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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.
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.