Elvis singing Noel
Elvis singing Noel
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
Aug. 18th – Sept. 5th 1975
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.
THE GOLD BELT STORY – THE BELT WAS AWARDED TO ELVIS FOR BREAKING ATTENDANCE RECORDS IN LAS VEGAS
KISS Dedicates “Rock N Roll All Night” To Elvis, August 16th 1977
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.
Elvis and Friends
here is the song by Wayne Newton about Elvis
CHER 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
Parts of Aloha Via Satellite:
Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite
Released: February 1973
Chart Peak: #1
Weeks Charted: 52
Certified Double Platinum: 5/20/88
My 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.
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.