Elvis Presley : Mid-South Coliseum : July 5, 1976
Elvis Presley performs what would be his last Memphis concert July 5, 1976
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, he said: 'I've had some people say - well, you can't do that song anymore - well, you, by God, just watch me'.
Elvis' Personal Brand of Fireworks Lights the Night for Homecoming
by Charles Goodman
The Commercial Appeal
July 6, 1976
For the fans who packed the Coliseum the big event of their week-end celebration of the Bicentennial Fourth of July was Elvis coming home in concert. When he strolled on stage, the flash bulbs in the audience turned the scene into a pyrotechnic display with rivaled the fireworks show on the riverfront Sunday night.
'Let me tell you', he told the whooping sell-out crowd, 'I'll sing all the songs you want. It's the end of our tour and I have as much time as you want tonight'. The show featured the best of two worlds - the flashy professional Hot Hilton Horns orchestra from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and the gospel singing Stamps Quartet. They brought the house down with a driving version of 'When The Saints Go Marching In'
Elvis kept his promise, singing steadily from 10 p.m until 40 minutes before midnight. The six songs from his long career began with the first recording he did in Memphis, 'That's All Right'.
'They say I shouldn't sing 'That's All Right' any more', he said picking up his guitar, 'but by God watch me'.
His swivel hips brought screams and his glance moans.
'It never ceases to amaze me', he said, waiting for the waves of screams to die down. As he sang, fans shoved through the line of police to load the front edge of the stage with gifts for him - a toy soldier, a cake, a painting, a blue Christmas tree, a lei, pendants and personal letters. He kept wiping his brow with fresh scarfs and tossing them to the forest of hands reaching up to him. Relaxed and enjoying the show himself Elvis knelt and said one of the women jammed against the front of the stage 'What do you want , honey? Just my scarf?'
One song 'Help Me' he said with a twinkle in his eye, was from an album he made two years ago titled 'Elvis in the Gutter' He was serious only once. Obviously irked by past reports on his health, he said 'The last time I was here I was sick a couple of weeks. But I'm over all that and I'm working and I'm happy'
There was no doubt that Elvis' huge following is happy too.
|July 1, 1976 : Shreveport on July 1, 1976|
|July 2, 1976 : Elvis Presley leaving his hotel|
|July 3, 1976 : Fort Worth, Texas|
|July 4, 1976 : Tulsa|
|July 5, 1976 : Mid:South Coliseum|
Elvis Presley : Freedom Hall Johnson City, Tn : March 17, 1976
Elvis Presley : Freedom Hall Johnson City, Tn : March 18, 1976
Elvis Presley : March 20, 1976. (8:30 pm) Charlotte, NC.
Elvis Presley : March 21, 1976 (8:30 pm) : Cincinnati, OH
Elvis Presley : Leaving Cincinnati, OH on March 22, 1976 after two shows : March 21, 1976
Elvis Presley : Kiel Auditorium St Louis, Miss 8.30pm : March 22, 1976
Elvis Presley leaving his hotel in Shreveport, LA on his way to Baton Rouge, LA on July 2, 1976
Elvis Presley : Fort Worth, Texas : July 3, 1976
Elvis Presley : Tulsa, OK : July 4, 1976
Elvis Presley : Mid-South Coliseum : July 5, 1976
Elvis Presley : July 24, 1976 (2:30 pm). Charleston, WV. Civic Center
Elvis Presley : Community War Memorial, Syracuse, Ny : July 27, 1976
Elvis Presley : Civic Center, Springfield, Mass : July 29, 1976
Elvis Presley : Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut. 8:30 p.m July 30, 1976
Vickers Gas Station, Memphis, October 4, 1976
Elvis Presley : Chicago Stadium : October 14, 1976
Elvis Presley : Chicago Stadium : October 15, 1976
Elvis Presley : Minneapolis, Minnesota : October 17, 1976
Elvis Presley : University Of Dayton, Dayton, Oh : October 26, 1976
Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 4, 1976
Elvis Presley : December 8, 1976
Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 10, 1976 : Midnight Show
Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 11, 1976
Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : December 12, 1976
Elvis Presley : New Years Eve Concert : December 31, 1976
CDs : Studio
Since the FTD CD series began it has given us the chance to hear some classic unreleased Elvis Presley material but none more essential that their fourth release 'The Jungle Room Sessions'. After 'The Jungle Room Sessions' the majority of the original releases on 'Moody Blue' and 'From E.P Boulevard' now sound so disappointing. Of all the Elvis Presley CDs produced by the FTD team this is the one you must have, whether you are a fan of 70's Elvis or not. This truly is an astounding packed 72 minutes of essential listening that is also an amazing documentary capturing some extraordinary moments of Elvis' life. More Elvis Alternate Take CDs.
CD : Concert
Elvis In Alabama 2 x CD Set From FTD (Elvis Presley in Huntsville on September 6, 1976)
Elvis : Chicago Stadium : 1976 : Elvis Presley FTD 2 CD Set (2 Concerts)
Showtime! Birmingham / Dallas ‘76 : 1976 : Elvis Presley FTD 2 CD Set
Elvis : New Years Eve 1976 FTD 2CD : (Audience Recording)
Tucson '76 : 1976 : Elvis Presley FTD CD
America : April 22, 1976 : Elvis Presley FTD CD
New Haven '76 : 1976 : Elvis Presley FTD CD