When you visit Las Vegas today, you’ll likely see plenty of Elvis impersonators and other performers roaming the Strip. And while Sin City is plenty glamorous today, it doesn’t quite compare to what the glittery city was like in its heyday, when legends like Elvis and The Beatles gambled in their hotel rooms and performed in casinos with a bevy of showgirls to back them up.
The upcoming book “Vegas Gold” celebrates an especially memorable time in the city’s history: the 1950s through the 1970s. With photographs that showcase the history of Las Vegas as well as the celebrities that descended upon it, the book is a full look at what the party town was once like. It’s being released by HarperCollins on October 31.
From Sean Connery to The Beatles and, of course, Elvis Presley, see what the live entertainment capital of the world looked like 60 years ago.
In 1964, the filming of 'Viva Las Vegas' took place in various parts of the city, including the Flamingo Hotel and Frontier Hotel. Stars Ann-Margret and Elvis dated for a short time during shooting.
That same year, The Beatles visited Las Vegas, performing at the Las Vegas Convention Center in July 1964. The group got to gamble from the comfort of their room at the Hotel Sahara.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Peter Lawford walked down Fremont Street for the premiere of the original 'Ocean's 11' movie in 1960.
Martin later starred in 'Kiss Me Stupid' in 1964. The film's opening scene was part of Martin's show, which was performed at the Sands Hotel.
Louis Armstrong and actress Marlene Dietrich performed a version of the twist at the Riviera Hotel in 1962.
Actor Robert Ulrich played a private investigator in the television show 'Vega$,' which debuted in 1978.
Wayne Newton, who still performs in Las Vegas, was there in a crushed velvet suit in the late 1970s.
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