Elvis 1960s

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1960 begins with a promotion for Elvis to Sergeant!
Elvis returns from Germany on March 2nd and is officially discharged from military service on March 5.
His first post-Army album, Elvis is Back is recorded in late March.
Having developed an interest in karate while in the Army, on March 21 Elvis receives his first degree black belt.
In late April 1960, Elvis begins work on his first post-army movie, his fifth film, GI Blues for Paramount, the first of nine to be produced (not consecutively) by Hal Wallis. The soundtrack album will be Elvis’ most successful in terms of time on the Billboard charts
 May 8, 1960 brings ABC airing Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home, Elvis edition of his variety show, for which Elvis was paid a staggering $125,000.
On July 3, 1960 Vernon Presley marries divorcee and mother of three sons, Davada (Dee) Stanley, an American whom he met in Germany.Although they live at Graceland briefly, they later move to a home nearby.
March 25 of 1961 finds Elvis at the Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor. His performance and support raises money and awareness which enables the USS Arizona Memorial to be completed the following year. This will be Elvis’ last live, non-movie performance until his 1968 television special.
Elvis will remain in Hawaii thru mid-April filming Blue Hawaii. When the soundtrack album debuts in October of 1961, it sells so well that it becomes second only to GI Blues as the biggest album of Elvis’ career on the Billboard charts. Buy CD or Buy DVD
Late March to late April of 1962 finds Elvis working on Girls! Girls! Girls!,Buy DVD and late August and September bring filming on It Happened at the World’s Fair.
Priscilla Beaulieu had flown from West Germany to visit Elvis for Christmas 1962. And by early 1963 she will move there, finishing her senior year of high school in Memphis.
Elvis works on his thirteenth film, another “formula” movie, Fun in Acapulco. in the late winter of 1963. Buy DVD
By July, Elvis has gone to Las Vegas to film one of his most popular films, Viva Las Vegas. Buy DVD or Buy Blu-ray
Elvis records and shoots for his fifteenth motion picture, Kissin’ Cousins in October of 1963.
In early 1964 Elvis purchases the Potomac, former presidential yacht of Franklin Roosevelt, for $55,000.
In March of ’64 Elvis begins filming for his sixteenth motion picture, Roustabout, Buy DVD and by summer he’s working on Girl Happy. Buy DVD
In October of 1964 he’s at work on Tickle Me. Shamefully, this movie will have no new songs, just unreleased non-movie songs previously recorded. Buy DVD
Continuing the brutal schedule, by Spring of 1965 he’s filming Harum Scarum. Buy DVD And by May, work begins on his twentieth motion picture, to be released out of chronology as his twenty-first, Frankie and Johnny. Buy DVD.
With his huge generosity always evident, in July Elvis donates $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, reportedly the largest single donation the organization has ever received up to this date. Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra accepted the gift.
Back to the movies in August of 1965, this time it’s Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Buy DVD The location shoot allows for a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, which Elvis’ gifts had helped to build.
August 27, 1965. A big day. The Beatles visit with Elvis for several hours at his home in California and have an informal jam session.
February of 1966 and he’s at work on movie #22 – Spinout. By June thru September it’s Double Trouble. which is filmed back to back with #24,Easy Come, Easy Go. Buy DVD
December of 1966. Elvis proposes to Priscilla! ‘Bout time!
In February of 1967, Elvis buys the Circle G, a 163-acre ranch in Mississippi, minutes across the Tennessee state line from Graceland. Here he, Priscilla and friends will indulge their love of horses. Elvis’ favorite horse was Rising Sun.
RCA releases Elvis’ second gospel album, How Great Thou Art, in March of 1967. It will win Elvis his first Grammy award. Buy CD
February-April of ’67 he’s filming again. On #25 Clambake. Buy DVD
May 1, 1967. Just after 9:30AM Elvis married Priscilla in a small, private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. A press conference and breakfast reception follow. Then the couple honeymooned for a few days in Palm Springs.
May 29, 1967.Elvis and Priscilla dress in their wedding clothes and have a second wedding reception in the trophy room at Graceland to include their family and friends who were not in Las Vegas for the wedding.
During the summer of ’67, Priscilla’s pregnancy is announced.
Back at the salt mines…In summer its movie #26, Speedway Buy DVD and in the fall, Stay Away, Joe. Buy DVD
February 1, 1968, nine months to the day of their wedding, Priscilla gives birth to Lisa Marie Presley.
And in March it’s #28, Live a Little, Love a Little. The Great Dane that appears is this movie is Elvis’ real dog, named Brutus, although the dog’s screen name was Albert! Buy DVD
June 27, 28, 29, and 30. Taping for an NBC television special, which will actually air on December 3, 1968. The true name was Elvis but it is commonly called the ’68 Comeback Special.   Buy CD
Summer of ’68. Yup. #29, Charro!, Buy DVD and then in fall, #30, The Trouble with Girls. Buy DVD
During January and February of 1969 Elvis records some of his best work ever. Returning to Memphis, his produces four hits which will be released in late ’69 and early ’70. They are In the Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, Don’t Cry, Daddy and Kentucky Rain.
In the spring of 1969, Elvis films Change of Habit, which will be his last acting role in a motion picture.
July 31 – August 28, 1969. The now famous four-week, fifty-seven show engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. His show is wildly successful. Elvis’ first live album, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel is recorded during this engagement. Buy CD
In September, RCA releases Suspicious Minds, which becomes Elvis’ first number one single since Good Luck Charm in 1962.

Elvis Presley Songs and Albums

from the 1960s

Elvis 1960

Elvis is Back! Gold record
G. I. Blues Gold record
Fun Fact!Sgt. Elvis Presley was honorably discharged from the U.S Army on March 5, 1960.
Stuck on You Platinum record
Fame and Fortune Platinum record
(with Stuck on You)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Platinum recordPlatinum record
I Gotta Know Platinum recordPlatinum record
(with Are You Lonesome Tonight?)
It’s Now or Never Platinum record

Elvis 1961

His Hand in Mine Platinum record
Something For Everyone Gold record
Blue Hawaii Platinum recordPlatinum record
Surrender Platinum record
Flaming Star
I Feel So Bad Gold record
(Marie’s the Name of) His Latest Flame Gold record
Little Sister Gold record
(with His Latest Flame)

Elvis 1962

Pot Luck
Girls! Girls! Girls! Gold record
Can’t Help Falling in Love Platinum record
Good Luck Charm Platinum record
Follow That Dream
She’s Not You Gold record
Return to Sender Platinum record

Elvis 1963

It Happened At The World’s Fair
Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 3 Platinum recordPlatinum recordPlatinum record
Fun in Acapulco
One Broken Heart for Sale Gold record
(You’re the) Devil in Disguise Gold record
Bossa Nova Baby Gold record


Kissin’ Cousins
Roustabout Gold record
Kissin’ Cousins Gold record
Such a Night
Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby Gold record
Ask Me Gold record
(with Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby)

Elvis 1965

Elvis For Everyone!
Girl Happy Gold record
Harum Scarum
Crying in the Chapel Platinum record
(Such an) Easy Question
I’m Yours Gold record
Puppet on a String Gold record

Elvis 1966

Frankie and Johnny
Paradise Hawaiian Style
No Top Hit Singles charted this year

Elvis 1967

How Great Thou Art Platinum recordPlatinum record
Fun Fact!Elvis Presley is the only artist with two Multi-Platinum gospel or inspirational albums. Amazing Grace–His Greatest Sacred Performances is certified double-platinum, matching the sales of his 1967 album, How Great Thou Art.
No Top Hit Singles charted this year

Elvis 1968

Elvis’ TV Special Platinum record
No Top Hit Singles charted this year

Elvis 1969

From Elvis in Memphis Gold record
From Memphis to Vegas,
from Vegas to Memphis Gold record
Love Letters
If I Can Dream Gold record
In the Ghetto Platinum record
Suspicious Minds Platinum record


Gold record Means that the album or single has been awarded Gold status by the RIAA.

Platinum record Means that the album or single has been awarded Platinum status, sometimes multiple, by the RIAA.

June 3, 1997
Candace Rich