Elvis 1950s

Elvis 1950Born January 8, 1935 at 4:35 AM in a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. First born twin brother Jesse Garon is stillborn. So which is it? Aron or Aaron? Click to read.
 elvis-pParents, Gladys Love Smith (04/25/12) and Vernon Elvis Presley (04/10/16) were married in June of 1933.
elvis-pElvis gets his first guitar in 1946. It cost $12.95 at the Tupelo Hardware Store.
elvis-pThe family moves to Memphis in 1948.
elvis-pIn 1953 Elvis graduates from Humes High School.

elvis-pSummer of ’53, Elvis drops into the The Memphis Recording Service (Sun Studios) and records My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin. Cost? $4.00.
elvis-pSummer of ’54. Sun owner Sam Phillips teams Elvis up with local musicians Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass).
elvis-pJuly 5, 1954. The breakthrough recording is Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s That’s All Right. This song, backed with Blue Moon of Kentucky becomes the first of five singles Elvis will release on the Sun label.
elvis-pJuly 30, 1954 Elvis makes his appearance at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. What’s important about this night?
elvis-pOctober 16, 1954. Elvis’ first appearance on the Louisiana Hayride, a popular country radio show out of Shreveport LA.
elvis-pIn August of 1955, Colonel Tom Parker replaces Bob Neal as Elvis’ manager. A word about the “Colonel”.
elvis-pBy November of 1955, Elvis has signed the now famous RCA contract. The price is an unprecedented $40,000, with a $5,000 bonus for Elvis. RCA soon re-releases the five Sun singles on the RCA label.

June 5, 1956. This is the highly controversial and very sexy performance of Hound Dog on Milton Berle. Also, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You. Elvis Presley – Rare Moments With the King

elvis-p In January of 1956 Elvis is paired with the Jordanaires, who would remain his main back-up group until the late 60s.
elvis-pJanuary 27, 1956. Heartbreak Hotel is released. (I Was the One on the flip). It sells 300,000 copies in the first week and will ultimately be Elvis’ first Gold Record by selling over a million.Buy The Soundtrack
elvis-pBetween January 28 and March 24 of 1956 Elvis will make 6 appearances on the Jackie Gleason-produced Stage Show, starring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey on CBS.
elvis-pOn March 13 of that same year, Elvis Presley,,his first album is released by RCA. Selling over a million, it will become his first Gold Album. Buy on CD
elvis-pApril of 1956. Elvis appears with Milton Berle. He sings Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes.
elvis-pApril 1956, he signs a seven-year movie contract with Hal Wallis and Paramount Pictures.
In July he does a parody of that sketch on Steve Allen’s show by singing to a real Bassett hound. Elvis’ ain’t happy about it – but he does it. His success on Berle and Allen prompt the previously reluctant Ed Sullivan to sign a three appearance deal for $50,000 – an unheard of amount back then.
elvis-pAugust 10 and 11 1956. Elvis appears at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding attended the first concert to see if all the fuss was warranted. After watching Elvis’ jiggle, he asked that the show be toned down. So Elvis only wiggled his little finger as a mild protest.
elvis-pSeptember 9, 1956 – the first Sullivan show. Charles Laughton subs for an ailing Sullivan. Presley sings Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Ready Teddy, and Hound Dog. October 28th is the second show and the songs are Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Love Me and Hound Dog.
elvis-pElvis Presley November 16, 1956. Elvis’ first movie, Love Me Tender premieres.Buy CD or the movie DVD
elvis-pJanuary 6, 1957. The “waist up only” Sullivan show. He does a medley, plus Don’t Be Cruel, Too Much, When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold and then closes with Peace in the Valley.
elvis-pJanuary 1957.Elvis begins filming his second movie, Loving You.Actress Jana Lund will give Elvis his first screen kiss in this movie which will produce the hit, Teddy Bear.Buy CD
Graceland is purchased in March of 1957.
elvis-p Jailhouse Rock begins filming in May of 1957. Buy CD or Jailhouse Rock the DVD
elvis-pElvis’ draft notice arrives December of 1957.
elvis-pIn the early part of 1958 Elvis works on his fourth motion picture, King Creole. Buy CD or King Creole the DVD
elvis-pMarch 1958. Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army at the Memphis Draft Board and is assigned serial number 53310761. Pvt. Presley goes to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training and is stationed there for six months.
elvis-p Gladys Presley dies on August 14 of 1958 of acute hepatitis. Elvis is able to get back to see her before she dies.
elvis-p In September of 1958, Elvis boards the USS. Randall and sails to Germany, arriving on October 1. He will be stationed in Friedberg for 18 months, maintaining an off-base residence in Bad Nauheim.
elvis-pElvis first meets Priscilla Beaulieu (05/24/45) in November of 1959. She is the only child of a Navy pilot, Jack Wagner, who was killed in a plane crash when Priscilla was an infant. Her mother Ann had remarried to Captain Joesph Beaulieu.

Elvis Presley Songs and Albums
from the Fifties
(1956 -1959)


Elvis Gold record
Elvis Presley Gold record
Fun Fact!Elvis Presley’s 1956 classic “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” becomes one of the top certified singles of all time with sales of four million. It is the only single released prior to “We Are The World” in 1985 to reach quadruple-platinum status.
Heartbreak Hotel Platinum recordPlatinum record
I Was the One Platinum recordPlatinum record
(with Heartbreak Hotel)
Hound DogPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
Dont Be Cruel Platinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
(with Hound Dog)
Love Me Tender Platinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Platinum record
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Anyway You Want Me
(That’s How I Will Be)
Blue Suede Shoes Gold record


Peace in the Valley
Loving You Gold record
Just For You
Elvis’ Christmas Album Platinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
Fun Fact!Elvis’ top-selling titles, both of which are certified at the 6-million level, are “Elvis’ Golden Records,” which is the best-selling album of the 1950s, and “Elvis’ Christmas Album,” the 1970 adaptation of his classic 1957 holiday release.
Jailhouse Rock Platinum recordPlatinum record
Treat Me Nice Platinum recordPlatinum record
(with Jailhouse Rock)
All Shook Up Platinum recordPlatinum record
Love Me
Too Much Platinum record
Teddy Bear Platinum recordPlatinum record
Loving You (with Teddy Bear)Platinum recordPlatinum record


Elvis’ Golden Records
Platinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
King Creole Gold record
Fun Fact!On March 14, 1958, the first year the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards were launched the very first Gold plaque was awared to Perry Como for his hit single, “Catch A Falling Star”. Four months later, the cast album to Oklahoma! sung by Gordon Macrae became the first official Gold album.
Don’t Platinum record
I Beg You (with Don’t)Platinum record
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck Platinum record
Doncha Think It’s Time Platinum record
(with Wear My Ring Around Your Neck)
Hard Headed Woman Platinum record
I Got Stung Platinum record
One Night (with I Got Stung) Platinum record


For LP Fans Only
Fun Fact!On March 25, 1958 Elvis was inducted into the U.S.Army and assigned serial number 53310761. In September of 1958 he began his 18 month assignment in West Germany, where in late 1959, he met Priscilla Ann Beaulieu.
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I Platinum record
I Need Your Love Tonight Platinum record
(with A Fool Such As I )
A Big Hunk of Love Platinum record
My Wish Came True Platinum record
(with A Big Hunk of Love)

Gold record Means that the album or single has been awarded Gold status by the RIAA.
Platinum record Means that the album or single has been awarded Platinum status, sometimes multiple, by the RIAA.

June 2, 1997
Candace Rich