Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    January 7, 1953 (Wednesday)

MOVING HOUSE - 698 Saffarans Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

The Presleys left Lauderdale Courts and moved to 698 Saffarans Street which was opposite Humes.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1953 (Thursday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 18th birthday in their new home on Saffarans Street.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 19, 1953 (Monday)

Memphis Draft Board 86, Manufacturers Merchandising Building,  198 South Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

like all good male citizens at the time you were required within thirty days of your 18th birthday to register for the U.S. Selective Service System. Under the draft system, young men of good health were expected to be available to serve in the military for two years of active duty and then four years in the reserves.

Elvis received his Selective Service No. 40-86-35-16. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                         March, 1953

MOVING HOUSE - 462 Alabama Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

The Presleys left 698 Saffarans Street and moved to 462 Alabama Street.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            March 26, 1953 (Thursday)

Elvis visited the Tennessee State Employment Security office, his address was listed as 462 Alabama. He filled out the form in pencil and noted under "leisure time activities": "Sings, playing ball, working on car, going to movies" and indicated that he would like to work as a machinist. At the end of the form, the interviewer noted that his appearance as a "rather flashily dressed 'playboy' type, has worked hard past three summers, wants a job dealing with people."

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    April 6, 1953 (Monday)

On a second visit to the Employment office Elvis stated that he had re-evaluated his professional ambitions and wanted to operate big lathes.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  April 9, 1953 (Thursday)

L.C. Humes High School, 659 North Manassas Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

The Humes High School Band presented it's annual "Minstrel Show" at 8 pm. Elvis was listed sixteenth on the bill as "Guitarist - Elvis Prestly". (photos)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           June 3, 1953 (Wednesday)

Ellis Auditorium, 225 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis graduated from Humes High and received his high school diploma at the Ellis Auditorium at 8.00 pm. He was the first member of his immediate family to do so. (photos)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             July 1, 1953 (Wednesday)

Elvis went to the Tennessee Employment Security Office once again, and stated that he must help his father "Work off financial obligation, and that he owned his own automobile". He was sent to M.B. Parker Company for a temporary job that paid 90 cents an hour, $36 a week where he worked as an assembler. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 July 18, 1953 (Saturday)

DEMO SESSION:

The Memphis Recording Service, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.        

Engineer:  Marion Keisker. 

Musicians:  Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley.

Elvis went into the Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue and made a two sided acetate at his own expense, around $4. Accompanied uncertainly, by his own guitar, he met Sam Phillips' assistant Marion Keisker who asked him, "What Kind of a singer are you?" Elvis replied, "I sing all kinds." Marion asked, "Who do you sound like?" Elvis responded, "I don't sound like nobody." He then sang the popular ballad "My Happiness" and the Ink Spot's "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"(audio)

Songs Recorded:

That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Elvis Presley
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My Happiness - Elvis Presley
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BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits:

"The Song from the Moulin Rouge" by Percy Faith.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Selling Singles:

"The Song from the Moulin Rouge" by Percy Faith.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"I'm Walking Behind You" by Eddie Fisher. 

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"I'm Walking Behind You" by Eddie Fisher. 

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

National Best Sellers:

"It's Been So Long" by Webb Pierce.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"You're Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams. 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Mexican Joe" by Jim Reeves.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

National Best Sellers:

"Clock" by Johnny Ace.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Help Me Somebody" by the Five Royales. 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Music For Lovers Only" by Jackie Gleason.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Music For Lovers Only" by Jackie Gleason.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           July 29, 1953 (Wednesday)

Elvis' temporary job as an assembler for M.B. Parker Company ran out. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 3, 1953 (Monday)

Elvis was at the Tennessee Employment Security Office once again, and expressed interest in obtaining a job where he can "Keep Clean". He was sent out for several interviews.  

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     August 5, 1953 (Wednesday)

Elvis went for an interview for a job at Sears Roebuck, but was not hired. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 6, 1953 (Thursday)

Elvis applied for several jobs including a delivery boy position and working in Kroger's grocery store. again he was not hired. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                August 21, 1953 (Friday)

Number one selling Country artist, Eddy Arnold, let his manager Colonel Tom Parker go. As Parker's only single client, Arnold's letter comes out of the blue, and left Parker emotionally shaken and at a professionally loose end. A relatively amicable financial settlement , however, left him with some of Arnold's bookings. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    September 21, 1953 (Monday)

Elvis returned to work at Precision Tool as a sander. His was paid $1.55 per hour.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 September 24, - October 4, 1953

Elvis went to the Mid-South Fair in Memphis with his cousin Gene Smith. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 25, 1953 (Friday)

The Presleys celebrated Christmas on Alabama Street.

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