Elvis Aaron Presley 1975-1977 : T-R-O-U-B-L-E
Elvis Presley 1975-1977.
Every concert, studio recording and important event in Elvis Presley's Life from 1975 to August 1977.
Elvis Presley 1975
January 20, 1975 - Elvis put down a deposit of $75,000 on an impounded Boeing 707 but the deal fallsl through. The previous owner had been Robert Vesco, the fugitive financier who had fled to South America after allegedly embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from international investment firms. Buying his plane would involve some complicated wrangling with the IRS. And Elvis was warned about another complication: If the plane ever landed in any of the countries Vesco was establishing a base in, there was every reason to believe that he might try to seize it. In April Elvis buys a Convair 880 Jet recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. With complete refurbishing the total exceeded $600,000.
He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie.
Late January 1975, instead of in Las Vegas for his usual season Elvis is admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Several physical problems forced him to stay in the hospital until February 14, but no surgery was necessary. A positive side effect of Elvis' stay in the hospital was that he kicked off a bit from unnecessary addictive pills.
The cancelled shows from January/February were moved to the second half of March.
February 14, Elvis is discharged from the hospital, returning to Graceland to recuperate.
March 3, Elvis flies to California for a recording session that starts on March 10.
March 10, 1975 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California
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March 11, 1975 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California
March 12, 1975 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California
March 13, 1975 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California
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Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
This engagement started very well, according to the PR- boss of the Hilton, who attended all opening nights since 1969, Elvis never appeared more relaxed or sung better than in most of this season.
Elvis' choice of songs also showed that he felt on great form vocally. He had never included so many musical pearls together – and almost all nostalgia, the quick renditions of songs from the 50s, was gone. When Elvis, perhaps on his best vocal form ever, in one and the same show can present songs like 'My Boy', 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', 'And I Love You So', 'Big Boss Man', 'The Wonder Of You', 'Fairytale', 'How Great Thou Art' then the result has to be very good. The karate acts were skipped and Elvis concentrated more on the songs and spent less time on other things during his stage performances in this season.
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Big Boss Man represents Elvis' 18th March - 1st April 1975 Las Vegas season.
What we get is a full CD (78 minutes) of parts of 3 shows from that season, giving us some rarely performed songs as well as one (almost complete) show from this season. The three shows represented are first the 28.3.75 M/S, then five songs from 31.3.75 M/S and finally three songs from the 22.3.75 M/S.
April 17, Elvis buys a Convair 880 Jet recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. With complete refurbishing the total exceeded $600,000. He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie But this wasn't just an impulse purchase of some sort of ultimate flying Cadillac. The plane was in great mechanical shape, and had already been customized to include personal quarters, a meeting area, and even a dance floor. View more Photos of the Lisa Marie including when it was a Delta owned plane.
On Tour April 1975
24 Apr 8.30pm Macon Coliseum, Macon, Ga
25 Apr 8.30pm Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Fl
26 Apr 2.30pm Curtis Hixson Hall, Tampa, Fl
26 Apr 8.30pm Curtis Hixson Hall, Tampa, Fl
27 Apr 2.30pm Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Fl
27 Apr 8.30pm Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Fl
28 Apr 8.30pm Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Fl
29 Apr 8.30pm Mid Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tn
April 30, Elvis started giving away scarves almost as soon as he came on stage Wednesday night. One of the first ladies who received this endearment favored Elvis with two items in return: One appeared to be a furry, fluffy handbag and the other looked like her 'little black book'. Hmmm. But that wasn't all. About the time that one chick brought Elvis a huge toy tiger, something soft sailed onto the Omni stage and landed with a plop. It wasn't...? Yes, it was. A bra - bright green at that Elvis couldn't resist picking up this most intimate of souvenirs. Who did this, he wanted to know. The culprit brazenly stood and admitted that she had done the deed. And so it went all evening. Elvis' concert are not so much musical events as hilarious social occasions. His horde of feminine fans abandons all modesty in the presence of the Pelvis. He has greatly expanded his scarf-bestowing routine. Who can blame him? One titanic success after another must become tiring after a while and any change must be welcome for him. At Wednesday's show he gave away probably 50 scarves, each of which draped around his neck, if only for a moment. He granted kisses to about a dozen lucky ladies several of whom appeared immediately afterward to be in a state of shock. Elvis had to bend far over to award these oscillatory prizes, sometimes coming close to lying on the floor of the stage. A couple of the kisses went to girls small enough to be carried in their mothers' arms. Otherwise, his show is much the same as previously. The mere dimming of the lights is sufficient to set off a feminine uproar. Elvis arrives on stage after the '2001' intro. Squeals galore. Flashbulbs by the hundreds pop simultaneously, turning the huge auditorium into day. He moves across the stage. More shrieks. He takes up his guitar. More pandemonium. He begins to sing. The audience is beside itself. Surely the wall of the Omni will tumble at any moment. He has the audience wrapped around his little finger. He has only to go into his celebrated wriggle to cause a storm of reaction. On the other hand, the house gets quite still for his somber moments. (The percentage of ballads to rockers is favorable.) The important thing is that Elvis keeps it light. His shows are one laugh after another. The audience is as vital to the performance as the star. On Wednesday, the Presley show was the only place to be in Atlanta. The same will be true Thursday and Friday nights. Atlanta Journal (written by Scott Cain)
30 Apr 8.30pm The Omni, Atlanta, Ga
01 May 8.30pm The Omni, Atlanta, Ga
02 May 8.30pm The Omni, Atlanta, Ga
03 May 2.30pm Civic Center, Monroe, La
03 May 8.30pm Civic Center, Monroe, La
May 4, 1975 - Elvis arriving at Lake Charles
Southern Nights - 1975 Spring Tours April / May, 1975
04 May 2.30pm Civic Center, Lake Charles, La
04 May 8.30pm Civic Center, Lake Charles, La
05 May 8.30pm State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Ms
06 May 8.30pm Mid Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tn Dixieland Rocks CD
07 May 8.30pm Mid Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tn Dixieland Rocks CD
Dixieland Rocks CD will blow you away!
The sound is awesome with crisp, clear vocals and Elvis is in fine form, both vocally and in his interplay with the band and the very receptive audience. At this stage of his career (1975) some of his concerts were rushed and lacked a little polish, but not his concerts in Murfeesboro, Tennessee on May 6 and 7, 1975.
On Tour May / June / July 1975
Dixieland Delight 2 CD
This release features concert performances from May 31, 1975 and June 1, 1975 in Huntsville, Alabama. Elvis was truly inspired by the superb reaction he received in Huntsville, selling out five shows. It’s the only time in his career that he did so many consecutive performances in one City. Dixieland Delight will be released as a 5" digipack and will be the first such release to include a 4-page booklet.
Southern Nights is a live compilation from the Spring Tours of 1975.
It is a companion set to 'Dixieland Rocks'. 'Southern Nights' is a soundboard recordings, meaning a recording at shows with semi-professional equipment. There are several flaws on the original source tapes. 'Southern Nights' shows just how vast Elvis' repertoire was at that time, with 19 songs not featured on 'Dixieland Rocks'. I found that including the dialogue and one-liners, they really represent 30 tracks on this CD. With a couple of lost opportunities here I'd still rate it as 8/10 and a very worthwhile purchase - this most likely achieves Ernst's aim of giving us a Rock N' Roll CD from 2 tours with out the Gospel. Pushed to commit to just 2 shows representing these 2 tours I'd plum for Atlanta 30.4.75 (complete) and Huntsville 31.5.75 E/S (complete) but this way your really getting tremendous 'highlights' together! Buy it now and be surprised!
02 June 2.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Al
02 June 8.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Al
03 June 8.30pm University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Al
04 June 8.30pm Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Tx
05 June 8.30pm Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Tx
06 June 8.30pm Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas Tx
07 June 2.30pm Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, La
07 June 8.30pm Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, La
08 June 2.30pm State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Ms
08 June 8.30pm State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Ms
09 June 8.30pm State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Ms
10 June 8.30pm Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tn
Ticket for the Cleveland Coliseum, Richfield, Oh Show July 10, 1975 8.30pm. Buy Original Ticket
11 July 8.30pm Civic Center, Charleston, Wv
12 July 2.30pm Civic Center, Charleston, Wv
12 July 8.30pm Civic Center, Charleston, Wv
13 July 2.30pm Convention Center, Niagara Falls, Ny
13 July 8.30pm Convention Center, Niagara Falls, Ny
14 July 8.30pm Springfield C. Center, Springfield, Ma
15 July 8.30pm Springfield C. Center, Springfield, Ma
16 July 8.30pm Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Ct
17 July 8.30pm Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Ct
18 July 8.30pm Cleveland Coliseum, Richfield, Oh
19 July 2.30pm Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, Ny
19 July 8.30pm Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, Ny
20 July 2.30pm Scope Cultural Convention Centre, Norfolk, Va
20 July 8.30pm Scope Cultural Convention Centre, Norfolk, Va
21 July 8.30pm Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, Nc
The three last shows of the tour were held in Asheville. These became three very memorable shows, mostly because of a somewhat reserved audience... Elvis never got a standing ovation, which during one of the shows made him exclaim: 'I don't know who's asked you to stay in your seats - it's not me!!'
But Elvis therefore did his best to ignite the audience: in the first show he did an improvised performance of 'Shake A Hand', showed a great karate demonstration after 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' and had a great repertoire of songs. During the same show he gave J.D. Sumner a 10-carat diamond ring worth $40.000.
Before the last show in Asheville Elvis had had a box put up in the lobby in the Civic Centre in which the audience could put song requests, which resulted in a completely unusual repertoire with 'unknowns' like 'Return To Sender' and 'Wooden Heart'. Also during this show Elvis gave away rings - two copies of his own $16.000 diamond ring were given to two members of the audience.
After the tour Elvis felt guilty about his behavior against the Sweet Inspirations and Kathy Westmoreland. Elvis did as he so often did in situations he didn't feel comfortable in: he bought jewels a fortune's worth. He also bought 14 Cadillac's for all of the members of the band. Elvis in addition bought himself two aeroplanes...
Elvis Presley Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, Nc July 23, 1975 : Photo The Concert Years 1969-1977
24 July 8.30pm Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, Nc
August 3, Elvis leases a Fairchild F-27 aircraft at $13,000 a month.
Linda Thompson and Elvis Presley - August 5, 1975.
August 7, Arrangements are made for Linda Thompson and her friend, Jeannie LeMay, to fly with Elvis' chow, Get Lo, to Boston, so that the dog can receive treatment for a kidney ailment.
When the dog is too ill to travel on to the West Boylston veterinary hospital where it is scheduled to be treated, the whole party remains at the Ritz for two days before continuing.
August 15, Elvis cancels the lease on the Fairchild F-27.
He then buys an Aero Jet Commander in its place at a cost of $508,000.
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
August 27, Elvis enters into an agreement with Omni Aircraft sales, an airplane broker, who will sell the Colonel's airplane and the Jet Commander that he purchased just two weeks earlier.
September 2, Elvis buys a Lockheed JetStar aircraft for $899,702.60
October 8, Milo High, Elvis' personal pilot takes Elvis and five others on a brief one-hour flight in Elvis newly purchased Lockheed JetStar aircraft.
October 9, Milo High flies Elvis and eight others to Dallas and back.
October 21, Milo High flies Elvis' aunt, Delta Biggs, and Mike McGregor to Boston to pick up Elvis' chow.
Get Lo, who has been recuperating at the New England Institute for Comparative Medicine veterinary hospital in West Boylston for almost three months.
November 10, The Lisa Marie is delivered to Memphis joining the JetStar and a 1966 Dessault-Falcon, which Elvis has bought for an investment.
November 27, Milo High takes Evis on his first real flight in The Lisa Marie, traveling with Linda Thompson to Las Vegas for the start of a two-week engagement.
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
02 Dec Midnight
03 Dec Midnight
04 Dec Midnight
05 Dec Midnight
06 Dec 2.30pm
06 Dec Midnight - America The Beautiful was recorded on Soundboard. Excellent sound quality.
07 Dec Midnight
08 Dec Midnight
09 Dec Midnight
10 Dec Midnight
11 Dec Midnight
12 Dec Midnight
13 Dec 2.30pm Dinner At Eight CD
Dinner At Eight is a sounboard recording of Elvis' dinner show in Las Vegas December 13th, 1975.
13 Dec Midnight
14 Dec Midnight
15 Dec Midnight
December 25, In the evening Elvis takes everyone up in The Lisa Marie.
Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker : New Years Eve, December 31, 1975. This may very well be the last picture of Elvis and Colonel Parker together, taken on New Year's Eve 1975, 35 years ago, shortly before Elvis went on stage for his first new Years Eve concert since 1955. Elvis would do his third in 1976.
Elvis Presley 1976
January 4, On the spur of the moment Elvis decides to fly to Colorado for a vacation. After checking into a Denver Hotel, Elvis dispatches Joe Esposito and two Denver Police officers, Jerry Kennedy and Ron Pietrafeso to Vail to find enough rental accommodation for the group.
January 8, Elvis spends the evening of his 41st birthday in a rental home on the slopes of Vail Colorado . with Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith, who have been living together for more than a year and will eventually marry. Many of the guys and their wives and girlfriends have been taking skiing lessons, but Elvis wears a full face Ski mask during the day but mostly only appears on the slopes at night in a rented ski mobile, causing eighteen-year old Susan Ford, daughter of the President to protest his violation of local regulations.
January 14, As a thank you gesture to his friends on the force, Elvis purchases two Lincolns and a Cadillac for Jerry Kennedy, Ron Pietrafeso and police surgeon Gerald Starkey, along with Cadillacs for Linda Thompson and Joe Esposito's girlfriend, Shirley Dieu. In all the bill comes to $70,000.
January 16, Construction on the racquetball court at Graceland is completed.
January 20, In reporting the story of Elvis generosity to his police friends it is said that Denver television newsman Don Kinney jokes on air that he'd like a car, too and that Elvis buys him a Seville. 'Elvis, if you're watching - I wouldn't mind getting a car too'. Don Kinney contradicts this and tells his story.
February 2 / 3, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
Elvis has a week of recording sessions in the den at Graceland, with RCA bringing in mobile recording equipment. Songs from this will comprise the forthcoming album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and over half of the forthcoming Moody Blue album.
February 3 / 4, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
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February 4 / 5, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
February 5 / 6, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
February 6 / 7, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
February 7 / 8, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
On Tour March 1976
Back on the concert circuit for the first time since July 1975, Elvis Presley's 16th tour throughout the States was a very short one and started with some confusion. Glen Hardin resigned and James Burton and Ronnnie Tuttindicated that they would leave as well. At the last minute Burton returned, the others were replaced.
James Burton had threatened to leave the band, unless he was given a raise. Parker refused at first, but Elvis agreed… raising not only Burton's, but all fees. Shane Kiester had replaced Glen D. Hardin on keyboards, and Larry Londin sat in for Ronnie Tutt, who joined the Grateful Dead. After just 8 shows, Kiester chose a career of his own and in April he quit the band leaving the keyboards to Tony Brown.
After the first show, Elvis made it clear that he was 'not amused' with the lack of security on and off stage. Later that day, local police officers managed to pull down a few female fans from the fire ladder outside the hotel – they had climbed the ladder in a futile attempt to see a glimpse of Elvis in his hotel room.
March 20, there were a pair of shows in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Coliseum. Attendance was over 12,000 for both the 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. shows, and the total box office take was about $260,000. During the Matinee Show, while Elvis was singing 'Steamroller Blues', a girl broke through the security forces and was able to make it to Elvis for a quick kiss, which cut his lip. Elvis was so rattled that he forgot the words to his next song, 'Burning Love'. Guitarist John Wilkinson had to restart the intro of the song. By the way, if you look closely, you can see John wearing glasses – a pretty unusual sight.
20 Mar 2.30pm Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc
20 Mar 8.30pm Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc
Elvis Presley : Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc March 20 8.30pm.
Following the evening show, Elvis flew to Cincinnati, where he occupied the twenty-fourth floor of the Netherland Hilton. Parker's staff was on the twenty-third floor. The white two piece suit with blue ribbon that James and John are wearing on this picture, is one of the 20 TCB-suits to be displayed at a special exhibition in Mol, Belgium (June 8th) on the occasion of John Wilkinson's concert.
The Lisa Marie : Cincinnati : Northern Kentucky International : March 1976.
21 Mar 2.30pm Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Oh
21 Mar 8.30pm Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Oh
22 Mar 8.30pm Kiel Auditorium St Louis, Miss
On Tour April 1976
America is a concert soundboard featuring the complete show from Omaha, April 22, 1976.
23 Apr 8.30pm Mcnicholes Sports Arena, Denver, Co
24 Apr 8.30pm San Diego Sports, San Diego, Ca
25 Apr 2.30pm Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, Ca
25 Apr 8.30pm Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, Ca
Elvis, leaving his hotel on his way to the evening performance in Long Beach, CA on April 25, 1976.
Elvis Presley at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, Ca April 25, 1976.
26 Apr 8.30pm Coliseum, Seattle, Wa
27 Apr 8.30pm Coliseum, Spokane, Wa.
Sarah Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nv
30 Apr 8.30pm
30 Apr Midnight
01 May 8.30pm
01 May Midnight
02 May 10.00pm
03 May 10.00pm
04 May 10.00pm
05 May 10.00pm
06 May 10.00pm
07 May 8.00pm
07 May Midnight
08 May 8.00pm
08 May Midnight
09 May 8.00pm
On Tour May / June / July / August / September / October 1976
27 May 8.30pm University Of Indiana Bloomington, In
28 May 8.30pm Iowa State University, Ames, Ia
29 May 8.30pm Myriad, Oklahoma City, Ok Info
30 May 2.30pm Ector Country Coliseum, Odessa, Tx
30 May 8.30pm Ector Country Coliseum, Odessa, Tx
31 May 8.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock, Tx
01 June 8.30pm Community Center Arena, Tucson, Az Tuscon '76 CD
Tucson '76 is a soundboard recording of Elvis Presley's concert in Tucson, Arizona on June 1st, 1976.
This concert was chosen because Elvis is in very good voice, he's in a good mood. This concert will surprise many of you. Many of the usual songs from that period are there, but there's also a great rockin' Burning Love (with a long finale), followed by the first surprise of the evening, an excellent version of Help Me Make It Through The Night. After that Elvis asks: 'what do you wanna hear?', and people shout all kinds of song-titles, and Danny Boy is suggested. And then Elvis himself starts doing this song. At first both Elvis and the band seem a little unsure, but they get more and more into the song, and it reaches a beautiful full climax.
Elvis Presley at the Community Center Arena, Tucson, Az June 1, 1976.
02 June 8.30pm Civic Center Grand Hall, El Paso, Tx
03 June 8.30pm Tarrant County Convention, Fort Worth, Tx
04 June 8.30pm Omni, Atlanta, Ga
Elvis Presley Omni, Atlanta, Ga June 4, 1976.
05 June 2.30pm Omni, Atlanta, Ga
05 June 8.30pm Omni, Atlanta, Ga
06 June 8.30pm Omni, Atlanta, Ga
25 June 8.30pm Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, Ny
26 June 2.30pm Civic Center, Providence, Ri
26 June 8.30pm Civic Center, Providence, Ri
27 June 2.30pm Landover Capital Center, Largo, Maryland
27 June 8.30pm Landover Capital Center, Largo, Maryland
28 June 8.30pm Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa
June 29, 1976 - Elvis and Linda Thompson havs just arrived in Richmond, Vz : From the book Elvis The Concert Years
29 June 8.30pm Coliseum, Richmond, Va
30 June 8.30pm Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, Nc
01 July 8.30pm Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, La
02 July 8.30pm Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La
03 July 8.30pm Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Tx Rockin' Across Texas 2 CD Set
Rockin' Across Texas 2 CD Set
04 July 8.30pm Oral Roberts University Mabee Center, Tulsa, Ok
July 5, Elvis Presley performs what would be his last Memphis concert before a crowd of 12,000 at Mid-South Coliseum. Exactly twenty-two years earlier (7/5/54), Elvis recorded 'That's All Right' at Sam Phillips' little studio at 706 Union. Introducing the song on, he said: 'I've had some people say - well, you can't do that song anymore - well, you, by God, just watch me'.
05 July 8.30pm Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tn
Elvis Presley : Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tn July 5, 1976 - Last show in Memphis.
23 July 8.30pm Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky
24 July 2.30pm Civic Center, Charleston, Wv
24 July 8.30pm Civic Center, Charleston, Wv
25 July 8.30pm Onondaga War Memorial, Syracuse, Ny
26 July 8.30pm Community War Memorial, Rochester, Ny
27 July 8.30pm Community War Memorial, Syracuse, Ny
28 July 8.30pm Civic Center, Hartford, Ct
29 July 8.30pm Civic Center, Springfield, Mass
30 July 8.30pm Veteran's Memorial, New Haven, Ct New Haven '76 CD
31 July 8.30pm Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Va
01 Aug 8.30pm Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Va
02 Aug 2.30pm Civic Center, Roanoke, Wv
03 Aug 8.30pm Cumberland County Memorial, Fayetteville, Nc
04 Aug 8.30pm Cumberland County Memorial, Fayetteville, Nc
05 Aug 8.30pm Cumberland County Memorial, Fayetteville, Nc
27 Aug 8.30pm Convention Center, San Antonio, Tx
28 Aug 2.30pm Hofneinz Pavillion, Houston, Tx
29 Aug 2.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Al
29 Aug 8.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Al
30 Aug 8.30pm University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Al
31 Aug 8.30pm Macon Coliseum, Macon, Ga
01 Sep 8.30pm Coliseum, Jacksonville, Fl
02 Sep 8.30pm Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Fl
03 Sep 8.30pm Bay Front Center, St. Petersburg, Fl
04 Sep 2.30pm Civic Center, Lakeland, Fl
04 Sep 8.30pm Civic Center, Lakeland, Fl
05 Sep 8.30pm State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Ms
06 Sep 2.30pm Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Al
06 Sep 8.30pm Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Al
Elvis and Kathy Westmoreland - Septermber 6, 1976 : Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Al.
07 Sep 8.30pm Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Ar
08 Sep 8.30pm Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Ar
16 Oct 8.30pm Duluth Arena, Duluth, Mn Info
17 Oct 8.30pm Metropolitan Sports, Minneapolis, Mn A Minnesota Moment FTD CD
18 Oct 8.30pm Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls Sd
19 Oct 8.30pm Dade County Coliseum, Madison, Wc
20 Oct 8.30pm Notre Dame University, South Bend, In
21 Oct 8.30pm Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Mi
22 Oct 8.30pm University Of Illinois, Champaign, Il
23 Oct 8.30pm Cleveland Coliseum, Richfield, Oh
24 Oct 8.30pm Roberts Municipal, Evansville, In
25 Oct 8.30pm Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, In
26 Oct 8.30pm University Of Dayton, Dayton, Oh
27 Oct 8.30pm Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Il
Elvis wore this belt was worn from around October 1976 through the Spring of 1977.
October 29-30, 1976
Continuation of recording in the den at Graceland.
October 29 / 30, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
October 30 / 31, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
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He'll Have To Go (Track) FWA5 1052-02
October 31, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis
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Early November, 1976
Elvis and Linda Thompson, his steady girlfriend since 1972, split up.
November 23, Jerry Lee Lewis appears at the gates of Graceland in the early hours of the morning, waving a gun and demanding to see Elvis. According to the Memphis Press-Scimitar, 'Witnesses were quoted as saying [he] was screaming and cursing ... and police reported the singer was sitting in his car with a loaded .38 caliber derringer resting on his knee when they arrived'. This is the second night in a row that Lewis has shown up, telling Elvis' cousin Harold Loyd that he and Elvis have been trying to get together for a long time. Elvis watches the whole drama on closed-circuit monitors.
On Tour November 1976
24 Nov 8.30pm Reno Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nv
25 Nov 8.30pm Macarthur Court, Eugene, Or
26 Nov 8.30pm Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Or
27 Nov 8.30pm Macarthur Court, Eugene, Or
28 Nov 8.30pm Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca
29 Nov 8.30pm Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca
30 Nov 8.30pm Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Ca
Elvis Presley at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Ca Nov 30, 1976.
Late November, 1976
Elvis meets Ginger Alden who will be his steady girlfriend until his death.
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
December 11, The first show on the 11th showed Elvis in a slightly reckless mood - maybe because Priscilla and her parents were in the room: 'There's someone in the room whom I dearly love. You all know - perhaps- who Priscilla is? Her mother and father are here. He is retired from the air force. This is the first time they've seen me in two years. I will dedicate the next song (My Way) to him because.....he's crazy.
Later that night the audience experienced one of the most delightful Elvis shows ever. Vocally Elvis was at his very best, and in a sparkling good mood he played on his whole register as comedian and singing sensation - with comments and asides about various things which made the audience roar with laughter every time Elvis opened his mouth to speak. There are no words to describe the atmosphere in the room.....Elvis' mood. Priscilla's parents are introduced and dedicated 'My Way'. 'Hurt' then follows the usual introduction of the band and the backing singers, which includes 'Love Letters', before Kathy Westmoreland probably does her best performance in an Elvis concert of 'My Heavenly Father'. Shaun Nielsen is also at his very best and hugely impresses with 'Danny Boy' and 'Walk With Me' - like he impressed earlier in the show during 'O Sole Mio'.
Elvis then takes over again with a highly improvised 'Reconsider Baby'. Elvis gets completely lost in the lyrics, but gets it together again before he finishes the show with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.
He had done it again. Done the really big show..
11 Dec 8.30pm
11 Dec Midnight
12 Dec Midnight
Elvis Presley - Birmingham Dec 29, '76
27 Dec 8.30pm Wichita St. University, Wichita, Ks
28 Dec 8.30pm Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Tx
29 Dec 9.30pm Civic Center, Birmingham, Al
Showtime! Birmingham / Dallas '76 2 CD set - shows Elvis in great shape at two excellent concerts on December 28 and 19, 1976 and comes packaged as a 5" digipack with 8-page booklet. The Birmingham Show is from the Jefferson County Coliseum and Dallas from the Memorial Auditorium.
Unchained Melody December 29, 1976 (03:00)
30 Dec 8.30pm Omni, Atlanta, Ga
Elvis ends 1976 with a special New Year's Eve concert in Pittsburgh.
31 Dec 9.30pm Civic Center Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa
Elvis Presley 1977
On Tour February / March / April / May 1977
12 Feb 8.30pm Sportatorium Hollywood, Fl
13 Feb 8.30pm Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Fl
14 Feb 8.30pm Bay Front Center, St Petersburg, Fl
15 Feb 8.30pm Sports Stadium, Orlando, Fl
Keith Alverson on taking this photo - 'I can remember one incident in Montgomery'.
'Elvis arrived at the garage of his hotel, he had just completed a concert in Orlando. The car door opened, and Elvis walked straight towards me, heading for the elevator. The elevator door had not yet opened, and a crowd began to gather while Elvis and his group were forced to wait and face a dozen or so of us fans'.
'Elvis talked and seemed very comfortable with the situation, while the security guys freaked out'.
'I got in position and snapped my favorite candid of Elvis!'
16 Feb 8.30pm Garretti Coliseum, Montgomery, Al
17 Feb 8.30pm Civic Center, Savannah, Ga
18 Feb 8.30pm Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, Sc
19 Feb 8.30pm Civic Center Freedom Hall, Johnson City, Tn
20 Feb 8.30pm Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc Unchained Melody CD
Unchained Melody is a soundboard recording from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 20, 1977.
It includes live versions of Moody Blue, Love Letters and Where No One Stands Alone. This is quite a listenable CD and one I'll be playing a few times once I've swapped to a better sounding version of track 18!
21 Feb 8.30pm Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc
Ticket : Elvis Presley Show : 21 Feb 8.30pm Coliseum, Charlotte, Nc.
March 3, After his February '77 tour Elvis returned to Memphis. Elvis had planned a vacation in Hawaii in order to show the islands to Ginger Alden . Before leaving, he takes care of several business matters, including a loan to Dr. Nick for an additional $55.000 at 7 percent interest with a repayment schedule of twenty-five years. Also, at his father's urging, in the early hours of the morning of March 3, Elvis finally signed his will, which designates Vernon as executor and trustee, entrusting to him total responsibility for the 'health education, comfortable maintenance and welfare' of himself, Grandma, and Lisa Marie, the sole heir. Ginger is witness to the will. Ginger Alden, a local beauty queen (Miss Traffic Safety, Miss Mid-South and runner-up Miss Tennessee University), who has the distinction of being Elvis' last girlfriend and the last person to see him alive on the night he died. Elvis was introduced to Terry Alden, the present Miss Tennessee, by George Klein on November 19, 1976. Terry brought her two sisters Rosemary and Ginger with her. George thought it was Terry to whom Elvis would be attracted, but Elvis was immediately drawn to the youngest sister. Elvis' Saturday-night date with Ginger started as a flight to view the Memphis skyline but ended with a trip to Vegas, chaperoned by his cousin Patsy and her husband. Ginger called her mother for permission.
Friday March 4, Elvis and his party of thirty arrive in Hawaii, checking into the Hilton Rainbow Tower.
After two days Elvis and the Alden sisters and a couple of the guys move to a beach house at Kailua.
Elvis playing house with Ginger's sister Rosemary.
March 12, A visit to the USS Arizona memorial is canceled as Elvis prepares for an abruptly scheduled return to Memphis. He has gotten sand in his eye, and Dr. Nick, concerned that he may have scratched his cornea, suggests that he recuperate at home for a week or so before going out on tour once again.
23 Mar 8.30pm Arizona State University, Tempe. Az
24 Mar 8.30pm Civic Center, Amarillo, Tx Yes Info
25 Mar 8.30pm University Of Oklahoma, Norman, Ok
26 Mar 8.30pm University Of Oklahoma, Norman, Ok
27 Mar 8.30pm Taylor County Coliseum, Abilene, Tx
28 Mar 8.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Tx
29 Mar 8.30pm Rapidas Parish Coliseum, Alexandria, La
30 Mar 8.30pm Rapidas Parish Coliseum, Alexandria, La
31 Mar 8.30pm Baton Rouge, La Canceled Info
01 Apr 8.30pm Mobile, Al Canceled Info
02 Apr 8.30pm Macon, Ga Canceled Info
03 Apr 8.30pm Jacksonville, Fl Canceled Info
21 Apr 8.30pm Coliseum, Greensboro, Nc
22 Apr 8.30pm Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi
23 Apr 8.30pm University Of Toledo, Toledo, Oh
24 Apr 8.30pm Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mi
25 Apr 8.30pm Saginaw Center, Saginaw, Mi
26 Apr 8.30pm Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Mi
27 Apr 8.30pm Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wi
28 Apr 8.30pm Brown County Veterans, Green Bay, Wi
29 Apr 8.30pm Duluth Arena, Duluth, Mn
30 Apr 8.30pm Civic Center, St. Paul, Mn
01 May 8.30pm Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Il
02 May 8.30pm Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Il
03 May 8.30pm Saginaw Center, Saginaw, Mi
Elvis Spring Tours '77 CD - From different shows between March 26, 1977 and May 3, 1977.
Back in 1977, RCA Records wanted to release a new Elvis album, but they only had six unreleased songs in the can. Obviously, that's not enough songs for an album. They couldn't get Elvis into a recording studio to tape anything else, so they followed him around on tour, hoping he would perform some songs he hadn't previously recorded. It ended up that he played only three 'new' songs during that tour. To save tape, no complete concerts were recorded. Only a few select songs were taped at each show. So what we have here is 23 songs taped at 12 different shows between March 26, 1977 and May 3, 1977. The sound quality is very good. Probably the most interesting recordings here are the undubbed versions of the three songs that ended up on Elvis' last album (Moody Blue). The songs are If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Unchained Melody and Little Darlin'.
20 May 8.30pm University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tn
21 May 8.30pm Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky
22 May 8.30pm Capital Center, Largo, Md
23 May 8.30pm Civic Center, Providence, Ri
24 May 8.30pm Civic Center, Augusta, Me
25 May 8.30pm Community War Memorial, Rochester, Ny
May 26, Elvis' private jet, the Lisa Marie, had just landed after a Rochester-to-Binghamton, N.Y. flight. Grob, the chief of security, had just warned Elvis that they were in a restricted gun-carry area.
It was about 3 a.m. May 26, and a crowd of fans and dignitaries, including Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker, and a high-ranking law officer, had gathered to welcome Elvis.
Still wearing pajamalike karate gear, Elvis began descending the portable stairs when the crowd started cheering as a spotlight hit him. As he lifted his arms to acknowledge the reception, two loaded semiautomatic Colt pistols fell from his waistband and bounced down the steps. 'Elvis had a sheepish grin as he came down'.
Waiting was the local police chief or ranking officer. Elvis 'completely disarmed the man by shaking his hand and introducing himself'. 'The guy handed him the guns and said, 'I believe these are yours Mr. Presley'. Elvis stuck 'em back in his waistband'. The guns are now on display at Graceland. At another concert, around the same time, a loaded .22-caliber derringer popped out of one of Elvis' stage boots and bounced on the stage right in front of rhythm guitarist John Wilkinson, 'who did not like guns'. It was retrieved about 20 minutes later.
26 May 8.30pm The Broome County Arena, Binghamton, Ny
27 May 8.30pm The Broome County Arena, Binghamton, Ny
28 May 8.30pm Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa
29 May 8.30pm Civic Center, Baltimore, Md
30 May 8.30pm Coliseum, Jacksonville, Fl Yes Info
Ticket for Elvis Concert that was cancelled. The show was re-scheduled for August
31 May 8.30pm Louisiana St. University, Baton Rouge, La
01 June 8.30pm Coliseum, Macon, Ga
02 June 8.30pm Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Al
On Tour : June 17-26, 1977
Elvis tours in concert. Shows on June 19, 20, and 21 are recorded by RCA for an upcoming live album and are videotaped for an upcoming CBS-TV television special. (Footage from the show on the 20th is not used in the special.) The special will be called Elvis in Concert. It will first air on October 3 after Elvis' death in August. The camera gives a shocking picture of Elvis' poor health in his final days, but his voice is strong.
17 June 8.30pm Southwest Mo. State University, Springfield, Mo
18 June 8.30pm Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo
19 June 8.30pm Omaha Civic Center, Omaha, Ne
20 June 8.30pm Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, Ne
21 June 8.30pm Mount Rushmore, Rapid City, Sd
22 June 8.30pm Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, Sd Info
23 June 8.30pm Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, Ia
24 June 8.30pm Dade County Coliseum, Madison, Wi
25 June 8.30pm Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Oh
Ticket for Elvis in Concert June 26, 1977, his last concert.
26 June 8.30pm Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, In.
June 27- August 15, 1977
Elvis relaxes in Memphis and prepares for the next leg of touring for 1977.
August 11, Elvis pays his respects to his mother at Forest Hill Cemetery.
August 12, Elvis was unable to get a copy of the film 'Star Wars' to view with his daughter Lisa Marie, so they watched the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me' instead. [Star Wars was released to theaters in the US on May 25, 1977] As they came home, Lisa was siting on Ginger Alden's lap, holding her bag of popcorn from the theater. The photo below, snapped just four days before his death is the last ever taken with his daughter Lisa Marie. (Photo from the book Elvis Behind The Image Volume 2.)
Elvis, Ginger Alden and Lisa Marie August 12, 1977.
Shortly after midnight Elvis returns to Graceland from a late-night visit to the dentist. The photo below is the last known photo of Elvis taken on his return from the dentist.
Through the early morning of the 16th Elvis takes care of last minute tour details and relaxes with family and staff. He is to fly to Portland, Maine that night and do a show there on the 17th, then continue the scheduled tour. Elvis retires to his master suite at Graceland around 7:00 AM to rest for his evening flight. By late morning, Elvis Presley is dead of heart failure. It is announced by mid-afternoon.
In a matter of hours the shock registers around the world.
Cancelled Tour Dates
17 Aug 8.30pm Portland, Me Canceled
18 Aug 8.30pm Portland, Me Canceled
19 Aug 8.30pm Utica, Ny Canceled
20 Aug 8.30pm Syracuse, Ny Canceled
21 Aug 8.30pm Hartford, Ct Canceled
22 Aug 8.30pm Uniondale, Ny Canceled
23 Aug 8.30pm Lexington, Ky Canceled
24 Aug 8.30pm Roanoke, Va Canceled
25 Aug 8.30pm Fayetteville, Tn Canceled
26 Aug 8.30pm Asheville, C Canceled
27 Aug 8.30pm Memphis, Tn Canceled
28 Aug 2.30pm Memphis, Tn Canceled
Relevant Reading :
Interview with Joe Esposito
Friends Remember Elvis Presley
Friends Remember Elvis Presley - Part 2
August 16, 1977 - Kathy Westmoreland Remembers
Photos - August 16, 1977
The TCB Band
Elvis Presley & The Events Of 1977
New York Times Review - This Is Elvis 1981
Elvis dies and the age of Rock is over
Elvis Presley Dies at 42
Elvis' Last Will And Testament
A Broken Heart... Hastened Death
World's At Standstill For Elvis' Fiancee
Firemen's Call To Graceland Was Anything But Routine
Elvis Day By Day : By Ernst Jorgensen & Peter Guralnick is a complete account of public, private, rare, forgotten, and renowned moments, captured with such detail and immediacy they read like diary entries in a life--from first steps to the first time the young 'hillbilly cat' stepped on stage; from the creation of a revolutionary new sound to the last days of a universally known, tragically misunderstood music legend.
No longer in print. Grab one if you find one.
Elvis A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions Book (Ernst Jorgensen) is a superlative book combining beautiful illustrations and searching text. The author, responsible for BMG's modernisation of the Elvis Presley catalogue, has dug well beneath the surface to present the definitive story behind Elvis Presley's recording sessions. In the process the reader is taken into the recording studio to experience the atmosphere: 'Altering the lyrics, laughing as his voice cracked, throwing in the first two lines of 'A Little Less Conversation'. Elvis was relaxed and energetic as they ran through a series of incomplete takes, finally making it to the end at take ten'. If you are interested in Elvis' recoding sessions you will without doubt consider this your most prized possession - book wise. Read Review
Elvis The Concert Years - 1969-1977 - There are so many good things to say about this book - excellent material deserves praise and any fans of the concert years has to have this book on his shelf. Somehow Mr. Skar realized the impossible and produced the BEST Elvis Presley book ever available on the concert years from 1969 to 1977, this is now the reference on the subject .... Buy it, enjoy it; I am sure you will not regret it!