Bill Miller, the man who linked Las Vegas with Elvis, died Monday at his home in Palm Springs, California He was 98. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs.
Executives of the International Hotel thought entertainment director Bill Miller was nuts when he booked Elvis Presley into the showroom in 1969. With the popularity of groups like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Presley was old news, they thought. No way could he draw a crowd.
Not only did Presley fill the showroom night after night, but the relationship between the resort that is now the Las Vegas Hilton and the King of Rock 'n' Roll re-established a legend's career and cemented Las Vegas' place in the world of live entertainment.