April 25, 1912
Love Smith April 10, 1916 Vernon
Elvis Presley June 1933
Gladys Smith and Vernon Presley are married.
January 8, 1935
Mississippi Gladys Presley gives birth
to twin sons, Jessie Garon & Elvis Aaron.
Sadly, Jessie is stillborn.
Elvis grows up within a close-knit, working class
family in Tupelo, Miss. Elvis attends the Assembly
of God Church with his family where the music
register deeply within him. Other influences upon
Elvis include black bluesmen in the neighborhood
and country music radio programs enjoyed by his
1946 Elvis' parents cannot
afford a bicycle that Elvis wants, so
Gladys talks him into accepting a guitar
Late 1948 Elvis and his
parents pack their belongings in a trunk strapped
to the roof of their 1939 Plymouth and move to
Tennessee in search of a better life.
1948-1953 Elvis and his
parents live in public housing in a poor
neighborhood. Elvis works at various jobs to help
support his parents. He's also a regular audience
member at the all-night white and black gospel
sings that are held downtown.
June 3, 1953 Elvis graduates from
Humes High School
Elvis works at Parker Machinists Shop after
graduation. That summer he visits The Memphis
Recording Service, home of the
Sun Recordings, where he makes a demo of "My
Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
for a cost of about $4.00.
Summer 1954 Elvis teams up
with local musicians Scotty Moore (guitar) and
Bill Black (bass) to create a sped-up version of
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right." This
song becomes the first of five singles Elvis will
release on the Sun label. The group starts to tour
small clubs throughout the South, enjoying
moderate success with the record sales. Elvis' one
appearance on the Grand Ole Opry doesn't go over
particularly well and one of the Opry officials
reportedly suggested that Elvis go back to driving
October 16, 1954
Elvis and his band appear for the first time on the
Louisiana Hayride, the Grand Ole Opry's chief
competitor. Elvis signs a one-year contract for 52
Saturday night appearances. During Elvis'
association with the Hayride he meets "Colonel"
August 15, 1955
Colonel Parker becomes Elvis' exclusive manager.
November 20, 1955
Elvis signs his first contract with RCA Records for
an unprecedented $40,000 with a $5,000 bonus.
January 10, 1956
Elvis has his first session with RCA, where he
records "Heartbreak Hotel."
January 27, 1956
"Heartbreak Hotel" released by RCA sells 300,000
copies in its first 3 weeks and earns Elvis his
first gold record.
January 28, 1956
Elvis' first network television appearance occurs on
"Stage Show," starring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey on
March 13, 1956
RCA releases Elvis Presley, Elvis' first album.
April 1, 1956
Elvis does a screen test for
Paramount Studios which leads to a seven-year
June 5, 1956
Elvis appears on
Milton Berle Show
where his racy moves are condemnation by the
The kids love it!
July 1, 1956
Elvis appears on "The Steve Allen Show" on NBC.
August 1956 Elvis begins
shooting his first movie,
Love Me Tender
September 9, 1956
Elvis makes the first of three appearances on "The
Ed Sullivan Show" where he attracts the highest
ratings ever for any television variety show.
November 16, 1956
Elvis' first movie
"Love Me Tender" premieres in
New York City
January 1957 Elvis begins
production of his second movie, "Loving You."
March 1957 Elvis buys
for himself, his parents and his
April 1957 Elvis performs
outside the US
for the first time in
Toronto and Ottawa Canada
May 1957 Elvis begins work on
his third motion picture, "Jailhouse Rock"
July 9, 1957
Elvis' second motion picture, "Loving You,"
premieres reaching 10 at the box-office. Hit
records include the title song and the classic
hit, "Teddy Bear"
August 31, 1957
Elvis appears in Vancouver the last time he will
perform in concert outside the United States
October 17, 1957
"Jailhouse Rock," Elvis' third motion picture,
premieres in Memphis and later opens nationally in
November 10-11, 1957
Elvis performs shows in Hawaii
for the first time.
December 1957 Elvis and
family enjoy their first
Christmas at Graceland
where Elvis officially receives his draft
Late January-Early March 1958
Elvis films his fourth motion picture,
March 24, 1958
Elvis is inducted into the
US Army and assigned serial number 53310761.
July 1958 "King Creole,"
Elvis' fourth motion picture opens nationally and
the reviews are the best he will ever have for his
August 14, 1958
September-October 1958 Elvis
boards the USS Randall and sails to
Germany arriving on October 1
November 1959 Elvis meets
Priscilla Ann Beaulieu at a party.
January 20, 1960
Elvis is promoted to Sergeant.
March 5, 1960
Elvis is officially discharged from active duty
Late April, 1960 Elvis begins
filming his fifth film, "GI Blues," for Paramount
August-September 1960 Elvis
films his sixth movie,
Flaming Star a drama with limited music.
October 1960 The soundtrack
album for "GI Blues" becomes Elvis' most
successful album of his career on the Billboard
November 1960 Elvis begins
filming for his seventh film, "Wild in the
Late March-Mid-April 1961
Elvis begins filming his eighth motion picture
July 1961 Elvis films his
ninth motion picture, "Follow That Dream"
October-November 1961 Elvis
films his 10th motion picture
Late March-Late April 1962
Elvis films his 11th motion picture "Girls! Girls!
Late August-September 1962
Elvis films his 12th motion picture
"It Happened at the World's Fair"
Late January-February 1963
Elvis films his 13th film
July 1963 Elvis films his
14th motion picture
"Viva Las Vegas"
October 1963 Elvis films his
15th motion picture, "Kissin' Cousins."
March 1964 Elvis begins
filming for his 16th motion picture, "Roustabout"
July-August 1964 Elvis shoots
his 17th motion picture,
October 1964 Elvis begins
shooting his 18th motion picture, "Tickle
March-April 1965 Elvis begins
filming for his 19th motion picture, "Harum
May 1965 Elvis begins filming
for his 20th motion picture, "Frankie and Johnny"
August 1965 Elvis records
soundtrack for his 21st motion picture
, Hawaiian Style
August 27, 1965
The Beatles visit with Elvis for several hours
at his home in
and have an informal jam session.
February 1966 Elvis
records the soundtrack and shoots his 22nd
Soundtrack and shooting begin for Elvis'
23rd movie, "Double Trouble."
Soundtrack and filming begin for Elvis'
24th movie, "Easy Come, Easy Go"
December 1966 Elvis
formally proposes marriage to Priscilla.
"Clambake," his 25th movie.
May 1, 1967
Priscilla in a private ceremony with a small
group of family/ at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas
just after 9:30 AM
Soundtrack recording and filming begins for Elvis'
26th movie "Speedway"
Soundtrack and filming for Elvis'
27th movie "Stay Away, Joe."
February 1, 1968
Priscilla gives birth to
Lisa Marie Presley nine months to the day after
her marriage to Elvis.
March 1968 Elvis films
his 28th movie, "Live a Little, Love a Little."
June 27-30, 1968
Elvis shoots "Elvis," the television special, also
known as "The '68 Special."
Elvis records the theme
and begins filming for his 29th movie, "Charro!"
Elvis starts filming for
his 30th movie, "The Trouble with Girls"
December 3, 1968
"Elvis" premieres on NBC.
March-April 1969 Elvis
films his 31st, and what will turn out to be his
last, acting role in a motion picture, "Change of
January 15, 1971, Elvis
is voted one of the
Ten Outstanding Young Men of America by the
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce: better
known as the Jaycees.
December 1970 Elvis'
makes his famous visit to
President Richard Nixon at the White House.
Late 1971-Early 1972
Elvis and Priscilla separate. Priscilla takes
their daughter, Lisa Marie, with her.
July 1972 Elvis and
Priscilla's separation is formalized pending
divorce. Elvis dates
Linda Thompson, who will be with him until
October 1972 Elvis has a #2
hit with the single "Burning Love," one of his
biggest records in recent years.
November 1972 "Elvis on Tour"
opens to good reviews. Its producers will receive
the Golden Globe
Award for Best Documentary
March 1973 The Colonel and
Elvis sell off his entire recording catalogue to
April 4, 1973
Elvis makes entertainment history with his "Elvis:
Hawaii Satellite" special. Elvis
is in top form physically and vocally in,
arguably, his greatest career moment.
October 9, 1973
Elvis and Priscilla are divorced. They remain
close. Priscilla gets custody of
Lisa Marie Presley Elvis allowed free visits
October 15 -
November 1, 1973 Elvis
is hospitalized in Memphis
for recurring pneumonia, pleurisy, an enlarged colon
and hepatitis. Additionally, Elvis battles an
increasing dependency upon prescription drugs.
January 29 -
February 14, 1975 Elvis
is again hospitalized with prescription
1976 Elvis and
Linda Thompson, his steady girlfriend since
1972, split up.
Late November 1976
Elvis meets Ginger Alden who will be his steady
girlfriend until his death.
June 17-26, 1977
Elvis tours June 19, 20 and 21 are recorded by RCA
for an upcoming live album and upcoming CBS
Television Network special. The camera gives a
shocking picture of Elvis' poor health in his
final days, but his voice remains strong.
June 26, 1977
Elvis performs his last concert at Indianapolis
Market Square Arena.
August 1, 1977 -
Three former bodyguards publish Elvis:
What Happened? which details
Elvis' drug use for the first time in
August 14, 1977 - With just
three days left before he was to begin
another tour, Elvis begins another
crash diet, eating large quantities of
fruit and drinking plenty of water.
August 15, 1977 - Elvis is seen
in public for the last time when he
and Ginger Alden cruise through
Memphis on his Harley.
August 16, 1977 - Returning to
Graceland and unable to sleep, Elvis
takes another dose of medication and
tries to read.
He finally takes a copy of The Face Of
Jesus into his dressing room /
bathroom. Ginger tells him not to
fall asleep and he replies "OK, I
won't." Shortly after 2 PM Ginger
awakes and when she realizes that
Elvis is not in bed, she knocks on the
bathroom door. When he doesn't answer,
she looks in to see Elvis curled up in
a fetal position on the floor near the
toilet. Ginger calls downstairs and
Joe Esposito and Al Strada come
running. They find Elvis with no color
and no apparent signs of breathing.
The fire department is called and
ambulances rush to the scene. Elvis is
taken to Baptist Hospital where he is
pronounced dead at 3:30 PM.
August 16, 1977 - Upon hearing
of Elvis' death, Colonel Tom Parker
makes two phone calls. The first was
to Vernon Presley, the second to an
Elvis merchandiser, Factors Inc.
August 16, 1977
Shortly after midnight
Elvis returns to Graceland from a visit to
the dentist. During the early morning of the
16th, he takes care of last minute tour details in
preparation for a concert in Portland, Maine the
next day. He retires to his master suite at
Graceland around 7:00 AM goes to the bathroom to
read. At 2pm Elvis is
by Ginger Alden.
August 17, 1977 -
Elvis' body is returned to Graceland where he
will lie in state for one day. 75,000 people are
waiting to pay their respects, but by the time the
gates are closed again at 6:30, only 20,000 had
viewed the body. As a soft rain began to fall, the
rest of the crowd left quietly.
August 18, 1977 -
Elvis' funeral is held in Memphis. The
pallbearers are Lamar Fike, Charlie Hodge, Gene
Smith, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Billy Smith,
Jerry Schilling and the man that some say
over-prescribed Elvis' medication, Dr. George
Nichopoulos. Col Tom Parker turned down the honor.
The King is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery.
October 2, 1977 - To control the crowds of
mourners, the bodies of Elvis and his mother are
moved to Graceland.
June 26, 1979 -
Vernon Presley passes away. New executors of
Elvis's estate are named by the court. They are
Priscilla, Elvis' accountant Joe Hanks and the
Memphis National Bank of Commerce, acting for Lisa
August 14, 1981 - Judge Joseph Evans orders
that Elvis' estate does not have to make any more
payments to Col. Tom Parker, ending his 36 year
hold on much of the king's finances.
May 29, 1989 -
Lisa Marie and her husband Danny Keough, whom
she married on October 3rd, 1988, announce the
birth of Elvis' first grandchild,
a girl named Danielle Riley Keough.
October 21, 1992 - Elvis'
grandson, Benjamin Storm Keough is born to
Lisa Marie and Danny.
May 6, 1994 - Lisa Marie and Danny Keough
May 26, 1994 -
Lisa Marie marries Michael Jackson.
July 1995 -
Elvis' personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulous,
loses his medical license for being "too liberal"
in prescribing addictive drugs.
January 29, 1996 -
Lisa Marie files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
January 21, 1997 - Col. Tom Parker passes
away at the age of 87.
Graceland takes in $15 million in annual
admissions alone, with sales of Elvis' records
and souvenirs topping $37 million.
June 16, 2002 - Elvis was back at No. 1 on
the UK singles chart for the first time since "Way
Down" hit the top shortly after his death, with a
remix of his 1968 track "A Little Less
Conversation". It's Presley's 18th UK No. 1,
moving him ahead of the
Beatles, who have 17.
August 10th, 2002 - After proposing just
ten days earlier,
actor Nicolas Cage marries Lisa Marie in an
outdoor wedding at the Mauna Lai Bay Hotel on the
Big Island of Hawaii. After 108 days of
marriage, he files for divorce.
December 17 2004 - Elvis Presley's daughter
Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his
estate to businessman Robert FX Sillerman in a
deal worth $100 million. Sillerman will run
Presley's Memphis home Graceland, will own Elvis'
name and likeness, the rights to his photographs
and revenue from his music and films. Lisa Marie
will retain possession of Graceland and many of
her father's "personal effects".
January 9, 2005 -
"Jailhouse Rock" entered the UK singles chart at
#1, the day after the King would have turned
70 years old. The song became the 999th #1 in the
history of the British chart, having also been the
67th in January 1958, when it was the first disc
to enter the survey at #1.
January 22, 2006 -
Lisa Marie is married for the fourth time to
music producer Michael Lockwood. Michael's best
man was Lisa Marie's first husband, Danny Keough.
October 7, 2008 -
Lisa Marie and Michael became the proud parents of
twin daughters named Finley and Harper.
October 28, 2008 - Forbes ranks Elvis as the
top-earning dead celebrity for the second year in
a row. Presley pulled in $52 million in the past
year, helped by increased visitors to his
Graceland estate to commemorate the 30th
anniversary of his death.