The return concerts were noted for the constant stream of sold-out shows, with many setting attendance records in the venues where he performed. After seven years off the top of the charts, Presley's song " Suspicious Minds " hit number one on the Billboard music charts on November 1 , The " Aloha from Hawaii " concert in January was the first of its kind to be broadcast worldwide via satellite and was seen by at least one billion viewers worldwide. The RCA soundtrack album to the show reached number-one in the charts.
Presley recorded a number of country hits in his final years. Way Down was languishing in the American Country Music chart shortly before his death in , and reached number one the week after his death. It also topped the UK pop charts at the same time. Between and Presley gave over 1, sold-out performances in Las Vegas and on tour. He was the first artist to have four shows in a row sold to capacity crowds at New York 's Madison Square Garden.
From to his death in Presley employed the Stamps Quartet , a gospel group, for his backup vocals. He recorded several gospel albums, earning three Grammy Awards for his gospel music. In his later years his live stage performances almost always included a rendition of How Great Thou Art , the 19th century gospel song made famous by George Beverly Shea.
Although some critics say that the singer travestied, commercialized and soft-soaped gospel "to the point where it became nauseating. After his divorce in Presley became increasingly isolated, overweight, and was battling an addiction to prescription drugs which took a heavy toll on his appearance, health, and performances.
He made his last live concert appearance in Indianapolis at the Market Square Arena on June 26 , On August 16 , , at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee , Presley was found lying on the floor of his bedroom's bathroom by his fiancee, Ginger Alden , who had been asleep. A stain on the bathroom carpeting was found that indicated "where Elvis had thrown up after being stricken, apparently while seated on the toilet.
It looked to the medical investigator as if he had 'stumbled or crawled several feet before he died. Presley was 42 years old. At a press conference following his death, one of the medical examiners declared that he had died of a cardiac arrhythmia from an intake of a large amount of drugs. Rolling Stone magazine devoted an entire issue to Presley RS and his funeral was a national media event.
Presley was originally buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis next to his mother. After an attempted theft of the body, his remains and his mother's remains were moved to Graceland to the "meditation gardens. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture.
It's hard to describe the feelings Elvis, his mother and I had for each other. With gossip-magazine rumors swirling about his relationship with Nancy Sinatra , Priscilla became convinced that her romance with Elvis was over and she would never see him again. A soundtrack LP eventually followed. The figure is to cover his attorney's projected fees in preparation for their August trial in their divorce case stemming from Elvis Presley's songs are unforgettable - they have stood the test of time, especially his singles of the s, a decade in which he had a song at No. Full-page, full-color photography of Elvis' wardrobe, including his amazing jumpsuits, is paired with style details, facts, quotes, original designer sketches, and more! Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work.
His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country. In her he exploded from sonic diaria book Elvis and Kathy, friend and backup vocalist Kathy Westmoreland wrote "Everyone knew he was sick, that each public appearance brought him to the point of exhaustion. According to Peter Guralnick 's book, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley , "drug use was heavily implicated in this unanticipated death of a middle-aged man with no known history of heart disease There was little disagreement in fact between the two principal laboratory reports and analyses filed two months later, with each stating a strong belief that the primary cause of death was polypharmacy , and the BioScience Laboratories report In his book, Elvis: The Last 24 Hours , Albert Goldman even went as far as to suggest that Presley committed suicide by overdosing on a stash of drugs that he stockpiled.
David Stanley, Presley's stepbrother, who was at Graceland the day Presley died, is alleged to have removed the needles and drug packets near Presley's body before the paramedics arrived, suggesting that he did not want to see Presley's name tarred with the brush of suicide. These rumors have been strongly rejected by some of Elvis's family and friends such as Joe Espositio during past appearances on the Larry King Show. On the other hand, some of his closest family members, friends, band members, and background singers have long disputed stories concerning Presley's alleged prescription drug abuse and "self-destructive" lifestyle.
At the same time, they have not denied that he did take prescription medications for bona fide or suspected health problems. Sumner pointed out that Presley also suffered from severe health problems unrelated to drug abuse. These health problems included glaucoma , chronic insomnia , and perhaps even bone cancer.
The illness may have increased his dependency on prescription medication. In alone, his personal physician Dr. George Constantine Nichopoulos usually referred to as "Dr Nick" had prescribed 10, hits of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives, and hormones. In , a Boston reporter said that Elvis had said, "the only thing niggers can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes.
In the '50s, a DJ refused to interview Elvis because he was a "nigger-lover".
Elvis told guitarist Scotty Moore , "Go tell that son of a bitch , I'm damn proud to be a nigger lover! He had close friendships with B.
King , Sammy Davis Jr. After Jackie Wilson went into a coma in the '70s, Elvis supported his family financially. Elvis requested to meet Martin Luther King in the mids, but never got the opportunity. Elvis was accompanied on stage by The Sweet Inspirations from until his death.
Once, while in Texas, the owner of a venue refused to allow them to go on stage because, he didn't "allow niggers in my arena". Elvis replied, "No Sweets, no Elvis. Not much has been written about Elvis's political views.
In the early s he described himself as an admirer of the Democratic President John F. In however he wrote to J. Edgar Hoover requesting to join the FBI at the height of its campaign against political activism. Most people were shocked at this, but his fans had mixed emotions. They wanted their hero making new movies and songs, but they were happy that Elvis had his feet firmly on the ground.
In December of that year he met with President Richard Nixon. Elvis also supported John F.
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Kennedy in and reportedly cried when he learned of his death. There is a picture of Elvis with President Johnson , who he met in Elvis also supported Robert Kennedy in the election until his assassanation. He also starred in the political film Change Of Habit. Elvis also met and became friends with John Lennon and Bob Dylan in the '60s. In a letter that Presley wrote to Nixon, requesting that they should meet, Presley told the President he was a huge admirer of everything he was doing, and asked to be made a "Federal Agent at Large" in order to help get the country off drugs.
Extraordinarily, Presley was likewise able to present Nixon with a gift of a Colt. Bush at an awards banquet.
After Carter was elected to the Presidency, Elvis called him on the telephone at the White House several times. When Presley died in August , "Carter said, 'He was unique and irreplacable. He burst on the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equalled. The first woman in Presley's life was his mother Gladys. In a newspaper interview with The Memphis Press Scimitar , Elvis himself was open about the close relationship to his mother. Presley's early experiences being teased by his fellow classmates for being a "mama's boy" had a deep influence on his clumsy advances to girls.
He didn't have any friends as a teen. Beginning in his early teens, Presley embarked upon the "indefatigable pursuit of girls", but was totally rebuffed. At school, anyone "wishing to provoke a little girl to tears of rage had only to chalk "Elvis loves -" and then the girl's name on the blackboard when the teacher was out of the room. While still a rising star, Presley also had a relationship with June Juanico , who is said to have been the only girl his mother ever approved of, but according to Juanico's own words, she "never had sex with Presley.
Juanico even blames Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, for encouraging Presley to go out with beautiful women only "for the publicity".