1958-1965: Page 5
June 24, 1965
Elvis donates $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, reportedly the largest single donation the organization has ever received up to this date. Accepting for the organization are Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra.
July 7, 1965
“Tickle Me” opens nationally. Although the film does not chart, it quickly earns back its cost and saves the Allied Artists studio from financial ruin.
August 2, 1965
Elvis records soundtrack music for his 21st motion picture, “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” and then goes to Hawaii for location shooting. During a break in filming, he visits the USS Arizona Memorial. The visit is covered by the press and prompts Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye to have the visit recognized in the Congressional Record. Elvis returns to Hollywood for more shooting for the film.
During this month, “I’m Yours” hits #11, while the LP “Elvis For Everyone” is #10.
August 27, 1965
The Beatles visit with Elvis for several hours at his home in California and have an informal jam session.
September 30, 1965
Elvis completes filming for “Paradise, Hawaiin Style.”
The song “Puppet On A String,” released as single, hits #14.
October 21, 1965
Bill Black dies from a brain tumor. Elvis doesn’t attend the funeral for fear of disrupting the service.
November 24, 1965
“Harum Scarum” opens nationally and hits # 11 at the box office. The soundtrack album goes to # eight and lands at #40 for the year.
Priscilla gives Elvis a small slot car track, as Elvis has been spending a great deal of time on this new hobby. The entourage gives Elvis a statue of Jesus for his new Meditation Garden.