Music Diary – 1st February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 1st February!

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley

Happy birthday to Lisa Marie Presley, who was born on the 1st February 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee!

Lisa is the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley and her birthdate is exactly nine months after her parents‘ wedding. When she was four years old, the divorce happened and Lisa Marie lived with her mother. After the passing of Elvis Presley, the nine old girl became joint-heir to the estate with her grandfather Vernon Presley and her great-grandmother Minnie Mae Presley. In 1993, on Lisa’s 25th birdthday, she inherited the Graceland estate.

Lisa Marie Presley became also a musician and released several albums over the years. Her debut LP „To Whom It May Concern“ (2003) reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The single outtake „Lights Out“ reached No. 18 in the US and No. 16 in the UK.


Robert Hilburn from the „Los Angeles Times“ abut the album: „The music on her new album has a stark, uncompromising tone and Presley’s gutsy blues-edged voice has a distinctive flair.“

In April 2005 her second album „Now What“ hit the market and went top ten in the USA. About her third LP „Storm & Grace“ (2012 – produced by T-Bone Burnett), Allmusic judged: „On her first two albums, Lisa Marie Presley wanted to be a pop star with a difference; on ‚Storm & Grace‘, she clearly would rather be an artist, and if she’s still working her musical shortcomings out of her system, this is a stronger, more mature, and more effective work than one might have expected. Nearly ten years into a recording career she may or may not have wanted, Presley is finally developing a musical personality that truly suits her.“


Lisa Marie Presley has been married four times – among otheres she was the wife of Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage.

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Music Diary – 8th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 8th January!

Elvis Aaron Presley (8th January 1935 – 16th August 1977)

Elvis Aaron Presley (8th January 1935 – 16th August 1977)

Happy birthday to Elvis Presley, who was born on the 8th January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi! At the age of 13 he and his family moved to Memphis. In August 1953 he started his unique career by recording his first songs at the legendary Sun Records studios, produced by the label owner Sam Phillips. The two-sided acetate disc contained the tracks „My Happiness“ and „That’s when your Heartaches begin“. A few months later, in Janury 1954, Elvis recorded his second acetate at Sun Records: „I’ll never stand in your Way“ and „It wouldn’t be the same without you“. But again, he didn’t succeed as a singer and so he started working in April as a truck driver for the Crown Electric company. On the 5th July 1954, the historic session happened: Elvis Presley began playing the Blues number „That’s All Right„, written by Arthur Crudup. A single of that song was produced and Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played it three days later on his „Red, Hot, and Blue“ show. Listeneres began phoning over and over again, asking who this new singer was. The interest became so huge, that the record was playing repeatedly during the last two hours of the radio show. This was the start of Rock’n’Roll and Elvis‘ outstanding career get started.


The „King of Rock’n’Roll“ won three Grammys and over 600 million albums were sold worldwide. On the 16th August 1977, Elvis Presley died at the age of only 42 years.

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Music Diary – 27th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 27th December!

Scotty Moore

Happy birthday to Mr. Winfield Scott „Scotty“ Moore III, who was born on the 27th December 1931 in Tennessee (USA)! Scotty became very well known as the guitarist for The King of Rock’n’Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley!


Moore’s first group was Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers, before he played his first Sun Studio sessions with Elvis Presley in 1954. His unique playing can be heard on classics like „Blue Suede Shoes„, „Heartbreak Hotel„, „Mystery Train„, „That’s All Right (Mama)„, „Hound Dog“ and „Jailhouse Rock„. When Moore’s solo album „The Guitar That Changed the World“ was released in 1964 on Epic Records, Sam Phillips from Sun Records was very upset and Scotty Moore was sacked. Scotty played his last show with Elvis on „Elvis NBC TV-Special“ in 1968, which is better known under the moniker „68 Comeback Special„.


After that, Moore continued playing and recording with several artists like Carl Perkins, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. In 2000, Scotty Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Music Diary – 29th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 29th September!

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

On the 29th September 1935 Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis aka „The Killer“ was born in the town of Ferriday, Louisiana (USA). The singer and pianist is considered as one of the greatest Rock’n’Roll musicians in history. At the age of 21, Jerry Lee Lewis traveled for an audition to the legendary Sun Records studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Jack Clement recorded the cover version of „Crazy Arms“ (formerly recorded by Ray Price) and Lewis‘ own composition „End of the Road“. One month later, in December 1956, Lewis started his solo career and became also a sessions musician for Sun Records. His unique piano playing can be heard on many recordings for artits like Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

On the 4th December 1956 the historic jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins,  Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis happened. Label owner Sam Phillips recorded it. 25 year later is was available titled as „Million Dollar Quartet„.

In 1957 Lewis recorded his first hit „Whole Lotta Shakin‘ Going On„. And more chartbreaker followed like „Great Balls of Fire„, „Breathless“ and „High School Confidential„. After his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra in the same year, his popularity was quickly gone due to this scandal. He still recorded all over the years and especially his wild live performances in the sixties became legendary. The live album „Live at the Star Club, Hamburg“ (1964) proves this: „‚Live at the Star Club‘ is extraordinary, the purest, hardest rock & roll ever committed to record“, so music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine (Allmusic).

In 1989 the biographical movie „Great Balls of Fire!“ directed by Jim McBride with Dennis Quaid starring as „The Killer“ and Winona Ryder as Myra was released. For the soundtrack Jerry Lee Lewis re-recorded his songs.


After the induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), Lewis toured again in 1998 with the two Rock’n’Roll legends Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In 2006 the album „Last Man Standing “ was released. Three years later the record „Mean Old Man“ hit the stores. For the 18 new songs he worked together with people like Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Slash, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson and Ronnie Wood – just to name a few.

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Music Diary – 22nd September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 22nd September!

Elvis Presley (1958)

Elvis Presley (1958)

On the 22nd September 1958, Elvis Presley gave a press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn, before joining the 3rd Armored Division on the USS Genereal Randall in Bremerhaven, Germany. The „King of Rock’n’Roll“ answered questions about his army duty, music and family. After the press conference Elvis boarded the U.S.S. Randall.

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A few months before that press conference, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army on 24th March 1958. During his stay in Germany (Friedberg), Elvis met the 14 years old teenager Priscilla Beaulieu during a party at Elvis‘ home in Bad Neuheim. On the 1st May 1967 the couple get married. Only five years later Elvis and Priscilla seperated on 23rd February 1973. Their only child, Lisa Marie, was born exactly nine months after their wedding, on 1st February 1968.

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Music Diary – 1st May

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 1st May!

Priscilla and Elvis

Priscilla Beaulieu and Elvis Presley (1st May 1967)

On the 1st May 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Exactly one year later, Elvis‚ only child Lisa Marie, was born. After only five years, the couple divorced on 9th October 1973.

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Music Diary – 16th August

Welcome to the Melomane’s music diary – today for the 16th August!

elvis_RobertOn this day, the music world lost two great musicians: Mr. Elvis Aaron Presley, who died in the year 1977, and Mr. Robert Leroy Johnson, who passed away in 1938. The King of Rock’n’Roll died at the age of 42 and the Blues icon Robert Johnson was some kind of the founder of the legendary „27 Club„.

Tune in in their timeless songs – enjoy!

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