Elvis Month: A Growing Career and Flourishing Romance

Elvis 19/08/2019
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The success and fame keep building for Elvis as he doubles down on efforts to grow his hollywood career. Beginning January 1962 he signs a new contract with RCA Records through for another four years and celebrates his 27th birthday.

In June of that year Priscilla, now 17, visits Elvis from Germany. This is the first time they have seen one another since Elvis returned from Army deployment in Germany.

A riot breaks out in Mexico during a screening of ‘GI Blues’ prompting the Mexican Government to ban Elvis films.

By the end of the year a string of films are released to favourable box office results including ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, ‘Blue Hawaii’, and ‘Kid Galahad’. Elvis’ single ‘Return to Sender’ hits #2 in the charts.

Priscilla visits Elvis over the Christmas holidays, arriving for her second visit to Elvis mid-December through to early January 1963.

Priscilla would soon move to Graceland in early March, graduating from High School at 18 years of age in May.

In October Elvis earns his second degree black belt, the certificate he carries is always in his wallet.

Early 1964 Elvis purchases the Potomac, the former presidential yacht of Franklin Roosevelt for $55,000.

He intended to donate the yacht to the charity March of Dimes, as they are mainly concerned with fighting polio which seemed fitting given Roosevelt’s own experience with the disease.

The charity declined the donation citing high upkeep costs, as did the 7th Coast Guard District Auxiliary in Miami. 

Finally St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital accepted they donation to use to raise funds.

Over the next two years Elvis continues to star in films releasing his 20th, with the Colonel negotiating a deal for $1 million a film.