The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
Ever since Elvis was in the regional Billboard charts, Sam Philips had tried to get Elvis in the Opry. Finally he succeeded, thanks to Opry manager Bill Denny. After the Opry Elvis appeared briefly on the Midnight Jamboree Radio show, hosted by Ernest Tubb. All was broadcasted live.
Elvis told to Tubb that his real ambition is to sing country music. So Tubb's advise to Elvis was that Elvis should be doing that until he would be good enough for something else.
October 02, 1956
Elvis radio marathon in 1956 produced unusual results
Chicago radio station WAIT conducted a 12-hour marathon of Elvis records. Starting at 7 a.m., the station started broadcasting 33 Elvis records over and over. When it was done, the station reported the following results.
• One woman called to say she was canceling her dental appointment so she could stay home and listen.
• Another inquired when there would be a break for a long newscast. She wanted to hang out her wash but didn’t want to miss any songs.
• The mother of a 6-month old youngster said the baby usually cried all morning but went to sleep peacefully as Elvis crooned.
• A woman said she hadn’t missed work in more than two years but was playing sick to stick near the radio.
• Many mothers reported they had no trouble getting their teenagers up for school. The trouble was getting them off to school.
Elvis watched a special screening of Jailhouse Rock accompanied by his parents.
Elvis was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks in Friedberg. Before he was declared off-limits to the press, there was a news conference, at which Elvis answered all the now well known questions of the reporters.
In Palm Springs at the Frontier Gun Shop Elvis bought 6 guns and a pair of derringers along with ammunition.
Elvis performed at the Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
The bodies of both Elvis and Gladys Presley were moved to the Meditation Garden behind Graceland.
This took place under supervision of Sam Thompson.