The King is Back! Elvis Returns from the Army in Photos, March 1960

Fans everywhere rejoiced in March 1960 as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, finally returned home from his service in the U.S. Army. Elvis had been drafted in 1958, right in the middle of his skyrocketing fame.  It was a big deal then, and it’s still a fascinating piece of music history today. Let’s take a closer look at his homecoming.

Elvis in the Army

Elvis served in the U.S. Army like any other soldier, stationed in Germany. He drove a Jeep, bunked with his fellow G.I.s, and even got a promotion to sergeant. But even in uniform, he couldn’t escape his superstar status. Fans crowded around his base, and his every move was documented in newspapers and magazines.

Elvis knew his fans missed him, and he missed them too. He kept up with the music scene while he was away and even recorded some new songs while on leave. But everyone knew that his true comeback wouldn’t happen until he was back home in the USA.

Elvis’s return to American soil was a media circus. He arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 3rd, and held a press conference where he answered questions about his time in the army and his plans. He told reporters he wasn’t sure what the music scene was like anymore, but he was eager to get back in the studio.

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The army officially discharged Elvis on March 5th, but his most heartfelt welcome came a few days later when he arrived back home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was greeted by a cheering crowd of fans who had waited for hours in the cold to see their idol.  Elvis stepped off the train, all smiles and waves, ready to reclaim his throne.

Life After the Army

After returning home Elvis quickly got back to work, recording new music and starring in movies. But the army experience had changed him. He seemed more mature, more focused on his craft. He even started exploring new musical styles, like ballads and gospel.

Some of his biggest hits came in the years after his army service. Songs like “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” topped the charts, proving that Elvis was still the king. He also starred in a string of successful movies, solidifying his status as a Hollywood icon.

Elvis’s time in the army was a defining moment that shaped the rest of his life. It showed that he was more than just a rock star; he was a regular guy who was willing to serve his country. And it gave him a new perspective on life and his career, leading to some of his greatest achievements.

Many people wondered if the army would change Elvis, maybe even tame his rebellious image. But in the end, he remained true to himself. He was still the charismatic performer, the heartthrob who made girls swoon. But now, he also had a new layer of depth, a seriousness that made him even more appealing.

Written by Lyam Jackson

Lyam Jackson, a classic Hollywood enthusiast with a passion for all things vintage. With a love for the glamour and style of old Hollywood and a fascination with the lives of its stars, Lyam is always on the lookout for the next big find.

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