July 24, 2021

49 years ago, Elvis Presley made history at Madison Square Garden

On June 9, 1972, Elvis presley made show business history by offering the first of four sold-out concerts over a weekend at the Madison Square Garden from New York.

Figures like John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie Y Bob Dylan were some of the stars who attended the presentations of the “King”.

The performances were recorded and subsequently made into the album Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden, which peaked at # 3 on the UK best-selling album chart and # 11 on the US chart Billboard 200.

Additionally, the album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in July 1999.

Despite the length of the concert, the album was released on a single LP, just a week after its recording.

Elvis on streaming and at the movies

The June 1 premiered in Netflix the first season of Elvis Presley: The searcher, an original HBO docuseries, featuring interviews and archival footage. It consists of only two episodes of more than 90 minutes each and reveals other aspects of the King’s life, his passions and sufferings, from his very poor childhood.

This production was made in 2018 and featured the participation of Priscilla Presley, who provided her voice, as well as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, who were directed by Thom Zimny.

The documentary, presented in two parts, shows the idol from his childhood, until his passage from poverty to wealth, the bond with his parents and his fall.

On the other hand, Tom Hanks, launched to produce another about the unique, but highly imitated Elvis, directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and starring Austin Butler with Presley.

In this biopic Tom Hanks took the role of Colonel Tom Parker, the singer’s representative, with whom he always had a conflictive relationship. The cast is completed by Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, the King’s wife.

The production of the film, still without a defined name, is a product of Warner Bros. Pictures, and it is estimated that it would be ready for the first months of 2022.