Elvis Timeline 1960's

Back with a Bang... The Post Army Years 1960 - 1961

January 20, 1960

Elvis was promoted to Sergeant in the US Army.

March 5, 1960

Elvis was officially discharged from his army duty. Elvis returned from Germany to the US on March 3rd. An immense press corps was around to greet Elvis welcome home to American soil, but they didn’t get the chance to interview Elvis before he held a press conference at Graceland on March 7th.

March 26, 1960

Elvis attended the Frank Sinatra Timex Special. Ironically, Sinatra had been very negative towards Elvis just a few years earlier, but that was apparently forgotten this spring. Elvis performed his new pop single; “Stuck On You” and “Fame And Fortune”, Frank Sinatra's “Witchcraft”, and a duet with Sinatra on “Love Me Tender”. The TV show Welcome Home Elvis, was broadcasted on national TV on May 12th.

April 6, 1960

Elvis’ first post-Army album Elvis is Back! was released. The album was recorded just 4 days prior to its release, and it hit #2 on the Billboard album chart.

June 4, 1960

The Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark (now Queen Margrethe II of Denmark), Princess Astrid of Norway, and Princess Margaretha of Sweden visited Elvis on the movie set of G.I. Blues.

July 3, 1960

Elvis’ father Vernon married the divorcee and mother of three sons Davada (Dee) Stanley. They first met each other in Germany, during Elvis’ army-days.

July 5, 1960

After returning from his army service, Elvis had 4 consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart; “Stuck On You”, “It’s Now Or Never”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Surrender”. The second single in this amazing string of hits was “It’s Now Or Never”. The single spent 5 weeks on the top spot, and are now Elvis’ bestselling single ever, besides “Hound Dog”! Some sources claim that the single has sold 25,000,000 copies worldwide.

July 21, 1960

Elvis received his first degree black belt in karate.

September 23, 1960

The soundtrack album for G.I. Blues was released. This was his fifth album to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart , and his most successful in terms of time spent on the charts.

November 23, 1960

Elvis’ first gospel album His Hand in Mine was released. It was the first of three gospel albums that Elvis made during his lifetime. The songs were recorded in Nashville on October 30th and 31st. The album hit #13 on the Billboard album chart.

November 23, 1960

Elvis’ first movie of the 60s G.I. Blues opened nationwide in the US. The movie was shot in April, May and June 1960. The Movie reached #2 on the Variety Weekly National Box Office chart, and was the fourteenth highest grossing film of the year in 1960.

December 22, 1960

Elvis’ 6th motion picture Flaming Star premiered in the US. The movie was shot during August, September and October 1960, and was a western drama with only two songs included.

February 7, 1961

The Elvis single “Surrender” was released in the US. It was an adaptation of a Neapolitan ballad entitled “Torna a Surriento”. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and gave Elvis his 4th consecutive number one hit in the US after returning from the army. It also reached the top spot on the UK singles chart, and eventually became one of Elvis’ bestselling singles ever.

February 25, 1961

Elvis performed two shows at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis to benefit 38 different charity organizations in the area.

March 25, 1961

Elvis performed live at the Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was a charity event to benefit the USS Arizona Memorial. This turned out to be Elvis’ last real live performance until his comeback in Las Vegas, the summer of 1969.

May 19, 1961

The Elvis album Something for Everybody was released. This was his sixth album to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart.

June 15, 1961

Elvis’ 7th motion picture Wild In The Country premiered in the US. The movie was shot between November 1960 and January 1961.

October 20, 1961

The soundtrack album to Blue Hawaii was released. On the Billboard album chart Blue Hawaii is second only to the soundtrack of West Side Story as the most successful album of the 1960’s. The Elvis signature song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” originates from this album; a song that reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart when released as a single.

November 22, 1961

Elvis’ 8th motion picture Blue Hawaii premiered in the US. The movie was shot in Hawaii during March, April and May 1961. The movie is regarded as one of Elvis’ best known and most successful of his career. It opened at #2 in box office receipts for that week and finished as the 10th top-grossing movie of 1961 and 14th for 1962 on the Variety National Box Office Survey.

Lost in Hollywood... The Movie Years 1962 - 1967

February 27, 1962

The Elvis single “Good Luck Charm” was released. The song was recorded in October ’61, and hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the UK singles chart. The song was Elvis’ last number one hit in the US for more than 7 years.

May 23, 1962

Elvis’ 9th motion picture Follow That Dream premiered in the US. The movie was shot in July and August 1961. The movie was yet another success for Elvis, and it reached #5 on the Variety Weekly Box Office Survey.

June 5, 1962

The Elvis album Pot Luck was released. The album, containing songs mainly recorded in Nashville in March ‘62, reached #4 on the Billboard album chart and #1 on the UK album chart.

August 29, 1962

Elvis’ 10th motion picture Kid Galahad premiered in the US. The movie was shot in October, November and December 1961. The movie featured Charles Bronson as Elvis’ boxing instructor.

November 21, 1962

Elvis’ 11th motion picture Girls! Girls! Girls! premiered in the US. The movie was shot in Hawaii during April and May 1962. The movie featured one of his best known songs “Return To Sender”. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on the UK singles chart.

March 2, 1963

Priscilla Beaulieu moved from Germany to USA to live with Elvis at Graceland. She finished her senior year of high school at the Immaculate Conception High School in Memphis.

April 3, 1963

Elvis’ 12th motion picture It Happened at the World's Fair premiered in the US. The movie was shot in September, October and November 1962. The famous actor Kurt Russell made his acting debut in this movie as an uncredited eleven year old boy. In 1979, Russell would play the role of Elvis in the John Carpenter directed motion picture Elvis.

August 3, 1963

The Elvis single “Devil In Disguise” hit #1 on the UK singles chart. This was his 14th number one hit in the UK. In the US the single hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

November 27, 1963

Elvis’ 13th motion picture Fun In Acapulco premiered in the US. The movie was shot in January, February and March 1963.

January 30, 1964

Elvis purchased the USS Potomac, the former presidential yacht of Franklin D. Roosevelt, for 55,000 USD. He later donated it to St. Jude Children's Hospital, in Memphis. The hospital sold it that same year for 75,000 USD.

March 6, 1964

Kissin’ Cousins, Elvis’ 15th motion picture shot in October and November 1963, premiered as his 14th movie in the US.

June 17, 1964

Viva Las Vegas, Elvis’ 14th motion picture shot in July, August and September 1963, premiered as his 15th movie in the US. This movie, regarded by fans and film critics as one of Elvis’ best 60’s movies, are known for the on-screen and off-screen chemistry between Elvis and his co-star Ann-Margret. Viva Las Vegas was a success at movie theaters, and ended up on the Top 20 Movie Box Office Hits of 1964.

November 11, 1964

Elvis’ 16th motion picture Roustabout premiered in the US. The movie was shot in March and April 1964. The soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard album chart in January 1965, and it turned out to be Elvis’ last number one album of the 60’s.

April 7, 1965

Elvis’ 17th motion picture Girl Happy premiered in the US. The movie was shot in June, July and August 1964.

July 7, 1965

Elvis’ 18th motion picture Tickle Me premiered in the US. The movie was shot in October and November 1964, and is the only Elvis movie that didn’t include any new songs. Elvis won a 1966 Golden Laurel Award as “Best Male Actor in a Musical Film” for his role.

June 10, 1965

Elvis donated 50,000 USD to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. This was the largest single donation the organization had ever received. Frank Sinatra and the actor Barbara Stanwyck accepted the gift.

June 19, 1965

The Elvis single “Crying In The Chapel” hit #1 on the UK singles chart. This was his 15th number one hit in the UK, and his last of the 60’s. This was actually a song Elvis had recorded five years earlier, on October 30th, 1960.

August 27, 1965

The Beatles visited Elvis at his house at Perugia Way in Beverly Hills, California. The day after, John Lennon told the press; “… we met him last night. We can't tell you how we felt. We just idolized him so much. ... You can't imagine what a thrill that was last night. Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles”.

November 24, 1965

Elvis’ 19th motion picture Harum Scarum premiered in the US. The movie was shot in March and April 1965.

March 31, 1966

Elvis’ 20th motion picture Frankie and Johnny premiered in the US. The movie was shot in May and June 1965.

May 25-28, 1966

During a recording session of the album How Great Thou Art, Elvis recorded “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” by Bob Dylan. Dylan later told the press on Elvis’ version of the song; “…the one recording I treasure the most”.

July 6, 1966

Elvis’ 21st motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style opened nationwide in the US. The movie was shot in August and September 1965. It was his third and final motion picture filmed in Hawaii, and parts of the movie were shot at the USS Arizona Memorial which Elvis' contribution helped to build four years earlier.

November 23, 1966

Elvis’ 22nd motion picture Spinout premiered in the US. The movie was shot in February, March and April 1966.

December 24, 1966

Elvis proposed to Priscilla, and she accepted!

February 8, 1967

Elvis bought the Circle G Ranch in Mississippi, just minutes across the Tennessee state line from Graceland. Elvis, his family and friends spent a lot of time at the ranch in 1967 throughout 1968, indulging in horseback riding and “ranching”.

February 27, 1967

Elvis’ second gospel album How Great Thou Art was released. It won a Grammy Award in the Best Sacred Performance category. The album has sold more than 3,000,000 copies in the US alone, and peaked at #18 on the Billboard album chart in May 1967.

March 22, 1967

Elvis’ 23rd motion picture Easy Come, Easy Go premiered in the US. The movie was shot in October and November 1966.

April 5, 1967

Elvis’ 24th motion picture Double Trouble premiered in the US. The movie was shot in July and August 1966.

May 1, 1967

Elvis and Priscilla were married during a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Only a small group of family and friends were present. Joe Esposito, Elvis’ personal assistant and long-time friend, was best man. On May 29th they arranged for a second wedding reception at Graceland to include their family and friends who weren’t present in Las Vegas.

November 22, 1967

Elvis’ 25th motion picture Clambake premiered in the US. The movie was shot in March and April 1967.

Back to Business... The Comeback Years 1968 - 1969

February 1, 1968

Priscilla gave birth to Elvis’ only child Lisa Marie, exactly nine months after their wedding.

March 8, 1968

Stay Away, Joe, Elvis’ 27th motion picture shot in October and November 1967, premiered as his 26th movie in the US.

June 12, 1968

Speedway, Elvis’ 26th motion picture shot in June, July and August 1967, premiered as his 27th movie in the US. Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s daughter, co-starred.

June 27-30, 1968

Elvis did the recording and shooting of the NBC TV Special in Burbank, California. It was aired on December 3rd, 1968.

October 23, 1968

Elvis’ 28th motion picture Live a Little, Love a Little premiered in the US. The movie was shot in March, April and May 1968. The movie featured the song “A Little Less Conversation”. This song was re-released as a remixed version in 2002 and became a worldwide hit. The new version reached #1 on the UK singles chart, and gave Elvis his 18th number one hit in the UK.

December 3, 1968

The TV Special Elvis premiered on NBC. The TV-show, later known as the '68 Comeback Special, was viewed by half of the American population and the media acknowledged unanimously that Elvis was back!

January 13, 1969

Elvis began one of the best recording sessions of his career at the American Sound Studio in Memphis. The sessions brought several hit-songs to the table; “In the Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Don’t Cry, Daddy” and “Kentucky Rain”.

March 13, 1969

Elvis’ 29th motion picture Charro! premiered in the US. The movie was shot in July and August 1968.

April 15, 1969

The Elvis single “In The Ghetto” was released. The song became a worldwide #1 hit. In the US it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

June 17, 1969

The Elvis album From Elvis in Memphis was released. The album, containing songs recorded in January and February at the American Sound Studio, reached #13 on the Billboard album chart and #1 on the UK album chart.

July 31, 1969

Elvis opens his first season in Las Vegas for 13 years; his first real live show since March ’61. His comeback to the stage was an unequaled success, and both the fans and the media were ecstatic about his performance. Elvis' first live album, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel was recorded during this engagement.

August 26, 1969

The Elvis single “Suspicious Minds” was released. The song, recorded in January ’69 during the Memphis Sound sessions, hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singleschart, and gave Elvis his 18th #1 hit in the US.

September 3, 1969

Elvis’ 30th motion picture The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get into It) premiered in the US. The movie was shot in October, November and December 1968.

October 14, 1969

The Elvis album From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis was released. This Double-LP contained the second batch of songs recorded in January and February at the American Sound Studio on LP 1, and live performances recorded in Las Vegas August 1969 on LP 2.

November 10, 1969

Elvis’ 31st motion picture Change Of Habit premiered in the US. The movie was shot in March and April 1969. This would be Elvis’ last acting role in a motion picture.

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