During March and April of 1972, Elvis films on and off stage during his 15-city concert tour. This tour started in New York and ended in New Mexico. The footage is part of the documentary Elvis on Tour, which recoups it’s production costs after three days in theatres and receives a Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary.
January 16, 1971.Elvis accepts the honor of being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). He is very proud of this – and rightly so.
July 31 – August 28, 1969. The now famous four-week, fifty-seven show engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. His show is wildly successful. Elvis’ first live album, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel is recorded during this engagement.
During January and February of 1969 Elvis records some of his best work ever. Returning to Memphis, his produces four hits which will be released in late ’69 and early ’70. They are “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Don’t Cry,” “Daddy” and “Kentucky Rain.”
June 27, 28, 29, and 30, 1968. Taping for an NBC television special, which actually aired on December 3, 1968. The true name was Elvis but it is commonly called the ’68 Comeback Special.
With his huge generosity always evident, in July, 1964, Elvis donates $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, reportedly the largest single donation the organization has ever received up to this date. Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra accepted the gift.
In early 1964 Elvis purchases the Potomac, former presidential yacht of Franklin Roosevelt, for $55,000
May 8, 1960 brings ABC airing Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home, Elvis edition of his variety show, for which Elvis was paid a staggering $125,000.
Having developed an interest in karate while in the Army, Elvis received his first degree black belt in March of 1960.
In July of 1956 he does a parody of that sketch on Steve Allen’s show by singing to a real Bassett hound. Elvis wasn’t happy about the idea – but he does it anyway. His success on Berle and Allen prompt the previously reluctant Ed Sullivan to sign a three appearance deal for $50,000 – an unheard of amount back then.
When Elvis’ now legendary hit Heartbreak Hotel was released, it sold 300,000 copies the first week
Elvis’ favorite female singer was Anne Murray and he recorded a version of “Snowbird.”
Elvis was offered the lead role of Tony in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, West Side Story, but Colonel Parker forced to make Presley turn it down as non-commercial despite Elvis’ arguments it would legitimize his acting career. The film won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Elvis was proud of his role in King Creole because the part was originally offered to one of his idols, James Dean. Although songs were later slipped into the movie, Elvis considered it his best work.
Billboard’s Joel Whitburn declared Elvis the “#1 Act of the Rock Era,” beating out The Beatles. His opinion was based upon Elvis’ dominance of the top 100 list of singles artists since 1955.
Elvis was the first artist to sell over one billion records worldwide and was the best-selling record artist in history.
The exact time and place of Elvis’ birth was in a small, two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi at 4:35 AM on January 8, 1935.
Elvis had 18 televisions in his Graceland home, including one installed on the ceiling over his bed.
Elvis’ idol was General Douglas MacArthur.
- Elvis collected statues of Joan of Arc and Venus de Milo.
- In 1988, Elvis’ name made approximately $15,000,000.
- In 2002, a remixed version of his 1968 song “A Little Less Conversation” was featured in a Nike commercial. It was released as a single in the UK, and went straight to #1.
- Elvis only made one commercial during his entire career. It debuted on November 6, 1954, and it was for “Southern Made Doughnuts.” He sang the jingle “You can get ’em piping hot after four PM, you can get ’em piping hot. Southern Made Doughnuts hit the spot, you can get ’em piping hot after four PM.”
Elvis was born in a small, two-room “shotgun shack” in Tupelo, Mississippi at 4:35 AM on January 8, 1935. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes earlier, stillborn – a fact which haunted Elvis until his dying day, causing him to believe that he had two souls within him, and two lives to live in a single lifetime.