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Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : Uniondale, New York : July 19, 1975

Elvis Presley performed two shows, 2:30 and 8:30pm. 'When he wants to, Mr. Presley can still rock, and he felt like rocking a refreshing lot of the time Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I'.

The high point of the evening show is a wrenching performance of 'You'll Never Walk Alone (Inspired by Roy Hamilton's 1954 gospel laced version) with Elvis seated alone at the piano.

Elvis Presley arriving at Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975

Elvis with Diane Goodman departing the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport (New York) For Nassau Coliseum on July 19, 1975
Elvis with Diane Goodman departing the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport (New York) For Nassau Coliseum on July 19, 1975.

Above, 'The King' by Ron Galella: The famous American celebrity photographer Ron Galella, known for his 'historic' pictures of Marlon Brando (Ron Galello lost 5 teeth at his first encounter with the actor), Liz Taylor, Robert Redford, Jackie O and Bruce Springsteen, has published his 'Best Of' in volume 14 of 'GUP Magazine' (Guide to Unique Photography) which is subtitled 'The Paparazzi Issue'.

This picture is the highlight of Ron's 'Best Of', and is simply titled 'The King'.

Ron Galella, one of the firs paparazzi in Hollywood, also managed to snap Elvis with Diane Goodman departing the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport (New York) for Nassau Coliseum on July 19, 1975.

Presley Treats Fans To His Best

By John Rockwell
New York Times
Monday July 21, 1975

Elvis Presley played Madison Square Garden in 1972 for the first and last time. Since then, he has stuck to the suburbs, like most middle-of-the-roaders. Except that, when he wants to, Mr. Presley can still rock, and he felt like rocking a refreshing lot of the time Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I.

Elvis Presley Video Video : Elvis Presley Live on Stage : Nassau Colliseum : Uniondale, New York : July 19, 1975

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When this observer last saw Mr. Presley, it was also the Nassau Coliseum, two summers ago. Then he was fat, lazy and ineffectual. On Saturday he was still fat-fatter than ever, a blown-up cartoon of his spare nineteen-fifties toughness. But he wasn't lazy, and he most certainly wasn't ineffectual.

Fat or thin, overpowering or futile, he still inspires and accepts the adoration of his fans with the good-humored grace of a king. Mr. Presley's fans may not number all the country these days: His records are not longer guaranteed the top spot on the charts.

Decorum Prevailed

But his concerts still sell out sports arenas months in advance, and his Coliseum audience consisted evenly of people from small children to grandmothers. They were polite and neatly dressed; decorum prevailed before the star's appearance and well-mannered ecstasy when he was onstage. His following probably includes a broader sweep of white Americans that of any other pop performer. The ritual at any Presley concert has grown ornate with age. Like many other pop stars these days , he announces his imminent arrival with the Richard Strauss fanfare used in '2001', for him, it seems more cosmically fitting than for some.

When he finally emerged, he was greeted by a tidal wash of squeals and flash cubes. Mr Presley's roots lie in country music, and country crowds are particularly addicted to taking flash pictures of their favorites. But the rippling explosions of light, whenever he turns in a new direction are really unique.

Saturday afternoon's costume had been laboriously conceived to disguise and distract attention from his size, and its most striking aspect was its sheer lavishness: basically black, bell bottom pants and a vest over a puffy, double sleeve shirt, but extravagantly overlaid with 'jewels' (presumably rhinestones) arranged in baroque exaggeration of American Indian designs. It looked wonderful. Mr. Presley's on stage manner is full of bits of business to the audience and to members of the band. There was even more joking than usual Saturday afternoon; he seemed to be in a particularly affable mood. And there are always the teasing glances and winks and the half-crouched self-parodies of the 'Elvis the Pelvis' swivels of yore.

When Mr. Presley cares about a song, he cuts out most of the vaudeville. But when he finds himself mired in material he has long since ceased to care about, the scarves-and-kisses rite begins.

Trailed by a dutiful 'gopher' who loops scarves around the Presley neck whenever they are needed, Elvis approaches the crowd, picks a hand from the stalks of stretching arms, and pollinates it with a scarf. Each scarf has graced the neck at least momentarily: one was further blessed by having been brushed under his arms.

Kisses Women, Children

Sometimes Mr. Presley will kneel among the upraised arms, and lean over and kiss . Saturday afternoon he kissed little children and women of all ages: no men. The kisses wander dazedly away, sanctified. The aura of revival is intensified by the fact that all Mr. Presley's backup vocalists are white and black gospel singers.

When Mr. Presley first struck the American consciousness 21 years ago, he epitomized tough, young rebellion. Outrageously sexual, his songs were charged with a rhythmic energy that swept the simpering of Tin Pan Alley aside and gave birth to rock'n'roll. But then he went into the Army and emerged into a drab sequence of schlock movies. Through most of the sixties, he functioned as a purveyor of soupniness, his dancing energy and his sexuality overlaid with a ponderous maturity.

His much-ballyhooed comeback to live concertizing in 1968 signaled a brief spurt of renewed energy. But then he settled back into a curiously unpredictable pattern of alternating quiescence and conviction.

A Few Nods to Bathos

On Saturday afternoon, there were a few nods in the direction of bathos, and the few rock oldies were mostly mumbled and thrown away, although he did do his early 'Mistery Train' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' did begin with some spunk. But the bulk of the show was moderately up-tempo material or overt rock, much of it relatively unfamiliar to a crowd that would squeal at the first recognition of a favorite. It was as if Mr. Presley had decided to recast his repertory in imitation of the livelier sides of Charlie Rich and Tom Jones.

But really, Mr. Presley imitates nobody. The youthful sexuality has long since gone; it couldn't really be otherwise. But in its place there is a wonderfully relaxed, ironic affection that can be almost as nice.

His baritone is still as solid as ever, with its humorously cavernous bottom and its nasal vibrato on top. When he is putting out as he did Saturday afternoon, reaching for the top notes and shaping phrases with the same easy inviduality that has always marked his best work, he is still the king.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

Elvis Presley leaving Nassau Colliseum - July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley and Red West leaving Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975.

March 1975

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : March 30, 1975

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Macon Coliseum : Macon, Ga April 24, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Jacksonville Florida : April 25, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : 'The Omni' Atlanta GA: April 30, 1975

May

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Omni : Atlanta Georgia : May 1, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Omni : Atlanta Georgia : May 2, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : May 4, 1975 : Lake Charles
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Huntsville, AL : May 31, 1975

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Cleveland Coliseum, Richfield, Oh June 1, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Houston, Texas : June 5, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Mid-South Coliseum : Memphis Tennessee : June 10, 1975

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Oklahoma City, July 8, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Terre Haute, Indiana : July 9, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Cleveland Coliseum, Richfield, Oh : July 10, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Charleston West Virginia : July 11, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Following his Concert in Springfield : July 14, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Following his Concert in Springfield : July 15, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Linda Thompson : Charleston West Virginia : July 16, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos
Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum : July 19, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Norfolk Scope : July 20, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with local police before boading his plane to leave Greensboro : July 22, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Greensboro : July 23, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Greensboro : July 24, 1975

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : Opening Night : August 18, 1975
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : August 19, 1975

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Graceland : September 10, 1975

December

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 13, 1975 : Midnight Show
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker : New Years Eve, December 31, 1975

CDs

CD Elvis : Hits Of The 70s : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD
Elvis Today : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Promised Land [Released January 1975]

Concert CDs

CD Dixieland Rocks : 1975 : Elvis Presley FTD CD
CD Dinner At Eight : 1975 : Elvis Presley FTD CD
CD Southern Nights : 1975 : Elvis Presley FTD CD
CD Dixieland Delight : 1975 : Elvis Presley FTD 2 CD Set [2 Concerts]
CD From Sunset To Las Vegas : 1975 : FTD 2 CD Set [Concert + Rehearsals]
CD Another Saturday Night FTD 5" Soundboard Concert CD

Books

Elvis Presley Books The Elvis Files Vol. 7, 1974-1977
Book Elvis On Tour 1975 : Photos from the Heart by Sandi Pichon
Book Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe (1971-1976)
Book Elvis : Born To Rock : 1975
Book Elvis : Starring in Oklahoma : July 8, 1975 : Elvis Presley Book
Book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas : Hardcover Book : 360 pages, with 1300 pictures
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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