“People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove them otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself.”
After two years in the regular army Elvis was discharged today.
He served in the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, and took pains to not have special treatment. He did buy everyone in his outfit a new pair of fatigues, donated his pay to charity, and bought the base a television. At home RCA had stock piled songs to steadily release during his absence which gave him ten top 40 hits during those years including “Hard Headed Woman,” and “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I.”
Germany and the army also introduced Elvis to amphetamines, karate, and fourteen year old Priscilla Beaulieu, who’s father was stationed in the U.S. Air force nearby.