Today in Elvis History


February 22, 2021
1956 – Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”  

1992 – The Elvis Presley album “From The Heart – His Greatest Love Songs” hit #4 in the U.K. 

February 20, 2021
1955 – Elvis Presley began another Jamboree Attractions tour. This show was billed as a “WSM Grand Ole Opry.” 

1964 – Vernon Presley wrote to Joe Esposito reprimanding him for sloppy bookkeeping and warning him of the consequences. 

1967 – Elvis Presley bought a red chestnut gelding and a palomino mare. 

1969 – Elvis Presley bought a microfilm reader from Eastman Kodak. He subsequently had more than 4,000 personal items microfilmed. 

1973 –  Variety reported that Elvis Presley had been offered $500,000 for six London concerts at the Earl’s Court Stadium. The Colonel turned down the offer. 

1977 – In Charlotte, North Carolina, Elvis Presley invited Terry Alden, Ginger’s sister, on stage to play a short selection of classical music on the piano. 

2005 – Broadway previews began for the musical “All Shook Up.” 

February 19, 2021
1969 – Elvis Presley recorded the song “Kentucky Rain.” 

1971 – Elvis Presley hit himself in the mouth with a microphone and chipped a tooth. The cause was a fan that had rushed on stage. 

1974 – Lisa Marie Presley had a tonsillectomy. 

2010 – In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS” production world premiered at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter. 

February 8, 2021
1963 – The “Bossa Nova” sequence was shot for Elvis Presley’s movie “Fun In Acapulco.” 

1964 – Elvis Presley’s album “Fun In Acapulco” hit #9 in the U.K. 

1968 – Evlis Presley was inducted into “Playboy” magazine’s Hall of Fame. 

1969 – The soundtrack “Elvis,” from the NBC-TV special, hit #8 in the U.S. 

February 7, 2021
1959 – Elvis Presley attended a Holiday on Ice show in Frankfurt, Germany. 

1988 – The TV mini-series “Elvis and Me” (based on Priscilla Presley’s book) began on ABC-TV. 

2006 – The Elvis Presley collection “Southern Nights” was released in the U.S. It contained 25 tracks. 

February 4, 2021

1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on “Stage Show” for the second time. He perfomred Authur Gunter’s “Baby Let’s Play House” and Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti.” 

1976 – Elvis Presley recorded the song “Moody Blue”. 

February 2, 2021
1977 – Elvis Presly did not show up for an RCA recording session. 

February 1, 2021
1958 – Elvis Presley made his last recordings before being inducted into the U.S. Army. He recorded “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Wear My Ring Around Your Neck,” “Doncha’ Think It’s Time” and “My Wish Came True.” 

1968 – Lisa Marie Presley was born. She was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla. 

1969 – Elvis Presly’s single “If I Can Dream” hit #12 in the U.S. 

1975 – Lisa Marie Presley met her favorite singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday. The event was arranged by Elvis Presley.  

1975 – Elvis Presley’s single “Promised Land” hit #9 in the U.S. 

Thursday, January 28, 202

1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on the Dorsey brothers’ “Stage Show.” It was Elvis’ first network television appearance. 

1963 – Production began on the Elvis Presley film “Fun In Acapulco.” 

1970 – “From Elvis In Memphis” was certified gold by the RIAA. 

2005 – Lisa Marie Presley’s single “Dirty Laundry” was played on AOL’s First Listen. 

Monday, January 25, 2021
1958 – Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” became the first single to ever enter the U.K. pop chart at Number One.  

1965 – Principal photography began for the Elvis Presely film “Fun in Acupulco.” 

2005 – “Love, Elvis” was released. It contained remasted versions of 24 of Elvis’ greatest love songs. An unreleased alternate take of “For The Good Times” was included. 

Saturday, January 23, 2021
1958 – Elvis Presley recorded the song “King Creole.” The single was released in July 1958. 

1986 – Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian and Sean Lennon were his presenters. 

Monday, January 18, 2021
Elvis Presley History
1964 – The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley film “Fun In Acapulco” hit #3 in the U.S. 

1971 – The northern part of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. 

1996 – Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.  

January 17, 2021
Elvis Presley History
1970 – Elvis Presley’s single “Suspicious Minds” hit #2 in the U.K. It was his first U.K. single to have a picture sleeve. 

1972 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, TN, was renamed Elvis Presley Blvd

Friday, January 15, 2021
1955 – Elvis Presley performed at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA. He performed “Hearts Of Stone,” “That’s All Right, Mama” and “Tweedle Dee.” “Colonel” Tom Parker was in the audience and witnessed Elvis for the first time. 

1958 – Elvis Presley recorded “Trouble” and “Hard Headed Woman.” 

Today is Sunday, January 10, 2021
1956 – Elvis Presley began recording his first songs as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded “Heartbreak Hotel,” “I Was the One,” “I’m Counting On You,” “I Got a Woman” and “Money Honey.”  

1957 – Elvis Presley left Memphis by train for Hollywood, CA. 

Today is Thursday, December 31, 2020

1955 – Elvis Presley’s single “I Forgot To Remember” hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart. 

1960 – The album “Elvis’ Christmas Album” re-charted at #33 in the U.S. 

1966 – Elvis Presley’s song “If Every Day Was Christmas” hit #9 in the U.K. 

1968 – In the U.K., the TV special “Elvis” aired on BBC2-TV. 

1975 – Elvis Presley grossed $816,000 for a single performance in Pontiac, MI.

December 29, 1966 Again Elvis bought a horse this day. This time it was a chestnut sorrel horse named Whirlaway.

December 29, 1970 Elvis drove to Tupelo to collect another badge. This one from sheriff Bill Mitchell, whom Elvis knew since he was a child.

December 29, 1974 Elvis got a phone call from the Colonel. The Colonel wanted to hear about Elvis’ health problems of which he had heard some rumors. The Colonel made the decision that Elvis would not be able to fulfill is January commitment in Las Vegas.

December 29, 1976 Elvis performed at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama.

Today is Sunday, December 27, 2020

1956 – In Memphis, Elvis Presley played touch football at the Dave Wells Community Center with friends, including Red West. 

December 26, 2020

1957 – The Memphis Draft Board granted Elvis Presley a deferment until March 20, 1958 so he could finish filming “King Creole.” 

1957 – Elvis Presley donated thousands of teddy bears to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. 

1964 – The Elvis Presley single “Blue Christmas,” from 1957, hit #11 in the U.K. 

Friday, December 25, 2020

1959 – Elvis Presley arranged to have a French poodle delivered to Anita Wood. 

1959 – Priscilla Beaulieu gave Elvis Presley a set of bongo drums. 

1965 – The Elvis Presley single “Puppet On A String” hit #14 in the U.S. 

Sunday December 27, 2020 All Day 
Annually on December 27 

December 27, 1956 Elvis played touch football at the Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis with some friends.

December 27, 1958 Elvis attended the Holiday On Ice Show in Frankfurt.

December 27, 1976 Elvis performed at the Wichita State University, Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita, Kansas.

December 23, 1954 Elvis, Scotty and Bill were stopped for speeding on their way home from Shreveport. Elvis recalled in a interview: ” I thought: Here goes my Christmas money for a traffic ticket.. But the officer let us go with a warning. After the officer left, the 3 of us got out of the car and counted our money by the car headlights. The money was mostly in dollar bills, Man, that was the most money I ever had in my pockets at one time! I blew the whole bundle the next day for Christmas presents.”

December 23, 1960 This was the last day on the set of Wild In The Country for Elvis, before he flew home for the week off.

December 23, 1974 Elvis flew back to Memphis with Linda and Lisa Marie.


Saturday, December 12, 2020

1956 – Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director of “Loving You”, flew to Memphis to meet Elvis Presley. 

1957 – Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX in Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley’s rendition of “White Christmas.” He had violated the radio station’s ban against the song. 

1969 – The Elvis Presley album “From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis” was confirmed gold by the RIAA. 

1970 – The Elvis Presley compilation album “Almost In Love” hit #65 in the U.S. 

2003 – The Elvis Presley movies “Roustabout”, “King Creole”, “Blue Hawaii” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” were released on DVD. 

Today is Thursday, December 10, 2020
Today in
Elvis Presley History
1960 – Elvis Presley’s soundtrack album “G.I. Blues” hit #1 in the U.S. 

1966 – Elvis Presley’s album “California Holiday” hit #17 in the U.K. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Elvis Presley History
1955 – In Swifton, AR, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash performed at the High School. 

1970 – Colonel Parker completed an agreement with RCA to extend his annual $100,000 consultant’s fee through 1975. 

1970 – Colonel Parker wrote to Elvis about not being able to reach him on the telephone. 

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