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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.
Late March to late April of 1962 finds Elvis working on Girls! Girls! Girls!, 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.
By July, Elvis has gone to Las Vegas to film one of his most popular films, Viva Las Vegas.
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,  and by summer he's working on Girl Happy.
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.
Continuing the brutal schedule, by Spring of 1965 he's filming Harum Scarum. And by May, work begins on his twentieth motion picture, to be released out of chronology as his twenty-first, Frankie and Johnny.
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. 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.
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.
RCA releases Elvis’ second gospel album, How Great Thou Art, in March of 1967. It will win Elvis his first Grammy award.
February-April of '67 he's filming again. On #25 Clambake.
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 and in the fall, Stay Away, Joe.
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!
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.
Summer of '68. Yup. #29, Charro!,  and then in fall, #30, The Trouble with Girls.
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.
In September, RCA releases Suspicious Minds, which becomes Elvis' first number one single since Good Luck Charm in 1962.
 
 

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