|January 26 - February 23, 1973. Back in
Las Vegas at the Hilton.
|March 1973. Colonel Parker sells RCA
the singer’s royalty rights on Elvis’ entire recording catalog up to that
point. 700 songs for five million dollars. A good deal for the Colonel,
but bad for Elvis and his heirs who could have enjoyed a lifetime income
off those songs.
|Late April. Another eight city tour.
|May 4-16 Elvis appears at the Sahara
Hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. From June 20 - July 3, 1973 - More touring.
Then August 6 - September 3, 1973 he's back at the Hilton.
|October 9, 1973. Elvis and Priscilla
appear in court and their divorce is granted. Although she has custody of
Lisa Marie, Elvis will remain close to both mother and daughter.
|Immediately after the divorce and for
two weeks in late October Elvis will be hospitalized in Memphis. He will
be treated for medical problems either stemming from or exacerbated by his
heavy drug use.
|January 26-February 9, 1974. Elvis is
back at the Hilton.
|Elvis tours for most of March including
an attendance breaking repeat performance at the Houston Astrodome. He'll
appear in Memphis for the first time since 1961. Another live album is
produced, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis from the
two day, four show engagement. Included is a live performance of How
Great Thou Art that will go on to win Elvis his third Grammy
award. Surprisingly, all of Elvis' Grammy's are for gospel songs.
|From May 16-26, he's at Sahara in Lake
|August 19 - September 2, 1974. While
back at the Hilton he receives an offer which could have been a pivotal
moment. Barbra Streisand and her hairdresser/boyfriend/producer Jon Peters
offer Elvis the lead role in her remake of A Star is Born.
This would have given Elvis his long awaited chance at serious acting. He
is bored on the road and needs a new challenge. Regrettably, this never
comes to fruition.
|Elvis appears at the Sahara-Tahoe
|January 29 - February 14, 1975. Sadly,
Elvis must be hospitalized again for drug related medical problems. His
health has begun to decline.
|From March 18 - April 1, 1975, he is
again at the Hilton and then tours thru till the end of July.
|August 18 he begins an engagement at
the Hilton which is cut short on the 20th as Elvis returns to a hospital
in Memphis until September 5.
|A bright spot! The renovation of a
Convair 880 jet is completed and Elvis can take his first flight on the
shiny Lisa Marie!
|December 2-15, 1975. Elvis must return
to the Hilton to make up for the cancelled performances.
|December 25, 1975. Elvis performs a
special New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan and sets a single
performance attendance record of 62,500.
|In February of 1976 RCA will haul all
manner of mobile recording equipment to Graceland. The week of recording
in the den will produce an album From Elvis Presley Boulevard,
Memphis, Tennessee A wonderful boost, this album will go to #1 on
|From March until October, on and off,
Elvis will be touring.
|Early in November 1976 Elvis and Linda
Thompson, his girlfriend since 1972 will split. By the end of the month
Elvis is with Ginger Alden, who will be with him until his death.
|December 2-12, 1976. Elvis will make
his last appearance at the Hilton.
|December 31, 1976. A special New Year's
Eve performance in Pittsburgh PA.
|Elvis tours in the early part of 1977
but from April 1-5, he is again hospitalized and some shows have to be
|June 19, 20, 21. Concerts are recorded
by RCA and videotaped by CBS for the upcoming special Elvis in
Concert. The footage shows quite clearly Elvis' deteriorating
condition. The special will not be shown until after his death on October
|June 26. The concert at Indianapolis,
Indiana’s Market Square Arena will be Elvis' last.
|July 1977. Three former bodyguards
publish Elvis: What Happened? which details Elvis' drug use
for the first time in public.
|August 16, 1977. Elvis Presley died at
home at Graceland. While it is true that there were drugs in his system,
it wasn't an overdose. His heart failed him.
|August 18, 1977. Elvis is buried at
Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis.
|October 1977. The bodies of Elvis and
his mother are moved to Graceland.
|June 26, 1979. Vernon Presley joined
his son and wife in death.