Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             March 1, 1958 (Saturday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

Train en route to New Orleans.

Red West joined Elvis while he was on leave from the Marines. They joined the cast and crew of the film in New Orleans for a week of location shooting. They stayed on the tenth floor of the Roosevelt Hotel, just a block from the french quarter. Just before they arrived in New Orleans, the Mayor proclaimed "Elvis Presley Day" in New Orleans, and a riot nearly broke out as fans arrived to try and catch a glimpse of him. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 2, 1958 (Sunday)

The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Location shooting for the film began in New Orleans' French Quarter, and the film company stayed in New Orleans until March 11th.

The "Crawfish" scene with Kitty White and her donkey was filmed in the French Quarter. (photos)

"Crawfish" production number.

A letter from Colonel Parker to Stephen Sholes detailed the work that went into creating the album art for the "King Creole" soundtrack album. (photo)

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MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

Lake Pontchartrain Shack, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Location shooting moved to Lake Pontchartrain, where Elvis and Carolyn Jones filmed Ronnie's death scene.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        March 5, 1958 (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             March 6, 1958 (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

Jackson Square Park, The French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole". with the Danny and Nellie park bench scene. It rained for most of the day and an umbrella was needed. (photo) 

Scene 158

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    March 7, 1958 (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              March 8, 1958 (Saturday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 9, 1958 (Sunday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             March 10, 1958 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Filming continued on "King Creole".

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"Elvis - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #10

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MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

Frank Senne's Moulin Rouge, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Elvis and Kitty Dolan attended the "King Creole" cast party organised by Hal Wallis. He was interviewed by "Columnist" Vernon Scott and

stated that the Army "Can't be as bad as the merry-go-round he has been on for the last two years".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     March 12, 1958 (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - Paramount "King Creole".

Paramount Commisary, Paramount Studios, 

Colonel Parker, Hal Wallis, Dolores Hart and Valerie Allen (photos) attended an army farewell party for Elvis. He later left

Paramount to board a train for Dallas, Texas.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           March 13, 1958 (Thursday)

Elvis travelled to Dallas by train.

RCA's Steve Sholes wrote to Elvis recommending that he listen to a demo of his next two sides. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 14, 1958 (Friday)

Elvis and the gang got off the train in Dallas and rented a string of Cadillacs, for the 500 mile drive to Memphis. When they arrived at Graceland, a reporter asked Elvis how his parents felt about him going into the Army, and Elvis said that his mother was very upset about it. When asked if his popularity will fade while he was away, Elvis responded "That's the sixty four dollar question, I wish I knew"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 15, 1958 (Saturday)

No information.

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No information.

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At Pop Tunes, just around the corner from Lauderdale Courts and his old home on Alabama Street, Elvis bought some records.

"Looking Back"/"Just for the Fun of it" by Nat (King) Cole, "A Wonderful Time Up There"/"It's too Soon to Know" by Pat Boone, "Sweet Little Darlin'"/"It's Never Quite the Same" by Jo Stafford, "Oh Lonesome Me"/"I Can't Stop Loving You" by Don Gibson, and "Maybe"/"Come My Little Baby" by the Chantels.

At "Jims" Barber Shop, in downtown Memphis, Elvis got a haircut in preparation for his Army induction. 

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"Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como.

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"I Beg of You" by Elvis Presley. #51

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #78

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"The Music Man" by Original Cast.

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"Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra.

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"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

"Elvis - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #7

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Elvis and Anita went to a local auto dealer to look at some cars. (photo)

He was named a "Kernel" by Popcorn tycoon Jim Blevens, due to the fact that his films have sold more popcorn than any other in 1956 and 1957. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 20, 1958 (Thursday)

RCA hoped Elvis would do some informal recording while he is serving in the Army, so they offered to supply him with some Recording Equipment to use as a Home Studio.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 21, 1958 (Friday)

Elvis bought Anita a 1956 Ford as a gift.

RCA Victor (LPM-1707)

RCA left with no new material despite Steve Sholes numerous attempts to get Elvis into the studio, released their latest Elvis album, a compilation of fourteen of his biggest hits to date.

"Elvis' Golden Records" (LPM-1707) The front cover used was a publicity photo from "Jailhouse Rock".

 

Songs:

Side 1: "Hound Dog"/"Loving You"/"All Shook Up"/"Heartbreak Hotel"/"Jailhouse Rock"/"Love Me"/"Too Much.

Side 2: "Don't Be Cruel"/"That's When Your Heartaches Begin"/"Teddy Bear"/"Love Me Tender"/"Treat Me Nice"/"Any Way You Want Me"/"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 22, 1958 (Saturday)

For the past week, Elvis has rented the Rainbow Rollerdrome after its closing time, for skating parties. At one of these Elvis met Sonny West, a cousin of Red. Colonel Parker wrote to RCA's Bill Bullock, thanking him for the present of a Television set for his wife Marie. He also said Elvis was very thankful for the recording equipment and couldn't wait to get it set up. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               March 23, 1958 (Sunday)

Elvis, Anita and some friends went to see "Sing, Boy, Sing" starring Tommy Sands and Nick Adams. After the movie they went Roller-Skating.
Elvis didn't go to bed all night. There was no question what was on his mind.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              March 24, 1958 (Monday)

ARMY INDUCTION

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

At 6.35 a.m. accompanied by Anita wood, Judy Spreckles and his parents, Elvis reported to the draft board at 198 South Main Street. He then joined twelve other recruits on a bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital. (video)

ARMY INDUCTION

Kennedy Veteran's Hospital, Park Avenue and Getwell, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Elvis was assigned the serial number 533 10761, and after the medical, he was inducted along with Timothy

Christopher Jr, Gilmore Daniel, Farley R. Guy (an old childhood friend from the courts) Louis G. Hern, Wallace J. Hoover,

Robert T. Maharrey, Alex E. Moore, William C. Montague, William R. Norvell, James Payne Jr, Nathaniel Wigginson and Rex Mansfield. Private Presley was put in charge of the group.

Outside, his family and friends anxiously waited to say goodbye to him. (video) Elvis returned to the bus which would then take him to Fort Chaffee in Arkansas, where he would undergo further processing.  They made a stop in West Memphis at Earl's Hot Biscuits for coffee. The driver and new recruits got off the bus to eat while Elvis had to stay on the bus because of his fans.

ARMY INDUCTION

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

 

Again the bus stopped for food at a place called Roy Fisher's Steak House in North Little Rock. Elvis had to go in

through the back door and met with everyone in a private dining room. Elvis and his fellow recruits arrived at

Fort Chaffee around 11:15 pm. Elvis stopped for a brief interview (video) while Colonel Parker and the media had clearance to follow them into the base. At a nearby supply building they were supplied with blankets and pillows. Corporal John D. Smith then brought the new G.I's to their barracks and showed them how you made a bed army style.

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"Tequila" by the Champs.

"Don't" by Elvis Presley. #10

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"Don't" by Elvis Presley. #8

"I Beg of You" by Elvis Presley. #59

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #96

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"The Music Man" by Original Cast.

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"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

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Elvis was interviewed by Jim Kell just as he arrived at Fort Chaffee

Army Induction

(audio: "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry - "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" by Johnny Cash)

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ARMY PROCESSING

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

 

At Fort Chaffee Elvis got his G.I. standard issue "buzz-cut by Army barber, James Peterson, in front of fifty five reporters and photographers. "Hair today, gone tomorrow" he quipped. He was called back in when he forgot to

pay the sixty-five cent fee.

Elvis was also issued with his olive drab uniform, fatigues, boots, socks, underwear, rain gear and a duffel bag to carry it all in. By the end of the day he was assigned to the Second Armored Division's "Hell On Wheels" unit (formerly led by General George Patton) stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Army Induction

(audio: "Lollipop, Lollipop" by the Chordettes - "Oh Lonesome Me" by Don Gibson - "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     March 26, 1958 (Wednesday)

ARMY PROCESSING

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

 

Their time at Fort Chaffee would be spent under the supervision of Sergeant Francis Johnson. The group undertook both written and oral tests. Elvis was given his medical inoculations (typhoid, tetanus and Asian flu) by Sgt. Calvin Rhodes. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 27, 1958 (Thursday)

ARMY PROCESSING

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

 

Ed Herlihy narrated for this Universal Newsreel Vol 35, release no.25 (video)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 28, 1958 (Friday)

ARMY TRANSPORT from FORT CHAFFEE, ARKANSAS to FORT HOOD, KILLEEN, TEXAS (3:00 am to 4:00 pm)

En route to Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

 

Seven of the original 13 inductees were loaded on to buses and sent to various military training bases around

the country. the remaing six - Alex Moore, Nathaniel Wigginson, Wallace Hoover, Rex Mansfield and William

Norvell were sent to Fort Hood along with Elvis. An original stop off for food in Waxahachie had to be postponed

to avoid over 400 waiting fans. (Parker's doing) Around 1:30 pm with everybody hungry, the military transport

stopped halfway between Dallas and Waco for lunch in Hillsboro, Texas. A riot broke out after Elvis was recognised. At around 4:00 pm they arrived at Fort Hood where Information Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Marjorie Schulten declared Elvis "Off-limits" to the press from tomorrow. Colonel Parker, who was always readily available to the media surrendered to a superior authority. "Well Colonel," he said, "you're the boss."

 

Elvis joined Company A, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 37th Armor, 2nd Armored Division to complete basic and advanced basic military training which was to be completed on September 17, 1958. Full training did not start for four weeks to allow for the rest of the 220 inductees to get processed through the system. Every new recruit was given $20 in cash for toiletries and other needs.

Tonight's episode of "The Phil Silvers Show" on CBS Television was titled "Rock 'n' Roll Rookie", and was a parody of Elvis joining up. The rockin' "rookie" was called Elvin Pelvin.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 29, 1958 (Saturday)

BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

 

Master Sergeant Henry Coley instructed Private Presley how to salute Captain H. J. King at Fort Hood Army Base. (photos by George Wilburn Davis)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          March 30, 1958 (Sunday)

BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              March 31, 1958 (Monday)

BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

 

5: 00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call, Daily exercises, marching, kitchen patrol (KP), guard duty and orientation.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Freetime, lights Out, Bed Roll Call

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"Don't" by Elvis Presley. #10

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"Don't" by Elvis Presley. #5

"I Beg of You" by Elvis Presley. #90

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #92

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"The Music Man" by Original Cast.

"Loving You" by Elvis Presley. #24

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra.

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"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

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

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