Give us this day, July 4, our daily Elvis
306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
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.
The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, May 15 to June 20, Returning to Tupelo.
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.
1948-1953 – Humes High School
Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949
572 Poplar Avenue
Sept 20 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)
January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street
June 3, 1951 to July 1, 1951
Elvis was employed as a machinist by “Precision Tool Co.”
April 17, 1952 to May 28, 1952
Elvis worked as an user at Loew’s State Theatre
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.
398 Cypress Street (rented from January 7 to April 1953
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
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
||July 4 1955
||Stephenville Recreation Hall
||Gospel All-Day Picnic
||July 4 1955
||Gospel All-Day Picnic
||July 4 1955
The Presleys lived at 1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.
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.
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
||July 4 1956
The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive
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 Presleys lived at Graceland
The Military Service Disruption
July 4, 1958
The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
Buddy Holly And The Crickets set out on a Summer Dance Party tour in Angola, Indiana, with Holly at the wheel of his brand new Lincoln Continental.
Military service at Fort Hood in Texas., for Advanced Tank Training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.
The Presleys live in a rented house off base with his parents, his grandmother Minnie, cousins Gene and Junior Smith, and friend Lamar Fike.
July 4, 1959
Bobby Darin‘s multi-million selling hit, “Dream Lover” tops the UK chart. The track, which would reach #2 in the US, includes Neil Sedaka on piano.
Military Service in Germany
Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany
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
The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, which was a No.7 hit in the UK. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses. The B-side of the single was “Don’t Worry Baby”, which itself charted at number 24 in America. Although all of the Beach Boys either played or sang on the record, noted session man Hal Blaine was brought in to play drums.
The Rolling Stones are this week’s panelists on the UK music show Juke Box Jury, where they determine that most of the new records played are “misses” and not “hits.” Their boisterous behavior and crude language cause a stir among many viewers.
The soundtrack “Viva Las Vegas” hit #92 in the U.S.
July 4, 1965
July 4, 1966
The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub while the Beatles claim they had not known. so when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. After paying taxes on their gate receipts, the band leaves the country, vowing never to return. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.
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, SHARE.
July 4, 1969
Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.
“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
The 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opens at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia in front of a crowd of 200,000. Jimi Hendrix played his feedback filled version of “The Star Spangled Banner”. Two days later, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox says he will seek legislation to ban all Rock festivals in the state.
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—Willard 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
Despite the fact that they have the No.4 song in the US with ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and a current Platinum album with Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next eighteen years.
Back home in Memphis after an eighteen-day tour, Elvis opens the new Tennessee Karate Institute with an hour-and-a-half long karate demonstration featuring the King and karate master Ed Parker. Portions of this demonstration will later be included in the documentary “This Is Elvis”.
Giving a karate demonstration with Ed Parker in Memphis on July 4, 1974
July 4, 1975
Waiting at traffic lights in Memphis on July 4, 1975
July 4, 1976
The Clash made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.
Elvis performed at the Mabee center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa. Oklahoma at 2.30 p.m.
© George Hill
||04 Jul 1976
Oral Roberts University Mabee Center
||Bicentennial (blue) Suit
||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
You Gave Me A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
And I Love You So
An American Trilogy
Funny How Time Slips Away
How Great Thou Art
Can’t Help Falling In Love
|Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 22 – June 25th – July 5th 1976
||July 4 1976
||Oral Roberts University Mabee
||Blue Egyptian Bird
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
The Beach Boys perform at a free Fourth of July concert for 500,000 people in Washington, D.C.
1982 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism
Wayne Newton replaced The Beach Boys at the White House Fourth of July party after US Interior Secretary James Watt deemed the band “unsuitable” for the occasion because they attracted the wrong element. First Lady Nancy Reagan felt differently, and hired the group to play a private performance at the executive mansion.
1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley
The Beach Boys are joined by Ringo Starr on drums, John Lodge and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues on guitars as well as Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night during an Independence Day concert in Washington D.C. The all star ensemble rocked their way through “Back In The U.S.S.R.”, “Good Vibrations”, “Help Me Rhonda” and “Fun Fun Fun”. Wolfman Jack was the emcee for the event that also included America, Hank Williams Jr., La Toya Jackson The O’Jays and Julio Iglesias.
The Beach Boys played to an afternoon crowd of over one million people in Philadelphia, where they were joined on stage by Mr. T, who sat in on drums. Later the same evening they performed for over 750,000 people on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.
All 80,000 tickets to Madonna’s concerts at London’s Earl’s Court arena sell out in just four hours.
George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single ‘Shoot The Dog’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.
2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley
American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from Kidney failure aged 58. Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974 hit ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, 1974 US No.1 ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’ for Bob & Earl.
U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2’s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.
2010 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough
George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.
Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury’s black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen’s legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.
Barry Manilow sang “Let Freedom Ring” and Neil Diamond belted out “Sweet Caroline” in celebration of The Fourth Of July at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
After years of feuding over the right to use the name The Doors, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore announced that they would come together one last time to honor keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died from cancer in May at the age of 74. Speaking about the lawsuits that flowed between the two, Krieger said, “It was a very stupid idea. We had the worst lawyers.”
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