of Elvis' life, day-by-day is a monumental effort
Book Review: Elvis Day By Day:
The Definitive Record of His Life and Music (Peter Guralnick & Ernst
in a while a book comes along that stands out from the myriad
of other books published about Elvis. Elvis Day By Day – The
Definitive Record of His Life and Music is one such book.
day-by-day chronicle of Elvis’ life is well written and fascinating.
Everything is covered, from the well known to the obscure
and from the humorous to the unpleasant:
5, 1935: A devastating tornado sweeps through Tupelo, killing 235
and injuring another 350. In Presley family lore it will always
be remembered how Vernon and Gladys took refuge in Jessie and Minnie
Mae’s home, with Gladys holding her baby tight.
8, 1954: Elvis and Dixie (Locke) attend the annual Memphis Cotton
Carnival, where Elvis runs into Ronald Smith, a friend they both
know from Dixie'’ south Memphis neighbourhood.
15, 1958: On emergency leave from the army when his beloved mother
Gladys dies, Elvis cries out inconsolably at her funeral, "Goodbye,
darling, I love you so much….I lived my whole life just for you."
2, 1958: Elvis is assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks in Friedberg,
a row of brick buildings that once housed Hitler’s troops. January
25, 1963: The Paramount make up department requests that when Elvis
reports at 1:30pm, he bring his favorite hair dye.
1, 1968: Elvis is so nervous before leaving the house that his grandmother
reminds him that it is Priscilla, not he, who is having the baby.
18, 1969: In James Burton’s recollection, "Right off the bat we
probably learned 150 songs" over six nights of work.
16, 1977: …Elvis is not in bed, and she [Ginger] discovers him shortly
thereafter lying facedown in a pool of vomit on the bathroom floor…
throughout the book are details of Elvis' record releases, their
chart statistics and sales achievements. There are some eye-opening
facts here that will surprise many fans...and not for the reasons
one might think.
authors are to be commended for the incredible amount of time they
have obviously spent in researching and double-checking their facts.
: Day By Day is one of those rare books every fan should have in
their collection. It is a book you can read from cover to cover
or leaf through from time to time. Regardless, you are sure to learn
something new about the life and music of The King.
only is Elvis Day By Day outstanding for its depth of detail, but
it also shines due to the staggering number of very rare colour
and black and white photos. Some of these are:
great colour shot of The Hillbilly Cat live on stage in Cleveland
in October 1955
almost on one knee composing himself backstage in Minnesota in May
with Jimmie Rodgers Snow in the parade at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival
addressing the Tennessee State Legislature
Parker cradling Lisa Marie as a baby
and Elvis at the JCC Prayer breakfast in January 1971
onstage at at Tom Jones’ show in Las Vegas in 1974
at a roadside accident scene in 1976
lying on a bed donating blood
King sparring with Muhammad Ali
Elvis Day By Day is simply one of the best books about Elvis
to ever have been published. A book for every fan’s Elvis library.
Patterson, © EIN 2001