1970-1977: Page 5

December 2-15, 1975
Elvis returns to the Hilton in Vegas to make up for the shows that were canceled during his previous engagement.
From Elvis Presley Blvd.
December 31, 1975
Elvis performs a special New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan, and sets a single performance attendance record of 62,500.

February 1976
Elvis has a week of recording sessions in the den at Graceland, with RCA bringing in mobile recording equipment. Songs from this will comprise the forthcoming album “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee” and over half of the forthcoming “Moody Blue” album.

March 17-22, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

April 21-27, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

April 30 - May 9, 1976
Elvis performs an engagement at the Sahara Tahoe in Nevada.

May 27 - June 6, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

June 25 - July 5, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

July 23 - August 5, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

August 27 - September 8, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

October 14 - 27, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

October 29 - 30, 1976
Elvis continues recording in the den at Graceland, including his last single "Way Down."

Early November 1976
Elvis and Linda Thompson, his steady girlfriend since 1972, split up.

November 19, 1976
Elvis meets Ginger Alden who will be his steady girlfriend until his death.

November 24 - 30, 1976
Elvis tours in concert.

December 2 - 12, 1976
Elvis plays the Hilton in Vegas for the last time. Evangelist Rex Humbard and his wife visit Elvis’ show and meet with him backstage on December 12, 1976. Humbard will be asked to speak at Elvis’ funeral the next year.

December 27 - 31, 1976
Elvis tours in concert, ending with a special New Year’s Eve concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

February 12 - 21, 1977
Elvis tours in concert.

March 3 - 13, 1977
Elvis and his friends enjoy a vacation in Hawaii.

March 23 - 30, 1977
Elvis tours in concert.

April 1 - 5, 1977
Elvis is hospitalized in Memphis and tour shows scheduled for March 31-April 3 are canceled.

April 21- May 31/June 1 - 2, 1977
Elvis tours in concert.

June 1977
The single “Way Down” is released and peaks at #18.

June 17 - 26, 1977
Elvis tours in concert. The shows on June 19, 20, and 21 are recorded by RCA for an upcoming live album and are videotaped for an upcoming CBS-TV television special. The special will be called “Elvis in Concert.” It will first air on October 3 after Elvis’ death in August. The camera gives a shocking picture of Elvis’ poor health in his final days, but his voice is strong.

June 26, 1977
Elvis performs his last concert at Indianapolis’ Market Square Arena.
Graceland Meditation Garden
June 27 - August 15, 1977
Elvis relaxes in Memphis and prepares for the next leg of touring for 1977.

July 1977
Elvis’ album “Moody Blue” is released. After his death, it will hit #3, selling more than two million copies.

August 16, 1977
Shortly after midnight, Elvis returns to Graceland from a late-night visit to the dentist. Through the early morning of the 16, 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 17, then continue the scheduled tour. He retires to his master suite at Graceland around 7:00 a.m. to rest for his evening flight. By late morning, Elvis Presley is dead of heart failure. It is announced by mid-afternoon. In a matter of hours the shock registers around the world.

August 18, 1977
Elvis’ funeral is held.

October 2, 1977
Gladys' and Elvis' bodies are moved to Graceland

October 3, 1977
The CBS special “Elvis In Concert” airs. The album is also released and peaks at #5 quickly, selling 1.5 million copies.