IT’S finally happened , Elvis Presley signed a contract on Wednesday, February 26, to make his first major stage appearance in 13 years. He’ll star at the Las Vegas International Hotel for four weeks next summer, following Barbra Streisand.

With the exception of an appearance at the Battleship Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour in 1961, Elvis’ stage work has been limited to one engagement in 1956 when he played another Las Vegas supper club.

Elvis flew to Las Vegas for signing after several months of negotiation between entertainment director Bill Miller and Colonel Parker. No exact date has been set for the appearance because the 1,600-room hotel is still under construction with work going on night and day to finish the job.

Because of public demand, the song “Memories” from the TV Special soundtrack album, has been released today as a single.

Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 8 March 1969