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Featured Timeline Winner for June - Elvis Sells Out Madison Square Garden

June 02, 2010

The winning Elvis timeline milestone for June that Elvis fans voted as their number one favorite Elvis moment is #55 - Elvis performs four sold out shows over two days at New York's Madison Square Garden. For this timeline event, we will take a look at Elvis' two-day appearance at Madison Square Garden in June of 1972.

Elvis' engagement at New York's Madison Square Garden marked the first time Elvis performed in front of a live audience in New York since appearances in 1956 and 1957 on the Dorsey Brothers, Steven Allen and Ed Sullivan shows. The Madison Square Garden box office success from Elvis' appearance is further proof that the public had long awaited his return to New York - a fourth show was added on Sunday, June 11, due to the first three shows instantly selling out. This helped Elvis make entertainment history by becoming the first entertainer to sell out four consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden.

See a full gallery of Elvis photos from Madison Square Garden.

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Each week in June, Elvis Insiders will have access to a new, rare Madison Square Garden artifact from the Graceland archives in the members only exclusive image gallery on Also on, members have access to an extremely rare video clip of Elvis performing at Madison Square Garden which features footage from an NBC camera crew filming the concert.

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Facts About Elvis Selling Out Madison Square Garden:

- For the first stop on Elvis' new tour (New York City), the cast, crew and staff totalled 70-80 people, travelling in three leased airplanes, while ground crews transported two separate stage setups from city to city for the twelve-day tour.

- The only other times Elvis performed in New York City previous to June 10-11, 1972, were in 1956 and 1957 for the Dorsey Brothers, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan television shows. Many believe that this was mostly due to Colonel Parker trying to protect Elvis from the city's intense media criticism that was so prevalent in his career's infancy.

- RCA recorded both June 10th shows in preparation of releasing a live album just eight days after Elvis departs New York. The album was eventually drawn from his 8:30 p.m. performance and was titled "Elvis As Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden."

- John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Art Garfunkel were just a few of the special guests in attendence at Madison Square Garden.

Other Current Events in 1970:

- Alabama Governor Geord C. Wallace was shot by Arthur H. Bremer at a Maryland political rally.

- Five men were apprehended in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning the famous Watergate scandal.

- "The French Connection," produced by Philip D'Antoni, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

- M*A*S*H premiered on CBS.

- The compact disc was developed by RCA.

- Electronic mail (e-mail) was introduced.