The Year of Change. 1974 In early 1974, Elvis Presley was still getting his good humor back, but he still had some mood swings. On January 8 he turned thirty-nine years old, and in the city of Memphis they declared his birthday "Elvis Presley Day" and organized a parade along Elvis Presley Boulevard. But even the health problems that had started the previous year would soon bother him again and he also had to visit his dentist regularly for his teeth. Also the habits that he had acquired up to now and that would continue to increase his discomfort, because when she was away from home, other dentists were helpful in writing prescriptions for other medications she thought she needed. This would be the big problem, the dependency on him was not cured. The year 1974 changed the direction of the artistic path of Elvis Presley. There would no longer be large studio recording sessions. RCA already had its musical catalog with the best of Elvis and did not seem to need me to offer material to publish. It would only be recorded in March 1974 in Concert and a studio rehearsal in August, but there would be no sessions with new songs for publication. The Colonel did not consider the need to record new songs either, something unheard of in the artistic world to renew the image and obtain benefits and for popularity to continue to rise. As a consequence, new songs were not broadcast on Radio, nor were they recorded on TV specials. When the normal thing was to record and publish every so often a single, LP, as the artists who wanted to continue being successful did. In summary, the commercial management was being handled absurdly, the purpose was only to obtain safe money through the Concerts. Only 3 LPS would be published, 2 Singles and the RCA Album, which was no longer beneficial for Elvis. Any artist published an LP every 3 months, singles, in addition to giving concerts, the publicity was constant. Elvis did not receive the same treatment, he did not have support in the media, but it was not his fault, but his manager's. The public loved him as always, his name was synonymous with attendance at his concerts and would also have been for record sales if his music had been broadcast or appeared on TV. Obviously the number of concerts increased during this year, because it was a sure economic value. It was the direction Colonel Parker had taken, because he saw an easy profit in Elvis' performances. But Elvis did not question these circumstances at any time and he would continue to do his concerts. It seems that he had no intention of recording new material, it is true that his performances for the public were the most important thing, but offering variety to the show and new songs would renew and boost his image as an artist. Unfortunately it was not like that, the year would have many performances as in the early days. Touring and his engagements in Lake Tahoe and both seasons at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis earned a lot of money from concerts, but it is true that he also spent it to the same extent, this would be something that would also be important since it could spell big trouble. This year his love for karate will grow and Elvis would carry out a new project that he was going to finance, a documentary film on martial arts. His search for change made him come up with something new to get excited, but it had nothing to do with music. Elvis was a magnificent artist, an exceptional man, but he was lost aimlessly in his career as a performer. "Following the Path of the King..."
"Elvis: A Legendary Performer.Vol 1" LP Release: January 1, 1974 RCA Victor
Songs list: "That's All Right" de Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup "I Love You Because" de Leon Payne "Heartbreak Hotel" de Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden "Elvis", fragmento entrevista "Don't Be Cruel" de Otis Blackwell "Love Me" (de Elvis (NBC-TV Special) de Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller "Tryin' to Get to You" (de Elvis (NBC-TV Special) de Rose Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton "Love Me Tender"de Vera Matson, Elvis Presley "Peace in the Valley"de Thomas A. Dorsey "Elvis' Farewell to His Fans" "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" de Bill Trader "Tonight's All Right for Love" de Joseph Lilley, Abner Silver, Sid Wayne "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (de Elvis (NBC-TV Special) deLou Handman, Roy Turk "Can't Help Falling in Love" de Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss Single 10 ENERO 1974 "Ive Got a Thing About You Baby" de Tony Joe White "Take Good Care Of Her" de Ed Warren & Arthur Kent
RCA VICTOR PUBLICATION. January 1, 1973. "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1" peaked at number 43 on the charts and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in July 1999. It would sell more than 700,000 copies. Combine previously unreleased takes, interviews, and well-known songs.
Control of RCA and the rivalry for the music of Elvis Presley. 1974
RCA already owned the entire catalog of Elvis Presley's songs and was willing to use it, naturally for its own benefit, even if it hampered new releases of recently recorded material by its artist. On January 1, 1974, they decided to publish a new LP, with songs that until now have not been used, as well as some alternative takes, some live recordings and interviews. Joan Deary would combine fragments of interviews, a number that were not included in the 1968 TV special, and such well-known songs as "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel" into one album. A curious Album called "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol.1", which would be the first of a series of subsequent publications. All this was the product of the idea of Joan Deary, producer at RCA, who also appeared a special cover that appeared in an elegant booklet, with twelve pages, with total freedom to repackage the old material to her liking, without having the usual interference from the Colonel Parker, no royalties to pay. The Album would result in over 750,000 copies, which was far more than Elvis was going to sell with the three albums to be released of new Stax Studios material. The Colonel and Elvis were losing money, but also Tom Parker would be regretting the rest of his life and Elvis too. All this also meant a kind of internal rivalry between record publishers, which could prevent anything new that Elvis was going to record.
Joan Deary would become an executive carrying Elvis's catalog for RCA Records. She began in 1954 as secretary to Steve Sholes at RCA, later became assistant to RCA Vice President Harry Jenkins in 1972 and would go on to produce several albums for RCA, as well as being responsible for recording at January 1973 from "Aloha From Hawaii". This ambitious producer, Joan Deary had always wanted to control the Elvis product, so she tried on previous occasions to control the production that was taking place, but this would be complicated because Elvis never wanted to replace Felton Jarvis. As for the publication of the LP, it was also hindered or delayed because the Colonel wanted to prevent it on time at all costs. This, as was customary, had an absurd reason, since Elvis's last published album was in September 1973. And also the publication in January of this new Lp would coincide with that of the new single, on January 10, 1974, with the songs "Got a thing on you baby" and "Take good care of her." Two Songs recorded on July 22, 1973 at Stax Studios.
Take Good Care of Her - YouTube
Curiously, this Single announced a new program "ELVIS 1974 Easter TV Special", which would never be made. It seems that Colonel Parker's office had received a proposal between October and December of the previous year. But this misleading publication was not avoided since the proposal was finally rejected due to Elvis's busy concert schedule. The new Single was an advance of what was going to be published on LP, in the "Good Times" Album, which would be published in March 1974. Much behind the original recordings. Everything was very slow and without any logic. Elvis lacked a good promotion, this Single was hardly broadcast, nor would there be any publicity, so it would only reach number 39 on the Billboard charts, although it did reach number 4 on the Country charts. Sales around 500,000 copies. It must be added that the production added to the original recordings, overloading the accompaniment and overshadowing Elvis's voice, did not benefit from the final result at all.
I've Got a Thing About You Baby - YouTube "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1" peaked at number 43 on the charts and was subsequently certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in July 1999.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etsogKAvhCI What would become clear is that Elvis was still a successful product to be exploited and RCA would know how to take advantage of its value over time. Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis lost to the economic power monster, with control of the REC and it was still only the beginning. "Following the Path of the King..."
Single 10 ENERO 1974
"Ive Got a Thing About You Baby" de Tony Joe White "Take Good Care Of Her" de Ed Warren & Arthur Kent
This single would only reach number 39 on the Billboard charts, although it did reach number 4 on the Country charts. Sales around 500,000 copies. The two songs recorded on July 22, 1973 at Stax Studios, announced the new LP to be released in March 1974 "Good Times"
Las Vegas 1974
10 SEASON HILTON HOTEL January 26 to February 9, 1974
March 1974, Elvis Presley begins a concert tour, from March 1 to 20. It would be the first of four national tours this year. Elvis concentrated these days in the southern states and the result he experienced would be an audience that went wild from the moment he stepped on stage. Elvis would drive the audience crazy again, it was a success that would follow him at all concerts in an indescribable way. Elvis Presley would return to perform with his characteristic art and his magic would come to life again in some high quality shows. As an artist, his voice was at one point and would sound magnificent, mature and with maximum control in his interpretations. The public was surrendered to his idol, young, mature, men, teenagers... he would dazzle everyone again with his movements, his dance and his smile. Elvis continued to conquer hearts and he would show it in these concerts held in March. In performance cities like Richmond, Memphis, Murfreesboro... extra concerts were requested, because it wasn't enough for the public and they sold more tickets. With audience and collection records, it was the non-stop beginning again, one day in one place, another day in another... the life of the artist, the wheel of success. Elvis was still the King that years ago was crowned by the public. He was in a good mood and also fit to perform at these concerts. He would perform again at the Houston Astrodome, the first of two concerts at "The Dome" Elvis would get his own audience record from 1970. Although his record held for 6 hours, until Elvis held his second and last concert at the Astrodome from Houston: 44,175 people gathered in a gigantic auditorium. Another particularity would be the return of Elvis to the city of Memphis, after several years, his last performance was for charity in 1961. Also with absolute success and recognition from his fans, who did not stop shouting and applauding. We talk about this and the moment in Elvis' life in this program.
DE TUPELO A MEMPHIS is dedicated to the life, music, filmography and legacy of Elvis Presley, presented and directed by Ana Albajara.
Reflections on the artistic life of Elvis Presley. March 1974.
In his artistic path, Elvis Presley did many things well and others would not be handled correctly. Despite being the greatest artist for years, we all know his story and there would be many decisions that broke his desire to be a good actor. Elvis was also prevented from working with his favorite composers and choosing the music that he really wanted to record, due to the copyright that Colonel Parker demanded during the movie years. In short, there were many management and decision errors. The greatest success would be the quality and evolution of him as an artist that Elvis Presley demonstrated for years, until the end of his days.
If we analyze the artistic and recording life of Elvis Presley, it is somewhat contradictory and peculiar to know the situation at the time. March 1974, Elvis was still selling tickets, he was a strong and powerful magnet for the public and he would sell out stadiums. But yet only a dwindling group of die-hard fans seemed to be rooting for Elvis as a recording artist, they were the ones who bought his records, his new releases. Elvis, the legend, was filling concert halls throughout the United States and was also being offered contracts in Europe, Japan etc. But ironically, his new songs were hardly heard on the radio. There were no TV shows where he was seen as a guest or special shows.
It really would have been an efficient business and intelligence coup on the part of RCA and Colonel Parker, who had taken advantage of that potential to look for new composers, with whom to experiment and find new hits for Elvis. But the erroneous policy of recording recent hits by other artists, it was clear that it would not give any results. There was no desire to risk and bet on Elvis in terms of his discography. He was only considered as a safe value to be able to publish reissues or songs by others. And the Colonel would see his financial wealth in the Concerts, so he didn't care much about what he could record.
A disaster! Nobody did anything and Elvis, who always needed that little push to activate his desire to innovate, this time he was not encouraged. Although he had the joy of the public, his greatest source of happiness was to enrich himself with new music, to innovate, to improvise... The artist's soul grows when he discovers new music, it is necessary to feel that inner magic again. Because singing the same thing tires, no matter how good an interpreter you become.
The impressive thing about the case is that Elvis Presley kept singing the same thing, he did it well and filled the auditoriums. One among thousands of artists could boast of this. A pity that his real potential could not be used to record new music. Or choose an important variation within his repertoire, because by then he would have around 600 songs recorded in 1974. Obviously he had a lot of good material to choose from.
Another important factor in March 1974 was his voice. Elvis was singing very well. His voice is in a splendid moment. His spirits were on the rise and so was the result of these concerts. He should have been used to suggest new songs, instead Felton Jarvis suggested to RCA that they record a live album. This was not the solution, but it was done like this. The solution was clear, a new manager, a new producer...d but the ineffective and bewildering wheel in which Elvis Presley was immersed did not stop and it was difficult to stop turning. And at some point everything could explode... "Following the Path of the King..."
"The King Beats the Giant Astrodome" March 3, 1974. Houston, Texas.
The March Concerts would be an absolute success for Elvis. From Audience and collection, a sample of this would be the one carried out in the Astrodome, a Gigantic stadium located in Houston, on March 3, with two performances.
Fortunately, at these concerts Elvis had guaranteed publicity on the Radio AM, KILT, which started the event from day 1, with greetings to the King of Entertainment, announcing his performances. Elvis Presley would sound playing his records throughout the weekend. On March 3, 1974, the Rodeo began at 2:00 p.m. in the Gigantic Astrodome. After an hour of shows, Elvis's band takes the stage. https://youtu.be/Xr3mGiS4rBY
The band consisted of James Burton, John Wilkinson, Ronnie Tutt, Charlie Hodge, Duke Bardwell, Glen D. Hardin. With the Choir and Kathy Westmoreland, JD Sumner & the Stamps Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations, Voice. But in these two concerts he did not lead an Orchestra.
The space was really very small and they were already very tight, although it is inconceivable that for a stadium of these dimensions a large stage would not be available to play with the Orchestra. But we already know Colonel Parker's way of acting: minimum spending, maximum collection. Due to this circumstance, the 2001 overture would not be played. Ronnie Tutt the Drummer played a roll of drums to announce the entrance of the King. Elvis arrived on stage riding in a red jeep and dressed in a white Jumpsuit, the "Nail Mirrored", with a blue scarf.
The show begins with Elvis looking at the crowd and with the good humor that characterizes him he says: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am event number eight"...laughter and whoops. After this he began to sing "CC Rider" and more than 40,000 people drowned out the music with his shouts. At one point he stopped singing and said: "What are we going to do now?". Without stopping singing he would carry on with the show singing "I Got A Woman" ending with "Amen" twice!. Elvis said, "If we don't get it right the first time, we'll do it again." He continued with the song "Love Me", a wonderful interpretation, then he would surprise with the song "Sweet Caroline", which he hadn't used to sing in his shows lately. Elvis moved dancing, waddling his body around the stage to the delight of the public, who went crazy and also screamed. More songs...
With "Polk Salad Annie" he performed a karate sequence of moves at the end. when he sang "Hound Dog", the cries of euphoria were heard again, everything would be impressive due to the size of the place. He ended the song very differently than he had ever heard before. He did a series of combinations of the words chang & choong, much like chang, chang, a chang, dancing and freaking out.
In general there were good moments in his show, with his songs, his dances, the choir, etc. He would sing "Help me" the new song recorded at Stax Studios. After Elvis enthused to the end, singing "Fever" with his movements, they yelled again...
At the end of the song Vernon Presley would come out on stage, leading Colonel Parker riding a small donkey! Elvis laughed and the Colonel handed him some kind of drink, they finally left as he started to sing "Let Me Be There". With "How Great Thou Art", Elvis moved the audience, with his interpretation inspired by him. After singing "Funny How Time Slips Away", Elvis said: "I really enjoyed it ladies and gentlemen. The first time was great and this time was even better. I really want to thank you for coming through the gas shortage so thank you and I'd like to sing this next song especially for you." To end the show he would sing the song "Ca n't Help Falling In Love".
Elvis emerged victorious from the stage, as if he were a gladiator who had defeated his rival. After hopping into his jeep, he took a ride around the huge Astrodome to greet his fans. The King had again won the game against the giant "Astrodome". "Following The Path of the King..."
"The Control and Arrogance of Colonel Parker". March 1974.
It would be George Klein who suggested to Colonel Parker and Tom Diskin that Elvis should sing again in Memphis. It was during the first night in Las Vegas that he said to Parker "You know, Colonel," he said, "Elvis really should sing in Memphis." The Colonel disagreed, but George assured him that Elvis could sell eleven thousand seats at the Mid-South Coliseum." The Colonel was incredulous but he was convinced because George was dedicated to selling shows there. He was just giving him some valuable information and although the Colonel was initially angry that he saw it as meddling in his work, he eventually went along with it and included Memphis in the March tour. Shortly thereafter, Klein received a call from Bubba Bland, the manager of the Mid-South Coliseum. He told her that “Colonel Parker had just called and booked Elvis for four shows. Tickets sold out in eight hours and a fifth concert had to be added which was also sold out. This shows once again that Colonel Parker's business vision was low at this time, or at least he was losing it. It was clear that he could have been advised by someone in the middle like George Klein, but his arrogance and desire for control made him follow his intuition and he never allowed himself to be advised by others.
The shows were good and the Memphis crowd was crazy about Elvis, it was a hit. George felt amazed and proud of his friend Elvis, watching him do what he loved in front of his audience, despite his ups and downs, changes, illness etc. Elvis grew up before his audience and Memphis would once again witness his greatness. 'Following the Path of the King...'
Love and the madness of the public. Elvis On Tour. March 1974.
On this March 1974 tour, Elvis Presley would perform in places as well known as Monroe, Louisiana, Charlotte, North Carolina, Roanoke, Virginia, and Knoxville, Tennessee, with his musicians, the band, his entourage, and would also be accompanied by Doctor Nick, who was going quality. as an official doctor and for your own safety. Elvis needed medication to calm him down when he woke up, to be able to sleep and other intestinal problems. On these trips it was the first time that Elvis was going to stay in a different hotel from the rest of the team, this would be cause for comments, although in general everyone was happy. Unfortunately, jealousy made the "Voice" group the target of all resentment and it is also true that the reason had to do with their lack of punctuality, which even made them miss the buses, due to other unprofessional gestures that were very annoying. . Due to this discomfort, Sherrill Nielsen would leave the group during the tour and would have to be replaced on the fourth date by the Swedish pianist Per Pete Hallin. Sherrill Nielsen did two shows, but he just disappeared, he left because the tour was no longer to his liking. They contacted Hallin because they already knew him because he had been the Voice pianist since December and had already improvised on piano for Elvis. He liked it a lot and had proposed to record with him, in this way even at the Roanoke concert, Elvis honored him as an artist, since he presented him as a fantastic pianist and a great singer from Sweden. Two of the best shows on the tour were in Charlotte, Elvis praised the crowd three to four times for how generous they were to him. At the Charlotte Coliseum there were 26,000 fans at the two performances.
In general, the reviews were good for all the concerts, since the atmosphere in the audience was indescribable and Elvis gave some great quality concerts. March 1974 was one of his best moments in concert, after a long time and it would be difficult to do it again since the tour would be a real success. Elvis had to return to repeat in a city like Monroe, his popularity in the southern states could be confirmed in concerts, such as in Montgomery. Alabama Governor George Wallace was there and declared an Elvis Presley week in Alabama. He also presented Elvis with an honorary appointment, a plaque, which he displayed during the Montgomery concerts. At Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery they had a capacity of 11,308 for the public, plus they sold standing room tickets, so they actually reached 16,400 people. The demonstration of devotion in these cities would be incredible only with the presence of Elvis Presley and they would go crazy and when he sang or said something the madness was general.
One of the best known anecdotes in concert took place in Monroe, on March 8 at the Civic Center. Elvis asked to turn on the lights to see the audience, it was already a habit that he had and he noticed a little 5-year-old girl named Rhonda Boler, who was in the audience at the edge of the stage. Elvis asked a policeman to carry her on stage when she sang "Can't Help Falling In Love," she sang the last few bars of the song to him. She then kissed her and at the end Elvis took the scarf from her and put it around her neck. As the security guard began to lead Rhonda off the stage, two teenagers began trying to remove her scarf, and a woman ripped the scarf from the girl's neck, despite the guard's efforts. Elvis who saw it was very upset, her face was sad, he was really hurt because this woman had not respected the girl and she ordered the guard to take the baby to her. He then knelt down, took off a crucifix he was wearing and put it on the girl, while she said: 'Honey, this is yours, and no one will ever take it.' Then he made sure that Rhonda was delivered to her mother and escorted so that no one would steal this much desired object. The love of the public can sometimes be unconscious and too vehement and this would be one of the demonstrations of the madness that could be for Elvis, to the point of wanting to detach a little girl from his gift. Elvis loved his fans equally, but he was always struck by the children he would show all his affection to and Rhonda was lucky to be his chosen one. "Following the Path of the King..."
The quality of the concerts that Elvis Presley was performing was being successfully recognized by his public, which is why Felton Jarvis, the producer, had the idea of recording one of the concerts that were to be performed live. At that time it was difficult for Elvis to record in the studio and the only way to be able to publish a new album would be live. Felton spoke to RCA about the idea of recording in Memphis, where he hadn't performed in years. The RCA was not very convinced but finally they accepted with the condition that new material was presented. The recording was made on March 20, 1974, Midsouth Coliseum Memphis.
Although the album really brought together songs that he might not have sung on a regular basis, only two of them were new, the rest would always be hits. In these recordings, Elvis's voice shows his security, his ease and also his dealings with his audience, his voice sounds mature, powerful and the result is a good concert.
If we compare the recordings of March with "Aloha Hawaii" or "Madison Square Garden", Elvis's voice sounds more confident and his game with the public is fully reciprocated. There is greater complicity, although it is true that the repertoire is less committed. And you also have to take into account that Memphis was his place and the people closest to him, so Elvis would feel calmer. There was no pressure to be a TV show or to be a city as demanding as New York.
In any case Elvis would feel good and he gave the best show of the year at this concert and luckily RCA recorded it.
In these March concerts, many songs were repeated in the repertoire, the usual ones, and there were also medleys that had been arranged to gather songs. Previously Elvis sang part of songs and mixed songs usually from the first period. In these concerts what was done were arrangements to mix the scores without cuts. , He could sing a 50's rock with a 70's song etc, the songs joined perfectly as if it were a single song. It would be one more feature of these concerts that he is going to perform. For example he combined the song "Blueberry Hill" with "I Can't Stop Loving You", the arrangement was perfect.
He included again some song that he hadn't sung for months like "Steamroller Blues", also "How Great thou Art", which he would sing in an impressive way.
the only songs that were new, since they had been included recently, were 'Help Me' and 'Steamroller Blues'. Elvis plays more with the usual themes by making encores and variations on the endings.
The edition of the Album "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" included a single disc for its publication in July 1974. The show was reduced to 40 minutes, cutting the comments or jokes that Elvis used to make during it, with some exceptions.
The song "How Great Thou Art" that Elvis would reintroduce at these concerts was awarded the Grammy for his great performance. It really was one of the songs in which Elvis poured everything inside him and his inspired vocal recreation finally had recognition in the musical medium. His voice moves the listener and for this he would receive the Grammy for his performance of the song. Interestingly Elvis Presley he would win two Grammy Awards in two separate years for two recordings of the same song.
"Let Me Be There" was different because of its energy and optimism and because of the lively arrangement that the accompaniment had. He is heard having fun and the public also responds to him. It was a song that gave a lot of play in concert.
On this Album only eight songs from the "Aloha" concert were included in the Memphis show and only four of them appeared in it. A novelty would be that the image of Elvis did not appear on the cover of the album, it was the first time, in his place an image of his house "Graceland" and the gates of the property were included.
The album sold over half a million copies in its first pressing and peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200. "Following the Path of the King..."
The Magic of the Show. Jumpsuits March 1 to 20, 1974
In these concerts of March 1974 Elvis would wear the costumes designed by Bill Belew with Gene Doucette. He repeated costumes already used previously and how it was a very tight and entertaining tour of concerts. He would combine several Jumpsuits, some already released in 1973 and in Las Vegas at the beginning of 1974, in these March concerts Elvis is still a little overweight but not excessive. Actually, the size had been maintained since the beginning of the year, so there was not much variation in the suits. The Concerts would be successful and Elvis would look splendid as always with these suits, which in combination with the lights, the stones varied in color and the effect from the public made the scene spectacular. We have always said that the show is not only made by the voice and the music, but also by the set of factors that make the singer's interpretation be embellished and exalted by the magic that is also produced with the lighting and costumes.
JUMPSUITS MARCH 1974
"Gold Vine Suit"
"Gold Vine Suit" & Gold Cape. It was a white jumpsuit that was based on the same design of the suit, "with the same patterns in vine drawing. The gold studs were pointed, this was different. The suit is embellished with transparent stones, which reflect different colors depending on the angle and light. With a belt made up of 6 large golden medallions with an eagle drawing. Embellished with studs and rhinestones. With a cloak adorned in the same way. With the interior lined in gold. Elvis had already dressed it in September 1973 and he saw it in January February Las Vegas 1974 and stopped using it on the March tour of the same year.
"White Conquistador Suit"
"White Conquistador Suit" with red lining cape . A white jumpsuit the same as the previous "Black Conquistador', Suit" from November 1972, only the color varies. The only difference would be in the decoration with red studs and gold studs in the shape of a diamond, eroded, pyramidal, elongated and pointed. With transparent red rhinestones. Gene Doucette was inspired by bathroom tiles, such as black. The pattern is on the outside of the sleeves and legs in red lined kick pleats. On top of the suit and around the neck. The white leather belt is adorned with four large square bronze buckles and the same decorations. With six arches formed by two chains in bronze and gold. The white cloak bears the same design and is lined with red cloth. Elvis used it for the first time in Las Vegas in January-February 1974, in March of the same year, although it is also said that he wore it in the previous season of August-September 1973.
"Nail Mirrored Suit"
"Nail Mirrored Suit" with Gold Layer. The design of this white jumpsuit was inspired by the previous 1973 "Nail Studded Suit". Similar design with prints on the upper part of the suit, the neck and the sleeves. With three lines with golden ball-shaped studs and with brown rhinestones. In the central part with round studs in the shape of a silver ball. With small round mirrors that adorn the lines. For this reason the suit is called that. From the belt down it has 10 V-shaped patterns, on the gold lining and also on the sleeves. The belt is made of white leather, it is adorned with 4 circular silver medallions and two on the belt buckle. With the same decorations as the suit. He wears six bows on gold and silver chains. The coat is white on the outside with four growing semicircle shapes. The lining of golden color. Elvis first wore it on January 27, 1974 in Las Vegas. For the last time. on the March tour. Elvis gave this suit to Jim Curtin, a collector.
The white suit, called the "American Eagle Suit", was a white jumpsuit designed with a spectacular American eagle on the chest and also on the back, with gold stud decorations in different sizes and patterns. With red and blue stones, in different sizes and some of the stones in transparent blue. Eagle designs are also found on each upper arm sleeve, as well as three on the outside of each pant leg, as well as behind the high collar. Pant creases have red lining at the kick of both legs. A novelty included in the design by Doucette, it would include a design also around the waist below the belt. The cape was white on the outside with an eagle design like the suit but made large, with the same type of studs with red, transparent blue rhinestones and the interior lining of the same in blue. The belt was designed in the same line as the suit, it had seven pieces of golden metal, buckles in the shape of eagles, decorated with the American flag distributed around the belt. The ornament similar to the suit also has the same studs, with red rhinestones. Also with two gold-colored chains in ten arcs around it. They made another copy of the belt and another one but with only six ornamental bows. This costume was truly spectacular, one of the most beautiful jumpsuits that Elvis ever wore on stage. Although the short layers were also heavy, they looked splendid. Later in the Las Vegas engagement, some changes were made to the suit and cape. Elvis would wear this suit on the "Aloha From Hawaii" Satellite program in January 1973, also on the April tour and in Las Vegas in July of the same year, finally in March 1974 on the concert tour.
"Orange Sunburst Suit"
"Orange Sunburst Suit" cape for orange. It is also known as the "Sunlight Suit". It was a white jumpsuit with sunray drawing design or similar to a solar explosion with its center, in the middle of the chest, extending in various directions. The design was the same on the back. On the legs, the kick folds lined in orange. The embellishments of the designs were rhinestones in brown, with light orange and dark studded. On the outside of the sleeves there are also sunburst extensions from the chest and back. Embellished with patterns made with round pointed, flat and oval studs in gold, yellow and transparent colours. The cape was white on the outside, with the same design as the suit, lined in Orange. The original belt was made of leather with a design of six gold-colored clams distributed around the belt, two more on the belt buckle. With ornaments like the suit, in rhinestones and studs. add two gold colored chains in six arcs around the belt. It was used for the first time in the 8th Season of Las Vegas. January-February 1973. Also on the April tour (without the cape) and twice on the June 1973 tour. It is unclear if he dressed in Lake Tahoe 1973, in the summer, and in Las Vegas 9 season. It did pull out on the March 1974 tour.
"Blue Starburst Suit"
"Blue Starburst Suit" or "Blue Target Suit" with Blue Cloak". White suit with a design similar to the "Orange Sunburst" print, but with less rhinestones. The pattern looks like an explosion of stars that adorns the chest and back. Also on the outside of the sleeves with rays in various directions, on the neck and on the outside of the pant legs. The patterns have gold colored studs, in different sizes. The cape with the same pattern of stars in rhinestones. The white leather belt with seven round gold-colored medallions, two of them on the buckle. With the same rhinestones and studs. He wears two gold-colored chains with six bows around his belt. This costume was first worn by Elvis in Las Vegas in August 1973 and is believed to have been in Las Vegas in January/February 1974. Also in March 1974.
"Fire Suit" with red lining cape. It is a white jumpsuit with drawings in llama-shaped patterns on the chest, back and outside on the sleeves and legs. In the folds of the basses it is lined in red. It has small pointed gold colored studs in different sizes. There is also transparent red in the form of a circle and an oval. The rhinestones are in different sizes. With rhinestones that are coated with titanium, this makes the color variable depending on the angle. The cape is also adorned with a large pattern of flames and the interior is lined with red cloth. The white leather belt of the same design as the suit, with two rows of silver and gold chains in six arcs around it. The belt was also used with the "Pharaoh" on several occasions. Also called the "Red Flower Suit" it was first worn in Phoenix, Arizona on April 22, 1973. It was worn again in Lake Tahoe in May 1973, in June 1973 and is believed to be in Las Vegas August 1973 and January February 1974. The last time in March 1974.
"Arabian Suit" or "Memphis Suit" with Red lining Cape. White suit with an Arabic pattern on each side of the chest, shoulders, neck and an arrow on the back. They also embellished on the sleeves and pant legs on either side of the red-lined pleats. They had around these patterns two rows of circular balls and pointed gold colored studs. Also with some flat, small, pink tacks. And round and oval clear rhinestones in different sizes in clear, blue, brown, green, purple, orange and red. A thin layer of titanium is added, which changes color with lighting. The cape with similar patterns with the same foam and rhinestones. The interior lined in red cloth. The belt made with eight golden medallions, two of them in the buckle, with ornaments like the suit. The belt has two gold-colored chains in six arcs around it. "Kitchen sink outfit." This name was given to him by Gene Doucette, because he made himself running to order and with everything they could use, with leftovers... It is also called "Memphis Suit", "King of Spades Suit" or "Multi-Sequined Suit". It premiered in Las Vegas in August 1973 and also dressed him in March 1974.
"Aqua Blue Vine Suit"
It was also called the "Light Blue Flower Suit" or "Turquoise Flower Suit" White jumpsuit with drawings of vine plants on the upper part of the body, on the outside of the sleeves and on each side of the leg folds, lined with a blue fabric. The branch patterns with ball studs in gold color, the leaf patterns are made with oval studs. Embellished with aquamarine blue rhinestones that simulate flowers. The cape with the same vine plant patterns and the lined interior lined with blue fabric. The white leather belt with six gold-colored medallions and in the center with a large aquamarine blue imitation diamond. With studs and rhinestones. The belt with two golden chains. It was first used in Las Vegas in August 1973 and is believed to be in Las Vegas in January/February 1974, but it is not clear and in March of the same year.
Jumpsuits. March 1974
On the March 1974 Tour, Elvis would use several costumes that he had already released previously, at the moment he was not going to release any until the month of May, when new designs created by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette would arrive. Although all the ones he would wear on this tour would, as always, be spectacular in front of the public. Elvis's Magic dressed elegantly to grace his voice and his show. Elvis was happy and these shows would be a success that would leave his fans excited. The beaded costumes that Elvis wore on stage were true works of art with a design that highlighted much more the color reflected with the spotlights on the stage.
ALBUM "GOOD TIMES" Published March , 1974 "Innovation or Failure"
The "Good Times" Album would be released on March 20, 1974.
The same day that the Concert in Memphis had been recorded, the new Elvis Presley Album was published. It consisted of his new songs recorded at Stax Studios in December 1973, except for two songs recorded in July. No advertising, no ads, almost no radio and less on TV. It seemed that RCA wasn't interested in this new LP and worse still, Colonel Parker wasn't interested either, who must have been expecting a miracle with his audience. It was inconceivable that in 1974, with all the musical competition, the new artists, publicity and importance were not given to the new material recorded by Elvis. It was impossible to sell without this and unless it was listened to if nobody had it in sight or listening on the Radio. It only reached number 90 on the charts and was the worst studio album of his career. It would only sell less than 200,000 copies. And the pity, is that there was in the same good material. Songs that could be hits but went unnoticed. The cover featured Elvis Presley dressed in Las Vegas overalls in 1972. When they could have taken a photo of the current Elvis to show off his disco. In addition, the album includes variety in the style and genre of songs. Certainly the songs were not original, not fresh but recent hits by other artists, this would also be a mistake, because if he had valued originality. All this must have been a hard blow for Elvis, who found it increasingly difficult to record in the studio. It is very possible that because of this he definitely lost the illusion in the studio. It must be borne in mind that in his best moments Elvis knew that he was innovating, that he was offering something different, but in 1974 this was no longer the case. The secret of success was the unprecedented, the innovation of the artist or the renewal of the show and Elvis needed fresh air "Following the Path of the King..."
TOUR 10 . California ELVIS PRESLEY
May 10 to 13, 1974. 5 Shows
"Liberation of the Mind" May 1974 tour.
TOUR 10 . California May 10 to 13, 1974. 5 Shows In May 1974 Elvis Presley made a small tour of 4 days with 5 shows, in Fresno, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, days before his engagement in "Lake Tahoe". The tour in California would be fortunately similar to the concerts in March. An extra concert in the City of San Bernardino had to be added, due to the demand for tickets, it would be done on the last day.
Elvis had rested for two months and still maintained the same attitude, good humor and the public was very happy. In addition, all the tickets would be sold and the press would also be favorable. Critics spoke of a cheerful Elvis wanting to act, compared to past years. He had regained his desire, since they had witnessed old performances and there was a great difference in him. But according to some critics, nothing was the same anymore, they knew that Elvis was vocally good and despite having a few extra kilos, he was in top shape, but the general impression of the show was no longer what they had previously witnessed. There are many recordings of these concerts, so we can certainly appreciate that listening to Elvis's voice, he was very good, with real control of his instrument, but we can also appreciate that despite having his voice in good condition, he dedicated himself more to play with the public, the lyrics, etc, than to sing. He really would not throw himself into any song, with some exceptions and this meant that although the show was correct, the artist was not really offering his interpretation, neither his passion nor his soul, as it was before. His physical condition was also good but it was also not seen in him, that implication of movements as impressive as in 1969 or 1970. But who can always be like at his best moment? Really, all artists undergo changes, different times and it also has to do with their maturation and with their mind. Elvis was in a different moment and what for him was something new and impressive in 1969, in 1974 it was no longer novel, but routine, so obviously his mind, his interest could not be the same if he did not take care of himself. to change it.
His closeness with the public went from the line of the singing artist, to the comedian and this was not what you would want in a true professional like Elvis. He had always taken his concerts very seriously and had had great success on the recent tour in March, but for some reason his attention had been diverted from his path and Elvis did not perceive a true concentration and dedication. But in any case, despite this, Elvis was having a good time, it was a moment of laughter and the public also enjoyed it, what the critics might think or not, it would not matter at all if his fans, who were the ones who filled the audiences were happy. This was the good thing and the overall result was deserved applause.
As a summary, the public was happy but the show was flat and the songs were more or less the same, there were no changes. The truth is that the scope of him as a legend surpassed reality, unless Elvis made changes. His audience continued to adore him and this seemed reason enough not to change anything, for the moment it was like this and this was his new direction to follow, that is, there was no change.
Elvis premiered new designs to wear at his concerts that would be the ones he would continue to wear in Lake Tahoe and on the June-July tour, the previous Jumpsuits were left behind for now. Another curious detail would be the criticism that the Stamps were being made for singing with Elvis. On the part of Christian circles there was some reluctance since the group considered that it was not doing something worthy. This was absurd because with Elvis they also sang Gospel. The new member of the Stamps, Ed Hill, was a little afraid of these criticisms, but during the concerts members of churches would approach them and congratulate them on their performances with Elvis. Another curiosity of the moment would be his relationship with his girl Linda, who, despite the fact that she would continue by his side, did not seem to be his favorite and seemed to have problems, because she asked to see him at the Forum Concert, but when he went there, he found himself in the audience. With three girlfriends, flirt with him. The situation was complicated for her, but he seemed to look the other way and continue enduring what was not a normal relationship, just an appearance. Although as a couple there was still time, since Elvis needed a woman in his house and for him to maintain his stability in his home. This small May tour would be successful and fun for Elvis, it was a refreshment against the commitment that came next in Lake Tahoe. "Following the Path of the King"
California tour. May 1974 The press. DE TUPELO A MEMPHIS.
The press at the San Bernardino performance on May 10, 1974, said that everyone loved Elvis, they were true faithful. Elvis sang and the women screamed, Elvis made jokes that were defined as rancid but the audience applauded him. The concert began after the soft singing of the Sweet Inspirations and the sale of Elvis posters, scarves and photos for sale. Elvis appeared before his audience backed by an impeccable Las Vegas orchestra. He sang number after number focused by colored lights. Elvis would give his usual performance, beginning with his stylized version of "C.C Rider". He spoke so fast, each sentence sounding like a single word, the crowd went wild. The half of the audience that wasn't screaming was taking pictures, flashes going off at breakneck speed. Listening to sing his song "You don't have to say you love me", it was clear that Elvis could sing well. But he spent more time playing with the audience than concentrating on his singing. In any case he gave his fans what they wanted, moans, sweaty scarves, swaying hips, daring poses and non-stop Elvis. In the first half of the show, Elvis concentrated on old songs, with "Love me Tender" he made the song his handout to the audience. Elvis leaned in to hand over his scarf over and over again as he kissed and greeted his fans. As he sang the song "Hound Dog," a woman came up on stage to present him with a rose. Although Elvis scolded her for interrupting the song, but she smiled at him and accepted the rose. Elvis Presley knows what the faithful want and wows them with his style, he will sell out wherever he performs.
In another press article about the Los Angeles performances, he said that the enormity of Elvis Presley's success since he returned to performing in 1969 had had a negative effect on the man who was surely the single most significant figure in the development of rock music. When Elvis returned to the scene he was a dynamic, electrifying performer, decided that he went beyond the legend of him and increased it even more. He included new songs that made his show grow with more meaningful lyrics, also the old tunes, "That's All Right", "Hound Dog", etc. Despite the enormity of his influence and commercial appeal, Presley had to prove his worth in those early Las Vegas engagements and on subsequent tours. There was no doubt that nostalgia alone would be enough. Elvis's performances were dazzling (his country-blues voice was more inward than ever and his moves—emphasizing karate chops and twists instead of original hip bucking, for example—nicely updated his dramatic flair) and the audience, including critics, was overwhelming. They were clearly referring to a challenge, something that was obviously an incentive for Elvis and a way to push him to the effort. But it was clear that simply the figure of "Elvis" was bigger as an appeal, since many people wanted to meet him and see him live. The legend of him was so great that he could endure the spectacle of him for a long time. This over time would be a detriment to the artist, because it was clear that over time, he would not have much to offer, just continue being the same "Elvis" as always. Over time the reason for the attitude present in May 1974 became clear.
The interesting thing is that Elvis seemed to enjoy performing again, for a while he was somewhat indifferent and absent, but at these California concerts he had regained his humor and heightened his sex symbol image. His attitude had changed in this regard, because when he moved to provoke the public, his smile spoke for him, the intention to match the public was clear.
The press stressed that the moment to act was the time to reevaluate his career and to consider where he wanted to go musically. If he wanted to grow his audience, it was necessary to find more challenging material and not just recreate the hits. The importance of him as an artist was always to be an innovator and it was what could grow his audience again and to a new audience. Elvis should change his vision of the show, add other songs and continue with the enthusiasm that was characterizing him in these days of May 1974. "Following the Path of the King..."