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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #18

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"Blue Blue Day" by Don Gibson.

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"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #22

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"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #26

"Don't Ask Me Why" by Elvis Presley. #70

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"Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1" by Van Cliburn.

"Elvis' Golden Records" by Elvis Presley. #15

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

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

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RCA started to promote their new "Living Stereo" releases on LP, EP and Tape Cartridge. (photo)

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

 

Colonel Parker made plans for Elvis to do another Press Conference to mark his departure for Germany, like the one staged for his induction into the Army.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

Presley Residence, 605 Oak Hill Drive, Killeen, Texas.

No information.

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

Presley Residence, 605 Oak Hill Drive, Killeen, Texas.

No information.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #21

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #12

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"Alone With You" by Faron Young.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #16

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Best Sellers in Stores:

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"Little Star" by the Elegants.

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Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #27

The Hot 100:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #56

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"Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1" by Van Cliburn.

"Elvis' Golden Records" by Elvis Presley. #12

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Stardust" by Pat Boone.

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

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

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

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #10

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

 

Colonel Parker wrote a thank you letter to Trude Forsher who was back in Los Angeles.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

 

Elvis received his orders that he was being assigned to the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division. Also known as the Spearhead Division whose motto was "Victory Or Death". (photos)

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

Presley Residence, 605 Oak Hill Drive, Killeen, Texas.

No information.

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

Presley Residence, 605 Oak Hill Drive, Killeen, Texas.

No information.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #26

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #11

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Alone With You" by Faron Young.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #16

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Little Star" by the Elegants.

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"Little Star" by the Elegants.

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Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #27

The Hot 100:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #78

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"South Pacific" Soundtrack.

"Elvis' Golden Records" by Elvis Presley. #21

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Swing Softly" by Johnny Mathis.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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

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

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

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

"Elvis - Vol. I" by Elvis Presley. #9

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Roll Call. Training Duties: Marching, Close Combat Training.

7:00 pm: Head back to Presley residence at 605 Oak Hill Drive.

Elvis completed his "Basic Unit Training".

 

Vernon Presley and Lamar Fike had their passport photos taken, as they would be joining Elvis in Germany along with Elvis' Grandmother Minnie Mae and Red West, who had just been released from the Marines.

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

Presley Residence, 605 Oak Hill Drive, Killeen, Texas.

 

Elvis spent an emotional last night in Killeen. With him were his father, Vernon, Anita Wood?, Eddie Fadal, Lamar Fike, Red West, Earl Greenwood, Frances Forbes, Junior and Gene Smith along with several of his fan club Presidents. 

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

ADVANCED BASIC ARMY TRAINING 

Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

 

Elvis left Fort Hood at 7.30pm on a troop train bound for the Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York. There were another three trains traveling an hour apart. The four trains in total carried 1,360 troops. They were going to the western side of the East-West German border.

RCA released the soundtrack album to Elvis' new movie.

"King Creole" (LPM-1884)

This ten track LP had the overdubbed version of "Lover Doll" the EP had the undubbed recording. The front cover used a reversed image of the first EP.

Songs:

Side 1: "King Creole", "As Long As I Have You", "Hard Headed Woman", "Trouble", "Dixieland Rock".

Side 2: "Don't Ask Me Why", "Lover Doll", "Crawfish", "Young Dreams", "Steadfast, Loyal and True", "New Orleans".

RCA Victor (LPM-1884)

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

At a scheduled refuelling of the train in Memphis, several friends met up with Elvis, that included Alan Fortas and George Klein. George introduced him to Janie Wilbanks from Mississippi Just before they left Elvis gave a kiss to Lilian Portnoy. (photo)

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

Another soldier on the train gave Elvis a copy of "Poems That Touch The Heart", and it proved to be a source of consolation to Elvis on the long journey. Somewhere in New Jersey or Delaware, Elvis met another soldier, Charlie Franklin Hodge, from Decatur, Alabama.

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

Brooklyn Army Terminal, 1st Street and 58th Avenue, New York (9:00 am)

The troop train arrived in Brooklyn at 9.00 am. Elvis stepped off the train at 10.00 am and met the waiting

press and gave a quick interview. (video)

Elvis then attended a press conference that Colonel Parker had organized. He answered questions about his army duty, his music, and his Mom. He offered a heartfelt account of his continued mourning to the assembled reporters: "Everyone loses their mother, but I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. And it wasn't only like losing a mother, it was like losing a friend, a companion, someone to talk to. I could wake her up any hour of the night if I was worried or troubled about something ...she'd get up and try to help me". (audio)

Press Conference - Elvis Presley
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After the press conference Elvis boarded the U.S.S. Randall - he walked up the gangplank of the U.S.S. Randall eight times, toting a borrowed duffel bag, so the assembled photographers and camera men could all get a good shot. (photo)

From the library on board the U.S.S. Randall, Elvis gave an interview to Pat Hernon before he left for Germany. (audio)

Interview by Pat Hernon - Elvis Presley
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"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #32

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #10

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"Alone With You" by Faron Young.

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Best Sellers in Stores:

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"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

The Hot 100:

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #94

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"Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1" by Van Cliburn.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Swing Softly" by Johnny Mathis.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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

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

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #6

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

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

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

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

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

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

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

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

During the crossing Elvis and Charlie Hodge  became fast friends. They bunked together at Elvis' request and Charlie cheered him up with jokes and tales of show business. Together they were put in charge of a shipboard talent show in which Elvis plays piano in the back up band (at the Colonels explicit instructions, he didn't sing) while Charlie acted as MC. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 September 27, 1958 (Saturday)

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    September 28, 1958 (Sunday)

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   September 29, 1958 (Monday)

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #39

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers.

"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley. #15

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Alone With You" by Faron Young.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Little Star" by the Elegants.

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno.

The Hot 100:

"It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1" by Van Cliburn.

"King Creole" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Stardust" by Pat Boone.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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

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

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley. #8

RCA began releasing stereophonic singles. No Presley stereo records.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  September 30, 1958 (Tuesday)

At sea, on board The General Randall on route to Germany.

 

No information.