1955: Elvis was in Shreveport, Louisiana, for his eighth appearance at the Louisiana Hayride. He was introduced as the “The Memphis Flash”, and he performed four songs: “That’s All
Right”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “Hearts of Stone” and “Fool, Fool, Fool”.
1956: After appearing on the Louisiana Hayride the night before, Elvis flew home to Memphis
on his birthday. He was asleep that morning when Colonel Parker called to wish him happy birthday. Just two days later Elvis would record “Heartbreak Hotel” in New York City.
1957: After appearing
for the third and last time on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 6th, Elvis spent his birthday at home in Memphis with his parents. On the same day the Memphis Draft Board announced that Elvis has been classified 1A for the draft.
On this day it was taken photos of Elvis and the 8 year old Mary Kosloski for the March Of Dimes posters at Graceland. Later that day a birthday party was held for Elvis. Two days later he left for Hollywood to start his work on the movie King Creole.
The single “Jailhouse Rock” hit #3 on the Billboard chart.
1959: Still serving in Germany, Elvis celebrated his birthday at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim. “One Night” hit #5,
and “I Got Stung” hit #14 on the Billboard chart.
1960: Still in Germany, Elvis participated in a telephone interview with Dick Clark for his American Bandstand show. Priscilla Beaulieu was among
200 guests who attended a birthday party for Elvis later in the day at a local recreation center. Four days later, Elvis left for Paris on a 12-day leave.
1961: With Elvis’s birthday falling on a Sunday,
a party in his honor took place on the set of Wild in the Country on Friday, January 6th. The cast and crew gave Elvis a plaque reading, “Happy Birthday, King Karate”. The single “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” hit #1 on the Billboard
1962: Elvis spent his birthday in Las Vegas. Milton Prell, the owner of Sahara Hotel, provided Elvis with a large birthday cake. The single “Can’t Help Falling in Love” hit #5 on
the Billboard chart.
1963: Elvis spent his birthday together with Priscilla, who had travelled from Germany for a Christmas visit at Graceland. She would head back to Germany three days later, after Elvis
failed to convince her parents to extend her visit. The single “Return to Sender” hit #8 on the Billboard chart.
1964: Elvis spent his birthday at Graceland. Four days later he traveled to Nashville
for a recording session that produced “Ask Me”, “Memphis Tennessee” and “It Hurts Me”.
1965: Newspapers across the nation noted Elvis’s 30th birthday. Elvis spent
his birthday quietly at Graceland.
1966: Elvis spent the evening watching the movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World at the Memphian in Memphis. The single “Puppet on a String” hit #21
on the Billboard chart.
1967: Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires visited Elvis at Graceland. Elvis was in the midst of a horse-buying spree. Five days before his birthday he purchased three horses, and the
very next day he even bought three more. The Graceland barn was being remodeled to make space for all the new horses.
1968: Elvis and Priscilla spent the evening watching movies at the Memphian theatre in
Memphis. Four days later Colonel Parker signed a deal with NBC for a TV-special that was scheduled to be aired in December.
1969: Elvis spent his birthday as a father with his family at Graceland. At the
same time it was decided that Elvis’ next recording session would be held at Chip Moman’s American Studio in Memphis instead of at the usual RCA Studio B in Nashville. The single “If I Can Dream” hit #26 on the Billboard chart.
1970: Elvis and his family were in Los Angeles. Elvis was preparing for his February Las Vegas engagement at the International Hotel. Two days later Elvis began rehearsals at RCA’s studio on Sunset Boulevard.
The single “Don’t Cry Daddy” hit #15 on the Billboard chart.
1971: As a birthday gift to himself, Elvis had a police radio installed in his Mercedes and he even bought an array of police
equipment, including revolving blue lights, shoulder holsters and handcuffs. The next day Elvis received an unexpected present; The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of the country’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1970. The single “There
Goes My Everything” hit #35 on the Billboard chart.
1972: Priscilla had left by herself for Los Angles, after she had told Elvis a few days earlier that she wanted a separation. Joyce Bova visited
Elvis at Graceland on his birthday. Four days later Elvis flew to Los Angeles to prepare for his late January opening at the Las Vegas Hilton.
1973: Elvis spent his birthday in Los Angeles. The next day
he traveled to Honolulu to prepare for the upcoming satellite broadcasted TV-special Aloha From Hawaii. The single “Separate Ways” hit #28 on the Billboard chart.
1974: On this day the
two mayors of Memphis, both city and county, declared January 8th to be Elvis Presley Day. Both of them marched in a parade down Elvis Presley Boulevard to Graceland. In Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter issued a similar proclamation in regard to Elvis’
five Atlanta performances in 1973.
1975: On this day Elvis turned 40, and he celebrated his anniversary at Graceland. Newspapers all over the United States acknowledged Elvis on the front page. However,
not all the articles were just as flattering, and one newspaper wrote "Elvis: Fat and Forty". The single “Promised Land” hit #38 on the Billboard chart.
1976: Elvis spent his birthday at a skiing
resort in Vail, Colorado. With him were Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations. Elvis stayed secluded indoors during the day, emerging on the slopes only at night to ride a rented skimobile. There was a great deal of tension on this vacation,
mostly due to Elvis changes of mood. He wasn’t feeling very well this evening until Myrna revealed that she had not seen one of his favorite recent films; Across 110th Street. Elvis then decided to recite every line of dialogue from the picture.
1977: Elvis celebrated his last birthday in Palm Springs with girlfriend Ginger Alden and her sister Rosemary. The single “Moody Blue” hit #5 on the Billboard chart.