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Photos - Elvis Presley In Concert 1969 + Summer of 1969 at Graceland

Known for a powerful stage presence in total command of every room he has ever worked. But backstage at the International Hotel on July 31, 1969, Elvis Presley was packing back and forth like a panther. In a few minutes, he would march out into what was then the largest showroom in Las Vegas, holding 2.000 people.

It had been eight years since Elvis had last done a live concert, eight years of recording sessions and movie making, eight years since he had felt the electricity of a packed house. Those of us around him had no doubt he'd be a bigger hit than ever. Deep down probably Elvis knew himself.

But at the moment he was sweating through his black mohair suit.

As we started walking to the stage, Elvis became very quiet. You could see in his eyes that he was thinking about the show, going over the song list in mind. His tenseness was contagious. Soon we were all nervous. Comedian Sammy Shore finished his act and the house lights went down. The audience was hushed. The Bobby Morris Orchestra began to play and no further introduction was necessary.

Nervous time had turned into Showtime. Elvis was back where he belonged. His concerns, of course, were unnecessary. He performed brilliantly for 90 minutes. He fed off people.

February 26, 1969 - Elvis signing his performance contract with The International Hotel in Las Vegas.

February 26, 1969 - Elvis signing his performance contract with The International Hotel in Las Vegas. This photo opportunity was actually staged, and the actual contract signing did not take place until April.

Elvis Presley Las Vegas - August 1969
Elvis Presley 1969 International Hotel, Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley 1969 - Backstage The International Hotel, Las Vegas
Elvis Presley 1969 : Backstage The International Hotel, Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley July 31, 1969 International Hotel, Las Vegas
Elvis Presley : Opening Night : July 31, 1969 International Hotel, Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969
Elvis Presley : In Concert : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969.

Elvis Presley : In Concert : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969
Elvis Presley : In Concert : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969

Elvis Presley : In Concert : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969
Elvis embraced by a female member of the Las Vegas audience.

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

Live In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 1, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 12, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 17, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 18, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel : August 26, 1969

CDs

CD Viva Las Vegas 2 CD Set : International Hotel in Las Vegas, August 21, 1969
CD Elvis In Person FTD 2 CD Classic Album : Compilation + August 22, 1969 DS
CD Elvis At The International : August 23, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Hot August Night : August 25, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Elvis : Live In Las Vegas : August 26, 1969 Dinner Show
CD All Shook Up FTD CD : August 26, 1969 Midnight Show

Elvis Presley 1969

Elvis on Rising Sun at Graceland, circa May-June 1969.
Elvis on Rising Sun at Graceland, circa May-June 1969

Elvis Presley - Las Vegas, August 12, 1969.
Elvis Presley - Las Vegas, August 12, 1969. Photo from the book Elvis Behind The Image Volume 2

Chris Ellis, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones's drummer and Tom Jones.
Chris Ellis, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones's drummer and Tom Jones 1969

Elvis came back to Graceland at 12:30 a.m. on May 28 and left again for Los Angeles at 8 p.m. on June 10. The above photo appeared in the August 1969 issue of Elvis Monthly and Gary Pepper wrote about the horse-riding autograph sessions and writes that "this past Tuesday, June 10th, he (Elvis) had a call to fly back to California on business concerning the Las Vegas appearance at the International Hotel. So therefore we know that the photo was taken between May 29 (he rested most of the first day at home) and June 10.

Elvis at Graceland, circa May-June 1969. Summer of 1969 at Graceland

Elvis finished filming of his movie 'Change of Habit' for Universal Studios on May 4th and he, Priscilla and his cousins Patsy and Gee Gee Gambill flew to Honolulu for a two week's vacation leaving little Lisa Marie in the care of Priscilla's parents. After their vacation in Honolulu they flew back to Los Angeles for a week so Elvis could check with the studio to see whether or not he was needed for further filming, before they left for Graceland.

Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie arrived home on May 28th at 12:30 a.m.

On his first day home Elvis rested most of the time, and then at 12 p.m. he, Priscilla and Patsy went to Midnight Movies where he showed three movies titled 'Good Bye Columbus', starring Richard Benjamin; 'Winning' starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and 'Death Of A Gunfighter' starring Richard Widmark and Lena Horne. These movies were over at 5 a.m.

Elvis attended movies nightly, except for two nights, showing twenty-three movies. Some that he especially liked were 'Magnus' starring Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine, which he thought was terrific. 'True Grit' with Glen Campbell and John Wayne (great). 'Support Your Local Sheriff' with James Garner.

'The Lost Men' starring Sidney Poittier, 'The Eye Of The Cat, 'You Only Live Once' starring Sean Connery, 'The Illustrated Man' starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom, which he liked real well because Rod Steiger was one of his favourite stars, 'Charlie' with Cliff Robertson, 'Hell In The Pacific' with Lee Marvin, who was another favourite with Elvis, 'The Oblong Box' with Vincent Price, and last, but not least, 'Goldfinger' which he showed several times and enjoyed tremendously.

After a night at the movies and getting back to Graceland about 5:30 a.m. they hit the hay for some sleep and got up about 4 p.m. They had a swim in the park until about 5:30 and then had breakfast. By that time Elvis' uncle Earl Prichard and Mike McGregor had the horses saddled up ready for them to ride. Elvis and Priscilla took off riding the horses in the side lot and front grounds of Graceland putting on quite a show for everyone to see. Elvis was very generous with his fans who threw their shoes across the stone fence as Elvis rode near the front of the yard. He autographed the shoes and many other items and threw them back over the fence.

The next day Elvis rode down near the gate where at least 500 fans had gathered and a traffic jam on the highway was forming because people slowed the traffic down to get a look at Elvis. He rode his horse near the driveway and entrance to Graceland looking over the crowd and asked the gatekeeper to open the gates and let everyone in. He sat on his horse and signed autographs and allowed the fans to take photos and ask question for about two and a half hour. Someone in the crowd asked him about his neck scarf and he took it off and threw it into the crowd. As you can imagine there was quite a scramble and quite a few fans got a piece of it. Elvis finally got so hot and tired he said he would have to say goodbye to everyone.

An estimated three or four thousand people crowded onto his grounds. Not all at once, but coming and going. He continued to do the same thing each day for a week.

Elvis had planned to stay at Graceland but on June 10 he was called out to California and left with an 8 p.m. flight. The next day Priscilla and Patsy flew to New York on a shopping spree returning on June 17th.

Elvis returned from Los Angeles on June 21 and had a wonderful ten days visit together with Priscilla's family who had come to Graceland on June 19th.

Upon his return Elvis showed  more midnight movies such as: 'Hard Contract' with James Coburn and Lee Remick, 'One Hunter' starring Charlton Heston, 'The Lone Bug' with Dean Jones and Buddy Hackett, 'Che' with Omar Sharif and Jack Palance (as Fidel Castro) which Elvis was very interested in, 'More Dead Than Alive' with Clint Walker and Vincent Price.

He continued riding his horses each afternoon after a late afternoon swim in his beautiful swimming pool until the last week he was home the temperature got up to 102 degrees, and it got too hot for his horses to be down there with all the fans crowded around them while Elvis signed autographs; so he began riding down to the gate in his golf cart for his autograph sessions and picture taking with his fans. Around 8:30 after the temperature dropped a few degrees, at which time he usually took up about two hours of his time signing autographs, talking and joking with everyone.

Elvis had invited Glen Campbell's parents to Graceland after their son's movie 'True Grit' opened at the Malco Theatre. They had a wonderful evening with Elvis playing the piano and everybody joining in.

Elvis and his family and his entourage left at 8 o'clock on July 5th by plane for Los Angeles. They seemed to have had a real nice vacation and looked real slim and trim – looked and felt great. Many fans were thrilled because they had a chance to see him and talk to him and get their pix taken with him.

Elvis Candid - In Reflection

Story above put together from stories by Gary Pepper printed in Elvis Monthly 115-117

Live In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel : Las Vegas : July 31, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 1, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 12, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 17, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 18, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel : August 26, 1969

CDs

CD Viva Las Vegas 2 CD Set : International Hotel in Las Vegas, August 21, 1969
CD Elvis In Person FTD 2 CD Classic Album : Compilation + August 22, 1969 DS
CD Elvis At The International : August 23, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Hot August Night : August 25, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Elvis : Live In Las Vegas : August 26, 1969 Dinner Show
CD All Shook Up FTD CD : August 26, 1969 Midnight Show

January 1969

Elvis Presley Photos Aspen Colorado : January 24, 1969

February

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Jeannie C. Riley : Ferbruary 6, 1969 : Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

May

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley on Holiday, Hawaii : May and October 1969

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Tom Jones : The Flamingo Hotel : June, 10, 1969

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley in the driveway of his Hillcrest home, leaving for a rehearsal at RCA : July 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : July 14, 1969 : Rehearsal song list
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA : July 18-23, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel : July 31, 1969

August 1969

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas Press Conference : August 1, 1969
Articles about Elvis Presley
Interview with Elvis Presley : The 1969 Press Conference : August 1, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 1, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Backstage Las Vegas : August 6, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley In Concert 1969 + Summer of 1969 at Graceland
Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis hasn't lost it : review / aricle : Chicargo Times : August 10, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 12, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 17, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : International Hotel, Las Vegas : August 18, 1969
Elvis Presley CDs CD ::: Elvis Presley : August 21, 1969 : Live In Las Vegas
Elvis Presley CDs CD ::: Elvis Presley : August 22, 1969 : Live In Las Vegas
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with fans : August 23, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos
Elvis Presley : International Hotel : August 26, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Nancy Sinatra's Opening Night Post Show Party : Friday August 29, 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Priscilla Presley : Barbra Streisand's Vegas show : 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Don Ho and Elvis Presley : Las Vegas 1969
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Graceland : 1969 [Rare photo]
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Jeannie C. Riley [August 1969] New page link

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley on Holiday, Hawaii : May and October 1969

The Movies of 1969

Elvis Presleys Movies 1969, Charro!, National General
Elvis Presleys Movies 1969, The Trouble With Girls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Elvis Presleys Movies 1969, Change Of Habit, Universal

The Movies In Photos

Elvis Presley Photos Charro! New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Change Of Habit New page link

Articles about Elvis Presley Reinventing Elvis: The American Sound Studios Sessions

DVDs

DVD Charro!
DVD The Trouble With Girls
DVD Change Of Habit

CDs

CD From Elvis In Memphis : FTD 2 CD Special Edition
CD Elvis : Back In Memphis : FTD 2 CD Special Edition
CD From Elvis At American Sound Studio : FTD 2 CD Special Edition

CD Elvis : From Nashville To Memphis : The Essential 60's Masters 5CD Set

CD Viva Las Vegas 2 CD Set : International Hotel in Las Vegas, August 21, 1969
CD Elvis In Person FTD 2 CD Classic Album : Compilation + August 22, 1969 DS
CD Elvis At The International : August 23, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Hot August Night : August 25, 1969 Midnight Show
CD Elvis : Live In Las Vegas : August 26, 1969 Dinner Show
CD All Shook Up FTD CD : August 26, 1969 Midnight Show

Books

Book Elvis: Vegas '69 Hardcover Book
Book The Elvis Files Volume 5 1969-1970 : Hardcover Book : 560 pages, 1600 + pictures
Book Elvis '69 [JAT Publishing] Hardcover Book
Book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas : Hardcover Book : 360 pages, with 1300 pictures
Book Elvis : The Concert Years 1969-1977 Book
Book Elvis Concerts : Elvis Presley Book from JAT Publishing
Book Elvis : For The First Time Ever Elvis Book

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Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

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