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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)

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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". 

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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. 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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"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)

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"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)

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RCA Victor (47-7150)

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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. 

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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.

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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.