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Elvis Presley – Takes My Breath Away!

"I Get Lost In Those Beautiful Blue Eyes"

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Elvis Presley Is the Spirit Of Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas, where Elvis has definitely not left the building.On the eve of the 30th anniversary of his death, the king of rock ‘n’ roll still reigns supreme in the “entertainment capital of the world.”On the Las Vegas Strip, Elvis’ spirit lives on in shows like “Legends in Concert,” “American Superstars” and “Trent Carlini: The Musical History of the King.” Hundreds of couples tie the knot in Las Vegas each year with “Elvis” officiating at their wedding and the city is home to the world famous Flying Elvi – a 10-member skydiving team dressed as the king.

Everywhere you look, from a rusted sign in the Neon graveyard that proclaims “Elvis slept here” to the $9.99 gold-rimmed sunglasses and sideburns at “World’s Largest Gift Shop” on the corner of Sahara Avenue and the Strip, Elvis lives on.

Graceland may be home to his shrine but it’s Las Vegas that pays homage to the spirit of Elvis the entertainer.

Elvis’ enduring popularity in Vegas is a tribute to the bonds forged between the singer and the city in a seven-year run between 1969 and 1976, a period fondly remember as the “Vegas Years.” It’s a legacy that continues to this day.

“He was the show in town – the one everyone wanted to go to because he was just really hot and was coming back with new music,” said singer Terry Blackwood, a member of the Imperials who sang backup for Elvis. “Everyone wanted to see Elvis.”

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A rocky start then the romance

Elvis first performed in Las Vegas in 1956 when he was just 21 years old. He was booked in the Venus Room at the New Frontier hotel, which billed him as “The Atomic Powered Singer.”

While he was already becoming quite popular with teens around the country, Elvis was not the typical Las Vegas Strip entertainer of the time and his shows were met with a cool reception.

Bill Willard, a reviewer for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, panned Presley’s performance writing, “For the teen-agers, the long, tall Memphis lad is a whiz; for the average Vegas spender or showgoer, a bore. His musical sound with a combo of three is uncouth, matching to a great extent the lyric content of his nonsensical songs.”

Willard may have captured the dismay that older Vegas audiences had with the young upstart, but Las Vegas resident Ed Jameson caught a vision of the future Elvis would have in Vegas.

Penning a rebuttal to Willard’s review, Jameson wrote, “He is not a Rock ‘n’ Roller nor is he a cowboy singer. He is something new coming over the horizon all by himself and he deserves his ever-growing audience. Nobody should miss him. Parents would do well to take their children to hear him. It would be a good way to get to know and understand your own kids.”

Elvis ended his two-week run unable to capture success in Vegas, but that didn’t end his relationship with the city. While he wouldn’t return to a Las Vegas stage for 13 years, in 1963 he spent several weeks in town to film the hit movie “Viva Las Vegas,” which co-starred Ann-Margret.

The movie was a huge success, costing only $1 million to make and earning $5 million. It also spawned what many consider Sin City’s theme song, “Viva Las Vegas.”

“Viva Las Vegas” also featured a Vegas wedding between Elvis and his co-star Ann-Margret. Four years later, reality mirrored the cinematic fairytale when Elvis’ real-life love story played out in Las Vegas. On May 1, 1967, at age 32, he married Priscilla Anne Beaulieu, 21, at Milton Prell’s Aladdin Hotel.They were wed in a quiet eight-minute ceremony in Prell’s suite at the hotel.

Success onstage at the International

Despite his history in the city, it wasn’t until The International hotel opened in 1969, that Elvis truly became synonymous with Las Vegas. While Barbra Streisand opened the showroom at the International, Elvis would make it world famous.

In 1969 Elvis performed his first show at the International to a sold-out crowd and he went on to perform regular engagements at the property for seven years – a total of 837 consecutive sold-out performances in front of 2.5 million people.

The sheer numbers from these performances are mind-boggling. In one 29-day period Elvis entertained 101,509 guests, bringing in $1.5 million in ticket sales. In the course of his 800-plus performances in Vegas, Elvis sold $43.7 million in show tickets, about $250 million in 2007 dollars. In the months when Elvis was performing, 1 in 2 visitors to Las Vegas saw his show.

The hotel became the Hilton in 1971 and over the years more people saw Elvis perform there than anywhere else in the world.

Blackwood recalled the opening show on July 31, 1969 as a who’s who of the entertainment business, with an audience full of celebrities including Tom Jones, Juliet Prowse and Sammy Davis Jr.

“He (Davis) was a big Elvis fan. He was right down in front – front row center – and right in the middle of the show Elvis specifically singled out Sammy Davis Jr. and walked down to the edge of the stage where Sammy was seated and took off one of his big rings – I don’t know what kind of ring it was – but he just handed it to Sammy and Sammy was thrilled of course.”

Elvis performed two shows a night – at 8 p.m. and midnight for a month-long stretch at a time. Blackwood said he’d usually get to bed about 3 a.m. but sometimes the group would be up all night.

“On average of about once a week, Elvis would come to our dressing room and say, ‘Hey guys, would you come up to the penthouse tonight – I’d love for you to come up and just hang out with me.’ Of course when Elvis invites you, you can’t say no. So we would all go up to the penthouse. He wanted to go up there and sing.”

Blackwood said the penthouse would be filled with food, drinks and Elvis’ Memphis friends.

“He’d sit at the piano or one of our guys would sit at the piano and would play and we’d sing gospel music and that’s about all we would do. Or he had a big stereo and he would play black gospel groups. He loved traditional black gospel music. We’d listen to it and go over and sing it. He had a ball singing … I would say I’ve never known a man who loved music more than Elvis.”

Janie Steele worked as a camera girl, taking pictures of guests in the showroom during Elvis’ 1970s shows. She was also lucky enough to get to socialize with Elvis after the shows.

“I was invited by one of his employees to come up to the suite between shows. I took one of my co-workers with me. He was just so nice and so handsome. I was overwhelmed. I don’t think I said very much. We sat with him while he ate his dinner along with lots of other people that were there also.”

Steele also often got to watch Elvis’ performances at the Hilton. “We were allowed to stand in the back of the showroom or sometimes we could sit on the steps that led down to the floor of the showroom. I saw so many that I lost count – pretty good for someone who thought she would never see him.”

Tickets to Elvis’ dinner show were $17.50 and included lobster or steak. The midnight show, which included drinks, cost a little less, but those who wanted a close-up view of Elvis had to pay a bit more.

“The maitre’d had to have made a fortune by being tipped to get down front,” Blackwood said. “I’m thinking probably $100 to $200 would have gotten you front row or right near the stage.”

The Imperials worked with Elvis until 1972 and Blackwood said the group always enjoyed working with him.

“I really liked Elvis and I really appreciated more than anything his genuineness. He was just a Southern gentleman. He was always kind and polite to people.”

Steele agreed. “He was always a gentleman with me, he always acknowledged me when he saw me at work. He was funny and witty. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I am still amazed that I saw his shows let alone met him,” she said.

Blackwood said he was also struck by Elvis’ intense love for people. “I never saw him  be rude to the fans. They could be quite demanding at times and he was always nice to them.”

Blackwood said the one thing he wants people to know about Elvis is that he always took his music seriously and gave his all to his fans.

“He was passionate about his music. He was passionate about giving the people his very best. He was passionate about hiring musicians and singers that he felt were the best he could give. In that sense he was really a perfectionist about his music. He was serious about it. I think a lot of the time there are music people who think he was not serious and he was just having fun – and he was doing that – but he was very serious about what he wanted the people to experience when he sang.”

Even though Elvis was scheduled for more appearances at the Hilton, December 2-12, 1976, turned out to be his last engagement there. Elvis died of a heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn.

The legacy

Elvis was fated to never perform again in Las Vegas, but the city never forgot the entertainer. Perhaps it was fated that a city which embraced Elvis the entertainer, would want to hold on to Elvis the myth. Even before his death, tribute artists were performing as Elvis. The King used to love catching Brendan Boyer’s impression of him, during the Irish Show Band’s performances in the Stardust Lounge in the ’70s. Las Vegas continues to offer tributes to Elvis nightly, 365 days a year.

A year after Elvis’ death a statue was dedicated in his honor at the Hilton hotel. Initially on display outside the Hilton showroom in a glass case, the statue was moved outside of the hotel’s front door in 2006.

At the Hard Rock Hotel, one of Elvis’ ’70s jumpsuits, a gold lamé jacket and a guitar are enshrined under glass. While at the Hard Rock Café gold records, belts, a smashed guitar and a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel to the Beatles are just some of the Elvis memorabilia on display.

In 2010 the Strip’s entertainment titan, Cirque du Soleil, partnered with CYK and its subsidiary, Elvis Presley Enterprises, plus MGM Mirage to create an Elvis Presley show at CityCenter, an $8 billion, 66-acre hotel, entertainment, dining and retail project at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

The show is a combination of live music and singers, projections and dance along with the latest multimedia sound and lighting.

“We are working closely with our partners to ensure the public will have an unforgettable encounter with the King of Rock and Roll,” said Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil. “Elvis had a unique relationship with his adoring fans in Vegas and a large part of our mission is to recreate the excitement and the spirit of joy he generated here.”

Long live the King.

were performing as Elvis. The King used to love catching Brendan Boyer’s impression of him, during the Irish Show Band’s performances in the Stardust Lounge in the ’70s. Las Vegas continues to offer tributes to Elvis nightly, 365 days a year.

A year after Elvis’ death a statue was dedicated in his honor at the Hilton hotel. Initially on display outside the Hilton showroom in a glass case, the statue was moved outside of the hotel’s front door in 2006.

At the Hard Rock Hotel, one of Elvis’ ’70s jumpsuits, a gold lamé jacket and a guitar are enshrined under glass. While at the Hard Rock Café gold records, belts, a smashed guitar and a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel to the Beatles are just some of the Elvis memorabilia on display.

In 2010 the Strip’s entertainment titan, Cirque du Soleil, partnered with CYK and its subsidiary, Elvis Presley Enterprises, plus MGM Mirage to create an Elvis Presley show at CityCenter, an $8 billion, 66-acre hotel, entertainment, dining and retail project at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

The show is a combination of live music and singers, projections and dance along with the latest multimedia sound and lighting.

“We are working closely with our partners to ensure the public will have an unforgettable encounter with the King of Rock and Roll,” said Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil. “Elvis had a unique relationship with his adoring fans in Vegas and a large part of our mission is to recreate the excitement and the spirit of joy he generated here.”

Long live the King.

Las Vegas has never forgotten the King. 365 days a year, the city celebrates the spirit of Elvis Presley in a variety of ways. Below, we’ve given you a chance to remember Elvis in his Vegas heyday 1969 – 1976.
April 23 – May 9, 1956: Elvis’ first Vegas appearance
Elvis made his first appearance in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel in the spring of 1956.

While the nation’s youth was in the grip of Elvis hysteria and “Heartbreak Hotel” was No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts

July 1963  Viva Las Vegas
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret are in Las Vegas filming what would be Presley’s 15th film, “Viva Las Vegas.” The film wouldn’t be released until June, 1964.

May 1st 1967 The Wedding

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Anne Beaulieu are married in a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel.

July 31st – Aug. 28th 1969 The King Returns
Thirteen years after his first appearance, Elvis returns to Las Vegas. He is booked for a four-week, 57-show engagement at the newly built International Hotel. The show breaks all existing Las Vegas attendance records. Elvis’ first live album is recorded during the shows.

Jan.- Feb. 1970
Elvis returns to Las Vegas for a month-long engagement at the International Hotel. Once again, Elvis breaks attendance records.

Aug. 10th – Sept. 7th 1970
Another popular month-long appearance at the International Hotel. MGM films some of the rehearsals and stage performance for its documentary “Elvis – That’s the Way It Is.”

January – February, 1971
Another month-long appearance at the International Hotel.

Aug. 9th – Sept. 6th 1971

Elvis returns to Las Vegas and appears at the International Hotel, now called the Las Vegas Hilton. During his month-long appearance he is given the Bing Crosby Award fromthe National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This award would later be renamed the Lifetime Achievement Award presented each year during the Grammy Awards. Elvis was 36 years old.

1972 – 1975 Elvis Live In Vegas

  • Jan. 26 – Feb. 23, 1971: Elvis appears at the International.
  • Jan. 26 – Feb. 23, 1973: Elvis appears at the International.
  • Aug. 6 – Sept. 3, 1973: Elvis appears at the International.
  • Jan. 26 – Feb. 9, 1974: Elvis appears at the International.
  • Aug. 19 – Sept. 2, 1974: Elvis appears at the International.
  • March 18 – April 1, 1975: Elvis appears at the International.

Aug. 18th – Sept. 5th 1975

  • Elvis opens at the Hilton, but ends his appearances on Aug. 20, 1975, when he is flown to Memphis and hospitalized.

Dec. 2-15, 1975
Elvis returns to the Hilton to make up for shows that were cancelled because of his ill health.

Dec. 2nd – 12th, 1976

Elvis appears at the Hilton for a two-week engagement. It turns out to be his final Las Vegas appearance.

August 16th 1977

Elvis dies at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. In Las Vegas, fans and friends mourn the passage of an entertainment and Vegas legend.

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Elvis Presley – KISS Loves Elvis Too!!!

Gene Simons

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KISS Dedicates “Rock N Roll All Night” To Elvis, August 16th 1977

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Famous People Speak About Elvis

Kurt Russell ( just some F.Y.I. about Kurt, when he was to star in the movie where portrayed Elvis, it was Mr Johnny Harra who help him choreograph all the “Elvis Moves” for Kurt.

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Goldie Hawn

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Linda Thompson

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Ann Margret

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The Beatles

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Martin Sheen

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Keith Richards

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Bill Medley

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Steven Tyler

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Led Zepplin

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Tony Clifton talks about Andy Kaufman’s meeting with Elvis Presley

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Jay Leno

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Elvis and Friends

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Wayne Newton

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CherCHER has revealed that she had the chance to sleep with Elvis Presley — but she turned the offer down and now regrets it!

The superstar singer/actress — who has dated the likes of Warren Beatty, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise — was so in awe of Elvis that she couldn’t go out with him because she was just too anxious.

“I wish I had gone on a date with him, I really do,” says the 64-year-old star.

“I was supposed to but I got so nervous I chickened out of it. Stupid girl. But I got so nervous I just couldn’t go. Now, obviously, I am kicking myself.”

"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia'

"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star”

Bono from U2

“…especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath”

Michael Ventura, LA Weekly
“Woman wanted him, men wanted to BE him, or just hang out with him.”
-Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson

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ELVIS THE KING OF VEGAS IN HD PART ONE AMAZING QUALITY AND UNRELEASED NEW FOR 2010

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Elvis – Bringing Sexy Back Check Out These Great pix of Elvis

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A Poem For Elvis – “A Star Over Memphis”

There’s
a star that shines bright over Memphis, It shines from heaven above,
It’s a star that many look up to,  And a star that millions love, It’s
the star of a whole generation, The star that lead the way, A star
whose massive influence is acknowledged still today, A star that gave it all it had…heart.. mind….body. & soul. The star of “ELVIS PRESLEY” The King of Rock N Roll. TCB Elvis 4 Ever!
“Elvis, you were more than a star, You are the whole Galaxy!!!
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Elvis Presley- Aloha

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Parts of Aloha Via Satellite:

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Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite
Elvis Presley

RCA 6089
Released: February 1973
Chart Peak: #1
Weeks Charted: 52
Certified Double Platinum: 5/20/88

Elvis PresleyMy God! Another live album from my hero. He’s turning them out as fast as he once made movie soundtracks. And with as little point, in view of the fact that the material, pattern, structure and sound vary so little from record to record. On the other hand, they sell better than his current studio albums, and those haven’t exactly been aesthetic triumphs, so maybe there is some logic to it.

Just the same, “Suspicious Minds” has been released live from Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden and Hawaii and not one of these versions comes close to the sheer artistry of the Memphis studio original. The live “Burning Love” is a mockery of Elvis’ best single since “Suspicious Minds.” The “American Trilogy,” El’s version of Mickey Newbury’s simple but effective blending of “Dixie,” “All My Trials” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” doesn’t generate anything near the power of actually seeing him do it.

In the enjoyable documentary Elvis On Tour he turns his performance into a visual drama. By contrast, the live recording magnifies the worst element of Elvis’ stage show — the simplistic horn arrangements, poorly performed — while the film magnifies the depth of Elvis’ commitment to the music.

I usually enjoy hearing him do the ballad staples he became identified with during the movie phase, especially the by-now haunting “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” with which he closes each concert (and here given its worst recording yet). But when he strays into the pure Caesar’s Palace repertory that includes “What Now My Love,” “You Gave Me a Mountain,” and “My Way,” depression crosses over the line into disgust.

As usual, Elvis tries his hand with some recently popular chart material; thus, a mediocre “Something,” and a bloated “Steamroller Blues,” only partially salvaged by some elegant James Burton lead guitar. The band is impersonal but astoundingly tight and professional throughout.

Charlie Gillett once noted that in his early records Elvis sang at the top of his vocal range but that soon after the move to RCA he started singing lower. The high notes were the mark of an innocently beautiful approach to rock & roll singing, the bass ones more symptomatic of his penchant for self-mockery. And on this album he seldom crawls past the middle register at all, a sure sign of what he’s thinking about himself.

There are moments when he pushes past every fault of the format and generates not just smoke but fire — as on a rousing “See See Rider.” But it is his good moments more than the bad ones that remind me of Greil Marcus’ comment that Elvis Presley’s whole career has been a throwaway. Albums like this one prove he was right. It is just that when I hear in the smallest ray of hope — like the interplay between Presley’s voice, Burton’s guitar, and Ronny Tutt’s drums on “Rider” — that I remember that there isn’t a reason in the world why he couldn’t make an album that was good from beginning to end. Does he have to throw it all away?

- Jon Landau, Rolling Stone, 3/29/73.

Bonus Reviews!

Although he is perhaps one of the world’s greatest music legends, Presley proceeds to slay an audience with more guts and more soul and more intensity vocally than any performer alive. His shows are not only a production, but a musical “happening.” And this live recording, which offers eight tunes previously unrecorded by Elvis, is not only a historical event because of the satellite broadcast and the U.S. TV special of the Hawaiian performance, but because Elvis, a focus point in the origin of rock, is perhaps back, cooking again like he seldom has in the past several years. Only on a couple of the tunes does he fail to exhibit that “spirit” for which he paved the way. Best cuts: “My Way,” “What Now My Love,” and a sparkling version of “Fever.”

- Billboard, 1973.

This was Elvis Presley’s most celebrated live performance, viewed by over a billion people worldwide via satellite. It includes “C.C. Rider,” “Burnin’ Love,” “Early Morning Rain,” “Love Me,” “Fever,” “Big Hunk of Love,” and 24 more.

- Roundup Newsletter

The live shows that Elvis Presley threw himself into from the end of the 1960s after an eight-year concert sabbatical reached critical mass in January 1973 when he played an hour-long set at Honolulu International Center Arena, raising $75,000 in aid of Hawaii’s best-known composer, Kui Lee. Not only did he perform for an auditorium audience of thousands, in something of a technological breakthrough for the time the concert was also broadcast by satellite to an estimated one billion people around the world.

By the time the show took place, RCA had already received advance orders for millions of copies of the accompanying double album. When it was released a month later, Aloha From Hawaii became Presley’s first album since 1964′s Roustabout to top the US Hot 100, replacing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon before making way a week later for Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy.

The recording captures Presley at his live peak, playing vintage favourites such as “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes” alongside more contemporary hits like “Burning Love.”

As of 2004, Aloha From Hawaii was the #47 best-selling album of the 70s.

- Hamish Champ, The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s, 2004.


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Elvis Presley – Bloopers And Having Fun

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