Elvis attends a day of functions culminating in an
evening awards banquet. He and nine others accept the
honor of being named "One of the Ten Outstanding
Young Men of the Nation" by the United States Junior
Chamber of Commerce. He is nervous about his acceptance
speech. He is touched, excited and deeply proud. This
national honor has been given each year since the late
1930's and recognizes young men who have made great
achievements in their field of endeavor, illustrating the
opportunities available in the free enterprise system. It
also applauds humanitarianism and community service.
Scientists, inventors, performers, filmmakers,
politicians bound for the Presidency, and men of
greatness in all fields, have been selected for this
award over the years. For Elvis, a man who had grown up
poor, and, in his early career had known the sting of
ridicule from the Establishment, who, through the years
had known criticism of his work, this is one of his
proudest moments. It is a sign that he has achieved
acceptance, recognition, and respect for his work and for
the kind of person he is.
Late January/February 1971
Elvis plays another month-long engagement at the
International Hotel in Las Vegas.
Elvis begins a recording session in Nashville, but
cancels it due to pain and inflammation in an eye. He is
treated at a Nashville hospital where he is diagnosed
with secondary glaucoma. This eye condition will plague
him from time to time in varying degrees for the rest of
Elvis is featured on the cover of Look Magazine, which
carries an installment of the forthcoming biography on
Elvis by Jerry
Hopkins. Many books and articles have been written over
the years, but this is the first in-depth, serious
biography. The book Elvis : A Biography will be released
Elvis has recording sessions in Nashville. Much of the
work is for his forthcoming album "Elvis Sings the
Wonderful World of Christmas".
The two-room house Elvis was born in opens to the public
for tours, having been restored by the East Heights
Garden Club in Tupelo. Elvis has more recording sessions
in Nashville, this time mostly for an upcoming gospel
album, "He Touched Me".
A long stretch of Highway 51 South, part of which runs in
front of Graceland, is officially renamed Elvis Presley
Boulevard. The first of the new street signs will go up
in January of 1972.
Various albums and singles continue to be released to
various degrees of success during this period.
Elvis plays a two-week engagement at the Sahara Hotel in
Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
August 9 - September 6, 1971
Elvis plays an engagement in Las Vegas at the
International Hotel, which has been renamed the Las Vegas
Hilton International Hotel. He breaks another attendance
record and tops himself once again.
During the engagement an award is presented to Elvis in
his dressing room. It is the Bing Crosby Award from the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the
Grammy Awards). The award is a special means of
recognition from NARAS and is named for its first
recipient. The award is not given every year as a rule.
It will later be re-named the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Elvis is 36 years old.
November 5-16, 1971
Elvis goes on a 12-city concert tour.
Late 1971, Early 1972
Elvis and Priscilla separate. She moves out on her own
with Lisa Marie.