Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, and the Las Vegas Connection

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, might have "left the building," however his connection with Las Vegas lives on. Few people recall his less than successful first performances at the New Frontier Hotel in 1956. His performance at the time was panned as being "a show for teenagers...for the average Vegas spender a bore."  It didn't help that he and his band were more interested in spending their downtime at the bar and not on the casino floor.  After 29 performances his show closed and he was soon after drafted into the U.S. Army. Thirteen years later he returned to Las Vegas like a whirlwind. He had a highly successful run at the International Hotel, which became the Hilton Hotel midway through his residency, from 1969 to 1976.  During this time period he performed 837 sold out shows, sometimes two or three a night. While he is often credited with performing at the Sahara Hotel and Casino these performances actually took place at the Sahara Hotel in Lake Tahoe. Even though Elvis died in 1977 his legend lives on in Las Vegas.  Elvis impersonators are a common sight on the Las Vegas strip and the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the former Hilton Hotel, boasts the only permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland. 

Las Vegas Hilton $1 chip

 

Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino The International Hotel became the Hilton International  Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino during Elvis' tenure there.  Here at Spinettis we have chips from the Hilton Hotel & Casino and some date from the time Elvis was in the building.

 Sahara Tahoe $500 chip  

Del Webb Sahara Tahoe Hotel and Casino  The Sahara Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe marks one of the few time Elvis performed in Nevada outside of Las Vegas.  This concert  on April 30, 1976 marked one of the last time Elvis performed new material during a live concert.

International Hotel & Casino

Very Rare International Hotel Casino Chips These chips date from the years Elvis was performing at the International Hotel & Casino.  These chips are not normally available in the store and may be viewed by appointment only.  Please contact us for information if you are interested in purchasing these very rare collector chips.

 

Muhammad Ali and Elvis       

Elvis Artwork and More...
In addition to chips here at Spinettis we have Elvis themed artwork and more.  Please contact our retail store for a complete list of all our Elvis Presley memorabilia.
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