Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley

WM 1955 CANDID Elvis trying on jacket


Elvis and Buddy Holly

Young Buddy Holly was a nineteen-year-old aspiring musician in Lubbock Texas when he first met Elvis. It happened at the local Cotton Club on October 15, 1955. Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery opened the show as Buddy and Bob, before Elvis came out and took over. Buddy Holly also opened for Elvis that year at the Fair Park Coliseum.


Here is an interesting legend to come out of these meetings, according to Elvis – His Life from A to Z by Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius:


“According to legend, Elvis told Holly and Montgomery that if they came down to the ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ he’d get them on the show, but when they did show up, Horace Logan [ed. note: station manager at KWKH, which produced the Louisiana Hayride] turned them away, and Elvis wasn’t there.”


In spite of this, Holly has been quoted, “Without Elvis, none of us would have made it.


Here’s a little-known nugget. Elvis’ band, Scottie Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana, caused almost all West Texas Rockabilly bands to change their style, including the Crickets playing behind Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison’s band.


Elvis and Buddy Holly must have liked a lot of the same songs, because they both recorded these songs by other popular singers:


Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Hamilton)

Reddy Teddy (Little Richard)

Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)

Shake, Rattle and Roll (Joe Turner / Bill Haley)

Rip It Up (Little Richard)


Elvis never recorded any songs released by Buddy Holly, and Holly never recorded any Elvis songs except one. He once said, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” was his favorite Elvis song. He recorded it as a demo during a visit to a radio station in 1956. To my knowledge, it was never released during his life.


After his death, all sort of rare Buddy Holly music was released. Because Holly’s career was cut so short, the total number of songs he recorded was much less than Elvis accumulated. But that didn’t prevent historians and record producers from finding every scrap of tape with Holly playing and singing on them. Then they put out albums like this. He was the undisputed king of the lost-basement-tapes, until they started digging for Jimi Hendrix material a decade later..


It is generally known that Waylon Jennings was part of the Crickets on that fateful night fifty years ago. He was supposed to be on the charter plane with Holly, but gave up his seat to the Big Bopper. There are few photos of Jennings with Holly, but here is one:


There is one last Elvis and Buddy Holly connection. Both Elvis and Holly are charter members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1986,when the first ten inductees to the Hall were named, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly were chosen. Two rock icons, for sure.



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Elvis Presley appearances at Houson Astrodome (by Jeff Schrembs)

Texas was a state that Elvis often appeared in during his early days with Sun and throughout 1955.

When Elvis returned to live concerts, starting in 1969 in Las Vegas, the very first concert he did other than in Las Vegas was at the Houston Astrodome from February 27, 1970 until March 1, 1970. Elvis set a new attendance record of 180,000 (estimated).

Four years later, on March 3, 1974, Elvis returned to the Houston Astrodome. Elvis set another attendance record, for a “one day appearance” of 88,000 (estimated).

The details of Elvis’ 1970 appearances in the Houston Astrodome are as follows:

February 27th, 1970 (2:00pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome
Songs Performed at This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Blue Suede Shoes: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: One Night: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes-In the Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

February 27th, 1970 (7.45pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome(CD-R)
Songs Performed at This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Blue Suede Shoes: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: Kentucky Rain: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes: In the Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

February 28th, 1970 (2:00pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome
Songs Performed At This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Long Tall Sally: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: Kentucky Rain: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes: In the Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

February 28th, 1970 (7.45pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome
Songs Performed At This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Blue Suede Shoes: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: Kentucky Rain: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes: In the Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

March 1st, 1970 (2:00pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome
Songs Performed At This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Blue Suede Shoes: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: Kentucky Rain: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes: In the Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

March 1st, 1970 (7:00pm). Houston, TX. Houston Astrodome
Songs Performed At This Show: All Shook Up: I Got A Woman: Long Tall Sally: Don’t Cry Daddy: Heartbreak Hotel: Hound Dog: Love Me Tender: Kentucky Rain: Release Me: Walk A Mile in My Shoes: In The Ghetto: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Polk Salad Annie: Introduction of Band: Introduction Charlie Pride: Kaw-Liga(excerpt, “The Hardest Part Is living Alone hot damn”): Suspicious Minds: Can’t Help Falling In Love: Love Me Tender (Instrumental)

And now the details of Elvis’ 1974 appearance whereby he performed two identical shows:

March 3rd, 1974. (8.00pm) Houston, TX. Astrodome
Songs Performed At This Show: See See Rider: I Got A Woman: Love Me: Tryin’ To Get To You: All Shook Up: Steamroller Blues: Teddy Bear-Don’t Be Cruel: Love Me Tender: Johnny B. Goode: Hound Dog: Fever: Polk Salad Annie: Why Me Lord(with J.D. Sumner): suspicious Minds: Introduction of Band: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You: Help Me: An American Trilogy: Let Me Be There: Funny How Time Slips Away: Can’t Help Falling In Love

Guide to collecting Elvis Presley memorabila (by Jeff Schrembs)

Elvis Presley was the greatest entertainer who ever lived. Elvis’ music has been purchased by the millions since 1955 through 1977. Elvis appeared in 32 movies, all of which made money, and no other actor has achieved that (i.e. every movie they acted in made money as even good movies lose money).


Elvis’ TV appearances beginning in the 1950’s, two in the 1960’s (i.e. Elvis Welcome Back with Frank Sinatra) and the 1968 Comeback Special, and one in the 1970’s “Aloha From Hawaii” not only made history but a greater percentage of people watched the programs during the time that Elvis was on then had ever done so before.


Basically Elvis had “higher percentage, or higher share, of the viewing market than any other performer when Elvis appeared on TV. The 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii Special” was the first live concert to be seen AROUND THE WORLD via Satellite. That Concert alone was watched by OVER 1 Billion people. From 1969 through 1977 Elvis averaged 105 shows per year and never played to an “empty seat” as all of his concerts were SOLD OUT (another accomplishment that no other entertainer has come close to reaching).


Needless to say, there remains a demand for “anything/everything” related to Elvis Presley and in this segment we will talk about what to look for concerning Elvis Presley Autographs from the 1950’s through the 1970’s.


Here are some basic RULES TO GO BY:

There are countless Elvis Presley items available for anyone’s budget but many times a person makes a “knee jerk reaction”, and pays way too much for something they didn’t really want but because of circumstances got themselves into this situation. Using these “tried and true rules will save you a lot of time, a lot of “drama free enjoyment, and “a lot of fun”.


RULE # 1)     Establish your monetary budget and stick to it every time.

Whenever “thinking about buying an Elvis Presley autograph” please know what your monetary means are (i.e. $15.00, $ 5,000.00, etc.) and what your “priority list” is. An example would be:


My budget for any one item is not to exceed: $ 85.00

My total budget, for every item purchased, is not to exceed $ 215.00


RULE # 2)     Establish a “priority of items (i.e. dates, places, etc.)


My priority list is”

A concert signed program from the late 1960’s

Any Las Vegas memorabilia signed from 1969 through 1973

Elvis’ signature from the movie Love Me Tender

Photo still from Jailhouse Rock signed by Elvis


** Worth noting is WHAT ARE YOU going to do with the item? Because it your intent is to keep it in your wallet/purse it would be a shame to buy an 8×10 because it would be too big to keep there and folding it may damage the item itself.

RULE # 3)     Get the history on the autograph, including the complete background, and the owners name and how they got the autograph. No question, concerning an Elvis Presley autograph, is a “dumb question” because you are just gathering information (which you should) so that you feel comfortable with your purchase.

Examples of the questions asked above could be responded to like this: history – my mother went to see Elvis in Memphis in 1974 and we went up to the stage and asked him for a signature.

Worth noting is that sometimes there are SUPPORTING PHOTOGRAPHS that show the item


Always beware of autographs signed with gold or silver paint “felt” pens as these pens did not go on sale until after Elvis’ death. Whenever considering buying an Elvis autograph, please insist on the history and background of how the owner came by the autograph. When – Where – How? Always ask if Elvis signed the item in person. It is a well-known fact that during the 1970’s many fans gave the members of the Memphis Mafia items to be signed at Elvis concerts or at the Graceland Gates.  These minders have since admitted that they could fake Elvis signature and signed most of the items themselves. The history holds true for fans that sent requests for autographs by mail to Graceland. Elvis’ secretaries admit openly that they could forge Elvis signature and did on many occasions.

May God bless you all.

Jeff Schrembs’2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Elvis Presley’s last vacation (Hawaii March 1977) by Jeff Schrembs

Elvis was exhausted, in declining health, and needed/wanted a vacation.

In usual Elvis fashion he would not commit to where he wanted to vacation at but tell everyone to “be prepared” and give the departure dates and times. He thought it was a nice surprise for everyone.

Preparation began in earnest about the middle of February.

After months of false hints, Elvis finally announced that Hawaii was the chosen location.
Members of the group were dispatched in advance to the islands, making arrangements to accommodate a party of approximately 38 people. Like everything involving Elvis planning, preparation, and coordination was essential…and demanded.

The departure date of 3rd March was set.

By 6.00 pm everyone had assembled at Graceland and timing coordinator, Dick Grob, passed the word to start loading the plane. Billy Smith who was over seeing Elvis’ preparation, signalled that Elvis would be ready at 7.30am as planned.

Those not personally accompanying Elvis to the plane left for the airport and boarded.

Elvis came downstairs at Graceland, said goodbye to his grandmother, and left for the short ride to the airport,

Around 8.00pm the door to Elvis’ Convair 880, the “Lisa Marie” was closed.
The private plane taxied through the rain on the first leg of the first and last trip to Hawaii with Elvis

The “Lisa Marie” flew westward landing at Oakland International Airport in California.

It was now close to Midnight, Memphis time. Fuel was added and two other passengers from Los Angeles Boarded.

They had just arrived by a commercial flight, to connect with the Lisa Marie Plane.

The additional passengers filled the plane to capacity of 29 people; in addition to the crew of 5. which was necessary for this flight.

Shortly before 1.00am Memphis time, the “Lisa Marie” was again airborne, westward over the Pacific Ocean.

When it landed in Hawaii the plane was met by the four members of the advance party who had been alerted by phone.

The “Lisa Marie”, with Elvis and the group, arrived in Hawaii in the early morning hours of 4th March 1977.

Elvis left his plane and went directly to his suite on the 31st Floor, RAINBOW TOWERS, HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE HOTEL which included a spectacular view.

The remaining group occupied 15 other rooms on the same floor with equally spectacular views.

After two days at the hotel, Elvis rented a Beach House in Kailua, Hawaii on the other side of the island of Oahu.

Elvis lived in the house with his girl friend & cousin Billy Smith, his personal security guard; Dick Grob, and four others.

The remaining group travelled daily the route from the hotel, across the mountains through Pali Pass, to the Beach House.

Elvis spent the days on the Beaches of Kailus Bay, or lying in the sun by the pool at the house on Kaapuni Drive. He took time out from the Beaches to go shopping at the Ala Mona Shopping Centre in Honolulu, and several stores in the town of Kailua.

Elvis also purchased clothing, sunglasses, and other items for himself and others in the group.
He also enjoyed a night of native dances and native food at the Polynesia Cultural Centre,
at Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus, located near Laie, Hawaii

While staying at the Beach House, Elvis talked with everyone, watched television, listened to music and generally relaxed.

He played ping pong with those staying at the Beach House and enjoyed barbecues at night.

He also ate his regular diet of cheeseburgers, pizza, and bacon and eggs during the time he was in Kailua.

On the Beach he relaxed enjoying conversation with his friends, and played touch football with all the guys.

This was a no-quarter game, full of the rough-house tactics and laughter, that Elvis loved so much.
Several players including Elvis sustained minor injuries from running into fences, palm trees, and occasionally other players.

The pictures in The Last Vacation were taken on the vast white sand beaches of KAILUA BAY
showing Elvis relaxed, content, and enjoying the companionship of his close friends. The laughter, recreation, and good times found on the Beaches carried over into the house.

Elvis got sand in his eye and cut the vacation short by wanting to get back to Memphis to have it checked out by his trusted Physcians so on the 13th of March, the entire party checked out of the hotel and departed Hawaii for the mainland.

Jerry Hopkins 2nd book had this Page of Info…
It was decided that Elvis and his party would leave from Oakland because it was two hundred miles closer to Honolulu than Los Angeles. He was taking the Lisa Marie and wanted every margin of safety in fuel loading. Not one to do anything by halves, however, Elvis took thirty-one others with him, and had Joe Esposito reserve more than a dozen rooms in the Hilton Rainbow Tower and rent a house on the beach.

The beach house, in Kailua, about half an hour’s drive from Honolulu, was for Elvis and Ginger and her sisters, plus one bodyguard, the former Palm Springs policeman Dick Grob. The others stayed in the hotel and came over during the day or joined Elvis on his rare public forays. One evening, for instance, they were sneaked into the Polynesian Cultural Center to watch the Polynesian show. Other times, he took Ginger and her sisters and some of the others to one of the small shopping centers in Kailua, buying presents for everyone and, on one occasion, paying the bill for a stranger who was making a pur­chase for his wife.

Most of the ten days in Hawaii were spent close to home, sitting on the beach, playing Ping-Pong at the house, or touch football on the sand. Those who had been with Elvis for some time said later that his health improved during the vacation, said his color was better, his eyes brighter and clearer.
There was another observer who hadn’t seen Elvis in some time, and he was shocked. This was Kalani Simerson, a onetime performer who operated a successful limousine service. He had known Elvis, and had worked for him, since the early 1960s, when Elvis made his first films in Hawaii.
The last time he had seen Elvis was when he weighed a trim 170 or so for the satellite television show. As before, Kalani was again called to make some of the arrangements for Elvis’s visit, and because of his long­standing friendship, he was invited to join Elvis on the beach socially.
“We played football,” Kalani says, “and it was sad, very sad. Elvis was overweight and just unable to function normally. I guess it was all that medication they said he took. Somebody’d throw him the ball and he’d catch it and start running and he couldn’t stop. He just wasn’t able to control his own body. One time he ran right into a cyclone fence and cut his hand.”
On the fourteenth day, Elvis got some sand in his eyes and abruptly the vacation was ended. Five days after that he was back on tour again.

ED PARKER in his 1978 BOOK (Inside Elvis) ..remembers all the following Details
It was January, 1977; we were in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elvis had just completed a show and he looked haggard… spent. “I need a rest,” he confessed.
“Aw, it’s nothing a few weeks in Hawaii couldn’t cure,” I parried.
“Yeah, yeah, I’ve been thinking about that. And Ginger’s never been there. It would be kind of nice if I could take her over there and show her the Islands.”

That was the opening I had been looking for. I left It up to Elvls to bring up the subject of Ginger. But once the subject was raised I used every opportunity to remind her of the attractions the Islands had to offer. I mentioned that Ginger was my favorite flower and that it grew wild in the Islands, and that haunting fragrance was one of the memories that tourists took home with them.

We talked about the beautiful white sand beaches, the lush flower Island, and the opportunities available to relax away from the tempo of mainland life. Elvls’ casual desire for a trip to the Islands soon matured Into a full-blown plan for departure. Ginger became excited as the possibility shifted toward becoming a reality.

In the latter part of February I got a call from Charlie Hodge. “It looks like the boss has finally made up his mind, Ed. Then again, he may change it. But as it stands now, plan toward going to the Islands about the first of March. Elvls wants Lellanl to come. Can you make it?”

“We’ll do it!” I said.

We met Elvis in Oakland, California, during the second week in March. He decided that Oakland should be the departure point because it is 2OO miles closer to Oahu than Los Angeles, That gave an extra margin of safety in fuel loading. Because of the extensive remodeling Elvis had done on the Lisa Marie, the guest list for this trip would be limited to 28 individuals (not including the 5 crew members). Elvis had invited with him on this escape trip those individuals he felt he could trust. They were a small nucleus of those whose love for Elvis had never wavered. They and their families were to be Elvis’ guests for 10 days, at the Hilton Rainbow Towers in Honolulu.

This was an incredibly expensive trip. Fuel alone for the round trip was nearly 825.OOO. Elvis also leased a house on the opposite side of the Island. This became his retreat during the day. There he could relax and enjoy himself without the ever present threat of hotel guests interrupting him. These were happy relaxing days for Elvis. He basked in the sun, played football, walked around in “grubbies” and sampled many island delicacies that he had never tasted before.
There was no formality at our gatherings.

We sat on the ground cross legged and ate native style with our fingers. Elvis sampled guava cake and haopia cake, a delicacy that is laced with fresh coconut. I offered to treat Elvis to poi, knowing what his reaction would be. I was right, he rolled his eyes and said, “No thanks, I’m not going to be putting up any wallpaper today!”

Elvis made periodic forays to the small shopping centers on the windward side of the Island. He wanted to take Ginger and her sisters, Tille and Rosemary, on a shopping spree. Elvis played Santa Claus, and he loved the role.

While shopping he noticed a man buying items for his wife. Elvis waited until the man was about to pay his check, stepped in and insisted on buying it for him. The man was dumbfounded; he ran across the street, called his wife and told her what had happened.

By the next day the story had gone all over the Islands. That was not what Elvis had intended. His sole purpose in shopping at this out of the way place was to retain some semblance of privacy and anonymity. His generous nature had gotten the best of him.

As the days progressed, I could see the color returning to Elvis’ cheeks.

His complexion had improved, and he had begun to regain some of his stamina.

ED PARKER in his 1978 BOOK..remembers all the following Details..#Part 2..
I finally had an opportunity to do something for my friend who had done so much for me. One of the key attractions on the Islands is the Polynesian Cultural Center. It’s one of the few places in the world where the ancient island culture is retained. I suggested to Joe that this would be a unique opportunity for Elvis and the rest of his party. I wanted them to be my guests. The next day Elvis said that Joe had talked to him and that he was pleased with the suggestion. “This would be great for Ginger,” Elvis said. “We haven’t had a chance to go anywhere and see anything.

Do they have all of the old island dances there, Ed?”

“They’ve got dances from all of the islands there, Elvis —Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Maori, dancers from New Zealand; but, Elvis, wait till you see the dancers from Tonga. They come out with spears and fans and they are all painted up. The gals will never forget it!”

“We’re looking forward to it, Ed.”

It took two days to work out the security details to enable Elvis and his party to enjoy themselves without being Imposed upon. The Polynesians at the Cultural Center were very coopera­tive. Elvis, the night of the performance, laughed and joked and thoroughly enjoyed himself. It pleased me to see my friend more relaxed than he had been for years. He was still not his former self, but there was a vast improvement. We arrived under cover of darkness.

The show had already started. But there still amassed a body of fans waiting for Elvis on the outside. Word had gotten out, and they insisted on seeing the King. Unlike mainland fans, they admired him from a distance, respected his privacy, and let him enter the show unmolested. Elvis commented on this courtesy many times before his death.

The show was spectacular. Immediately before inter­mission a member of the staff lead us to a first aid room to await the second half of the show.

We were served pineapple halves filled with ice cream. During the intermission, Elvis asked me about something he had seen that intrigued him.

“Ed, I saw this haole guy talking to a big Samoan dude and he spoke like a native. How come?”
“Elvis, that was one of the missionaries from our church. He served a two year mission in Samoa. After they’re there for a few months, they speak like natives.”

“That’s someth’n else! Two years huh? Does it pay pretty good?”

I had to smile at that question, “They pay their own way, they receive absolutely no pay whatsoever while they’re on their mission.”

Well, how do they live?” Elvis asked.

“They either save the money before they go, or their family supports them during that period of time.”

Elvis thought for a moment, “That’s really something!”

The show resumed and I watched my friend in the reflected glare of the fire dancers’ torches. He was happy. He was at peace. And for the first time in many months he was thoroughly enjoying himself. For a change he was being entertained instead of entertaining others. Those special moments were soon but a memory.

We returned to the mainland, and Elvis resumed his hectic pace.

The trip had been good for him. He slept better, he had more stamina, and I felt that his health had improved greatly..

LARRY GELLER chatting with ELVIS

4th MARCH 1977
Rainbow Towers Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu
We’re here at last on a vacation that was long overdue.
Everyone is drained from the grueling effects of being on the road and the enormous pressures of working for Elvis under unforeseen, horren­dous conditions.
The one-nighters; the debilitating winter cold; taking care of Elvis, an exhausting job unto itself—all have taken their toll. Everyone looks older than they are.
Elvis is a driven man and he needs this rest more than anyone else.
He desperately requires more than a short vacation in Hawaii. Hopefully this will signal some kind of change, because his condition is getting worse, and this short surcease from agony is just the tonic—for the time being. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
I can see on everyone’s face the relief of just being in this tropical paradise.
The Rainbow Towers has a spectacular view from the thirty-first floor. Elvis spent most of the daylight hours on his balcony today with its panoramic view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
His suite was open to any of the entourage, and their wives and girlfriends, who cared to come in and visit with him.
He is so happy being here, pointing out the various points of interest to all from his balcony. Ginger has two sisters, Terry and Rosemary, with her, and Elvis is taking great pride and joy in providing this trip for them.
Actually, there are thirty-eight of us: what a family Elvis has adopted.
Everyone is hopeful that Elvis will take full advantage of this golden opportunity to get outdoors, exercise and eat better, instead of his typical fried-food diet and stuffing himself with cheeseburgers and fried potatoes right before he goes to sleep.
Health and nurturing are everywhere. The air is clean and aromatic, and the Hawaiian fragrance of pineapples and tropical flowers in this atmo­sphere has already enveloped all of us.
It’s so seductive.
5th MARCH 1977 part 2
Feeling fantastic in Hawaiian bliss, dressed loose and comfortably in my new Hawaiian floral shirt. As I entered Elvis’ suite, he had just come out of his bedroom to have some breakfast. A few of the guys were hanging around on the balcony. As I approached Elvis, he smiled and greeted me with “Aloha, L.G.”
“Aloha, E.”
Some weeks ago, when I gave Elvis a complete kit of vitamins and minerals for his birthday, he took them for only two days. Now I felt this was an ideal opportunity to direct him toward a healthier regimen. I placed in front of him on, the coffee table a packet of vitamins and minerals I had prepared.
“Take this power pack, Elvis. It will pick you up and give you some natural energy. I put in some extra E and a potent combination of the B complex, vitamin C and some minerals. If you take these every day, they will help strengthen you. “
Elvis opened the vitamin pack and gulped them down with fresh orange juice.
Then he looked over to me with a grin and said, “I want to get these down before Dr. Nick comes in.
Remember last year when we were on tour and you came in with a load of vitamin pills like these for me? And Dr. Nick said, ‘That crap doesn’t work; he doesn’t need those’? Well, you know, he’s a doctor, and most of them are locked into the old traditional-medicine ways .of doing things, that’s how they’ve been trained. I don’t want to hear him bitch and complain again. Doctors think they know everything.”
For the remainder of the day Elvis stayed in his suite relaxing, spending a lot of time sitting on the balcony, enjoying the view and this incredible tropical air wafting through the open balcony win­dows.
The majority of the group spent the day on the beach in front of the Rainbow Towers, went shopping and then went out for dinner at the various restaurants that are part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.
6th MARCH 1977 part 3
Elvis decided to rent a beach house in Kailua on Kaapuni Drive, on the other side of the island.
This will provide the privacy he requires, so that he can lie in the sun by the pool or go down to the beach
This afternoon we all played football together for the first time in well over a year.
Elvis played so hard that Joe told him to go slowly, because he wasn’t used to moving his body like that and it was dangerous for his heart.
But there’s no stopping Elvis once he has his mind set on something.
7th MARCH 1977 – OAHU part 4
Elvis was sore today due to yesterday’s vigorous football clash.
In fact, most of us feel the effects of roughhousing it yesterday.
We all sat by the ocean most of the afternoon relaxing and joking with one another, and by the expressions on everyone’s face it looks as though we died and went to heaven.
I can’t remember the last time Elvis was outdoors in the sunshine, playing and enjoying himself so much. It’s like the old days. God willing, this will shake him out of his stupor.
Strangely, he won’t expose his body. No matter how hot it is, he wears his athletic pants, a short-sleeve sweatshirt, a terrycloth hat with the brim turned down and his sunglasses. Is there some other reason than the beach being open to the public?
8th~9th MARCH, 1977 Kailua Bay Part 5
Author/inventor Bernard Benson invited Charlie, Celest and me to his beach house a few miles from Elvis’. Bernard has arranged a special meeting for us with the leading Tibetan Buddhist master of the Hawaiian Island, Rimposhe, who escaped Chinese invasion of Tibet. We first met Bernard in Las Vegas last December, and he’s been an avid Elvis fan ever since.
Rimposhe does not speak English, which, in the long run, doesn’t matter. He is a small, radiant man. I could not take my eyes off him. He was clothed like a lama, wearing the traditional saffron robe. His face was a very fine Mongolian type, and beautifully formed: a high brow with piercing yet happy eyes, and his face lit up as if the energy of the sun was shining from it. He smiled a smile of one who knows.
We all sat together in Bernard’s large living room overlooking the magnificent Kailua Bay. Everyone was silent for an hour or so. The meeting had a tremendous healing effect on me, and I realized that the silence and the electricity in the air were releasing layers of tension and frustrations that had gradually accumulated. I felt it slowly melting and dissolving as I sat with this mysterious, still, silent man. I saw him turn to his attendant devotee, a young Tibetan clad in an orange robe and with a shaved head. I saw his lips move but could not hear his softly whispered words.
The young monk said, “Master said, ‘One can never “know” truth that is beyond the mind; the mind can only create an idea of truth, an image of truth. Truth is the creativeness behind all creation, yet that which is created is not truth. Only the uncreated is creative, and that is the truth. Therefore, discover in the silence of the mind the true unity in all things. Disregard personal separation. Live in the conscious realization of your oneness with the Creator of all mankind.’ “
The young monk then said to me, “You should do a meditation, ‘Om mani padme om.’ “(Translated, it means “The jewel in the center of the lotus,” a symbol of the divinity within the flesh.)
10th MARCH, 1977 Kailua Bay Part 6
Elvis’ Beach House, Kailua Bay
This afternoon Charlie and I related our experience at Bernard’s to Elvis and asked if he wanted an audience with the Master. Elvis was hesitant.
“Not now, Charlie. I have a little trouble with that one. I don’t need to meet any masters right now.”
“I’m on the right path.” He waved a spiritual book he was holding and clutched the chai he was wearing around his neck. “I’m sure you had a good experience and they’re good people, but not now—maybe some other time.”
11th MARCH 1977
Ed Parker, a strict Mormon who was raised in Hawaii, set up an evening for Elvis and the entire group to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center at the Hawaii campus of Brigham Young University. We all piled into a caravan of vehicles at about 8 p.m. and drove for about thirty minutes to the Center.
Through Ed’s organizing with the campus and local security and Elvis’ personal security staff, we were secretly ushered into the open-air pavilion, so that Elvis went unnoticed among the hundreds of tourists—until he reached his seat.
Within moments his presence became known. News spread like wildfire, and most eyes were glued to our special section in the grandstands where Elvis was enjoying himself, instead of on the exciting show 13th MARCH, 1977 Kailua Bay Part 7
Elvis decided it was time to leave paradise. The next tour begins on the twenty-third, and he wants to spend some time back home at Graceland.
One by one, he presented everyone with a special gift.
Afterward he said, “I gave everyone gifts so that they would have something to remember our trip to Hawaii and us all, happily, being together.
“This trip cost a good one hundred thousand, but money is not what matters.
Before we left they even had me sign that “WILL”. Y’know, just in case, flying over the ocean and all that. Only it’s the times like this, sharing not the money, but the good times, that transcend money.”
Back on the mainland, we all returned to our homes to prepare for the next tour, a nine-day swing through Middle America. Though everyone enjoyed the vacation, and Elvis did get to relax, it wasn’t nearly enough. End

Ginger Alden Interview about this vacation:
QUESTION: Can you tell us a little about THE LAST VACATION? Elvis seemed to be in excellent spirits,
Resting and Sunbathing with you on the Beach and having a lot of fun.
GINGER: My time with Elvis was so special and the Hawaiian Vacation was alot of fun.
Elvis knew I had never been to Hawaii and wanted to take my whole family but only my sisters could go at this time.
We left on my sister Terry’s Birthday, the 3rd of March. He was in a great mood, despite the fact, he had mentioned that more of his group had asked to go along and he reluctantly let them.
My Sisters and I stayed with Elvis in the back of the Lisa Marie during the flight as he joked, laughed and sang.
The trip was so beautiful, but unfortunately cut short when Elvis irritated one of his eyes and we had to return to Memphis.
I felt he genuinely had a good time on this trip and it was so wonderful to see him relax, go out to a shopping mall and sing. I have never forgotten the thrill of that Vacation.
ROSEMARY: (Ginger’s Sister) Yes, Elvis wanted to take our whole family but they couldn’t leave their jobs so Terry and myself went along with Ginger. We had a great time in Hawaii seeing Elvis relax and take in some sun.
Rosemary, can you tell us about the Famous Photograph
– when Elvis has dived on top of you ?
Yes, I have taken a lot of ribbing over the years with that photo!
We were at a Vacation Home in Hawaii and a few of us were talking with Elvis.
I noticed that he kept cutting his eyes over in my direction when he suddenly got up,
started to walk past me then threw himself on top of me!
Elvis and I were laughing so hard and I just more or less spontaneously,
Threw my leg into the air and someone took the photo.
I still can’t help but laugh every time I see that picture!
Did you see any sign of Elvis’ Drugs Problems…….
..Never …..I never saw it… as a matter of fact, I remember when we were there, he said, “Joe, why don’t you order up some of those drinks with the Umbrellas in them?”
So Joe ordered some Mai-tais, or whatever they were, and Elvis would sit there and take a little sip of it and you could tell he couldn’t stand it, you know.
I’ve had people say to me that he drank a lot too.
I never saw him drink and I remember that Mai-tai thing, that’s the only time I saw him drink alcohol and he’d drink it like I did, one sip at a time, not really enjoying it.
But it was a Fun Vacation, kind of neat because we ended up leaving the hotel and renting a House so Elvis could go out more.
He tried to be more active, he tried to play football with the guys.

Now this is starting to sound like a Me, Me, Me Interview, but you know the photos taken in Hawaii?
And Joe will attest to this to, I swear to god that it’s true.. Joe used to do a lot of photography, and we were on the beach and he was taking photos of me.
Elvis was sitting there with Ginger and Rosemary and Elvis would say
“Hey Joe, why don’t you take a picture of Me and Shirley?”
INTERVIEW with Shirley…
…..In another he is singing “IN THE MISTY MOONLIGHT”
Elvis was actually going to record that song for me. I used to say to him “You know Elvis, you would sing that song so well, that song was made for you” and he would say, “You know, give me the music on that, I might wanna do it.”
Here’s the funny thing about it; he told me that he was going to record it, and he told Charlie Hodge to get the music.
The night he passed away, the music was laying right next to his bed.

Some extra comments (various Sources)
ELVIS made plans during the stay to show Ginger the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
Which was only cancelled at the last minute !
Everyone remarked on how relaxed Elvis seemed:
At times he appeared to enjoy Terry Alden’s company almost as much as her sister’s
Ginger got Elvis to play Ping-Pong with her ~ despite Elvis saying that he felt foolish,
swinging at a little ball that he could hardly ever keep on the table.
Joe is quoted as saying “The holiday was a painful exercise in Nostalgia”
Dr. Nick got concerned when Elvis got some sand in his eye!
and thought the Cornea might be scratched…
saying it might be better for Elvis to return to Graceland to recuperate!
With Characteristic generosity Elvis picked out a gift for each member of the party
to serve as remembrance of the good times that they had had……
and promised GINGER that next time they would have the experience for themselves.

ELVIS’ LAST WILL was signed and witnessed… “3rd March 1977”
…Earlier in the same day… before they flew to HAWAII.

Other Hawaii Vacations/Trips by Elvis
Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel – Waikiki Beach – Ohau
Ilikai Hotel (adjacent to the Hawaiian Village) – Waikiki Beach – Ohau
Coco Palms Resort (closed / devastated by Hurricane Iniki) Wailua – Kauai
1957: Hawaiian Village Hotel : Honolulu / Shofield Baracks concert
1961: Hawaiian Village Hotel : Bloch Arena concert /
1961: (continues from Concert…) Blue Hawaii (+ movie scene) / Coco Palms Resort (movie finale)
1962: Hawaiian Village Hotel : Girls, Girls, Girls
1965: Ilikai Hotel: Paradise Hawaiian Style
1968: Ilikai Hotel: Vacation (May)
1969: Ilikai Hotel / Coco Palms Resort: Vacation (May)
1969: Hawaiian Village Hotel : vacation (Oct)
1972: Hawaiian Village Hotel : November Concert / press conference
1973: Hawaiian Village Hotel : Aloha from Hawaii (January arrival / rehearsals)
1977: Hawaiian Village Hotel : Vacation arrival / – entourage stayed at the Rainbow Tower
(Elvis and selected friends moved to his rented Kailua beach house afterwards)


Elvis Presley at Easter with rare documents

Elvis Presley loved Holidays and Easter became a very special time after the birth of his beloved daughter Lisa Marie.

After Elvis was old enough to walk Elvis scheduled Easter egg hunts and loved to see his little daughter finding the eggs and flashing her smile and telling her dad “I found it”.

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Elvis Presley movie contracts

ELVIS CONTRACT FACTS (by Jeff Schrembs 2013 All Rights Reserved): Contract # 1 – Paramount on April 25, 1956 Elvis’ first move contract was for a “1 picture deal” with the option for “6 more”. Elvis received $15,000 for the first movie, $20,000 for the second, $25,000 for the third, and increasing to a maximum of $100,000 for the seventh. The Colonel negotiated a provision that allowed Elvis to star, with another studio, for “1 picture per year”. The movies were entitled “Loving You (1957) and King Creole (1958)”. In January 1957 the Colonel renegotiated a $ 50,000.00 bonus, due to the box office success, for Loving You. Nine months later, in November, the Colonel renegotiated successfully for Elvis to receive $30,000 in expenses as well as another $50,000 bonus for King Creole. Contract # 2 – 20th Century Fox August 1956 The Colonel negotiated a contract which Elvis received $100,000. Elvis would also be “billed” as “co-starring”, in the movie promos and on the movie theatres marquees, otherwise known as “second billing”. Additionally it gave Fox an option for a “2 picture deal” with Elvis to receive the sums of $150,000 and $200,000 respectfully. The Colonel renegotiated in October 1958 for Elvis to receive an increased fee, for the option on the “2 picture deal”, of $200,000 and $250,000. The movies were entitled “Flaming Star (1960) and Wild in the Country (1961)”. Contract # 3 – Metro Goldwyn Mayer February 1957 The Colonel exerted his right, under the terms of the Paramount contract, to reach an agreement with MGM on a “1 picture deal”. Elvis received $ 250,000.00. The movie was entitled “Jailhouse Rock (1957)”. Worth noting is that the Colonel negotiated a provision, which was previously unheard of in Hollywood, for Elvis to receive 50% of the movie profits. Contract # 4 – Paramount October 1958 The Colonel renegotiated the 1956 contract so that Elvis received $175,000 along with an option for a “3 picture deal” where Elvis would be paid; $125,000, $150,000, and $175,000. The movie was entitled “G.I. Blues (1960)”. Contract # 5 – United Artists November 1960 Colonel Parker negotiated a “2 picture deal” and Elvis received $500,000 and 50% of the profits. The movies were entitled “Follow That Dream (1961) and Kid Galahad (1962)”. Contract # 6 – Paramount January 1961 The Colonel renegotiated the 1958 contract so that Elvis received $175,000 for the first “3 pictures” and $200,000 each for the “last 2 pictures”. This “5 picture deal” included the movies entitled “Blue Hawaii (1960) which would be Elvis most successful motion picture, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), Roustabout (1964), and Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966)”. The Colonel renegotiated for Elvis to receive a bonus of $90,000, which the Colonel would receive $45,000.00, for “Paradise Hawaiian Style”. Contract # 7 – MGM January 1961 The Colonel further enhanced his negotiation skills, after finishing the “5 picture deal” with Paramount, for a “4 picture deal” with MGM. Elvis would receive $400,000 per picture plus $75,000 for expenses and $25,000 for musical expenses. The Colonel included a provision that once MGM recouped $500,000 then Elvis would receive 50% of the profits. The movies were entitled “It Happened At the World’s Fair (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1963), Kissin’ Cousins (1964), and Girl Happy (1965)”. Contract # 8 – Allied Artists November 1963 Colonel Parker negotiated a “1 picture deal” and Elvis received $600,000 plus $150,000 for expenses and 50% of the profits. The movie was entitled “Tickle Me”. Contract # 9 – United Artists December 1964 Colonel Parker negotiated a “2 picture deal” with Elvis being paid $650,000 each. The movies were entitled “Frankie and Johnny (1966) and Clambake (1967)”. Contract # 10 – MGM December 1964 Parker negotiated another “3 picture deal” with MGM. Elvis was to receive a total compensation of one million dollars for the first movie paid out (a) with a lump sum of $ 750,000.00 and (b) the remaining balance of $ 250,000.00 paid out over the course of (5) five years at $ 1,000.00 per week. Additionally, Elvis received 40% of the profits. The movies were entitled “Harum Scarum (1965), Spinout (1966), and Double Trouble (1967)”. Contract # 11 – MGM January 1966 MGM and the Colonel agreed to extend the 1964 contract for a “4 picture deal”. Elvis received $850,000 per picture and 50% of the profits. The 4 movies were entitled “Speedway (1967), Stay Away, Joe (1968), Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), and The Trouble With Girls (1968)”. Contract # 12 – Paramount April 1966 The Colonel entered into negotiations with Hal Wallis about a new contract for Elvis. Elvis received $500,000 per picture and with 20% of the profits. They negotiated for over 6 months before coming to terms which included the provision for a “1 picture deal” with no options for another. The movie was entitled “Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)”. Contract # 13 – National General November 1967 The Colonel worked out an agreement with National General for a “1 picture deal”. Elvis would receive $850,000 and 50% of the profits. In response to Elvis’ demand this movie, “Charro!” (1969) would not include any singing, by Elvis, other than the title song. Contract # 14 – NBC/Universal January 12, 1968 NBC Vice President Tom Sarnoff announced a deal with Colonel Parker for Elvis to have a “Christmas Television Special” sponsored by the Singer Sewing Company. Fortunately this infamous TV Special of 1968 would be Elvis performing before a live audience and reclaiming his throne as the “King of Rock and Roll” and the “King of Entertainment”. The deal included provisions for Elvis to make a movie with NBC’s subsidiary company Universal Studios. Elvis received $850,000 for the movie entitled “Change of Habit (1969)” and another $25,000 for the music in the film. Contract # 15 – MGM April 1970 Colonel Parker worked out a deal with MGM for Elvis’ first “live onstage documentary” . The setting would be of Elvis Las Vegas Concerts. Elvis was paid $500,000. The movie was entitled “Elvis That’s the Way It Is” and was released in November 1970. Contract #16 – MGM March 1972 Just a month prior to Elvis’s 15 city tour in April 1972 the Colonel put together a deal with MGM for another documentary. Elvis reportedly received $1 million for his thirty-third and final motion picture entitled “Elvis on Tour”.

Elvis Presley 78th birthday January 8, 2013 (by Jeff Schrembs)


On January 8, 2013 Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 78th birthday.

While I acknowledge this date my thoughts, and prayers, go out to those who; knew, loved, worked with, were related to, etc. Elvis (onstage and off).

Here are a few facts about what Elvis did on some of his birthdays:

Elvis turned 20 on January 8, 1955: Elvis was in Shreveport, Louisiana (for his eighth appearance on the Louisiana Hayride and he sang four songs; “That’s All Right,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Hearts of Stone,” and “Fool, Fool, Fool”). His third record on the Sun label, “Milkcow Blues Boogie” / “You’re a Heartbreaker,” had been released 10 days earlier.

Elvis turned 21 on January 8, 1956:  Elvis flew home to Memphis on his birthday. He was asleep that morning when Colonel Parker called to wish him a happy 21st. Just two days later Elvis would record “Heartbreak Hotel” in New York City.

Elvis turned 22 on January 8, 1957: Elvis had just appeared for his third and last time on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 6th, Elvis spent his birthday at home in Memphis with his parents. On the same day the Memphis Draft Board announced that Elvis has been classified 1A for the draft. In theatres: Love Me Tender. On the Top 100: “Love Me Tender” at #3.

Elvis turned 23 on January 8, 1958: This would be the last birthday that Elvis would spend with his beloved mother (Gladys Love {Smith} Presley) who (sadly) would die on August 14, 1958. Elvis spent his birthday At Graceland, Elvis posed for photos with March of Dimes poster child, eight-year-old Mary Kosloski. Later that day a party was given to Elvis as he was scheduled to leave two days later for Hollywood to start work on King Creole. In theatres: Jailhouse Rock. On the Top 100: “Jailhouse Rock” at #3.

Elvis turned 24 on January 8, 1959: Having been drafted into the US Army this is the first birthday Elvis had ever spent out of the United States. Elvis celebrated his birthday in the army at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim, Germany. On the Hot 100: “One Night” at #5 and “I Got Stung” at #14.

Elvis turned 25 on January 8, 1960: Elvis agreed, and did, a publicized telephone interview with Dick Clark the host of  American Bandstand show. Priscilla Beaulieu, who Elvis had recently met in Germany, was among 200 guests who attend a birthday party for Elvis at a local recreation center. Four days later, Elvis left for Paris on a 12-day leave. Elvis’ honorable discharge, from the US Army, was 57 days away and Elvis wondered if his career (i.e. music, and in the movies) could be “restarted”.

Elvis turned 26 on January 8, 1961: Since Elvis’ birthday was on  a Sunday a  party in his honor took place on the set of Wild in the Country on Friday, January 6. The cast and crew gave Elvis a plaque reading, “Happy Birthday, King Karate.” In theatres: Flaming Star. On the Hot 100: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” at #1. (It would be the only time during his career that Elvis had a record at the top of the Billboard pop chart on his birthday.)

Elvis turned 27 on January 8, 1962: Elvis was away from home for his birthday in Las Vegas. Sahara Hotel owner Milton Prell, a friend of Colonel Parker, provided Elvis with a large cake. In theatres: Blue Hawaii. On the Hot 100: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” at #5.

Elvis turned 28 on January 8, 1963: Elvis spent his birthday with Priscilla, who had flown in from Germany for a Christmas visit at Graceland. She would head back to Germany three days later, after Elvis and Elvis’ father Vernon Presley, had tried (but failed)  to convince her parents to extend her visit. In theatres: Girls! Girls! Girls! On the Hot 100: “Return to Sender” at #8.

Elvis turned 29 on January 8, 1964: Elvis spent the last birthday in his twenties with family and friends at Graceland. Four days later he traveled to Nashville for a recording session that produced “Ask Me,” “Memphis,” and “It Hurts Me.” In theatres: Fun in Acapulco.

Elvis turned 30 on January 8, 1965: Elvis stayed at Graceland and celebrated his birthday privately.  In theatres: Roustabout.

Elvis turned 33 on January 8, 1966:  Elvis went to the movies at the Memphian Theater (note: Elvis would pay the owner a certain amount to make the entire theatre available to him, complete with concession stands, and his party to watch movies) and watched the comedy named ”It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. In theatres: Harum Scarum. On the Hot 100: “Puppet on a String” at #21.

Elvis turned 32 on January 8, 1967: This was Elvis’ last birthday as a “single man” as he would marry Priscilla in May. Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires visited Elvis on his birthday at Graceland. Elvis was in the midst of a horse-buying spree. Five days before his birthday, he purchased three horses, including a registered palomino and a Tennessee walker. On January 9 he bought three more horses; black gelding, a buckskin mare, and a sorrel. The Graceland barn was being remodeled to house all the horses. In theatres: Spinout.

Elvis turned 33 on January 8, 1968: Elvis celebrated his birthday for the first time as a married man. He and Priscilla spent the evening at the Memphian theatre. Four days later Colonel Parker reached an agreement with NBC for a TV special to be aired at year’s end. In theatres: Clambake.

Elvis turned 34 on January 8, 1969: Elvis spent his birthday, which was the first birthday since he became a father to Lisa Marie (who was born in February of 1968)  with his family at Graceland. Plans were in the works for Elvis’s January recording session to be held at Chip Moman’s American Studio in Memphis instead of at the usual RCA Studio B in Nashville. On the Hot 100: “If I Can Dream” at #26.

Elvis turned 35 on January 8, 1970: Elvis and his family were in Los Angeles as Elvis prepared for his highly anticipated Las Vegas debut in February Las Vegas engagement at the International Hotel. Two days later Elvis began rehearsals at RCA’s studio on Sunset Boulevard. In theatres: Change of Habit. On the Hot 100: “Don’t Cry Daddy” at #15.

Elvis turned 36 on January 8, 1971: Elvis has a police radio installed in his Mercedes and buys an array of police equipment, including revolving blue lights, shoulder holsters, chemical weapons, and handcuffs.  The next day Elvis received an unexpected present. The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of the country’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1970. In theatres: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is. On the Hot 100: “There Goes My Everything” at #35.

Elvis turned 37 on January 8, 1972: One of the saddest birthday’s of Elvis life because his wife,  Priscilla , told Elvis 10 days earlier  that she was leaving him. Elvis flew girlfriend Joyce Bova into Memphis to spend his birthday with him at Graceland. Four days later Elvis flew to LA to prepare for his late-January opening at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Elvis turned 38 on January 8, 1973: Elvis was in Los Angeles prior to flying to Honolulu the next day. He had lost 25 pounds on a crash diet in preparation for his upcoming “Aloha From Hawaii” TV special concert on January 13. On the Hot 100: “Separate Ways” at #28.

Elvis turned 39 on January 8, 1974: The two mayors of Memphis, city and county, declare Elvis’ thirty-ninth birthday to be Elvis Presley Day, and both march in a parade down Elvis Presley Boulevard to Graceland. In Georgia governor Jimmy Carter issues a similar proclamation, in deference to Elvis’ five Atlanta performances in 1973.

Elvis turned 40 on January 8, 1975:  Elvis was at Graceland, and friends/family recall that he was “unavailable” spending the time in his room, while newspapers mocked him with headlines and stories like; “Elvis Fat and Forty” . A story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal noted that Elvis spent the day “in self-imposed seclusion” at Graceland. On the Hot 100: “Promised Land” at #38.

Elvis turns 41 on January 8, 1976: Elvis spent his birthday in a rental home at a Vail, Colorado, ski resort. With him were friend Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations. Elvis stayed secluded indoors during the day, emerging on the slopes only at night to ride a rented snowmobile.
Elvis turns 42 on January 8, 1977: Elvis celebrated the last birthday of his life in Palm Springs with girlfriend Ginger Alden and her sister Rosemary. On the Hot 100: “Moody Blue” at #5.

Jeff Schrembs


Elvis Presley New Year’s Eve 1955-1976

Elvis Presley & New Year’s Eve:

1955 – Elvis worked on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1956 – Elvis was scheduled to appear, on December 3, between 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Dewey Phillips’ Pop Shop which was Dewey Phillips’ new TV show in Memphis. Dewey Phillips was the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record at the bequest of Sam Phillips of Sun Records.

1957 – Elvis spent New Year’s at Graceland dealing with the reality that he was being drafted into the US Army having received his draft notice just 11 days earlier.

1958 – Elvis was living at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim.

1959 – It is believed that Elvis spent New Year’s Eve with Priscilla whom he had first met the previous September.


1960 – Elvis was in Hollywood filming Wild in the Country. Elvis flew home to Memphis a week before to be come for the holidays. He returned to Hollywood on January 2nd to resume filming.

1961 – Elvis was in Hollywood completing work on Kid Galahad as of December 20th. For some reason Elvis opted to spend the holidays in Las Vegas.

1962 – Elvis began having New Year’s Eve Parties which would continue throughout the 1960’s. While at Graceland Elvis, and friends, lit off fireworks and then Elvis hosted a party at Memphis’s “Manhattan Club” for over 200 lucky family, friends, and fans.

1963 – Elvis watched movies, with Priscilla who now was living full time in Memphis, at the Memphian Theater (which Elvis had rented out for the evening).


1964 – Elvis hosted a party at the Manhattan Club in Memphis.

1965 – Elvis hosted a party at the Manhattan Club in Memphis.

1966 – Elvis hosted a party at the Manhattan Club in Memphis.

1967 – Elvis hosted a party at the Thunderbird Lounge in Memphis.

1968 – Elvis hosted a party at the Thunderbird Lounge in Memphis.

1969 – Elvis hosted a party at TJ’s club in Memphis.

1970 – Elvis was in Washington DC getting a special tour of FBI headquarters and then flew home to host a party at TJ’s club in Memphis.


1971 – Elvis held a private party at Graceland.

1972 – Elvis relationship with Priscilla was failing and he was losing weight, and rehearsing, for his infamous 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert/television broadcast.

1973 – Elvis spent a quiet time at Graceland.

1974 – Elvis was at Graceland dealing with health issues.  

1975 – Elvis appeared at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan before an estimated crowd of 60,000.  

1976 – This would (sadly) be Elvis’ last New Year’s Eve and he spent it onstage at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh before an estimated crowd of 16,049. At midnight Elvis sang “Auld Lang Syne’.

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