Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   January 1, 1958 (Wednesday)

Jimmie Rodgers Snow, a close friend of Elvis', and fellow performer from the early Jamboree "tours" , arrived in Memphis for a visit. Elvis invited him to stay after bumping into him back stage at the "Opry" last month. 

The Colonel sent a telegram to Vernon Presley explaining the pressure he was receiving from Hal Wallis to get "The Blue Moon Boys" out to Hollywood on January 6. He also encouraged that they learn the music before they arrive in California to save time. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 2, 1958 (Thursday)

Elvis had been complaining to Colonel Parker of being bothered by requests for local appearances. He didn't want this kind of harassment, and thought he should be shielded from such pressure. The Colonel wrote a letter to Elvis, lecturing him on his responsibilities of being a big "Star". 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                January 3, 1958 (Friday)

Bill Bullock suggested to RCA that they produce a "Classical" Album using Elvis' songs. Colonel Parker rejected the idea saying it sounds like a "Side show medicine pitch" and also that it would be unfair to classical music in general, and to Elvis. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 4, 1958 (Saturday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 5, 1958 (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 6, 1958 (Monday)

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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #15

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys:

"The Story of My Life" by Marty Robbins.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #8

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Raunchy" by Ernie Freeman.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #10

The Top 100: 

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Loving You" by Elvis Presley. #96

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Merry Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

"Elvis' Christmas Album" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Loving You" by Elvis Presley. #16

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Warm" by Johnny Mathis.

"Elvis' Christmas Album" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis Sings Christmas Songs" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Loving You - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #6

The Billboard charts now reflected that artists were now appearing in any category and not being confined to any particular musical genre. R&B artists were challenging in the popular and country markets. C&W and Pop artists now appeared more regularly in the R&B chart.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 7, 1958 (Tuesday)

Elvis enjoyed his 23rd Birthday a day early with a party among friends who included Anita Wood, Cliff Gleaves, Lamar Fike, George Klein, Alan Fortas, Earl Greenwood and others. (video)

RCA shipped their latest Elvis single. The cover was from a publicity photo shoot taken by photographer Frank Powolny back in September 1956.

Songs: "Don't"/"I Beg of You" (20/47-7150)

RCA Victor (47-7150)

RCA Victor (20-7150)

23rd Birthday (silent footage)

Audio: "Raunchy" by Bill Justis and "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    January 8, 1958 (Wednesday)

Eight year old Mary Koloski, who was a "March of Dimes" poster girl, had her picture taken with Elvis on the stairs just inside Graceland, after waiting for him for two hours. (photos)

 

After his twenty third Birthday party at Graceland, Elvis asked Alan Fortas to accompany him to California.  Earlier in the week Elvis had "fired" Cliff Gleaves and Lamar Fike after arguing with them over a game of Badminton. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 9, 1958 (Thursday)

Memphis DJ, Dewey Phillips was fired from his new midnight television show "Pop Shop" after he encouraged his "sidekick" Harry Fritzius to "fondle" a life size cut-out of Jayne Mansfield on air.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 10, 1958 (Friday)

Elvis took a train to Los Angeles along with Alan Fortas, Gene Smith, and the now forgiven Cliff Gleaves and Bitsy Mott. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 11, 1958 (Saturday)

Crowds of fans lined up at every train station on the way to Los Angeles, after Colonel Parker "leaked" information to radio D.J's, of Elvis' train route. 

Bill for $350.00 from Chenault's drive-in for food purchased between November 23, 1957 to January 8, 1958. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 12, 1958 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 13, 1958 (Monday)

Elvis arrived in California to begin pre-production of his second movie for Paramount Pictures. Working Titles used were: "A Stone for Danny Fisher", "Sing, You Sinners" and "Danny"It was based on the novel "A Stone For Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins, and would co-star Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Carolyn Jones and once again, Dolores Hart. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz. 

KING CREOLE

(Paramount) (1958)

Walter Matthau

Vic Morrow

Michael Curtiz 

Dean Jagger

Carolyn Jones

Paul Stewart

Jan Shepard

Dolores Hart

Liliane Montevecchi

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #25

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys:

"The Story of My Life" by Marty Robbins.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #9

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Raunchy" by Ernie Freeman.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #11

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #12

The Top 100: 

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley. #92

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Elvis' Christmas Album" by Elvis Presley.

"Loving You" by Elvis Presley. #17

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"'S Marvelous" by Ray Conniff.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis Sings Christmas Songs" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Loving You - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #10

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 14, 1958 (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 15, 1958 (Wednesday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"A Stone for Danny Fisher"/"Danny"

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (9:00 am - 1:20 pm) (2:20 pm - 5:40 pm)

Producer: Walter Scharf.

Engineer(s): Thorne Nogar, Wally Kamin.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Electric Bass: Neal Matthews - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley Brooks - Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner - Clarinet: Mahlon Clark - Tenor Saxophone: Justin Gordon - Tuba & Bass: Ray Siegel - Trombone: Elmer Schneider - Bongos: Gordon Stoker - Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis began work on the soundtrack for "Sing You Sinners"/"Danny" at Radio Recorders. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller  who have written several songs for the movie are in charge and Elvis appreciates their input. Blanche Thomas sang the "Turtles" vocal on "Turtles, Berries & Gumbo". The other parts were sung by unknown artists. 

Songs recorded: "Turtles, Berries & Gumbo", "Hard Headed Woman", "Trouble", "New Orleans", "King Creole" (alternate) and "Crawfish". (duet with Kitty White) (audio)

Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
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Trouble - Elvis Presley
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New Orleans - Elvis Presley
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King Creole (Alt) - Elvis Presley
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Crawfish - Elvis Presley/Kitty White
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 16, 1958 (Thursday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"A Stone for Danny Fisher"/"Danny"

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Producer: Walter Scharf.

Engineer(s): Thorne Nogar, Wally Kamin.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Electric Bass: Neal Matthews - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley Brooks - Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner - Clarinet: Mahlon Clark - Tenor Saxophone: Justin Gordon - Tuba & Bass: Ray Siegel - Trombone: Elmer Schneider - Bongos: Gordon Stoker - Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Soundtrack recording continued. Present at the session were Movie Producer, Hal Wallis. Director, Michael Curtiz. Charles O'Curran, Choreographer.

Songs recorded: "Dixieland Rock", "Lover Doll", "Don't Ask Me Why", "As Long As I Have You", "Steadfast, Loyal and True" (unused movie version) (audio)

Dixieland Rock - Elvis Presley
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Lover Doll (Solo) - Elvis Presley
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Don't Ask Me Why - Elvis Presley
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As Long As I Have You - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 17, 1958 (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 18, 1958 (Saturday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 19, 1958 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 20, 1958 (Monday)

This was the original date that Elvis was supposed to be drafted into the U.S. Army.

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"A Stone for Danny Fisher"/"Danny"

Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

Principal photography started on "Sing, You Sinners"/"Danny".

A New Orleans balcony was reconstructed at Paramount for the opening scene where Danny sang "Crawfish" to street vendor

Kitty White. Elvis in discussion with choreographer Charles O'Curran about the scene. (photo)

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #18

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"The Story of My Life" by Marty Robbins.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys:

"The Story of My Life" by Marty Robbins.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #14

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Raunchy" by Bill Justis.

"Baby I Don't Care" by Elvis Presley. #14 (EP)

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"April Love" by Pat Boone.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #13

The Top 100: 

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Ricky" by Ricky Nelson.

"Loving You" by Elvis Presley. #13

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"'S Marvelous" by Ray Conniff.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

"Loving You - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Just For You" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Elvis - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #9 (Double EP)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        January 21, 1958 (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"Danny".

Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

Filming continued with the "Kitchen Scene" between Danny, his older sister Mimi and his father. In between takes Elvis shared a

joke with co-star Jan Shepard. (photo)

Scene 18

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 22, 1958 (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"Danny".

Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

Filming continued.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 23, 1958 (Thursday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: - Paramount "Sing, You Sinners"/"Danny"

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (8:00 am - 11:00 am) (11:00 pm - 12:30

am)

Producer: Walter Scharf.

Engineer(s): Thorne Nogar, Wally Kamin.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Electric Bass: Neal Matthews - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley Brooks - Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner - Clarinet: Mahlon Clark - Tenor Saxophone: Justin Gordon - Tuba & Bass: Ray Siegel - Trombone: Warren Smith - Percussion: Bernie Mattinson - Bongos: Gordon Stoker - Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Soundtrack recording continued.

Elvis re-recorded Leiber and Stoller's "King Creole" which was now being strongly considered as the title track for the movie. The two songwriters were not present, having returned to New York at the conclusion of recording on the 16th thinking their job was done. Elvis wanted Leiber and Stoller to be present at his next recording session and told Tom Diskin that he was prepared to re-schedule if necessary.

Elvis with Scotty, Bill, D.J. and the Jordanaires, rehearsed two new songs for an upcoming RCA session, they were "My Wish Came True" (as previously promised to it's songwriter, Ivory Joe Hunterand "Doncha' Think It's Time"


RCA was desperate to get Elvis into the recording studio before he was inducted so RCA could be assured of a steady stream of new releases available during his two year tour of duty.

Songs recorded: "King Creole" (revised version), "Young Dreams", "King Creole(main title instrumental version), "Banana"(Liliane Montevecchi), "My Wish Came True" (Try-out), "Doncha' Think It's Time" (Try-out) (audio)