Elvis Timeline 1970's
November 11, 1970
The documentary Elvis: That's The Way It Is premiered in the US. The movie, which mainly consisted of footage of his rehearsals and shows in Las Vegas in July and August ’70, was a huge success at the cinemas, and is still considered among fans as the best documentation of Elvis as a performer ever. The album released in combination with the movie, hit #21 on the Billboard album chart.
January 16, 1971
Elvis accepted the honor of being named “One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation”, an award given by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). This national award recognized young men who had made great achievements in their field of work. Several famous persons had been acknowledged this award over the years, including John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Orson Welles.
August 28, 1971
Elvis, as the first Rock ‘n’ Roll singer, received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Award Organization). Only five nominees had received the award prior to Elvis; Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin.
Elvis’ third gospel album He Touched Me was released. Elvis won his second Grammy Award for this album, and it has sold more than a million copies in the US alone, a formidable accomplishment for an album containing entirely of gospel music. The majority of the songs were recorded in May and June 1971, during sessions in Nashville.
June 9-11, 1972
Elvis performed four sold-out shows in Madison Square Garden, New York. Among the 80,000 spectators were celebrities like John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Art Garfunkel and Bob Dylan present. RCA recorded both shows on June 10th, and the evening show was released just a few days later on the record Elvis: As Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden.
January 14, 1973
This was to become one of the most important days in Elvis' career. His concert at the Honolulu International Center Arena in Hawaii was broadcast live to more than 40 countries via satellite (in addition, there were approximately 30 European countries that saw the concert slightly delayed). It is estimated that one billion people watched the TV show… that was significantly more than those who saw the lunar landing live! The accompanying album Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite hit #1 on the Billboard album chart on May 5th, 1973. This was his last #1 album in the US during his lifetime.
January 26, 1973
Elvis opened his 8th season in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel. Elvis held two shows every day for almost a month. The season ended on February 23rd. During this engagement Elvis presented Muhammad Ali a robe with the inscription “The People's Champion”. Later Ali offered his boxing gloves to Elvis with the imprinting “You're the greatest” on the left glove, and “To Elvis, my main man, from Muhammad Ali” on the right.
March 16, 17 and 20, 1974
Elvis held five sold-out shows in his hometown over three days. Elvis had not performed in Memphis since 1961, and the audience greeted their town’s most famous citizen welcome home in a grand scale. The show on March 20th was recorded and later released on the album Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis. The album contained a performance of the gospel hymn “How Great Thou Art”. Elvis won his third Grammy award for this performance.
January 29, 1975
Once again Elvis was admitted to hospital for his increasing health problems. He was diagnosed with hypertension and an obstructed colon caused by overuse of prescribed drugs. He was treated with cortisone, which has the side effect of causing notable weight gain. He returned home on February 14th.
March 18, 1975
Elvis opened his 12th season in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel. Elvis held two shows every day for two weeks. The season ended on April 1st. During this season Elvis was offered the leading role in the movie A Star Is Born starring Barbara Streisand. Though this would have given Elvis his long awaited chance to act in a serious movie, it unfortunately never materialized.
December 2, 1976
Elvis opened his 15th and last season in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel. The season ended on December 12th. Just two days after the opening Elvis twisted his ankle, but he chose to continue his engagement. This forced Elvis to be seated during some of his performances.
June 19 and 21, 1977
Elvis’ shows in Omaha and Rapid City were recorded by RCA and filmed by CBS for the upcoming TV-special Elvis in Concert. Sadly, the footage showed quite clearly Elvis' deteriorating condition during his last days. The TV-special did not air until October 3rd, one and a half month after Elvis’ death.
The Elvis album Moody Blue was released. This was his last album to be released in his lifetime, and consisted of mixture of live tracks and studio tracks recorded in the Jungle Room at Graceland in February and October 1976. The album hit #3 on the Billboard album chart and the single “Way Down”, picked from this album, hit #1 on the UK singles chart.
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