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Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974

Here we have two photos taken by Mickie M. Malbrough on the the afternoon of the March 7, 1974 at the Ramada Hotel. Monroe. Mickie tells us that 'at that time was still a pretty small town with very few hotels. The largest in Monroe at the time was the Ramada. And, I think it only had two floors. Elvis and his entourage rented the entire second floor. We just happened to pull into the parking lot as his limo arrived. It was sheer luck. Before the concert, Red West took my friends and I on the second floor but we didn't get to see Elvis before the concert. Because they had just flown in that afternoon, he was resting up for the concert. We did get to see him after the concert. He was with Sheila Ryan. My understanding is that this was the first time Shelia was with Elvis on tour. Believe it or not, we visited with Elvis, Shelia who only stayed awhile, a few of guys from the band, myself and two friends. Shelia wanted Elvis to leave because she said she was hungry. Elvis told her he was 'talking to the girls' and he would eat later. When she persisted, he got a bit angry and told her if she wanted to eat she could go eat but again he said 'I am going to visit with the girls'. She left the room and as she was leaving she looked back at him, I guess expecting him to follow her. But, he didn't. He stayed and talked with us about two hours. I think one of the reasons we were allowed upstairs after concerts and given backstage passes is because we didn't bother him for autographs and photos. But, gee, I wish I had those photos now. Another thing I remember from that night is this was right after he had been jumped on stage in Vegas. He had a copy of the police report with the mug shots of the guys who jumped him in his Bible. He showed us the police report and talked about the incident. I remember the Bible was tattered and worn.

Another time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. myself and two friends sat with Elvis and watched the Tonight Show after the concert. Helen Reddy hosted the Tonight show that night. Elvis was not too fond of Helen Reddy.

You know I just took it all for granted while it was happening. But, now I realize how rare having that kind of access to Elvis was. But, what wonderful memories, still think of those times often.

Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974
Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974. © Copyright Mickie M. Malbrough.

Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974.
Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974. © Copyright Mickie M. Malbrough.

Photos Elvis Presley : March 6, 1974 : Montgomery, Alabama, 8:pm
Photos Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 8, 1974

Elvis Australia club member, Mickie M. Malbrough being kissed by Elvis!
Elvis Australia club member, Mickie M. Malbrough being kissed by Elvis! : 1970.

Elvis Australia club member, Mickie M. Malbrough being kissed by Elvis, after she thanked him for the photo(s)
This photo was taken in Mobile, Alabama the last night of Elvis' come back tour in September 1970.

Elvis Thrills Capacity Crowd

Monroe Morning World : March 9, 1974

Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, brought back memories of the 50's entwined with the sound of today. These were the things people came to see and hear as they flocked to Monroe's civic Center March 4th, 7th and 8th to view the first live Elvis Presley concerts ever to be held in the city. My every standard of comparison they were not disappointed in their King. People from 1 to 80 arrived in throngs to see and hear the idol of millions perform live, in concert to the sold-out houses for all three nights.

The biggest attraction ever to appear in Monroe, the audiences began arriving early for the Elvis concert carrying with them the electricity of excitement and anticipation. By 7 p.m. the parking areas were beginning to fill and by 8pm it was virtually impossible to find an empty space on the center grounds.

Warming up the already receptive audience for Elvis' appearance was Jackie Kahane, a fine comedian who managed to hold his own and loosen up the atmosphere for the appointed moment of Elvis' appearance. Extricating ample laughter from the audience seemed to be his specialty, gingerly putting everyone at ease while waiting for the King of Rock N Roll to appear. Mr. Kahane was followed by 'The Sweet Inspirations' three very talented singers who provided their own good show. They also sing back up harmony with Elvis.

After a brief intermission, the house lights were dimmed. The strains of '2001, A Space Odessey' accompanied by the stirring beats of Ronnie Tutt's drum had the audience almost in a frenzy of anticipation and then Elvis appeared to the almost defining shrieks, cheers and yells.

The atmosphere was charged. Flash cubes popped until the arena looked like one giant strobe.

He was resplendent in a white bejeweled jumpsuit with diamonds flashing on both hands. Elvis masterfully sent the audience wild with excitement, then as if to accent the already frenzied atmosphere, reached for his black guitar and belted out 'See. See. Rider', with a style that was completely his own.

Living up to the image of 'playing strictly to the audience' Elvis disappointed no one and at times made fans feel as if he were singing to each one of them as individuals. Enthusiastic women yelled and screamed their total approval and men were just as eager to admit that no other performer could please an audience and capture it as much as Elvis did. 'If you have ever seen him perform', said one avid fan, 'you can't forget ... if you haven't seen him then you don't know what you have missed'. Included in his repertoire of 'oldies but goodies' were 'I Got A Woman', the now immortalized 'Hound Dog', 'Love Me Tender' and 'Johnnie B Goode', just to name a few. As like all his shows, there was also a religious selection, 'Help Me' that was performed as tastefully as any religious song was ever performed. Holding the entire audience spellbound for the duration of an entire musical selection, Elvis literally brought the audience to its feet with his most moving rendition of 'An American Trilogy', a selection consisting of 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', 'Dixie' and 'All My Trials' sung with such meaning and conviction that you could feel his pride for the south and it's ancient heritage.

Of course no show would be complete without the band and under the close supervision of conductor Joe Guercio, the Las Vegas brass group consisting of eleven members, accented every note Elvis sung. Also backing up Elvis in vocals was 'Voice', a new group of three very talented singers showing extreme professionalism for being so new to the world of entertainment.

The most noticeable members of the entertainers entourage were his rhythm section musicians, among whom are two native Louisianians, James Burton of Shreveport is lead guitar and band director, with Duke Bardwell of Baton Rouge on bass, John Wilkinson is on rhythm guitar and Ronnie Tutt on drums. The musician who doubles as acoustical guitarist and also provided fantastic harmony with Elvis was Charlie Hodge.

Rounding out the group was Glen D. Hardin on piano.

Not only was the concert fantastic in audience appeal but it was also absent of the usually 'I can't see' comments so often accompanying the entourage of a group. Due to the expertise knowledge of the sound man in handling controls, only one brief bit of 'feedback' was heard by the audience and the elevated sound equipment made it possible for everyone to see what they paid for.

Always included in the hours entertainment is J. D. Sumner ad the Stamps Quartet who will be long remembered for the ir assistance in the rendition of 'Why Me Lord' by Elvis.

Near the end of the show Elvis asked for the house lights to be turned on so he could see the audience 'You are beautiful audience' he said 'and I would like to sing this next song for you' ... 'I Can't Stop Loving You'.

He ended the show with 'Can't Help Falling In Love', then immediately left the stage to the cheers and screams of the audience. THe announcer said 'Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night', ... and indeed it was a good night. Elvis had proven again that he is truly the King Of Rock N Roll. As one fan put it, 'Everyone came to see a living legend and Elvis didn't disappoint them'.

Ticket for the concert that night : March 7, 1974 : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974.
Ticket for the concert that night : March 7, 1974 : Monroe Louisiana : March 7, 1974.

Photos Elvis Presley : March 6, 1974 : Montgomery, Alabama, 8:pm
Photos Elvis Presley : Ramada Hotel : Monroe Louisiana : March 8, 1974

1974

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March 1974

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May

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : May 11, 1974 : Forum, Los Angeles, California

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fort Worth Texas : June 15, 1974 : Evening Show
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Louisville, Kentucky : June 26, 1974

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley giving a Karate demonstration in Memphis : July 4, 1974

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley hand written Setlist for RCA Rehearsals : August, 1974
Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Jackie Wilson on August 20, 1974 New page link

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : College Park, Maryland : September 28, 1974

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley October 6, 1974 : University Of Dayton, Dayton

CDs

CD Elvis : Hits Of The 70s : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Elvis : Good Times : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD 48 Hours To Memphis : FTD Special Edition CD (March 18, 1974)
CD Elvis : Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis : FTD Special Edition CD [Complete]
CD Promised Land : FTD 2 CD Special Edition

Concert CDs

CD 48 Hours To Memphis : March 18, 1974
CD I Found My Thrill : Soundboard : January 27, 1974
CD Elvis : Live L.A. : Soundboard : May 11, 1974 ES
CD High Sierra : May '74 : Soundboard : May 21, 1974
CD Rockin' Across Texas : 2 CD : Soundboard : June 19, 1974 + July 3, 1976
CD Nevada Nights : Soundboard : August 19, 1974 + August 21, 1974
CD It's Midnight : Soundboard : August 24, 1974
CD Dragon Heart : Soundboard : October 1, 1974

Books

Elvis Presley Books The Elvis Files Vol. 6, 1971-1973
Book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas : Hardcover Book : 360 pages, with 1300 pictures
Book Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe : 1971-1976
Book Elvis : The Concert Years 1969-1977 Book
Book Elvis Concerts : Elvis Presley Book from JAT Publishing
Book Elvis On Stage By Keith Alverson
Book Elvis : For The First Time Ever Elvis Book
Book America The Beautiful : Elvis Book with Free Promo CD

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Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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