Elvis and the Beatles defined the Sixties in Las Vegas

Elvis and the Beatles defined the Sixties in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the Sixties dawned in Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack were king. But by the decade’s end, Las Vegas had a new king. In the summer of 1963, Elvis Presley made “Viva Las Vegas” with the city playing a starring role. Elvis and Ann-Margret brought the script to life in what is viewed as one of The King’s best movies. It debuted on May 20, 1964, with Fremont Street, the Landmark hotel and the Las Vegas Convention Center in many of the racing scenes. It was one of 20 movies Elvis made for MGM, and it grossed nearly $10 million. Liberace on guitar, Elvis on piano in 1964. (Las Vegas News Bureau) Three months later, the Beatles rolled into town for their concert at the Las Vegas Convention Center Rotunda. John, Paul, George and Ringo opened the Aug. 20 show with “Twist […]

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