Elvis is rejected from staring in a Hank Williams film
Elvis is rejected in favor of George Hamilton to play Hank Williams in a film of his life, Your Cheatin’ Heart, because Williams’ widow feels the presence of Elvis would overshadow her Husband’s story.
The yacht Potomac, which was owned by President Roosevelt, is bought by Elvis. A month later Movie Life ran an article about Elvis and Ann-Margret marriage but the article was referring to the film Viva Las Vegas in which they got married.
The Beatles’ arrived in New York and Elvis sent them congratulatory letter.
Elvis donated the Yacht Potomac to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Kissin’ Cousins sneak previewed in North Long Beach, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
Elvis had an award given to him by Shelby Country and Memphis business for Americanism.
Kissin’ Cousins opened across the nation and the first publication of the newspaper, the Elvis echo, edited by Paulette Sansone.
The premiere of the film Viva Las Vegas the New York; the film finished on Roustabout.
The hairdresser Larry Geller and Elvis meet when Larry cuts Elvis’s hair and Larry persuades him too study the occult.
Elvis was presented with the South African Gold Record Award for the film ‘Kiss Me Quick’ on the set of Girl Happy at MGM lot a close friend of Elvis’s Johnny Burnette had drowned in California and Elvis was devastated
The press from the UK had reported that Ann-Margret and Elvis had planned to marry which she denied
The release of Roustabout, which goes on to release $3 million by the end that year.
Elvis was voted sixth top box-office draw by owners of a theater and he was presented an award Tennessee Entertainer of the year.
The year that Elvis reached 30 and life was busier for him than ever.
Elvis had his 30th Birthday at his home Graceland.
Filming began on Harum Scarum for MGM Studio’s.
Elvis started to visit the self- realization fellowship center and later met its president, Sri Daya Mata.
National release of Girl Happy, which went on to make $3.1million by the end of that year, despite poor previews.
Filming began on Frankie and Johnny for United Artists.
This was the premier of Tickle Me in Atlanta, Georgia.
Filming began on Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
Elvis’s absent without explanation from the set of Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
The Beatles and Brian Epstein would meet Elvis at his Bel Air home.
Bill Black, one of the Blue Moon Boys, died during surgery for a brain tumor.
The Premiere of Harum, Scarum in Los Angeles.
Elvis moved from Perugia Way, Bel Air, to Roca Place in Stone Canyon.
1966 – 1968:
These are the years that Elvis became a family man.
December 66. Both Priscilla’s parents and the Colonel had insisted that it was about time for Elvis and Priscilla to get married or she would have to move out of Graceland so Elvis decided to propose just before Christmas.
67th Feb, Elvis bought the Circle G Ranch in Walls, Mississippi.
March 67 Annette Day, Co-Star of Double Trouble, is given a white Mustang by Elvis.
10th March Elvis had mild concussion after he slipped in the bathroom.
1st May Elvis and Priscilla were married at a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2nd-6th May Elvis and Priscilla had their Honeymoon in Palm Springs and went on to go to their Circle G Ranch with some of the members of the Memphis Mafia.
7th May Priscilla and Elvis moved into their new home in Beverley Hills.
29th May Priscilla and Elvis had a second wedding at Graceland for their family and friends who were not able to attend their first wedding.
June. In a US magazine there was a story suggesting that Elvis and Nancy Sinatra had a romantic involvement.
9th September Leaving Priscilla in Bel Air, Elvis had to fly to Nashville. November the cover of a magazine which featured Elvis reported that he was to be a Dad.
3rd December The RCA radio station has a special radio show for Elvis called Seasons Greetings from Elvis.
December Elvis had received a Grammy for best sacred performance in How Great Thou Art; a pop poll named him Number One male singer and Music personality in the US.
31st December. Elvis hired a club in Memphis with 500 guests for a New Year’s Eve party even though Elvis did not make an appearance.
1968 January. Elvis made an announcement that he wanted to do a tour in Europe but his plans did not come around.
1st February. Priscilla and Elvis had a beautiful baby girl at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis and they named her Lisa Marie.
7th February. Elvis is affected by the death of his close friend nick Adams who unfortunately committed suicide.
8th February Elvis was honored by Play Boy magazine as the musician of the year.
5th March. Elvis had to fly to California for one of his recording sessions.
25th May. Elvis met a Martial Arts expert called Mike Stone in Honolulu and he asked if he would teach Priscilla Martial Arts and a few days later as an anniversary present, Priscilla bought Elvis a 1928 Kimball Grand Piano and had it gold leafed inside and out to celebrate the year.
15th June. Priscilla and Elvis went to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu. June the TV Times had reported that fans had no longer screamed when they saw Elvis appeared.
June 27-30. Elvis did a TV Special for NBC TV which was taped and in which he was persuaded to wear a black leather outfit and go back to his roots of his music.
4th July. Elvis donated his very own Rolls Royce Phantom V to an auction which had raised $35,000 for a charity.
30th September. Elvis was one of the guests who attended the funeral of Dewey Phillips in Memphis.
October. Priscilla and Elvis were on the cover of a magazine which claimed that the couple would like another baby.
3rd December. NBC TV broadcasted the Comeback TV Special of Elvis and it was rated the highest program of that week.
4th December. The New York Times had reported that Elvis’s fans had started to buy his records again for the first time after he had finished his film career.
31st December. Elvis was shown in the UK on the BBC2 channel.
Elvis ends movie career and returns to his singing career.
Elvis decided that he had enough of his movie career and missed the audience and being on stage.
Elvis decided to move his horses from the Circle G Ranch to Graceland as he decided to sell the ranch.
Elvis decided to go on a diet to lose weight as he had a show in Las Vegas and also had rehearsals in July.
Elvis’s song ‘In the Ghetto’ was certified Gold by RIAA.
For the first time in 8 years Elvis appeared at the international Hotel in Las Vegas for a live concert.
Elvis decided to tell reporters that he wanted to do a world tour but it unfortunately never happened. The very next day Elvis was awarded a gold belt at the International Hotel for being the world champion for the attendance record. The same Month fans traveled from different continents to see Elvis in his Vegas shows. A little later that month Rolling Stone reported that Elvis was Supernatural. He was called a Superstar by Variety.
TV Networks broadcasted Elvis’s Comeback Special for the second time.
The film The Trouble With Girls had its National release and also this month Suspicious Minds/ You’ll Think Of Me was released and hit the billboards top 100 for 15 weeks and reached number one in November for only the one week of its release.
The LP ‘From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis’ is certified gold by the RIAA.
Elvis’s Vegas years
Elvis received a Gold Disc for selling a million copies of his hit Don’t Cry Daddy from RIAA.
At the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Elvis started a new season of concerts.
Elvis had his 57th concert in Las Vegas and it happened to be the last of that date.
Elvis started his first concert of a 3 day booking at the Houston Astrodome at the livestock show were Elvis performed 2 shows every night.
After the shows, Elvis had flown back to Memphis to have a rest but he checked himself into the Baptist Memorial Hospital where he was informed that he had Glaucoma in his left eye.
Felton Jarvis decided to leave the RCA record company and he then managed Elvis’s recording career.
Patricia Parker, a Hollywood Waitress filed a paternity suit against Elvis claiming he was the Father of her son Jason who was born 19th October 1970.
The FBI were called to a show to protect Elvis as there were threats received of Kidnap or Murder to Elvis but they turned out to be completely false.
Elvis gave a concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix and many other places around the US over the next few days.
Elvis became a special deputy which gave him permission to legally carry a gun wherever he went around Memphis. Elvis had a gold necklace made for all the Memphis Mafia which had inscribed ‘T.C.B’ which stood for Taking Care Of Business which included a lightning bolt which also was on the necklace. The significance of the lightning bolt was ‘in a flash’.
THATS THE WAY IT IS film of Elvis’s concerts and recording sessions had its premiere in which they were filmed in the cities of Phoenix, Arizona; Portland, Oregon. Portland, Oregon named the day “Elvis Presley Day”, were Elvis performed at the memorial Coliseum. During that month, Elvis gave concerts in different cities like New Jersey, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Oklahoma City and finally Denver.
Elvis had spent a maximum of $20,000 on his guns on a three day shopping spree.
During a meeting at the White House with President Nixon, Elvis was given the Narcotics Bureau Badge since he had offered to go undercover to help get rid of drug abuse and subversive behavior in the US.
At the wedding of Sonny West and Judy Morgan, Elvis was the best man and Priscilla was the Matron of Honor and it was held in Memphis.
Elvis was taken for a VIP tour of the headquarters for the FBI in Washington DC.
Elvis had the most up and down year he had ever known.
Elvis collects an award in person for the first time for being voted one of the ten most outstanding men in America.
Elvis appeared at International Hotel in Las Vegas for a season of 57 concerts.
Elvis flew home to Memphis for 7 days before he drove onto Nashville for his recording sessions.
Suspicious Minds was named the most outstanding single when it was recorded in Memphis, TN.
Elvis’s birthplace in Tupelo was opened to members of the public for the first time.
Elvis played his first 28 concerts at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in State line Nevada followed by another 57 shows at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.
Elvis and Priscilla moved out of their home in Hill Crest and put it up for sale and then moved into a new house in Montvale.
Elvis bought his very first Stutz Blackhawk Coupe, he then bought 3 of the same model but the car was meant for another star.
A radio show which was produced by Jerry Hopkins and Ron Jacobs which was a 12 hour radio show which was called The Elvis Presley Story.
Elvis performed many concerts including Minneapolis, Cleveland, Louisville, and many other Towns and Cities also after the concerts, Elvis had passed a lie detector test and blood test to prove that he was not the Father of Patricia Parker’s Son, she then dropped the paternity suit against Elvis.
Elvis informs all is companions that Priscilla had left him after 4 years of marriage.
Elvis and Priscilla divorce after many years together.
This was a brand new season for Elvis as he played 57 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.
Priscilla visited Elvis to tell him that she has been having an affair with her karate teacher Mike Stone.
Elvis played many concerts in New York, Detroit, Dayton, Knoxville and many other cities for which many of them were filmed for a documentary called Elvis on tour.
Elvis played the opening concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City followed by a further concerts in Fort Wayne and Evansville in Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago, Fort Worth, Wichita and finally Tulsa.
Elvis met Linda Thompson who was a former Beauty Queen.
Priscilla and Elvis are finally legally separated.
Elvis has an opening concert, the first of 63 at the Hilton in Las Vegas.
Elvis files to get his divorce finalized from Priscilla.
Elvis had a press conference were the Colonel confirmed of an upcoming broadcast in January for NBC Television.
Elvis and Linda Thompson move into Graceland together.
The release of the film Elvis on tour reached astounding half a million dollars in only 1 week.
A series of different concerts were played in Lubbock, Tucson, El Paso Texas and many other places.
Elvis had a Grammy awarded for his performances and LP’s and even the documentary Elvis on Tour which was voted the best of 1972 by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and it also had a Golden Globe award.
This is the start of his Hawaii concerts.
Elvis arrived in Honolulu to start rehearsals for his Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii concert.
Elvis’s show (Aloha from Hawaii) was broadcast to over 40 Countries all over the world.
28 different European countries saw the second broadcast of Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii concert.
Elvis with his entire entourage flew into Las Vegas for rehearsal for his opening for the season in Las Vegas.
Elvis started the opening concert of his 54 concerts at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Elvis presented Muhammad Ali with a flamboyant jewel encrusted robe with the emblem of PEOPLES CHAMPION which he wore at his next fight against Joe Bugner in Las Vegas on the 14th February.
Elvis missed several concert dates due to a personal problem that was out of his control for many years.
Four over excited fans rushed the stage to Elvis when He knocked one back into the audience and the others were removed by the security but they ended up being over excited fans who just wanted to get close to him.
Elvis had finished his concert in Las Vegas, but he would stay on to see his friend Ann-Margaret’s opening show and several other shows.
Elvis returns to Graceland to relax with Linda Thompson and all of the members of the Memphis Mafia.
After a LOT of persuasion, Ed Parker presented Elvis with a Kenpo Karate 6th degree Black Belt.
Elvis also persuaded Kang Rhee to give him the 7th degree Black Belt in the Pasaryu Karate level.
Elvis was booked for 25 concerts at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Stateline, Nevada but Elvis had to cancel many of his concerts due to him having ill health.
After a Mother’s Day special concert, he donated money to his favorite hospital in the memory of his Mother.
Elvis returned to Memphis because he was ill and absolutely exhausted and he would go back to Memphis.
Elvis missed 2 concerts due to ill health at the Las Vegas Hilton that were planned as a series of the 59 remaining concerts.
Colonel Parker and Elvis had a major argument which resulted in them breaking the partnership but they soon reinstated the partnership.
Elvis and Priscilla went to Santa Monica to finalize their divorce proceedings.
Movie World featured the pictures of Priscilla and Elvis on their cover were they reported that Elvis had collapsed after their divorce.
The beginning of Boxcar Enterprise (Elvis’s new creation).
Colonel Parker and Elvis created a new enterprise which they called Boxcar Enterprise which handled the day to day Elvis merchandise which was not connected to any of the movies or the records that the company Boxcar records also created.
Elvis performed a series of 29 concerts that were held at a venue named The Las Vegas Hilton which would end 9th of February.
Silver Screen featured a cover of Elvis and it had an article that would speculate that Elvis was to marry his longtime girlfriend Linda Thompson.
Elvis would play concerts which would start in Tulsa and would go around the United States and would finish in his home town of Memphis.
Dr George Nichopoulos (Dr Nick) would be Elvis’s full time Physician during his tour and he would monitor his drug intake while on tour.
Elvis played 22 concerts around Los Angeles, California and Nevada.
During a 21 day tour, Elvis played concerts in Fort Worth, Baton Rouge, and Amarillo. Des Moines, Cleveland and many other places around the US.
Elvis had a series of 29 Concerts planned at The Hilton Hotel (Vegas) but he had to cancel 2 of his performances due to ill health.
ALSO IN THAT MONTH
Elvis replaced Linda Thompson with Sheila Ryan as his official girlfriend.
Linda Thompson returned on the scene as Elvis’s girlfriend once again.
Local Detroit papers became enthusiastic when they heard that Elvis was going to perform a concert at The Olympian Stadium.
Elvis played concerts in different states starting at the St Paul in Minnesota and ending in Nevada.
Rolling Stone reports that Elvis wins a Grammy for his performance of “How Great Thou Art” which ends up featured on his Live Stage LP.
Elvis has a long EARNED rest at Graceland after a long strenuous year and an article from a Celebrity magazine comments on his poor health.
In this year Elvis and Vernon both had to spend time in hospital with their ill healths.
Elvis was admitted to the hospital at 12 midnight with very bad stomach pains and while he was there the Doctor’s decided to get his drug use back in control.
Vernon (Elvis’s Father) suffered a heart attack and ended up being admitted to the very same hospital as Elvis was a week before.
Elvis recorded for RCA at Hollywood Studios.
The first of 29 shows was scheduled at The Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.
Barbara Streisand asked Elvis to take the Co Starring role in the remake of A Star is born but Colonel decided to stop Elvis from making the film.
Elvis asked his body guards to look for a plane for him to travel in. They found a 96 passenger Conair 880 plane which Elvis decided to decorate in the famous blue and white. He then christened it the ‘ Lisa Marie’, it was delivered to Elvis on the 10th of November.
Elvis played many concerts around the United States of America.
Elvis played concerts at a state fair coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi and the concert raises a magnificent $108,000 for the survivors of a hurricane in McComb, Mississippi.
Elvis had surgery on his eyes to make him younger looking.
At a concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Elvis generously gave an audience member a ring worth $6,500.
Elvis bought 14 Cadillac Eldorado’s and he gave every one of the 14 cars away.
Elvis remained in his poor health while Priscilla and Mike Stone split up. Priscilla started an acting career.
Elvis is having to cancel many of his concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel due to his poor health.
As an ongoing problem, Elvis was admitted to a hospital for 2 weeks to sort out all his health issues that he had.
The Lisa Marie plane was finally delivered to Elvis for him to use to travel all around the United States and Hawaii.
Elvis flew to Las Vegas for rehearsals for his 17 shows at the Hilton in Las Vegas were Linda Thompson briefly accompanied him for support.
Elvis’s time with Ginger Alden.
Elvis bought 5 more cars which he gave away to many people.
The Colonel has 50/50 partnership of Elvis’s live dates.
RCA temporarily had installed recording equipment at Graceland for Elvis to record many hits.
Elvis invested in a Presley Centre Courts Incorporated which had run Racquet Ball Clubs. Elvis was a quarter partner along with Dr George Nichopoulos and Joe Esposito and the real estate developer Michael McMahon. Elvis decided to pull out when it was proven to be losing lots of money.
Elvis played 15 shows in various states across The United States Of America.
Elvis planned to do another recording session at his home in Graceland but he was too unwell to do the recording.
Elvis Meets Ginger Alden who is a beauty queen (Miss Memphis 1976)
After a visit to Graceland, the President’s brother Billy Carter makes a comment that Elvis is better protected than the President of The United States.
Elvis plays many concerts in Nevada, Oregon and California were Ginger Alden was invited to join him and Linda Thompson had finally left for good.
Elvis has 15 concerts to begin at the Hilton in Las Vegas and it was to end on the 12th December and this time Elvis did not miss the performances.
Elvis gave Ginger a brand new Lincoln Mark V car.
Vernon has a suspected heart attack which gets him admitted to the local hospital.
Elvis performed 5 concerts around the United States which started in Wichita and ended in Pennsylvania.
THIS IS THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF ELVIS’S LIFE AND WHAT WAS GOING ON.
There is an article in TV Star Parade which featured a rumor that Elvis and Priscilla had remarried in secret.
Elvis spent his Birthday with his girlfriend Ginger and her Sister Rosemary at his home in Palm Springs, California.
Elvis had a recording scheduled in Nashville Tennessee which he would end up cancelling due to having a sore throat.
Elvis presented Ginger with a diamond engagement ring. He asked her to be his wife.
Elvis and Ginger travelled to Los Angeles to celebrate Lisa Marie’s 9th Birthday.
Elvis played 17 different concerts starting in Florida all the way to and ending in Louisiana.
Elvis went on a 2 week holiday to Hawaii with Ginger and her family.
Elvis was booked to do many concerts but during the tour Elvis collapsed and had to be admitted to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Elvis left Hospital and returned to Graceland were he would spend some time recuperating after his collapse.
Elvis and Ginger had an argument which would result in Elvis asking Alicia Kerwin to travel to Las Vegas and Palm Springs with him.
Elvis had many punishing concert schedules across the United States were Ginger would accompany him to most of them. Newspapers had reported that Colonel Parker was planning to sell the contract that he and Elvis had to pay his gambling debts off that he had built up over the years
An announcement made by the Colonel which announced details for a forthcoming CBS concert special which was going to be filmed for Elvis’s next tour.
Elvis was awarded the Gold medal award for Favorite Variety and Rock Music Star.
Elvis would make his return back to Graceland so he could recuperate after his very hectic schedule.
3 of Elvis’s ex members of the Memphis Mafia, Red West, his Cousin Sonny West and Dave Hebler had published a book based on the true facts of life with Elvis which was called Elvis: What Happened? It was written by a man called Steve Dunleavy.
Elvis’s Daughter, Lisa Marie arrived at Graceland for her 2 week holiday were Elvis would rent an amusement park called Liberty land. The park was rented for Lisa Marie and her friends as a gift to them.
Elvis had a tour planned and he went to see his dentist for a check-up. He would later return to Graceland. He went to the Jungle room with his friends where he put on some records and played the piano, some of his favorite gospel music. After he had finished He and Ginger left the Jungle room and went to bed. Elvis Told Ginger he would go the bathroom so he would not disturb her sleep.
A few hours later she woke up to find Elvis had not gone to bed. She knocked on the Bathroom door when Elvis did not answer her she then entered the room to find him face down on the floor. She picked up the telephone that was on the bedside to call for help. Joe Esposito answered the phone. He ran to the bathroom where Elvis was and tried to give CPR to him while another of the Bodyguards called for an Ambulance. When the Paramedics arrived someone called Elvis’s Personal Physician. As Elvis was put into the back of the Ambulance the doctor arrived at Graceland. He then went into the back to help with Elvis. Vernon (Elvis’s Father) announced to the Media, “My Son is dead.”
Thousands of fans would be standing outside of Graceland to have a glimpse of him lying in state.
Elvis’s funeral was held at his home and he would be laid to rest next to his mother at the cemetery in Forest Hill. They would later remove Elvis as a result of someone trying to steal Elvis’s body to prove that he was not really died. (See 29th August for the full description.)
Six days after Elvis’s death, RCA reported to have sold over Eight million of his records since he had passed away.
The Colonel persuaded Vernon to sign a contract giving the full rights of marketing Elvis’s products to Boxcar Enterprises. 50 per cent was to be equally split between the Colonel and the Elvis Presley estate.
Three men attempted to steal the body of Elvis to prove that the coffin was empty. The charges were later dropped when the court had no evidence of the offence occurring.
Documentaries of Elvis were shown while a Certified Gold was given to Elvis.
The bodies of Elvis and his mother Gladys were re-moved from a Cemetery in Forest Hill and were then placed at his home in Graceland.
Doctor Nichopoulos was suspended by a court while it investigated prescription drugs that were given to Elvis.