, John Hiatt, Booker T, Larry Gatlin, Al Kooper, Slim Jim Phantom, Iggy Pop, Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Tina Weymouth, and Dwight Yoakam.


February 24, 1992

The US Post Office begins the Elvis Stamp Referendum:  two possible designs for the US Postal Service Elvis Presley Stamp were unveiled at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV. The younger 1950’s Elvis was the winner. The Elvis stamp was released on January 8, 1993.

Elvis Presley Stamp

On This Date: February 24, 1992, two Elvis Presley stamp designs …


At the Grammys, NARAS president Michael Greene, make an incoherent, boring ten-minute speech and denied Little Richard the opportunity to receive his award onstage.A justifiably disgruntled Little Richard stated at the Grammys, “I’m the innovator, I’m the emancipator, I’m the originator, I’m the architect of rock ‘n’ roll.”


The Spice Girls won best single with ‘Wannabe’ at this year’s Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included, Best Group for Manic Street Preachers, Best Dance Act went to The Prodigy, George Michael won Best Male, Best Female went to Gabrielle, Best Newcomer was won by Kula Shaker, International Male was Beck, International Female Sheryl Crow and Best International Group was The Fugees.


Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in front of his parents and his partner David Furnish.

The Elvis Presley compilation album “A Touch of Platinum” was released.


at the forty-first annual Grammy Awards:

  • Sam Cooke was honored posthumously with the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Also honored were Smokey Robinson and Otis Redding
  • Lauryn Hill received five Grammys including Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (for “Doo-wop (That Thing)” ), Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best R&B Album (for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill).
  • Madonna wins four Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Album for “Ray Of Light”.
  • Celine Dion is given the nod for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “My Heart Will Go On”
  • Eric Clapton’s “My Father’s Eyes” is named Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male.

2004 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis, aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax studio, ‘Soulsville USA’, was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

Elvis Presley also had a legendary session at Stax.


The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten’s Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “Next to The Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We’re not coming.”


The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington;  making him the first African-American to appear by himself on an American coin.


Elvis was everywhere – News – Bastrop Daily Enterprise – Bastrop, LA


At New York’s Apollo Theater, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and Elvis Costello were among the performers at Howlin for Hubert, a tribute to guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band for decades and died of heart failure on December 4.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Lennie Baker, vocalist and sax player for the ’50s Tribute group Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 69. Joining the group in 1970, he appeared with the band on their TV show, which ran from 1977 to 1981, as well as appearing in the 1978 movie Grease where he sang lead vocal on “Blue Moon”.

Elvis Presley‘s former personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, passed away at the age of 88. Known as “Dr. Nick”, Nichopoulos was Presley’s doctor for eleven years before the singer’s death from heart disease on August 16th, 1977. In 1995, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ultimately revoked his medical license after it ruled he had over-prescribed potentially addictive drugs to thirteen patients, two of whom died and two were musically famous, Elvis and fellow rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis; with the bulk of the patients being Memphis Business men. 

The Simpson’s Dr Nick is based on Dr. George C. Nichopoulos