JUNE 09, 2014
On June 9, 1972, Elvis held a press conference before performing his first of four concerts in New York City. Singing to more than 80,000 people at the Madison Square Garden, Elvis made history by becoming the first entertainer to sell out four consecutive shows at that venue.
Elvis' engagement at Madison Square Garden marked the first time Elvis performed in front of a live audience in New York since appearances in 1956 and 1957 on the Dorsey Brothers, Steven Allen and Ed Sullivan shows. The Madison Square Garden box office success from Elvis' appearance was further proof that the public had long awaited his return to New York and a fourth show was added on Sunday, June 11, due to the first three shows instantly selling out.
George Harrison, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Art Garfunkel were among the music stars spotted at the shows. Nine days later, RCA released a live album from one of the shows, “Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.”