ELVIS PRESLEY        1974

Elvis Preley. The Year of Change. 1974

From Tupelo to Memphis

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.
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"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.
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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

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Tour March 1974


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"Following the King's Path..."

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...
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"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.

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".
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"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.
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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.
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Concert recording.March 20, 1974. OnTour 9.

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.
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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.


"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.


"American Eagle Suit"

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"

"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"

"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.

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

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. https://youtu.be/7RkEOXsePKY

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 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..."

"The Comfort of the Everyday". Concert Repertoire, Tour 10.
 "You Can have her"

 For the Concerts of this short tour, Elvis only really added one song, which he had never officially recorded, nor would he ever record in a studio.
 He sang it only once, on May 11, 1974 at the Los Angeles Forum.
 "You Can have her" was a song written by William Cook. It was recorded by one of his all-time favorite artists, Roy Hamilton, in 1961, becoming successful as a Single.

 It would be covered by more artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Waylon Jennings, and Jim Ed Brown, etc. The last one by Sam Neely was in 1974. Again a song was chosen that was not new and there was already a recent version.

  The song that Elvis performed in concert on May 11, 1974, would be published in bootleg concerts, such as "Suzie Q" and Slippin' 'n' Slidin'.
 It would officially be released on the FTD Cd "Live in Los Angeles".

 A song with rhythm, with energy that Elvis reflected in that one performance. You can tell when listening to it that he liked to sing it, because it reflects animation. But incomprehensibly he would not sing again, only Elvis knew the reason, because the public would respond well.

 The rest of the songs that he took on this short tour were repeated from previous concerts. Except for the song "The wonder of you", which he hadn't sung for a long time. Elvis's repertoire was not risky, the songs were comfortable to sing.
 Elvis was immersed in the comfort of the everyday.
 "Following the Path of the King..."

California tour. May 1974
The press.

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 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 him 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. Elvis scolded her for interrupting the song, but then 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, determined that he went beyond the legend of his and made it even greater. 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 with his country-blues voice even more intense than ever and his karate moves and twists instead of the original hip sway. He also impressed very well with his dramatic style and the audience, including the critics, was overwhelming for everyone.
In the press they were clearly referring to a challenge, something that evidently was an incentive for Elvis and a way of pushing 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.
Over time, this would be detrimental to the artist, because it was clear that as the months and years passed, he would not have much to offer, simply to continue being the same "Elvis" as always.

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, it was clear the intention to make his public vibrate.

The press highlighted that the present moment was a 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..."

"Magic on stage"
Jumpsuits May CALIFORNIA TOUR 1974

We have always said that Elvis's shows had a special magic and part of it was made up of his wardrobe with the special effect of the lights that made him change color or highlight the figure of the artist on stage with more impact. From time to time it was mandatory to change the designs, because that way the show would look different and especially in the places where Elvis usually sang, like Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe. In May 1974, four new costumes were added to Elvis's wardrobe, but with some differences from the previous ones.
Bill Belew and Gene Doucette made some changes to the costumes that he was going to wear on stage, as they wanted to change the measurements and the design so that it wasn't so loaded with stones, etc. This made the jumpsuits too heavy for Elvis's performances and with this change he could walk lighter, at least he could move more freely.
Gene Doucette would once again use embroidery mixed with studs and rhinestones. Thus the suit would be less uncomfortable when dressing it.
The jumpsuits were worn with belts from old costumes and no matching capes were made either. The increasingly striking drawings in the form of birds, animals were going to be the keynote to follow in this time and the game of colors.

"Blue Swirl Suit"

"Blue Swirl Suit" is a white suit with a special design.
Also called "Blue Swirl Suit", "Blue Rainbow Suit", "Turnpike Suit" or "Toothpaste Suit".
Embellished with an embroidered pattern on the outer side of the right pant leg up to the belt. The design crosses the stomach and up to the left shoulder. It is also on the left outside of the pant up and down the lower back to the right shoulder.
The drawing of the design was made up of four stripes in different shades of blue, with thin gold stripes outside each blue line that also had circular stones. They were imitation diamonds in different shades of blue.
On the neck the drawing is similar. Lined in blue fabric. With 3 white cufflinks on each cuff.
The belt was made of white leather with the same design with two bronze oval medallions on the back, with the symbol of RCA, Nipper and the phonograph.
The belt carried chains of gold and bronze color in four arcs.

He donned the 1974 May tour in California and Lake Tahoe, wearing the "Blue Starburst" belt.
Elvis used the original belt from the suit, made for the June tour of the same year.
The original belt was also worn in Las Vegas the summer of 1974, as on tour and Lake Tahoe in October 1974.
Later he dressed it on the October 1976 tour. It seems that it was very comfortable for him because he used it a lot throughout that year until December 27, which was the last time Elvis wore it.

"Peacock Suit"

"Peacock Suit" was a white suit with a blue embroidered peacock pattern design with gold thread and round gold studs on it.
The pattern was done on the left side, next to the chest opening.
The tail and tail feathers go to the right side and down the right leg. In the folds they were lined with gold cloth.
Also with the same pattern on the back. Around the neck adorn 6 tail feathers. Also embellished with blue, clear and transparent rhinestones in various sizes.
With three white twins in each fist.
The white leather belt that shows a bird flying into the sunset. They are surrounded by a thick circle. With two bronze-colored chains in six arcs around the belt.
Sometimes he used the belt of the "White Spanish Flower Suit".

He began wearing it on the May tour of California, then on the Lake Tahoe and June Tour of 1974, where he debuted the original belt.
Later in Las Vegas and later in Lake Tahoe and finally in October 1974.
Curiously, Elvis appeared in Las Vegas as the NBC peacock. The suit was called that on occasion.

This jumpsuit really liked Elvis, it was one of his favorites.
The photo of Elvis in this suit served as the cover of the "Promised Land" Album.
The funniest thing of all is that Elvis never called the suits by these names, but he would say, for example, I want to wear the one with the blue bird or the one with the red stones or whatever came to mind.

"American Eagle Suit"

"American Eagle Suit" was a white suit inspired by "Aloha" but instead of stones and studs, most of it was replaced with colored threads.
With the American eagle embroidered on the chest, back and three smaller eagles on the outside of the legs and around the neck.
Everything was embroidered in blue and gold thread. With small studs in the gold color. The suit had three white cufflinks on each cuff.
The white leather belt has seven large golden medallions, two of them are on the buckle and with the wings of the eagle pattern covering it. With an engraving and With two golden chains in six arcs around the belt.
Elvis used it in 1974, on the May Tour in California, in Lake Tahoe with the "Aloha Bald Headed Eagle 3" belt.
The original belt that would be created from the suit was premiered on the June 1974 tour and later in August in Las Vegas it would be worn for the last time.

"Turquoise Phoenix"

The "Turquoise Phoenix" or "Pale Blue Bird Suit", was a white suit with a turquoise bird embroidered on the back and chest. The embroidery was done in thread, in the tail and around the wings the thread was thicker. The same thread reached down to the legs and was embellished with transparent blue simulated diamonds.
On the neck it also had the same decoration with thick thread.
The suit had three white cufflinks in each cuff.
The leather belt was a turquoise copy of the "Lucky Suit", adding a silver chain in 7 arcs.

The original white leather belt with the same design as the suit and precious stones, adorned with seven square bronze medallions with an engraved flying bird.
Also two bronze chains with 6 arches.
There would be a third belt with the same design as the original, but with a chain of 7 gold bows and two gold chains with 6 bows and medallions.

Elvis wore it on the May tour, California 1974, in Lake Tahoe and the June tour of the same year already with the original belt. The last time would be in August Las Vegas 1974.

"The Elvis Effect"On Tour. June 1974

June 15 to July 2, 1974.
25 shows. Tour 11

The new tour carried out in June would keep the interest in their concerts increasing, although there was an agenda already planned, concerts had to be added, due to public demand.
All attendance and collection records were broken.
The benefit was really great, so it is not possible to understand the reason for the rejection of proposals abroad. Elvis would have enjoyed traveling the world and with his fans.

An example would be in Omaha, where he had not planned to perform. The manager of the Omaha Civic Auditorium received a petition with 13,000 signatures demanding an Elvis concert, so he passed it on to Tom Parker.
Fortunately the Colonel complied and the response was so great in Omaha that he had to do 3 more concerts.

In Las Vegas, Elvis was highly publicized during his engagements, but on tour it did not happen, something that was incomprehensible, like so many others that the Colonel did. Fans complained that almost nothing was announced and they had to go digging in some small local announcement, etc.

But really Elvis was on a roll and everything he touched was gold, because Tickets were flying.

  Elvis Presley was following the same direction as the May concerts and he seemed so inspired and joyful.
These concerts were successful in front of the public. Shouting, cheers and joy, they were really satisfied with his performances.

Critics were always more careful with his writing. Although the general was positive about the performances, some commented that the show had become boring, it is evident that they were comparing with performances from the 50's.

But Elvis had matured, his show was consistent with his present moment, with the music that he knew how to adapt to his voice. His show was enriched in a different way, because his and his audience had grown and the demand was different. He also had a group and an orchestra with a spectacular choir, added to his unmatched talent, it was absurd to compare it, since it was another stage in his life.
Although Elvis continued to sing songs from his old hits, he didn't sing them the same either, "evolve or die", it was logical.

Although Elvis took advantage of his legend, his movements and the public's response were assured. Some critics said that he was parodying himself.
But Elvis just enjoyed his fans and even did his karate demos which became a trademark at his shows.

But the best of all was undoubtedly his voice, magnificent, mature and sensitive, exciting. Elvis had a very good voice and he demonstrated it on this tour. The fans knew what they would get at the concerts and much more.

Although in these concerts there was a big security failure, because they were not prepared for so many people.
It was the "Elvis Effect" that unleashed madness in his fans.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"The unforeseen on stage.  Security and bewilderment."
June 1974.

In the Elvis Presley Concerts, a perfect organization in terms of security was required to protect Elvis and the entire team of musicians from him, both on and off stage.

But it is true that the security that was normally controlled during Elvis concerts, revealed serious problems during this tour.

There was a serious incident when they performed in Niagara Falls, where violent riots broke out among the audience.
Fans stormed the stage and two guards and a policeman were injured trying to prevent chaos.
In another case, the public imprisoned a security officer towards the stage. She screamed for help and why not? Elvis and one of her musicians saved her from the crowd by taking her up on stage.
The chaos was so embarrassing that when Elvis gifted the officer one of her scarves, fans immediately took it from her as soon as she walked offstage and Elvis once again gave her another of hers.

When asking a lady to sit down at once, he attacked the guard in the chest with his fist. The truth is that she was a loving audience with Elvis, but very hostile with the police...
Several people were injured in these clashes and a lady was knocked unconscious in a fight over a scarf.
Very similar things would happen in other towns during these June performances, but fortunately they were not as violent.

In Cleveland, another and worse mess broke out, when the fans reached Elvis himself and surrounded him, they were screaming madly, when he said goodbye to the audience at the end of the show.
Elvis was amazed and with his usual way of being on stage, he took it easy and with humor.
At last the Police would arrive to throw the people off the stage, since his bodyguards had not been able to reach him, because the public was too fast and they had his usual escape.
But it was unthinkable that this could happen, it was 1974, not 1957, although Elvis continued to attract his fans like the first day.
But it is very likely that the police did not anticipate this euphoria and it is true that the seats were full and it could happen.

Finally Elvis would be safely off the scene like thunder, accompanied by his entourage and guards.

All this would create as a consequence a bad and unfair review for his show, which had nothing to do with Elvis's performances in "The Gazette". Although readers sent her letters to say that the writer was not qualified to be a critic.

What was clear is that Elvis was still adored by his public and Security should have foreseen something similar.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"Magic on Stage"
June-July 1974 ELVIS PRESLEY

As mentioned; Elvis was given four new outfits before his last tour in May and he wore them all in Lake Tahoe, too, even without the original belts that weren't made yet. Just before the Lake Tahoe season began, Elvis got another outfit for his stage wardrobe, this time with an original belt at the end of the season. Elvis used the belt designed for the "Arab Costume" for the "Inca Gold Leaf Costume" the first few times he wore this costume.

"Inca Gold Leaf Suit"

Inca Gold Leaf Suit" was a white jumpsuit with embroidered square patterns on the belly, chest and shoulders and on the back.
With the same design on the sides of the legs. At the bottom lined in gold.
In the pants also with squares; they lean against each other of threads in red, blue and orange color. With golden embroidery inside, which have studs.
With a high neck adorned with triangles and on the front part of the shoulders it has 12 patterns with squares, with a thick golden thread, also on the back.
In his cuffs he has three white cufflinks.
The white leather belt bears five golden medallions of Indian heads. With embroidery of studs and rhinestones. With two golden chains in six arches.
It was inspired by the "Faraon" costume, although it looks more like the costumes of the Incas.

Elvis first wore it in Lake Tahoe in May 1974. Also on the tour in June and Las Vegas in August of the same year.
Elvis would use it again on his September-October 1976 tour, changing the belt buckle for the "Dragon Suit".
Also on the November tour and in Las Vegas and in December 1976.

Jumpsuits June 1974

"Blue Swirl Suit"
"Peacock Suit"
"American Eagle Suit"
"Turquoise Phoenix Suit"
"Inca Gold Leaf Suit"

"The way to follow: The concerts"July 1974. 

After the June 11 concerts in 1974, the results were admiring.
Financially this last tour alone, from June to July 1974, had grossed nearly $3 million, leaving Elvis and the Colonel nearly $2 million with their 65 percent share.
Taking into account that the expenses of the same had already been paid.
The result was incredible and compared to what he used to earn in Las Vegas, for example, there was a big difference since at the Hilton it was $600,000, this was the maximum limit in four weeks of work. In addition, the commitment had been cut to two weeks, so the profit was less.
The direction to follow to obtain the greatest benefit was clear.
The Concerts were a clear Way forward for Tom Parker, without having any commercial objective.
This year he had not planned recordings, so it was commercially incomprehensible that he thought that an artist could keep up without publishing new songs that would give an artist the stature of Elvis a new image. Not even the most famous could afford this luxury.

Although the album of songs recorded in concert was to be released in July, there was little commercial effect. Until September 1974, when "Promised Land" would be published, with songs recorded in December 1973 at Stax Studios. Only one Lp in the rest of the year 1974, no single.
Not even RCA seemed interested in this. It was totally incomprehensible considering the full of Elvis in Concerts and his success.
But the economic result was so great that neither the Colonel nor Elvis made any changes.
Although this would be very detrimental to the mood of an artist who needed to challenge himself and reinvent himself to lift his spirits.
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Single September 26, 1974

"Promised Land"
"It's Midnight

The Single "Promised Land" Recorded December 15, 1973 at Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee,
It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and number 9 on the UK Singles Chart in the fall of 1974. It was included on their 1975 album Promised Land.

  "It's Midnight" recorded December 10, 1973 Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, peaked at number 9 in January 1975.
Billboard in their review of the Promised Land album (in the January 18, 1975 issue) chose "It's Midnight" as one of the best songs on the album.

Las Vegas. Session 11

19 August 19/ September 2 1974
Hotel Hilton 

"The Curiosities and Tricks of Colonel Tom Parker".Las Vegas August 1974.

  Colonel Parker always seized any opportunity to win through Elvis's talent. As the rights to his songs had been sold to RCA a year earlier, in August 1974, he sought a new avenue.
It occurred to him that the voice of Elvis that he had recorded with his jokes, presentations and concert comments could be used and put together on a record.

For this he even formed a record company, his own label, Boxcar Records, without using content that contractually belonged to RCA Records, with the intention of earning 100% of the beneficiaries. Parker sold it during Elvis concerts.

Despite his trickery, RCA curiously did not sue Colonel Parker, but claimed that any sound recording of Elvis Presley made under contract to RCA Records legally belonged to the label.
  Elvis was not amused that any of this was done and even less the publication in October of the LP, asking that it be stopped selling by withdrawing the copies. By then around 120,000 copies had been sold.

The album would be called "Have Fun with Elvis on Stage" it would be the title of the LP initially released and the one that RCA would keep.

They are dialogue and jokes, mostly jokes, from Elvis between songs during his live concerts, but without any order or connection and without songs.

RCA reissued it shortly after his death in 1977. "Have Fun with Elvis on Stage" reached number 130 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard LPs. But it is considered the worst Elvis Presley album.

As a curiosity, he is very interesting for fans, since he talks about his early life and his professional aspirations before becoming a singer, as well as his first appearance on The Steve Allen Show.
  He also hums songs etc.

RCA Victor, released it even with the same cover art as the Boxcar release and the message saying "Just a talking album"
Presley is credited on the back cover as the album's executive producer.
Elvis would come to hate this record, possibly because he was aware of his manager's and his record company's taking advantage of him. The sensation of object and that they took advantage of spontaneous or private moments with his public.
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"The Recognition of Merit in Karate".September 1974.

His love for karate and his philosophy of life would be rewarded these days with his Eighth Dan, black belt. Elvis was very happy about this, despite recent criticism from the press in Las Vegas.
At this time he dedicated his time to this sport that he loved as well as music. Because Elvis followed his doctrine and his courage to apply it in his life.

John Conway was a karate instructor who practiced with Ed Parker for a time in 1974. Conway told the press that he tried out Elvis for his 7th degree black belt along with Parker, this is what he said:
"He well deserves the ranking he got. There are 10 grades in karate and over 300 different moves to learn over the years with all kinds of variations. Elvis is really good."
His favorite sport was rewarded and Elvis would be so proud that on August 30, 1974, on the stage of the Hilton, he was presented with his 8th Grade Elvis Presley Taekwondo Black Belt Award.

On September 14, 1974, the teacher awarded him the 8th Dan, his eighth degree black belt certificate in a private ceremony.
Elvis adopted his training name of "Tiger", which can be read on the certificate.

Kang Rhee said about Elvis: "I met Elvis in 1970 when he became my TaeKwonDo student. Elvis was an excellent student as well as an excellent instructor."
Elvis was very proud of this and also with the project of the documentary film that was going to be made about karate.
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Elvis's CREED TCB Taking Care of Business Taking care of business.

 "More self-respect, more respect for others, respect for peers and instructors, respect for all styles and techniques. Body conditioning, mind conditioning, meditation to calm and quiet the mind and body. Improve your skills, increase mental awareness for all those who can choose a new perspective and personal philosophy, and freedom from competition. TCB Techniques. All techniques in one."

"Have Fun with Elvis on Stage"

"Have Fun with Elvis on Stage"

October 1974. Published by The RCA Victor. It would sell around 120,000 copies. Album containing jokes and comments by Elvis Presley in his concerts.

"A Bad Start , The Scandal Tour"

September 27 to October 9, 1974. 15 shows. Tour 12.

Days after the break from the performances in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley would begin a new concert tour for 13 days, through cities like College Park, Maryland, Detroit, Michigan, St. Paul, etc., to finish 4 more in Lake Tahoe.Elvis I had been practicing karate and with family and friends. But for some reason he was a little out of control and physically affected by taking drugs. On September 27, 1974 he would start the tour in the City of Maryland. Sonny West would tell that upon his arrival at the Hotel, Elvis falls down while getting out of the Limousine and they try to pretend that it is not daze, because they ask him "You haven't woken up yet, eh, boss?".
His hair was messy but the way he spoke seemed like he was breaking up and slurring his words. There were policemen nearby to help them. But they would quickly take him to the suite, so that he could sleep for a couple of hours, while Sonny asked the rest of the group why Elvis had arrived in such conditions. Red West told him that it was very difficult to pick him up and get him going. They were so worried about the situation that they prayed that he could recover and perform, since he had never appeared in such conditions at any concert. Elvis always took his job seriously and did his best to be able to perform in conditions, but he had taken drugs too many and when he took the stage in College Park, he was so stunned that the musicians and the other people who knew and protected him were worried, wondering if he could make the show. They had never seen him like this before and the questions began: What is happening? Everything was getting complicated and Elvis had to act, the first thing he said when he introduced himself to the public was "I just woke up."
They all watched as Elvis slurred his words. Sonny would say that he seemed sleepwalking during the performances and confusing letters, he had to stop for twenty minutes. Unfortunately he was not well, the assistants and the journalists unfortunately coincide in the description of what happened in this first start. They say that Elvis slurred his words and that his voice seemed tired. They really said that he was holding on to the microphone as if to hold himself up.
It is true that we cannot judge what happened because we were not there, but fortunately there are recordings to be able to listen to this concert. Joe Guercio, the orchestra director, would comment that he heard unintelligible lyrics and when the concert ended he cried with sadness thinking about what could happen. They all seemed to agree on the same thing, in other words, Elvis What we can see is that the repertoire does not offered no new emotion and that this could really be a real consequence for this fatigue to affect the public and Elvis himself. But the next day his performance was no better, this tour had started on the wrong foot, which would bring much criticism as a consequence in the newspapers but also from his public, who were not happy with his shows, because for the usual fans, he was disappointed.

What is striking is that despite giving some concerts that were not up to the task as a performer, the worst thing would be the attitude of some of the journalists like the critic from The Washington Post, who what stood out was the physical change in Elvis your weight gain. He was referring to Elvis's "belly" when talking about him. When Elvis performed the second show he was so upset with that newspaper that he told the public that the critic the day before had talked about his belly. Elvis defended himself by saying that he wore a bulletproof vest on stage, so no one would try to blow up his belly button. He further told them, "I also have a belly, so what?" He told the audience that he was a federal narcotics agent and an eighth degree black belt. "I don't drink alcohol or do this or that," he vented. God's truth." Although the crowd cheered, the performance wasn't much better than the day before. But for the first time, school officials made the decision that Elvis would never be invited to the University of Maryland. It was a bad start for a tour that should never have been faced in bad conditions.
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September 27, 1974

Things are not accidental, the circumstances that are sometimes presented to us are usually causal, due to our own behavior, due to our actions and decisions that are correct or not. Everything can turn against us if the chosen Path has not been adequate and cause the result to crash in our face without being able to remedy it at the moment. But there is always time to go back, to seek a remedy for our ills and decide what would be most appropriate to avoid tripping over that damn stone that keeps appearing over and over again on our path. Although it seems that destiny owns our lives, we can still choose how to continue, get up again and open another door looking for a new destination.

September 1974, Elvis Presley has possibly lost hope of being able to do what he really likes or perhaps he is tired and too lost in himself, the tireless seeker of his beloved music star, of the new destiny of he. He now finds himself in a difficult moment that he will have to suffer and again try to remedy. Because Elvis was a survivor of his own fame and he was looking to rebuild himself.
Elvis, the man, the myth... The King!.

The Bad Press.
September 1974. Tour 12

It is true that Elvis had given successful concerts during the year 1974, that he had also been in a very good mood and had fun singing and enjoying the warmth of his audience until July 1974. Later in Las Vegas there had been a desire to talk with closer to their viewers and feel that their need was to express their ideas, their anecdotes, etc. Elvis had given good concerts but even so, the press insisted on criticizing what he said or did, but on this new tour from September to October 1974, things would unfortunately be to the detriment of Elvis, since what was really They focused on his physique, rather than his performance. It is true that the first concerts of this new tour were not very lucky and that the fans themselves noticed a very big change in Elvis's attitude on stage, but although the tour was very unstable, since sometimes he sang well, other times he wandered or spoke, left letters. The truth is that it would be very unfair to judge a tour in general by isolated days, for this reason, despite the fact that Elvis was in a somewhat difficult moment and not very focused on his concerts, it would be a lie to say that most of them were the worst concerts. There were just ups and downs on tour and you really can't always live up to what the public expects all the time.
But certainly Elvis was very upset with the comments he had read about himself on the previous tour and would never accept bad press. It was 1974 and there were many journalists interested in destroying his reputation and we don't know why. Possibly the envy of seeing someone in his forties fill the concerts in front of the new generation, without having to make a great effort.
The only thing we can explain is that this season was very unstable in general. There are good and bad moments, but every artist has them and Elvis Presley was a man too. Obviously he could have worse moments, evidently in his favor was his strength, his will to go on stage, whether he was feeling good or bad.
But Elvis had always tried to give the best image of him, physical and vocal of him despite everything, at this time he had always kept control of everything he did. But he could never control the damn press, they were always there to try to find something to criticize, despite the fact that Elvis did good concerts, the press sought sensationalism, with him it was always like that.

Unfortunately, the control that Elvis had always had on stage on this tour had been lost, at least in some of his concerts, and this made the press take the opportunity to criticize him. Surely out of envy, for looking for headlines... Elvis was always an artist loved and loved by his public, but he also attracted the dark side of the press that looked for any reason to speak ill of him. And from the end of 1974 they targeted him, they sought to ridicule him, but not because of his voice, nor because of his show, since in general it was difficult to speak ill of this, what they did was talk about his physique and his age.
It was the beginning of the bad press that would start talking about how he had gotten fat or seemed to be sleepwalking, or whatever. Unfortunately, Elvis was never prepared for such criticism, neither when he was young nor at this mature age. But it is logical, since in his way of being he did not admit criticism from anyone, it certainly hurt him a lot that he was getting bad press and he defended himself with the public and they applauded him. But Elvis would suffer a lot for this reason, it was one of his worst moments until 1974.
His fans were always true to his word and whether or not the shows were what they were expecting, there was no criticism from his fans.
Perhaps the mistake that he could have at this time would be that repertoire that kept being the same over and over again. In the attempt and disappointment of him to change the songs
Elvis deflated in such a way that he did not make any variation on this new tour. But without realizing that the chosen repertoire did not have much punch, because there were really no spectacular songs as he had previously shown. It is quite possible that this was his biggest mistake in his Fall 1974 performances, adding to this the influence of drugs and health that was beginning to annoy, this would result in bad press.

Curiously, despite the fact that Elvis seemed strange at times, as they described him and with behavior that they called erratic. What is surprising is that his public saw him more open in his communication, since he spoke openly about criticism in the newspapers.
On the one hand there was talk of his renewed vitality, of radiating happiness, but he would also start talking about strange behavior. The reason is that he seemed to have difficulty concentrating at times and they said that he had difficulty singing and speaking. Despite this, everyone loved Elvis more never.But on this new tour, his staunchest fans were a bit unhappy about this attitude, about the show in general, since he had lost that strength, that claw that they had witnessed in previous concerts. And it is clear that the regular public is the only one that could judge Elvis better, without any bad intentions as the journalists seemed to have.
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The Strength and commitment of the Artist
Tour September October 1974

It is clear that sometimes the point of view of the fans or the critics who witnessed Elvis's performances could be very different. But since we want to know more, it is always interesting to know the opinion of someone who had seen more shows on the tour, than someone who has only seen one.
There were fans who followed Elvis at various concerts on the September-October 1974 tour, it was a good sample of the variation in concerts. And above all to testify that Elvis also did good concerts regardless of the bad start of this tour.

September 30, 1974 in South Bend, Indiana
Although this tour would be difficult for Elvis, there would also be many positive things to say about his concerts. An example would be in this concert on the 30th, which would be a sample of the artist's good work. Elvis had a good voice and his mood too, it didn't seem to be the same as the previous days. They say that Elvis was not up to the previous years, but the truth is that the fans said that he was better than in the last two years. The place he deserved it, the new Notre Dame Coliseum.
What many fans criticized was the peddling of Colonel Parker, because they said it was very annoying for the spectators during the concert. From how they sold it, not because they were bad products, it was clear that it had nothing to do with Elvis.

When the show begins, Elvis takes the stage as he did in all the cities on the tour, wearing sunglasses, which he takes off and hands to someone in the front row before starting to sing.
Elvis got off to a strong start very involved with his opening song 'CC Rider'. Elvis moved with claw, it was a start that was already part of his legend. Since his show is a set of factors, his voice, his moves, the karate, the jumpsuits and his musicians. His movements for this reason were important, his gestures and his voice mainly what transported the viewer. Therein lies his magic and his success, everything influences and the musicians also know that Elvis is doing a good concert.
Elvis greeted the audience by saying how much he had always wanted to play for Notre Dame. During the Concert he was joking with the audience and it showed well.
He also made some comment about the bad press and named Sheila as his girlfriend. (Forgetting the real one, Linda).
During the concert, Elvis saw a sign someone was holding with the phrase: "Elvis, The King".
Elvis told the viewer, "I really appreciate the idea, but I've never gotten into this 'King' thing. To me, there's only one who has a right to be called King, and that's Jesus Christ." This received the applause of the public, as always Elvis showed his faith since he was a believer and as a person, of course, he would show how modest he could be.

After singing usual songs and with good results, Elvis announced that he was going to release a new album. "Promised Land", but instead of singing this song, he sang "It's Midnight", the b-side of the single. With a great performance, Elvis sounded even more powerful than on the record, of course in many cases his playing could be much more powerful live.
  "Love Me Tender" was interpreted as it had been a long time without speaking, it must be said that in almost all the shows, Elvis used this song to greet the public, give them scarves, kisses, etc.
  Elvis sang 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)', with great taste and a good arrangement.
Elvis would sometimes tell stories from years ago, like when he first heard JD Sumner, when he was sixteen in Memphis. JD was singing with the Blackwood Brothers and Elvis was really impressed. He said that he would never have imagined being singing with him, on the same stage.
He then sang a wonderful version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', in which Elvis experimented with some vocal variation.
The public rises to applause, Elvis pleases him and introduces his musicians.
He joked that Charlie Hodge had a fan club.
Some of the songs sped them up, like Teddy Bear' and 'Don't Be Cruel'.

Elvis around this time sometimes asked the public what he wanted to hear, so many people answered at once, that only those who were close could understand each other.
A curiosity was that someone yelled "Burning Love" and Elvis replied "No way!". Then someone asked Elvis to do 'You Gave Me A Mountain,' and he said, "Of course we will."
It is necessary to clarify that Elvis always sang what he wanted, taking into account that they had to have rehearsed or played it previously. But the truth is that "Burning Love" never liked to sing it and for this reason he answered the poor fan like that.
He would sing 'Give me..' in an impressive way.
Elvis was hitting something in the range of notes that hadn't been heard in a couple of years. The reason is that that the repertoire he had then was more risky and Elvis also bet on taking risks. In 1974 his set list was more comfortable, the songs less complicated, which is why Elvis was bored, but he really could have fixed it.

The end of the concert would come and Elvis instructed Glen Hardin to start "Can't Help Falling In Love".
Elvis greeted the crowd and as he approached the fans someone ripped a ring off his finger, but Red West luckily got it back immediately.
In short, Elvis also gave good concerts on this tour, the fans also comment, despite the ups and downs he suffered and the addiction and health problems, he could and wanted to put on a great show and he did.
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The Repertoire and the requirement of success
Tour 12. Elvis Presley 1974

The set list chosen by Elvis Presley on this September-October 1974 tour, Tour 12, continued to be a list of comfortable and easy-to-interpret songs.
It is true that Elvis's voice could be affected sometimes by his health or his bad habits or perhaps by his state of mind, but really at this time he enjoyed a mature and confident voice, there were no vocal problems . But certainly the one who chose what he wanted to sing at all times was always himself. There could be certain moments in which he would propose to the public to choose a song, but it is clear that he had to have rehearsed or not be an occasional score, since he would not feel like singing it and the public could be disappointed.
But at this time, the songs to choose from were varied in spirit, there were always songs as usual, such as "See See Rider", "I Got A Woman", "Love me", "Fever", etc. Elvis was also singing well-known songs of the moment to animate the public such as "Let Me Be There", "If You Love Me (let me know)" or songs that he had included again such as "Big Boss Man", "The Wonder of You "... and songs that curiously added like "Hawaiian Wedding Song" or "Johnny B. Goode". The sad period of heartbreak songs, separations and misfortunes had passed or at least they no longer attracted as much attention as in the previous two years.
  Actually, the risk was not in singing these songs, because Elvis could and was able to sing them magnificently, because it is true that they did not require any vocal effort. Once again "Can't Help Falling in Love" or "Bridge over troubled Water", which was what the public also wanted to hear. Songs that could be more or less comfortable in his voice, without major vocal complications and without interpretation efforts.
Elvis was comfortable with a type of song for an audience that didn't know him yet or might see him for the first time, but perhaps he hadn't thought about the requirement of being a dedicated fan who could follow him to many of his concerts.
Since the Fan of always wanted to listen to the old and also wanted the songs that he was singing new, the songs that required vocal efforts, absolute dedication on the part of his idol and above all to see him radiant and laughing as he was the real Elvis.
The artist who always delivered a little piece of his soul in each song and who offered it to his audience asking only for his applause.
For this reason, this repertoire that he sang on Tour 12 fell short of the illusions of the demanding fan who followed Elvis. It is very possible that what the critics who saw in the audience said had something to do with this, because Elvis always showed enthusiasm at all times and in general, although there were good moments in many concerts, he would fall short and for this reason there were things to talk about in against him, by the press.
In any case, it is preferable for an artist to have a repertoire of songs that they face with total dedication and feeling, even if they do not have much to risk, than to sing songs that may be impossible to sing at certain times, due to fatigue, lack of confidence and of technique.
In 1974 Elvis was very aware of what he was doing and what was the result of his performances in front of the public and he preferred to sacrifice novelty in the face of sure success with well-known songs.

All the attempt to vary his repertoire was definitely forgotten, he just added the new single "Promised Land" with "It's Midnight" which he was already singing at these concerts. Thus he announced his new publication, although the songs had been recorded the previous year.
It must be taken into account that during the year 1974, Elvis did not set foot in a recording studio and this was something that harmed his popularity, since really if there were no new recordings, he would continue to have the stigma of old glory and would not advance with his audience. that she was really looking forward to seeing him grow even more.

If Elvis reached so high it was because he created with his songs and did not stagnate in what others did, that was his secret, the novelty in music, the different. Making a masterpiece of a song that he had already sung before.
But in 1974 he was recording songs by artists who were already recent hits and he wasn't really adding anything new, because his version was very similar.
It is true that just by Elvis singing these songs he could elevate them to the highest, but certainly if he had created something different in this time he would have been recognized as the great artist that he was and always will be.
But his repertoire was that great cross that he had to carry, Elvis was the victim of his own success and he didn't know or couldn't help it.
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The Magic of the Show Jumpsuits TOUR 12 September 27 to October 9, 1974

 Elvis wore jumpsuits again on this tour, he had to choose from up to seven beautiful embroidered outfits, but he only wore four of them.
 It must be remembered that in the previous Las Vegas engagement, he had tried out some leather suits that should not be very comfortable on stage and did not look the same as those designed by Belew-Doucette at all.
 We know that when he chose his clothes, he had not foreseen anything and Elvis took the suit that occurred to him according to his whim, mood, etc.
 Although it was a multi-day tour, Elvis was captivated by these costumes with exotic animal designs. Certainly the color and design drew a lot of attention on stage despite doing without the striking rhinestones of other costumes.


 ,"Peacock Suit"
 "Blue Swirl Suit"
 "Chinese Dragon Suit"
 "Mad Tiger Suit"

"Mad Tiger Suit"

 For this season Gene Doucette designed two suits, the "Mad Tiger" and the "Dragon Suit".
 The "Mad Tiger" was a white jumpsuit with a large tiger pattern embroidered on the upper front and back.
 The tiger was drawn in an attack position.
 With a tiger pattern on the side of the legs. exterior of panel legs with orange lined kick pleats.

 The high collar with an embroidery in orange, black, brown, white, light brown and a red color in the tiger's tongue, adds transparent rhinestones distributed on the embroideries and legs. With three white cufflinks.
 The white leather belt with embroidered tiger drawing and the same type of precious stones, with four square bronze medallions with tiger heads and two
 two bronze chains in six arches around it.
 Elvis first wore it on September 1, 1974, on the Midnight Show. The September and October tour and Lake Tahoe in October 1974 were also used three times.

TOUR 12 Jumpsuits 

"Peacock Suit"

"Peacock Suit" was a white suit with a blue embroidered peacock pattern design with gold thread and round gold studs on it.
The pattern was done on the left side, next to the chest opening.
The tail and tail feathers go to the right side and down the right leg. In the folds they were lined with gold cloth.
Also with the same pattern on the back. Around the neck adorn 6 tail feathers. Also embellished with blue, clear and transparent rhinestones in various sizes.
With three white twins in each fist.
The white leather belt that shows a bird flying into the sunset. They are surrounded by a thick circle. With two bronze-colored chains in six arcs around the belt.
Sometimes he used the belt of the "White Spanish Flower Suit".

He began wearing it on the May tour of California, then on Lake Tahoe and the June 1974 Tour, where he debuted the original belt.
Later in Las Vegas and later in Lake Tahoe and finally in October 1974.
Curiously, Elvis appeared in Las Vegas as the NBC peacock. The suit was called that on occasion.

This jumpsuit really liked Elvis, it was one of his favorites.
The photo of Elvis in this suit served as the cover of the "Promised Land" Album.
The funniest thing of all is that Elvis never called the suits by these names, but he would say, for example, I want to wear the one with the blue bird or the one with the red stones or whatever came to mind.

"Blue Swirl Suit" 

"Blue Swirl Suit" is a white suit with a special design. Also called "Blue Swirl Suit", "Blue Rainbow Suit", "Turnpike Suit" or "Toothpaste Suit".
 Embellished with an embroidered pattern on the outer side of the right pant leg up to the belt. The design crosses the stomach and up to the left shoulder. It is also on the left outside of the pant up and down the lower back to the right shoulder.
 The drawing of the design was made up of four stripes in different shades of blue, with thin gold stripes outside each blue line that also had circular stones. They were imitation diamonds in different shades of blue.
 On the neck the drawing is similar. Lined in blue fabric. With 3 white cufflinks on each cuff.
 The belt was made of white leather with the same design with two bronze oval medallions on the back, with the symbol of RCA, Nipper and the phonograph.
 The belt carried chains of gold and bronze color in four arcs.

 He donned the 1974 May tour in California and Lake Tahoe, wearing the "Blue Starburst" belt.
 Elvis used the original belt from the suit, made for the June tour of the same year.
 The original belt was also worn in Las Vegas the summer of 1974, as on tour and Lake Tahoe in October 1974.
 Later he dressed it on the October 1976 tour. It seems that it was very comfortable for him because he used it a lot throughout that year until December 27, which was the last time Elvis wore it.

"Chinese Dragon Suit"

The dragon pattern on this costume was inspired by European fairy tales, in the Middle Ages. It was a white jumpsuit with a colorful fire-breathing dragon embroidery. It is arranged at the top front and back of the suit. The dragon's head and wings go up to each shoulder. Dragon tails run down each leg to the golden folds.
 The collar has the same jagged pattern, both are embroidered with black and gold thread. The body and tail of the dragon in a blue, green and gold thread that forms the outline and the line of the drawing. The wings and legs of the dragon are made of black and red thread. Embellished with round pointed studs in gold color and transparent round colored rhinestones.
 With three white twins in each fist.

 The white leather belt has three large, flat, oblong brass rings with a thick round bronze medallion. One of them has black and gold embroidery. On each side of the buckle are black and red dragon wings.
 Behind it is a small dragon head with ears out, embroidered and two bronze chains in six arcs around it.
 This belt buckle was also used on the "Inca Gold Leaf Suit" on the October 1976 tour.

 Elvis first used it on September 2, 1974, at the Midnight Show in Las Vegas, and then four times on tour in October of the same year.
 He also used it at Lake Tahoe in October 1974.



A difficult year for Elvis Presley

Sometimes appearances deceive us and hide from us the true face of man, his interior, his reality. The artist is always exposed to an image that he gives to his public and society, it is what can mark a wrong direction and not allow events to be glimpsed as they are, but simply as they appear.
The feeling, the reason, the search of man, are sometimes clouded by the image of the myth that inadvertently drags the character inevitably towards another course different from the desired one and with this, lose control of his path.
But you can always have hope, regret, the need for change to open that door and we can see a new and clean dawn.
For many these opportunities do not usually happen twice, but you have to have hope to be able to live again.
1975, begins for Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... The King...!

 A new year of Hope, 1975.

The year 1975 begins with a great variety of artists, groups and musical styles. Like John Denver, Olivia Newton John, Queen, America, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Carpenters, etc.

 Different musical styles and new and also renowned artists.
 The truth is that Elvis Presley was not on the list of the most successful performers of the moment and the one who was focusing more on concerts, kept him further and further from the top. It was necessary and indispensable to record new songs.
 At the beginning of the year, in the first three months, 2 singles and two LPs would be published, which could again open the doors of success. And also to make his potential as an artist known to a new audience, but not everything depended on recording. The work of advertising and marketing his records was 50% a possible success.
 That is to say that although Elvis threw himself into recording some new songs in an impeccable way, if these records were not heard on the radio, on TV or enough publicity was placed, it was difficult to reach any audience. This was the commercial work of Colonel Parker and the RCA.

 It was also important to continue with his concerts because obviously an artist has to continue performing before the public and also because these performances would give him a lot of income.
 This is why it was important to start the year in good shape, record and fulfill concert commitments.

 But Elvis Presley would start the year with health and addiction problems, for which he had to be hospitalized and postpone his commitment to the Hilton Hotel until the spring of 1975. Before that, he promised to record new material at the Studios.
 In these recordings he would once again demonstrate his great quality as an artist.
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"Renew and continue. Elvis Presley"
January 1975

1975 Elvis turns 40, he begins the year as is his custom by buying Cadillacs for his friends and with the intention of buying a plane. Elvis bid on a Boeing 707 belonging to a disgraced investment banker and friend of Richard Nixon, Robert Vesco, who had had his belongings repossessed.
Although he initially had a deal to buy it, it would not go well, but it was clear that Elvis wanted to be independent and fly wherever he wanted in his own plane. He could even travel outside the country, although this never happened.

It begins in a different way, for the first time Elvis has to postpone his engagement at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Colonel Parker did not consider that Elvis could act in January, due to his physical condition, since there were health problems and Elvis also continued with his habits, the drugs that each time harmed him more.
Elvis had been treated by a doctor named Elias Ghanem, who had been trying to cure his insomnia and others, for a few months, with a sleep cure. As a result of this treatment, Elvis gains more weight and still has not been cured of his insomnia, in addition to other problems that were already harming him. He really wasn't in good health, he would even have immobility problems because of the diet he was following.

On January 29, Elvis was admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital, what they told the media for kidney problems, but in reality it was to be able to detoxify him. A week later, Vernon, who had been very worried about everything that was happening to his son, suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized with Elvis. Vernon blamed him for everything and said that Elvis worried his mother to death. These words would be a blow to Elvis, who was trying to recover and would feel that everyone was criticizing him, the press and now his father. But luckily everything would pass with time.

A curiosity of this time would be that one of the richest men in the world, Adnan Khashoggi, offered Elvis 10 million dollars to play next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, in Cairo, Egypt. It would have been great to hear and see Elvis Presley sing in front of one of the great wonders of the world. But unfortunately Colonel Parker would say no. For Elvis it would be an opportunity to earn a fortune and the reason for this refusal on the part of Parker is incomprehensible and also why Elvis did not accept, but possibly he would not have the opportunity to refuse, because he was hospitalized then. It is also true that the reason could be because this Saudi billionaire amassed an immense fortune mediating arms sales between the West and the Middle East in the 1970s and 1980s, as a trafficker. In any case, there were proposals for tours abroad and they were rejected, Elvis needed a boost outside of his usual concerts and surely traveling to Europe, Japan or any other area outside the US would have given him that longed-for challenge to fight for and be reborn.
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"The Biggest Absurdity in Elvis Presley's Career: The Lack of Publicity in the Media"

At the beginning of January 1975, a Single and an Elvis Presley Lp were published. It was clear and necessary that they continue to release new material in order for Elvis Presley to remain a part of the musical medium. Obviously they had not had many commercial successes and although Elvis continued to do concerts and had a tight schedule planned for this new year. The publications could bring him closer not only to his fans, but to a new audience that could only really know him for his old hits and had not heard his quality, his powerful voice and his great maturation in the interpretations that he could do at this time. It is clear that the new artists with all their advertising on Radio and TV could take a lot of advantage over Elvis Presley who seemed to ignore RCA and his own manager.
All these mistakes were taking their toll on the artist's popularity and also affecting his morale, since he would not see much of a future for him as an artist.

On January 3, the Single "My Boy" was released with "Thinking About You.
We had already talked about these two songs during the recordings that were made at Stax Studios.

Elvis Presley recorded this song, "My Boy" by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Claude François, on December 13, 1973, at Stax Studios, which was included on his 1974 album "Good Times".
Elvis' version of the song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard pop chart and number 17.
In the UK, it reached the top 10 peaking at number 5 in the first week of January 1975.
The song "Thinking About You" by Tim Baty, one of the members of the Stamps, had also been recorded at the Stax, on December 12, 1973.
It was already too late for this publication, since a year had already passed, it was clear that there was not much enthusiasm, nor intention of success, since the normal thing was to publish singles, LPS, etc. every so often, as was done in the past.

The same would happen with the LP "Promised Land", published on January 7, 1975.
Promised Land was the twenty-second studio album by Elvis Presley, released by the RCA Victor record company. Also recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, in December 1973.
The album peaked at number 47 on the US Billboard 200 and number 21 on the UK Album Charts.

In the same way, there would not be much publicity, let alone on Radio or TV. One should always have wondered why Tom Parker would not let Elvis Presley act on TV again or have his own show like other great artists had. His Manager didn't know or didn't want to continue promoting an artist in a logical and normal way who, although he was still the greatest, seemed to be dwarfed by him before the world. He didn't even bother to take current photos so they could beautify the album covers, he was only interested in concerts and this is what would nullify his commercial future.
It was simply the biggest absurdity in Elvis Presley's career.
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1975, A new hospitalization and intention to change.

Hospitalization was mandatory, on January 29 at 03:30 a.m., Elvis was urgently transferred to Baptist Memorial, his admission was in critical condition. He really had various problems regardless of his addiction to drugs and so on. He suffered from a twisted and blocked colon, as well as liver damage caused by the barbiturates and many tranquilizers he was taking.
This time it was the second hospitalization and it would be very similar to the previous one because Elvis was located in a private part of the Hospital, where they would try to make him as comfortable as possible considering his condition. The windows were covered with aluminum foil and again Linda Thompson would stay with him in the room.
The press was informed through a community confirming Elvis' admission as a patient due to a liver condition. Elvis received countless get-well cards, teddy bears, and flowers too. Although his room number was a secret in order to avoid harassment, it was really easy to guess what his room was from the outside looking at the eighteenth floor, due to the peculiarity of the covered windows. The television news teams discovered it with his cameras, the world really did want to know what it was about Elvis Presley, despite not giving himself publicity or wanting to be seen publicly.
Elvis was discharged on February 13 and to leave it was planned to avoid the press and the curious, through the back door and at dawn.
It was clear that the world did want to know what was wrong with Elvis and they were eager to hear from him.
During his stay, Elvis underwent several tests to find out what he was suffering from, the hospital confirmed that Elvis continued to have glaucoma, which is why he had severe headaches, as well as the discomfort of the spotlights on the scene. Also a distended intestine that was causing a blockage in his intestine, causing digestion problems. But no surgery would be necessary, he was simply prescribed more medication for his physical ailments. What would not be counted is that Elvis would be there long enough to get him away from his usual drugs and lose all dependence on them.

His father had a heart problem and would stay in the room next to Elvis's.
Because of this situation and Elvis's condition, the production of the karate documentary that had been started was put on hold, it would be shelved and Elvis was losing interest. Jerry Schilling and Sonny West were in charge of escorting him to the other side of the hall for safety and Elvis had all the comforts and they even brought him food from Graceland, because he couldn't stand the one from the Hospital. While he remained in the Hospital he would not take his usual drugs and he was also trying to stop them, because Jerry says that they received a package at Graceland that said Las Vegas. As the person in charge of collecting and reviewing what he received, he opened it to see if it was something Elvis might need, when he discovered a delivery with pills that were obviously not for any treatment. Doctor Nick got very angry when he saw what the jar contained and decided to test Elvis, leaving this jar in the bathroom. When asked for an explanation Elvis said they were pills for his father, he told Jerry he didn't want to embarrass him, but when he left the Hospital he hadn't tried a single pill.
Jerry would say that they didn't really know which doctor was sending him these opiates and in exchange for what, but what was clear is that he was trying to avoid it at this time.

An anecdote that would take place in the hospital would once again show the generosity and affection that Elvis showed for his fans. Ed Parker would tell about the letters Elvis received while he was there. The story was published and told about a fan named Judy MacDonald, who had sent a letter to Elvis asking for an autograph on the occasion of his birthday which was on January 31st.
This day she was celebrating at her house, when she received a call advising that in 15 minutes she would receive another long-distance call, as she thought that some family member could congratulate her.
Twenty minutes later the phone rang and Judy answered, "Hi," "Hi. Judy? I wanted to wish you happy birthday." She didn't know who she was and asked who she was.
With a teasing and disappointed voice, she replied, "Judy, well Judy. Don't you know who I am? She replied no...
Then her voice said, "Well, who's your favorite singer?" Judy then asked, surprised, "Are you Elvis?" and the response was "That's correct!".
Judy was speechless with emotion, she could not make a sound. There was silence and Elvis told her that if she was still there, Judy said yes with an emotional voice. It was then that Elvis he explained that he had read some fan mail and that was when he read hers. Elvis told her about her mother and what she told him before she died, that she never forget the people who, like her, made her who she was now, supported her unconditionally. Judy promised not to call any reporters so as not to publicize this and Elvis thanked her. Then Elvis told him "Well, I have to go now, and I just called to wish you a happy birthday and God bless you." Judy ran to her room and cried with so much emotion.
This would demonstrate once again the qualities that Elvis had as a person, even when he was hospitalized he thought of his fans...
Elvis Presley Genius and Figure!
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Reflections on the artist Elvis Presley

We know that Elvis Presley was an intelligent man and above all a person who knew what he wanted, but in many cases he would act as if he were handcuffed or if he could not choose what he really wanted to do. Obviously this happens to many people, due to external influences, fear, indecision or simply letting go. As a consequence, when we cannot choose what we want, nor live what we long for, it is difficult to achieve happiness and frustration comes with the feeling of lack of freedom.
Elvis knew what kind of music he wanted to make, as soon as he heard a song it was easy for him to recognize the feeling that music carried him and that he could transmit through his voice. After so many years dedicated to the profession of musician, logically he should always have good material to choose from, also composers who offered him his best work and the indispensable mechanics of the music market at his disposal.
It was unheard of to think that in 1975 he could not have a special and personal composer who would give him the best to record, all composers would have offered anything for Elvis to record his songs. Artists revered him and had followed in his footsteps, because Elvis was the example to follow and his innovation in music was an impact on everyone.

The truth is that although Elvis liked to choose songs that were a recent hit or had been famous or songs that he could hear on the radio, what is inconceivable at this time is that, as in the beginning, he did not make changes to these songs. It is true that Elvis knew how to get hold of a song, he impregnated it with his personality and his feeling and his way of interpreting was always admirable. But from a certain moment in the years 1972, with some exceptions, for some reason he stopped making those interpretative changes that made his song unforgettable, for example changing the instrumentation or the initial style of the song or perhaps the time and giving the impression of redoing the score.
Really, that was always his secret to doing something magnificent and of course his magnificent interpretation, but from 1975 we miss that impressive approach that Elvis Presley could give to his music. With this we do not want to say that his songs were not very well interpreted, it is clear that he continued to sing with all his heart and that he treated each song with a delivery that was admirable for the rest of the musicians. We simply understand that the main reason that Elvis did not have the same hits as before could be due to the lack of search in his music, in his playing, the lack of personal challenge that caused him not to want to record anymore in a study. The lack of courage for not firing his manager and his record company, who were more interested in making easy money than in seeking success in his artist, so they stopped promoting his records present.
Any manager and record company of the day would have offered a lot of money to hire Elvis Presley, since he was still an attraction for the public and a potential artist.

We understand that Elvis did not want to change for comfort or insecurity, since in his character and despite knowing that he was a good artist, for some reason he never felt safe to be accepted. This was very complicated, since over time, despite knowing that he could do great concerts and could sing like no one else, he never bet on himself changing course and this led to dissatisfaction, frustration. We sincerely believe that Elvis was imprisoned in his own cage and looking for a way out but he never found the right door.
Despite everything and everyone, Elvis was still exceptional, with all his personal restlessness, his fears and his indecision. He would continue to be an artist without equal, since his magic was still present.
Elvis Presley, the Man, the Myth... the King!
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Sessions March 10 to 12, 1975.
 Elvis Presley

When it came time to record, Elvis didn't feel like doing it, he wasn't in the mood and he told his record company that he wanted to postpone or cancel the scheduled sessions. felton
Jarvis, his producer called him to tell him that they had an agreement and if he didn't comply he would be fired by RCA.

Elvis finally agreed to record and told him to set up a recording session. These March 1975 sessions at RCA studios in Los Angeles would be the last time Elvis would record in a studio.
His band and a reinforcement of musicians were brought together in Los Angeles to perfect the work, which was going to take place from March 10 to 12. Just a few days before performing in Las Vegas, on the 18th and before rehearsals.
Elvis took Lisa Marie and Sheila Ryan. Rehearsals were done at the RCA studios in Hollywood, in Los Angeles in the RCA building at 6000 Sunset Boulevard. They would be recorded to RCA technical standards and provide an opportunity for the label to listen to the tapes while the sessions were still in progress, on another floor was the office of Joan Deary the producer. The idea was that everything would be under control supervised by RCA and the proposal they made to him of several songs that Elvis would have to choose. As always there was a lot of material and Elvis was guided by his instinct, his feeling and his state of mind.

He had proposed some ballads by Don Robertson, one of his favorite composers, but this time they were not accepted by Elvis. There were also a number of unrecorded songs that Elvis felt might be suitable for recording but ultimately didn't get picked up, such as "Susie Q", "You Can Have Her", and "You're The Reason I'm Living".
Various ballads, some rock, country, etc. had been chosen and best of all, Elvis' disposition was good, although he had initially objected, his mood was incredible and his voice was in good condition to perform these songs.
The topics that were finally chosen would be:
"Fairytale" by Anita Pointer and Bonnie Pointer
"Green, Green Grass Of Home" by Claude Putnam, Jr.
"I Can Help" by Billy Swan
"And I Love You So" by Don McLean
"Susan When She Tried" by Don Reid
"T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Jerry Chestnut
"Tiger Man" by J.H. Louis and S. Burns
"Woman Without Love" by Jerry Chestnut
"Shake A Hand" by Joe Morris
"Bringin' It Back" by G. Gordon
"Pieces Of My Life" by Troy Seals

These sessions really were done in a short time and could have been even better, but there was no more time, because Brian Wilson, the founder of the Beach Boys, suddenly appeared who was recording a solo album next door and wanted to meet Elvis. It was the last day of recording and this brought such a distraction that they had to stop recording. They were two such particular characters, surrounded by their personal entourages, thus creating such a distraction that the recordings had to end there.
These sessions would result in very interesting songs that Elvis would sing on occasion in concert. But when the preliminary mixes of the new album to be called "Today" were done, Elvis complained and there were tensions with RCA. RCA engineer Rick Ruggieri would be responsible, and Elvis was not liking the result. Elvis was so upset when he heard rough mixes of his songs that he literally demanded Felton Jarvis remix and overdub all the material in Nashville, before the album was released. All of this led to a delay and there was a commitment for releases, so they had to go ahead with a single in order to meet the RCA. The single would be released with the song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" without repair, with the recording of "Mr. Songman" that had been recorded a year earlier.
This would be the last time Elvis would let RCA exercise any control over his recordings, which is probably why he decided not to set foot in a studio again.
Elvis might be in a difficult period, but he really always knew what he wanted to record and how it should be heard, but he couldn't tolerate any more maneuvering and maneuvering so he decided not to record there anymore.
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Recording Sessions March 10, 1975


by Anita Pointer and Bonnie Pointer
The first song recorded on March 10, 1975 was "Fairytale" which was a hit for the Pointer Sisters for most of the year, Elvis recorded it too recently as he was picking current hits. The Pointer sisters were the first successful black female country ensemble and were the first black women to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. The song had a country feel to it, but it worked very well as a country arrangement.
The lyrics were written by Anita Pointer who was coming out of a relationship with a DJ who lied to her because he was married. This song would be one of her three Top 40 hits for the Pointer Sisters.

Country The truth is that Elvis did not make a great variation of the original that he had already heard on the Radio, he would simply record a basic version. The suggestion for this topic was made by Sheila Ryan who was present at the Sessions. We could miss the creativity in terms of the version since the interesting thing was to do something different.
It was an interesting song since it offered a good opportunity to mix voices. The interpretation was not that complicated, but at times it required a rise in tessitura, with high notes that Elvis would have to control with his treble and force. This was something he could have solved by transposing the score by half a step, but Elvis liked to sing on the edge sometimes and he succeeded in the moment.
Felton Jarvis's arrangement accentuated the country style through guitars and Elvis' voice was firm and present on this song. The rest in his vocal cords was noticeable because Elvis's voice is heard very well and he entered the studio with enthusiasm and spirit, despite not having any interest in recording, but he did much better than at Stax Studios.
At this time, it is possible that Elvis leaned more towards this type of song than more rock songs or ballads, because he also had many fans who liked country..

Elvis recorded this country-style love story on March 10, at RCA's Studio C in Hollywood.
It was included on the album "Today", later on "The Country Side of Elvis". An alternate take was also released in 1996, on "Great Country Songs" and another alternate take on FTD's 2005 "Today". Elvis performed it several times in concert from 1975 onwards. There are many bootleg versions and releases on the LPs "Elvis in Concert", on the FTD "New Year Eve", "Big Boss Man", "Dixieland Rocks", "Souther Nights", FTD "Unchaine Melody", "Spring Tours' 77" etc
Interestingly Elvis sometimes presented this song as the story of his life.
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"Green, Green Grass Of Home"

"Green, Green Grass Of Home" by Claude Putnam, Jr.
"Green, Green Grass of Home" It is a Country song that has been widely covered, it was first recorded in 1965 by Johnny Darrel, Porter Wagoner got number 4 on the charts, but Tom Jones's version would be the one that reached number 4. number 1, in 1966. The song had been recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and Red West had shown it to Elvis, but Tom Jones's version really captivated him. The first time Elvis heard it, he was on the bus and was so shocked that he immediately asked to be stopped so he could get off and call his friend George Klein. At that time he was a DJ on the radio and Elvis asked him to play the song again, then he asked the boys to call the radio for the same. As a good musician, the song had gotten so deep into him that he didn't want to stop listening to it.

Its composer Claude "Curly" Putman Jr, a country music author, was born in Princeton, Alabama, known primarily for this hit was "Green, Green Grass of Home", for "My Elusive Dreams", "He Stopped Loving Her Today", "D-I-V-O-R-C-E", etc. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976, Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993, Song of the Year winner in 1980 for "He Stopped Loving Her Today", also nominated in 1967,68 for Song of the Year year and the Grammy.
The idea of composing this song came to him after watching the movie "The Asphalt Jungle" starring Marilyn Monroe, where a guy in the big city, mixed with the wrong people and tried to raise money to return home. The idea of writing about a guy who goes off and turns bad, but still thinks of the green grass in his home, would be what came into his head and out of this would come the song.
For the author, Elvis's version says that he really connected with the song and would be very proud that he recorded it. It would be a dream come true.

The song was about a boy coming home to his mother and father in his dream. He was in prison and about to be executed. But he wakes up and finds four gray walls surrounding him and he realizes he was only dreaming. He will walk at dawn with the guard and a sad old father and then once, again touch the green, green grass of his home.
At the time Elvis fell in love with this song, in the sixties, they thought it was too country for the style of songs he was singing at the time, which is why it was not recorded. But in March 1975 it was time to record it and for Elvis it would be a great satisfaction.

Elvis really felt this song, although the meaning of the lyrics had nothing to do with his life, it is very possible that he felt like that man who wants to go home and step on the green grass of his home. He really feels in his voice, in his interpretation, the intense feeling that he embodies in the score. A wonderful and unforgettable performance in his voice that sounds in one of the best moments. The song was performed at a calm, relaxed tempo and this would give the song even more depth.

It was included on the "Today" album. "Green, Green Grass Of Home" was released in England as a single and was a top five number hit. It was later included in "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "The Country Side of Elvis", 2006's "Elvis Country", etc. A version of the song without overdubs was included on "Our Memories of Elvis, vol. 2".
Also alternative versions on the "Great Country Songs" album, on the FTD "6363 Sunset", "Today", etc.
Although she liked him a lot, he actually performed it a few times in concert, during 1975. Of these concerts were included live on "Live in Las Vegas" and the FTD album "Big Boss Man" etc.
A wonderful song in the voice of Elvis Presley.
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"I Can Help"

"I Can Help" by Billy Swan
"I Can Help", a very catchy song that had been number one on the country and Hot 100 charts, for its author Swan. This song was not chosen by Elvis but by his producer Felton Jarvis. who knew that Elvis could take advantage of this catchy theme. Although Elvis was not a fan of the song he agreed to please Felton, but he commented that he was sick of hearing it on the radio.

William Lance Swan (born May 12, 1942) is an American country music singer-songwriter. He started as a child he learned to play the drums, the piano, the guitar and began to compose his first songs. His first professional hit came in 1962, when Clyde McPhatter recorded "Lover Please." After meeting Elvis' ex-bass Bill Black, Swan settled in Memphis to work with him, but he died in 1965. She then moved to Nashville, where she would begin her real career where she worked for various artists including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Mel tillis. In 1969, Swan started out as a record producer, with Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie". He also played bass for Kris Kristofferson and signed a solo recording deal with Monument Records.
In 1972 he published his first solo album under the title "Rock on With Rhythm", but his greatest success came in 1974 with "I Can Help", a rockabilly song that reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list, as well as the charts from various countries.

He admired Elvis from the beginning, he said that he had changed his life like that of so many young artists. His song "I Can Help" slowly began to gain acceptance and different radio stations picked it up. The next thing you know, it was a number one record.
He had known Felton Jarvis since the sixties and was the one who showed Elvis his song
One day he walked into Bob Beckham's office and there was Felton, Elvis's producer, who had a big old belt spread out on his desk. It was a huge belt and he thought it was Elvis's and Felton commented about all the gifts Elvis gave to different people, then Billy told Felton jokingly
for him to bring her some Elvis socks.
Later, once his song "I Can Help" was recorded, he saw Felton again, who was carrying a briefcase and opened it holding some socks. They laughed and Felton told him that they were the socks that Elvis wore the day of the recording, Red West asked for them for him. Billy was delighted to receive it but he always thought: I wish I had ordered a jacket or overalls...
It was very exciting for him that Elvis Presley recorded one of his songs. Felton told him that he asked him to record "I Can Help" and Elvis jokingly said, "Billy Swan, my ass! Let's do it", everyone laughed, but he recorded it.

He saw Elvis in concert in Las Vegas in 1975 and during the Elvis concert, he said he was "There's a gentleman here tonight who wrote this song," I Can Help "
Billy Swan, where are you?" That was a complete surprise. Well, he stood up and they put the spotlight on me like in the movies. He waved at him and jokingly said, "I just recorded your song, I'll get you out of the ready." Then he saw him in his dressing room and Elvis told him that he did the ending of the song like he sometimes did on his early records. It was kind of like a stripper blues, like "I Got A Woman." Elvis was very kind and very polite with him.
Interestingly, Swan did a slow version of the song "Don't be cruel" that Elvis had already sung.

This song was recorded at dawn from March 10 to 11, 1975. The version of the song that Elvis recorded was very similar to that of Billy Swan, even James Burton did the same solo that Chip Young did. It was a simple score and above all it stays with the listener, with a letter Elvis really only wanted to please Felton and he recorded it in just one take, but his version was happy, strong and with great humor. It really didn't take more for Elvis who had recorded an excellent version of a great retro rock and roll song.
The song was included in the album "Today". Later on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Our Memories of Elvis, vol. 2", on the FTD 2005 "Today", etc.
Although his composer was the one who had success with this song, Elvis gave him the magic to make it unforgettable.
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"And I Love You So" Sessions March 1975

"And I Love You So" by Don McLean
"And I Love You" is a popular song written by folk singer and guitarist Don McLean and released on his 1970 debut album, Tapestry. Its chorus features an unusual rhyme scheme for a popular song. This theme became a success in 1973 when Perry Como recorded it on his album of the same name and reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Widely covered by other artists such as Shirley Bassey, Bobby Vinton, etc.

Donald McLean its composer, also a singer-songwriter and guitarist, was known as the American Troubadour or the King of the Trail. He became popular in the 70's with songs like "American Pie", his most successful song in 1971, also with "Vincent", "Dreidel". "Wonderful Baby", etc.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Don McLean admired Elvis from a young age and like all songwriters he was honored by Elvis's recording. He said of his version that it was the best they had done of his song, because Elvis showed everything in his interpretation.
Curiously, before he recorded it, they called him from Elvis's office announcing that he wanted to record it, but that they wanted 50% of the rights, obviously he had to say no, but anyway Elvis recorded it and also every time he recorded it sang praised his name as a composer. He would be proud to reach Elvis Presley with his music.

Elvis recorded this romantic ballad by Don McLean at RCA's Sunset Boulevard Studios on March 10, 1975.
A hard to forget ballad with a wonderful melody and love lyrics, ideal for a voice like Elvis Presley's. When it was recorded that day at the Elvis Studio, he would be very motivated because he sang it looking directly at Sheila Ryan, his other girlfriend. Elvis called her and said, "Let me sing for you, babe." She therefore logically she would be in some way dedicated and very heartfelt for Sheila.
An interpretation that melts the spirits and heats up the atmosphere, as always in a mature and deep voice in Elvis.

The song was included on the "Today" Album, it is also on "Elvis Aron Presley" and "Love Elvis". Alternate takes would be included on the 1997 album "Platinum: A Life In Music", and the FTD releases "6363 Sunset" and "Today".
Elvis would sing it in concert thereafter and some of these performances were included on "Elvis in Concert", "Live In Las Vegas" and the FTD concert editions "Big Boss Man", "Live in L.A.", "Dinner At Eight", Tucson '76", etc.
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"Pure Gold" LP
February 28, 1975

RCA released a new Elvis Presley hits compilation
On this LP, 3 songs, Fever", "It's Impossible" and "In The Ghetto" are reissued in stereo. "Kentucky Rain" was used in mono version, with a slight stereo effect.
The other six tracks on the album are 1950s originals, in mono with a faux-stereo effect.
Although it did not enter the Billboard Albums chart at the time, it was later certified Gold in 1977, Platinum in 1988, and Double Platinum in 1992 by the RIAA.
The cover photo is from the "Aloha from Hawaii" concert in January 1973.

Recording Ressions. March 10 to 12, 1975

"Susan When She Tried"

"Susan When She Tried" by Don Reid. A Country-style song to which Elvis was so attached at this time. The song would be published a year earlier by those sung by the Statler Brothers. Elvis recorded it at RCA Hollywood Studios on March 11, 1975 for release on the "Today" album.

The song was written in a Country style and there was no mistaking it because of the kind of instrumentation and Elvis's playing as well. It was a simple score vocally, it only required a change of pitch in phrases, but nothing complicated for the voice of Elvis Presley who interpreted it as always in an efficient manner.
Although Elvis was not very happy when he started recording it, they did the first take and Elvis would say in his own words "shit". But Felton Jarvis, who always took the sessions with another perspective, was enthusiastic and invited Elvis to listen to the reproduction. Elvis was surprised at his enthusiasm but told him that he didn't think it was right. Felton already knew Elvis well enough to know that he had to push to get the best of him. After making several more takes, they were already convinced that they had made a correct recording to edit it.
What Felton Jarvis corrected was the recording of the bass, Duke Bardwell that he would record in all these sessions, it was literally erased and overdubbed by another bass.
With the exception of one song, his work would not be taken into account, but it is true that Elvis was not entirely satisfied with his performance and Felton had to delete it. In addition, the personalities of Elvis and Duke did not fit, since the last year that he had accompanied them at their concerts there was no chemistry between them and finally, Duke gave up playing with Elvis Presley. It was replaced by new recordings by Elvis's old friends Mike Leech and Norbert Putnam, who had already worked for him.

The composer was Donald "Don" Sidney Reid born in Staunton, Virginia, 1945. He was also a country music singer and was part of a famous group of this style called The Statler Brothers, as lead singer, until 2002. Later he would dedicate himself to to another facet as a writer publishing seven books to his credit.
  Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, You'll Know It's Christmas When..., O Little Town, The Statler Brothers: Random Memories, which he co-wrote with his brother Harold Reid, One-Lane Bridge and The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson. He, along with former bandmates Harold Reid and Phil Balsley, are members of his local Presbyterian church.
The Statler Brothers group combined their gospel facet with country, formed in 1955, in 1966 they had their first big hit "Flowers on whe Wall" or "Bed of Roses". They were always Top 40 during the '70s.
The author Don Reid was not very influenced by the music of Elvis, at the time he was ten years old and was a fan of other singers like Perry Como. His vision was of a rebellious young man. It is true that some common friends told him that Elvis was a fan of the Statler Brothers and that he listened to his music from time to time.
Regarding the lyrics of the song, what he would explain is that Susan's name was not intentional, he wanted to make a song that was about love looking for a new way to tell an old story. He compared to Susan that she made him feel something special in front of other women.
When the song was released, his manager in Nashville called him one day to say that Elvis wanted to record "Susan When Ella She Tried" and that she had invited him to the recording session. He was in another city with another commitment and could not go, but he was delighted with this invitation. He warned him that Elvis's people would always ask for half of the release after it had been recorded and that he would expect a phone call. But he never received it, since Elvis recorded it that day and the next thing was to hear it on the "Today" LP.
But like all the songwriters who worked for Elvs, it was exciting for him to hear Elvis Presley's version, the greatest legend in the life of an artist. In addition, the pride of feeling that his song would also be part of his repertoire.
The arrangement that was made in the score would be very similar to the one they did in the Statlers' own version, so it seemed very good to him.

After being included on the "Today" Album, this song was included on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Great Country Songs" and, in remastered format, on "The Country Side of Elvis". The FTD release "6363 Sunset" has an alternate version; the FTD release of "Today" sports various etc.
Although Elvis would make very good Country versions, this song would also not have a special treatment, no variation, but although it is simple, it does not stop having a true charm.
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"T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Jerry Chestnut. Elvis already knew the songs of this author, from whom he had already chosen, for example, "It's Midnight", he liked his songs, so he asked Lamar Fike to ask if he could offer him something for these songs. sessions. Lamar heard the song and thought it suited Elvis like a glove and asked him for a copy so he could listen to it. Elvis saw in this song again a good opportunity to make good music and sing it in his own style, with his particular natural style. That same day that Elvis heard it, they called the author and told him not to let anyone listen to the song because it they had already chosen as their next Single "Tell Jerry, that's a rock and roll standard". That made Jerry feel very good, and he was very proud to be able to offer Elvis a song again. But by now he already had songs recorded by George Jones, Tom Jones and Jerry Lee (Lewis), everyone had made songs about him, but Elvis was always special to everyone. Elvis was born to sing, but it is true that the style Rock gave him more energy and strength to pour all his enthusiasm into the recordings, in addition to singing with a great and magnificent voice that would dominate the score.

Elvis recorded this rocker Jerry Chesnut in the early morning of March 12, 1975. A month later he published as a single with the song "Mr. Songman" as B-side. the Colonel was nil. Sales would reach around 200,000 copies, although it peaked at number 11 on the country chart. It was included in the new album that was going to be published by Elvis Presley entitled "Today". Later included "Platinum: A Life in Music", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "The Country Side of Elvis", etc. This song was one of the few recent recordings that Elvis started and continued to sing during this year. 1975 Live versions were included on "Elvis Aron Presley" and, subsequently, on the FTD releases "Dixieland Rocks" and "Southern Nights". Alternate takes from the 1975 recording session have been included on the FTD releases " 6363 Sunset", in 2005's "Today". The song sung by Jerry Chesnut was released on the FTD release "Writing for the King", etc. This song would be the only one in which Duke Bardwell would maintain his intervention as bass with Elvis, since RCA released it as a Single before that Felton could get to overdubbing. A Rock and Rock recorded with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, his interpretation was impregnated with that timeless magic that Elvis had and especially with Rock. 
After this recording would come an impromptu performance of "Tiger Man", which was not planned and would even be the best of that night, because everyone was free of pressure. Of course Elvis would also join to have fun with the rest of the musicians. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" had a really atypical letter and without a clear meaning, once they asked its author where those crazy rhymes had come from and he would say that he believed that all great music came from the hands of God, because God creates everything, good and bad. Jerry was delighted by Elvis's version, because he knew that he believed in his song and although the Single did not have the expected sales, deep down he knew that if he had published it at the time of "Hound Dog", it would have been an absolute bestseller. In any case, he would sing it on his tour and promote it at the time. This song meant success for its author Jerry Chesnut in 1975. The great Nashville songwriter had actually written it for singer Little David Wilkins, he realized that rhyming with the spelled words he could create some part and make it fit. The song became a rock hit, simply because Elvis Presley recorded it, though without sales, the public liked it, and again two decades later with the country star Travis Tritt. Jerry Donald Chesnut born May 7, 1931, died 2018, was a country music songwriter. His first hit came in 1967 with the song "A Dime at a Time" recorded by Del Reeves. The song "Another Place, Another Time" by Jerry Lee Lewis, nominated for a Grammy Award. Songs like "Good Year for the Roses", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", etc. In 1972, Chesnut was named Billboard's "Songwriter of the Year," and in 1992 he became an inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elvis recorded several of his songs, "It's Midnight," "Love Coming Down ", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", "Never again" and "Woman Without Love"

Elvis Presley ~ T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Studio Take 1) HQ - YouTube

A song that would cheer up the public and that Elvis would take the opportunity to sing at his new concerts.
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"Woman Without Love"

"Woman Without Love" by Jerry Chestnut.
Composed by the same composer Jerry, it would be the next to record. It was a simple, simple score that was very easy to interpret without any vocal risk for Elvis Presley. For this reason he did it in one take. A ballad recorded in a country style, with vocal accompaniment that he could perform masterfully. It is still a song without many aspirations, even if it seems like a waltz country.
Elvis recorded this Jerry Chestnut country song in the early morning hours of March 12, 1975 for inclusion on his "Today" Album. It would later be included on the "Love Songs" LP, on FTD's 2005 "Today", along with the undubbed sision mix etc.

Jerry Chestnut wrote "Woman without love" with very questionable lyrics and certainly not popular with women. He would say "A man without love is only half a man, but a woman is nothing at all." He believed that women are nothing without love and that men can support themselves with work and relationships without weight.
The song was covered by Bob Luman, Brook Benton, Johnny Darrel and T. D. Valentine. But it would not be a success for any of them.
Lamar Fike would show it to Elvis and said that he wanted to sing it for his album.
Jerry first met Elvis when he was in Memphis with Lamar. He told her that Elvis would go to the movies and that he could introduce him there, this would be much earlier than the date of these recordings. The truth is that it was thought that he would be a super famous and spectacular character, but Elvis was so humble and simple that the contrast was very particular. He didn't look superior or excessive, he was a very nice man. Later he went to see him several times at Graceland and sometimes Elvis would stay in his room while he went to the race track with Vernon, his father. Lately he said that Elvis was watching everyone with his closed circuit television. But this would come a long time later.

Jerry would have five songs recorded by Elvis, this was the highlight of his musical career. Elvis gave him a TCB, which he wore around his neck, he gave it to him the last month he lived. Lamar told Elvis, "Jerry wants a TCB necklace. Can we get him one?" And Elvis said, "Yeah, I want him to have one."
Jerry would always wear it around his neck and he was very proud of it.
Of all the songs that Elvis recorded for Jerry Chesnut, this would be the simplest, the rest were more relevant scores.
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"Shake A Hand"

"Shake A Hand" by Joe Morris. An R&B classic recorded by Faye Adams in 1953, which Elvis would record with Gospel touches. It was recorded at dawn on March 12, 1975. It seems that years ago RCA suggested this song to Elvis, but he ignored them. Now he wanted to record it and he did it with a magnificent style and class, his voice was wonderful and he has a certain Elvis touch of yesteryear. Actually going back and choosing songs that were hits was something they had done on many occasions.
The only difference compared to the past is that Elvis was not interested in making an original version and although he sings it wonderfully, the song really does not add anything new to say that he was innovating with his new recordings. The arrangement in the score was more or less predictable.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much creativity, but even so, his version was impeccable, but of course, the point is that he was looking for possible successes and it was difficult for Elvis to have a hit with a song like that. He likes it because it was a hit with his favorite artists LaVern Baker and Jackie Wilson.

Joseph Lee Morris, the composer of this song was born on March 2, 1922, died in 1958. He was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter.
After working with Hampton as a writer, arranger, and trumpeter, he left in 1946 to form his own orchestra, the Joe Morris Orchestra.
Morris subsequently signed with the then-fledgling Boston Records and released the song "Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere" featuring vocals by Laurie Tate. This release went to number one on the US R&B chart. In 1950, and followed with "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me." he has worked with many artists including Ray Charles and Lowell Fulson.
In 1953, Tate left the band and pursued a solo career, and Morris replaced her with her new discovery, Faye Adams. With it came more hits, her own composition "Shake a Hand" and its follow-up, "I'll Be True", also a number one R&B hit, "I Had a Notion" featuring vocals by Al Savage, etc. His career was very short since he died at the age of 36 from a brain hemorrhage.

The song written by Joe Morris was published on the album Today; it had previously been a hit for Elvis favorites LaVern Baker and Jackie Wilson. In later years, "Shake A Hand" was featured in RCA's 1970s anthology "Walk A Mile In My Shoes." Alternatives were released many years later on FTD's "6363 Sunset" and "Today" albums. Elvis briefly included the song in his live set in 1975.

Several songs had already been recorded and Elvis surprised with a proposal for a song, but when he had already convinced Felton Jarvis, he later told him that he was never going to record it. Sometimes it was changeable but it is true that Felton was already used to the unforeseen and tried to satisfy at all times what Elvis proposed.

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"Bringin' It Back"

"Bringin’ It Back " de Greg Gordon .
Elvis grabó este canción que fue un hit country para Brenda Lee, el 12 de marzo de 1975 en la RCA en Hollywood. Su versión era menos relajada, pero con más impacto, más ritmo que la de Brenda Lee. Aunque Elvis se basaba en la versión anterior su visión de la canción tenía más sentido con este tempo que le dió más fuerza, ayudado por la intro del piano y su interpretación sentida de esta canción. Acompañando en el estribillo por el coro de una manera pegadiza.
La canción ya la conocía Elvis porque su grupo "Voice" se la había enviado meses antes como propuesta y les había escuchado cantarla en varias ocasiones.

Su compositor Greg Gordon nacido el 20 de noviembre de 1950, cantante de country, Gospel, curiosamente formó parte del grupo "Imperials" que acompañó como voces de acompañamiento a Elvis antes de Dj Sumner y los Stamps.
Greg tan sólo tenía 19 años pero era una gran voz solista y le fue presentado a Elvis por Terry Blackwood, estaba fuera del estudio B de Nashville cuando Terry y Jo Moscheo le llamaron, estaba muy emocionado por conocer a Elvis. Elvis salió y dijo: "Huelo a Terry Blackwood", realmente le tenía mucho aprecio pro su padre y fue muy entrañable la forma en que lo dijo. Fue un momento muy importante par él. Joe dijo: "Elvis, este es Greg Gordon, nuestro nuevo cantante principal". Elvis le miró y dijo: "Oye, Greg, ¿Cómo estás, hijo?". Greg pensó: "Dios, Elvis acaba de hablarme". confesaría que para él fue increíble y que nunca superó ese sentimiento incluso después de trabajar cientos de veces en sus shows. Aunque trabajó en Los Imperials con Elvis y no era uno de sus más allegados para Greg, fue un período muy importante en su vida. Cuando se terminaban las actuaciones iba a la suite y cantaban con él. Elvis les llamaba de repente para cantar y reconocería en Elvis un gran amante del Gospel, porque nunca se cansó de escucharlo y cantarlo. Greg le pidió una vez una foto firmada por Elvis y lo que le firmó sería "Greg, sé un buen hijo".
Greg dejó de trabajar para los Imperials porque ellos querían hacer muchas cosas por su cuenta y también un disco pop. Esto le desligaría para siempre de Elvis Presley , al menos como cantante. Porque serían reemplazados definitivamente por J.D Sumner & The Stamps.
Elvis le hizo ganar dinero y sería un buen comienzo como compositor, el haber tenido
"Bringin' It Back" fue escrita en 1974 en el sótano de la casa de su hermano en Canadá, cuando tenía 22 años y una chica le había roto el corazón. Escribió la canción después de mirar una tarjeta que decía "Un lugar familiar simplemente lo trae todo de vuelta". Pero al grabarlo Elvis esto cambiaría todo en su vida. Tony Brown que era el pianista de "Voice", el grupo de Elvis y le dijo que la había grabado. Primero pensó que era una broma hasta que por fin se lo creyó.

La canción que le presentaron era agradable y comercial. Tony Brown, que tocaba con Voice, estaba invitado a presenciar la sesión, finalmente terminaría siendo el pianista poque el que estaba contratado no había llegado aún y fue reemplazado por él. Cuando David Briggs le dijo a Elvis que Tony estaba allí le invitaron a tocar y terminaría grabando para él.
Greg Gordon recibió una llamada de las compañías de música de Elvis solicitando la mitad de la propiedad de la canción y afirmando que si no podían llegar a un acuerdo, la canción no se lanzaría. Esa llamada representó la única contribución hecha por las editoriales de Elvis a esta sesión.
Cuando se publicó la versión de Elvis de "Bringin' It Back", Greg el compositor, pensó que era lo mejor que le podía haber pasado como compositor. Era su primera canción y ganó mucho dinero por ella, lo que se llama dinero fácil y de buzón de correo. Todavía le agradecería a Elvis por esto, porque le llegaba dinero sin hacer nada y se consideraba afortunado por ello. Pero evidentemente el componer para otros artistas no le dio tanto dinero y la vida era más complicada , la suerte hubiera sido que Elvis grabara más canciones suyas.

"Bringin' It Back" se convirtió en el sencillo que sacaron del álbum "Today" en 1975. Llegó al top 15 y Greg obtuvo un premio BMI por ser una de las canciones más interpretadas del año. Le gustó mucho la versión de Elvis, porque era tal y como la habría interpretado él mismo.
Se publicó como Single el 20 de Septiembre de 1975 con la canción "Pieces of My life", tan sólo alcanzó el número 65 en el Billboard. Sin embargo la "Pieces.. alcanzó el puesto 33 en el mismo. Tan sólo vendería unas 60,000 copias.
Se incluyó en el Álbum "Today", posteriormente en "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", con alternativas en los lanzamientos de FTD "6363 Sunset" y "Today".
Existe una rara versión en vivo de 1974, en la que Elvis canta el bajo mientras el grupo de acompañamiento Voice se lleva la canción, salió en el lanzamiento pirata "Desert Storm".
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Escucha los programas de estas sesiones:
De Tupelo a Memphis 88. Sesiones Marzo 1975 . Primera parte
De Tupelo a Memphis 89. Sesiones Marzo 1975. Segunda parte

"Bringin’ It Back" Sessions March 1975
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"Bringin' It Back" by Greg Gordon.
Elvis recorded this country hit song for Brenda Lee on March 12, 1975 at RCA in Hollywood. His version was less relaxed, but with more impact, more rhythm than Brenda Lee's. Although Elvis was based on his earlier version, his take on the song made more sense with this tempo giving it more punch, aided by the piano intro and his heartfelt interpretation of this song. Accompanying in the chorus by the choir in a catchy way.
The song was already known to Elvis because his group "Voice" had sent it to him months before as a proposal and he had heard them sing it on several occasions.

Its composer Greg Gordon born on November 20, 1950, country singer, Gospel, curiously, was part of the group "Imperials" that accompanied Elvis as backing vocals before Dj Sumner and the Stamps.
Greg was only 19 years old but he was a great solo voice and he was introduced to Elvis by Terry Blackwood, he was outside studio B in Nashville when Terry and Jo Moscheo called him, he was very excited to meet Elvis. Elvis came out and said, "I smell Terry Blackwood," he really liked his dad and it was so endearing the way he said it. It was a very important moment for him. Joe said, "Elvis, this is Greg Gordon, our new lead singer." Elvis looked at him and said, "Hey, Greg, how are you, son?" Greg thought, God, Elvis just spoke to me. he would confess that for him it was incredible and that he never got over that feeling even after working hundreds of times on his shows. Although he worked on The Imperials with Elvis and was not one of the closest to him for Greg, it was a very important period in his life. When the performances were over he went to the suite and they sang with him. Elvis suddenly called them to sing and they would recognize in Elvis a great lover of Gospel, because he never got tired of listening to it and singing it. Greg once asked him for a signed photo of Elvis and what he signed would be "Greg, be a good son."
Greg stopped working for the Imperials because they wanted to do a lot of things on their own and also a pop record. This would cut him off from Elvis Presley forever, at least as a singer. Because they would definitely be replaced by J.D Sumner & The Stamps.
Elvis made him money and it would be a good start as a songwriter to have had
"Bringin' It Back" was written in 1974 in the basement of his brother's house in Canada, when he was 22 and had had his heart broken by a girl. He wrote the song after looking at a card that read "A familiar place just brings it all back." But when Elvis recorded it, this would change everything in his life. Tony Brown who was the pianist of "Voice", Elvis' group and told him that he had recorded it. He first thought it was a joke until he finally believed it.

The song they presented to him was nice and commercial. Tony Brown, who played with Voice, was invited to attend the session, he would eventually end up being the pianist because the one who was hired had not arrived yet and was replaced by him. When David Briggs told Elvis that Tony was there they invited him to play and would end up recording for him.
Greg Gordon received a call from Elvis's music companies requesting half ownership of the song and stating that if they could not come to an agreement, the song would not be released. That call represented the only contribution made by Elvis publishers to this session.
When Elvis' version of "Bringin' It Back" was released, Greg the songwriter thought it was the best thing that could have happened to him as a songwriter. It was his first song and he made a lot of money for it, which is called easy and mailbox money. He would still thank Elvis for this, because money came to him without doing anything and he considered himself lucky for it. But obviously composing for other artists didn't give him as much money and life was more complicated, luckily Elvis would have recorded more of his songs.

"Bringin' It Back" became the single from the "Today" album in 1975. It reached the top 15 and Greg earned a BMI award for being one of the most performed songs of the year. He really liked Elvis's version, because it was just how he would have interpreted it himself.
It was published as a Single on September 20, 1975 with the song "Pieces of My life", it only reached number 65 on the Billboard. However, "Pieces... reached number 33 in it. It would only sell about 60,000 copies.
It was included on the "Today" Album, later on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", with alternatives on the FTD releases "6363 Sunset" and "Today".
A rare 1974 live version exists, in which Elvis sings bass while the Voice backing group takes the song, it was released on the Pirate "Desert Storm".
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"Pieces Of My Life"

"Pieces Of My Life" by Troy Seals
It was a melancholic song of these regrets that could get Elvis's attention, even if he no longer felt in this past phase. But he would give her the opportunity to sing it with sincerity and determination. The song reached her and made her feel, possibly in search of the reasons for past actions, since the lyrics make us think and look for those pieces in our past.
A simple song without any vocal risk but wonderfully performed in the voice of Elvis. In a leisurely rhythm and with an enigmatic air.
Elvis Presley would record it at dawn on March 12, 1975, at the RCA studios in Hollywood. The track was first released on the "Today" album and was later featured as the B-side of the "Bringin' it Back" single, in the same year. On September 20, 1975, the song reached number 33 on the Billboard country chart.
It was written by Troy Seals in 1974 and first recorded by Charlie Rich. The truth is that the version of the song by Elvis was not far from the one previously recorded by Rich. Again it would be recorded without any innovation, although with all the Elvis sentiment, it's clear that something more was needed for the song to achieve its goal of becoming an Elvis-only cover. So it was impossible to do something different, it seemed that Elvis had forgotten his interest in creating something different from what was already recorded. Although in the ears of the spectator, his magic was pure and this song is heartfelt and special, but it is certainly missed, in general, that Elvis did not want to change anything in general in the recordings of the songs on the LP.
When Elvis recorded the song he listened to it finished over and over again, it hit him deep because he would listen to it more than thirty times. The great curiosity and anecdote of this score would be that it would be the last song that Elvis would record in an official recording studio, because he would never set foot on them again.
The song was subsequently released on the posthumous albums "Always On My Mind", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", and on the 2006 BMG release "Elvis Country". Also on "Today, Tomorrow And Forever", the 2005 FTD version of "Today", etc.

Troy Harold Seals born November 16, 1938 in Bighill, Kentucky, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His family was made up of musicians.
Although he recorded in the 70's as a singer with Lonnie Mack and Doug Kershaw, making two albums, his artistic life is more tied to composition. Since his music was performed by many artists such as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Nancy Sinatra, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, etc.
Seals has played guitar on numerous sessions for recording stars, and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings, and others. He has had three co-written compositions nominated for the Country Music Association's "Song of the Year" award: "Seven Spanish Angels" in 1985, "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" in 1986 and "If You Ever Have Forever In." He also co-wrote "LA Lady" for New Riders of the Purple Sage, along with Will Jennings and Donald Clint Goodman. "LA Lady" was also recorded by Dobie Gray. His compositions were very successful and he was awarded induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The author of the score, Troy Seals, was lucky that Elvis recorded two of his songs, "Pieces of my life" and There's A Honky Tonk Angel". He said of Elvis that he had the soul of gospel. When he heard him in He said in the early days that he didn't sound like the blues artists of the day, Troy felt like the one among the Nashville songwriters, because he knew that the opportunity to have songs by Elvis was something special and that it didn't happen often and he had two songs He said that Elvis had no tricks in the studio, when he was heard it was reality, his voice, his interpretation, without additions, nothing more.
This song was created in a break when Troy stayed in the studio and played the piano, he thought about his own life, but also about a woman who taught him about life.
Pieces Of My Life (alt. take 1) - YouTube

It was the last track needed to complete the album, and Troy Seals' ballad "Pieces Of My Life" would be the perfect ending to the session.
The session could have continued because there was more material to choose from, but the door was flung open and lead singer Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys forced his way inside. He had been recording a solo album next door and insisted on meeting Elvis.
Elvis was always delighted to have a distraction so he could relax and carry on, but the two stars together found a lot in common to talk about and share the moment for the most part that logically the session would end for everyone.
The sessions for the "Today" album would come to an end, marking the end of a stage in the artistic life of Elvis Presley, leaving the bar very high, since the LP had great songs that remained as proof of his great work.
Stopping recording in the studio officially could be a mistake but time would judge later.
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The consequences of bad marketing
Elvis Presley, "Today".

Elvis Presley had recorded his next release, the "Today" LP, which would be released in May 1975. The March 1975 recordings would be the last Elvis would officially make in a recording studio. He had not recorded since December 1973, when the sessions were held at Stax Studios, it had taken a long time, certainly there was not much desire and RCA was not pressing his contract either, since his obligations with the recordings were compensated that were made in the Concerts.
All of this was somewhat difficult to assimilate, Elvis Presley was supposed to be a stature artist for RCA, very valuable for his entire artistic career and also continued to make money. But nothing was being done right, although the intention of re-publishing his songs was really to innovate his repertoire and seek success in the music market of the moment, Colonel Parker did not force interest in studies and RCA seemed to care more the catalog of old Elvis songs, than the present.
Certainly the "Elvis" product as such was a potential product that was being discarded for no known reason, possibly because it did not fit with the music of the moment, because it had already matured and there was too much competition, no one knows why. The truth is that his new album had good songs, Elvis sang them perfectly and he deserved a good production and what is more important, he deserved all the respect as an artist and a worthy publicity with his image, to be able to publish and find a new place. in the present 1975.
The material was new and also had a great variety to offer, therefore much more could have been achieved. Elvis truly felt that they were not doing a good production by RCA on the mixes and asked Felton Jarvis to re-record all the material later. But this would not be enough, that valuable and necessary publicity was needed.

Elvis was finally disappointed with the result of the production despite the subsequent work and this made him not want to return to a studio, everything has a consequence. He would only record at his home in the future but it would be a shame to think that everything had ended there, in the RCA studios in Hollywood and it would be real in Elvis's mind, he was realizing that he was no longer given the same importance as before and that his voice seemed to have no vote. This evidently in an artist of great sensitivity was very disappointing and his aversion against studies would be moreover the most logical thing he was going to do, even if it seemed crazy to the world on his part.

The publication of the album "Today", only reached number 57 on the Billboard charts and would sell around 400,000 copies, despite the bad publicity, the non-commercialization of it. This LP wasn't Elvis's best, but it had some good material that could have been successful.
The publicity was lousy, the edition of it and the cover photo was from a concert... the poor performance of those who managed his career was clear.
The RCA with Colonel Tom Parker seemed to have some kind of plot against Elvis's professional future, but it was not like that. RCA had other business interests with other artists and already had his Elvis catalog for which he would earn a lot of money over time. The Colonel already had his portfolio of Concerts that he knew was safe money and the exploitation of them was the way to go.

But what did Elvis have? Elvis certainly had his audience, his beloved music, but what about his image as a musician, his professional success? This was not clear to him, firstly because of the bad press and secondly because of what was previously described. Really, his personal satisfaction was when he sang during concerts, but all his desires as an artist, his vision of music, his innovation, his search... he seemed to have lost it in that wheel of commitments in which he had immersed himself because of the concerts. Nor was he offered good material or not special enough to get that impulse, that challenge and desire to conquer the world from him again.
For this reason, Elvis could possibly be low on morale or not see an open door to follow, we know that this was so important to him, because music was what guided his path. Since he couldn't find good material to choose from, what happened is that he clung to the already known material that had at least motivated him and was still liked by the public.
Elvis was guided by the result in his performances and this was the most important thing for him.
Despite everything, Elvis already had his path forged by legend and would continue to have a wonderful voice, his audience always knew how to appreciate it.
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The Concerts from April to May 1975. Tour 13

The new Tour 13, was scheduled to take place from April 24 to May 7, 1975. 18 Concerts would be held on this tour in the cities of Macon, Jacksonville, Tampa, Lakeland, Murfreesboro, Atlanta, Monroe, Lake Charles and Jackson. .
Elvis still did not lose weight, on the contrary, on days off he gained weight and for this reason the press would continue to annoy and exaggerate his headlines because of his overweight. The type of costumes he was wearing on stage were two-pieces like he had done in Las Vegas, but it really wasn't very flattering and it didn't help them say anything else, but in any case, it probably wouldn't have mattered because they had a special determination to want to hurt him for no reason.
Elvis was highly influenced by journalists and what was said about him was really annoying to him, but the worst thing is that this lowered his morale. In any case, he would take the courage enough, not to let himself be affected on stage and sing the best he knew how.

Elvis really shouldn't have worried about what was said about him, because his fans outweighed everything in his favor. Despite the press, the concerts sold out quickly and additional ones had to be added because there was too much demand. The world really wanted to see Elvis perform no matter what, and they also didn't understand the efforts of journalists to annoy him.
In Atlanta he gave 3 Shows, with more than 50,000 people, in Murfreesboro he had to do 2 more concerts that were added to the end of the tour. The same would happen in Tampa, Monroe and Lake Charles, they had to add concerts at another time. In Lakeland three more concerts were added because there was much more demand.
There were fans who were willing to pay up to $100 per ticket, they even proposed to change their television or something else, the question was how to get a ticket for their concert.
Maneuvers were also carried out to get to know Elvis, there were tricks and obviously his security guard, the Mafia, already knew these types of tricks well enough to deceive them. For example, in the town of Jacksonville, a man wanted to see Elvis and carried a baby in his arms to get past security and try to get to his Suite. It was clear that anything was worth it to get to him.
As a curiosity in Jacksonville they did a radio contest where questions were asked and whoever answered correctly would be given a ticket to the concert that Elvis was going to perform. They wanted to deliver up to 10 pairs of tickets, but the telephone system collapsed and they could not continue. The Radio then announced that the first person to go to the radio station with blue suede shoes, leather jacket or if he brought a hunting dog... would win the concert tickets.

As for the performances, Elvis continued to speak and once again demonstrated his value as an artist, fortunately there are recordings where we can listen to his performances.
His singing was vigorous and as usual his delivery on stage was as expected. Elvis took care of his fans in a special way and distributed even more scarves than usual, because the demand was increasing. Even greetings from him and kisses from him to the fans made him bend over so much that he could fall if he hadn't taken care. There were fans of all ages, also children who could barely catch up with him if he didn't get close to him.
Again the flashes, the screams, the barely slight movements of him make the public go crazy and the usual music that elevates the myth even more.
"Following the King's Path..."

The return of Jerry Sheff

As for the musicians that accompanied Elvis Presley, the only novelty that occurred on this tour would be the return of Jerry Scheff to the group. It had been almost two years since he left performing with Elvis to pursue another musical path, but the resignation of Bass Duke Bardwell would require a quick decision and Jerry decided to return to perform with them. Elvis really wanted to work with him again, since his confidence in him, in his way of interpreting and also practically it was like a family that was reunited after a time apart.
Again the Elvis family was complete..

Benefit Concert, May 5, 1975

During the April to May 1975 tour, Elvis Presley would perform a Benefit Concert on May 5, held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, MS to help victims of a Tornado. The show would be special, since it would be because of the victims in MComb Twister, which was devastated by the Tornado, January 9, 1975. The Colonel had organized it and Elvis, as always, was interested in being able to help, since there were many economic losses apart of the humans.
Colonel Parker made the proposal to Elvis, two days after his birthday, on January 8 he was in very low spirits for his 40th birthday and after the Tornado on the 10th, he suggested that he do the benefit concert. He knew that Elvis would be encouraged by this and he did, although he had to postpone the tour after Las Vegas, for Elvis's health.

A total of $113,674.88 was raised. Through the intervention of Mississippi Governor Bill Waller, the Coliseum was provided free of charge to house the 10,242 fans and hold the performance. They also collaborated through the money that had been raised from the sales of Souvenirs, which was normally done when Elvis performed his show.
Publicity shows and production of the program were also paid for (a total of $35,000). The organization made it possible and before the show a check for $113,674.88 was presented to Governor Waller, who later honored Elvis. He would say that it was a historic occasion and that it had been the biggest benefit in the state.

Later Elvis also met with the Mayor of McComb, John Thompson and other officials, to thank him for the show.
"It was a historic occasion," Waller said. "This is the biggest benefit in the state." Elvis also met backstage with McComb Mayor John Thompson and other state officials.
Although normally this type of charity shows were performed occasionally and isolated from the rest on tours, in this case the need for this urgent help was prioritized and taking advantage of the Tour, so that it could be sold in time.
The Show would be an absolute success for Elvis and a delight for his viewers who cheered him on stage.
Elvis was always a charitable man and this was yet another example of his collaboration with those most in need.
"Following the Path of the King..."

Magic on Stage. elvis presley
TOUR 13 . APRIL MAY 1975

The new type of two-piece suit that Elvis had debuted in Las Vegas would continue to be used on this April-May 1975 tour, the design had nothing to do with Jumpsuits. Possibly this type of suit would be made due to Elvis's physical change, since he did not feel comfortable and by wearing a jacket he could hide the increase in size a bit. But undoubtedly Elvis Presley was still the same man with eternal magic who could wear anything and would look flawless on stage.
For this new tour from April to May 1975, Elvis wore 3 new suits in addition to three of the ones he had already debuted in Las Vegas in March 1975. It was the same type of suit consisting of a sleeveless jumpsuit and jacket, with different patterns, colors but with a much more classic design than what he had worn in previous shows. In any case, this type of design would not be entirely the most appropriate, since it did not look very good on stage, possibly due to the darker colors or the two-piece formula. Inevitably it had to be discarded in subsequent Tours, over time it would return to the formula of the Jumpsuits, which were like Elvis' seal in his show...

"White two piece suit with blue trim"
"Dark blue two piece suit with silver and blue scalloped trim"
"Dark Blue two piece suit with red, white, and gold diamond trim"

"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit and Blue/Gold Ornaments
"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit & Leaf Ornaments"
"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit & Flame"

"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit & Leaf Ornaments

Or also known as "Navy Blue Two-piece with multi colored arrows"

Dark blue two-piece suit with some leaf decorations. Same as above with sleeveless jumpsuit and matching jacket.
With two pleats on the back, but decorated slightly differently due to the embroideries and colours. And because it has four narrow stripes that go under the arms and also on the outside of the pant legs. The colors of the embroidery would be orange, yellow, white and gold.
These embellishments are also embroidered on the upper chest, shoulders and back.
It is also adorned with colored studs, transparent stones and the designs decorated in the round with gold.
The effect of the embroidery looked like leaves, that's where the name would come from.
Elvis only dressed him on two occasions in which he wore a yellow shirt and on the other a white shirt, April 26 in Tampa and April 29, 1975 in Murfreesboro.

"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit and Blue/Gold Ornaments"

Like a two-piece suit, a sleeveless jumpsuit with a dark blue jacket and blue and gold trim. He wore ornaments in a row with three different shades of blue embroidery made with gold lines, they went under the arm and on the legs that were lined in blue. On his shoulders he wore colors at the top with two folds on the back. With decorations in a row in three shades of blue and embroidered with golden lines, on the lower part of the arm and also on the pants lined in blue.
On her shoulders she wore a gold embroidery with drawings in the shape of a fish skin shell. In blue and clear rhinestones, he wears a round toe and gold-tone studded. Elvis dressed him in a blue shirt.

It has various names "Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit & Blue & Gold Ornaments", "Two-Pieces Blue Flying Suit & Blue and Gold", "Dark Blue Two-Piece Sneak Suit" or "Dark
Blue Two-Piece Suit & Light Blue Prehistoric Bird".
Probably used on some occasion, on April 27, 1975 in Lakeland, Florida. Later he would dress him in private, in July, but not on stage.

"Dark Blue Two-Piece Suit & Flame Ornaments"

Or "Navy Blue Two-piece with colorful flames"
Two-piece suit in dark blue, with a sleeveless jumpsuit and a matching jacket. In the Jacket, two folds are arranged at the bottom of the back, one on each side. The embroidered decorations with studs and rhinestones, this time the flame designs embroidered in red, yellow and orange that are arranged under the arms and on the trouser legs, on each side of the gold-lined kicks.
On the back it forms a V, decorated with transparent red and orange rhinestones, with golden studs.
Called "Navy Blue Two-piece with colorful flames". No original belt was made for this costume. Elvis dressed him in a silk shirt in different colors.
It would take between March and May 1975.
It is believed that he used it in Las Vegas in March 1975, but there are no photographs, also in the April Tour of the same year.
In 1976 they designed a jumpsuit inspired by this, the colored flame suit.

Publication 5 MAY 1975

The Album "Today" would be published on May 5, 1975, it would be made in March of the same year. It was the last time that Elvis Presley would set foot in a recording studio to make an LP.
The songs chosen mostly Country songs, some ballads and the Rock song that would be published as a single "T-R-O-U-B-L-E".
Recordings were made at RCA Studio C on Sunset Boulevard.
Some songs that would be good songs and worthy of being published as a single, however Elvis would be very unhappy with the initial mixes that RCA had done and with the completion of the album, so he stopped being interested in the official recordings, to dedicate himself to his concerts.
The album would only reach number 57 on the Billboard charts and sales would reach around 400,000 copies. A pity that the little publicity and the absence of promotion on Radio, TV, etc. meant that this Lp did not have its deserved reward.

Concert recordings. 1975

As at the moment nothing else was going to be recorded for a long time and Elvis had no plans to return to any studio, the idea of recording during the Tour that Elvis did would arise again. It was a good sample of his performances, of how he was vocally and a curious mix of songs.
During the concerts of May, June 1975, recordings of them were made and a list was chosen with the intention of publishing as an LP in early 1976.
The idea would have been good considering that Elvis was adding new, recent songs and was trying to renew the repertoire little by little. But obviously, the selection would have to be adequate for it to be a success and releasing a live album would always give Elvis a boost again.
They would come together to simulate a live concert. These recordings were made from the mixing desk while Elvis was performing live, but there really wasn't much scope for remixing or improving the sound of the original stereo mixes much.
For this reason, the idea of publishing that release live, as a record while Elvis was alive, was discarded. It would be later when they were published in 1980, on the LP "Elvis Aron Presley".
Possibly Elvis would not be aware that he was being recorded, since they made a selection between several concerts and surely so that everything was absolutely natural.

Although music was his way of earning a living, it seemed that his artistic ambitions were fading completely.
There were occasional half-hearted attempts to update the program he was singing on stage. But although he continued to sing magnificently and was in good shape, there seemed to be no real draw.
The songs were a good sample of the type of shows that Elvis did in 1975 and also a good proof of the good performance of him on stage, his voice, his humor, etc.
They were finally included on the "Elvis Aron Presley" Album in 1980, Elvis now deceased.
This would be the list of songs that were recorded in 1975, which are included in the album "Elvis Aron Presley'

OF MAY 6, JUNE 6 AND 9, 1975

various locations

MAY 6, 1975 Athletic Center, Murfreesboro

"See See Rider" Traditional/ arrangement Elvis Presley
"I Got A Woman/ Amen" R. Charles—J. Hairston

JUNE 5, 1975 at Hotheinz Pavilion, Houston

"T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Jerry Chestnut

JUNE 6, 1975 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas

"Love Me" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" by John Rostill
"Love Me Tender" by Vera Matson
"All Shook Up" by Otis Blackwell
"(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel" by K. Mann/ B. Lowe—Otis Blackwell
"Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"The Wonder Of You" by Baker Knight
"Burning Love" by Dennis Linde
"Dialogue/ Introductions/ Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
"Introductions/ Love Live Rock And Roll" by J. Colyer
"How Great Thou Art" by Stuart K. Hine
"Let Me Be There" by John Rostill
"An American Trilogy" by Mickey Newbury

JUNE 7, 1975 Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport

"Funny How Time Slips Away" Willie Nelson
"Little Darlin' Maurice Williams
"Mystery Train/ Tiger Man" S. Phillips/ Jr. Parker— Joe Hill Louis/ Sam Burns
"Can't Help Falling In Love" Peretti, Creatore and Weiss

JUNE 9, 1975 Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson
"Why Me Lord" Kris Kristofferson

His magic continued to be breathed in the musical environment despite not having successes at the time.
"Following the Path of the King..."

Elvis in Concert. May 1975
The other side of the myth

In many moments of our life, it is possible that we find ourselves with people who hide a great depression and their way of being is such that it is difficult to know what is happening inside. Elvis was a cheerful, optimistic man and always smiled before his audience, it was difficult for viewers to know his real face in life or if he was hiding discouragement, pain or any ailment, because he always had a kind face.
His strength was tremendous and his humor always gave him a way of treating everything in a good mood and even though he might be in a bad situation we could never know.
In May 1975, Elvis, like him, would always give a lesson on this strength that he had to control himself and he would lose weight again to be able to give a good image to his fans. In any case, he also did it for himself, because he liked to be fit and show himself that he was still the same man and the true artist. So he would demonstrate again his great quality as an artist and his mastery with his voice. It had been three weeks after the previous tour in which he had been criticized for his appearance and this was still important to him.
The beginning of this tour that he would carry out from May 30 to June 10, would once again give hope in terms of his recovery and good spirits to the entire team that surrounded him at his shows.
But sometimes everything is not as it seems, that restlessness and dissatisfaction that Elvis Presley had inside him was still inside him and it was clear that his habits had not changed, so it was necessary that his doctor, Doctor Nick, was always monitoring so that everything was normal.
Elvis really was in appearance, in top form and for this reason his mood was on the rise on this short 12-day tour.
They would visit the cities of Huntsville, Mobile and Tuscalosa in Alabama, Houston and Dallas in Texas, Shreveport in Louisiana, Jackson in Mississippi and Memphis in Tennessee that ended Tour number 14.
Elvis was vocally in one of his best moments and he would show it in these Concerts.
"Following the Path of the King..."

The new start

Normally between concert tours there were a few days off for Elvis Presley. This new Tour would be fast in 12 days and also even more beneficial than the previous one. He would win $811,000. From that moment on, a new tactic had been planned in these Tours, running in and running out, as was done in the past, in the early days. It was a way to save time and trouble, on the part of their fans who were so enthusiastic that there were enough riots and even injuries for this cause.
Elvis would travel through the following cities Hunstsville, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Houston, Dallas, Shreveport, Jackson and finally in his city Memphis.

At every concert Elvis gave he would announce his new Single "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" to promote it, thus presenting it as his latest recording, but he couldn't really fight the commercial ineffectiveness either. This was not his job, but to put on good concerts and of course he did it.
Elvis was in good shape, physically and mentally, he had lost weight again, so his figure looked slimmer and also because of this, he would dress again in the Jumpsuits that had been designed for him for this tour.

The repertoire would repeat songs in his repertoire that were similar to the previous one, although he was stronger with the Rock songs and even took up songs that he barely liked like "Burning Love", his intention with this was to throw himself back into his show.

The tour would begin from May 30 to June 10, 1975.
Elvis wanted again to give everything for his audience and it begins in an enthusiastic and joyful way.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"The Fans, that Impossible Love"
May June 1975.

Demonstrations of love sometimes bring uncontrolled suffering that does not measure the consequences.
On this new concert tour from May to June 1975, there were several riots when the concerts were held and when he left town, there was a considerable casualty list, caused by the out-of-control crush of fans.
Unfortunately, the excessive joy and lack of control would be very reminiscent of the old days when he drove his fans crazy and had to run away to avoid this type of situation.
But the fans had no measure and were carried away by euphoria, they just wanted to see their idol closer, touch him or take a scarf and operation "Elvis", intended to prevent the public from going overboard, failed.
Injured, five teenagers suffered broken bones and bruises when they tried to jump from a balcony almost, but not quite, overhanging the stage. They obviously failed and landed somewhere else, not the one they wanted since two ended up in the hospital.
Eight other grown women tried to jump through a poor security guard to get to Elvis, but to no avail and the poor guy couldn't escape serious injury. They left him immobilized and almost unable to breathe, it was clear that the man tried to paralyze these ladies but it was impossible.
Another poor guard got his finger bitten off, sustaining a serious injury.
Operation "Elvis" consisted of protecting him at all times from this type of aggression and blocking any attempt to advance by the public. But it was inevitable this kind of out of control, really Elvis always attracted riots.

Although Elvis was obviously not aware of what was happening, since the places where he performed were very large and such a large audience was difficult to contain, whenever he saw something strange or that caught his attention, he took it with a lot of humor.
In these concerts Elvis sang and moved slightly, he did not make exaggerated movements, but anything exalted his fans who wanted more and more.

An example would be in one of the concerts held in Hunstville, where Elvis would begin by singing "C C Rider", slightly swinging his hips, which caused a shrill cry that could rip glass, the audience was carried away. The shouting was such that Elvis stood up and joked with the public saying:
"Well, I'll stay here and do this, if that's all you want me to do," he meant the move, of course. But the public answered him in a unanimous way shouting: "Noooo...", "Okay then" said Elvis and he would start to sing another song.
Elvis would always be carried away by the fans, but he couldn't help but his enthusiasm, his strength and his delivery. It really is very possible that Elvis loved his fans for that fidelity and intensity that they always showed for him.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"The Animation in Concerts"
May 30 to June 10, 1975.

The concerts took place as successfully as possible, many of the journalists praised Elvis in their chronicles.
In Huntsville's National Taler newspaper publications, Dianna Sheran, wrote under the headline "The Streamlined Elvis Still Has The Old Magic":
"Elvis Presley has lost 10 pounds and is back on tour almost as lean and balanced as ever, and he hasn't lost any of the magic that makes women cry.

Despite the riots that occurred at various concerts in the early days, also in the southern area, Elvis fans were regular fans and acted in the same way. There were jubilant cheers in Alabama, also in Texas and when he returned to Louisiana, Mississippi and again that he came to the end of the tour in Memphis.
The performances that Elvis Presley gave at the five Huntwille concerts were full of spirit and heart, his performances would be memorable. Elvis was in good shape and this would show on stage. The atmosphere was in a good mood, laughter that also followed him in his performances in complicity with his musicians and singers.

Elvis would sometimes test them and force the backing vocalists to hold a longer note, for example on the song "Love Me", while he joked to the audience that "All these black 'boys' turn white".
He also joked about the Sweet Inspirations and the new image of him, who had cut their hair short. Of Kathy the soprano said, she turns pink...
On another occasion that he was going to throw a scarf to the public, all arms were raised before Elvis and he said to them:
  "Honey, why do you have all your arms in the air? Do you have to go pee?" When he leans in to kiss a woman, he asks, "Do you want a baby kiss or a decent one?"
  He made fun of the Stamps during his introduction, but began as usual by saying, "I like to introduce the Stamps individually...", but instead: "...but I'm not going to."
Of the Stamps he said:
  "They live at the Hilton Inn (which of course they didn't), where the gang live? At the Holiday Inn. How come you guys don't live where we live? You make too much noise, don't you?"
They were their jokes between laughs that sometimes only they understood, but the public laughed anyway.
It was clear that Elvis was in a good mood and his musicians were used to his jokes and comments. He also said about drummer Ronnie Tutt when he was doing his drum rolls, that Ronnie thought the drummer is his wife...
And with Charlie Hodge, his trust and affection was so great that when Elvis introduced him, he lifted him up into the air and almost threw him into the audience. Charlie as always laughed and everything was in jokes between them.
From the Voice group he joked saying They're great... well... I wouldn't say great. Maybe mediocre..."

In many concerts the emotion was very intense in most of them, especially when he sang "American Trilogy". They say he looked fantastic at all times, especially at the end of this song in which his whole being stood out, at times with half of the jumpsuit open, without the scarf, sweat on his chest and with his hair disheveled. The emotion was very great for everyone and especially for Elvis who lived his show minute by minute. For this reason the public could perceive so much greatness and emotion.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"The Burning of the Artist"
Repertoire in Concert May/June 1975.

As for the Repertoire that Elvis Presley is going to present in these concerts from May 30 to June 10, there really would be little variety. It is true that Elvis tried to include recent songs like his single "T-R.O-U-B-L-E", "Fairytale", but it was not enough. The songs that he had already sung for months like "If You Love Me", "Let Me Be There" or even take up songs that he had not played much like "Burning Love", "Help Me Make lt Through The Night" or "Funny How Time Slips Away", this really wasn't renewing a show, but burning it down bit by bit. It was burning out as an artist and worst of all infecting the rest of the musicians in his band and the choir, since no one can stand doing the same thing over and over again every day.
The songs that had innovated on their return to shows in 1969 and 1970 such as "Can't Help Falling In Love", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "The Wonder of you" or "Bridge Over Tloubled Water", They no longer impacted the public as before. Although of course they were successful and their fans wanted to hear the usual songs that worked like "Heartbreak Hotel", "Love me", "Can't Help Falling In Love", etc and the rock combinations too, it was still not exceptional.
Elvis was a magician of music, his magic consisted of singing and making his music feel to the public and transmitting in his show his vision and feeling that came from within him.
Yes, Elvis was successful, it's true, but the repertoire was consuming him from the inside, even if he himself was responsible for lighting that flame. His songs were fantastic and his performances were fantastic, but this was not the purpose that Elvis alone would have had. He always wanted to grow even more with his songs, live the scores singing, feel that ecstasy over and over again with his music and renew himself by looking for himself on stage. For this reason these shows were not a challenge for him, for this reason, even though he put on wonderful shows, he needed even more, but he could not find it and that is why, even though he did everything possible to give himself to the public, his cross was inside.
He tried to give more verve to his shows, including more rock, also ballads to sensitize and country to cheer up, he tried everything except to cut in the bud with his past hits. He really couldn't do it and nobody wanted him to do it, but surely if he had done it, little by little the new Elvis would have adapted to the present 1975 and he wouldn't drag that growing inner pain that he could feel due to what was previously explained.
Even the change in attitude on stage, which meant not doing his usual and innovative karate movements, was another change that could be affecting him, since the public also expected this in his show, for example the song "Suspicious Minds", since I didn't sing it. In any case, he carried this repertoire, yes or yes, his performances were good and highly applauded by the public, who, after all, was the one who paid for the shows.
Although Elvis would continue looking for himself in his music, because it was what he loved the most and what always made him shudder.
"Following the Path of the King...."

"A curious chronicle of the moment".
June 7, 1975

Comments about Elvis Presley's performance at the Hirs Coliseum in Shreveport.
A journalist narrated what was the experience of him seeing Elvis's performance for the first time and especially the effect he caused on the public.
He was not really a fan of Elvis Presley, but he realized that his admirers were millions of people and also recognized that he was a singer with a magical effect on the audience, wherever he went.
He would describe him by his rocking movements, his heavy eyes and his coal black hair. The shouting was constant and the people were exalted at all times.
Really his intention to see the concert was to watch carefully, listen carefully and above all open his mind with the hope of finding out what Elvis had to make him the main attraction as an artist and his ability to fill and sell all the tickets at every concert. place you visited.
But he would confess that unfortunately he was never able to reach a clear verdict on him and his music, since he was in a bit of a difficult place to attend properly.

When Elvis came out before the public, he saw him looking vigorous, although with a bit of a belly, he said. He was dressed in a dark sequined suit and described the good accompaniment he had with his band of musicians and choir. He would listen to several songs, between 15 to 20, already known and old, the favorites of the public and a little bit of Elvis talk. He said that speaking was not brilliant and that his jokes were a bit stale, but his singing was intense and delivered on all songs.
It seems that for this journalist it was surprising that he had such a tremendous voice at the age of 40 (obviously he was not a journalist who knew anything about the voice, his instrument, since when the cavities of the paranasal sinuses, nose and throat mature, back of the throat are enlarged, therefore there is more room to resonate and this thickens and makes the voice more powerful, more serious).
Elvis had not only matured in terms of his experience in the art of singing, but also his instrument was more trained and therefore more powerful. But for this journalist, being 40 years old was synonymous with being too old to sing, it is not strange that he could not give any clear opinion of the concert.

Unfortunately the journalist was sitting in a place where he couldn't decipher the words neither speaking nor in the songs, he listened to the sound so much that it was painful for the poor thing. The sound he said was very loud and he felt his eardrums burst. Then there were the fans, because their location in relation to the stage was like a necessary step that everyone wanted to skip. He was trampled on, his notebook hit, a little girl stepped on his right shoulder when he was going to the railing... A woman who ran over him three times already tired him out and grabbed his arm and asked abruptly "Excuse me, ma'am Do you want to come in?" and she still spat the word "Yes" in her face as she continued forward. From time to time the guards passed by who he said cleaned the bodies from the railings every few minutes and surely saved him from certain death.
It was clear that it was difficult to see a concert like this, so his chronicle would be more anecdotal than anything else, but in conclusion what he said was that Elvis Presley gave his fans the opportunity to be carried away by his performances. .
What is incredible is that a newspaper would send someone who had no musical culture to offer a concert review. Most of the bad reviews that Elvis would receive at this time would be from subjects who did not talk about his way of singing, but about his physique, from the fans or anything anecdotal.
In one of the first concerts Elvis bent down to kiss a fan and his pants burst from behind, he laughed it off and joked with the audience downplaying it. But the journalists already had something to criticize and call him fat, etc. This hurt Elvis a lot because he couldn't read this type of chronicle about his physique, it was another way of depressing him.
Elvis was constantly exposed to this kind of tabloid and unprofessional press.
"Following the Path of the King..."

"The Magic of the Show"
Jumpsuit TOUR 14
May 30 to June 10, 1975

Typical of Elvis during this time was how quickly he changed both his appearance and his appearance.
cheer up. Just three weeks after the April tour, Colonel Parker booked Elvis for another
route. This time they concentrated on the southern states. Elvis visited cities like Huntsville,
Alabama - Mobile, Alabama - Houston, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis was still quite plump at the waist, but he looked healthier than he had on his last tour.

On this tour from May to June 1975, Elvis lost weight again and it was necessary to create new costumes or adapt the ones he already had. He at least had lost the swelling that he had in much of his body and seemed healthier. Elvis received four Jumpsuits for this tour, three of them were designed based on the same "Turquoise Phoenix Suit" design, which he had worn a year earlier. Gene Doucette was inspired by Native Americans to make one of them.


White Phoenix Suit

It is a dark blue jumpsuit with the same design as the 1974 "Turquouse Phoenix Suit".
With a white bird pattern embroidered on the chest and back, with a thicker thread on the lower part, the tail, also on the outside of the wings and on the outside of the legs and on the belt. The legs lined in white
On the neck, it has the pattern of the bird, with thick thread, decorated with circular shapes and stones of different sizes. He has three dark blue cufflinks on each cuff.
The black leather belt, with the same white embroidered pattern, part of the bird, with zebra stripes. On the belt buckle with the same pattern and a bronze-colored medallion, with a design that resembles a child with lightning in his hand blowing the clouds and adorned with rhinestones. With six arches around.
A second belt was designed for this suit, it was made of white leather with dark blue embroidered zebra drawings. With seven oval gold-colored medallions with flat gold nuggets. Adorned with a bronze chain and a gold chain in six arches.
This Jumpsuit was used for the first time on May 30, 1975, he used it several times with the original belt and two times with the "Black Phonenix Suit" belt.
He also wore it in December 1975 in Las Vegas. Also on the March 1976 tour.

"Indian Chief Suit"

This suit has Native American-inspired patterns on each side of the chest, shoulders and back, and also on the neck.
On the neck it has an embroidered design in the form of a circular dreamcatcher. Also on the back with huge eagle feathers. In the front part, in the opening, it has more feathers. On the outside of the trouser legs there are three embroidered feathers on each side, the kick lined in orange.
The colors of the patterns in light beige, orange, blue, yellow, purple, white and black with decorations of bronze studs in a pyramidal or round shape.

The white leather belt also has a dreamcatcher design on each side of the buckle and on the back. At the center back I wore a square bronze medallion patterned to form the face of an Indian chief with smaller eagle medallions.
On the buckle is a large medallion carved with the figure of "Sitting Bull, chief of the Sioux". Adorned with a bronze chain and a gold chain in six arches.
It had a second belt with the same embroidery, but with an additional one on the back of the belt. With four square medallions and pattern with drawing of an American girl or "Squaw".
The suit had other names such as "Old Indian", "Chief" or "Indian Feather Suit".
It was used for the first time in the May-June 1975 Tour, also in July of the same year. It is also believed in December in Las Vegas.
Also in October 1976 with the second belt and in the rest of the tours until the end of the year, also in Las Vegas. He also used it on the February 1977 tour

"Red Phoenix Suit"

"Red Phoenix Suit" is a white jumpsuit with the same design and pattern as the other "Phoenix" suits, with red embroidery with lined pleats of the same color.
Embellished with red clear rhinestones. The suit with the same pattern with the heads of birds pointing to the other side
Gene Douccette, who was not considered for his talent, since he had been doing designs for a long time, was complaining to the company for which he and Bill Belew work, since he was paid very little.
In this design, as a complaint, he made that pattern of heads pointing to the opposite side, it was a joke directed at the company. He tried to quit on several occasions and resign because he was never considered of his real worth, because he was a great designer. It has two golden chains with six bows
In 1976 another belt similar to the original was made, but with five bronze medallions that depict a king's crown, with two bronze yna chains and the other gold in six arcs.
The suit goes by other names, "Red Bird Suit" and "Red Eagle Suit".
Elvis wore it for the first time on May 31, 1975, also in the year 1976.

Black Phoenix Suit

"Black Phoenix Suit" is a white jumpsuit with the same as the Phoenix suit, but with black embroidery and black lining in the folds of the pants.
With a white leather belt in the same zebra pattern as the other Phoenix belts, with transparent stones. With a buckle it has two silver medallions with a design of a girl standing in a field waving to some boats. On the back it has three more medallions, as well as two silver chains with six bows around the belt.
The suit has other names, "Black Bird Suit" or "Black Eagle.
The first time it was used was on the May to June 1975 Tour, also on the July 1975 Tour.
He used it on December 31, 1975 at a special Eve concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A new belt was made that Elvis debuted at this concert, it had the same design and colors as the original, with seven silver oval medallions of fiery colors around the belt. The medallions with patterns carved with drawings of human beings and trees. With two silver colored chains with six arches around it.
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Tour 15. Elvis Presley
July 8 to 24, 1975

Elvis Presley began a new tour in which he would perform 21 Concerts, from July 8 to 24, 1975. Again a tight Tour through several cities, Oklahoma, Terre Haute, Richfield, Charleston, Niagara Falls, Springfield, New Haven, Richfield, Uniondale, Norfolk, Greensboro and in Asheville. He obviously would always be tired from one place to another, sleeping in a different hotel every night, changing habits, etc. Fortunately this would not influence Elvis's voice, since normally the instrument is the one that suffers the most in these frenetic tours. But if fatigue would affect his mood, since the last days of the performance, Elvis would react badly with his vocal group and there were problems between Elvis and the Choir girls with Kathy Westmoreland. Also some more confusion and error.
Logically everything affected the set of components that carry out a Tour like this.

There were also impressive moments in Elvis Presley's performances, such as when he would play the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" on the piano on July 19 at the Nassau Colliseum, a great performance that shocked the audience. The reviews said, "When he wants to, Mr. Presley can still rock, and he felt like rocking out a refreshing lot of the time Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I."
Although other journalists were contradictory, speaking of Elvis as "Fat or thin, overwhelming or useless, he still inspires and embraces the adoration of his fans with the good-humoured grace of a king. Mr. Presley's fans may not number the whole country." these days: his records are no longer guaranteed to be number one on the charts."

There were opinions for all tastes, but the truth is that Elvis's voice was in an excellent moment, it was his mood that could change from one day to the next. Although initially the concerts started strong and the public always responded positively.
The concerts really sold out all the tickets months in advance and there were people of all ages among their audience, small children, young people, adults and even grandmothers. When Elvis went on stage the ritual was the same endless flashes, lights and shouting and of course the applause that was the payment for his performances. For all this he would initially be happy, but the truth is that Elvis had gained weight since the previous month, he could no longer lose weight easily as on previous occasions, but this did not seem to matter to his audience.
Elvis knelt down and kissed the people who came up to him to see his idol.
It would be exhausting days but as a result Elvis gave everything to the public, although he also demanded an answer and their applause, his delivery. Elvis was very influenced by the criticism of the press and if the public failed him, he would fall to the ground.
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The "Other Elvis", his dark side.

During the performances of July 1975, in the last days of Tour 15, Elvis Presley had many ups and downs and in the last days he did things that would not have any kind of explanation for the public and for many of those who worked with him. It is true that when he did not control his mood he could have an unpleasant attitude, but this would not be the case, but comment in an incorrect and at the same time derogatory way to members of his choir. His jokes were always accepted by everyone, because deep down there was a very good atmosphere and Elvis sometimes had an acid way of joking that everyone knew. But this time he went overboard with Kathy Westmoreland, because when he introduced her he more or less described her as a bitch.
Elvis and Kathy had a very special relationship, he usually introduced her to the public by calling her Minnie Mouse, they had a relationship a long time ago, but Kathy had started dating someone and the day before the performance she refused Elvis's request to sleep with him. Elvis didn't want to be alone, but she told him that she couldn't because he had someone and he was serious, he was angry and hurt.
It is very possible that this is why he introduced her to the public the next day saying: "This is Kathy Westmoreland. She will accept affection from anyone, anywhere, at any time, in fact, from the whole band."
This comment was a jug of water for her and for everyone on stage, nobody expected something like this, the public would not understand very well what was happening, but Kathy was very hurt.

She also made a rude comment about the Sweet Inspirations, she said in a teasing way that she could smell garlic and onions on her breath, because they must have been eating catfish. Estelle Brown was crying and would walk offstage with Sylvia Shenwell along with Kathy, only Myrna Smith was left to perform.
It is likely that Elvis was affected by the effect of the pills that he regularly consumed since he had not stopped doing so and continued without any control.
But it is inexcusable on a stage that attitude in anyone and even less in the star artist of the event, for which everyone was embarrassed.

The next day he made things worse by saying on stage that anyone who didn't like what he said should leave. Although Kathy let him know that she didn't like her attitude and sent him a message telling him to stop, Elvis had taken all this as a bad joke, but being reproached, he finally apologized to the girls. Wanting to make up for his bad performance, he gave them each a ring to apologize, but they didn't want to accept it.
All this was unnecessary and the product of his changes, Elvis was not controlling what he said and he did not know how to ask for forgiveness either. They all witnessed that Elvis's spirits darkened at times. Life on the road was very hard and it took its toll on everyone.
There were many musicians and staff, in addition to the mafia, Elvis, etc., it was hard and they were finishing the Tour.
In addition to this, Elvis would change their schedule to travel by plane on several occasions and one day on tour, he left them hanging at the airport, so they had to go back for them and return.

Despite everything that had happened, everyone forgave Elvis, because deep down they knew that he was not a bad person and that his attitude was the result of circumstances. But Elvis, like him, always wanted to make it up to everyone, with gifts, and this is what he did.
The truth is that he couldn't excuse himself because he really didn't know, he was so used to doing what he wanted that it wasn't necessary for him, it was like that.
But despite being a good man, his bad habits could be perceived in his character, the "Darker Other Side" of him and he would not know how to control it in public.
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The Master on stage.
Repertoire in July 1975.

On this July 15, 1975 Tour, Elvis again chose songs that he had sung recently, there would not be any outstanding songs in his repertoire at the time.
Elvis Presley wouldn't really consider changing the set list, it was just more or less the same. But the truth is that the last days in the city of Asheville, he would try something that would become occasional in the future in his concerts, because he would do it from time to time. Elvis was very upset because in this last city, the public had not risen to applaud him, although they applauded as always and shouted. But the truth is that wherever he went he was already used to the fact that the public was warmer than in Asheville, where he sang for three days. Elvis perceived this colder audience and he didn't like it at all, it was a disappointment for him and he tried to solve this. The first thing he did was exclaim something similar... "I don't know who asked you to stay in your seats... "But I kept seeing the reserved public, although the truth is that there was a great atmosphere in the room.
He then did an improvisation of the song "Shake a Hand", then did a great karate demonstration after singing "T-R-O-U-B-L-E". But everything remained the same for him. Another unusual thing was giving J.D Sumner a ring valued at $40,000 on stage, even though this had nothing to do with what he sang, but the audience applauded just the same.
The second day Elvis had a box put up in the lobby of the Civic Center, so the audience could choose songs, hence the last two days resulted in a repertoire change even though there were no major changes. For example, they asked him for "Something", "Return to Sender", "Wooden Heart"...
For Elvis the reaction of his fans was something so important that he made every effort, he even gave two diamond rings to two people in the audience. This shows the absolute insecurity that he had, which was completely absurd seeing the great demonstration of the public and the total adoration of him.
In any case, it was a variation on the shows that he would repeat in Las Vegas.

We must also highlight the wonderful performance that Elvis did, including a song that he had never sung on stage, "You'll never walk alone", improvising on the piano in a heartbreaking and magnificent way. Just hearing this song was worth seeing the concert and confirmed his absolute potential as an artist.
Elvis on this day must have been especially sensitized to sing this song so special to him, since he never dared to sing it in public.
Audiences were mesmerized by this performance at the Nassau Veteran Coliseum in Uniondale on July 19, 1975.
One of the songs that the public liked to listen to and usually got up with was the song "An American Trilogy" which was an absolute experience for Elvis on stage. It was one of the highlights that on this tour he received his well-deserved award from his fans.

You miss these kinds of surprise performances or improvisations, but Elvis liked to have everything under control, since he never sang songs that had not been rehearsed before out of his repertoire. When the public asked for them, if it is true that some lyrics could be missed, since some of these scores had not been sung by him for many years. But these occasional requests were not the usual thing but the novelty that he had included

Elvis was still a master on stage, despite the years and the public.
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"The Magic of Jumpsuits"
July 1975 Tour 15

July 17 to 24, 1975


"Silver Phoenix Suit"
"Red Phoenix Suit"
"Indian Chief Suit"
Black Phoenix Suit
"Chicken Bone Suit"
"Totem Bone Suit"

Elvis would wear the four Jumpsuits that he had already worn on Tour 14 and to these two new very different and colorful suits were added, The "Totem Eskimo Suit or Gypsy Suit" and the "Chicken Suit".
These were different jumpsuits, but with seeded shirt sleeves that had been made without belts because Gene Doucette's idea was to stylize the image of Elvis.
Actually the main problem that was going to arise from then on was the weight that Elvis had gained, since his body was swollen. It was no longer a question of what he could eat, but of health, since his body no longer responded to any diet.
These new costumes were more complex to the naked eye, with a lot of embellishment and color. Totally different in style and design from what Elvis was used to.


"Chicken Bone Suit"

Suit in dark blue, a jumpsuit with an oval chest opening, with it he wore a turquoise shirt with elastic band sleeves sewn around the wrists. At the end of the sleeves with a gold embroidery.
The inspiration for the patterns is believed to have been from the South American Aztec people. It has a double zigzag ornament with embroidery in the oval opening that was available on the chest, also on the neck and on the shirt sleeves.
Featuring embroidered dreamcatchers and square patterns on the stomach, reaching down to the bottom above the knees. Also with three arranged on the back, in front below the knees and at the end of the trouser leg. Also a triangle made of turquoise fabric with the same patterns with handmade fringes.
With embroidery and very small costume jewellery, in blue, rust red, white, gold and silver. He wears five white bear claws on each side of his chest opening and over the patterns on the rest of the costume.
The original black leather belt, made with an embroidered dreamcatcher pattern. with transparent rhinestones of different colors. With gold-colored oval studs that form patterns. He wears a gold-colored buckle with an embroidered zigzag pattern. At the bottom with a gold chain in six arcs.

Elvis wore this suit on Tour 15, July 1975 and in Season 13 of August of the same year in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel. It is possible that Elvis used it in Las Vegas in December of the same year, but there are no photos. In 1976 he would use it again in the March and April Tours. He was last seen at Lake Tahoe in the 1976 May Season.
He would wear a matching black leather choker, with a white and blue stripe, though he also wore it with the "Chief" outfit.
This suit would have several names: "Black Aztec Suit", Dark Blue Aztec Suit", "Bear Claw Suit", "Tiger Tooth Suit" or "Alpine Suit"

"Eskimo Totem Pole Suit" or Gypsy Suit

A dark blue almost black jumpsuit with white shirt sleeves sewn on. The patterns that adorn the costume are Totem Poles made by Eskimos in Alaska.
They decorate the front part on the stomach in a square, below with a pattern that resembles a chin with a mouth and eyes.
The suit has an opening with patterns of hands and eyes, also at the top of the neck on each side and also at the back.
It has two foot patterns and narrow ribbons on the sleeves of the shirt with the same embroideries that are available on the suit.
On the thigh another pattern with an embroidered stripe around the legs with children and decorated with fantasy jewels. All handmade, embroidered in red, blue, yellow, white and black colors. Also with transparent rhinestones in red, blue, yellow and clear.
Elvis wore a matching choker with this suit, made of black leather with embroidery in colors to match the suit. The choker was also used with the "Chief" costume, even sometimes he took it offstage.
An original black leather belt was made with two hands embroidered in red on each side and four horizontal stripes in white, blue and yellow. Embellished with transparent rhinestones. It has four large medallions with a small square eagle-shaped medallion in red, blue and black -
placed in the middle of two rings that are arranged on each side. It has a silver chain at the bottom and a bronze chain in six arcs.

This costume was first worn on July 14 in Springfield, Massachusetts and further days in July 1975. Also at the August opening show in Las Vegas of the same year. And for the last time in December 1975 in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel.

Agosto 1975

August 1975, Elvis Presley again has to perform in Las Vegas, but his health will be decisive in the coming months in which all his physical problems will be discovered. Until December of the same year, everything will be decisive as to what may happen, Elvis will be medically controlled, but he has to take care of himself and follow medical advice to avoid having major problems.
The two Seasons, one short in August and the next in December as a compromise due to the cancellation of these days and end the year with a concert on December 31. Everyone around Elvis knows that it is necessary for him to follow all medical instructions and stop using drugs to recover physically.
Doctor Nick tells Parker that he needs to cut back on the Concert schedule if he wants Elvis to get back on his feet and continue living. But really, luck is sometimes uncertain, since circumstances could benefit or hinder depending on the person himself. Elvis wanted to be well and followed medical advice, but over time his routine would remain the same.
The Colonel intended to at least compensate the Hilton Hotel in December in order to meet his commitments. But the year 1976 would once again be an active year of concerts, for various reasons, the main one being economic, since Elvis was spending a lot of money and would end the year with other types of unexpected circumstances. He had to make decisions and solve everything that was happening, during Seasons 13 and 14 in Las Vegas...

Emotional instabilityAugust 1975


August 1975, after a few days of rest after the July Tour, Elvis has a few days of rest in which he spent his time squandering money. It is clear that we can all do what we want with our capital, but Elvis spent without any control on jewelry and cars to give away and on his new hobby with airplanes. Elvis hires a second plane so he can go see the first one and gives a $26,000 down payment, two weeks later he cancels the contract. He then buys an Aero Jet Commander for $508,000, but again sells it within two weeks. Then he buys a Lockheed JetStar for a more expensive $900,000.
All of this was still unnecessary spending due to lack of advice.
He was also giving away or "loaning" money to friends like Marty Lacker or Dr. Nick, etc. These were large amounts with no guarantee of repayment.

At least he did make one expenditure for his own benefit advised by Doctor Nick, the construction of a fronton court behind the house at Graceland, so he could play sports.

At this time Elvis relied only on family, because his Mafia friends some were disoriented because they tried to keep Elvis off the pills. Elvis had threatened to throw them out if they got in his business and he was out of control.
But instead of helping they got him in trouble, his half-brother Rick was arrested for drug use and his half-brother David with a skirt affair. Elvis had to stand up for them and for some abuse claims from one of his bodyguards.

Emotionally Elvis was not well either, he was still insecure and needed female companionship at all times. Linda was still his girlfriend but she was moving further and further away and focusing on her career, because she assumed that Elvis could not change. Sheila was out of the question because she lost interest. Elvis kept groping other women but he wasn't really betting on anyone.
It was a complex moment of emotional and professional instability, without any encouragement, which would lead to a serious health problem.
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Publication Single "Bringin' it Back"

The song "Bringin' it Back" was recorded on March 12, 1975, with the song "Pieces of my Life", both were included on the "Today" LP released in May of the same year.
The first song was not commercial enough, although Elvis was singing very well. The second "Pieces of My Life" is a wonderful song that Elvis interprets in the same way.
The single was released on September 24, 1975.
It would be the last time Elvis would officially record in a studio, due to his displeasure with the post-recording production.
The single only reached number 65 on the Billboard charts, selling around 60,000 copies.




Christmas time and New Year's Eve.1975

After his performances at the Las Vegas Hilton, the hotel pays Elvis Presley $263,142.85, leaving $180,000 after expenses and sharing with the Colonel.
Elvis takes Lisa Marie back to Memphis and when Christmas comes Elvis is nervous because on the 24th, he had a dream in which he had gone bankrupt and found himself abandoned by all of his friends. The dream was so real, according to Graceland's contract nurse, Marion Cocke, that Elvis woke up in a rage. He was very angry and what he did was not go down to see all the people who were waiting for him to celebrate Christmas Eve. On Christmas day Elvis gathers all his family and friends on the Lisa Marie plane, to give everyone gifts, jewelry, etc. Everything was ruined because of one of his aunts who got drunk insulting everyone.

On December 30, 1975, Elvis travels to Pontiac, where a concert was to be held on December 31 to celebrate the new year.
Elvis was made several proposals to act outside the US that were always rejected, however the initial decision was made by Colonel Parker. By the time it got to Elvis it had already been said no, for reasons unknown, since there was no real basis for this.
The demand was to work in Europe and Asia, an example would be the proposal of the English concert promoter Jack Solom who offered Colonel Parker 2.5 million dollars for 3 shows in London, to which he would answer a resounding no. Many opportunities to have changed the world of Elvis Presley would really be lost if he had the courage to cross the borders and travel outside his country. This would have been a great challenge for him and surely a solution to his tiredness and boredom.
In addition, both Elvis and the Colonel needed more money, both due to debts and obligations. Elvis wasn't selling nearly any records, but touring performances had brought in a lot of money during the year and the proposition to perform at Silverdome Stadium, Pontiac was very good, it was really a challenge for Elvis.
In addition, he had an urgent need to earn money, for the expenses he had had, purchases, the plane, etc.
Elvis had mortgaged Graceland to receive a loan that he promised to repay in two payments, at the end of 1976 and the end of 1977. Therefore, he had to sacrifice his desire not to work at this time of year and agree to sing in such a cold place. like Pontiac. Although the Concert would be a box office and attendance success, things did not go well for Elvis. The truth is that he was in a bad mood because the conditions in which he had to sing were not the most appropriate. Elvis would never agree to sing in Cold Weather Cities when it was winter season and Pontiac was very cold.

Colonel Parker got the best contract ever for just one show. Elvis and his group of performers would receive a total of $800,000 for one show. Elvis would earn $300,000 for singing around 70 minutes.
When the New Year's show with Elvis was announced, tickets were reserved from Japan, Hawaii, Canada... Buses from all over the country arrived full of tourists to celebrate the new year with the King. The demand was incredible and it could be said that it was a real surprise for the Colonel and Elvis himself, because they did not know very well how the public would respond.
The Silverdome was a huge stadium that could hold up to 80,400 people, but the Colonel wanted to limit the audience to 60,500, possibly because he was not sure of filling the capacity.
The back part, which reached the ceiling, would be free of the public, but to compensate, he would put loose chairs around the stage. It was unimaginable that Elvis would perform in front of such a large crowd, but the concert would be a blockbuster and a financial success. It would break the audience record that The Beatles still had of 55,000 people at Shea Stadium in 1964.
Elvis felt very nervous about this commitment, there were many people to see him and he did not know how they would receive him. Security was well disposed but there was a death threat, of which no one informed him. The reason was not to make him even worse than he was, since he arrived at the stadium in a very bad mood.
A man who wanted to get to the stage during the show, ran across the field and yelled something unintelligible, as they already knew that someone had threatened Elvis, everyone was on high alert and when this guy came to the stage, David Stanley confronted him and hugged him so he couldn't move and give the police time to capture him and take him away.
The person who threatened him was caught by the bodyguards and the police, without Elvis being aware of this. Although he would later be informed by David himself and he was very upset by this, he always wanted to know if something was wrong.similar to know how to deal with it.
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New Years Eve Show" Elvis Presley Concert

Silverdome Stadium, Pontiac, Detroit, Michigan. December 31, 1975. A stadium open to the public since August of the same year, to be the headquarters of the Detroit Lions of the American Football League and went down in history as the first indoor stadium to play matches of the Soccer World Cup .

Elvis was very nervous and really impressed by the dimensions of the stadium, in which a circular stage had been designed at a great distance from the public for his show.
Everything was ready on stage for his performance, a rehearsal had already been held prior to which Elvis unfortunately did not attend. It would have been a success on his part, taking into account the place that was unknown to him and as an artist he was really forced to do it, to test the acoustics, see the layout, etc. As a consequence of this, when Elvis went on stage he would only find himself on the first level platform that provided the stage. His musicians and his orchestra were on the second level of the stage, so Elvis couldn't have a clear view to blend in with his band.
He had arranged a kind of tunnel that linked his dressing room with a spiral staircase that went up to the stage so that the public could not see it. And when Elvis's overture sounded, he began to curse on stage because of this two-level separation. The music kept repeating the overture until he finally calmed down and began to sing.

The audience was a long way away, and even though they were in an indoor arena, it was freezing cold and the sound system was having trouble transmitting the Elvis concert. The musicians of the Orchestra and his band were also frozen so it was difficult for them to play their instruments. Elvis was way above them so it was hard to get a good rapport.
But the thing did not stop there, because once the Show started and after a song, Elvis began to move and perform some of his characteristic karate movements. Elvis was dressed in the Rainfall Suit and when he made these movements he ripped the seam of his pants. Elvis with his usual humor told his audience: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I just ripped the seat out of my pants, can you believe that?" Elvis continued the concert and after singing the song "Polk Salad Annie" he told the audience that he had to leave the stage to change his costume.
J.D. Sumner and the Stamps sang "Sweet Sweet Spirit" as he changed into the V-Neck Suit with the Rainfall belt.
The repertoire that Elvis sang in this concert had no change, nothing new, the recently added "America the Beautiful" that exalted patriotism in the public and the usual ones. It is very possible that Elvis did not want to risk anything new in such a special concert and with such an audience, this again shows the insecurity, but also the prudence that he had with his shows.
Elvis was not at all happy with everything that was happening, his voice was a little tired through the speakers and the poor musicians who wore coats could barely reach the high notes with the wind instruments due to the cold. The instruments were easily out of tune, everything seemed to be against it...

Despite the sound disaster, the audience responded well to his performances, applauding, cheering, and when the climax is reached when the countdown to the end of the year is given, everyone joins Elvis in singing "Auld Lang Syne." . After the first verse, Elvis stops singing as the audience continues, because he only knew the first sentence. He would surely be impressed to hear the 62,000 people singing that typical New Year's song. Everyone standing and happy to close the door of the year 1975, to enter the new 1976.
Elvis ended the concert as was his custom with the song "Can't Help Falling In Love", after a few final words and a New Year's greeting.
The Concert would be a success despite all the difficulties and the reality of the situation, but the public loved Elvis Presley and he would show it again in spades. Because to everyone, Elvis was still the King..."
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Jumpsuits 31 Diciembre 1975. Pontiac

"V Neck Suit"

A white suit with a large V-shaped opening on the chest. Adorned with white shirt sleeves that are sewn with rubber bands around the wrists.
Around the sleeves there is an embroidery of a beige striped zigzag pattern with six small brown stripes. They had shiny tube decorations on the sleeves that were similar to those used on wedding clothes.
It has an ornament of a straight line that goes down to the outside of the legs, a strip embroidered in blue and brown in the beige center, adorned with small circular diamond imitations in green and light blue.
With a white leather belt adorned with three turquoise, brown and beige stripes. With green and blue rhinestones. With a buckle that has the same decoration and a large gold square medallion with five turquoise imitation diamond stones. With no strings on it, it would be the first.

This suit premiered in Las Vegas, December 1975. He also wore it at the Pontiac Concert on December 31, 1975, when he ripped the pants of the "Rainfall" suit. He also wore it in March and April of 1976, in Lake Tahoe in May of the same year. On the May/June 1976 Tour.

"Rainfall Suit"

White jumpsuit with circle-shaped ornament, with transparent blue imitation diamonds. V-shaped pattern on the back, neck and shoulders. Wear these toppers from the chest down the front of the legs and across the bottom. On the sides blue lining.
With three cufflinks. The effect of the costume on stage reflects the colors of the rainbow when hit by light.
With its original belt made of white leather and with the same decorations as the suit. with five square , silver medallions. The belt buckle also has the same type of stones. With two silver medallions in the middle.
The suit has another name "Raindrop Suit".

He was first dressed by Elvis at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in December 1975 . Also in performance on December 31, 1975 in Pontiac, Michigan.
He also wore it on the March 1976 tour, in 1977 he wore it in February 1977..

The love of the fans. Elvis Presley

In many cases we can identify with the people who went to see this special New Year's Eve concert on December 31, 1975. Fans lining up to get into the Silverdome, not caring how long it would take to get to their seats or to finally see his idol. People were in a good mood hoping to get a closer look at him and get his signature or a photograph. Although there was some problem with the Tickets because there were duplicate tickets, no one got angry, as long as the case was resolved. It was the largest audience ever achieved, 62,000 people who would share their love for Elvis Presley and who would applaud every song, every gesture, every word. Always faithful to the greatest artist, despite the fact that he had gained weight, his unexpected mood swings, the bad sound that reigned in the place and above all, being cold, very cold. The fans loved the virtues, forgave the defects and when they had to applaud, they left their hands and the screams were thunderous. Elvis should never have been afraid of not satisfying his audience, his insecurity was unjustified because even with everything against him, the fans loved him faithfully. Only a few complained about the distance to the stage, the sound, but without doing fuss, without bothering anyone. It is true that Elvis always had problems at some point, due to the lack of control and the hysteria that exploded with his presence. Fortunately, there was no problem at this concert, despite the traffic jam before reaching the venue. You always wanted to keep a memory of Elvis and his performances, so fans could buy by lining up at the Elvis item stalls, that the Colonel had set up for the occasion. They paid $3 for programs of 12 images, autographed blue and white scarves that cost $5. What they bought the most would be Elvis buttons or pins at $1. They wore them during the performance on any part of their clothing.

But the most important thing that a fan enjoys was the emotion of seeing and listening to Elvis Presley live, face to face, even if there was a distance. The moments of heat and intensity when enjoying each song, seeing him even more attractive in person than in the photographs, because the man surpassed the myth and his image was even more impressive in person. His voice flooded inside much closer than on vinyl or on the radio, everything remained in the mind and turned the stomach. Despite the changes, the age, the weight, the sweat, the effort... Nothing was lost. He stood between Elvis and his fans, because regardless of the fact that during this period he was bored of doing the same, his love was reciprocal and growing. It didn't matter where they had come from, the money they would have to spend and the distances they would have traveled, because all they wanted was their King! And then at the exit, when Elvis had left the stadium, the smile and the satisfaction of having seen his show and enjoyed the moment, because this day will never be forgotten. Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... the King!
"Following the Path of the King..."