October 2 – Today in Elvis Presley History

October 2, 1954

Elvis sang “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” on The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ever since Elvis was in the regional Billboard charts, Sam Philips had tried to get Elvis in the Opry. Finally he succeeded, thanks to Opry manager Bill Denny. After the Opry Elvis appeared briefly on the Midnight Jamboree Radio show, hosted by Ernest Tubb. All was broadcasted live.

October 2, 1955

Elvis Presley’s “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” hits #2 on the Memphis record charts. After being picked up by RCA Victor it would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Country And Western chart in February, 1956 during a 39 week stay, and #4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first record to give Elvis national exposure.

October 2, 1958

Elvis was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks in Friedberg.

October 2, 1962

Elvis Presley’s single “Return To Sender” was released with “Where Do You Come From” as the B-side.

October 2, 1974

Elvis performed at the Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.

October 2, 1977

The bodies of both Elvis and Gladys Presley were moved to the Meditation Garden behind Graceland. This took place under supervision of Sam Thompson.

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