Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        December 1, 1958 (Monday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition.

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HOT 100:

"To Know Him, Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #7

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #8

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"City Lights" by Ray Price.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"Topsy II" by Cozy Cole.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #17

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Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #8

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #9

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"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

"King Creole" by Elvis Presley. #9

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Only the Lonely" by Frank Sinatra.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"King Creole - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley.

"King Creole - Vol. 2" by Elvis Presley. #2

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 2, 1958 (Tuesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

It is widely reported that Elvis was first introduced to amphetamines during his army stint. Apparently

sergeants regularly gave these pills to GI's to keep them energised and prevent them falling asleep on duty.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                               December 3, 1958 (Wednesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 4, 1958 (Thursday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           December 5, 1958 (Friday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 6, 1958 (Saturday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        December 7, 1958 (Sunday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        December 8, 1958 (Monday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"To Know Him, Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #5

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"City Lights" by Ray Price.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"A Lover's Question" by Clyde McPhatter.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #12

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Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #5

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

"King Creole" by Elvis Presley. #17

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Voices in Love" by the Four Freshmen.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"King Creole - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley.

"King Creole - Vol. 2" by Elvis Presley. #2

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 9, 1958 (Tuesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 10, 1958 (Wednesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 December 11, 1958 (Thursday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 12, 1958 (Friday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  December 13, 1958 (Saturday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

 

 

Colonel Parker suggested an idea for a movie to Hal Wallis. It would be set in Hawaii, since, the Colonel wrote,

Hawaiian music looked as though it may be the coming trend and there was no question that Elvis has the voice

for it. The story concerned a gang of unscrupulous promoters who conned Elvis into singing with some native Hawaiians while all the while surreptitiously recording him. The Colonel told Wallis he was also working on a second idea in which Elvis would play a foundling brought up by a band of gypsies who traveled around and slept outdoors - which would give Elvis a chance to play the kind of rugged character he would be good at. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 14, 1958 (Sunday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 15, 1958 (Monday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"To Know Him, Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #4

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"City Lights" by Ray Price.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Lonely Teardrops" by Jackie Wilson.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #30

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #3

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

"King Creole" by Elvis Presley. #17

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Voices in Love" by the Four Freshmen.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"King Creole - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley.

"King Creole - Vol. 2" by Elvis Presley. #2

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 16, 1958 (Tuesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 17, 1958 (Wednesday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Colonel Parker told Elvis that the single "One Night" had sold over 1,250,000 copies. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 December 18, 1958 (Thursday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 19, 1958 (Friday)

U.S. Army Training Area, Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, West Germany.

 

 

Field Maneuvers: Weapon Proficiency using live ammunition. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  December 20, 1958 (Saturday)

The Hotel Grunewald, Terrassenstrasse 10, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

 

 

Elvis returned to Bad Nauheim after finishing maneuvers in Grafenwöhr, just before he left he asked Elisabeth Stefaniak's

parents id it would be possible for her to come to Bad Nauheim and work for him as his live-in secretary. He told them that he needed help from someone who could speak, read and write both German and English to answer the stacks of fan mail that was being forwarded to Germany, by Colonel Parker. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     December 21, 1958 (Sunday)

Glöckler BMW Dealership, Frankfurt, West Germany.

 

 

Elvis hired a used white BMW 507 roadster sports car, (photo) which he actually thought he was buying, and by this time had already acquired a black Mercedes Sedan, and a Volkswagen Beetle, which Red and Lamar used. 

BMW 507

PRIVATE HOME RECORDINGS  (Exact Date Unknown) (were these songs even recorded in one session?)

The Hotel Grunewald, Terrassenstrasse 10, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

 

Over the Christmas period, Elvis and his friends fooled around with the new tape recorder, that Vernon had bought, they taped themselves messing around while they sang old favorites, current hits, and new titles supplied by Freddy Bienstock. (audio) **These were home recordings made on domestic equipment and not intended for public use**

(I have separated the tracks for convenience.)

Tape Reel: (Guitar)

01: I'm Beginning to Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
02: I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
03: Mona Lisa - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
04: I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
05: Guitar Piece - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
06: Danny Boy - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
07: Danny Boy - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
08: Danny Boy - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
09: Loving You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
10: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Rex Mansfield?
00:00 / 00:00
11: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
12: Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Loving You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
13: Loving You - Unknown Artist
00:00 / 00:00
14: Lamar Fike Radio Commercials - Lamar Fike
00:00 / 00:00
15: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Cliff Gleaves
00:00 / 00:00
16: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
17: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
18: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
19: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
20: I'm Beginning To Forget You - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 22, 1958 (Monday)

Ray Barracks, 61169 Friedberg, Hessen, West Germany.

 

 

No information.

Steve Sholes wrote to Colonel Parker about his preferences about song selection for the next single.

He suggested coupling "A Big Hunk O' Love" with "A Fool Such As I" and also classed "I Need Your Love Tonight" as a strong candidate. He thought that "When It Rains, It Really Pours", "My Wish Came True" and "Tell Me Why" as particularly weak songs and not performed well by Elvis, which Col. Parker took a note of. (photo)

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"The Chipmunk Song" David Seville & the Chipmunks.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #6

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"City Lights" by Ray Price.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #29

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Lonely Teardrops" by Jackie Wilson.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #21

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"To Know Him, Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears.

"One Night" by Elvis Presley. #5

"I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

"King Creole" by Elvis Presley. #19

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"King Creole - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley.

"King Creole - Vol. 2" by Elvis Presley. #2

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 23, 1958 (Tuesday)

Ray Barracks, 61169 Friedberg, Hessen, West Germany.

 

 

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 24, 1958 (Wednesday)

Ray Barracks, 61169 Friedberg, Hessen, West Germany.

 

 

Elvis helped to decorate the Company's Christmas tree, and entertained the other soldiers with a rendition of "Silent Night"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  December 25, 1958 (Thursday)

The Hotel Grunewald, Terrassenstrasse 10, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

Elvis and his "extended" family celebrated Christmas at the Hotel Grunewald, and he received a gift of an electric guitar from Vernon.

 

Colonel Parker sends out a Christmas card on behalf of Elvis and himself, in which he is dressed in a red Santa suit, and Elvis is dressed in his Army uniform. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 26, 1958 (Friday)

The Hotel Grunewald, Terrassenstrasse 10, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

No information.

PRIVATE HOME RECORDINGS (Exact Date Unknown) (Were these songs even recorded in one session?)

The Hotel Grunewald, Terrassenstrasse 10, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

 

Over the Christmas period, Elvis and his friends fooled around with the new tape recorder, that Vernon had bought, they taped themselves messing around while they sang old favourites, current hits, and new titles supplied by Freddy Bienstock. (audio) **These were home recordings made on domestic equipment and not intended for public use**

(I have separated the tracks for convenience.)

Tape Reel: (Guitar)

01: He Knows Just What I Need #1 - Working On The Building - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
02: He Knows Just What I Need #2 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
03: He Knows Just What I Need #3 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
04: He Knows Just What I Need #4 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
05: He Knows Just What I Need #5 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
06: He Knows Just What I Need (ending) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
07: He Knows Just What I Need #7 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
08: He Knows Just What I Need #8 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
09: Reading The News - Unknown Artist
00:00 / 00:00
10: He Knows Just What I Need #9 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
11: He Knows Just What I Need #10 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
12: He Knows Just What I Need #11 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
13: He Knows Just What I Need #12 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
14: Cool Water - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
15: Like A Baby - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
16: His Hand In Mine - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
17: Young Love - Red West/Charlie Hodge
00:00 / 00:00
18: Her Hand In Mine #1 - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
19: Return To Me - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
20: Her Hand In Mine (ending) - Elvis Presley