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Elvis Presley And The Events Of 1977

By David Troedson
Source: Elvis Australia
August 16, 2000 - 12:01:00 AM

Elvis Presley & the events of 1977

January - Bill Clinton takes public office for the first time, as attorney general
January 1 - The album 'Elvis In Demand' released. Highest chart position #12
January 1 - Australia's population reaches 14,000,000
January 14 - Australian actor Peter Finch dies (1916-1977)
January 20 - Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th President of the United States
January - Alex Haley's 'Roots' attracts the largest television audience in history
February 2 - Elvis Presley No-Shows RCA Recording Session - Press scimitar

February 12 - 21 Elvis tours in concert.

February 12 - Hollywood. Ca. Sprtatorium
February 13 - West Palm Beach. Fla. Auditorium
February 14 - St. Petersburg, Fla. Bay Front Center
February 15 - Orlando, Fla. Sports Stadium
February 16 - Montgomery. Ala. Garretti Coliseum
February 17 - Savannah, GA. Civic Center
February 18 - Columbia, S. Carolina. Carolina Coliseum
February 19 - Tohnson City, Tenn. Civic Center Freedom Hall
February 20 - Charlotte, N. C. Coliseum
February 21 - Charlotte, N. C. Coliseum
March - 'Welcome to my World' album released, Highest position U.S. #44 U.K. #7 AU #58
March - Australia wins Centenary Cricket Test against England by 45 runs - same margin as 1877

March 23 - 30 Elvis tours in concert

March 23 - Tempe. Arizona. Arizona State Univ.
March 24 - Amarillo. Texas. Civic Center
March 25 - Norman, Oklahoma. Univ. Of Oklahoma
March 26 - Norman, Oklahoma. Univ. Of Oklahoma
March 27 - Abilene, Texas. Taylor County Coliseum
March 28 - Austin, Texas. Municipal Auditorium
March 29 - Alexandria, LA. Rapidas Parish Coliseum
March 30 - Alexandria, LA. Rapidas Parish Coliseum

April 1 - 5 Elvis is hospitalized in Memphis and tour shows scheduled for March 31-April 3 are canceled.

April 1 - Elvis Admitted To Baptist Hospital 'Entertainer Elvis Presley was admitted to Baptist Hospital early today after canceling a show at the last minute in Baton Rouge, La., and flying to Memphis with complaints of intestinal flu ..' - The Memphis Press Scimitar

April 6 - Elvis at Home : Hospital on Call 'Elvis Presley was released from Baptist Hospital at 4am yesterday [April 5] ... He decided to keep the [Hospital] rooms reserved ... He is feeling fine and looking forward to returning to his personal appearance tours that begin April 21 at Greensboro, NC'. - The Commercial Appeal

April 21 - May 31 Elvis tours in concert.

April 21 - Greensboro, N. C. Coliseum
April 22 - Detroit, Michigan. Olympia Stadium
April 23 - Toledo, Ohio. Univ. of Toledo
April 24 - Ann Arbor, Michigan. Crisler Arena
April 25 - Saginaw, Michigan. Saginaw Center RCA releases 'Unchained Melody', 'Little Darlin' and 'If You Love Me' on the album Elvis in Concert.
April 26 - Kalamazoo, Michigan. Wings Stadium
April 27 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Arena
April 28 - Green Bay, Wisconsin. Brown County Veterans
April 29 - Duluth, Minn. Duluth Arena
April 30 - St. Paul, Minn. Civic Center
May 1 - Chicago, Ill. Chicago Stadium
May 2 - Chicago, Ill. Chicago Stadium
May 3 - Saginaw, Michigan. Saginaw Center
May 20 - Knoxville, Tenn. Univ. Of Tennessee
May 21 - Louisville, Ky. Freedom Hall
May 22 - Largo, Md. Capital Center
May 22 - 60 second RCA Elvis radio commercials played in Australia (Welcome To My World)
May 23 - Providence, R.I. Civic Center
May 24 - Augusta, Maine. Civic Center
May 25 - Rochester, N.Y. Community War Memorial
May 26 - Binghamton. N.Y.
May 27 - Binghamton. N.Y.
May 28 - Philadelphia, Pa. Spectrum
May 29 - Baltimore, Md. Civic Center
May 29 - 60 second RCA Elvis radio commercials played in Australia (Welcome To My World)
May 30 - Jacksonville, Fla. Coliseum
May 31 - Baton Rouge, La. La State Univ

June 1 - 2 Elvis tours in concert.

June 1 - Macon, Ga. Coliseum
June 2 - Mobile, Ala. Municipal Auditorium

June - The Single 'Way Down' released - Highest chart position #18 U.K. #1 AU #6
June - President Carter visits Australia

June 17 - 26 - Elvis tours in concert. Shows on June 19, 20, and 21 are recorded by RCA and videotaped by CBS-TV for an upcoming live album and television special. Footage from the show on the 20th is not used in the show. The special will be called 'Elvis in Concert'. It will air in early October after Elvis' death in August. The camera gives a shocking picture of Elvis' poor health in his final days. Still, some of the song performances are great. He still had his voice.

June 17 - June 25 Elvis tours in concert.

June 17 - Springfield, Mo. Southwest Mo. State Univ.
June 18 - Kansas City, Mo. Kemper Arena
June 19 - Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha Civic Center Recorded by RCA for Elvis in Concert
June 19 - 60 second RCA Elvis radio commercials played in Australia (Welcome To My World)
June 20 - Lincoln, Neb. Perishing Municipal Auditorium
June 21 - Rapid City , S.D.. Mount Rushmore Recorded by RCA for Elvis in Concert
June 22 - Sioux Falls, S.D. Sioux Falls Arena
June 23 - Des Moines, Iowa. Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
June 24 - Madison, Wisc. Dade County Coliseum
June 25 - Cincinnati, Ohio. Riverfront Coliseum
June 26 - A concert at Indianapolis, Indiana's Market Square Arena. The last concert performance.
June 26 - 60 second RCA Elvis radio commercials played in Australia (Welcome To My World)
June 27 - August 15 Elvis relaxes in Memphis and prepares for the next leg of touring for 1977
June 30 - The United States introduces Cruise missiles to replace the B-1 bomber
July - The album Moody Blue released - Highest chart position U.S. #3 U.K. #3 AU. #3
July 22 - MOSCOW (AP) - Pitty Poor Elvis - So Say Reds 'To hear the Soviets tell it, rock star Elvis Presley is now a broken and forgotten man demonstrating to the world the heartlessness of the American system of exploitation. ...Today this 42 year old man has lost his taste for life ..'
August 1 - The book 'Elvis - What happened ?' released
August 12 - The Space Shuttle Enterprise makes it's first successfull solo flight
August 15 - The album 'Moody Blue' enters Australian album charts.
August 16 - Shortly after midnight Elvis returns to Graceland from a late-night visit to the dentist. Through the early morning of the 16th he takes care of last minute tour details and relaxes with family and staff. He is to fly to Portland, Maine that night and do a show there on the 17th, then continue the scheduled tour. He retires to his master suite at Graceland around 7:00 AM to rest for his evening flight. By late morning, Elvis Presley is dead. It is announced by mid-afternoon. In a matter of hours the shock registers around the world.

'A Memphis Fire Department ambulance from Engine House 29 at 2147 Elvis Presley Boulevard responded to the call at 2:33 pm and by 2:56 pm had taken Presley to the emergency room at Baptist Hospital, seven miles away from his Whitehaven home' 'It was just a routine call. Someone was having difficulty breathing at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard. Such calls had come in before when people had collapsed on the street as they waited to catch a glimpse of their singing idol. The call was received by the normal procedure, said Charlie Crosby, an emergency medical technician. We only knew it was his house'. - The Commercial Appeal

The News Headlines

Death Captures Crown of Rock and Roll - The Commercial Appeal - 'The ambulance hit the gate as it was going in [to Graceland] ... There was severe cardiovascular disease present ... Dr. Fransisco said ... there was no indication of drug abuse of any kind. He said the only evidence of drugs involved those Presley was taking for his physical condition ..'

A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard - Memphis Press Scimitar

Rock Idol Elvis Presley Dies at 42 - The Washington Post - Elvis Presley, who revolutionized American popular music with his earthy singing style and became a hero to two generations of rock 'n' roll fans, died yesterday in Memphis,Tenn. He was 42.

Reaction among fans, performers and music industry executives elsewhere was also emotional. In Santiago, Chile, newspapers stopped the presses and radio stations changed their evening programming to recount the life of 'El Rey de Rock 'n' Roll'. In Memphis, the telephone system was reported unable to handle the volume of calls coming into the city from around the country. Hundreds of weeping fans gathered outside Baptist Memorial and Graceland Mansion last night.

Two European radio stations also suspended regular programming as soon as Presley's death was announced. Radio Luxembourg, the continent's most widely listened-to pop station, canceled all its commercials to play Presley's music nonstop.

'This is the end of rock 'n' roll,' said Bob Moore Merlis, an executive with Warner Bros. Records, who compiled an anthology of Presley's early material several years ago for RCA.

'The void he will leave is impossible to gauge,' said Pat Boone.

One Hour Battle Fails .. King Elvis Dies - The Herald (Australia)

Fans Fight To Peer At Elvis - The Herald, Late edition (Australia)

Fat, 42 And Fazed - The Sun (Australia) - 'He couldn't sing anymore', 'His stage appearances were a joke because his stomach bulged over his gold lame, sequined suits' 'Presley's movie career ended in 1969 after about 60 films, all with roughly the same plot'
[From John Fraser in New York.]

Elvis Presley Is Dead - Daily Mirror (England)

Rocks First Superstar Elvis Presley, 42, Dies - Rocky Mountain News

King Elvis Dead - The Sun (England)

All Roads Lead to Memphis - Evening Standard (England)

August 17 - Elvis was to have begun another tour, starting with a concert in Portland, Maine

August 18 - Final Glimpse of Falllen Star Lues Faithful 'An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 persons visited Graceland during the day Wednesday [August 17] to pay there respects ... Presley's body was placed in the foyer just inside the front door. It was the first time the mansion had been open to the public since Presley purchased it in 1957 ... Throughout the day the crowds moved single- file into the front foyer. The visitors were quickly routed out of the house as soon as they viewed the body ... The gates were closed at 6:30 pm to the distress of many fans [Below], and at 6:00 it was estimated that 10,000 persons were in line and that 20,000 to 25,000 had filed into the mansion'

'Eddie Fadal, who described himself as a 'lifelong friend' of Elvis, emerged from the mansionto give reporters a picture of what was taking place inside'. 'Things are very quiet' hesaid'People are sitting around the coffin in the living room. Some are crying, but everyone is pretty subdued'. Fadal said Ginger Aldren, the late singer's fiacee, was taking his death 'well' but that Priscilla Presley, the singer's ex-wife and mother of their daughter Lisa, was 'taking it very, very hard'.

August 18 - Elvis' Funural Service - 'C.W. Bradley, minister of Woodvale Church of Christ conducted the brief service at the mansion ..' - August 19. 'We are to honor the memory of a man loved by millions. ... But Elvis was a frail human being. And he would be the first to admit his weaknesses. Perhaps because of his rapid rise to fame and fortune he was thrown into temptations that some never experience. Elvis would not want anyone to think that he had no no flaws or faults. But now that he's gone, I find it more helpful to remember his good qualities, and I hope you do too'. - From the August 19 editions of The Commercial Appeal and The Tennessean - Nashville

August 19 - Elvis Burial Hused, Private 'The 2 p.m. funeral sevices were held in Presley's music room, which ajoins the living room'. ' During the services a gospel quartet sang 'How Great Thou Art' and Sweet, Sweet Spirit'. Guests left Vernon Presley, the singer's father, alone after the last words were spoken. It was Vernon Presley whose car led the procession afterwards, when shortly after 3:30 p.m., guests and family members left the grounds. Behind that car followed the white hearse that bore the un-draped coffin. Behind the hearse rode Presley's divorced wife Priscilla, her face red behind her veil, clutching9-year-old Lisa Marie to her breast'. - The Tennessean - Nashville

August 19 - Rock 'N' Roll King Entombed 'The flower-laden coffin of Elvis Presley was carried into it's resting place at Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery ..' 'The Crypt in the mausoleum where the body was placed was later sealed and mortared over, then covered with a marble slab'.

August 19 - Colonel To Maintan Control Memphis - 'Col. Tom Parker, the man Elvis Presley credited with 'making me what I am', will remain in charge of the late singer's affairs for the time being, it was learned yesterday .... Joe Esposito said'. 'He [Parker] was arranging details of the singer's New England Tour when he learned of the heart attack ..' - The Tennessean (Nashville)

August 19 - Swerving Cars Kills Two Elvis Mourners 'I can't believe Elvis is really dead' Alice Hovatar was telling Patrolman W.C. Greenwood early Thursday [August 18] as she and Joanne Johnson passed the time with idle conversation in front of Graceland Mansion. It was about 3:30 am, and moments later the two 19-year olds from Monroe, La., would be killed instantly by a driver in a no-traffic lane ... Greenwood looked up in time to jump out of the way'.

August 19 - Grouho Marx dies (1890-1977)

August 20 - Elvis' Father Expresses Thanks 'It lightened my grief somewhat as I watched the tributes to my son that were shown from people throughout the world ... I am very sorry that all of the people who came to Memphis were not able to view the body, but there was not enough time ... I would like to express my sincere and deepest sympathy to the families of the girls in the very unfortunate and regrettable thing that happened at the gate'.

August 20 - Presley Fans Buy Big - The Age - Melbourne, Australia 'Melbourne ... she ain't nothin' but a town agog. The death of Elvis Presley, the 'King' of Rock, left most people all shook up rather than crying all the time. City record shops reported the greatest surge in buying of Elvis' records for many years, and they swamped Elvis' label, RCA, with demands for more stocks'. 'Coincidentally, RCA had nominated August as Elvis Presley Month and supplied stores with extra records. But by evening, much was bought up'.

August 23 - Elvis Will Names 3 Close Relatives 'Elvis Presley named his Father, Vernon Presley, executor of his fortune in a will probated here yesterday [August 22] afternoon, but [it] did not include his fiancee, Miss Ginger Alden, one of three witnesses who signed the will March 3, or his ex wife Priscilla. An inventory of the singers wealth believed to be millions of dollars is not expected to be filled for 60 days ..' - The Commercial Appeal

August 27 - Body of Elvis' Mother Moved To mausoleum 'The body of Gladys Love Presley, was quietly unearthed and moved late yesterday [August 26] into the mausoleum where her son was entombed last week. In a 3 hour and 17 minute operation, 11 workers at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown unearthed the massive steel and copper casket ..' 'Vernon Presley, the entertainer's father, made the decision ..' - The Commercial Appeal

August 28 - Elvis was to have completed his tour with 2 shows in Memphis, August 27-28

August 30 - 3 Charged In Body-Stealing Plot 'Three Memphis men were charged yesterday [August 29] afternoon with criminal trespassing in connection with what Police Director E. Winslow Chapman said was a plot to steal the entombed body of Elvis Presley'. - The Commercial Appeal

August - Elvis Fans Hang Onto $600,000 Worth of Tickets 'Had Elvis Presley lived, more than 120,000 people would have paid about $1,300,000 ... Promoters, theater owners and lawyers must now tackle a problem they rarely encounter - what to do with an estimated $600,000 in tickets fans refuse to give up ..'

September 8Graceland Site For Graves Of Presley's 'An application to allow the bodies of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys, to be moved to the Meditation Garden at Presley's Graceland Mansion was submitted yesterday [September 7] to the board of Adjustment ... The request will be heard at the board's next meeting Sept. 28'

September 24 - Drawn Grand Final between North Melbourne and Collingwood in the VFL Grand Final. [Australian Rules Football] This is the only Grand Final draw to have occured in the games history [102 years] Final scores North Melbourne 9.22 76 Collingwood 10.16 76

October 1 - North Melbourne defeats Collingwood in the Grand Final replay Final scores North Melbourne 21.25 151 d. Collingwood 19.10 124

October 3 - Bodies Of Elvis, Mother Are Moved 'The move was unannounced. Two white hearses escorted by eight city police officers and five Selby County deputies took the bodies of Elvis Presley and his mother, Mrs. Gladys Smith Presley, into the rear entrance of Graceland shortly after 7 last night [October 2] ' ... 'Only a few watchers were outside the gates of Graceland when the cortege arrived, and at first some did not realize what they had seen ... The board of Adjustment gave permission last Wednesday to rebury the bodies on the south side of Graceland estate ..'

October 3 - Elvis in Concert telecast on CBS

October - Alan Moffatt wins Bathurst, Australia's premier touring car race over 1000 Km

October 5 - Charges Against 3 Dropped, in Presley-Body Theft Case 'Trespassing charges against three men accused in a purported scheme to steal the body of Elvis Presley were dismissed yesterday [October 5] after the prosecutor said the city could not vouch for the truthfulness of it's key witness'.

October - 'Elvis in Concert' album released - Highest chart position U.S. #5 UK #13 AU #17
October 14 - Bing Crosby dies (1903-1977)
November - 'My Way' released - Highest chart position U.S. #22 U.K. #9 AU. #6
November 9 - Israeli jets strike southern Lebannon
November 10 - Malchom Fraser's Liberal party win's Australian Federal election.
December 25 - Charlie Chaplin dies on Christmas day (1889-1977)

Movie Releases of note from 1977

Star Wars
Jaws
Smoky And The Bandit
The Eagle Has Landed
A Bridge Too Far
Cross Of Iron

Relevant Links :

Elvis Presley Article Rock Idol Elvis Presley Dies at 42
Elvis Presley Video Elvis' Funeral Procession August 17, 1977
Elvis Presley Article A Broken Heart... Hastened Death
Elvis Presley Article World's At Standstill For Elvis' Fiancee
Elvis Presley Article Firemen's Call To Graceland Was Anything But Routine
Elvis Presley Article Elvis Presley and the Events Of 1977
Photos Photos - August 16-19, 1977

Elvis Presley Article Elvis Presley Family History : 1669-1935
Elvis Presley Article Elvis Presley Biography
Elvis Presley Article Gladys and Vernon Presley - Elvis Presley's Mother and Father
Elvis Presley Article Jessie D. McDowell (J.D.) Presley - Elvis Presleys Grandfather
Elvis Presley Article Elvis Presley's Graceland - 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard

Elvis Presley Article For a more (very) detailed history of Elvis Presley see our pages; starting at Elvis Presley 1935-1953

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