Elvis Timeline 1960's
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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