Elvis – January 12

  • 1955

Elvis performed in “The City Auditorium”(8:00 PM), Clarksdale, Mississippi. This marked a two-week touring with Jim Ed and Maxine Brown, booked by Bob Neal.

  • 1957

RCA had been anxious for some time to get new material for both a single and a gospel EP, but Elvis had been unwilling to record in Nashville. Elvis started with his first session in 4 months at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, working from noon to 7.00 p.m. He recorded “All Shook Up”.

  • 1959

“The Chipmunk Song” from the Chipmunks was #1 for a fourth straight week. The Platters, amazingly enough, remained at #2 for the fourth week and were still in position to make a move to the top with “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”. “My Happiness” from Connie Francis was third, followed by “Gotta’ Travel On” from Billy Grammer and the Teddy Bears’ big hit “To Know Him Is To Love Him”. The rest of the Top 10: “Whole Lotta’ Loving” from Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter with “A Lover’s Question”, Elvis Presley and “One Night”, the Everly Brothers dropped to #9 with “Problems” and Ricky Nelson had song #10 with “Lonesome Town”.

  • 1960

Elvis, Joe Esposito, Cliff Gleaves, Lamar Fike and Jurgen Seydel (his karate instructor) traveled to Paris. During this visit they attended 5 karate classes given by Tetsuji Murakami, a Japanese teacher of the Shotokan technique.

  • 1963

The soundtrack to “Girls! Girls! Girls!” hit #3 in the U.S.

  • 1964

Elvis arrived on his motorcycle at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville at 6.30 p.m. He started off this 5-hour session by sending out for a take-out order for all. After re-recording Ask Me and Memphis Tennessee, from the May session. He delivered a moving performance of It Hurts Me.

  • 1968

NBC vice-president Tom Sarnoff publicly announces Elvis’ upcoming Christmas TV special, for which he will be paid $250,000. An unnamed film as part of the package will net the singer $850,000.

  • 1972

Elvis flew to Los Angeles.

  • 1973

Elvis performed at an extra rehearsal for an audience of 6,000 people at the International Convention Center Arena to check out some technical difficulties. He would perform on a stage with a long runway extending out into the audience and a giant flashing figure of Elvis as the backdrop.

The show started at 8.30 p.m., and this was billed as a dress rehearsal and taped in case there were problems with satellite transmission the next night. The repertoire for each show was identical. No admission was charged, but contributions were expected and a goal of $25,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund had been announced.

The Dress Rehearsal concert was filmed and eventually released on LP and CD as The Alternate Aloha.

  • 1974

Elvis flew to Los Angeles along with Red West and Rick Stanley to begin rehearsals for his next Vegas season, beginning January 26th.

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