1955: Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport. The single "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart.
Elvis appeared on Dewey Phillips TV show, Phillips' Pop Shop.
1957: Elvis spent the final day of 1957 at Graceland, but his enthusiasm that night must have been dampened by his draft notice which
he received just 11 days earlier.
1958: Elvis stayed at the Hotel Grunewald in Bad Nauheim, Germany. We don’t know exactly what Elvis did on that night, but he may have gone to the theater to
see a movie. Soldier friend Rex Mansfield recalls that Elvis did that three or four times a week during that period. On the other hand, there may have been quite a party on Presley’s hotel floor that evening. Early in 1959, the hotel management asked
Elvis to move out because of all the wild parties Elvis hosted there.
1959: Still In Germany, Elvis sent a telegram to his manager: "Please convey my thanks to the various groups in Memphis who have
suggested a special homecoming for me when I return to Memphis. However, I wish to return to Memphis the same way that any other serviceman returns to his hometown without ceremony or fanfare, I served as they served and was proud to do it. Seeing the city
of Memphis, my family, friends, and fans, will be the most welcome sight in the world to me. I appreciate their kind gesture. I know they will understand and I am glad you are in agreement with me on this. Best wishes to you and Mrs. Parker: From Dad, Grandma
and myself". Elvis probably spent the New Year’s Eve with Priscilla, whom he had first met the previous September.
1960: Elvis was in Hollywood shooting Wild in the Country in December
this year. Production halted a week before Christmas, and Elvis flew home to Memphis for the holidays. He flew back to Los Angeles on January 2nd to resume filming. Elvis' Christmas Album re-charted at #33 in the U.S.
Elvis finished his work with Kid Galahad on December 20th, but instead of heading home to Graceland, he decided to spend the holidays in Las Vegas.
1962: There was a big fireworks-display at Graceland
this year, followed by a party at the Manhattan Club for more than 200 invited guests.
1963: Priscilla was now living permanently at Graceland. This New Year’s Eve was spent quietly watching movies
at the Memphian theater, which Elvis rented for the evening.
1964: Again, Elvis rented the Memphian for New Year's Eve.
1965: Elvis held a New Year's
Eve party at the Manhattan Club for friends, family, and fans.
1966: Elvis held his annual New Year's Eve party at Manhattan Club, but he didn't attend himself. The single If Every Day Was Christmas
hit #9 in the U.K.
1967: For the first time the New Year's Eve party was held at the Thunderbird Lounge on Adams Street. Elvis danced several times with Priscilla, including once on his request of "Summertime".
1968: For the second year in a row Elvis' New Year's Eve party was held at the Thunderbird Lounge in Memphis.
1969: Elvis' New Year's Eve party was held
at TJ's, a new club in Memphis.
1970: Elvis and the group went on a special tour at the FBI headquarters. Elvis expressed his admiration for J. Edgar Hoover to the FBI agent conducting the tour. Elvis also
offered to serve as an undercover agent in any way he could. On the agent's recommendation Director Hoover sent Elvis a note on January 4: "Your generous comments concerning the Bureau and me are appreciated and you may be sure we will keep in mind your
offer to be of assistance". The group flew home to Memphis in a leased jet in time for the annual New Year's Eve party at TJ's.
1971: Elvis hosted a small New Year's Eve party at Graceland.
1972: Elvis was in no mood to party this year. He was in the middle of a crash diet that made him lose 25 pounds in preparation for his satellite TV concert in Hawaii on January 14th, the following year.
1973: Elvis celebrated New Year’s Eve at Graceland.
1974: Elvis spent the Holidays, including New Year’s Eve, at Graceland recovering from health problems.
1975: Elvis performed at the Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan in front of more than 60,000 spectators. The show itself was somewhat less of a success. Elvis ripped his pants and did a generally poor show. Afterwards Elvis and the group
flew home to celebrate New Year in Elvis’ bedroom at Graceland. They watched tapes of old Monty Python shows. In the Detroit News the next day, writer Mike Maza reported the following: "Presley hit the 50-yard-line stage … at 11:10
pm. Women in glittery dresses and billowing pantsuits joined kids in a rush toward the stage. Lots of screaming. Everything flickered as a generation of flashcubes meets oblivion … Almost midnight: A 10-second countdown ends in cheers … spotlights
swirl and balloons float down from the empty upper tier as Elvis and his fans sing, ”Auld Lang Syne”".
1976: Elvis performed at the Civic Center Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in front
of 16,000 fans. Elvis was at his best, and the 90 minute show was a big success. The whole group returned to Memphis at 6.30 a.m. Mike Kalina of the Post-Gazette wrote the following review; "Presley bounded on stage 35 minutes before midnight,
but you would have thought the clock had struck 12. He received an ear-deafening ovation punctuated by thousands of blasts of flashbulbs and a patchwork of ”We Love You Elvis” signs hoisted aloft… At the stroke of midnight the house lights
went up and Elvis led the crowd in singing “Auld Lang Syne”. There were some brief huzzahs from the crowd but in a few minutes Presley was back singing".