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Elvis Presley Timeline: 1957

A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events


Here's a handy database of dates and events in Elvis Presley's life during 1957. You can also find out what else Elvis was up to in 1957 and in all the years of his life.

January 4: Elvis reports to Kenney Veterans Hospital in Memphis for a pre-induction Army draft physical.
January 6: Elvis performs for the third and last time on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show, singing "Don't Be Cruel," "Too Much," "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," and "Peace In The Valley." Censors determine that Presley must only be shot from the waist up; Elvis mocks this rule by suddenly breaking into wild gyrations at the end of "Don't Be Cruel." As a gesture to the Colonel, Sullivan calls the singer over afterward and informs the television audience: "I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy... We've never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we've had with you... You're thoroughly all right." It is the last live television performance Elvis will ever give.
January 8: The Memphis Draft Board holds a press conference to declare Elvis Presley a "1A," or fit for Army service.
January 14: Songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller are summoned to Hollywood's Paramount Studios to write songs for Elvis' next movie -- their first direct writing gig for the singer, although he'd already covered the duo's "Hound Dog" and "Love Me."
January 21: Elvis begins filming his second movie, Loving You, in Hollywood. Actress Jana Lund will give the singer his first screen kiss in this film.
January 27: Gladys, Elvis' mother, undergoes tests on her liver at Memphis' Baptist Hospital, the first sign of the illness that would take her life.
February 3: The New York Times reports that the Soviet Union is pressing bootleg Elvis records on old X-ray plates and selling them in Leningrad for 50 rubles each.
February 22: Gladys and Vernon Presley, Elvis' parents, are filmed in the audience as their son performs "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do" for Loving You. After her death, Elvis will never watch the scene again.
March 25: Having put down a deposit six days earlier, Elvis finalizes his $102,500 purchase of a 14-acre estate with a two-story colonial house known as Graceland, at 3734 Highway 51 South, Memphis, TN.
April 2: Presley appears for the first time outside the United States, performing at Canada Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
April 30: Elvis asks the Lieber-Stoller songwriting team to come up with something "real pretty," leading to the song "Don't." It is the only songwriting request ever made by the singer.
May 13: Elvis begins filming the movie Jailhouse Rock in Hollywood.
August 31: Elvis makes his last concert appearance outside the United States, performing at Canada Empire Stadium in Vancouver, BC.
October 29: Police tape Elvis' entire show in Los Angeles, CA, looking for possible violations of the city's obscenity laws. None are found.
September 1: A young Jimi Hendrix catches Elvis' performance at Seattle's Sick's Stadium.
September 21: Longtime guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, dissatisfied over their lack of pay raises from Col. Tom Parker, leave Elvis' band. Drummer D.J. Fontana stays on.
December 10: While at Graceland for the Christmas holidays, Elvis Presley receives a letter from the Memphis Draft board ordering him for service in the US Army. It is confirmed nine days later with a notice to report for service on January 20, 1958.
December 27: After entreaties from the Colonel, the Army allows Elvis a 60-day extension to complete filming of his latest movie, King Creole.

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