LAS  VEGAS 
                                ELVIS PRESLEY

LAS    VEGAS 




1956     1969/1977

Elvis Presley  Las Vegas



Elvis Presley sería el absoluto Rey en Las Vegas.Desde su regreso a los escenarios en 1969, esta ciudad se convirtió en su lugar de adopción donde actuaría los siguientes años hasta 1977.
El Hotel International fué el lugar donde Elvis comenzó de nuevo su vuelta a la escena después de años de dedicación a las películas. 



Elvis , Las Vegas
1956

Venus Room. Hotel New Frontier


The place of Las Vegas, the city of sin has been linked to Elvis Presley since 1969, as his adopted city. For years his performances would be acclaimed by the public and his name would become mythical attached to this city. But the first time that Elvis Presley performed in Las Vegas was for him a failure that he would not forget for years. Elvis Presley performed in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel, Sala Venus, April 23-May 6, 1956. 2 weeks, 7 days a week and two shows a day, but he sang 4 songs in it. His weekly salary would be $12,500. He sang in the Freddy Martin show. The performance was initially by a large orchestra with Martin and various artists and ended with his performance. The musical style was very different from that of a young Elvis who sang with absolute force and nerve and who was already a successful artist acclaimed by his fans. game... the glamour, the style and the music, the alcohol dominated the atmosphere. The great Big Bands, the shows of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin... swing... were still the general trend and most of the shows followed this type of music. https://youtu.be/ffY5O3CYgoIEra 


a classic place in Regarding the musical culture, still quite conservative, if we compare it to the birth of the new style that was growing throughout the country. And Elvis was a sign of that new generation feared by an older and more conservative one. His performance was not appreciated, his music was not understood, the middle-aged audience was used to another kind of show. Finally, although Elvis' performance was good, his feeling would be disappointing. 
The city was not ready for a young Elvis Presley and he was not ready for that place either. https://youtu.be/UvdGkhGNznQ The reviews were not very pleasant, no it was neither his time nor the place and it would remain as a negative mark on his Path. It is very likely that in another type of venue, his performance would have been different if he had advertised for a different kind of audience, a younger one. But in this Hotel the atmosphere was very different and his performance was never appreciated or enjoyed and would be a thorn in the side of Elvis Presley. On the other hand, the press was cruel to him and the criticism was fierce with his performance. 
The clash between the two generations would give a certain indifference to his performances and this would mark a bad memory for the artist who years later would dominate the place as if it were his own. home. Fortunately while he was in Las Vegas Elvis would receive the news of his success for the song "Heartbreak Hotel". https://youtu.be/_NblZeZlJlY 
It was his first gold record and the beginning of his rise to fame. And the bad taste that this city had left passed with time...


FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS


 "Following the Path of the King..."



Normally at Elvis performances, the audience would go wild, screaming, calling out to him, reaching out to touch him. The noise was so great that they could hardly hear each other well among the musicians and hear Elvis's voice. But fortunately they were successful in each performance they had to perform and nothing unusual happened. But in the Venus Room in Las Vegas Elvis had a very different audience. There was no longer a deafening noise... 

Elvis could be heard perfectly and his accompanists Bill and Scotty could play without having to guess the rhythm of the song they were singing from Elvis's movements. An audience that looked at him strangely and hardly They made some sign of interest. Middle-aged people who remained inert before his performance. Elvis Presley's feeling was of not knowing if they were alive or dead.


Las Vegas became every adult's fantasy land, attracting people from far and wide who wanted to gamble, drink, or enjoy the big shows of the day. The type of show was for great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr... Over time they opened their doors to other types of more modern artists. But in 1969 the artist finally arrived who would become the undisputed King of the City: Elvis Presley. Then his time would come... In a Hotel that was inaugurated in this same year, The International Hotel.

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HOTEL INTERNATIONAL-HILTON     1969 -1976

LAS VEGAS 1969

HOTEL INTERNATIONAL

Las Vegas 1969

Elvis Presley returns to perform before the public after years away from the stage. It is the first Season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. July 31 to August 28, 1969. 57 shows and a total audience of 125,400 people.


"Las Vegas 1969"


Opening Show, 31 de julio de 1969. Hotel InternationaI, Las Vegas.
"Fue la noche más emocionante de mi vida..." según dijo el propio Elvis. Pero en él, no todo era emoción e ilusión. Sus miedos y sus demonios nunca podían apartarse de él...
Tenía tanto miedo, que les dijo a los miembros y amigos de la Memphis Mafia que no fueran a verle en aquella noche de apertura, que, por favor, fueran al día siguiente. El motivo... Elvis pensaba que el día siguiente iba a ser un fracaso, que nadie iba a ir a verlo... Él sabía que en el show de apertura tenía el lleno garantizado, puesto que todos los asistentes eran personajes famosos, gente del mundo del espectáculo, de la prensa... que habían sido invitados expresamente para el evento. Pero al día siguiente es cuando realmente tendría que enfrentarse al "show real" y él se veía a sí mismo allí solo, sin asistencia de público ... Qué equivocado estaba!!!!

Esa noche de apertura, el cómico Sammy Shore sería el encargado de realizar la presentación del show de Elvis.
Sammy Shore fue cómico profesional que, entre los años 1969 y 1972, viajó por los Estados Unidos con Elvis, abriéndole el espectáculo todas las noches.
Sammy Shore decía que esa noche del 31 de julio salió a presentar el show de Elvis después de la introducción de las Sweet Inspiration, cuando, a la salida del escenario para dar la entrada al artista, quedó absolutamente impresionado al ver a Elvis de pie en un lateral, blanco como un fantasma. Sammy vio en su rostro a un Elvis petrificado. Se acercó a él y cogió sus manos para tranquilizarlo... pero sus manos estaban empapadas y frías como el hielo. Sammy intentó tranquilizar a Elvis y le dijo que todo iba a salir bien. Se podía ver en sus ojos la tensión...Y por fin, había llegado el momento esperado durante tantos años, se iba a volver a encontrar con su querido público y consigo mismo!!! . Cuando Sammy Shore terminó su acto, las luces se apagaron. La audiencia quedó callada. La Orquesta de Bobby Morris comenzó a tocar...Y Elvis salió al escenario, para arrancar su actuación, muy nervioso durante las primeras canciones, pero tras estos primeros momentos de inquietud, el nerviosismo de Elvis desapareció y la pantera salvaje que llevaba dentro inundo el escenario. El tiempo de angustia se había convertido en Showtime. Elvis estaba de vuelta a donde pertenecía. Sus preocupaciones, por supuesto, eran innecesarias. Actuó brillantemente y su espectáculo fue algo sin precedentes !!!! ... El resto es historia...

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"Siguiendo el camino de el Rey..."
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First Season Las Vegas

VEGAS ROAD 1969

The return of the myth

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VEGAS ROAD


Elvis Presley had to form a new band to accompany him in his Las Vegas performances from 31 July 1969.
31 July 1969. It was important the group of musicians who would be his musical foot, the vocal accompaniment, etc...
Elvis knew that he would no longer have his friend Scotty Moore, Dj Fontana and the Jordanaires, his colleagues from years before with whom he would have had his musical family again. But because of the engagements they had booked, it was a disappointment for him and this
This prompted him to look for a group of musicians who would in the future give name to his own band, the TCB. It would be a new beginning, he would start and he wanted to start with a young guitarist who already had a name for his work.
already had a certain name for his work, his name was James Burton. James Burton grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and began playing guitar at an early age. at an early age, playing in the Louisiana hayride band house from the age of 14. Elvis had made numerous appearances on the show in the 1950s.
He then joined Dale Hawkins's band, and did co-writing with Hawkins with co-wrote the classic 'Susie Q' with Hawkins in 1957.
 Three years later, he was hired to accompany Ricky Nelson on his TV show for two years. He then dedicated himself as a guitaristworking as a studio musician! James Burton is a self-taught self-taught guitarist. His style, which is characterised by the use of both the plectrum and fingers, is reminiscent of the and fingerstyle, is reminiscent of the steel guitar of country music, of which he is also an accomplished which he is also an accomplished player, along with the dobro. He is the inventor of chicken picking, a technique that stands out for its percussive and tense notes, as a
percussive and tense staccato-like notes. Interestingly, he had already been to play on Elvis Nbc The Comeback Special in 1968, but at the time he was recording with Frank Sinatra. 
Elvis called him at home and the two ended up talking for several hours, as colleagues, at the end of which not only did James Burton agree to accompany Elvis in concert, but also to help form a new band for Elvis. They made their meeting a working proposal, and above all they shared this great challenge with the new Elvis Presley Show. For the new group James would look for new musicians and auditions would be held for rehearsals to be held in July 1969. Elvis explained that he wanted versatility in the musicians, who should also be open to improvisation.
James commented on this search for professionals: "I wanted musicians who could play with the same energy as the musicians.
musicians who could play with the same energy, feel, and soul that Elvis had". From July 1969, James Burton would be the mainstay of his new band. 


FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS
"Following the Path of the King...."


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CAMINO DE LAS VEGAS 


                                                                                                                   

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VEGAS ROAD 1969

To choose a good bass for the Elvis band
Presley in July 1969, James Burton thought of Jerry Scheff, with whom he had already collaborated on sessions, and thought he would be a great signing. Jerry Scheff had been a session musician since the mid-1960s, and had recorded on movie soundtracks for Elvis, even though he hadn't met him personally. And as a musician he wasn't very interested in getting into this kind of project. It was at Burton's insistence that he went, but he wasn't too convinced seeing the auditions that were being held for the show.
Jerry didn't want to join the band, because he was doing black music at the time, jazz, he believed that what Elvis needed was another type of style. He went there on James's advice if only out of curiosity. And there he met a really nice sitting man, the close and friendly image of him, who welcomed him. Elvis whom he finally met in person and whom he considered to be a funny guy. "And then he started singing. He was singing all the stuff that he thought we'd like, blues and stuff like that. And I was absolutely blown away." What Jerry definitely thought was that he had a lot to learn in these sessions with this great professional. He took it as if he was learning in a big school and Jerry was so impressed that after he went he hired insisted that his wife go to a rehearsal to see how Elvis acted. Jerry Scheff, born in Denver, Colorado, began playing bass from the age of 15 in jazz clubs in the Bay area from San Francisco . After serving three years in the United States Navy
He united he settled in Los Angeles where he debuted as a bass player at Sands Night Club. However, there was then a high demand for session musicians there in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and this encouraged Scheff to leave the stage and seek work as a session bass player.
He made his debut in 1966 with the vocal group The Association with his
hit single "Along Comes Mary" . From here the demand for Scheff's services increased considerably. Over the next several years he appeared on recordings with Bobby Sherman, Johnny Mathis, Johnny Rivers, Neil Diamond, Nancy Sinatra, Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Vinton, The Everly Brothers, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1971 he participated as a bassist in the recording of the album L.A. Woman, the last of The Doors before the death of Jim Morrison.
In 1973 Scheff participated in the recording of The Golden Scarab, Ray Manzarek's debut album, and on Bob Dylan's album "Dylan" (1973). And from July 1969, Jerry Scheff joined Elvis Presley's band, with whom he toured from August 1969 to June 1973 and from April 1975 until Elvis' last concert, on June 26, 1977 at Market Square. Indianapolis arena. A great professional who was impressed and fell in love with the professionalism of a great performer, Elvis Presley.
FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS
"Following the path of the King..."

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The choice of the repertoire that was sung was chosen by Elvis in collaboration with Charlie Hodge, his faithful friend forever. A repertoire that included more than fifty songs... All-time classics, hits that made Elvis known, songs of the moment that were hits by other current artists and part of the new repertoire that had been recently recorded at American Sound Studios. The choice It would be more than prudent, and of all those themes they would choose around 20 songs per concert for each day and according to the reaction of the public they would vary to Elvis' liking... Of these themes only 4 or 5 recent ones were chosen, to include the new repertoire... Even the most prudent of the artists would have given priority to the new ones... But Elvis did not want risks and the hits of always covered most of the show... Over time the reduction every day towards fifty percent of hits and new songs it would have been an even greater success for him as an artist. Although his audience didn't seem to care because they just wanted to hear his voice. And curiously his new Lp "From Elvis in Memphis" had come to light. This would be the right time to show the world his new artistic self, his new repertoire. But it was not like that, the insecurity of not knowing if he could fail or not, the customs of so many years and the lack of appropriate advice meant that Elvis did not make the right decision. Really this would be a mistake that over time took its toll on his spirit... Elvis wanted to move forward with his music like other artists. He wanted an absolute change in his artistic projects, to show that he could give a new show with great songs. And the show formula with old hits would have been fifty percent correct with new songs that would pave the way for his new path... But despite the success of these concerts, the formula was never practiced... And when he tried time later the public that was already used to his show did not know how to fit something new... Elvis ensured a return to the public with these shows from 1969, that success that he longed for so much but the future was yet to write what was finally going to happen to pass... 


"Following the path of the King..."

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LAS VEGAS 1969


The choice of the repertoire that was sung was chosen by Elvis in collaboration with Charlie Hodge, his faithful friend forever. A repertoire that included more than fifty songs... All-time classics, hits that made Elvis known, songs of the moment that were hits by other current artists and part of the new repertoire that had been recently recorded at American Sound Studios. The choice It would be more than prudent, and of all those themes they would choose around 20 songs per concert for each day and according to the reaction of the public they would vary to Elvis' liking... Of these themes only 4 or 5 recent ones were chosen, to include the new repertoire... Even the most prudent of the artists would have given priority to the new ones... But Elvis did not want risks and the hits of always covered most of the show... Over time the reduction every day towards fifty percent of hits and new songs it would have been an even greater success for him as an artist. Although his audience didn't seem to care because they just wanted to hear his voice. And curiously his new Lp "From Elvis in Memphis" had come to light. This would be the right time to show the world his new artistic self, his new repertoire. But it was not like that, the insecurity of not knowing if he could fail or not, the customs of so many years and the lack of appropriate advice meant that Elvis did not make the right decision. Really this would be a mistake that over time took its toll on his spirit... Elvis wanted to move forward with his music like other artists. He wanted an absolute change in his artistic projects, to show that he could give a new show with great songs. And the show formula with old hits would have been fifty percent correct with new songs that would pave the way for his new path... But despite the success of these concerts, the formula was never practiced... And when he tried time later the public that was already used to his show did not know how to fit something new... Elvis ensured a return to the public with these shows from 1969, that success that he longed for so much but the future was yet to write what was finally going to happen to pass... 

FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS


"Following the path of the King..."


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In 1969 the need to perform in public for Elvis Presley it had become a dream come true, and something that he had been pursuing for years but unfortunately he had not faced a fight until now. The absurd management of his commercial career by Colonel Parker had made him lose many opportunities in the comfort of making films that could contribute little to Elvis's artistic aspirations as a leading man, and that would bear less fruit to his popularity as a singer due to the inappropriate choice of the scores chosen for them. It was difficult to have successes without being up to date in many technical and musical aspects and without properly choosing the songs that would be interpreted. And staying away from the stage, from TV, made it even more difficult for him to be the artist of the moment... With the sessions at the American Studios he had already faced this commercial and current change that would finally open the doors for him. to the old and new public. What  Elvis had talked to reporters so often on the
last decade was about to become a reality: finally he was ready to be able to perform in concert and in front of a new a udience.
  The chosen place would be Las Vegas at the Hotel International that it would open its doors in July 1969. 

It would not be Elvis's first appearance in the city. Already in the year 1956 April 21, he performed in this city in the "Venus Room" of the New Frontier Hotel. It was a compromise that was somewhat disappointing, although it was not the failure it has often been called. It was a bad decision with the public, which was an audience of disinterested adults, their true audience was not allowed in the room. A strange mistake in the Colonel, because at this time everything is handled successfully... Over time this city, Las Vegas, had become his playground, since Elvis often visited it
for leisure, between filming him, and for personal reasons, to see shows, for his enjoyment and would even become the place of his wedding... But now in 1969 the so-called Sin City was ready for the return of the myth. The city of leisure, games and with time a classic for the most renowned artists of the moment.
Now for Elvis Presley More mature, more prepared, more determined to finally act, his time has come. After NBC's "Elvis" Comeback Special aired, he received many job offers to perform live, but Parker evidently decided it was better to return to live acting rather than embark on an ambitious full-scale tour. since it could be a risk or a failure. With his penchant for landing an impressive deal early on, he took a gamble on a venue that could be iconic to Elvis from the start and secure over time. Obviously, although a good step, it would not be entirely what Elvis wanted, he always confessed that he wanted to do a great tour of Europe and perform in all those cities he longed to know, and over time, the ties would prevent this dream from becoming real. .. Once the contract had been signed with the International Hotel in Las Vegas for the opening show on July 31, 1969, there was still a lot to do to prepare for these concerts, gather an orchestra, top musicians, conduct , choir, repertoire and Elvis the main attraction of the set,... The International Hotel opened its doors in 1969 in Las Vegas, with the return of Elvis to live performances as the main attraction. The Hotel changed its name to the Hilton in 1971 after only two years. Once Elvis took the stage at this new international hotel on July 31, 1969, he redefined what live entertainment meant, as a performer he would achieve a record 57 shows in four weeks. And between 1969 and 1976 he performed more than 600 shows under the Sold banner.

FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS

"Following the path of the King..."

Las Vegas Hotel International
The Magic of Elvis on Stage


The magic of the show is a set of factors that give the artist the key to success. His voice, his interpretation and the scores that he is going to interpret are key to the final result. But logically the musicians, the orchestra, the choir, the technicians, the lights, the scenery and the clothing also have their important place in that perfect ensemble that the performer is going to perform. The clothing used from July 31, 1969 onwards is going to be created by Bill Bellew. The Fashion Designer who had already worked for Elvis in 1968 on the "Elvis" Comeback Special and from then on even his personal wardrobe. Elvis liked his particular wardrobe approach to bringing a new look to his performances and also his ideas to give it his personal touch. The idea of ​​a comfortable and flexible suit that could allow you to move at ease, dance on stage... It was the main reason for Bellew's designs and the idea of ​​including something special for his shows. The first design would be in two pieces and from the second season in one, called jumsuits.
"Black Cossack"

The Black Cossack suit was the first suit Elvis wore to the opening shows on July 31, 1969 at the Las Vegas International Hotel. Also in August. This suit is also called "Black Herringbone Suit" Bill Bellew was inspired by a Cossack uniform and part karate. He wore them in different colors, black, white and navy blue. It was combined with belts in black, red, or silver metal. Black karate type belt, Black-Red type belt and Metal Cocnha belt. Elvis matched the pants that were assorted... Black pants with no kick pleats. Black pants with red kick pleats. Black pants with blue pleats. The suit was combined with neckerchiefs also to give the outfit more eye-catching and color. The black color is evident that it was not the most suitable for the stage. Since the light tarnishes the clothing and loses that elegance that it would have with a normal light. So finally dark colors were ruled out... Black, dark blue... Only in the future and occasionally would he wear some black suit... but it wouldn't be ideal for the show. The white color is the one that will best represent on stage thanks to the play of effect that it gives with the lighting. And over time it will be characteristic of his show. The high necks inspired by the Napoleonic era will also be particular and special in Elvis's wardrobe, on and off stage.



LAS VEGAS   1970

HOTEL INTERNACIONAL

January 1970        SECOND SEASON IN LAS VEGAS


There are few moments in our path that can be full of happiness, of satisfaction, they are moments in which the mood brims with enthusiasm and security is forging our performance step by step and the feeling that the moment is what it is, not the one that we want to have, and for Elvis Presley in January 1970 that moment arrived, in which he could finally reach his audience without complications, without criticism, with acceptance and recognition. with the tranquility of one who knows which door he is going to cross... his time, his place. his throne.


1970. El comienzo de una década diferente.

New musical and political, social airs in these seventies that announce the change of a generation that has wanted to shout to the world its need for freedom from impositions. Everything evolves with a different air and political conflicts with the rise of terrorism and its movements motivate other social directions. The environment has evolved in a complex way and youth have other influences and goals. Art, cinema and music are the product of these changes and new scenarios. The 70's give a new vision and new musical movements, such as punk, pop, disco music, heavy metal, symphonic rock... and big bands that are going to dominate the music scene like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, etc etc. It's the end of an era, the Beatles are breaking up and beginning their influence, and soloists like Elvis Presley are trying to find their own space. Fortunately, the atmosphere was varied and various styles and multiple artists could coexist who had their own style and could continue offering the best of themselves. And of course the image, the fashion of the moment was changing with the times. And Elvis also radically changed his image... His hair, he let it grow, his sideburns and his clothing were updated with the times, but always with his touch and particular vision of fashion... For Elvis Presley this stage was refreshing at the beginning, because it would give him the opportunity to change his musical path. That was his first objective, to put on a good show so that people would escape from their problems. The first purpose of the artist, simply that his music was something special to enjoy without further ado and that the moment was something sublime and different in everyday life. Elvis believed that his mission was this, that the public could enjoy his music and forget about the rest. It is evident that it is like the click of the awakening of another era and Elvis had already passed a strange and difficult stage of bridging towards this state. 1970 was a new opportunity for him to seek his place in the musical world and to be able to offer current music that is different from the previous one. Even without losing his essence, he would seek his own world in the present and also his opening to the stage would be the beginning of a new illusion for him. The film "That's the way it is" showed how an artist present to your audience. How he rehearses with his musicians and the moments leading up to the end of the show. A simple mission, to see the result of a daily work on a stage. From here a legend... Elvis Presley had already taken this step with the presentation of him in 1969 again before the public. But his success was the product of a new show and his music was always the result of his mission, to offer the world his music.

 1970 was his moment. 


"Following the Path of the King..."

                                                  January 1970

The new season of Las Vegas is underway... starting in January of this year. 1970 the beginning of a new decade in the life of Elvis Presley with a new illusion, the hope united to the music, the return to the most basic principles of him renewing the spirit and looking for happiness through the public. The Year of the Tiger! Rehearsals begin on January 10 to see Scene again, before the public at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. But Elvis was no longer the same, from these shows he launches himself to the public with confidence, with claw, with the desire to take on the world and unlike the shows in August of last year, Elvis masters his nerves and is once again the owner From Stage. He was a restless and innovative artist, despite singing several songs in the repertoire of years ago, every day he was looking for something new and above all, finding himself with the difficult task of singing the same songs every day without getting tired. A complicated task for any artist who can get bored if he doesn't control himself psychologically and looks for something new every day in that same song. But in 1970 Elvis Presley can offer the best of himself, and he will include new songs in his repertoire that will become legendary in his career....

"Following the Path of the King..."





2 Season. Las Vegas

Elvis On Stage

The second season of Elvis at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, began on January 26 and ended on February 23, 1970. The Closing Show on February 23 was absolutely spectacular. The midnight concert was longer than usual, going on until 3 a.m. and ending with Elvis on piano, singing Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Blueberry Hill, while comedian Sammy Shore, who was onstage, played the trumpet. Meanwhile, Priscilla waited patiently for him to finish the show, since Elvis lengthened the songs more than usual and some problems with the sound had also arisen. As Elvis used to do in all his concerts, whenever someone he knew was in the audience, he liked to introduce him. In this concert, Elvis introduced Colonel Parker as his manager and told the public that he loved him very much for everything he was doing for him. He also introduced Lamar Fike, as a friend who worked for him. After finishing this show, Colonel Parker received great offers immediately and they would begin to glimpse what they were going to do in these months. Two offers would be observed for 1970, after Elvis returned to Las Vegas for 4 weeks, also Colonel Parker would reach an agreement with Kirk Kerkorian, now to film a documentary at MGM Studios, entitled "That's the way it is", about the concerts that Elvis was going to perform in what would be his third season in Las Vegas. And how they would start in July, after RCA's June recording sessions in Nashville. Prior to this there would be a tour to perform at the Houston Astrodome in late February and early March. Finally, this entire season in Las Vegas ended in a total apotheosis and of course, it would be an absolute success, obtaining excellent reviews from the press in terms of music, interpretation and was very well received due to the novelty of its shows. He would be praised both for his vocal prowess and his showmanship and stage innovation. In February 1970 Elvis was at the top. He was happy with his performances, with his group, with his orchestra, with his songs. On many occasions, Elvis parodied himself and discreetly mocked the censorship of the time and although his humor was always very acidic on stage, he had to be more restrained because Colonel Parker asked him to be more discreet... and this would be the tonic of their shows. Elvis had fulfilled all his expectations and he was very happy. At this time Elvis would already be so impregnated with the air of the public, with his magic, with that effervescence that the artist feels when he goes on stage, that there really was no other competition. His great love was the public and although Priscilla, his wife, was trying to make everything wonderful, she really had no rival. The public was and always would be his other great rival. The competition was impossible, since real life had no comparison with what Elvis felt on stage. He was so happy on stage!. His life was always music and the affection of his beloved audience...

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Elvis On Stage 2


Las Vegas International Hotel. January February 1970
The magic on stage 2.
From this moment Bill Bellew designs one-piece suits known as Jumpsuits.


White Cossack 

Top Jumpsuit 1

white cossack monkey
It was also called White Pearl, Neck Cords Jumpsuit. It was a plain white jumpsuit with cords as a necklace around the neck. A particular design and on the other hand a bit uncomfortable for those who have to move on stage and dance, sweat... but it was very showy, elegant, but discarded for the following seasons...

The matching belt design In light Italian cotton and similar to the material used in skating suits.
First costume on scene January 26, 1970. At the opening of the Second season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. And also at the Final Houston Concerts of February and March 1970.
Curiosities of this suit, regarding the matching Belt, it would be used later with another two-piece suit in 1972.
These jumpsuits or jumpsuits were very attractive on stage. The white adorned with the lights of the show and the slender figure of Elvis, who at this time looks fantastic, give a different touch to the clothing used by other artists of the moment and will impact the public.

Magic on Stage



Las Vegas . International Hotel. January - February 1970
"Blue Brocade Suit"

One of the most photographed suits would be the Blue Brocade Suit or Blue Brocade Suit. He was given other names Blue Snake or Aqua Suit. With a more luscious and spectacular color on stage than black, this light blue jumpsuit with blue and silver print on the lapels with an original white macrame belt. With black boots. The material they use, also Italian cotton. This suit was very flashy and looked great with the stage lighting. The blue color was very attractive... There are somewhat confusing images in the Astrodome concert that could correspond to this suit. Unfortunately, although there are many photographs of the suit, it is not clear that he would later use it again... Of all the suits that Bill Bellew designed in this Second Season, this would be the most photographed in his performances. Although, later, many photographs were taken with which we can recognize other suits that he used in the Third Season. No photographer had been hired for these concerts, Colonel Parker did not give much importance to the specialty and variety of costumes that Elvis will wear these days and, therefore, the rest of the costumes go more unnoticed than this one in particular. It is curious to note that, despite being a very successful season for Elvis, not much media publicity was made. The press spoke justly about his performances, even after the Opening. Perhaps because the mere presence of Elvis Presley in Las Vegas He had already been a reason for absolute full and... he didn't need anything else.



Las Vegas . Third season.

August 26, 1970. 

The designs of destiny.


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Sometimes the artist's life involves risks and unexpected situations that are difficult to assume. The love of his audience can also be dangerous in uncontrolled cases and surprises can cloud the tranquility of a show that is being an absolute success. Despite the people around him and the protection that the artist entails in his case, in a single instant, fear, insecurity, can change people and in the case of Elvis Presley it was his turn to end of August 1970.

Nothing is written, nobody ever knows what can happen to us... and the imagination can play tricks on us, then fear is born that can be a reflection of reality, but take us to extreme situations and take us out of our world and create another parallel that is out of the ordinary.
From then on, Elvis would change the safe world of him and return to a different one looking for tranquility. But the paths sometimes make mistakes and lead us to change our way of being.

There is a lot of information about what happened in these last days of August in which Elvis was afraid and had to face a very unpleasant situation.
On August 26, a security guard at the hotel received a phone call saying that Elvis would be kidnapped later that night.
It's normal that from time to time some moron threatens the artist, it happens from time to time. But the next day, "Colonel" Parker received a similar phone message. Precautions were already being taken but again on August 28, at 6:15 a.m., Joe Esposito's wife received a phone call where the person on the other end of the line claimed that Elvis would be shot during his last show the next day. The person demanded $50,000 for revealing who it was that wanted to kill Elvis.
The sentences seemed less harsh, but the voice had become more flexible and softer, but it seemed all very serious.
Success exposed him to situations that could not be foreseen. A couple of hours later, a menu from Elvis's performance was found in his mail at the hotel, in which Elvis's face had been destroyed and a gun had been drawn and pointed at his heart. On the menu was written: "Guess who and where."
Elvis took the death threats very seriously, logically as did his employees and the FBI, who would invade the room with his agents.
But nothing relieved this fear that could not be controlled.
This whole situation would be unbearable, since nobody knew what could happen, especially Elvis who feared for his life.
Elvis is on stage in the dark, from behind, the light only illuminates his neck from behind, a white spotlight illuminates him as if it were a target... for a murderer the shot would be accurate and without thinking it was the best time to do it. The feeling of horror of someone who listens to the first bars of the song "You've lost that loving feeling" feeling those moments as the last of his life, with his eyes towards the musicians, towards Ronnie Tutt the drummer and thinking that he would run his same fate...

Although the security measures were adequate, and everything could be controlled to the maximum, we never know what can happen, life is a true accumulation of surprises, sometimes good and sometimes not. But the decision can be ours, to choose a good path, take the right one and follow it without hesitation.
During a theater performance anything can happen, the show must always go on, no matter what happens, it is the maxim of the show and Elvis knew it... whether he was sad, tired, whether it was the best moment of his life or the saddest... The show goes on, the artist owes his audience... but there are moments when we don't know how to control what can happen, in an instant, everything can be and we must improvise.
The light goes out and Elvis has to sing the song "You've lost that loving feeling", he turns his back to the audience, in the dark, the music begins, the fear of the unknown, the feeling of helplessness in the face of pain is with him, although he could take it as a joke, his subconscious speaks to him and although with fear, it gives him courage, the music penetrates and absorbs his interior and he lets himself go... nothing happens and the artist who fears for his life, gives his soul and gives it to his audience. It is another test in his life and he still has more to go through... but his dream has come true and success is now on his way and he is not going to let himself be intimidated by anything or anyone. Something has changed in Elvis Presley and he hasn't realized it yet...

The show was completed without any attempt on his life, and the potential killer was never found, nor was the person he called and claimed to know his name. But unfortunately this experience had surpassed Elvis who took the threat, his position as an artist and the attraction very seriously. 
ion and magnet of his public, living up to his stardom and living with it. Everything was one more test that he had to overcome and live up to. But this changed his inner world and peace turned into restlessness, causing him to no longer sleep the same, to have an obsession with protection and to increase his interest in weapons. They didn't kill him, but they hit his greatest weakness, causing him the worst damage.

Jerry Schilling says that Elvis called him in Los Angeles and told him that he needed him in Vegas, that he had sent him a plane and would explain it to him when he got there, he knew from his voice that it was serious. Jerry didn't know anything and when he arrived, he noticed some conflicting emotions in Elvis. He was happy to see him but also angry and annoyed because something had happened and the most curious thing is that Elvis gave him a big hug, which was not usual. He told him about the threat and Jerry felt that Elvis really needed him, it was very important for him to be there with him. Elvis showed him the menu in which his face had been crossed out and there were some doodles that when read backwards said "I'm going to kill you". The FBI told him that everything was real and that they had to take it seriously.
The hotel wanted to cancel the show, but Elvis refused. He called Jerry to trust him with his safety, he wanted him, Red and Sonny West to be with him, as bodyguards. Elvis told him: "Listen Jerry, I don't want anyone to say that they killed Elvis Presley, if something happens to me, forget about me and go find the son of a bitch who attacked me and gouge his eyes out". Elvis wanted Sonny and Jerry to be on stage with him. Jerry behind the piano and Sonny behind the choir of singers. Everyone would have their guns and Elvis would have his little pistol in his boot, and the FBI agents in the audience.
Sonny and Jerry briefly discussed what the best course of action would be if they listened.
one shot: they decided that the first of them who could get to Elvis would quickly knock him to the ground, and the second would keep him on the ground. Backstage was Dr. Thomas, who was Elvis's personal doctor, and an ambulance and a team of paramedics were waiting outside. Everyone was waiting...
The show started on time and all the musicians, the orchestra, the choir, the director, were a little tense, because they knew what was going on. Accepting the presence of Sonny and Jerry, they were like one of the orchestra, but armed. Elvis put on a great performance but his attitude was different, he was moving from side to side watchful and expectant.
At one point when Elvis was under a spotlight, a male shout was heard from a box... "Elvis"...
Jerry touched his gun and was ready to go to Elvis and saw that Sonny also took the same attitude. Down at the front of the stage, Red looked out over the boxes, searching for the voice, ready to reach for his gun. Elvis immediately dropped to the ground on his knee and then turned his body to the side, using a karate defensive strategy, because it was clear that he too wanted to defend himself, and grunted a "Yes?" hearing his voice, he then asked her to sing "Houng Dog". Jerry says that he doesn't think he's ever seen Elvis accept a request so quickly and that he's never heard the song as rushed as it was that night. Finally the night ended and nothing more would happen.
Lamar Fike adds more details about what happened: The threat that had to happen, the guy said that Elvis would be kidnapped that night by two men. Supposedly, Elvis had met them at a party in California before leaving for Las Vegas. The person he called said he was not involved, but he knew it was real because he had been asked to participate in the deal. When the Colonel was called, the man with a southern accent said that he was certain that Elvis would be kidnapped. But the most serious thing was the call that was made to Joannie Esposito, because no one had her personal phone number, she was not on any list, the voice also had a southern accent and she said she wanted to talk to Joe Esposito, that Elvis would be shot on stage on Saturday night. She called later and said that the shooter would wear a silencer, that he was a "crazy" guy, someone Elvis had done wrong a year earlier.
The guy said he'd provide information like the killer's name and license number, but he wanted $50,000 in small bills. They thought that he could be someone related to the paternity suit that Elvis had received, it would be the most logical thing.
It seemed as if it were a guessing game: Upon receiving the hotel menu with Elvis's photo scrawled on it and also with a gun pointed at his head, they saw that
at the bottom it said: "Guess who and where?" And it was written backwards. They gave it to the FBI. They checked it and couldn't find any fingerprints, so they thought they were dealing with a genuine mental patient.
They ordered protection for Priscilla and Lisa Marie, protection in the house and surroundings. the place is
It was full of FBI and security men.
Elvis still remembered the Manson Family murders... and so he called his friend John O'Grady, the cop, and then he started calling everyone, Jerry in Los Angeles and Red in Memphis.
Marty Lacker said that Elvis thought that the moment he sang the song "You've lost that loving feeling" it would be the moment that the murderer gave him the coup de grâce. Elvis told him that when he was there with his back to the microphone, looking at Ronnie the drummer, he was thinking that it was the last thing he was going to see and that Ronnie would follow the same fate...
Billy Smith what he told about this anecdote was the funniest part, Elvis kept saying "I hope they don't shoot me in the face".
Red West commented everything as Jerry, the most impressive thing was that Elvis called him in Memphis because he needed him and hugged him when he arrived in Las Vegas. He never saw him as needy as then and at the same time so determined to defend himself against that threat with his friends. He told him and Sonny that if they tried to kill him, to go after his killer and not let anything else happen. Red was in a corner of the public and Ed Parker in the opposite, was also called for the protection of Elvis. The most important thing was to get out of that situation without anything happening. Elvis realized that he was surrounded by faithful friends who did their best to ensure that there was no doubt that he would be protected, and then came his thanks.
When these tough days were over, Marty Lacker recounted that Elvis was so glad to be off the hook that he went to Sol Schwartz at Schwartz and Ableser's Fine Jewelry in Beverly Hills and had her make a bracelet for all the boys. He said "I'm so happy to be alive that I wanted to do something for everyone"
The possible murderer was never found nor the one he called on the phone, but Elvis was left with the eternal doubt of knowing who among his relatives was the one who really wanted to scare or harm him...
Elvis had gone from fear to tranquility and above all he knew that he could count on everyone around him, but deep inside something very important had changed and it would never be the same...

"Following the Path of the King.. ."

The magic of the stage. 

Season Three in Las Vegas
The wardrobe is very important or, at least, it gives the artist more room, if he is a singer and is only accompanied by the play of lights without further decoration. Bill Belew would once again be in charge of designing the costumes he is going to wear Elvis, during the performances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas In the performances held from August 10 to 13 for the filming of the film, Elvis would wear four suits. The white color of the Jumpsuit with the effect of the play of lights would give the magic and special touch while he interpreted his music.


CONCHO SUIT

CONCHO SUIT. It was another white suit with metal rings embedded in it. It was adorned with a white macramé belt and could sometimes be combined with a golden one. It was used only during the third season in Las Vegas, but until 1971 he would not wear it again.

CHAIN SUIT . Another white jumpsuit adorned on the front, on the chest, with crossed metal chains. The white macramé belt was sometimes combined with a black or dark brown karate belt. And another version of white chain belt, or brown and sometimes red macramé. Elvis used it on several occasions during his shows and changing belts. This jumpsuit usually ended up with loose chains because of Elvis's movement during his performance, or because of the effusiveness with which his fans hugged him.

RED LADDER SUIT

RED LADDER SUIT, red ladder suit The white jumpsuit but with some decorations, red leather trim. The belt he wore was red snakeskin. It was worn during the third season in Las Vegas and is believed to have been worn only once more after the August - September 1970 tour.

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FRINGE SUIT

FRINGE SUIT  White jumpsuit adorned with short fringes. With some beads or small wooden balls and in a different color. The suit was adorned with a white macramé belt. He would wear this suit in August and September 1970 and on tour. And another version of it that included even more fringes, would be worn in November of this year. Sometimes I would combine it with a green belt or a blue macramé belt.

LAS VEGAS   1971

HOTEL INTERNATIONAL - HILTON

LAS VEGAS . 4 Season

Vegas 4 Season. Hilton International Hotel

Elvis flew to Las Vegas on January 24, 1971 and rehearsed for two days. On this occasion death threats would also be received, but in this case Elvis did not show his nervousness. From January 26, the performances would take place until February 23, 1971, 2 performances and without rest per day. The great novelty was the beginning of the show with a triumphal overture that would mark the image of Elvis Presley until the end of his days. It began with the chords of the composition by Richard Strauss "Also sprach Zarathustra", which would give the touch of euphoria and emotion to that great start and tremendous exit of Elvis Presley on stage. Elvis was chosen due to the influence of the movie "2001, A Space Odyssey" in which the opening theme was heard. He wanted to give his show a majestic touch and he got it, remaining forever in the memory of his fans. left across the huge stage to the sound of music. Proud and happy for his recent award. Again sporting Bill Bellew's jumpsuits on stage and the light show supporting his show, Elvis was more cautious and less talkative than during his previous Las Vegas appearances. This time he was happy to be able to sing for his fans, but as the days went by, his enthusiasm would turn to boredom. Although fans came from all over the world and the public that was never tame became even more savage. Elvis thanked the public for going to see his show, told them that despite the country's economy that was going down and they came anyway. The repertoire was more or less the same as on the previous tour and again added the highlight the gospel song "How Great Thou Art". And the great novelty of the end of the show would be to add the song from the musical "Man of La Mancha" released in 1965 and composed by Mitch Leigh; "The Impossible dream". It was the tremendous and well-deserved ending for the artist of the year, of the moment, Elvis Presley who finally felt that everything was already at its climax. He closed his show with a song that for him meant everything he wanted to achieve, through his impossible dream. The reviews were favorable again, the audience was ecstatic with his performances, ending the show standing up and shouting more . Elvis posed with his arms outstretched and finally walked offstage. On February 12, he was suffering from a bout of the flu so severe and with such a high fever that the doctor recommended that he cancel the evening's program, a recommendation that Elvis did not follow. Some of the shows were naturally characterized by the fact that Elvis was not feeling well, because he had not fully healed, and others as well as being bored and uninspired. Elvis began to complain that his shows were too long. . It was evident that talking, singing, dancing without rest and without alternating with themes not performed by him, was already taking its toll on his spirit. The last few shows got shorter. The repertoire that could have been further varied was also another reason he could have avoided. From now on he would begin to change the lyrics of the songs so as not to get bored and sometimes he would joke around trying to pass the time in another way. Despite the good reviews, the end of this fourth season in Las Vegas would not be very good, because Elvis was exhausted. It was contradictory but real, for Elvis it was a golden stage as an artist: in the Netherlands he had been presented with the prize Edison (which is equivalent to the American Grammy), in England he was number 1 as a male singer and as a musical personality, in Cashbox the best individual artist, in the Trade Reviews and Syndicated Columnists Poll he was voted best entertainer and in Tokyo, the movie of the Las Vegas' previous engagement, "That's the way it is," was seen by 7,000 people on the first day. Obviously it was his time and as an artist he should be grateful, but unfortunately the man was bored and his way of life began to cause problems with his habits. His personal life also began to have changes, because his marriage was already suffering from his habits and his disgust "Following the Path of the King ..." FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 57. 4 Season in Las Vegas.https: //go.ivoox.com/rf/57264590
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The myth linked to the legend of the prophet and the sun.















Sometimes the character is remembered for various reasons, in the case of Elvis Presley he always left an image behind him and his voice would be remembered forever. But there are also other factors that are linked to his myth and his legacy. His clothes, his hairstyle, the music that changed the musical culture of the moment and the tune that would accompany him until the end of his days. Since January 26, 1971, at the International-Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, the image of Elvis will forever be associated with the tremendous overture to the symphonic poem, composed by Richard Strauss entitled "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) Op.30. Strauss was a great admirer of the work of the German philosopher Nietzsche, who wrote a book with the same title around the character, the supreme prophet Zarathustra, who symbolized the ideal philosopher, an example between good and evil. Strauss builds his prologue with three notes: do, sol, do. The prologue called "Sunrise" in its composer's notes, represents the sunrise, playing in major and minor mode. This would make for a powerful overture...with huge orchestral effects. The result leaves great emotion and expectation in the public, together with the effects of a stage, the spotlights, the orchestra... and finally the appearance of Elvis Presley on stage, would add even more to the mood of the room, lighting is thrown on stage, it is already known that everything is going to start. 
The crowd knows that Elvis is backstage, and waiting for the signal to go on stage. And the music begins in a crescendo through the speakers, the initial notes of the orchestra, the answering timpani, the orchestral ensemble and finally the drums and drums, which break the initial theme to merge with the initial score that is going to sing. Elvis. 
The atmosphere charged with applause and shouts, all this makes this outing to the public that screams incessantly even more impressive. If we were to give an interpretation to all this, the symbology of the prophet and sun character could be perfectly associated with the figure of Elvis, his spirituality and its grandeur that with time will become mythical. The choice of this score was an occurrence of Elvis himself, possibly because of the 1968 film "2001, a space odyssey" which also used this overture. What was added to his show almost experimentally would become a symbol that will forever be linked at Elvis Presley concerts. 
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FOURTH SEASON IN LAS VEGAS JANUARY-FEBRUARY
1971    JUMPSUITS



THE MAGIC OF THE SHOW
Elvis luciría de nuevo los trajes diseñados por Bill Bellew para estas noches de actuación:
Cisco Kid Suit negro y verde Cisco Kid Suit blanco y negro ,Cisco Kid Suit negro y rojo , Tassel Star Suit, Concho Suit , Knot Suit , Cisco Kid Suit negro , Fringe Suit , White Tie Suit, I Got Lucky Suit y Wing Suit.
Repetiría algún modelo que ya había vestido en anteriores conciertos: Fringe Suit, I got Lucky y Wing.
La intención era de dar más vistosidad a su indumentaria que en anteriores actuaciones, por lo que se va a añadir más adornos a los trajes y el color de los mismos va a variar, añadiendo el color negro y adornos de de diferentes colores, formas , cinturones, pañuelos... La luz en escena hacía el resto, con tonos vivos los hacía elegantes y a la vez muy llamativos. Elvis se podría mover con ellos con agilidad de momento, salvo en algún caso en particular por el diseño del mismo traje.

CONCHO TURQUESA,  also called Now suit. It was a white jumpsuit with large metal rings on the lapels and on both legs. It was combined with a special and original matching Turquoise Concho belt. This suit belt was also worn with the 1972 White Turquoise Concho two-piece suit during the August-September 1972 engagement in Las Vegas. The suit was very striking because of the metal rings. that in Lake Tahoe this same year 1971. Sometimes it was given other names. Now suit or Indian Stone. A photo of Elvis in this suit would appear on the cover of his 1971 album "Now." That's where the nickname "Now Suit" comes from.
KNOT SUIT 
Sometimes called White Tassel Jumpsuit or Mono with white tassels. It was a white jumpsuit adorned with short fringes on the front, lower part of both arms and down the side of both legs. Elvis used it in combination with a white macramé belt and sometimes with a blue macramé belt. This blue macramé belt, Elvis also used with the Lucky Suit in 1972. Elvis wore it in January February 1971 in Las Vegas. It is believed that also later in Lake Tahoe.

TASSEL STAR SUIT It was a star-shaped studded white jumpsuit with a red tassel hanging from the center of the star. Adorned with either a white macramé belt or a blue macramé belt. Elvis wore it in the fourth season of Las Vegas, January February 1971. And it is believed that I used it in Lake Tahoe and the Fifth Season of Las Vegas.

WHITE NAIL SUIT  It was a white jumpsuit with a pyramid shaped nail design. Adorned with a purple macramé belt. Other names: White Checkerboard Suit, White Checkerboard Suit. Elvis wore it in January and February 1971.

I GOT LUCKY or Nail Swirl as previously used by Elvis. It is also known as the Apache Suit. The design of the suit was a swirl on both sides of the suit, a white jumpsuit. It had an original white macramé belt from the suit and sometimes with a red macramé belt. In November 1970 it was used on the tour, but it is believed that it was also used on the previous one in Las Vegas, but no images have appeared.

WING SUIT
White jumpsuit with long fringes, without a belt, it had a cape. This first suit had longer fringes than the second used later in Las Vegas With this suit, Elvis would look like an angel with open wings. But the truth is that it was very uncomfortable to move on stage with him, due to the fringes that hit her face, his body at all times. It was only used twice in November 1970 and in 1971 in Las Vegas 4 season The difference with the first suit was that it had longer fringes, also on the lapel and collar.
FRINGE SUIT
Also worn in Las Vegas at the Season Three 1970 premiere and at a Season Four concert in January February 1971. Fringe Suit was a white jumpsuit with short fringes. The beads of different colors on the fringes are made of wood, combined with a white, green or blue macramé belt. The second version of this suit that she used on the November 1970 tour was finer, but had more fringes than the previous one. .With at least three different belts and scarves of different colors.

CISCO KIT SUIT:
This suit was worn in various colors and also in two-piece suits, but they were never used outside of the Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe tour. Interestingly, Elvis once wore this Cisco Kid jacket as casual wear in 1974.

White Cisco Kid Two-piece with black shoulders. White Cisco Suit with Black Shoulders. It was a white two-piece suit with black leather shoulders. On both sides of the lapels, a star shape made with gold nail decoration. Smaller stars appeared on the back of the arms and along the legs. There was also a larger star on the back of the suit. The Belt that Elvis used was the gold one that had been given to him as a record at the International Hotel. Gold Attendance Belt Cisco Kid variations would be in the same design but change the color :
Black Cisco Kid  Two-piece  in black with light blue shoulders with the Gold Belt, as above.
Violet Cisco Kid Two-piece  in lilac with blue leather shoulders. Likewise with the gold belt..
Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with green shoulders. Black Cisco suit with green leather shoulders, with gold belt.
Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with red shoulders. In Black with red leather shoulders. Same with gold belt.
Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with light blue shoulders. In black with light blue leather shoulders. With the lion's head belt, he would be the only Cisco Kid not to be worn with the Gold belt.
White Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with black leather shoulders. In White with black leather shoulders. The gold belt.

Below images: First row from left to right: Fringe Suit, black and green Cisco Kid, I Got Lucky Suit and Wings Suit. Second row: Cisco Kid black and white, White Nail Suit, Concho Turquesa Suit and Knot Suit..












The artist's training. Las Vegas January 1971











January 1971.
Jerry Schilling would return to work for Elvis Presley again after visiting Washington in December 1970. Despite having a good job in Los Angeles, his friendship and loyalty to Elvis led him back on his way, accepting the proposal that he made to have a good position at his side. Obviously what was promised was not fulfilled as it had been offered, but Jerry would continue to be by his side for years, until the end. He became what we could call his personal trainer, apart from other tasks, but this would be the most important and it would become Elvis's habit to call him at any time of the day or night for this. His performances required physical and vocal effort. Elvis was a true professional who liked to get on stage in the same way that he might get a boxer into the boxing ring. He wanted to be physically fit and with resolute concentration and intensity to be able to face the spectacle of him. Jerry would help him get in sync before the show, the minutes before in the locker room, he wanted to stay strictly focused on the performance he was going to do. When he dressed it would be as if the suit was his equipment for his scene and he had to prepare with it. Elvis found that he couldn't handle himself quickly and comfortably at times in these clothes, so he began wearing karate-inspired jumpsuits, created by Bill Bellew. Jerry helped put him in a state of maximum physical and mental preparation, he and Elvis had their previous training that consisted of an elaborate movement, which consisted of a mixture between a karate exercise and an ancient Indian fight. Moments before he took the stage, he and Elvis would stand, facing each other, arms locked and front legs pressed against each other, and try to pull each other. Slowly applying more and more force until they reached maximum stretch. They increased the intensity, more and more, until it was time to go on stage and finally they heard the introduction to begin. When Elvis Presley finally came out to sing, with the opening music, which impregnated the atmosphere with warmth and strength, he arrived as if he were an athlete prepared to reach his goal. Jerry's experience became such that when Elvis came out onstage it seemed to take him out of the strength and energy that they were both involved in. The adrenaline was such that Jerry also perceived it in himself. Our collaborator Rosa García M., Psychologist, adds the explanation from a professional point of view: From a psychological point of view, what Elvis would be working on with Jerry's help, before to go on stage, it would be what in Psychology is called "activation level" or "arousal". The level of activation is that psychophysiological state that, if the artist masters it in the right measure for him, and is able to go on stage with an optimal level, that will lead to his maximum performance; but if it goes above or below, that will be detrimental to its performance. Jerry did very well with Elvis, because they were able to know at that exact point that Elvis was ready to go on stage, throw himself on the microphone and sing "That's All Right" leaving his entire audience literally swept away, like if a hurricane had passed over them. It is what in colloquial language people call degree of excitement or "nervousness" and varies throughout the show depending on the performance. Obviously the level of activation required to start the show is not the same as that required to sing the final song or another during the show.

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SEASON 5 LAS VEGAS

 HOTEL HILTON AUGUST 9 TO SEPTEMBER 6, 1971

FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 64
5th Season. Las Vegas.

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August 9 to September 6, 1971. The Nonsense of Destiny. 


Elvis back to Las Vegas to what was already his home, the International Hotel now called the Hilton. The "Elvis Summer Festival" again. A challenge for the artist who had just come from two weeks of performances in Lake Tahoe. Some performances with many anecdotes and circumstances that would affect Elvis Presley's performances. Although everything could be in favor, the tranquility, the security, the comfort of a place that was already dominated and controlled as his kingdom... Elvis had made it his domain... there were other things against it that could harm his performances and therefore his image. Elvis had hardly had time to rehearse, only three days before the premiere and, although he had just successfully filled Stateline, the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, it must be taken into account that his responsibility in Las Vegas was very great. His return was as always a success for his faithful and followers who came from all over the world to see him. But his voice would give him problems, again due to a flu and the medications created an allergy that even made him swell face. He had to cut shows short for this reason and the doctor advised him not to make vocal efforts for this reason. The repertoire they had proposed was the same as in previous weeks, there was nothing new and the musicians complained that they were being repetitive. The press that had supported him at all times since his return to the stage, this time he was a little reluctant because some criticized him about the show and his appearance. The audience, wonderful as always, adored their King again and would applaud all his performances with enthusiasm. Elvis also had many changes that were affecting his personal life and that by the end of the year would turn his life upside down. family of him. Program that you can listen to or download for free in the link that we will post tomorrow...


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LAS VEGAS. 5th SEASON

Vegas 1971. 5th SEASON Hilton Hotel.

It was the fifth season made in Las Vegas, at the Hilton Hotel, former International Hotel. The concerts would take place from August 9 to September 6, 1971, the Elvis Summer Festival. In this time Elvis received three death threats and began to wear a four-shot derringer in his boot while he performed on stage. Obviously this was a risk for him, as for the public. Carrying a gun while he was performing might be irresponsible on his part, considering the karate moves he did at his shows. As in previous commitments in Las Vegas, the tickets for the month would be sold out in less than 24 hours. Advertising adorned all the billboards, with banners everywhere and fans came from all over the country and abroad. Most of the performances he did would be correct, in some cases he did shows shorter than usual or agreed, because he caught the flu and was not in a position to sing. He had vocal problems, he couldn't sing songs with high registers and also he couldn't talk much, because the vocal damage was very great if he talked so much, as in previous seasons. The medication he was taking was strong and he was often seen as abstracted on stage and one of the medications he had taken for a throat infection gave him an allergic reaction, so his face would swell. This would cause criticism from some journalists They said that he had gained weight, which was not true. He also complains at some point, but in general, his performance was correct even if he did not risk the same as previous shows. Fans did appreciate some good moments from his performances, for example when he sang "Suspicious Minds", with enthusiasm and a great display of karate that had the women in the audience spellbound, their husbands and boyfriends on their feet and shouting "King!" . It would not matter, because Elvis still had a natural charisma and the public followed him and adored him. The fans remained faithful even though he was sick or had ups and downs. There were many changes in his personal life and this could also affect him. The musicians complained that what they were playing was more or less the same, it was clear that things were about to change. His marriage was collapsing due to his carelessness and his wife told him that she was going to leave him, his lover was pregnant but Elvis's attitude, without knowing, would lead to the decision to abort without even knowing that possibility. Little by little the Path was going to turn in another direction. Life was beginning to take its toll on errors and began to be charged in interest step by step...

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Anecdotes in concerts.
Las Vegas




Vegas 1971. 5th SEASON Hilton Hotel.






There are many anecdotes in concerts normally. When you go out on stage you are always exposed to improvisation, the unforeseen, environmental circumstances, the public, the weather, etc. There are other factors that should always be correct, such as the lighting, the scenery, the props, the accompaniment and direction of the orchestra, with the musicians and of course the interpretation of the artist who dominates the scene. If the artist has a capricious or unpredictable personality as Elvis is defined on many occasions, the rest is exposed to the unforeseen and one would have to stick to what may happen or at least let himself be carried away at his pace. It is true that Elvis had a somewhat capricious temperament, and when he suddenly had an idea or something he wanted to do, it was necessary to do it now! Because he wanted it and there were no other reasons.
One of the most particular anecdotes told by Glen D. Hardin, Elvis's pianist, at these Las Vegas concerts: Once it occurred to him that he needed to give the show more impact by finishing one of his songs. This anecdote took place in Las Vegas and they still remember it as something funny. The idea that Elvis had was to put a great, gigantic Gong in the middle of the stage, in the orchestra, and suddenly it occurred to him that he wanted it for the next day. After the show one night when they were all partying, when they were meeting with Elvis, he enrolled everyone who was there even some who were not there to get the Gong... As the mission was somewhat particular, he even had to call to those who were already in bed sleeping, in order to get a truck to transport the Gong to the hotel. The idea was that after performing "I Just Can't Help Believing", the orchestra's percussionist would have to perform the master stroke on the Gong, to shock the audience. The percussionist was supposed to know how to play the big instrument, but it seems that he was a bit short on intelligence... Elvis explained what he should do: when I get to the end of the song, I will move my hands like this and I want you to hit the Gong as hard as you can"... The guy said he would but during the show, when the climax came, he leaned back so hard that when he hit the gong, the impact was so strong that the gong was knocked off his feet. lecterns behind him. He was supposed to have started it up with some mallets before he hit it... But the guy didn't know that because when he hit the gong, he just spun it around knocking over whatever he could get his hands on. members of the orchestra, in the string section would suffer the consequences... some violins suffered from the blow, it was a disaster. For the rest of the musicians it was very funny, as an anecdote, because what happened on stage became the real thing how of the day and as a memory it would remain for the rest.
Elvis was equally surprised by the incident but of course the show had to go on despite the comedy. On another occasion, Elvis later decided, at Glen's suggestion, to bring a large harp onstage. "I was talking to Elvis one night," laughs Glen. “I said, 'You know Elvis, what we really need here is a big, beautiful harp right up there, more or less center stage. It will look so beautiful.' Elvis liked this, so he called Joe Guercio and told him to arrange a harp for the next night's show. Joe spent hours on the phone because I think harp players were a little hard to find at the time, particularly in Las Vegas." But as always, Elvis got his way and got the expected whether or not it was possible. Elvis Presley, genius and figure...

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" FROM TUPELO TO EMPHIS 64.
5th Season Las Vegas.



The Imperials.
The end of a stage.








On September 6, 1971, it would be the last day that The Imperials sang at the Elvis Presley show. This day would be the closing performance of the Summer Festival, in which Elvis appeared for the first time with a cape, completing another record in their engagement in Las Vegas. The performance was witnessed by 4428 people on this night. His reputation they say would never be surpassed, since the fire department in Las Vegas had put a limit of 2000 people per show, but really Elvis surpassed him every night. It is clear that the risk and security of the room could accommodate more people, but any risk had to be foreseen. During this season many events occurred that were going to change the course of the performances, that of Elvis... and tonight his vocal backing group, The Imperials, would also undergo this change. At the end of the performances they went to see Colonel Tom Parker, the intention was to ask for a salary increase, because they were not happy with his pay. Tom Diskin, his assistant didn't let them come to the office trying to mediate. He went to ask the Colonel, they didn't get in there, Parker's answer was clear. I wouldn't change anything, his salary was what they had received and there was nothing to do. The Imperials argued with Diskin for a few minutes, but nothing changed the decision, so The Imperials decided to stop performing with Elvis Presley. Once again, economic issues caused Colonel Parker to lose Elvis's accompanying group along the way, just as he did with Scotty, Billy, Dj, etc. Again, Elvis did not take part in this, because he did not know anything since The Imperials also alternated performances with Jimmy Dean and this would be the excuse that would be given so as not to upset him. After being his support group, they would turn their course and also Elvis's. The Imperials were born in 1963 and are currently continuing their artistic course. 
Elvis recorded with them for the first time in May 1966 for the album: "How Great Thou Art", until June 1971. With them he would return to the stage in Las Vegas, Hotel International in 1969, until the last performance on September 6, 1971.During this time there would be several members who changed over time, Jake Hess, Terry Blackwood, Roger Wiles, Larry Gatlin, Jim Murray, Armond Morales, Gary McSpadden...Although in the artistic world it is very easy to do and undo, dispensing with people without taking into account their value as artists, or their fidelity... it is sad to think that once again they would look the other way and move on. A change that could also logically affect the show, because there were two months to look for a new group and prepare the new tour that would take place in November 1971. 


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Jumpsuits 5 Season Las Vegas.

The Magic of the Stage. Jumpsuits

Once again the magic of the costumes on stage, the lights, the orchestra, the music and the voice. Together they create the ideal atmosphere to catch the public in a show. For this Elvis wore a special outfit created by designer Bill Belew, new jumpsuits and others that he had previously used.


5 Season in Vegas. August 9 to September 6, 1971:

Concho Turquesa o Turquoise.
It was a white jumpsuit adorned with metal rings on the lapels and on both legs, with turquoise stones. It had an original belt created for this Turquoise Concho suit.
This suit belt was also worn with the 1972 White Turquoise Concho two-piece suit during the August-September 1972 engagement in Las Vegas.
It was used in Las Vegas and its It is said that in Lake Tahoe this same year 1971. He was also known by other names, Indian Stoney Now Suit, this second because of the cover of the album "Now".

Light Blue Cobweb 2pc.
A suit made up of light blue pants to match the light blue sleeveless jacket. The shirt was white, adorned with the golden Belt. Elvis wore it once or twice during this fifth Las Vegas engagement from August-September 1971.
There was also a white version, as well as a jumpsuit version made from the same design: Cobweb Jumpsuit. This suit is sometimes referred to as two-piece with the name of English Lord Suit.

Violet Cisco Kid Two-piece, with mid-blue shoulders o Violet Cisco Kid de dos piezas, con hombros azul medio
Era un Traje de dos piezas lila con hombros de piel azul medio. A ambos lados de las solapas, estaba adornado en forma de estrella realizada con uñas doradas. Con estrellas de menor tamaño en la parte posterior de los brazos y a lo largo de las piernas. También había una estrella más grande en la parte trasera del traje. El cinturón que utilizaba era el dorado.

Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit, with green shoulders o Violet Cisco Kid Two-Piece, Medium Blue Shoulders
It was a Lilac Two-Piece Suit with Medium Blue Fur Shoulders.
On both sides of the lapels, it was adorned in the shape of a star made with golden nails.
With smaller stars on the back of the arms and along the legs.
There was also a larger star on the back of the suit. The belt he used was the gold one.

Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with red shoulders o Black Cisco boy jumpsuit with red shoulders
It was a suit o Black jumpsuit with red leather shoulders. On both sides of the flaps, a star shape made with golden nails. Smaller stars appeared on the back of the arms and along the legs. There was also a larger star on the back of the suit. Adorned with the golden belt


Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with light blue shoulders o Cisco boy's black jumpsuit with light blue shoulders
It was a suit o Black jumpsuit with light blue leather shoulders.
On both sides of the flaps, a star shape made with golden nails. Smaller stars appeared on the back of the arms and along the legs.
There was also a larger star on the back of the suit. New was the lion's head belt ornament.

White Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with black leather shoulders o White jumpsuit with black leather shoulders.
A suit with lapels on both sides, star shape made with golden nails. Smaller stars appeared on the back of the arms and along the legs.
There was also a larger star on the back of the suit. Gold Belt.

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LAS VEGAS







AÑO 1972

6 SEASON 

Hilton Hotel. Las Vegas January 26 to February 23, 1972

The Renewal of the Artist

Las Vegas.  January 1972.  Hilton Hotel. 6 Season. 

The new year begins and the appearance of Elvis in Las Vegas in January 1972 would finally be an opportunity for live recordings to be made of the performances in Las Vegas during the new season at the Hilton Hotel. Felton Jarvis made a series of live recordings with the intention of making another live album. Elvis wanted to present some of the new material that he had been eager to record, songs that might be very different from what is customary in his repertoire. Freddy Bienstock and Hill & Range could not find any songs that were really commercial and this was tiring and frustrating Elvis, who could no longer follow the same musical path. Elvis was still looking to renew himself as an artist, it would always be his great goal, to surprise and arrive with his songs in his show. The connection between them was already very lost and their tastes were not compatible at all, which made that special connection very difficult. that was in the early years. It is true that Elvis had a musical material that little by little was changing and adapting to the new era and the new composers of the moment. But the pity is that he would never count on any of these composers in a personal capacity, he would not find songs composed especially for him, which meant that his repertoire did not offer anything fresh, but versions of other singers who had already been successful with the same songs. . 
Over time, this would be a mistake for a person who was seeking to renew himself musically and longed to offer the best of himself in his songs. Although Elvis was a master performer at this time it might seem that his repertoire offered nothing new. But he really would offer something different, the special, intimate and dedicated version of him in songs that at this moment were giving him another artistic vision. Many of his fans would not recognize the 1972 Elvis Presley who captivated years ago with his movements, his vibrant music and his rocking ballads. But really his audience was also growing with him, counting on new generations and also on other types of viewers who needed more relaxed songs, heartfelt or with vivid plots, which Elvis in particular could be going through in real time due to their separation. Songs like " Until It's Time For You To Go", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "Never Been To Spain" or "It's Over", would be the example in this new personal state of the artist. It is true that the repertoire that he was carrying until now was crying out for renewal, not only because of Elvis, but also because of his musicians, who were tired of playing the same thing and his choral support that could also become stagnant with the same songs. It would be a success to renew himself, but on the other hand it would have been convenient to look for new songs, new composers and make himself even bigger. This would be the novelty in these concerts of the sixth season of Las Vegas. Elvis interprets calm, sense and shows another face to the public closest to him, through these songs. 


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6 Season. Las Vegas 1972


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El Amor y el Orgullo

Los designios del destino

Elvis would meet Priscilla in September 1959, when he was doing his military service in Germany. He was already famous and the way he was sensitive and different from her brought him closer to her. Priscilla Beaulieu was only 14 years old. For Elvis it was a very hard time first because of the death of her mother, very recently, and because her distance from her success made him afraid of losing her place in the artistic world. Cilla was always accommodating, understanding , agreed to everything Elvis wanted. She even changed her image for him, she was still very young and over the years her maturation gave her a clear idea of ​​what she wanted to have in this relationship. Their marriage in 1967, years later, was forced by the influence of her father and Colonel Parker, this was due to the tie that Elvis created himself by taking her home with only 16 years, at a time when this It would have been a scandal for his career, similar to the one Jerry Lee Lewis had when he married a minor. By then Elvis would no longer have wanted to marry her, but he gave his word and had to keep it. Elvis wanted a beautiful woman, quiet, discreet, who did not give anything to talk about, nor did she give her opinion and at first Priscilla was like that, but logically she grew up and over time her personality changed and his too. Elvis was always surrounded by other women and Priscilla never knew how to overcome that situation, so it would become impossible to maintain this marriage over time. When we share a relationship with someone who loves us, they come to accept our defects for our virtues, live together and share our dreams, our experiences... even our demons... All this would be possible to maintain in a couple that there is love, communication, attention and mutual dedication. But this did not exist between Elvis and Priscilla, it was lost in time. She was really isolated from her world, because of the tours, concerts, in her daily life, over time the lack of attention and affection from her made her harder so she changed. The separation would already be inevitable in February 1972. She left him for another, Mike Stone, her monitor and friend of Elvis. He really felt hurt in her pride, it was what hurt him the most and the separation of her daughter from her. Her friends and members of the Mafia knew that this was already impossible to solve. Ricky Stanley would say that Elvis saw his daughter as many or more times than when he was with Priscilla. His life changed very little after the divorce, although what confronted him with Priscilla was his consumption of pills and other habits. The real pain for Elvis would be in his pride, because he felt betrayed and because normally all he wanted was what he wanted. the rest did. It would obviously be a familiar change for him, the feeling of abandonment would soon pass, since he had already asked Joyce Bova to go to Graceland with him. But she would also leave him finally, because she saw him too dependent on the pills and she knew that she could never change him. Fortunately, time would pass and with it the circumstances. Elvis would continue with his customs, he would meet other women and above all things ... with his music, his true and only love 

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Songs with Soul

"An American Trilogy"

For the performances in Las Vegas, Season 6, January February 1972, Elvis was excited to be able to include new songs in this repertoire. Music was always the most important thing, what he really prioritized over everything else. His tastes, his illusion over time would evolve in terms of the type of scores he wanted to interpret. There is a clear difference that has to do with his thoughts, his spirituality and his personal situation. At this time Elvis took refuge in his books, his thoughts and himself. One of these songs would be "An American trilogy". A song that in the future of Elvis Presley would symbolically mark his image in front of the public, the emotion, the passion with which he came to sing this song came very close to every spectator. No one escaped at this exciting moment that pierced the skin, the orchestra, the voice and the strength with which a simple song could unify hearts. It united several symbolisms in such a special way, that it condensed the spirit of the march of the Army of the Union during the Civil War, the African-American spirituals and the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy of the civil war, for which the public used to be moved when same as Elvis. Elvis first sang this three-song medley: "Dixie", "The Battle -Hymn of the Republic" and "All My Trials", arranged by Mickey Newbury, in Las Vegas in January 1972. 
Newbury he was a singer-songwriter born in 1940, his mysterious and unique music, his poetic songs, different, like "live at Montezuma Hall, Heaven Help the child"... but it would not be a very popular music, because this author was not in favor of business of music, since it rebelled against the conventions of the Nashville musical society. In 1971 he published on his album "Frisco Mabel Joy" this song "An American Trilogy" reaching number 26 in 1972, it stayed 7 weeks on the charts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7p82Joum7QWhen he arranged this song with three popular songs, he never thought that so many artists would cover it and he liked seeing Elvis sing it, although the version of the single that was initially made was never released. approached the interpretations that he later made of her before the public. 
The performance was released as a single at Elvis's insistence in April 1972, with the B-side of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". The single struggled to sell 100,000 copies and failed to top number 66 on the charts, significantly lower than the position reached a year earlier when it was released by Newbury himself. Although it was so special to Elvis that he fought to release it as a single, perhaps it was a mistake for the simple reason that Newbury's other version was still very recent in the Tops. Commercially this would be absurd but it is clear that the commercial vision was not very well focused in some publications made throughout his artistic career.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkjgn6bPuWoThe song medley would give a crowd pleaser whenever Elvis sang it live, which he did often from 1972 to 1975. It appears on many live albums and Elvis documentaries. from the seventies and on countless bootlegs. including "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden", "Aloha from Hawaii via satellite", "Elvis recorded live On stage In Memphis" live on stage in Memphis, "Elvis Aron Presley","Walk a mile in my shoes" ,,"Platinum : A life in music", "Artist of the Century", "Burning Love", "The Great Performances", "The live greatest Hits", "Elvis 2nd to None", "History"."Elvis Aron Presley", "This is Elvis", "An Afternoon In the Garden,"The Alternate Aloha", "Live In Las Vegas", "Elvis: close up" and at the FTD, "An American Trilogy", "Summer Festival" , "Closing Night", "Live in LA", "I found My Trill", "Big Boss Man" and "Dixieland Rocks".

Songs to Remember.

"It's Over".

Las Vegas. Hilton Hotel. Sixth Season 1972.
"It's Over", song composed by Jimmie Rodgers. A love song, which Elvis incorporated into his performances in 1971. Starting in Las Vegas in season six, he would perform it again. His relationship with Priscilla was already in its last stage pending separation. "It's Over" is a 1996 song written and originally performed by Jimmie Rodgers. https://youtu.be/XBoggib1-XoSe released as a single in 1966, with "Anita, You're Dreaming" b-side. Jimmie Rodgers tells how he came up with the lyrics by chance, when at a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, he met a girl on the Show. 
She was outside crying and they started talking. She had just broken up with her boyfriend. She asked if she was okay. She said, "No, me and my boyfriend broke up today... 'It's Over', 'It's over'. I went back to my room and wrote 'It's Over'. I never had Elvis in mind to do it when I wrote the song. I didn't even I would imagine that he would record it. The Song would have a great reason to be from now on in his repertoire. Elvis's personal situation encouraged him to sing other types of songs in which he reflects his regret, his feeling... His sense of insecurity before the separation or his loss... 
Songs that reflected a state of mind and that he could interpret with that sincere feeling. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite," though he did it live only a few times after that. Aloha's release is also on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and "Elvis By The Presleys". Other live recordings are on " The Alternate Aloha", "Burning Love", Live In Las Vegas" and on FTD "Summer Festival" and "An America n Trilogy". He also appears in "Elvis On Tour", etc and other pirates.


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Jumpsuits Sixth Season in Las Vegas.
Hilton Hotel. January-February 1972.


Elvis wore several new suits designed as usual by Bill Bellew. But he had so many commitments at the time that he needed help and he found it in a 24-year-old named Gene Doucette. He was working at the time for the Pzazz Design company that Bellew knew of. Gene was an up-and-coming talent in the fields of clothing and design. Belews' assignments from film and television studios in Hollywood and the rest of the US made him available for collaboration. This meant that from 1972, it was clear, another hand on the designs as Gene Doucette had a good introduction to Elvis stage wear, and a good idea of ​​what kind of style Elvis preferred, of course under the supervision of Bill. The Elvis costumes are going to be developed to include more embellishments...the cape etc. Gene Doucette had specialized in embroidery, Gene gained a lot of confidence with Bill Belew and after a few months he was given complete freedom to experiment with stage outfits For this first season of 1972 Las Vegas, Elvis was given new jumpsuits, made on the same design principle as the last five 1971 outfits he wore at the time.


"White Pyramid Suit"

"'White Pyramid Suit with Cape Yellow" was a white suit adorned with gold-colored pyramidal studs. Studs form V-shaped patterns on the outside of the sleeves and pant legs, around the upper body of the suit, and on the back. 

There are also five square gold eyelets on each side of the chest opening and around the high collar, all with yellow lining. It has six yellow cufflinks at the end of the sleeves, three on each side of the cuff. The opening in the pant legs has the same yellow lining from below the knees to where the stud patterns go the opposite way. 

The cape on this outfit is white on the outside with three large pyramid patterns made with the same type of studs as in the suit This suit had more than a thousand studs in total, on the cape and suit combined. Elvis wore a scarf around his neck and the gold attendance belt. It was first used in the sixth season of Las Vegas, January February 1972. In April of the same year, in the documentary "On Tour". 


"Red Pinwheel Suit". 

He is known by other names: "Red Matador Suit" or "Burning Love Suit". A red or maroon jumpsuit with the same pattern and design as its predecessor in the Pinwheel series. The fabric of the pants opening is white, as are the cufflinks and the buttonholes around the chest opening. The exterior of the cape is red with the interior white. It has some gold rhombus studs, they are more eroded on this suit than the previous suits which have flatter cross-striped studs. Elvis always adorned it with a white handkerchief and the gold Assist Belt. It was used for the first time this season in Las Vegas in February 1972 and on 3 more occasions, on the tour in April and lastly, on the 10th of November 1972 in El Paso, Texas. It is the only all red jumpsuit made for Elvis in the seventies.

"Black Butterfly"

It was a black jumpsuit with matching cape with yellow lining. Sometimes called "Black Pyramid". It is the version of the "White Pyramid" suit but in black. Adorned with the gold attendance belt. It was used only in Las Vegas, he never wore it on tour. It is believed that he wore it in the summer as well, but there is no documentation. Black jumpsuit with five large gold eyelets on each side of the chest and neck opening. The eyelets are lined with yellow fabric. Surrounding them are eight small gold-colored star-shaped studs. The rest of the gold-colored studs on this suit are shaped like little butterflies. Instead of the cufflinks, he wears butterflies. The opening on the trouser legs has the same yellow lining as the eyelets on the chest opening. The cape of this costume is black on the outside with three patterns in the same design and studs, and yellow fabric on the inside. Elvis also wore a matching yellow scarf with this outfit. In all, there are over 1,000 butterfly studs on the suit and cape combined. The original belt is large, white, yellow, and black with different studs and a thick chain in arcs around it. It has other names "Black Butterfly Suit", " Black Checkerboard Suit" or "Black Pyramid Suit".The magic on stage...


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JUMPSUITS 1972

6 Season. January to February 1972. (Second part)

Of the new suits that he will use this season we will explain two more:"Blue Nail Suit" and "Royal Blue Fireworks". The rest had already been worn prior to 1972.

"Blue Nail Suit" with white cape.
This suit was first worn in Las Vegas in January February and later on tours in April and June, maybe also in Las Vegas during summer. It was used in the filming of the documentary "Elvis On Tour" in the same year. A sky blue suit, very elaborate with five large silver eyelets around the high collar and on each side of the chest opening with white lining. Surrounding them are flat, silver tacks, resembling nail heads in different sizes and patterns. They can be seen from each side of the white lined split on the pant legs, to the shoulders, back and sleeves. The suit has three white cufflinks on each side. The cape is light blue, adorned with the same type of studs as the rest of the suit. The lining of the cape is white. Elvis wore a white scarf with this suit. The belt is white adorned with five large metal medallions that cover almost the width and some smaller medallions and studs in different patterns around and between the large ones. The belt has two gold colored chains in seven colors around the belt. It is believed that he last wore it in November 1972 in Lubbock, Texas. A curiosity would be that Elvis threw the original belt to the audience in the last part of this concert. He sometimes combines it with the "'White Firework" belt instead of the original belt. It has other names "Light Blue Nail Suit" or "Powder Blue Nail Suit".



" Royal Blue Fireworks".

Royal blue jumpsuit with matching silver lined cape. First worn in Las Vegas in January - February 1972, on the April tour and again on the November 1972 tour. This suit was worn by Elvis during the filming of the documentary from 1972 "Elvis On Tour". Made with five silver eyelets on each side of the chest opening and around the neck. The eyelets are lined with a silver fabric and around them are eight small silver metal star studs. The tacks gather in a star shape like fireworks. They embellish on the outside of the sleeves and trouser legs, and on the front and back of the top of the suit. On the leg, the lining of the opening in silver.

 The suit with 3 cufflinks on each sleeve. With a blue cape, lined in silver fabric and adorned with firework patterns. An original royal blue leather belt, with gold studs and silver stars in the shape of different sizes distributed by the belt. He wore four owl heads, in metal around his belt. With two metal chains around the belt, one gold and one silver. 

The belt sometimes named as Owl belt. Another name: "Owl Suit" or Owl suit. Adorned with the Owl Belt. With two versions in black and white. These two costumes would complete the five new costumes, although Elvis repeated others already used previously. The magic of the show...


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7 SEASON  LAS VEGAS

































AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 1972

Hilton Hotel. The Artist's House August 1972
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Ivis Presley, the greatest artist, was in a good moment as an artist, but in a difficult moment on a personal level. Music was always the most important thing for him, despite everything he could be living in this time in which his fans still loved him. They say that at this time Elvis was a little low in spirits due to the separation from him, but fortunately he was a person who wanted to move on and was looking for someone special again, who would make him laugh, feel and share his thoughts, the spirituality of the. He always had a choice, but it was clear that someone different would have to appear to finally capture his attention. This person would be Linda Thompson whom he would meet on July 6, 1972, before performing his Seventh Season in Las Vegas. Elvis was on the rise, his recent success on his June tour and the publication of his music that began to raise his image again in the musical world, it would open more doors, more projects. Again at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, in its Seventh Season. The public of him, although also demanding of him, would receive him as always with open arms. Elvis would perform well, logically there were many opinions, but really his voice, his performance and his physical form were the same as a month behind. Elvis always tried to do his best on stage, his show was in a process of change as was his life. His voice was at a good moment, Elvis sang with all his heart and the chosen songs had a lot to do with his personal life, for this reason his way of performing the show was also changing. He had chosen many songs that could shout to the world what he could be feeling in the present August 1972. Many fans followed him since 1969 in Las Vegas, evidently, they were regulars of his show at the Hilton Hotel. So obviously they could see this change that for them would mean a considerable difference in terms of three years ago, but obviously the voice, the artist's maturation was so great, that it would also be a success. Elvis would prove again that he was still the King ..."Following the Path of the King..."Elvis Presley, the greatest artist, was in a good moment as an artist, but in a difficult moment on a personal level. Music was always the most important thing for him, despite everything he could be living in this time in which his fans still loved him. They say that at this time Elvis was a little low in spirits due to the separation from him, but fortunately he was a person who wanted to move on and was looking for someone special again, who would make him laugh, feel and share his thoughts, the spirituality of the. He always had a choice, but it was clear that someone different would have to appear to finally capture his attention. This person would be Linda Thompson whom he would meet on July 6, 1972, before performing his Seventh Season in Las Vegas. Elvis was on the rise, his recent success on his June tour and the publication of his music that began to raise his image again in the musical world, it would open more doors, more projects. Again at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, in its Seventh Season. The public of him, although also demanding of him, would receive him as always with open arms. Elvis would put on some good performances, logically there were many opinions, but really his voice, his performance and his physical form were the same as a month ago. Elvis always tried to do his best on stage, his show was in a process of change as was his life. His voice was at a good moment, Elvis sang with all his heart and the chosen songs had a lot to do with his personal life, for this reason his way of performing the show was also changing. He had chosen many songs that could shout to the world what he could be feeling in the present August 1972. Many fans followed him since 1969 in Las Vegas, evidently, they were regulars of his show at the Hilton Hotel. So obviously they could see this change that for them would mean a considerable difference in terms of three years ago, but obviously the voice, the artist's maturation was so great, that it would also be a success. Elvis would prove again that he was still the King ...

"Following the Path of the King..."

The songs that define the Man
7 Season in Las Vegas. August 1972
"My Way"




























There are songs that reflect the state of mind, a story, others define us by our actions... our experiences. When a score is interpreted, the feeling joins the notes, to make us understand and feel that song in which we can sometimes feel identified, as if it had been written to define our Path. Elvis was not an artist who was carried away by fame, the commercial song, the search for fortune despite his ideals. At this stage of his life, what he wanted was to sing what he liked and make the audience enjoy him, make them forget his bad times and share his music. Elvis wanted to sing in concert scores that were of real interest to him, because of the music, the lyrics and what he could feel when singing. This song "My way" caught his attention for its meaning, its identification in many moments of his life. And above all for that motto that he would continue day by day until the end... "My way". "My Way" A song adapted into English by Paul Anka, but originally composed by Claude François, Jacques Revaux and Gilles Thibaut, with the title "Comme d'Hatitude". https://youtu.be/PWmceAWh4AE The English lyrics are totally different from the French original. This song was published for the first time in France in 1967. It became popular with the voice of Frank Sinatra, being published in 1969. A mythical song for Sinatra, but at the same time a hated song. This song was widely covered by many artists, by Paul Anka himself, Shirley Bassey, Il Divo, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, etc. Elvis recorded it at RCA Studio B in Nashville on June 10, 1971. When Elvis heard it, he felt very identified with the lyrics and was very interested in recording it. For this reason he was included in the session. The interpretation in the studio recording was a little slower than what he would do on stage, so it must have been a bit heavy for him. When recording it that day, he did not feel well and he did not feel comfortable with the result, so he forbade its publication, ordering it to be archived and promised to sing it in the future as it deserved, with all the feeling, so he logically left it for sing on stage and that's how he would fulfill it. Elvis came to sing it in a special way at concerts, where that intense feeling emerged, his truth, his path, his reasons. Although on some occasion he said that it did not reflect his life, the more time passed, the more sense it made and he would continue singing it until the end of his days. Technically it was a song that I could record, because vocally it was in range, but the high end would sometimes be a challenge and a risk, so in these August concerts, Elvis did not risk the end by leaving the note without singing towards the high. Evidently Elvis could sing it with or without treble, it was not a matter of technique, but of comfort, so this season he did not risk interpretations.
Elvis didn't need to give a treble to make a magnificent interpretation, so the public liked to listen to this song. In the future, on the occasions when he felt more comfortable, if he would do it surrounded by the Choir. The studio version would be included on the "Walk a mile in my shoes" album, but there are many live versions that were released on disc. Starting in August 1972, he performed it in the 7th season of Las Vegas. The song was also included in the "Aloha from Hawaii" Concert via satellite. "My Way" was Elvis' first posthumous single, with "America The Beautiful" on the B-side. On release, it peaked at number 22 on the Hot 100 and sold over a million copies. Alternate live versions of official releases include "The Alternate Aloha", "Elvis in Concert", "This Is Elvis", "Elvis Aron Presley", "Platinum: A Life In Music", "Elvis By The Presleys" and "Elvis Live", etc. Also on FTD "Summer Festival", "New Year's Eve", "Unchained Melody" and "Spring Tours '77", etc. It is a song that really reflected much of his thoughts, his way of life, his path... It really was a song that felt on Elvis's skin, because despite his decisions in life, his projects, his limitations... Really Elvis always lived his way or tried to do it that way. The song evolved with him on stage, depending on his mood, he could sing it differently and over time it would make more and more sense. His song "My Way" says much more about him than many of his iconic songs, so performing it in public would be an exciting moment. His passion and his experience were total in front of the public and with this song Elvis would be able to sincerely connect with his public, Beyond all understanding, there are songs that identify the man... Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... the King Remember... we are living history...

"Following the Path of the King..."

studio version:: https://youtu.be/RRFFzavRLP0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we_O2mdJZQA

Elvis Presley - My Way - 4 August 1972 Opening Show - First Time Performed Live
























Soul Songs
"What Now, My Love?"

In this 7 Season at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, in August 1972, Elvis includes some new song that he chooses with a clear intention, for a feeling that he feels in a special way at this time. He asks himself questions in his relationship and seeks answers through music, for Elvis music would always be the engine of his life and of his interior and through it, he always expressed what he could be feeling. The song "What Now, My Love?" he had known her for many years, but he never officially recorded it and he begins to sing it this season in Las Vegas, because now is when it would really make more sense to choose her for his repertoire. In the year 1966 Elvis would hold rehearsal sessions or simply meetings with his friends to sing at his home, at that time Elvis began to use a new device that was used to record that Red West brought him for when he wanted to record at home. In this way he had an idea of ​​what he would subsequently record in the studio, for this reason in February 1966, he experimented with making many recordings at his home in Rocca place with Charlie Hodge and Red West. By then he was already attracted by the most dramatic or serious songs, but he did not dare to include them in his albums. He was experimenting by the time he left to record in May 1966, right around the corner from him at Studio B in Nashville. Many of these songs that he recorded then formed part of his future repertoire, but the song "What now, my love" was not recorded in the studio, he left it parked for years until 1972 in these concerts where he would begin to sing it. The time had finally come to interpret it, it really was the moment to sing it, to feel it, to understand it in one's own skin since the maturation and the feeling were already in accordance with the score.

A song that was adapted into English, but the The original folk song was in French, titled "Et maintenant". It was written in 1961 by composer Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë. With his song he reached number one on the French charts in 1961. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlspTR-5q8M The recurring musical pattern in the background was inspired by Ravel's Bolero. The English lyrics and title were written by Carl Sigman. Early English versions of the song were recorded by Jane Morgan, Shirley Bassey, and Ben E. King. Shirley Bassey's single Columbia reached No. 5 in the UK charts in 1962. Elvis performed it at live shows from August 1972. The song was part of his performance of Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite and was included on the LP. Live versions have since been issued on "The Alternate Aloha", "The Country Side Of Elvis", "Elvis Live", and the FTD concert releases "Summer Festival", "Takin' Tahoe Tonight", and "Closing Night". . An early recording of Elvis and His Friends appeared at Graceland in 1966 to appear on "The Home Recordings" and "In A Private Moments." A song with a score so intense and penetrating that it is nice to hear it in the voice of Elvis, who finally decided to sing it. If we analyze the lyrics, it is evident that at the moment Elvis is thinking about what he could do with his life, without his love, even if he wasn't really taking care of him. Because love must be pampered day by day, if not, he dies, gets tired, abandons himself or reproaches himself until hate arrives. The score was perfect for his voice, at this moment, in his maturation, he made it vibrant and at the end, eighth the notes and accompanied by the choir, moved the audience. It was one of those intense endings that could be difficult to sing if he is not good with his voice or the technique could prevent him from holding on with enough support. Over time he would stop playing her, because Elvis maybe didn't consider her important anymore or lost interest. The interpretation evolved as he did and sometimes Elvis interpreted it in a spoken version. A song that reflects his concern for the future, for loneliness.

"Following the Path of the King..."

What now my love?
You left me How can I live another day
Watch my dreams turn to ashes
And all my hopes to pieces of clay
Once I could see,
once I could feel Now I'm a numb I've become unreal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWnr39W7jK8

The new conditions in Contract.

Las Vegas 7 Season Hilton Hotel


Again Elvis has a commitment in Las Vegas, to perform at the Hilton Hotel, which had become his usual home. On the one hand, it was something that would bring peace of mind, since it was already the 7th Season to be carried out, but on the other, it is true that when you do something regularly, over time it can get tiring or it simply may not be a challenge. But really at this point, Elvis was back from his June performances, to rave reviews and with audiences literally at his feet, so his return should be most welcome. The sale of all his shows would also be the guarantee of his new success, with which Elvis should be very happy. The new commitment that Elvis Presley was going to make in Las Vegas in August 1972, would bring with it new conditions regarding the Contract that he had with the Hilton Hotel, where Elvis would make his seventh season. Colonel Parker would play his trick again to renegotiate what had already been established for 3 years and increase the salary for performance. The new agreement with the Hilton Hotel raised Elvis' salary per week from $130,000 to $150,000 until 1974. The verbal commitments of the previous contracts would also be maintained and El Coronel would have an allowance of $50,000 for his promotions on the chain. Hilton. To achieve this, El Coronel played with threats of abandonment due to proposals from the competition and with other possible commitments, he was taking advantage of the recent successes of the concerts, the good critics and this made the Hilton react. It was also true that he felt that they were not being given the treatment and interest that Elvis deserved. It is true that when you always perform in the same place, something similar can logically happen despite the deserved success of Elvis and the fact that all the tickets were sold, fans coming from all over the world to see his performances. For this reason it was logical to think that they would have to pay him better and fortunately the Colonel always took advantage of those good times to strike out in his favor. In addition to another important piece of information, the public that also becomes more demanding, because it is true that there were many regular fans at the Hilton and that they had witnessed all the previous performances. When the public sees their idol they want to have the same sensations, experience the same fun and see him as if no time had passed... and after three years, in 1972 Elvis needed to do his show in another way, because he had changed a little their repertoire and the type of performance varied from the first. He wasn't as talkative anymore and the performances had a slower pace. This was not worse, but simply different and the public noticed and compared it with the previous one. But he would still enjoy the performances at the Hilton's Summer Festival and said they would be far above the ones in January-February this year. Elvis's performances were said to be no longer as active, communication with the public was minimal, he was no longer as talkative, and his karate demonstrations that had attracted so much attention were then minimal. It is true that Elvis was a little more standing, less talkative and logically on stage it was evident that his attitude had changed and also the change of repertoire towards a more dramatic type of songs, meant that it could not be as dynamic as in other performances. It is curious to see the point of view of the fans who knew him from Las Vegas since 1969, who were already regulars of these years and the recent performances in June in which they defined Elvis as a Prince from another Planet. Actually, his performance had not changed much, his voice was at one of its best moments, but perhaps the only thing that changed then was his state of mind, which was already overwhelmed by the separation, but the truth is that Elvis's performances were very Similar to June. From the recordings of that time, we can hear in his shows, a tone, even performances and a clear vision of his show. Elvis had not really changed on stage, but it is very possible that his viewers had become much more demanding and wanted to see what they had already witnessed two years before and wanted to see an active and above all motivated Elvis on his show. . As for the publication of new albums, good news also arrived, the album made live during the performances in June, "As Recorded at Madison Square Garden" that had been published at the end of June, was on the rise and the publication of the single " Burning Love" on August 1 would also arrive to give the expected success. It was a good professional moment for Elvis. 

"Following the Path of the King..."

SEASON 7. HILTON HOTEL, LAS VEGAS
August 4 to September 4, 1972


JUMPSUITS
The peculiarity in this season in Las Vegas, August-September 1972, is that Elvis wore many three-piece suits. Bill Belew and Gene Doucette had designed these three-piece suits for Elvis to try on. But with use a problem would arise, it was that the pants of these suits had a tendency to split during some of their performances, due to the movement of Elvis. For example singing "Polk Salada Annie" or "Suspicious Minds". Even Elvis would come to give a pair of pants to the audience, once it was changed due to its breakage, causing shouting from his fans who were delighted to have that memory. During the first three weeks he used these suits, but seeing the result he would return to use the jumpsuits that were safer in performance. Although privately Elvis was very fond of wearing these three-piece suits and would wear them on his personal outings. Elvis reused the four new jumpsuits he had debuted on the last tour in June 1972. This season, Elvis stopped wearing a cape in the early part of the shows with a few exceptions. Obviously, what he was looking for was comfort during his shows and not end up breaking the suits during his performances.

JUMPSUITS:

White Two-Piece suit with Aqua Pockets with Turquoise Concho suit belt.
3 PIECE SUIT WITH WHITE STONES TURQUOISE CONCHO With White lining cape.
This outfit consists of a white jacket, white pants and a white cape. It has eye-shaped turquoise rhinestones on silver rings - identical to the ones on "Turquoise Concho Suit" from 1971. The jacket has four of these stones, they are arranged on each side of the collar and on the pocket flap, with small silver studs all around. Although it has lapels, there are no pockets, they were just an ornament on the jacket. With three buttons on each sleeve and one on the front of the jacket to button. Adorning the pants has four eye-shaped turquoise, from the waist, to the white lining of the leg openings of the pants. the cape is white and is decorated with 25 turquoise with silver studs, of different sizes. The interior of the white cape, made of macramé with turquoise beads on top, is similar to the one he used called "Turquoise Concho". Elvis wore many different colored paisly shirts, designed with a high collar and puff sleeves with ruffles at the wrist. He wore it in Las Vegas in August 1972. Elvis also had this suit for personal use.
WHITE 3-PIECE SUIT & BLUE POCKET FLAPS with Blue Lined Cape.
This suit consists of a white jacket, white pants and a white cape, lined inside in blue. The jacket with blue pockets, with a blue button on each side of the jacket with three blue buttons on each cuff and one button on each pocket. The suit was combined with various belts. "Turquoise Concho Stone Belt", "White Choker Belt" (1970) or "Human Head Belt". This belt is also called the "Double Lion Head Belt", although it actually depicts human heads in bronze or a similar color. The "Human Head Belt" is supposed to resemble two male heads on the belt buckle, around the rest from the belt there are five heads of women. The belt has two bronze-colored chains in six pains around it. Elvis usually wore a blue shirt with the "Turquoise Concho Stone Belt" or "Human Head Belt" and a multicolored shirt if he wore the "White Choker Belt". This was The suit was probably only worn in Las Vegas in August 1972.

WHITE TWO PIECE SUIT with Green pockets and Double Lion Head Belt.
This suit consists of a white jacket, as well as white pants and a white cape. The jacket has green leather pocket flaps with a green button on each side of the jacket. It also has a large flap on each side in the front and pleats with green lining on each side in the back. The sleeves have six green buttons at the end, three on each side of the cuff and one in the front to button the jacket. The pants are white with green lining at the opening; the cape is white on the outside and has green lining on the inside. The belt worn with this outfit was "Human Head Belt" -usually with different green, brown cashmere shirts. This suit is believed to have only been worn in Las Vegas in August 1972.

WHITE 3-PIECE SUIT with red pockets.
This outfit is also a white jacket, pants and jacket. The jacket had red pocket flaps with a red button on it. It also has a large flap on each side and pleats with red lining on each side and in the back. The sleeves have three red buttons on each sleeve. The pants are white with red lining on. It was used with the 1970 red macramé belt and with the Bat Belt. He used it in August 1972 in Las Vegas. LIGHT BLUE 3-PIECE SPANISH FLOWER SUTT with cape lined in silver. 3-piece light blue Spanish flower suit and silver cape, it had a light blue jacket with pants and cape. With silver embroidery ornament in the shape of a stem that made loops in different directions and sizes. With silver metal decorations in different patterns, with a silver buckle and two silver chains in nine colors around the belt. On the jacket it has the same pattern with flaps on each side and also around the neck. On the sleeves 3 silver buttons and one in the center to button the jacket. The same pattern on the pants on the outside of the legs, from the waist to below. Elvis wore colored paisley shirts, sometimes with a white shirt. He wore it only in Las Vegas, August 1972. The cape with the same pattern design and studs as the suit.

WHITE TWO PIECES:
White two-piece Description: White pants and white jacket, multicolored patterned shirt. 1970's White" During the first part of his Las Vegas engagement in August/September 1972, Elvis was very interested in two-piece suits. He wore several different versions/combinations of them with matching capes. the chest opening, with white lining. Around the buttonholes were silver studs like nailheads, of different sizes arranged on the arms, on the pant legs at the back of the back, and on the sleeves. With three white cufflinks on each sleeve. The cape is light blue adorned with studs and embellishments. Elvis always wore a white scarf adorning the suit. The belt was white in color adorned with five large metal medallions and small metal medallions and studs around the belt and with two gold-colored chains in seven colors. This belt was used on other occasions with other suits. Elvis began to use it in the Sixth Season January-February of Las Vegas in 1972, in April and June on tours, in Las Vegas August-September and finally in November of this same year.

WHEAT SUIT with Belt White Fireworks Suit
It was a blue jumpsuit adorned with gold thread embroidery, circular shapes in black and gold. With pointed tacks they make shapes of wheat or grass, going up on each side of the chest opening and around the neck, on sleeves, trouser legs and on the top of the suit, also behind. On the trouser legs the lining is gold. Elvis used a yellow or white scarf. The cape was light blue with the same drawings as the suit. Elvis used the White Fireworks Suit belt. The suit would be worn on the tour in June, in the 7th Season of Las Vegas in August and in the 8th of January-February 1973. By then he was already wearing the original belt. It was designed for the suit, it was light blue leather was made in late 1972 and has a pattern similar to the rest of the suit done in black with gold colored studs only. The belt has two gold chains in six pains around the belt. It had other names: Light Blue Grass Suit or Cluster Suit.

EYELET SUIT with Red lining cape.
He is a white jumpsuit adorned with large square gold-colored metal eyelets with round holes, all over the suit. He wore it in matching stripes down the outside of the pant legs and the outside of the sleeves, on each side of the chest opening, around the neck, and the upper back. Including flat gold metal studs. Embellished with red lining at the openings of the suit.
The exterior of the cape is white with the same eyelets and studs as on the suit.
The belt used would be the "Red Lion", it was the original belt of the "White Pinwheel Suit".
It was used on tour in June 1972 and at the Las Vegas Summer Festival in 1972.
In August 1972, he accompanied it with the "Bat Belt" better known as the "Russian Eagle Belt" which was the original belt.
It was a red leather belt adorned with five black and white bats on the buckle. It also had two gold-colored chains in eight bows around the belt.
Its creators Bill Belew and Doucette named this suit the "Buttonhole Suit" or "Porthole Suit" or "Double Porthole Suit"
It was used on the June tour and Las Vegas Season 7 in August.

ADONIS SUIT with Golden lining cape.
It is a white iumpsuit with five square gold eyelets with gold lining on each side, distributed on sleeves, legs, chest, back and neck, also adorned with 26 plant-shaped patterns. With golden metal studs in the shape of hemispheres
The lining of the pant leg openings in gold.
Elvis normally wore the gold Attendance Belt.
It was used on the June 1972 tour, in the 7th Season in Las Vegas, in August and in November of the same year.
Kurt Russel wore the real Adonis suit in the movie he starred in as Elvis, his father Vernon left it to him for the 1979 movie.

BLUE SWIRL SUIT or Lucky Suit with white lining layer.
It was a blue jumpsuit with hundreds of small round and heart-shaped silver metal studs adorning it and forming a four-leaf clover pattern, for this reason it was called the Lucky Suit. The drawing adorns the outside of the pants on the legs, also on the sleeves, back, chest and stomach, as well as on the Cloak. Blue Cloak with silver lining. Elvis was wearing a white scarf.
Elvis wore a mirror belt, with a silver chain in nine bows around it.
This suit was designed by Doucette, Bill Belew's assistant.
Elvis would wear it in June 1972, in Las Vegas August September 7th Season and in 1973, April.
It also had an original belt, blue leather with patterns similar to those of the suit with six silver clasps added. They have a thin chain and a thick silver chain, both in six pains around the belt. This belt is known as the "original" but was not manufactured until late 1972 or early 1973.

WHITE PYRAMID SUIT with Cape lined in Yellow.
White suit adorned with pyramidal studs in gold. On the sleeves the V-shaped patterns, on the outside of the sleeves and on the pants
legs, around the upper body of the suit and on the back. With five gold colored square eyelets on each side of the chest and on the neck. All made in yellow lining. On each sleeve cuff with 3 yellow cufflinks.
On the pants there was the same yellow lining in the opening below the knees, with the stud pattern.
Like the suit, the Cloak had pyramid studs on the outside.
On his neck Elvis wore a yellow scarf or kerchief.
The suit did not have any original belt, so Elvis wore the gold Assist Belt.
Elvis first wore this suit in January-February 1972 Las Vegas, on April 6, 1972, in Jacksonville, Florida. And in August Las Vegas.

WHITE TWO-PIECE SUTT, LACES ON POCKETS
This is a two-piece white suit, the white jacket with pockets with white crosses on each side made with threaded laces. Featuring two small silver eyelets on each side of the jacket opening and three white cufflinks on each sleeve.
Elvis wore the Gold Attendance Belt. With white scarf.
Wearing a white shirt with little blue V-shaped patterns all over. The design of the high neck and puffed sleeves with a ruffle at the wrist.
He took it in June 1972, in Las Vegas August-September

"Following the Path of the King..."


The Risk of Being an Artist Security Protocols

LThe life of an artist sometimes carries many risks, not everything is singing and greeting at their shows. Regardless of all the personal effort in this type of life, which requires you to always be fresh, ready to act, rehearse, record and travel. Performances normally have an established order and organization is the most important thing to achieve success. But behind the artist there is a great professional and personal team that dedicates until the last minute so that all this is perfect. If the artist is as great and famous as Elvis Presley was, he also carried with him a very important risk in terms of his personal safety. . Fans required a lot of attention but also a lot of care when the situation got out of control, but there were also other types of people who were crazy who crossed the line of control. And from the 70's it was much more important than in the early years. By 1972 he had already received many death and other threats. On one occasion in 1972, when Elvis Presley was performing in the middle of the act, a tip came from the head waiter who had told Joe Esposito that there was thought to be a woman crazy among the public who had a gun and who was going to shoot. There was no gun control then like there is today. When they got the message, Red and Sonny stood in front of the stage as a block for Elvis. Elvis moved to the back of the stage and sang in a sideways stance to make himself a smaller target, because he had been forewarned. As Elvis moved they followed him moving ahead until the end of the show, this was necessary, even though they might be obscuring his image from the audience. Red said that when she lowered the curtain, they stood right in front of him, so if there was a bullet, she had to hit them first. The memory of him was that the 20 seconds it took for the curtain to come down, he felt like an hour. They were very scared and were waiting for a bullet to burst, trembling and hoping it wouldn't happen. The only thing he thought about was his wife and children... and if he deserved to lose his life in this way. It is evident that when someone dedicates himself to this profession, this type of situation entails, fear exists because the danger is real, but then it goes out of the mind, to continue putting aside the memory of a bad moment and take it with humor. But Elvis always said that if someone attacked him, his safety would be involved to stop the aggression. There was a need to protect him not only on stage, but also at the exit and entrance to it, when he could be attacked by anyone, also in hotels, on trips, cars, planes, etc. It was a very big responsibility that they had to live with and one that Elvis himself had to assume, for his own peace of mind. But with all this it was difficult and very risky, for Elvis and of course for all the staff that worked with him. Both his safety, his musicians, the members of the Choir and the Orchestra, all were at risk. The Fans were only a minor annoyance when approaching Elvis, especially if there were crowds or if someone got on stage, although from this year it would be practically impossible. Elvis was very well protected from then on and it would be the most logical thing due to the threats received. The price of the artist was in many cases, the risk of his own safety.

 "Following the Path of the King.."



The Big Prince Moment
August September 1972

On September 4, 1972, Elvis received two Gold records for his Sales Records. For the Lp album "As Recorded in Madison Square Gardens" and for the single "Burning Love" by La RCA. The same day that he will perform the Last Show of the Summer Festival in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel. In this video as always, we can see the humor of Elvis who first puts on a Summer Festival advertising tie and later receives the prize of two albums. Elvis was always very humble, for his work, it is seen in these rare images of that day, as he sings "Burning Love " and laughs with his friends, curiously the song that has cost him the most to record so far is the one that rewards him for his mastery. Ironies of the music and commercial industry, surely for this reason he took it with humor. The truth is that the recent sales of Los Conciertos in June spoke for the voice of the public and the records as well. It was his moment of splendor, the world continued to love Elvis Presley. "Following the Path of The King..."



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LAS VEGAS 1973















8 SEASON JANUARY-FEBRUARY
  

The Season of Bewilderment Hilton Hotel. Las Vegas.
January-February 1973

A few difficult days that gave rise to unexpected and upsetting events for Elvis Presley who had returned to the Hilton Hotel, in his eighth season, after an indisputable success in Hawaii, thanks to the broadcast of "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", in his Concert .Elvis accumulated a lot of enthusiasm in those days, a lot of nervousness and also, unfortunately, too many meaningless medications that would logically explode at the least opportune moment. Although he would start his Season normally, his voice was suffering from the change of weather, stress and pills, a cocktail that would cause his vocal cords to give him trouble. He went through what Elvis would never have wanted, he had to cancel several concerts, aphonia, loss of strength, illness, so the doctors recommended him to stop and rest. He initially complied, but would return to acting, because he didn't want to disappoint and miss out on his contract with the Hilton Hotel, having to leave a show midway through sudden loss of voice. Finally, he would follow the advice of an otolaryngologist to properly care for his most precious instrument. Although he had to cancel more shows, the season would close successfully, the newspapers said that his illness had caused some weak performances, although it is true that he started and finished the concerts strong. There were more unexpected situations that caused problems in the performances, by some fans who stormed the stage who were later confirmed to be carrying real weapons and could have caused a real disaster. But the worst would remain in Elvis's thoughts later, since he would explode in anger and blame his ex-wife's boyfriend for all this... A chaos that everyone would suffer with him during these days of February, but fortunately they will be resolved and they will return to the normal. A strange and disconcerting season for Elvis Presley, who would never have wanted to disappoint his public and even less cancel his shows, but the reality is that his health was not as strong as believed. You also had to add the economic problems that were about to explode because of the divorce that would lead to a decision that Elvis should never have made. For this reason he would accept one of the biggest "consensual scams" that Elvis Presley would live and that would cost him the future loss of earnings by right, his music. These were times of change for Elvis...

"Following the Path of the King. .."




From Tupelo to Memphis 74

8 Season. Vegas 1973
























After "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", Elvis Presley's image was on the rise and the proposals that were received to perform in Europe, in Japan and others, came with great offers, rumours, etc. The reality is that all the proposals were rejected by Colonel Parker, regardless of the amount to be received, since he had no interest in leaving the US. Elvis would not react and let do as usual, because he was still excited after the show, but physically he was exhausted. After these days he returns to his habits, he gains weight again, despite knowing that he has an engagement in Las Vegas and his days of relaxation are few because at the end of the month he will be back in shape. A rumor that was going around after the success, it was that Elvis was going to move his Show to the MGM Grand Hotel, where he would be the star on the January poster, but it was really impossible. Elvis's commitment to the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas forced him to make Season 8, although Elvis was already tired of going back there. Another positive news would be the delivery of the Golden Globe, as best documentary film for "Elvis On Tour" that had taken place a year earlier. When Elvis arrives in Las Vegas, he was already complaining of various ailments and had to be examined and diagnosed by doctors. He had pain pills, liquid Demerol and various medications that were supposed to heal him, but Elvis didn't know what was wrong with him. Everyone around him, friends, musicians, mafia... felt that he really wasn't feeling well. The Season at the Hilton opens on January 26 and was scheduled to run until February 23, 1973. Again with the same team of musicians, vocals and the orchestra with Joe Guercio. The choice of repertoire had not changed at all from the recent concerts, so it would not be any vocal challenge for him, as an artist. For everyone it was the same known repertoire and for the public too, so it is true that without any news, it could be said that this season would be taken as if it were a continuation of the previous ones, unlike the fact that it had always included some new theme. . In Season 8 there was nothing new, the only thing added is the new costumes designed by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette. Although Elvis would start these shows with enthusiasm, with force, it seemed that they were going to be as always, however, Elvis he becomes congested with the change of air, his tiredness, his stress and his voice begin to cause problems. Elvis has been ill almost since the beginning of the engagement, something that is commented on by both fans and the "Hollywood Reporter", which attributes his evident "lack of energy and interest" to the effects of the illness. Although Elvis continues with his shows daily, because he wants to continue fulfilling his commitment. On February 1, Lisa Marie is with him to celebrate her fifth birthday and is present at her father's performance at the Hilton Hotel, although the day next he has to return to his mother. Although Elvis is very happy with her presence, her moodiness is present at all times. His ex-wife and his girlfriend meet on this occasion, are cordial, and seem to have a good relationship. Although Lisa Marie would tell Linda that her mother said that she didn't like her, but when the girl asked her, Priscilla said that it was because she took Linda everywhere, to all the concerts and trips. She was not that lucky and Linda understood her defense, because if the same thing had happened to her, he would have been very unhappy. It is true that Linda did not separate from Elvis at any time, because Elvis was changing and he felt that with her he was safe, cared for, understood. Her relationship would be very important, from the beginning, because Linda really wanted to understand and serve him at all times. In addition, she treated Lisa Marie as if she were her daughter, over time, Priscilla understood that Linda was a good woman and that her presence in Elvis's life was good for both of them. Jerry Shilling, her friend, says that everything was beginning affecting Elvis physically, his pain was real, but everyone with him was concerned about the treatments he was receiving. Because Doctor Nick said that he was trying to keep a balance with the medications that were prescribed to him, but Elvis really had no control and complained, looking to other doctors to get prescriptions that he thought would help him. All this further complicated his condition, because what had been helping him was beginning to harm him physically, although all Elvis wanted was to continue to function normally and do his show."

"Following the Path of the King... "

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Strength and Sensitivity Two Kings:
Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley




Elvis in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel 8 Season 1973. Whenever Elvis performed in Las Vegas, well-known personalities, actors, etc. attended to see him perform in concert. Although Elvis was always very special, he treated everyone with the same interest and kindness, he came to have special ties that would unite him with some of these great characters. One of these would be Muhammad Ali, real name Cassius Marcellus Clay, one of the greatest boxers in history. He would start boxing by chance of fate. When his bicycle was stolen at the age of twelve, he went to report the theft to the police and threatened to hit the culprit, to which policeman Joe Martin, who had a gym under his charge, advised him to first train and learn to box. . He would begin by advice and continue by pleasure, winning his first major title, only fourteen years old. When he was young, he would be an admirer of Elvis Presley and wanted to be like him, popular and be able to conquer the public. Considered one of the best boxers of all time, as well as a social figure of enormous influence in his generation, in politics and in social or humanitarian struggles in favor of African-Americans and Islam. On February 2, 1973, Muhammad Ali, the Boxing Champion, returns to see the Elvis show, in this 8th Season at the Hilton and meets with him, to chat and share the moment. He and Elvis had already met in Las Vegas in the August 1971 Season, where they already liked each other and he would know all the enthusiasm of the moment in the artist, who was focused on his performances. When she saw him again after two years, she would notice an enormous difference in his expression, although she would be friendly, happy with him, she would notice in the brightness of his eyes, sadness. He realized that Elvis was not the same as he had known and was very closed in his world, he asked why he didn't go out more often and meet new people. Elvis told him that he didn't want them to harass him or attack him. But Muhammad advised him to change the scene so that he could free himself from all the usual and freshen up his environment. His presence in Las Vegas was due to his training to defend the Champion title, which was to take place on February 14 in Las Vegas against Joe Bugner. Elvis wanted to present him with a very special gift, a special boxing robe that he had ordered the company I.C. Costume Company which was where his jumpsuits were made. I wanted something very special to give him, in white, the robe made with shiny stones and jewels, also on the back he wanted the nickname that his public used to give him, "Champion of the People", to be written, but by mistake, the inscription read "The People's Choice". Sonny West, who was in charge of picking up the gown, did not realize the mistake and took it to Ali so that he could wear it at the Championship. When he found out, he told Ali that he would order it changed for fear of Elvis's reaction, but Ali told him that he liked that inscription even more and that he would wear it with pride. Sonny would tell about Ali, talking to Elvis from time to time and getting a lot of attention from him, he was a great guy too. Ali asked Elvis if Sonny could escort him to the Championship and be able to witness it, to which Elvis agreed, Sonny was very excited because despite the mistake of the Bata, Ali had behaved with him as a friend and would also watch the fight in person. Finally, he wore that Robe in the Championship that he would win on the 14th. Although the Robe was magnificent, he would only wear it again before the public on a second occasion, it was too heavy to wear in a ring and it is also believed that he stopped wearing it because in that second championship he lost against his opponent. It is not really certain, but the truth is that the weight should not favor its use. Ali gave Elvis some boxing gloves, autographed by Ali that said: "Elvis the greatest" and "For Elvis, my best friend". Two characters who would enter through the big door to Eternity.

 "Following the Path of the King..."

Jumpsuits January-February 1973

8 Season in Las Vegas.






From November 1972 until 1973, the costumes on stage were adorned with more rhinestones, more studs, the designs were made with different drawings of animals, symbols, etc. Bill Belew continued to be the designer with the collaboration of Gene Doucette . The suits were more colorful, they were heavier, The leather belts also became more complex with buckles, figures, etc. Elvis often complained saying, "Man, I'm telling you, this suit weighs a ton!" It was evident that it was more difficult to move on stage with these costumes and making movements could be impossible. Although they were very showy on stage and Elvis looked elegant in his show. This season in Las Vegas, Elvis had four new suits and also wore some of the earlier outfits from the June and November 1972 tours. Elvis wanted new belts for the Suits that had no original belt were surely made to avoid the weight of the gold gilding, which he wore instead. In this season some sources disagree about the use of some costumes, so we will put the new ones and the ones that exist proof with photography.

Jumpsuits January-February 1973

8 Season in Las Vegas.


"Today Suit " with Yellow Lined Cloak"Pharaoh Suit 
"Pharaoh", "Egyptian" also known as "Mayan Suit"It is a white suit with a patterned design that resembles the ornaments that the pharaohs wore, according to Doucette's design, although it also had Mayan influence. It was arranged around the neck, back and chest. Also adorning in a circle placed on the shoulders, unlike the neck with square patterns on the back and on the chest opening. Also on the sleeves with circular patterns, in the elbow, also on the sleeves and outside of the legs. On the legs the fold in yellow lining. The patterns are made with studs in the shape of a circular, oval, triangular and square pyramid in gold and some in turquoise. The cape was white on the outside lined with yellow fabric.The belt was original white leather adorned with six golden medallions representing a man with a spear.Round with studs and rhinestones just like the suit. The original ron was only used in the first season in Las Vegas 1973, because he gave it away. Later Elvis wore the "Fire Suit Belt" with the exception of Pittsburgh on June 26 where he wore the "Nail Studded Belt". The suit was worn in season 8 January-February 1973. Also on tour in April of the same year and again in Lake Tahoe in May. The last time on tour in the city of Atlanta, on July 3, 1973.


 "Orange Sunburst Suit" Orange lining cape. 


It is also known as the "Sunlight Suit". It was a white jumpsuit with a sunburst or sunburst-like drawing design with its center, in the middle of the chest, spreading out in various directions. The design was the same on the back. On the legs, the kick pleats lined in orange. The embellishments of the designs were rhinestones in brown, with the light dark orange, and studded. On the outside of the sleeves there are also sunburst extensions from the chest and back . Adorned with patterns made with round pointed, flat and oval gold, yellow and transparent studs. The cape was white on the outside, with the same design as the suit, lined in Orange. orange. The original belt was made of leather with a design of six gold-colored clams distributed around the belt, two more on the buckle. With adornments like the suit, in rhinestones and studs. Adds two gold-colored chains in six bows around the belt. First worn in Las Vegas Season 8. January-February 1973. Also on the April tour (without the cape) and twice on the April tour. June 1973. It is not clear if he dressed in Lake Tahoe 1973, in summer and in Las Vegas 9 season. It was used on the March 1974 tour. "Blue Rain Suit" with cape lined in Blue. It is a white jumpsuit with gray or metallic vertical line drawing patterns and dome-shaped gold studs and dark blue rhinestones in various colors. sizes, which simulate rain. These patterns are arranged on the chest, back, around the neck and the outside of the sleeves and pant legs. In the leg folds, with dark blue lining. The cape is white with the same patterns as the suit and inside it is lined with dark blue fabric. The belt was white leather with five gold squares with holes. Equally adorned with studs and rhinestones, like the suit. With two gold-colored chains in six bows that surround the belt. Also known as "'White Blue Rainfall Suit" or "Nashville Suit" He dressed in Las Vegas in January-February 1973, also on tour in April. Believed in Lake Tahoe and the June/July 1973 tour.


"Multi colored Rain Suit" with original belt.


 White jumpsuit with matching silver lined cape. Silver lined kickpleats. It is believed that he also used it in January February 1973, but there are no photos in concert. With the same design as the Bue Rain Suit, but in colors. "Light Blue Teal Suit & Gold Cape""Light Blue Teal Suit & Gold Cape" is a light blue or turquoise suit. Embellished with patterns in circles of different sizes. With eroded studs in the shape of a gold rhombus and in the shape of a triangular pyramid. With blue and green rhinestones. There are no photos on stage. With five patterns from the armpit The titanium-colored Cloak changes according to the angle from which it is viewed. It had five patterns from the armpit to the end of the folds, which had a golden border. Same embellishment as on Upper sleeves, chest, shoulders and back. Also lower sleeves with a different pattern. The outside of the cloak was light blue with a large circle pattern and eight small ones. The cape lined in gold. The light blue leather belt has a blue face on the belt buckle. With the same decorations as the suit. With three gold colored chains in six bows on it. It is known by more names "Light Blue Teal Suit", "Light Blue Space
ball Suit", "Light Blue Pinwh First used in Las Vegas in January-February 1973. Also believed to be in Lake Tahoe in May of the same year when it was enlarged and shortened in late February by Mr. Guy, a tailoring company in Las Vegas.


"American Eagle Suit"


The white suit, called "American Eagle Suit", was a white jumpsuit designed with a spectacular American eagle on the chest and also on the back, with gold studs on the sides. different sizes and patterns. With red and blue rhinestones, in different sizes and some of the stones in transparent blue. Eagle designs are also found on each upper arm sleeve, also three on the outside of each pant leg, as well as behind the collar which was as always high. The folds of the pants had red lining on the kick of both legs. A novelty included in the design by Doucette, would be to include a design also around the waist below the belt. The cape was white on the outside with an eagle design as the suit but made in large, with the same type of studs with red, transparent blue rhinestones and the inner lining of the same in blue. The belt was designed in the same line as the suit, it had seven pieces of gold metal, buckles in the shape of eagles, decorated with the American flag distributed around the belt. The suit-like trim also has the same studs, with red rhinestones. Also with two gold colored chains in ten bows around it. They made another copy belt and another one but with only six bows in adornment. This suit was really spectacular, one of the most beautiful Jumsuits that Elvis ever wore on stage. Although the short capes were also heavy, they looked splendid. Later in the Las Vegas engagement, some change was made to the suit and cape.


The Designs of Destiny
The Unpredictable


Las Vegas, Hotel Hilton. February 18, 1973.

In all the shows things always happen, although normally everything is very calculated, sometimes circumstances arise that have to be controlled at the moment or improvised on the fly to get out of trouble. During the midnight show on February 18, 1973, another unexpected incident caused Elvis great anger. A group of several people, supposedly fans, near the center of the stage, were disturbing throughout the show. Right from the start, when Jackie Kahane introduced him to the show, they sent him some small bottles to his feet, although Jackie continued improvising and ignored them. During the show they also started yelling at Elvis to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and when "Fever" starts, Elvis, who was a bit upset, said, "I choose my own songs." Shortly after, one of the women in the group gets up on stage and approaches him, simply takes the scarf he wears around his neck, without kissing or hugging him, and goes back down to his table, putting it on one of the group members. . Elvis and the rest of the people are surprised by the attitude of this woman who seemed in a trance. Elvis continues with his show and starts the music where he normally goes to introduce his musicians, he is at the back of the stage. Elvis could hardly see the audience from there and he does not realize that the leader of the group has come on stage. He walks up to Elvis slowly with both hands in a kind of karate stance, but before he can get any closer, Red West has bolted from the wings, pulling the guy offstage and backstage. Meanwhile, two more men and a third had come up, the audience that witnessed everything is horrified and Elvis seeing the threat, faced one of them in a karate move, so he throws him on a table offstage. Everything happens very fast, while Sonny West and Jerry Schilling go for the rest, there were two more that they have to control, with the help of J.D. Sumner and Jerry Scheff who also lend a hand. Elvis is very angry and tells them: "I will not allow anyone to ruin my show (without being heard through the microphone). Sonny has to catch him because Elvis was throwing non-stop karate kicks, this time without reaching the guys who were already controlled His father and the rest remind him that he's got a show and he can't let his audience down It was only 3 minutes into this ruckus, but luckily Elvis would calm down and finally addressed the audience saying, "I'm sorry I don't breaking his damn neck, that's what I'm sorry for, if you want to hold my hand, fine, if you want to get hard, I'll spank your ass" With this he got the biggest ovation of the night. Then he finished his show and although this anecdote would give a lot to talk about in the days that followed, Elvis was recorded. Despite the fact that there were lawsuits for damages, etc., it was found that the aggressors were armed and had a criminal record. One of them hid a weapon in his coat, another bland There was a cane, which later turned out to be a sword cane. They owned a strip club and whether they were fans or not, it seemed that what they wanted was to lynch Elvis. It could have been very serious, but fortunately it was controlled in time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap22W8CsI24 Unfortunately for Elvis it would have an effect that could have caused a greater tragedy. They had to give him sedatives after the performance and when he woke up the next day he had just one obsession. He thought all this was concocted by Priscilla's partner, Mike Stone. He was so upset about it that he needed sedation after the show. The next day, while in her bedroom with Linda, she called Sonny and Red. Linda seemed nervous when they came in and Elvis, sitting cross-legged on the bed in white silk pajamas, was sweating profusely and seemed frantic. He started raving about Mike Stone and how Stone had organized the guys who attacked them the day before. He was beside himself, he would turn to Sonny with pleading eyes and hold out his hands. Saying, "Come here, Sonny," he drawled. "Come here, man." Sonny knelt in front of him, when Elvis told him: “The man has to die. You know that man has to die; The son of a bitch must go. You know, Sonny, you know. There is too much pain in me, and he did it. Can you hear me? I am right. You know I'm right. Mike Stone has to die. You will do it for me: kill the son of a bitch. Sonny, I know I can count on you. I know I can." After these words, Linda was crying, Sonny impressed. From what he was hearing he also started crying, fearing that Elvis was or might go crazy. He tried to reason with him saying: "No, boss, it's not the solution, I know it's caused you pain, but you can't talk like that. No this right; it's just not right. But there was no way to calm him down. "Mike Stone must die," Elvis said repeatedly. He must die. You will do it for me. You should. He doesn't have to live.” Red West was the only one keeping his cool, and he kept quiet as he listened to everything, until he saw Elvis reach into the closet for a rifle and hand it to Sonny. Then he said "Oh God, it can't be"... Sonny had to leave because he couldn't take it anymore.
He would get out of there and he talked to Lamar Fike, explaining what was happening, he couldn't believe it, they were all very nervous and they knew this wouldn't go away easily. Elvis kept saying the same thing, he didn't understand why no one understood his pain and demanded to do make the culprit disappear. In the bedroom, while Linda called Dr. Elias Ghanem, Elvis's personal physician in Las Vegas who was on call for him twenty-four hours a day. Elvis turned to Red, to see if he would listen and return to the same : “Damn it, Red, you know he has to die. He finds someone to remove him. I want the son of a bitch dead. Make some calls; find someone". Red told him to calm him down that he was going to make some calls and that it would take a while to find someone, all this to see if it would go away. They had to inject him with Valium to make him sleep but the nightmare was not over.
The next day, Elvis went back to Red and asked if he had called a hitman to kill Mike Stone, Red told him "I'm working on it, boss", "I've made some calls. It's going to take a while." of time. I'm working on it." . But the truth is that he had not called anyone. He didn't know how long this was going to last for Elvis and he wanted to win it to see if he would get tired and give up this idea. But the days passed and Elvis kept asking Red if he had found someone. Finally Red had to call and find a guy who was willing to do it but it would cost $10,000, Red said she would get in touch with him. Red went to Elvis and told him that he had made preliminary arrangements for his order and how much it would cost. He would simply have to have the last word and everything would be done as he wanted. Although Red was crossing his fingers that Elvis didn't say anything, he would forget, delay, anything but follow that instruction.
Elvis stared at the ground for several long moments, and then he looked up and said, "Oh hell, let's leave it for now. Maybe it's too much. Let's leave it like that for now." It was the last day of performing and Red had endured all that tension, for days after the show he came out and started screaming ending up drunk. How far does the loyalty of a bodyguard, a friend, a loved one... Elvis set the bar too high with this terrible test. Red West He always wondered what would have happened if Elvis gave the order, what he would have done...Everything would have changed in a matter of seconds for him, for Elvis, for everyone.It would be a terrible episode in the life of Elvis and of all those who loved him. They wanted to, because they had never seen him react like that. It is true that the situation experienced, the pain, the obsession, sometimes explodes in the brain with a click that can activate a moment of madness and cause an attitude that would never be normal in life. everyday life of someone he never did anyone any harm... But sometimes we are victims of our own ghosts, our fears, our anger and we can lose our way if we don't know how to react. Fortunately, Elvis turned the tide for him and the rest of his story without finally getting anyone involved.

"Following the Path of the King..."

February 23, 1973

End of Season at the Hilton


Despite the bewilderment in previous days, due to everything that happened, the illness, Elvis's enormous anger, the accumulated tension of everyone in general, fortunately the last day of the performance released all the weight, performing well. They say that Elvis' performance on the closing night was spectacular. Normally the last day of performance jokes were always spent and everything was more fun because they ended with the shows. The last concert Elvis had a habit of inventing crazy lyrics in a song for the audience to enjoy, but he also offered a dramatized interpretation of "What Now My Love", which deserved a standing ovation. Elvis was happy and happy because his friend and love from years ago was present. Ann Margret was in the audience and Elvis introduced her, announcing her performances starting the next day at the Hilton. He also said that he wouldn't miss it for the world. They focused on it so that the public could see it, but Elvis asks Lamar Fike who is at the lighting control, to keep the focus because he wants to keep looking at it. Although he had more acquaintances, he gave special attention to his beloved Ann. Elvis and Ann met when they were going to film the movie "Viva Las Vegas", there arose a spark and understanding so great that a relationship would begin. Their love story years ago was important to both of them, they were two soulmates but they could not be. Despite the breakup, their relationship would continue to be friendship for years, maintaining contact and that beautiful memory that would always unite them. The conclusion of this 8th Season at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, despite everything, would be positive and the press was benevolent, because of Elvis's illness. The loyal public would also reward their efforts with applause. Although not everyone would think the same, Joe Guercio, the orchestra director, saw an important change in Elvis's performances, said that he was not as usual, described him as less dedicated. As always, the night would end in the Hilton Hotel Suite, to celebrate singing, with friends, acquaintances and artists. Elvis would meet Ann Margret, attending her show one day after finishing their engagement at the Hilton Hotel. He stayed with Linda for a few days in Las Vegas, attending other shows. Among them, he went to see Mama Cass Elliot, Elvis invited Cass and Marty Back to his suite, where they sang and enjoyed the night. Elvis had spent Season 8 in Las Vegas and wanted to get away from it all. They were very heavy and annoying days, that Elvis wanted to forget. Then there was Colonel Parker who wanted to make changes and was plotting a new contract to be signed in March 1973. "Following the Way of the King..."

The Transcendental Decisions

March 1973

Despite the bewilderment in previous days, due to everything that happened, the illness, Elvis's enormous anger, the accumulated tension of everyone in general, fortunately the last day of the performance released all the weight, performing well. They say that Elvis' performance on the closing night was spectacular. Normally the last day of performance jokes were always spent and everything was more fun because they ended with the shows. The last concert Elvis had a habit of inventing crazy lyrics in a song for the audience to enjoy, but he also offered a dramatized interpretation of "What Now My Love", which deserved a standing ovation. Elvis was happy and happy because his friend and love from years ago was present. Ann Margret was in the audience and Elvis introduced her, announcing her performances starting the next day at the Hilton. He also said that he wouldn't miss it for the world. They focused on it so that the public could see it, but Elvis asks Lamar Fike who is at the lighting control, to keep the focus because he wants to keep looking at it. Although he had more acquaintances, he gave special attention to his beloved Ann. Elvis and Ann met when they were going to film the movie "Viva Las Vegas", there arose a spark and understanding so great that a relationship would begin

 Their love story years ago was important to both of them, they were two soulmates but they could not be. Despite the breakup, their Relationship would continue to be friendship for years, maintaining contact and that beautiful memory that would always unite them. The conclusion of this 8th Season at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, despite everything, would be positive and the press was benevolent, because of Elvis's illness. The loyal public would also reward their efforts with applause. Although not everyone would think the same, Joe Guercio, the orchestra director, saw an important change in Elvis's performances, said that he was not as usual, described him as less dedicated. As always, the night would end in the Hilton Hotel Suite, to celebrate singing, with friends, acquaintances and artists. Elvis would meet Ann Margret, attending her show one day after finishing their engagement at the Hilton Hotel. He stayed with Linda for a few days in Las Vegas, attending other shows. Among them, he went to see Mama Cass Elliot, Elvis invited Cass and Marty Back to his suite, where they sang and enjoyed the night. Elvis had spent Season 8 in Las Vegas and wanted to get away from it all. They were very heavy and annoying days, that Elvis wanted to forget. Then there was Colonel Parker who wanted to make changes and was plotting a new contract to be signed in March 1973. "Following the Way of the King..."

This deal was the great scam of the RCA and the betrayal of their manager the Colonel, who would always benefit from their side agreements. Although Elvis signed, it was clear that he did not really know what this would mean in his future, had he been well advised he would have refused this seeking another solution. Years after Elvis's death, an investigation was reported to the court which showed that Colonel Parker and RCA Records had defrauded Elvis Presley's estate together. It was the worst decision that Elvis made throughout his life, because it would be a financial loss for him, he would suffer it in life and it would be reflected in his inheritance, being the main victim his daughter Lisa Marie. A sadness to see how Elvis was so badly advised, he was betrayed, robbed and worse, to know that he was not aware of his real worth as an artist and his future as a legend. 

"Following the Path of the King ..."




Revivir los momentos del pasado
Anécdotas en Las Vegas. 1973

Cuando Elvis actuaba en Las Vegas, siempre recibía visitas de famosos, amigos y otros que querían conocerle. En una ocasión que Elvis actuaba en el Hotel Hilton, en 1973, Elvis volvería a ver a su amor de juventud, Anita Wood.
Una relación que mantuvo alrededor de cinco años y que le aportó seguridad y felicidad. Ella estaba en Las Vegas con su esposo, Johnny Brewer, y se encontró con Joe Esposito, Lamar Fike y George Klein , que estaban en el vestíbulo del hotel. Ellos al reconocerla, la invitaron al espectáculo, diciendo que sabían que Elvis, seguro querría verla. Le ofrecieron sentarse justo en frente del escenario donde podría estar cerca de él. Elvis la vio enseguida, le habló, le cantó. Cuando Anita le vio después de tantos años, no había contado con sentirse así.Cuando finalizó el Show fue detrás del escenario , porque Charlie Hodge le dijo que Elvis quería verla . Allí se encontraron de nuevo, ella y Elvis se abrazaron, de manera fuerte y por mucho tiempo. Elvis le dijo a Anita : “Ven a esta habitación, entremos y hablemos".
Era una pequeña área privada, que tenía el Hotel Hilton para que Elvis pudiera cambiarse, etc, con solo una cama y una silla. Elvis cerró la puerta para dejar fuera el sonido y alejarse de todos los que estaban allí. Para los dos , el tiempo se había parado, retrocediendo por unos instantes, habían vuelto a revivir en sus Caminos y recordar todo lo que pasó. Hablaron durante una hora y los años se desvanecieron.
Entonces Elvis la miró, su rostro lo describió Anita , como si pareciera nublado y sombrío. Entonces le dijo en voz muy baja : "Pequeña, me pregunto si cometimos un error". Anita que se sentía igual que Elvis, no quería llorar e intentó mantenerse diciéndole : “Es lo mejor. No tendríamos a nuestros maravillosos hijos, Elvis."
Estaba claro que Anita no pensaba que seguramente si su relación hubiera seguido con Elvis, también su camino habría cambiado, tal vez esos hijos los hubieran tenido juntos... pero esto nunca lo sabremos.
Pero siempre existiría ese amor, que aún se mantenía como una llama, una emoción casi sin control. Ambos eran conscientes porque estaban sintiendo lo mismo.
A pesar de que Anita amaba a su esposo y Elvis estaba con Linda, el pasado no lo podrían olvidar, había muchos momentos felices, compartieron muchas cosas, todo eso nunca lo iban a perder.

La relación se rompería en 1962, porque Elvis había conocido a Priscilla y Anita, que llevaba con él desde 1957, leyó una carta por lo que entendió que existía algo entre ellos. Elvis se enfadó por esto. Tiempo después Anita escuchó cuando bajaba a la cocina por las escaleras, las dudas de Elvis cuando hablaba con Alan Fortas y dijo que tenía dudas entre las dos. Anita le dijo que no tendría que elegir y finalizó la relación.
En alguna ocasión Elvis estaba con Cliff Gleaves, escuchando discos. Escuchando "Funny How Time Slips Always" una y otra vez. Le dijo Cliff" “Mi corazón todavía arde por Anita”.Pero nunca la buscó y ella no volvería más. Elvis se casó años después en 1967 con Priscilla y Anita en 1964 con Johnny Brewer, conocido jugador de fútbol americano.
Elvis volvería a revivir sus felices momentos con Anita y en esta noche de 1973, no le importaba el presente, solo le importaba el pasado.
Volver a verla fue importante para Elvis, realmente cuando pasa el tiempo, se madura, se ven las situaciones, los momentos con otra perspectiva diferente y es claro que cuando dejamos una relación el curso de nuestras vidas cambia y para él cambió definitivamente.
"Siguiendo el Camino de el Rey..."

La Jaula de Cristal
9 Temporada Las Vegas. 6/08 a 03/09 1973




La vida a veces se nos ofrece con ilusión, con ánimo, con esperanza, con ganas de afrontar día a día lo que acontece y vencer nuestros miedos para crecer y seguir caminando.
Pero en algunos momentos cruciales se nos cierra un círculo que nos ahoga, que nos aprisiona, que nos vence, por el que llega un estallido de emociones, cansancio, sufrimiento, stress y la sensación de no poder más con todo lo que hemos creado y las consecuencias que nos da.
Estar preso en una jaula de cristal que está a la vista de todos y aunque nos quieran ayudar, rechazamos con fuerza, porque lo que queremos es la liberación de nuestros actos, la sensación de volar libres sin esas ataduras... pero cuando perdemos la seguridad y la paz que nos rodea, el cuerpo y el pensamiento se vencen y hacemos explosión en nuestros actos o nuestro propio cuerpo se rinde a la situación.
Agosto de 1973, Elvis Presley está en un momento difícil, se ve controlado, se ve desolado, por alguna razón las personas que le quieren para él, cree que ya no le entienden y su impotencia da lugar a unos actos que serían muy criticados por la prensa en su profesión. En su vida personal el divorcio ya está a la vuelta de la esquina y también asoma más fuerte a su interior la sensación de haber tocado fondo. Sus errores en su carrera provocados por la cesión de sus derechos, sus proyectos a el Coronel Parker, también hace que Elvis, se sienta engañado , le culpe de todo y quiera cerrar sus puertas.
Todo está enrevesado en una jaula de cristal, su presa es el propio Elvis y en este momento no sabe cómo escapar. Su amada música, su público, su vida ... todo parece borroso ante tanto hastío y sufrimiento. Elvis está cansado de representar su propio papel y de ser "Elvis Presley", por está razón está a punto de estallar...
Aunque no todo fue negativo, Elvis recibió un disco de Oro , el día 9 de Agosto por el "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satelite", fue entregado por Reko Yukawa de Japón en Las Vegas, Hotel Hilton, antes del espectáculo de medianoche y otro disco de Oro de la RCA, se lo entrega George Parkhill, trofeos, etc . También recibiría del propio Hotel Hilton una cadena de Oro el día 1 de septiembre de 1973 , de mano de Henry Levin del Hilton. Luego, Elvis usó la cadena en el escenario para todos sus espectáculos hasta el final del compromiso.
La 9 Temporada en el Hotel Hilton en Las Vegas va a ser el final de una etapa y el comienzo de otra, porque Elvis cambiaría su contrato y jamás volvería a hacer temporadas tan cansadas en Las Vegas, tan sólo dos semanas del mes, dos veces al año.
Estos conciertos serían muy criticados por la prensa, aunque el público sigue adorando a Elvis, a pesar de sus cambios, sus bromas, de los rumores que corren por toda la ciudad y todo lo que van a presenciar. La 9 Temporada llegaría con un final de protesta y estallido para Elvis Presley en su Jaula de Cristal.
"Siguiendo el Camino de el Rey..."





The Liberation of Thought and Discontent.
Las Vegas 09/08 1973






























Sometimes the spirit rebels and expresses willingly or unwillingly our true thoughts. When the artist feels trapped or imprisoned by his actions, when his life becomes a glass cage and his world shines through to the public, what is inside can no longer be hidden and the wings are cut off by the impotence of being able to change the Path itself...
This Season at the Hilton Hotel Elvis Presley can't take it anymore

Season 9 in Las Vegas would be different from the previous ones because Elvis felt that he did the same thing every day in a hotel where he was working tirelessly day after day, without offering anything new, without any incentive. He was at a point that seemed to have no return, he was changing, he had also gained weight and although he was being controlled by his habits, Elvis continued with his habits.
In Las Vegas his fans eagerly awaited him, the new season as he was always asking his King and they had come from everywhere to see his idol again. Many of the spectators were regulars from other years and there were also new people who had not seen him.
Elvis would start his performances without much desire, but singing as always in these shows, although the press that saw the first shows criticized him for his show. This would be one of the worst reviews he received to date and was clearly a bad start for someone who was tired like Elvis.
Although the public adored him and many were happy with his performance, with his jokes, with his words... others were disappointed because it was no longer the same performance and they did not see in him the same artist they had known years ago. But Elvis was really the same artist, he was just jaded and when an artist can't express something new, something he feels, that release makes his soul trapped in his inner world and difficult to convey through the media. voice of him That's why Elvis did different and unusual things in his shows.
If we listen to many of the recordings that exist of these shows, there is a lot of variety, but his interpretation is the same as always. It is true that one day he was more talkative, more critical and even joking and sometimes he did not finish the songs, he changed the lyrics, etc. But if we had to make an excuse for this, the answer would be the search for liberation through his thought, everything he spoke to the public was sincere. And finally his sample of the discontent that he was feeling, because Elvis was a man like all the rest and he was in one of his worst moments.
Following the Path of the King..."

Jumpsuits 9 Season Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. August 6 to September 3, 1973


The Magic on Stage
The costumes that Elvis wore on stage were one more part of his show, since his image, in addition to his interpretation, were part of a scenic ensemble with which the public fell in love with the artist.

For the commitment to the Hilton Hotel for the summer of 1973, from August 6 to September 3, Elvis would once again wear the designs of Bill Belew and Gene Doucette. For this new season Elvis would wear new suits that would be designed especially for Las Vegas and would keep some previous ones like the "White Snowflake", "White Nail Suit", "Today Suit", "Fire Suit", "Orange Suit"... The new suits followed the same type of patterns they were making or similar, with new animal motifs and decorations on the belts, with studs and colored rhinestones. Curiosities of this season, Elvis rarely used the cape to close the show, from the second week he would stop using it. 

New Jumpsuits:


"Blue Starburst Suit" or "Blue Target Suit" with Blue Cape". 
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 the back.Also on the outside of the sleeves with rays in various directions, on the collar 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 medallions, two of them on the buckle.With the same rhinestones and studs.It has two gold chains with six bows around the belt.This suit was first worn by Elvis Once in Las Vegas in August 1973 and believed in Las Vegas in January/February 1974. Also in March 1974. 


"White Spanish Flower Suit" with Green lined cape.
 White jumpsuit with a pattern similar to that of the "Light Blue Spanish Flower 3p suit pieces" from the previous year. It has the same drawings in growing flower patterns, made with gold-colored ball studs that shape a trunk and the branches of the trees. The patterns are adorned with rhinestones in blue and green. Both on the upper part of the suit, front and back. Also on the outside of the sleeves and legs of the pants with the pleats lined in green. The cape has the same type of pattern and the inside is lined in green. The suit is adorned with a white leather belt with a very large buckle adorned with a lion's head with a feather on each side and three more lions around the belt with the same rhinestones. It also has two gold-colored chains in six arcs that surround it. The suit premiered in Las Vegas in August 1973 and again in Las Vegas in January/February 1974. 


"Black Spanish Flower Suit with Red Cape". 
Suit like the previous ones, black, with prints and studs. The difference would be in the color of the rhinestones, which would be in red with a layer of titanium that enhances the color. The black cape with a red lining. The black leather belt with a large, square, bronze-like buckle with a pattern that looks like an octopus. In addition to wearing four bronze buckles around the belt with the motif of a topless lady .The belt embellished with studs and rhinestones, just like the suit, with two gold chains and six bows around it. This suit, sometimes called the Octopus Suit, premiered in Las Vegas in August 1973 and in September 1974. The designer of these suits of black Spanish flowers, they were not commissioned by Elvis. It was Gene Doucette who designed and offered them.


"Aqua Biue Vine Suit" 
It was also called "Light Blue Flower Suit" or "Turquoise Flower Suit"White jumpsuit with vine plant drawings on the upper part of the body, on the outside of the sleeves and on each side of the folds of the legs, lined with a blue fabric. The branch patterns are made 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 belt in white leather with six medallions in gold color and in the center with a large aquamarine blue rhinestone. With studs and rhinestones. The belt with two golden chains. It was first worn in Las Vegas in August 1973 and is believed in Las Vegas in January/February 1974 and in March. "Lava Suit" with Tiger Cloak" It was called by other names "Laya Suit", "Topaz Suit", "Brown Flower Suit" or "Amber Suit" It is a white suit patterned in the shape of Lava flowing down. they feature on the chest and back, as well as on the outside on the sleeves.Also on the legs it has pleats lined with fake tiger skin on each side.With studs and rhinestones that adorn the whole.The belt has two golden chains in six arcs that surround it.with engraved Tiger heads.The cape with tiger skin lining.Elvis premiered it in Las Vegas in August 1973 and in Las Vegas in January/February 1974. "Arabian Suit" or "Memphis Suit" with Red lining cape White suit with a pattern

Elvis repertoire in Las Vegas.
August-September 1973

For this season at the Hilton Hotel it is true that they had tried to rehearse new songs, days before in rehearsals, but when it was time to open again with the show, almost nothing new was included in their performances, only four songs . Elvis wanted to renew, to change, he was looking for new challenges, but he wasn't really doing anything to achieve it. But it is also true that at this moment, much more than before, Elvis was hurt, tired, caged and disappointed. This must have influenced his actions, his decisions, his choices, etc.
As usual, the Repertoire of songs that Elvis used in his engagement in Las Vegas, would be more or less similar to the previous Concerts, he would choose the same ones although he rehearsed some that he would not get to sing.
The most outstanding thing in these concerts would be to include in his repertoire some new song, such as "Boy", "Softly As I Leave You", "Raised on Rock", the song he had recently recorded and again the song "Trouble".

"My Boy"
A song composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, which the great actor Richard Harris would record on his second album, in 1971. Elvis was based on this version, which he liked so much. Elvis could not resist the lyrics of this song that talks about divorce and the love he has for his son.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EWxGPKqXEk
A wonderful song with a melody that stays and a heartfelt and great interpretation despite everything that can be said about his performances in this season 9. The public would recognize in this song the Elvis of always and rewarded him with their applause, because Elvis would turn to his interpretation.
The song was based on a French theme by Jean Claude Francois and Jean Pierre Boutarye entitled "Parce que je t'aime mon enfant"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRnKbEvdEAM
Although Elvis first presented it in Las Vegas, Elvis later recorded it on December 12, 1973 at Stax studios.
It was included on the "Good Times" album, also released as a Single in January 1975, with the track "Thinking About". The single reached number 20 on the charts, sold around 200,000 copies, but in the UK it would be a huge success.
It was later included on "Walk a Mile in My Shoes", the 2000 reissue of "Promised Land", "Hitstory" and various live versions including "Live in Las Vegas", FTD "Big Boss Man" and "Dixieland E Rocks", many in pirated versions, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlTJAfHHSI

"Trouble"
A fascinating song in all his interpretations, Elvis always gives his strength, his energy in this song since he recorded it on January 15, 1958, for his great movie "King Creole". A song composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, proposed for Radio Recorders in this film.
The song was included on the EP and LP of the film's soundtrack. Later on "Worldwide Gold Award Hits vol.2", "Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller", "The Great Performances", "The King of Rock ´n´ Roll", "Of The Century""Elvis 2nd to None", " Hitstory", "Elvis R´n´B", in 2007 "Essential Elvis", etc.
Elvis would sing it again in the Comeback Special for NBC in 1968, included in several editions of "Comeback Special" and FTD. Alternate versions on "Memories The 68 Comeback Special" and FTD's "Burbank 68" and "Let Yourself Go", as well as "Elvis #1 Hit Performances".
It would be a success The inclusion of this great song in his concerts of the 70's, giving it another intention, another approach, since the accompaniment was already different, it was adapted by Elvis to his new way of singing, sometimes changing the tempo. Although with the same strength and passion as always, because it was a fantastic score that the public always liked.
Some of these performances were included in the FTD "Closing Night", a performance from 1975 was included in the FTD "Southern Nights", etc. A demo version that Elvis first heard of the song was included on FTD's "Writing for the King".
A wonderful song that we will always remember in his performance both in the film and live.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WApHuy0pD4

"Softly As I Leave You"
A song written in Italian by Antonio De Vita and Giorgio Calabrese, which was covered in English by Hal Shaper and curiously recorded by many artists, Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro, Bobby Darin, Doris Day, etc.
A song that would always move the public because of the way Elvis recited, because of the lyrics and the sensitivity of it.
In the 9th Season of Las Vegas, Elvis would include her in the repertoire, her voice narrated the song, telling the story of a man who dies in the hospital and is accompanied by his wife, who falls asleep and while she is asleep, he He writes how he wants to say goodbye softly...
Elvis recited it at the beginning, without background music, without singing it, the reaction of the public was good and over time he took over the real music that was performed by the tenor Sherrill Nielsen, while Elvis recited it in duet. Elvis would never get to sing it, it just ended in a duet in the last verse with the tenor.
In 1975 he also included it in concerts, a live recording in Las Vegas was issued as a posthumous B-side of the single "Unchained Melody". An essay from the summer of 1974 was published in "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." Other versions on "Elvis Aron Presley", "Live In Las Vegas", FTD "Closing Night", "It's Midnight", "Dinner At Eight", on many bootlegs, bootlegs, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpf8KQPNkQc&t=20s
"Following the Path of the King..."

Music and Reality
Elvis in Las Vegas 1973


An artist of Elvis Presley's stature, whether he had good or bad days, certainly always tried to do his best. Even in his worst moments, even when he was sick, he would go on stage and sing.
But his life was more exposed and he was susceptible to criticism, allegations, scams, etc. Everything he did or said was judged and always remembered, he was not like a normal person, almost everything came to light and fortunately he took care to have his privacy safe.
But as for his music, it was unquestionable his great work and professionalism for years.
His voice, mastery and his undoubted love for music and the public, were his success.
Although he had ups and downs in a month of performances, in many concerts of this Season 9, at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, he also did good shows. But there are always those who want to criticize, tabloids, as well as people who could spread rumors in Las Vegas, about the state in which Elvis could be found.
In any case it is best to listen to his music to be able to judge and here you have a sample of one of the shows, performed in August.
Sometimes it is better to judge by listening to what you could have witnessed in his shows than to take for valid everything you could read or hear from third parties.
Because Elvis Presley's music was the reason for his life.
"Following the Path of the King..."
 

The artist's weariness
Hilton Hotel, September 3, 1973

Season 9 at the Hilton Hotel from August to September 3, 1973, was atypical, different, due to changes in Elvis's attitude. Elvis put on good shows and other more variable ones, the reason they said was his carelessness in the show due to his performance. They even talked about his lazy and uninterested voice...
Elvis made jokes, something that the public liked, but there was a part that seemed unacceptable to him and for that he received criticism. They also said that sometimes he seemed sleepy or drugged... Unfortunately that rumor would spread like wildfire in Las Vegas.
The truth is that Elvis was tired and unhappy, he felt exploited and without any incentive. For this reason Elvis would close his shows in September in a particular way.

Priscilla, who was still attending some show, was surprised at how open Elvis had become on stage, because she talked about his private thoughts. She would relax and tell them what she was thinking at the time. She talked a lot and sometimes too much, this would happen one night that she dedicated herself to talking only with a table that she had in front of the stage, neglecting the rest and almost without singing.
She caused the complaint of some clients who left the show, spectators who left the shows obviously disappointed, to hear talk and not music.
Lamar Fike told him so it wouldn't happen again. Elvis, who initially laughed, was perplexed by this, since the public never used to leave his concerts.

On September 3 at the closing show, Elvis used to always close with jokes and
he would be this way, joking with both the band and the public.
But there was something else, Elvis was also in a bad mood, not with the audience or the musicians, but with the hierarchy of the Hilton hotel and he treated one of his employees, Mario, a maitre, who they wanted to fire.

Elvis enters the scene on top of his friend Lamar Fike, as if she were his horse and also wears a monkey around his neck that seems real.
Before singing "What Now My Love", Sonny West carries a bed onto the stage, where Elvis lies down to sing...
When he starts the song "Suspicious Minds" Elvis begins to sing confidently
"Bridge Over Troubled Water", they say he could be drugged ... but it is difficult to follow a melody of a song with a whole orchestra playing another melody and without hesitation, rather it seemed to want to annoy or attract attention, since after after some laughs he decides to sing "Bridge"
He continues to have fun, changes the words and forgets the words, everyone finally sings with Elvis's thanks
There would be many contradictions about this, but fortunately it was recorded to be able to listen to it.

Elvis would initially criticize the hotel managers in a respectful manner, but would later include his reproach in the lyrics of his songs, to attract attention.
All this would be witnessed by the public and would reach the ears of Colonel Parker who would fly into a rage.
This would lead to other consequences...
"Following the Path of the King..."

Elvis in Concert. The hard mission of the Artist
Elvis in Las Vegas. Season 9

After the July recordings at Stax, Elvis would begin rehearsals on July 31, when the band would start rehearsals at the RCA studio on Sunset.
The repertoire was planned to be more or less similar to the previous tour, but they were also going to work on some songs that were supposed to be included in the Concerts.
Included are some that have not been sung for many years, such as "She's Not You", "I Feel So Bad" and "A Mess of Blues", "Trouble" and the extended medley of "Rock 'n' Roll" in which he is going to include several songs .
Two unrecorded songs, "The Twelfth of Never" and "Are You Sincere?" will also be rehearsed. , which would later be recorded in September in Palm Springs.
For some reason all this was discarded and finally he would only keep the song "Trouble" and the medley of "Rock & Roll", apart from the usual ones, and he would include his new song "Raised on Rock" and a new song that he would sing regularly from then on, "My Boy". This song would be recorded in the future December sessions at Stax Studios.
On August 3rd Elvis flies to Las Vegas to finally start rehearsals at the Hilton Hotel, where he will sing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5aHLjRw_Kw
The Summer Festival is scheduled to begin on August 6, 1973, in Las Vegas, with the usual dinner and show. As usual the show started with the overture of "Also Sprach Zarathustra", but this time it was made with a special arrangement different from the current style, but it was clear that it lost the strength, the energy and the impact that the original version caused in the spectator. For this reason it would stop being done and would return to its usual interpretation the next day, the experiment may have started from a desire to change or give another approach to the show.
Not only Elvis was tired, it was difficult to do the same thing day after day if there were no changes or variations. The repertoire should have been changed before, they were all in the same boat, Elvis did not know how to change at this time and the musicians, the orchestra were also playing the same thing day after day and for some it was not pleasant.
The public was waiting for their King and the show would begin with optimism for all, except for the journalists who saw in these shows a very big change, not only in his physique, since he had gained overweight, but also in the show in general.
During the shows, one of the most applauded and successful songs was "My Boy", which made the audience stand up to recognize his performance. There was also a particular anecdote when he sang another of the songs that the audience loved the most. It was at one point in the show, as Elvis was beginning "American Trilogy," a large cardboard cutout in the shape of a moon was lowered from above the large Hilton stage. The moon was adorned with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and an eagle. Elvis was not expecting this, because no one told him they were going to put it behind and when he turned around he said : "My God, the moon is falling".
Elvis also adds to the repertoire a song that sensitizes the public, but initially what he does is to recite it , eventually, you will hear the voice of the Stamps tenor singing it and Elvis reciting the lyrics, the title was "Softly As I Leave You". It is said that women cried when they heard Elvis in this interpretation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpf8KQPNkQc
The shows closed with the usual "Can't Help Falling in Love", without adding another novelty. But the audience was usually happy, although it is true that the rest of the shows say they were very variable in performance and especially in Elvis' attitude.

The press was extremely cruel to Elvis, as it would be one of the worst reviews in his career, The Hollywood Reporter gave a negative description of the opening night. What could be read was :
"He is Elvis at his most indifferent, disinterested and unattractive", also " The Living Legend was fat and ridiculously mimicked his former self . His personality was lost in one of the most ill-prepared , unstable and most dispiriting performances of his career in Las Vegas .... It is a tragedy , disheartening and absolutely depressing to see Elvis in this state , fat and ridiculously imitating his former self ".
It seemed to be that they didn't hear his voice, they only saw his physical change and it was very unfair to see how this criticism put him as a puppet of himself. When Elvis read all this, he was obviously very disappointed and his bad mood and depressed state would be more evident to everyone.
It was the beginning of the most atypical shows in Elvis' career.
"Following the Path of the King..."



Los inexplicables lazos que coartan la existencia.
Elvis y el Coronel Parker. Los Designios del Destino











There are people who mark the course of our lives or are intertwined in the line of our destiny, in such a way that it would be unthinkable to get rid of their influence.
They become mandatory company without sometimes having decision-making power. Like a tumor that expands, incurable, they become strong and little by little they annul our power of decision and benefit from our courage, to the point of exhaustion.
It is so difficult to cut that strong bond, out of fear, out of habit, out of ignorance or lack of courage, that they continue by our side even though we cannot cancel their strength.
Elvis and Colonel Parker had a strange relationship for years that united them professionally. The full and blind trust that Elvis had placed in Tom Parker since he met him in 1955, made him continue to be by his side throughout his artistic career. When he met him as an inexperienced and humble young man, Elvis would be encouraged to leave Sun Records and sign with RCA, exchanging his manager Bob Neal for the cunning and promising Colonel Parker. Although everything was already on the way to success, all the doors were already open and surely Elvis would have become famous just the same, he would change everything to leave his future in the hands of a new manager. He really assured him a successful future and above all, what he wanted most at that time was to be a great actor.
For years he reneged on his promise, even though he would be successful as an artist and even though Elvis blindly trusted his word and his business decisions, unfortunately the disappointment would grow for years. Control of his career path, and indirectly of his decisions that might have given her a completely different direction, would be given to him.
By 1973, Elvis was tired of doing the same thing, he knew that since he made "Aloha From Hawaii" Via Satellite, he could have had the world in his hands, but offers were rejected all over the world and he felt imprisoned in Las Vegas. Vegas.
Elvis was drowning in his own glass without answers or possible solutions, handcuffed by his mistaken decision to have sold his musical catalogue, tired of RCA and his manipulations and financially burdened by his obligations and the divorce of the. The expectations of going out and touring abroad were always in discussion with Parker, not knowing the real reason.
Elvis was literally exhausted and the obligation to perform 30 days in a row without a break, two performances, was exhausting for anyone dedicated to music.
It is true that everything the Colonel did was to obtain success and profit for Elvis and for himself, but it would be even more true that he would never understand him, he would never understand that Elvis not only loved his music, he needed to create something new, to feel that he was offering the best. Elvis was moved by challenges that forced him to grow as an artist and now he felt handcuffed by everything.
They had also told him that the Colonel had gambling debts with the Hilton and that he had also hidden his real reasons for not going abroad because of his identity, he was also disappointed by the dismissal of a maitre d who worked at the Hilton and the injustices never they liked it.
The last day of performance Elvis was very angry about everything that was going through his head, also because he had proposed a karate movie to be made and the Colonel also objected to this project. Everything had been intermingled and Elvis's anger and discontent caused him to explode in the performance offending the hotel management and releasing his rage on stage.
Despite the fact that the public did not understand or take this as an offense, the Colonel did understand and saw a very great offense for him and for the Hotel that had hired them, for which he accused Elvis of lack of professionalism and respect.
The two argued in his room at the Hilton, the shouts and reproaches heard from outside by all those who cared for and worked for Elvis.
Jerry Schilling, who heard everything he was saying to himself, recounted it:
Elvis accused the Colonel of exploiting him, of abusing his trust, of having lost his catalog of songs, of the tours abroad that could not be carried out and more...
The Colonel shouted: “If you want to go there, you will do it without me”. Without hesitation, Elvis responded, “That's just what I was thinking. You're fired." There was a stunned silence in the room as the Colonel burst through the door, pausing only to yell a full stop: "If you're going to fire me, you'll have to pay me what you owe me."
No one could believe what they heard, because Elvis would never dare to face Tom Parker, but he had finally gathered the courage to face his fears.
The next day, Elvis received what was a letter with the calculation of about five million dollars, which the Colonel demanded for years of debt and although it was not very credible, Vernon and Elvis believed it.
Despite being a bluff, on the part of the Colonel,  the fear of that economic and exaggerated claim by the Colonel, things were taken with caution by Vernon and Elvis, since they were in the worst financial moment.
The lack of management and commercial intelligence caused them to panic, they really did not have any kind of clear judgment about everything they could do to save this situation.
But if he had taken him to court or to any lawyer, Elvis' artistic and personal course would have been different.
The reality is that Colonel Parker could have been fired, without prejudice to Elvis Presley.
He was such a great artist, that he would certainly have gotten a good manager just by saying his name. But the address was wrong and therefore impossible to do.
For two weeks they did not communicate, it was the game of seeing who could do more.
Elvis would try to look for other options but without finding someone suitable, because instead of looking outside his midst for another manager, some support, advice... he did it with people who had collaborated with the Colonel and the effort would be wasted.
It was the moment of liberation to finally rebel against a contractual obligation that should have changed in 1967. Elvis wanted to free himself from his glass cage, but he really didn't know how to break out and risk taking another Path, but all his courage vanished without a doubt. know what to do. Unfortunately no one guided him and many of his friends could have advised him like George Klein, Marty Lacker or Joe Esposito, but it is true that due to past experiences, they did not dare to suggest anything.
Although everyone would have been happy, if Elvis had changed managers, but it was difficult because there was an inexplicable bond between them that united them in time and tied them until the end.
Financial obligations, divorce and fear made Elvis give up on his decision and he would finally call Colonel Parker, so that everything could take its course. The only thing he could win would be the change in the contractual obligation with the Hilton Hotel. From the following season he would only work two weeks, twice a year.
But this disgust and giving in to her attempt to free herself from the Colonel would add to all his weariness to break his spirits.
Elvis no longer felt like the King, although any manager would have given his right arm to work with him.

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LAS VEGAS  1974



















10 SEASON JANUARY 26 TO FEBRUARY 9

Las Vegas Season 10 Elvis Presley January 26, 1974

Retaking Las Vegas. 10 Season 1974


































January 1974
The new season in Las Vegas, again at the Hilton Hotel.
Elvis was still the biggest attraction in Las Vegas, despite time, new artists and old glories. His name was still fully synonymous with what the performances at the Hilton Hotel were a sure value despite his weariness and what again meant accepting the conditions of the contract, but everything will change from 1974 .
Elvis continued to attract his fans who came from all over the world to see him perform.
But fortunately something had changed, Elvis was only going to work for two weeks acting and he was happy because in this way his performances could be full and not end up exhausted.
The Season is scheduled to take place from January 26 to February 9, 1974.
Elvis's mood had also improved, he was more awake and lively, although he had already left the divorce behind, his relationship with Linda is still stable and his new commitments are going to make him focus on his performances . As always, music and his great love for the public would be the reason for his change, they would always be his greatest motivation. It was what he needed then, something new to keep him going.
The performances would be worthy of applause, Elvis returns to excite his audience with his performances. Although again the repertoire is almost the same, few new things to offer, such as the song recently recorded at Stax Studios, "Help me", "Blue Spanish eyes", etc.
Elvis was very excited about his new group "Voice", which he is going to perform in concert, adding more vocal richness to his group.
We talk about all this and much more in our program...
Presented and directed by Ana Albajara, writing a script and reflections on an extensive bibliography.
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A Night to Remember with Elvis. 10 Season in Las Vegas
January 26, 1974. Opening Show.

Opening show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Day January 26, 1974.
Elvis would return to the Hilton Hotel with a new perspective, since it was no longer going to be a commitment as tiring as the previous ones, he knew that it was only two weeks and obviously he could perform the shows with all his energy and heart. His spirits had been renewed and he would begin this first day of the Concert with enthusiasm in which he would show Las Vegas again, the reason why it was still the biggest attraction in the city.
Elvis is a little overweight, although he really is bloated, because they say that he was splendid from the face, but what really mattered was that he was fit and in a good disposition. Cheerful and devoted to acting.
They say the show was great! .Elvis drove women crazy, the screams were continuous during the Show.
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His girlfriend Linda Thompson joined by Elvis' friend Jack Lord (Hawaii 5-0) and his wife. Also Joe Esposito, and Colonel Parker. In addition to many acquaintances among the public and, as always, his fans who came from anywhere in the world to enjoy his idol.
Elvis came out before his audience to applause and great emotion. He looked smiling and splendid, he moved dancing to the music. At all times she would display energy and also a playful attitude.

The concert would start with the usual songs "CC Rider", "I Got A Woman", but before performing "Love Me", he greets his audience by saying:
"Me and the old blue eyes are back" (Elvis was referring to Frank Sinatra that he had sung the night before).
It introduced the song "Let Me Be There", an Olivia Newton John hit, sung with energy and rhythm. A theme that would be successful like all the ones he presented on this very special night.
The usual songs like "You've Lost That Loving 'Feeling", again the song "Sweet Caroline", which he hadn't played in a long time and others.
Once again, Elvis used to give his audience handkerchiefs during the song "Love Me Tender". Anecdotally Elvis turned and threw one at Ronny Tutt.
And others that used to happen, like a girl grabbed his hand without wanting to let go, ending up scratching him.
During the version of "Fever" he was illuminated with red lights on his legs. During this song the women went crazy with their insinuating movements, they launched continuous screams.

Elvis presented as a novelty the Voice trio, which premiered in Las Vegas. With Don Sumner, Tim Baty and Sherrill Nielsen whom he made sing solos while Elvis left the stage: They sang "Killing Me Softly", then Elvis returned with a Band-Aid on your finger. He later duetted with Sherrill Nielsen on the song "Spanish Eyes."
The show was great and special for the fans who were absolutely pleased.
When introducing his musicians, Elvis does not remember the last name of Young Duke Bardwell, who replaces Emory Gordy on bass.
After he introduces the celebrities who have come to see him tonight, he reads it on a piece of paper:
  "A Show Business Veteran", George Burns; James Brolin (as Marcus Welby) "Stay close to the stage, doctor, you might need it!"; Mike Connors (of Mannix) and his wife on crutches. Mike insisted that he give him a scarf which surprised Elvis, to whom he said: "A scarf, my belt, my suit...".
Lorne Greene (Bonanza) who caught a blue bandana and was excited about it too. Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, Danny Thomas "My neighbor built my house, but his house is too big and blocks my view of Los Angeles!" And Jack Lord "his favorite actor and friend of his."
He would sing 'I Can't Stop Loving You', then for the first time u
"Help Me", which he had recently recorded.
The end of the show Elvis as usual performed "Can't Help Falling In Love", Elvis came forward shaking hands with Lorne Greene who stood up and shook both hands.
The entire audience was giving Elvis a standing ovation. Elvis was happy, smiling and charming. It would be a magnificent night, a performance to remember.
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The Wheel of Bewilderment" Las Vegas January 1984.
De Tupelo a Memphis

10 Las Vegas Season January 26 to February 9, 1974.
It must be said that being his 10th Season in Sin City, Elvis was the greatest economic value in Las Vegas.
Elvis continued to attract his fans who came from all over the world to see him perform. He was still the main attraction in Las Vegas, despite the time, of the new artists. His name was still synonymous with full, easy money, so the performances at the Hilton Hotel were a sure value despite his boredom and what he supposed again was accepting Colonel Parker's imposed conditions.
But fortunately Elvis was only going to work for two weeks acting and he was happy because in this way his performances could be full and not end up exhausted.

As for the repertoire chosen by Elvis himself, there would be a lot to say. He chooses the usual hits again, this time without even changing the order. There was little new to offer.
He would sing again a song that he had already performed on a previous occasion, such as "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. Again it would be performed at the Hilton, to the enjoyment of his fans.

The new song recently recorded at Stax Studios, "Help Me" by Larry Gatlin was premiered at these concerts.
An upbeat ballad song, which Elvis also likes. With rhythm and chorus in the central part. Although vocally nothing risky, but with a pleasant flavor in his voice.
A simple simple melody, but with the expected result for the audience.
It was one of the songs that Elvis had chosen among the last ones made at Stax Studios. Why he didn't add more would be the most important question. Elvis did not know or did not want to introduce new material into his repertoire. Either he didn't consider it good or he really didn't care about promoting his new songs. It was a commercial effort, but Elvis could have also facilitated a bit of promotion through his concerts as any artist does. But it was as if the Stax sessions hadn't existed for Elvis.
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There was also another song that would include as "Let Me Be there", Olivia Newton John's recent hit. About which we will talk, but the truth is that Elvis Presley, despite his goodwill, had gotten back on the same Ferris wheel of confusion, from which it would be very difficult to get off, since it would be impossible to stop.
Here you could not blame others, because only Elvis was the one who decided in his show.
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The Voices of the Soul"
Las Vegas 10 Season.1974


Elvis had a new incentive with his group "Voice", which he had already included in recent Stax recordings. And also the trio would sing in the new Season in Las Vegas January February 1974.
Elvis was an administrator of choral music, his passion for quartets, trios, led him to want to be part of one of them in his youth, but fortunately they told him "that his voice was not worth it for this" so Elvis opted for being a soloist.
But whenever he could, he liked to sing in harmony with his voices and even sing as one of them.
With "Voice" he would do it before the public, he sang as a choir with them in a new interpretation as a novelty for the trio to introduce them on stage.

Elvis was so excited about his new acquisition "Voice" that he would give them the opportunity to sing "Killing Me Softly With His Song" with him, adding to his chorus.
A song composed in 1971 by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel.
Roberta Flack would interpret a new version that would make it a great success, thanks to which she would win three Grammys.

Also on the song "Blue Spanish eyes", Elvis performs a duet with Sherill Nielsen, who was the tenor voice on "Voice". I was captivated by his voice and enjoyed singing with him.
Elvis always sang as a soloist and sometimes he accompanied himself with Charlie Hodge or with a member of the Stamps, in harmony, but not as a duet, this was very different.
You have to keep in mind that Charlie, DJ were soloists. Charlie left his quartet years ago and DJ was from the Stamps. Although they were good friends with Elvis, the annoyance was inevitable.
In addition, the rest were also jealous, because they saw the preferential treatment that Elvis gave them both off and on stage.

The friction between the group was unjustified, since JD Sumner and the Stamps also had moments to show off, singing the song "Why me Lord".

The artistic world brings these things and there will always be jealousy, envy. Elvis was a generous and enthusiastic man and at this time his preferences were directed towards "Voice". But he had every right to do what he wanted and no one had to bother.
Elvis only allowed himself to be carried away by the music, by his inner voices, the voices of the Soul.
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A song with Spark! "Let Me Be There"
Las Vegas . 10 Season 1974

"Let Me Be There" by John Rostill.
It was a recent hit sung by Olivia Newton-John. The custom of choosing songs that were already popular was being adapted to Elvis's repertoire. Unfortunately, he could not find authors to perform his own music or what they offered him he did not consider suitable for his performances. But the truth is that this meant not offering anything fresh in his shows.
Of the recent songs he only released one song "Help me".
Unfortunately, this was something that weighed and would weigh on Elvis's mind, but the truth is that he himself was the one who could do the miracle.

A song that suited him very well, vocally and to encourage the public and warm up the audience. Elvis sings it lively with rhythm and power. A score that can make his voice shine would be a novelty in these concerts. It would be very well received by the public, as a novelty it was important to innovate with a song and this would be a success. Elvis should have included many more, but it was clear he didn't feel like doing it or he felt his fans weren't going to like it.
It was a very central song in register and not risky at all, but it had that special something that could make the audience dance, since it was catchy.

Elvis begins performing this song in Season 10 Las Vegas.
On March 20, 1974 he would sing it in Memphis to be released on an album recorded live, "Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" and later on "Moody Blue".
The song would be a million-selling Grammy winner for Olivia Newton John in 1973.
Elvis regularly performed the country pop song for much of 1974 and 1975 . Alternative live performances were released on the "Elvis Aron Presley" and FTD albums "I Found My Thrill", "Dragonheart", "It's Midnight", "Big Boss Man", "Dixieland Rocks", etc, plus a series of pirated copies.

Composer John Rostill
he worked with a number of artists before joining the Shadows, including the Bournemouth band 'The Interns' and also played in the professional musician bands to back up artists coming to England on tour, such as the Everly Brothers and Tommy Roe.
prolific songwriter, contributing to the Shadows' output as a solo songwriter and as part of the mid-'60s Marvin/Welch/Bennett/Rostill team. This combination composed the hits "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt" and "Genie with the Light Brown Lamp”.
A song with spark!
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"Why me Lord"
The inspiration in the Gospel

Elvis's preference and taste in terms of musical styles always had a lot to do with Gospel and vocal groups, he liked to perform with their voices on stage and interpret a song to enjoy his favorite music. This song "Why me Lord" would be introduced almost spontaneously during Season 10 at the Las Vegas Hilton, when Elvis asked JD Sumner if he could sing it on stage. JD, with his splendid bass voice, would begin to sing this song accompanied by the Stamps and Elvis, who would give himself body and soul to sing the song with them. Although it is a song that was really more about showing off the group, Elvis would feel very inspired by this letter, because of its meaning, it was one of his favorites.
It was a million-selling country gospel classic composed by Kris Kristofferson that Elvis would record live when he performed it in a March 1974 concert billed as "Elvis Recorded Live on Stage" in Memphis. Elvis added the song to his repertoire for January 1974 (originally titled "Why Me?") after he and the Stamps spontaneously sang it one night on stage. It was a score that gave a lot of play and intensity in his show due to the great interpretation they did together, as well as being able to offer a moment of brilliance to JD and his group. Elvis Recorded "Live on Stage" in Memphis has since appeared in the gospel anthologies "Amazing Grace" and "Peace In The Valley."

"Why me Lord" continued to be performed regularly during concerts until 1975 and on some other occasion at later Elvis concerts. Other live releases included on "Elvis Aron Presley", "Live In Las Vegas" and on the FTD releases "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis", "Live In L.A", "It's Midnight", "Dixieland Rocks" , "Unchained Melody, ec.
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"Why Me" is the original title of this country gospel song composed by singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson.
At some point he would explain that he was with some friends in a church and that he was moved when he heard the Larry Gatlin song "Help Me (Lord)". He said that he had never thought of needing help, but that he was at a low point in his life. Then the pastor would ask those present if anyone felt lost... and he surprised himself by raising his hand. The pastor asked him if he was ready to accept Christ and asked him to kneel, for him it was like a liberation and from this moment the question that would give rise to the song was created in him.
"Why Me" was Kristofferson's only major country hit as a solo artist, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in July 1973. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Kristofferson had become a successful artist in the 1970s with songs such as the massive success of compositions such as "For the Good Times", "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Morning Coming Down", "Help Me Make It Through the Night ", etc.
Kristofferson has won three competitive Grammy Awards out of thirteen nominations. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Of him, Elvis would record this song and "For The Good Times" and "Help Me Make It Through The Night".
When he heard Elvis for the first time, Kris was shocked, he could never have imagined that years later she would record his songs, so he would feel honored and grateful, proud that the idol of his youth could interpret the song. songs of him
Elvis was the engine of many artists and young people who were enlightened by his music and inspired by his voice.
But for Elvis the true inspiration was in the Gospel and for this he would choose this song.
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The Admiration of the Myth
Duke Bardwell. bass.















Duke Bardwell was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1943. He would be born talented, beginning to play the ukulele at the age of five, but he also tried the piano and found he preferred the ukulele. It wasn't long before he mastered the guitar followed by the trumpet. He also had a good singing voice. He played in some of the best R&B bands in Baton Rouge in the '60s. He has a long artistic career, even playing with his own band called The Greek Fountains. Duke found himself and his band playing gigs with The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and Sonny and Cher. Duke has also worked with Tom Rush, Kenny Loggins, Emmylou Harris, and more. He eventually moved to Los Angeles where he would meet José Feliciano who he played with on his sessions. On one occasion he would play one of these Ronnie sessions to tell him that Emory Gordy was leaving the band and that he would talk to him about the possibilities of replacing him. Ronnie thought Duke was right for the job because he was and he was flying to Los Angeles to audition and in January 1974 he got the job as bassist.
 For Duke it was something of a dream to get to work for Elvis Presley, starting in January 1974 until he returned to the Jerry Scheff band in April 1975.
 After leaving the TCB Band, he began playing with other bands, although he would stop playing for twelve years to start a restaurant business with his wife. Later he would play again and form his own band, Hubba Hubba.
 Duke was a fan of Elvis since he was a child, as soon as he heard his music he was shocked.
 In Las Vegas he was on trial as a musician and didn't have much communication with Elvis. Later he gradually adapted to the group and was accepted by all as one of the others, especially he had a relationship with Glen D.Hardin.
 Although he really liked working with Elvis, he would have liked him to do more Rock songs, because the comparison with the energy he put into songs like "That's All Right Mama" or "Burning Love" compared to the rest of the songs was very great. This was his point of view, even though he thought Elvis made beautiful songs and they worked very well at big shows. He said that Elvis was demanding when someone like him made a mistake, but it was logical, since he was the star artist and he couldn't afford to look bad because one of his musicians made mistakes. For this reason he would be a little stressed in the beginning because he sometimes had some mistake in songs that he had never played.
 It seems that Elvis was not very happy with his way of playing or because of some mistake he had on stage.
 Bardwell had to accept one or two rude comments during the year; Elvis would sometimes introduce him as "The guy who sometimes plays the bass." The strange thing is that he wasn't replaced if he really was.
 Because Duke was a permanent member of the TCB Band until April 1975.
 Despite this, it would be an unforgettable time for Duke.
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Jumpsuits 10 Season in Las Vegas.
January 26 to February 9, 1974. Hilton Hotel:

In the new Season 10 of Las Vegas January-February 1974, Elvis would again wear some previous costumes, such as the American Eagle, Blue Starburst (or blue Target) and new ones designed by Bill Belew, with Gene Doucet.

Elvis premiered new costumes in this Season 10 in Las Vegas. The new designs made by Bill Belew, who adapted to changes, for this reason the suits would be a little wider in the stomach area, the reason was Elvis's physical change. It does not include any seams as previously done.

JUMPSUITS
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Gold Vine Suit

"Amber 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 saw it in January February Las Vegas 1974 and stopped using it on the March tour of the same year.
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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 way.
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 silver circular 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.

White Conquistador Suit

'White Conquistador Suit' with red lining cape .
  a white jumpsuit the same as the previous "Black Conquistador', Suit" from November L972, 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 ornaments. With six arches formed by two bronze and gold chains.
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.

Jumpsuits. 10 Temp. Las Vegas 1974. (2)

January 26 to February 9, 1974. Hilton Hotel:
Elvis used costumes that he had already worn before and others that he premiered, Bill Belew was the creator with his assistant Gene Doucette.

"Multicolored Rain Suit" with Silver Lining Cape.
Other names "Multicolored Jeweled Suit" or "'STaterfall Suit
It was a white jumpsuit with the same patterns as "Blue Rain Suit" resembling rain in vertical lines of round, pointed, gold and silver studs in different sizes. Embellished with rhinestones in red, pink, blue, green and white with different shades. They cover the back, chest, neck and outside of the sleeves, and each side of the pant pleats, with a silver lining.

The belt bears five gold-colored medallions with figures of people on them. Adorned with red, blue, green and brown rhinestones, most of them transparent, and round studs. Two gold-colored chains were added in six arcs around the belt.

The cape is white with the same ornaments lined in silver cloth.
Elvis wore it in Las Vegas in January-February 1974, but unfortunately there are no known photos of Elvis wearing this outfit.

"Lava Suit" with Tiger Cape"
It was called by other names "Laya Suit", "Topaz Suit", "Brown Flower Suit" or "Amber Suit"
It is a white suit with patterns in the form of Lava flowing down. They are arranged on the chest and back, as well as on the outside on the sleeves.
Also on the legs it has folds on each side lined with fake tiger skin. With studs and rhinestones that adorn the set.
The belt has two golden chains in six arcs that surround it with engraved Tiger heads.
The cape lined with tiger skin.
Elvis premiered it in Las Vegas in August 1973 and also wore it in Las Vegas in January/February 1974.

"Blue Starburst Suit" or "Blue Target Suit" with Blue Lined Cape".
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 be in Las Vegas in January/February 1974. Also in March 1974.

"Arabian Suit" or "Memphis Suit" with Red lining Cape.
White suit with an Arabic pattern on each side of the chest, shoulders, neck and an arrow on the back. They also embellished on the sleeves and pant legs on either side of the red-lined pleats. They had around these patterns two rows of circular balls and pointed gold colored studs. Also with some flat, small, pink studs. 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...
They also call it "Memphis Suit", for his performance in March 1974, when the album was recorded live. "Stone King of Spades Suit" or "Multiple Sequins Suit".
It premiered in Las Vegas in August 1973 and in 1974.

He also used other suits that we have already talked about, the "White Nail Suit", "Orange Starburst" and "American Eagle Suit" that he had already used in concerts in 1973.
Again Elvis Presley would look magnificent in all these suits during the March 1974 tour.
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16 August/ 02 Septemter 1974

"The Struggle to Avoid Ennui" Las Vegas August 1974

Many critics and fans say that Elvis was sometimes sleepy or scatterbrained compared to previous seasons. Logically they were people who had already attended the concerts that Elvis did at the Hilton Hotel. There Elvis had very good moments and also terrible for him.


 The thing is, even though Vegas was a place of fun for him, it was also some kind of jail or life sentence feeling. Something that he couldn't leave even if he wanted to, because he had committed himself for a long time and everything would be concentrated in his mind, wanting to explode.
 It is very logical that when a person is tired of something he protests, but certainly an artist cannot do it freely and although Elvis did it in the past, his reaction was the most surprising, but also the most normal.
 We assume that Elvis was struggling not to become bored or get carried away by the boredom of doing the same thing over and over again.


 Elvis needed to talk to his audience, he wanted to make his show more enjoyable, not only for his fans, but also for him.
 The Hilton was for Elvis a place where he felt too controlled, he could not go out freely and this affected him a lot. He only happened to her at the Hilton and at the Sahara Hotel in Lake Tahoe.
 When he went on tour this didn't happen because everything went faster, they went from one city to another and Elvis wouldn't feel the same way.
 The disposition of the public was also very direct, he was next to him, this closeness made his attitude more logical.


 When he sang there was a lot of play with the songs, he would stop, repeat, speak and move according to the rhythm of the score.
 It is really true that Elvis continued with his habits, with the pills and continued to have health problems. But listening to many of the recordings of this season at the Hilton we observed that his voice was perfect, his attitude was very close to the public but we did not hear anything wrong.
 From what we understand that any failure that Elvis had or attitude different from previous seasons was already a reason for criticism by the press.
 You had to look for news and this could be it.
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"The Will to Change"



 














August 1974. Elvis prepares days before to appear in Las Vegas, at the Hilton Hotel, to premiere on August 19, 1974.
 It was already his 11th season, in the city of sin where he was always received with open arms.
 Elvis wanted to surprise and innovate in his new show, for this he would hold some rehearsals on the 16th, with his musicians.
 The idea was to change his repertoire and the start of the show.

Elvis, too, had made personal changes. After a few days of vacation in Hawaii, he had lost a little weight, had cut his hair and trimmed his sideburns.
 There would also be changes in terms of their wardrobe, designers, etc.
 It was a new commitment to change, because Elvis wanted to find a new air for his show.
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"The spectacle of change".
The Artist's Disappointment




Las Vegas, Season 11. 27 shows
From August 19 to September 2, 1974.

On August 19, 1974,
it was the first show at the Hilton Hotel.
Elvis was very motivated because he had worked on a new repertoire and planned some important changes so that the show was not the same as always.

The first change was the Concert Overture for Elvis' welcome outing.
Instead of "Also sprach Zarathustra", the tremendous overture, it was replaced by a roll of drums by Ronnie Tutt... Then Elvis would come out to sing, there was applause and a proper introduction.
Elvis wore the "Peacock Suit" and with his usual humor, he introduced himself as NBC's Peacock.

Then came the change in his repertoire:
Elvis had replaced songs that he always sang, such as "See, See Rider" and started with a great song "Big Boss Man", followed by other unusual ones like "Proud Mary".
According to the review that would come out a few days later, Elvis seemed nervous and the audience, although responsive, was not very enthusiastic.
Then he relaxed and would offer new songs like "Softly As I Leave You",
  that it was a theme that Elvis liked to recite.
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)", this song was a recent hit for Olivia Newton John.
Also some of the songs recorded at Stax,
like,"Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues"...
Also atypical songs in his shows like "Down In The Alley", from years ago and recent songs like "If You Talk In Your Sleep"
"I'm Leavin", 'Let Me Be There'...
What he wouldn't include would be these arrangements of various rock and roll hits.

Although it is true that there was not much change, since he would add regulars from his concerts such as "Love Me Tender", "Polk Salad Annie", "Hound Dog", "Ca n't Help Falling In Love"...
The truth is that for Elvis it was a real attempt to get out of the routine, an effort not to do a concert as if it were a broken record, so that it wouldn't always be the same.

It is quite possible that by not seeing enthusiasm in the public's response, he deflated his enthusiasm. Although he was applauded well, Elvis needed more. It's a pity that he didn't continue the next day with this new repertoire and get the audience used to the changes. But Elvis was trapped, like in a spider web, it was more than two years old and Elvis was the one who had woven it every day. Now it was very difficult for him to disengage, because he felt imprisoned.
But fortunately Elvis did not show anything to the public, but on the contrary showed his great sense of humor. In 'Love Me Tender', he caught Charlie kissing him on the show
A parody he used to do while singing "Polk Salad Annie", he would pretend the microphone had a life of its own, staring at it with wide eyes and suddenly fearfully struggling to get it out of the front of his suit, until he could get it out. Other times she pretended to crush him under his foot.
Elvis's humor managed to get out of the monotony with the songs.
This shows that his way of being was positive, although he was disappointed, he sought through his tireless humor to change his mood and make his audience enjoy.
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"The feeling in the voice, the feeling of the Heart"
"Softly, as I Leave You."
































Elvis was a very sensitive man, a person with an innate gift of his for music. When he listened to a song as the good musician that he was, he hardly needed sheet music, the melody adhered to his brain and penetrated him very deeply and if he sang it it was part of his being, it obsessed him to the point of listening to it over and over again. When he liked a score he immediately wanted to sing it or play it and even recite it.

Elvis heard the voice of his group Voice, a song that left an impact on him and that he asked to listen to over and over again."Softly, as I Leave You", this song would be one of the songs that Elvis listened to at home, when he hired Voice . He read the lyrics and Sherril Nielsen sang them, the result was something that left a bittersweet taste for the story, but really beautiful. One day when Vernon Presley heard them, he told his son that it was something very beautiful and suggested that they could do it at one of his concerts. Elvis listened to it some time later and from then on it would become one of those special songs that he liked to present to his audience.

It was an Italian folk song, originally titled "Piano", composed by Tony De Vita with Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese and English lyrics by Hal Shaper. It was originally an Italian hit by Mina, titled "Piano"  https://youtu.be/BP-Q1gIZhEM
Versioned by many artists such as Mat Monro, Andy Williams, Cliff Richard, Bobby Darin, etc. Elvis had already presented it in concert at the end of 1973 , like one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. She would present it again in August 1973, for season 11 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. He would take her in concerts in 1974,1975...
A recording of the song from the live performance in Las Vegas would be included on the posthumous Single as a B-side, with "Unchained Melody". The rehearsal that took place on August 16, 1974 in "Walk a mile in my shoes". Live versions from Las Vegas were included on "Elvis Aaron Presley", "Live in Las Vegas", on the FTD "Closing Night", "It's Midnight", "Dinner At Eight", etc. In addition to many pirated discs, "bootlegs".

When he performed the song live in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley explained the story of the song before reciting it, he said it told the story of a very sick man who was in his bed. He was accompanied by his wife who, exhausted by exhaustion, fell asleep. He felt like he was dying and since he couldn't tell her what he felt, he took a pad of notes and left her a writing, where he said goodbye to her.

The song was a very special moment in which Elvis could perform by reciting a dramatic story, with all his sensitivity, while the voice behind Nielsen sang the song. The public was impressed, many even cried. What made this song special, apart from being a beautiful theme, was precisely the introduction of Elvis and then his narration became so powerful and heartfelt.
His accompanying voice in such an intimate way makes us visualize the image of the story. He was something original and different in his show that received the applause of his audience, no one knew how to better convey the feeling through his voice, the feeling of the sound, like Elvis. Heart.

https://youtu.be/36dkp0rhKdk

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"The Repertoire of Change""Down in the alley"




One of the songs that Elvis Presley would sing in Season 11 of Las Vegas would be "Down in the alley".
In his attempt to change the repertoire, Elvis would surprise by adding an R&B song, a hit by Jesse Stone and The Clovers, from 1953.
Elvis had recorded it and included it as a bonus track on his "Spinout" soundtrack album and on some subsequent albums.
  He recorded it in Nashville on May 25, 1966, with Charlie Hodge doing backing vocals in harmony.

A peculiar song that occurred to him and after rehearsal, would be sung on the first day at the Las Vegas Hilton, August 19, 1974. It is believed that it would never be sung in concert again.
It was a song that he liked to sing from time to time at his house with his friends. Especially with Charlie.

It was later included
on "Reconsider Baby", "From Nashville To Memphis", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", "Artist Of The Century", "Elvis R'n'B", also on FTD, on the "Spin-out" Reissue ".
Alternate takes from that session on "From Nashville To Memphis" and on the FTD's "So High."
https://youtu.be/x54vDS7Prb8

Of the live version, there are many bootleg versions.
What is clear is that Elvis did not see much positive response from the public so he would not sing again.
This would be one of his surprises in his repertoire.
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The Repertoire of Change" "The Twelfth of Never"



 Days before making his commitment in Las Vegas, a rehearsal took place where the rehearsals of Elvis and his musicians would be recorded. With the intention of offering a new repertoire, Elvis had included several songs and some of them were new like "The Twelfth of Never". It was August 16, 1974.


 Curiously, this song had already been thought to be sung when Elvis did "Aloha From Hawaii" a year earlier, but it was discarded then and after this rehearsal the same thing also happened.


 The song was a composition by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster. They were inspired by an old English folk tune "I Gave My Love A Cherry".
 It was a hit for Johnny Mathis in 1956. In 1972 for Donny Osmond as well.


 This essay was recorded by photographer Ed Bonja, but was never published during Elvis's lifetime.
 It would be published in "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and in "From Sunset Blvd to Paradise Road", etc.


 A love theme, a song that in Elvis's voice is wonderful.
 He plays it very sensitively.
 https://youtu.be/jVRXElhMgpU
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"Two artists, two friends, two destinations"


When Elvis performed in Las Vegas he always had visits from famous people who came to visit him and friends who were also famous, such as Jackie Wilson.

  Elvis Presley was a restless artist with a great musical culture. He listened to everything that passed through his hands and had many idols and artists that he admired.

During his early years of singing, Elvis was able to see many artists and when he performed for the first time in 1956, in Las Vegas, he witnessed a performance of Billy Ward and His Dominoes. He would really like this group but especially one of its members, Jackie Wilson. Elvis saw him as a great showman, he liked his style and his way of interpreting, of moving.

Jackie Wilson had a more difficult path to success than Elvis Presley had, when he saw him he was already known, but it would be in 1957 when he left the group to be a soloist.
  He had his own appeal as a singer and became known as "Mr. Excitement", he sang
  rhythm and blues, rock and soul. He had many hits like "I Don't Need You Around," The Who Who Song "," I'll Be Satisfied ", etc.

Elvis saw him at various performances, but was finally able to meet him in person years later. It was in 1966, Jackie Wilson was performing at The Trip Nightclub in Hollywood and Elvis wanted to see him perform. It was a very small place but when Elvis came with his Rolls, dressed in white, he went to see his performance, the word spread and the place would fill up every day.

Elvis once explained that his influence with gospel and rhythm and blues helped shape his singing style, developing into Rock. And that he also had many artists like Wilson as references.

When he met him, he expressed all his admiration for him and from then on they became friends, they really had things in common, including the very special union with his mother.
Wilson confessed his admiration for Elvis and that he was a very great artist, with a great style.
  In this first meeting Elvis invited him to see him shoot at MGM. There they would see each other and talk about music, their things and they would take photos together.
Elvis gave him a photo
in which he wrote:
  "Jackie, you have a friend forever, Elvis". Jackie said that he took this photo with him everywhere from then on, because he considered it a treasure for him.

In August 1974, Jackie visited him during the Las Vegas performances in August 1974. He and Elvis admired each other and had common musical tastes and appreciation.

  Although they were good friends, communication between them would be impossible after September 1975, as Wilson suffered a heart attack on stage in New Jersey.
As he fell, unfortunately he hit his head on some stage equipment, which caused severe brain damage. He remained in a coma until later and although he recovered, irreversible damage would remain, as he was declared incapacitated in June 1976, unable to speak but aware of his surroundings.
He lived in a residence until his death in 1984.
  Elvis Presley covered a large part of Wilson's medical bills, as soon as he found out that he had suffered the stroke.


Wilson's end was very sad,
he was buried in an unmarked grave outside his hometown of Detroit.
Over time, his admirers collected money and transferred it to a mausoleum.
Had Elvis been alive, I'm sure he would have taken care of a decent burial, but unfortunately he passed away two years after his stroke.
Two different destinations for two famous artists who became friends
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The new repertoire"If You Love Me Let Me Know". las vegas 1974








On August 19, 1974, Elvis made a change in his repertoire, where he substitutes several songs and adds some new ones.
"If You Love Me Let Me Know" was one of the novelties in this show.

The song was written by John Rostill and would become a hit in 1974, when it was recorded by Olivia Newton-John.
Again he chose songs that were already recent for the public. It was a country song, the songwriter for it was ex-Shadows guitarist John Rostill, who was also Newton John's manager during the early part of her career.
https://youtu.be/dkMkHpKpLkM

It is true that Elvis really liked this song and was guided by her instinct, although for the public it was already Olivia's and he did not make many changes in the interpretation to make it exceptional. It was a song with a central register and very simple, not much could be done, just the appeal of her voice. Although it is true that it was a happy and catchy song.

Elvis sang it hundreds of times over the years. A version recorded live on April 25, 1977 was included on Elvis's album, "Moody Blue". Others are included in
  "Elvis Aaron Presley". There are many bootlegs or pirated recordings.
  Official albums with alternate live performances include the FTD releases "It's Midnight", "Dragonheart", "Big Boss Man", "Dixieland Rocks", "Tucson '76" and "Spring Tours 77", etc.
https://youtu.be/JbTkC1JCgec
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Las Vegas. Season 11.August 29 to September 2, 1974
Jumpsuits 



Elvis would wear the recent Belew-Doucette designs that he had already debuted in May-June for his tour and would also wear new designs that changed the usual jumpsuit for a two-piece outfit.
They were not designs by I C Costume Company, where Bill Belew and Gene Doucette designed.

The new outfit Elvis wore in Las Vegas was a gift from his cousin Bobbie Jane, who had given him a unique two-piece leather suit. Elvis liked it so much that he ordered several costumes.
  The suit was simple, not designed for Elvis in particular. The design was by tailor Arturo Ellis who worked for the North Beach Leather company.
Elvis ordered 10 outfits, five that he wore on stage and five for his personal use.
They were in beige, brown with dark brown cuffs and shoulders, blue with brown cuffs and shoulders, and cream with pockets on the jacket.
At the end of the season he did receive two more costumes designed by Gene Doucette, inspired by dragons and tigers.
And curiously, he dressed the Spanish Flower Suite again with red stones from 1973. And another curiosity is that on some occasion he used
  he used the top and the belt of his karate outfit, when he was doing some demonstration.
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The Magic on Stage. Jumpsuits 1Las Vegas. Season 11

"Leather Two-Piece Suit Plain"

Suit consists of two pieces, pants and jacket made of smooth white suede leather.
Made with thick brown leather seams, arranged on the outside and inside of the pant legs, also above and behind the knees.
The pants also have pocket-like seams on the front that are sewn with the same leather thread. The jacket has a seam on the upper chest, back, shoulders and neck, around the cuffs and buttonholes on the cuffs and chest opening.


A funny anecdote with this suit, on August 21, 1974 when he came out in the midnight show Elvis told the audience: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, I am the iceman. This suit is a gift from my cousin Bobbie Jane, stand up Bobbie."


"Leather Two,-Piece Sequin Suit"


Two-piece leather suit with sequins, with white suede leather pants and jacket and The design is similar to the rest, with zigzag stitching and small silver sequins on the chest, back, shoulders and neck. Also on the outside of the trouser legs.
It was used no more than three times in this Las Vegas season. The last time this suit was worn was at the midnight show on August 29, 1974.
 
Leather Two-Piece Native Flower Suit"


Floral leather suit with pants and white suede leather jacket with exactly the same zigzag design and some drawings of yellow flowers with green leaves on the chest, back, shoulders and on the flat collar. Also on the waist of the pants and pockets.
On the back is a large painting of a semi-nude woman in a blue dress.
This suit was worn four times during this Las Vegas season and the last time Elvis wore it was on August 3, 1974 during the midnight show.


"Leather Two-Piece Emperor Suit"


Suit with jacket and white suede leather pants, of the same design and seams. With zigzag stitching and some hand drawings of deer and plant-like animals. Arranged on the upper chest, back and neck.
At each of the waist more drawings and on the cuffs, in trouser pockets and legs.


  Elvis wore this suit a total of six times this season in Las Vegas and the last time he wore it was on August 31, 1974, at the dinner show.
With this he put on his karate jacket on stage.


"Leather Two-Piece wine Glass Suit"


Suit with brown jacket and pants, similar design in zigzag in cream color. The chest seam is patterned with stemless wine glasses, on
cream colored on both sides. Also in the back.
On her neck, her knees, she wears large bronze-colored dome-shaped studs. Brown and silver sequins on the shoulders, on the back, on each side of the jacket opening and on the knees.
Elvis only wore it once on stage, on August 30, 1974.
These types of costumes although he wore them this season, they really weren't very showy on stage, they weren't that impressive in the light of the scene, although Elvis dressed everything in a way that looked splendid, he considered dressing them offstage and leaving them at a side since later he would no longer wear them after this season. In any case, Elvis would always look magnificent on stage.
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Magic on Stage. Jumpsuit 2
Las Vegas. Season 11. 1974

Despite these designs of two suits that Elvis had premiered in Las Vegas in August 1974, he would also use suits designed by Belew and Doucette and premiere two new Jumpsuits that would be very showy and spectacular, with drawings of animals and colors. Obviously the public was more interested in this type of design than the two-piece leather suits, since for visual effects, with the spotlights and as a whole they called much more attention. They were thus more successful initially for the show.

"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. He was also used three times on the September and October tour and Lake Tahoe in October 1974.

"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.
 
 

"The opportunities that destiny offers us and are let go"
"A Star is born"



During his performances in Las Vegas, Elvis always received visits from friends and celebrities, media acquaintances and sometimes fans who managed to reach him.
Elvis found out that Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters wanted to visit him after his show. They were received by Elvis in his private room to talk with him. They wanted to propose the leading male role in the new version of the film "A Star Is Born." Peters would be the co-producer and Barbra would be the lead, they talked to him about it and it would be up in the air until Elvis decided what he wanted to do.
Lamar Fike would tell about it, that Elvis was very excited about this proposal, really surprised and wanting to play an important role in that movie. Priscilla would also initially agree that Elvis was really excited to return to acting on film. It was a great opportunity and also he was a character that posed a great challenge as an interpreter, since he was an actor in decline who was being overshadowed by his wife who would suddenly become famous.

I would tell Colonel Parker who immediately said no, as was customary in all proposals that came from abroad, he had no real interest in diverting the Concert Path for an isolated proposal in the cinematographic environment. Parker's excuse was to tell him that Barbra had a very strong temper like him and she would want to be above the credits of the film. He convinced her with absurdities and also made sure that she did not accept the deal, he told her that Elvis wanted 1 million dollars to play her role and Barbra resisted, in addition to a very rigid contract.
The role was really pathetic, but it was dramatic and dignified as a character for him to bring to life, but he was not very convinced and this would take him back, because at this point in his life you could say that Elvis was feeling a bit lacking in spirit. But it was a role that would have exalted him as an actor and he would have tackled it with success. The film would be awarded and with great success at the box office, economically and a great loss for him.
This was one of those opportunities in life that if you don't catch them on the fly, on time, they pass and never come back. It is very possible that such great insecurity that Elvis had prevented him from playing a character from an old rock glory in decline, who was addicted to drugs and for this reason rejected the character of John Norman in the film.
In any case, Elvis eventually made everyone believe that he wasn't interested in making the movie and that the deal ultimately went nowhere.
It is very true that Elvis could have played a magnificent role, because he had acting material, but all he did before were small parts and bad scripts, except for two or three movies.
Also that other roles that would have been an open door to other types of productions were rejected, such as the role that Paul Newman finally played as Chance Wayne in the film "Sweet Bird of Youth", Sweet Bird of Youth, the role played by Richard Toni Beymer in "West side history" or the one that Jon Voight did as Joe Buck in "Midnight Cowboy" and others. Tom Parker's lack of commercial vision and Elvis's insecurity did the rest, for this reason too many golden opportunities were missed.

Marty Lacker and Red West also said that Elvis wanted to do the movie, when Streisand left and Peters thought he would get a chance to star in a quality production. Everyone said that Elvis was a good actor, that he really acted every day, his way of being gave a lot of play to this.
After that contradiction, that change that no one explained to him, but Elvis allowed himself to be carried away by the Colonel to the point of allowing himself to be frustrated by his illusions, which in principle for him, was something he wanted to do.
Sometimes fate gives us opportunities that are missed.
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"Gossip and bickering in Las Vegas."From Tupelo to Memphis.



  August September 1974. Temp 11 at the Hilton Hotel.

Elvis Presley was in a different phase of his life, he had always been very discreet with his things, he did not like anyone to know what he was doing, nor his customs. But he needed to speak and seek communication with his audience, not only singing, but also sharing his enthusiasm for karate and telling anecdotes. So in these concerts Elvis was unleashed and honest with his fans, he would even talk about his divorce, Priscilla and how well they got along in the present.

This commitment at the Hilton Hotel would give rise to some comments from journalists and some spectators, which would bother Elvis a lot. His performances in these concert days were highly applauded on the one hand, in addition to generally receiving good reviews.
But on the other hand, there was talk about Elvis's attitude and it was commented that he seemed too talkative with the public, sometimes a little out of sorts and some viewers even said that they would see him sleepy, although they were isolated comments, rumors spread like wildfire all over Las Vegas.

They said that he was "hooked", meaning drugged and this malicious comment would be the one that would reach Elvis.
Since his success began years ago, Elvis always defended himself from criticism of his music and tried to live with it. What people could say about him affected him a lot, because he was different and would always give people something to talk about. But come 1974 his resistance was no longer the same and he would not only defend himself against those gossip, but on the last day of concerts, September 2, he would also threaten to confront whoever had said these things.
He said that it not only harmed him, but also his daughter, his father, his friends... He was truly outraged and said that his only "hook" was music.

He felt very offended, rightly so, because Elvis understood that no one had to question his life. It is true that as a professional if he offered some concerts, he had to have an obligation as an artist and the truth is that he did not give bad concerts. But they were already beginning to criticize him ruthlessly, even for his physical appearance.

Elvis talked a lot during this season and the concerts sometimes lasted up to an hour and a half, when they normally lasted about 50 minutes.
But he really needed to, for some reason he wanted to get closer and tell the story about him.

But when he gets used to a show like he did with songs one after another, the feeling for the Vegas crowd who already knew his show was strange. Since there was so much talk it took much longer. For regular fans it was a strange attitude.
In any case, this season would be better known precisely for what they called "erratic attitude" in Elvis and not for his music.
When we listen to the concerts, we can say that it is true that Elvis talked a lot, but his performances were good and he had every right to do what he liked, since it was his show.
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"Elvis's Angels, the New Michelangelo"


Las Vegas Season 11. Hilton Hotel
August 19 to September 2, 1974.
This season there were many exciting anecdotes and moments for the viewers, since Elvis was very communicative and very receptive, he talked about everything and nothing, although he needed to talk to his fans.
  But there would be plenty of humor, jokes and even karate demonstrations, the show was entertaining and despite comments that Elvis was talking a lot, the fans were delighted.

Elvis would tell a very particular anecdote that had taken place in the Concert Hall at the Hilton Hotel, the night before.
The Anecdote of the Fat Angels

Elvis often told viewers that he did not like the decoration of the room, the figures on the walls, some angels that were arranged on the ceiling and the ladies and gentlemen in the Louis XIV style that decorated the walls. He said with a cold stage too big for a single artist.
So he decided to change this and make it his own. He told them "I have commissioned a ramp that allows me to be closer to the public."
And I explain what they had done the night before:
It was 4 in the morning on August 25, when Elvis with his friends Sonny West and Jerry Schilling entered the room with the intention of "redecorating" the room.
Elvis asked that they focus on the statues on the wall... He said that Tom Jones, his friend the singer had been there and asked him who was the one with the statue on the wall. He said he was King Edward, pardon your majesty, King George.
Then he asked to zoom higher up he said to see the fat angels on the ceiling.
Elvis said, "Hey, look at those guys, man. Big fat angels! Light up this wall here. You'll notice a little difference. They're Caucasian. It's called that, right? Caucasian? I saw it on my military ID." Elvis was referring to his pale skin tone.
He then recounted what they did "Anyway, I came here the other night at about four-thirty in the morning with some friends who work with me, Jerry Schilling and Red West. Red is a second-level black belt in karate, has a school in Memphis, and I'm very proud of him... Well, he climbed up the fence where the hotel handymen keep materials and paint and stuff, he climbed up the fence, which is as high as this curtain And then he went downstairs and got a can of black paint. He clipped it to his belt and climbed back up there and we stacked two tables together. I came up with the paint and a brush, and it was Michelangelo himself, the guy who painted the Vatican ceiling, Sistine Chapel. I painted that statue. It took me thirty minutes. The hotel hasn't said anything. I just wanted to let you know."

The public receives it as a joke and is confused, but laughs at the crazy anecdote that was real, since Elvis had transformed them into fat, black angels. At the Hilton they never complained about the new decor because it was only changed 10 years later when Elvis had passed away. Possibly those Angels are now worth a fortune...
The new Michelangelo, aka Elvis!
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Elvis' tireless humor,Las Vegas, Season 11, 1974




It is true that at this time the changes in Elvis's mood and personality were highly variable. But when he was well, he could live from time to time in the jokes, the laughs and the comments that he made on stage.
In these performances of August 1974 in Las Vegas we can hear in a concert the pranks that he could occasionally play on a member of his musical group.

As J.D Sumner and the Stamps sang "Why Me Lord", Elvis wanted to make his friend JD Sumner laugh.
sometimes during the song
Elvis responded with a woman's voice.
The normal thing is that JD will sing and it won't be noticeable in his voice, because he could hold his laughter well, but on another occasion during the show Elvis didn't respond like that...
This time Elvis joined the chorus, while Charlie Hodge squatted at Elvis's feet, while he did something on the sly that no one could see because of the lack of light.
When the choir stopped singing and Charlie finished, Elvis walked over to J.D. and lifted one of his legs up to his face.
JD couldn't hold back his laughter and turned red, because Charlie had attached an inflatable white rubber foot with black tips to Elvis's boots, who had raised his foot to JD.

He couldn't sing, only managed to snort a few notes through the entire next verse, while Elvis was cracking up.
Elvis later apologized to JD and explained to the audience that it was a joke between them about something they had previously talked about, about walking on water.

In the same show Elvis only introduced Glen Hardin, the pianist, and the orchestra correctly.
Because he introduced the rest with these words:
  "First of all, the girls who give me so much trouble...who opened the show...before...I think they're fantastic...they used to call themselves 'the Cool Cats' (referring to Sweet Inspirations) J.D. Sumner is the father figure... the one who hits the high note... she is the mother figure... (referring to Kathy Westmoreland) On lead guitar from Shreweport, Louisiana, he is the mother... James Burton The one who sometimes plays the bass is Duke Bardwell. Our driver... he's crazy...
  Joe Guercio".

Elvis usually said joking things to the public, to the women, such as "see you later in my dressing room"... or seriously, but in a humorous tone.
He appears on many occasions with other names of friends, colleagues, such as Bill Cosby, Glen Campbell, etc.
Elvis's humor had no rest, on and off stage...
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Elvis Presley's pride.karate on stage
August 1974 Las Vegas.



  At the Las Vegas shows, during most of the performances, when he sang "If you Thlk In Your Sleep", Elvis did a karate demonstration.
On some occasion the demonstration he did it with his faithful friend, Charlie Hodge, as an attack target.

He also fought against his friend Red West, in such a way, with such realism, that the public was impressed.
  West ended up on the floor multiple times.
Elvis included his karate moves in his stage shows for years, while he performed his songs. But until now he had not demonstrated in this way.

Elvis also talked about karate, in great detail
  , about his relationship with the sport, his philosophy of life and how he got his promotions:
  "In 1960 I tried out for my first black belt. I had to fight two men, both individually and together. One of them had a fourth degree black belt. I kept trying to hit him but I never got close. They all hit me.
  They tested me for 5 hours. The next day I couldn't even comb my hair...
In 1963 I obtained the second dan, I did not have to do the test for the third, then I obtained the fourth dan, and the fifth dan 4 years ago. I got the eighth degree a few days ago."
His passion for karate was his pride and Elvis would show it to his beloved audience as well.
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12 SEASON  LAS VEGAS HILTON.  18 March/1 April 1975

The twelfth Season at the Hilton. March 1975

















































The new Season 12 at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas would be held from March 18 to April 1, 1975. It had been delayed three months than expected, but it would gain strength and health so that Elvis could perform some good concerts.
On March 18, the twelfth season would begin at his house, the Hilton Hotel. A place that was initially part of his pride as a professional but had come to be a constraint until the number of Shows he performed each season was finally shortened.
In the opening show, Elvis's voice was more powerful and strong than before. He really sang in the best conditions, playing several registers vocally, there were also physical changes in him, since he had gained weight again. This would force him to change the wardrobe and design new suits by his personal designer Bill Belew, who this time would change to a more classic two-piece design. They looked classical but were embellished with brocade front and back over the shoulders and along the seams of the pants. The rest was simple and nothing flashy for a renewed Elvis and above all to focus attention simply on his interpretation.
Elvis was friendly as always and above all he thanked the public for his loyalty, for seeing him perform in Las Vegas, where he had already been performing for six years.
In one of his shows, his friend Lee Majors, the actor, went to visit him and see his performances. As was the custom, Elvis used to announce the well-known and important people who visited him at the performances.

This time Elvis would stop the show and tell them, "All right, girls...stay in your seats tonight. I've got a new bodyguard...I'd like you to meet him...He's the Six Million Dollar Man." He's working here tonight because he's been out of a job in Hollywood."
He would run onto the stage in slow motion, go around Elvis, grab Elvis's scarf and throw it off the stage.
It was clear the girls screamed their heads off and this would elicit laughter from Elis who told them, "Ladies, you sure are fickle." After laughing, he would refer to Lee Majors again saying: "He is my friend, he is a very talented actor. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Lee Majors. That's all, Lee, get off the stage, this is my dream to entertain the public." .
This was always another example of Elvis's good humor at the Hilton, where above all there was trust with the public that was used to seeing him joking with the musicians and with the artists or friends who passed by.
In these concerts there was no criticism regarding his way of singing, although it is true that some saw him apathetic, in general he was seen more dedicated and with a good interpretation, the audience is heard happy and satisfied. There were also no rumors about the things he said or did, since Elvis was calmer and more careful and did not entertain himself in talking too much, as would happen in the previous Season of the Hilton.
His willpower was present again, since he continued with determination in his performances and this time he would not notice the ups and downs that he might have in health.
No matter what, Elvis was following the path of him hard!
"Following the Path of the King..."

Acting Partners.
Elvis in Las Vegas. Season 12.




Elvis's band of musical accompanists were very close and got along very well. Certainly when Jerry Sheff on bass left, a year and a half earlier, he left a void in the group of musicians. His departure surprised everyone because he got along great with everyone. But Jerry had aspirations for his artistic future and wanted to open other doors. In March 1975, his replacement, Duke Bardwell, who had been playing with Elvis all this time, would decide to leave his position as bass and also leave the band. But this would not be a surprise to anyone, it was the last time he would play in Season 12, his decision was clear and the reason would not be a secret either. Duke had been the target of Elvis's ironies at many times, he never really fit in as a musician, because Elvis for some reason did not quite accept it.
It is true that sometimes when two people do not get along, it has nothing to do with a lack of interest, many times it is something that cannot be avoided. Duke was disappointed over time and the last straw was the result of the recordings in March 1975. To have played her part in all the songs, but to have been erased except for one song, would already be the worst thing that could happen to her. it could pass.
But Elvis did not like Duke very much and he did not like the way he played, for this reason he was ignored in the recordings, leaving his contribution only in the song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E".

Another surprise would be to include pianist David Briggs in this Season. David Paul Briggs, born March 16, 1943 in Killen, Alabama, United States, is a keyboardist, record producer, arranger, composer, and studio owner.
Since he was 14 years old he already recorded in studio sessions, he was an exceptional musician who accompanied many successful artists of the time including Elvis Presley.
He could accompany various styles Pop, Rock, Country, etc.
He would become well known as part of Nashville's elite studio musicians "the Nashville Cats".
His name has been featured in a major Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit in 2015.
With Elvis he started almost accidentally in 1966, when he replaced Floyd Cramer in one of the recording sessions for the album "How Great Though Art".
Floyd was running three hours late and caused an immediate decision to find a quality little piano.
Elvis really liked his playing and wanted him to play piano on his recording of "Love Letters" as well. He was so impressed with Floyd's style and versatility that he was asked to stay on and play organ for the rest of the sessions after Floyd returned to piano.
Later, David recorded with Elvis in many of his recording sessions and the possibility of playing in his shows was even proposed to him, but due to scheduling reasons he could never be there until now.
In Concert, he would join Elvis' band of musicians in Las Vegas in March 1975 and although he played keyboard he subsequently replaced Shane Keister for all performance dates from 1976 through February 1977.

At the same time, he always had his own work, and since the late 60s he opened Quadrafonic Studios with Norbert Putnam. There They worked with great musicians until 1976. David later opened House of David. He did many commercial spots and also did musical direction.
In 1999, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
He was always a highly valued artist and sought after by great artists of the moment, but especially appreciated by Elvis Presley.
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The new repertoire 12 Vegas Season
Hilton Hotel. March 1975.






































The new repertoire chosen by Elvis Presley, as always, was focused on the old hits, but adding some recent recordings and two years before. For example songs from Stax Studios, or from the recent recordings in March 1975, the songs "Fairytale", "And I love you so", "Green green grass of home", recent and others like "Promised Land", " My Boy", "I´m leavin´"... also songs that he had added like "Softly As I Leave You" that he loved to recite. He took up others that he was already including again like "Big Boss Man", "The Wonder of you", etc. Curiosity to include a song that Elvis never really liked "Burning Love". As a novelty he had also included a surprise classic like "Little Darling" and the song "You're the Reason I'm Living", etc.
It was clear that although the repertoire was known, he was trying to give it more variety and presenting new songs to offer something new to the public.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y_eO55pTRU

Elvis always wanted to have new options and create new challenges and really, although for a long time his repertoire was more or less the same, he wanted to change little by little so that his shows could be different. His fans in Las Vegas used to be regulars from previous years and were receptive to any changes and novelties that could be offered and it would be natural for all Seasons to offer a new repertoire. Within that great set of songs that Elvis offered, he had great scores to choose from and that was what he was doing. It is true that there were great songs that he could show off and would be more suitable vocally, but it was good that he did not get carried away by fatigue and monotony.

Elvis had added to his show a part or a few minutes where you could hear more members of his show. Of course JD Sumner and the Stamps sang and Voice too, but Kathy Westmoreland also gave her female solo voice the opportunity to shine by singing a song on her part, with the song "When it's my time".
And on the other hand, when he introduced his band musicians, each one had more minutes to show his way of playing. With this, Elvis could rest his voice more and they had the opportunity to show his personal work and The orchestra also had its moment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FigLLAu1scI

As for the repertoire that Elvis was going to deal with, everything was absolutely controlled, since the songs did not imply any vocal effort for him and neither for the musicians who were used to improvising if there was something different. But Elvis was never a musician to make large variations , that is to say that in the previous rehearsals he rehearsed more or less as he was going to sing . Although it is true that he sometimes made some variation at the end or during the song, this is obviously the result of the moment and what he could feel while singing. It is the most logical thing for a singer to do, just as an instrumentalist can do. For this reason, when he chose a new musician, Elvis demanded that he be able to improvise on the spot and above all that he be able to follow his interpretation to the end. It was the only way to be able to sing really to his liking and freely if he felt the score differently at the time.
His repertoire had a lot to offer this Season compared to the previous two. Elvis was looking for himself again in Las Vegas.
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"The Magic of Elvis on Stage"
LAS VEGAS 12 SEASON.
March 18 to April 1, 1975



For this Season Twelve at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Elvis needed a new wardrobe due to his weight change. Bill Bellew and Gene Douccette redesigned two-piece suits in a somewhat classic fashion, adding patterns to embellish them on stage. They were suits in general with a very classic design, compared to the Jumpsuits that they had been working on and really on stage the change was very radical. It is true that also for visual effects they do not have the same light, the showiness that the Jumpsuits have. These costumes got a lot of light, even though we know that any Elvis costume was dressed with elegance and was always a success. But the differences were clear with the above and even to be able to move on stage or do karate demonstrations, these costumes were somewhat inadequate. But it is true that Elvis at this time stopped adding Karate to his performances. Four suits were used:

"White Leather Fringe Suit"



White Leather Fringe Suit" is a two-piece suit with a sleeveless white leather jacket, trimmed with black and white fringes, spread across the chest. The neck and shoulders are white and at the back there was a design of an eagle in red and black. The belt was original and went to match the suit. The pants were black and Elvis wore a white shirt underneath. This suit was only taken out once, at the opening of the performances of Las Vegas, March 18, 1975.
A special and rare suit, which for some reason Elvis decided not to wear later. Only one photograph of him is known.

"White and Blue Trim Two Piece Suit"


The White Suit design was made up of two pieces, a sleeveless white jumpsuit with a large opening on the chest and the jacket. Underneath Elvis wore a light blue shirt.
The white jumpsuit was trimmed with blue pieces, with blue and light blue stripes, embroidered under the arms and on the outside of the pant legs on each side were folds of silver lilies. Scattered over the blue trim were round pointed silver and round transparent blue studs.
The jacket had slightly different embroidery with the same colors on the shoulders, upper chest, back, and arms. Embellished with studs and rhinestones. With flaps on the pockets on the front, on the back with a bottom pleat without colored lining. A loose two-button piece was used for the closure of the jacket.
The original belt was made of white leather with embroidered stripes just like the pant legs, with studs and rhinestones in different sizes. The buckle has a silver hexagon, metal medallion, and two oval triangles that resemble a knife. With two silver chains in six arcs around the belt.
Elvis's original belt would not be released until October 1976 in Madison, with the "Blue Swirl Suit".
The suit premiered in the 12th Season in Las Vegas in March 1975 and closed on April 1st. It was later produced on the April/May 1975 tour, also known as the "White Two-Piece Charity Suit" for being used as a suit for a charity event on May 5, in Jackson, Mississippi.

"Dark Blue Two Piece Suit with Silver and Blue Scalloped Trim"



A dark blue suit consisting of two pieces: a sleeveless blue jumpsuit with a large opening on the chest and a jacket, adorned with different embroideries and colors. It had some circular embroidered patterns done in two rows in light blue and a slightly more hideous silver thread making the outlines. They went from under the arms and on the outside of the pants, on the legs. On each side they carried the silver-lined kick. The drawing resembles the shells of fish skin. These ornaments were also arranged on the shoulders, forming a V, at the top of the jacket. The patterns were embellished with light blue clear rhinestones in a circular shape and studded with silver studs. Elvis had two identical suits.

The suit had an original belt but it was not removed in his first performances in March in Las Vegas 1975. Later he would wear it on the tour in July of the same year, accompanying the "Chicken Rib Suit".
The belt was black, leather and had the same embroidery on each side. With a buckle with a light blue and two carved silver medallions. On the similar back was three medallions, with circular light blue transparent rhinestones and silver studs. With two silver chains in six arches around it.
The suit was dressed with a blue or white shirt. Elvis wore this suit in Las Vegas in March 1975, on the April May tour and on the July tour of the same year.

"Dark blue two-piece suit with red and gold trim piece with red armadillo"

Made with the same design, a sleeveless jumpsuit open on the chest and a jacket. In this case the embroideries were made in red and gold, in the same way on the shoulders and back. He wore the ornaments in a circle, in red and blue
it is a dark blue two piece suit in exactly the same design with clear rhinestones and gold studs in different size.
In the pants he wore gold color decorated on the kick.
This suit also had its own belt, but it was never used, beginning in March 1975.
It was used on tour in the summer of 1975 to adorn another suit.
The belt was also made of black leather with embroidery on the sides, with a buckle that was adorned with a large red square, where two oval gold medallions were embroidered. He also wore studs and rhinestones as on the suit. At the bottom of the belt is a bronze one and a golden chain in six arcs around the belt.

Elvis would dress him in a yellow or white shirt.
The costume began to be used in Las Vegas in March 1975, also on the April-May tour, for the last time on May 7 of the same year.

Songs to Remember
Las Vegas. March 1975




A curious song for his repertoire that as usual had been a success, but this time from the 60's, Elvis chose the song "You Are The Reason I'm Living", composed and performed by Bobby Darin. It would be a huge hit in 1963, peaking at number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and peaked at number 9 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.
A quiet song, with country-style accompaniment, a ballad in which Elvis turns his interpretation but really, although it was a hit song at his time, in 1975 it did not have much to contribute to his repertoire. It is true that he was right most of the time in his choices, but in some cases it was evident that there would not be much to say about this song.
Elvis began singing it in March 1975 at his concerts, but he would not officially record it. It would be released on some bootleg release like "The Memphis Flash Hits Las Vegas", before an official release on "Live In Las Vegas" in 2001, and the FTD "Big Boss man" release in 2005, etc.

Walden Robert Cassotto known by his stage name Bobby Darin. He was a composer, singer and actor, born on May 14, 1936.
Eternal young man sang various styles, Folk, Country, Pop, Jazz...
He was a highly talented artist, with a very hard childhood, he lived in poverty and in fragile health, always with heart problems, it was believed that he would not live beyond fifteen years, he finally reached 37 years.
He would stand out for his ease with music and instruments. He came to play the piano, the drums, the guitar, the harmonica, the xylophone, as well as having a warm and sensitive voice. He became a youth idol in the 50's and 60's. His first hit in 1958 was a rock "Splish splash". Known for his cover of Mack The Knife, for "Beyond The Sea," Grammy Award winner, also an Oscar nominee for a supporting role in "Pressure Point."
He went on to have his own show on NBC television, "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company".
https://youtu.be/diQZc7LJY_c

The truth is that during the concerts it is very possible that although Elvis Presley's fans were delighted with his songs, they might miss the spectacularity that he gave previously with songs that were certainly more risky vocally. Elvis had settled in at this time, possibly for health, not to risk and to be able to offer a correct show. He was picking a lot of country style songs, some rock and definitely no hit songs on his shows, just occasionally. In addition, in this Season he stopped doing his characteristic karate movements and did not demonstrate either. This would surely be for the same reason, but Colonel Parker would be happier, because he didn't like the last demonstrations he was doing on stage at all.
In any case, the characteristic in this 12th Season would be to carry out his show naturally, with closeness to his audience but without wanting to attract excessive attention with conversations. Possibly the criticism that he had during the previous season made him reflect on what he should or should not offer on stage.
https://youtu.be/Rsl35L6Cs9Q

Another curious song that he chose in this Season was the song "Little Darlin", since it was also a hit from the year 1957. The song was written by Maurice Williams, with melody and doo-wop accompaniment. First recorded in January 1957 by Williams' group The Gladiolas, released as a single. But the success came to the Diamonds group that published it a month later, reaching number 2. It would be covered by many artists apart from Elvis, The Four Seasons, The Monkees, Joan Baez, etc.
https://youtu.be/eFwcBVGLQM0
It was a song that encouraged the public, although the version of Elvis was taken from the original hit. But what was clear is that he had a lot of fun singing it and the audience was also happy. This song began to sing it in March 1975, but never officially recorded it. There is an amusing live version of the 1977 Elvis concert in Saginaw, Michigan, which was released on the latest "Elvis, Moody Blue" album.

Alternate live performances of the tune inspired by The Ink Spot, have appeared on the Elvis Aron Presley and FTD live albums "Big Boss Man", "Dixieland Rocks", "Southern Nights" and "Spring Tours '77", etc
A tape recording of Elvis singing along with the Diamonds at Eddie Fadal's home in Texas in 1958 came out on the "Forever Young" bootleg, "Forever Beautiful."
https://youtu.be/Z7P9Mh6bCzQ
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Anecdotes in Las Vegas. March 1975
"Fan Adoration"




























One of the days of shows at the Hilton Hotel, something unusual would happen. Although Elvis Presley was adored by his fans, both men and women, usually the ones who used to get close to him, were mostly the girls, they wanted kisses, scarves, hugs or simply wipe the sweat from his face. But in some cases the men also approached him, something that disturbed Elvis a lot since it was not usual. In this show, a man got up on stage to get closer to him, walking very slowly, which surprised him. Quickly and in a matter of seconds, Red West would run to help Elvis, he would simply move to the side, but what would be his surprise when he saw that the man simply hugged him. Elvis had a great sensitivity and he would immediately realize that this poor man had some mental problem, but he saw in his eyes the affection that he was giving him.
When Red grabbed him, Elvis told Red to just let him go. He took the scarf he had around his neck and placed it gently around the man's neck. All the audience, even Red who didn't see his face directly, were perplexed, because it was something very unexpected. Elvis then spoke quietly to the man, then put his arm around his shoulders and led him to the side of the stage, where they both disappeared for a few minutes in which Elvis was able to speak to him. Then he took his watch that he was wearing and put it on his fan's wrist.
After this Elvis would go back on stage to finish his show. Later Elvis wanted to know more about the man and learned that he had suffered brain damage at birth and that his family had taken him to Las Vegas so he could see his idol. The parents knew that Elvis had made him very happy with his music.
When Elvis asked him why he had grabbed him, what he said would be: "I didn't want you to leave. I love you, Elvis."
Elvis spent some time with him and his family and everyone was happy and satisfied.

This was another proof of the love that Elvis showed his fans and the adoration that they had for Elvis.
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August 1975  The Life

Sometimes they tell us that life depends on a very fine thread that can be fragmented in an instant and thus cause death or a radical change in a person's situation.
It can really become a destructive process day by day, not only fortuitous, but sometimes the subject gradually adds actions with which that final transformation or death is worked on minute by minute without being aware of the consequences. Until a moment arrives, the body asks for explanations and takes its toll on past unconsciousness, to cause instability in the future. Life then could be a kind of rope in which our mistakes are knotted and the final weight causes it to break suddenly until it causes that inevitable end.

August 1975. Elvis Presley had many reasons to be physically unwell, to be able to make his situation worse every day. But really, his body suffered from worse ills that were yet to be discovered and that little by little would be defeating him to take him away two years later.
Surely he could have been avoided, but long before he got to this new door once he gets through he has no turning back.
Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... the King..."

Las Vegas 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...

"Omens of Fate"
August 1975



Elvis was already ready to return to Las Vegas again, for his commitment in the 13th Season of the Hilton Hotel.
He had been offered at this time a magnificent role that he could have carried out successfully, provided he had been back in shape and his health had allowed it. The proposal was to play the role of Rudolph Valentino, who, like Elvis, had become a sex symbol and of incomparable magnetism, but in the 20s. He would have performed first at the theater on Broadway and then the film that would have been for him. a way out of his present state and a new target to cheer him on, but due to his present situation Elvis had to turn it down.

On August 16, 1975, as if it were a warning or a threat from fate, Elvis had further proof that he should change course and take care not to follow that uncertain path. They were flying to Las Vegas to get to rehearsals before the performances when Elvis suffered a very serious anxiety attack.
He was traveling with the Mafia guys and Red West at one point sees him taking his pills as usual. But he suddenly he screamed: "I can't breathe!"
Charlie Hodge and Red were trying to give him oxygen so he could breathe and they tried to get him fresh air by placing him near the vent, but to no avail. Elvis kept yelling, "I can't do it. Earth!"
There was no other way, they had to make an emergency landing in the city of Dallas, where they took Elvis to a hotel and stayed there for five hours. Which would be a mistake, since it was normal to have taken him to a hospital and to the emergency room. But it was not like that, the effect of the pills had already disappeared for what they thought was this, without thinking that there was much more behind it.

The result is that Elvis was exhausted as soon as he arrived at the Hilton Hotel and for his first performance on August 18 that he was going to start with his engagement. On this day, although Elvis had a very good voice, his mood was not right, since he was very tired. He could barely stand up but he made a great effort and in many moments of the performance he had to sit on a chair that had been placed on the stage so that he could hold on.
The first show lasted about forty-five minutes and it was evident that Elvis was not feeling well, everyone could see him, also Elvis was so weak that he could not even make the usual way from his dressing room to the elevator, they had to put a golf cart for him to Get there and go up to your Suite.

They wanted to cancel the concerts, but Elvis would last five Shows, since in the second show he seemed more animated and better, but it was not real. Although he remained on the scene he did not have the same strength and verve that he normally displayed. So they had to agree to a new commitment with his Shows with the promise of recovering the rest that he was forced to cancel and fulfill in December of the same year.
The truth is that Elvis was very patient and relaxed all this, because he really did not feel well and as he always took it with humor. Elvis would comment on an anecdote that he told him when he went to soccer. The second day of performance Elvis was late for his show and after singing "C,C Rider" he said: "You'll never guess where I was, I was in the bathroom... this is the first time this has happened to me, I don't do a something like that... that's what they told me the other day"
Elvis would say that he went to see a football game in Memphis and heard a comment about what a lady, a fan, said to a friend of his. She told him, "I heard Elvis is here," he told her, "Yeah, he's sitting in the press box." The woman asked, "I can see him," and he told her, "No, he can't because he's in the bathroom."
The lady looked surprised and then with her serious face said: "I don't think he did that."
Elvis, upon hearing all this, would tell the public often because he was very amused that the lady thought that he could not go to the bathroom! Evidently the public laughed at this anecdote and Elvis too
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The canceled engagements
August 1975.













The premiere of Elvis in Las Vegas in August 1975 would be criticized by the press, which as always tried to make it look bad. Variety published an article saying: The premiere was a disaster, he was chubby, he showed a great lack of energy and vocal projection. Elvis Presley finds it difficult to maintain commendable lines or adjust to lyrical demands, making his desperate attempt to get where he yearns more than evident...
 Almost all the members of the group took long breaks on stage and to top it off, they move awkwardly when trying to emulate karate moves or their classic pelvic swings. Presley says his suit cost him $2,500, but the truth is that the design only succeeds in exaggerating his bloated stomach."


 The truth is that this criticism, although harsh, told the great truth of what could be considered an incorrect show, although for the fans its reality was always different. Neither Elvis was in good health, nor could he sing as usual, despite having a good voice since his discomfort prevented him from singing correctly. The correct thing is that the Shows had been canceled from the first day, but since it was not possible, Elvis tried to overcome his discomfort as he could and helped by the musicians who knew that it was not right. But the public did realize the state that Elvis had, because this time he could not hide it even if he did everything possible to make things right.
 Although it is true that his good humor made things happen in a different way and the novelty that had already been done on the July tour, of passing an ice bucket so that the public could make their requests and sing what they wanted. But this shows the great insecurity of Elvis at this time, because he would never have let the public choose and always had a chosen and rehearsed repertoire. There were surprises like hearing him sing "Loving You" or "Crying in the Chapel" again, etc. Charlie would take out the piece of paper with the song and if Elvis didn't remember the lyrics he would signal for him to pick up another one, his repertoire was huge and it was normal for him not to remember all the songs.
 It was a way of compensating his fans because the repertoire was stuffy and that surprise factor was needed.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OEQt3xDwCk


 In the second concert Elvis lay down on stage after singing the first song and at midnight he would come running on stage saying he had come from the bathroom, so he would retell the anecdote about the lady who was at the football game.
 The third day Elvis couldn't take it anymore and he told the Colonel that they had to cancel, but the audience was already in his seats, he was full and they didn't let him. At the end Elvis staggered out of the elevator and they had to take him to his room, the next day he was no longer there.
 He had to cancel the rest of the shows alleging illness, posters, photographs, etc. were removed. Elvis would leave the Hilton Hotel at six in the morning directly for Memphis to enter Baptist Memorial Hospital in the same room on the eighteenth floor where he had previously been.


 Colonel Parker had to assume that there was a real reason for illness that could not be controlled and that could cause Elvis to behave unpredictably again and like everyone else, he no longer knew how to treat him. Everything had gotten complicated and they had to agree to do the performances in December to comply with what had been agreed.
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"The Moment of Truth"













August 21, 1975. When Elvis was taken to the Hospital and all kinds of tests were done, there were many more things that could attack his health. In the first place, Dr Nick had already come to the conclusion that Elvis was poisoned by the combination of drugs within the injections, a mixture in the drugs that increased his problems, in addition to having various problems in his stomach or intestines. . It was confirmed that he suffered because of the fatty liver that he had, it was a continuous problem and it was inflamed. He had an unknown liver problem, Elvis had not yet been found to be a carrier of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This alpha-1 protein, when not adequately protecting the lungs, can get stuck in the liver where it is toxic to liver cells, causing inflammation, cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and liver cancer.
Another health problem he had, Dr. Nick said, was the deterioration of his colon, so his stomach was swollen because his megacolon was full of feces and air that couldn't be drained. They also saw that he had a bleeding gastric ulcer.
He was advised to only do one performance a day instead of two for the sake of his health, but Elvis said this could not be done. Elvis was taking stimulants to get through the two shows, this was a sentence. Dr. Wruble who was handling this case told Elvis that if he wanted to be treated he had to do a program, because he was not willing to witness him commit suicide if he followed the same path. The doctors talked to Elvis's father and tried to explain that he needed to reduce his activity in order to restore his health.
He also had high cholesterol along with high blood pressure. Extreme fatigue was a constant problem because the adrenal glands were still not working properly, especially during times of stress. Elvis was so swollen that the excess air was pushing his diaphragm against his lungs. , making it difficult for him to breathe, for this reason the plane had happened to him.

It was also necessary to take into account his state of mind, Doctor Nick saw that Elvis had changed in a few days and his state of mind was deflated and as insecure as a lost child. Big emotional ups and downs that caused changes from euphoria to depression, he needed a lot of help with everything he was going through.
All of this would be treated by a cabinet of experts: a fatty liver, various chronic intestinal and internal problems, high cholesterol, and his emotional ups and downs as a result of adding him to drugs. They wanted to solve all his problems and it was also considered that Elvis was beginning to suffer from a possible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Dr Nick told Elvis that there was an option to operate on him by doing an intestinal bypass, which could remove much of his colon, allowing food to pass through his body before being fully digested. But he did not recommend this derivation, although Elvis wanted it to be solved now, but when they explained to him the difficulties he would have later, this option was ruled out. He would have to be very strict after he got out of the hospital and Elvis had a very particular idea with his habits to change.

Linda Thompson who was still his girlfriend, as she would always be by his side in bad times and accompanied him back to the hospital. There he received many calls from artists and friends like Frank Sinatra, as well as President Nixon. Elvis would be satisfied and also very comfortable because they sent him food from Graceland and he felt good, he would be there for three weeks. Hardly anyone had access to the room, just Linda, Billy's cousin, because Elvis didn't need anyone else there. In his place Elvis would be monitored at all times by private nurses who would go with him to Graceland and maintain his medical schedule.

It was clear that Elvis had once again been warned by his body that he had to change course in order to continue making his way free from ill health, it was "crunch time" because he would have to decide to continue leading his life as if there had been no past nothing or transform their habits.
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"The Magic of Elvis on stage"

Season 13 HILTON HOTEL LAS VEGAS
ELVIS PRESLEY
August 18 to 21, 1975

Jumpsuits:
"Chicken Bone Suit"
"Totem Bone Suit"
"Black & White Two-Tone Street Suit"

The Summer Festival of 1975, attracted thousands of people as always, ready to see his performances, although unfortunately Elvis was only able to perform for 3 days.
Elvis had not asked for new costumes for this season, because the idea was to repeat with costumes that he had recently worn, in these three days he wore the two new ones from the Tour that he carried out in July of the same year. The "Chicken Bone Suit" and the "Totem Bone Suit". But a new design was created for Las Vegas a very different suit called "Black & White Two-Tone Street Suit"
The company that carried the designs of Bill Belew and Gene Douccette called "I C Company" had not only dressed Elvis in concerts, but also designed many clothes for him that he wore for his personal use during the last six years. It is said that this last two-piece suit was designed by Elvis himself to fulfill his desire to appear thinner. But it was signed by Gene Douccette, the most logical thing is that if Elvis made him a sketch, he would finally develop it to his liking.
The proposal was to dress off stage, in private, as well as other costumes that he had ordered for him. But Elvis decided to go on stage in this suit at the Hilton Hotel, it is believed due to lack of time.


"Black & White Two-Tone Street Suit"

This was the new design with two pieces of Calle Bicolor Blanco y Negro, it was a black suit with
white jacket and pants. Elvis used it when he was on break in his spare time but it was never designed to perform with him.
The suit is created with a white collar with large lapels on each side of the chest. Combine white on the upper outer part of the jacket, as well as on the inside of the sleeves as well. On the outside of the sleeves, on the shoulders and on the upper part of the jacket in front and behind the other color in combination would be black. The jacket with two white buttons and two black on the lapels.
On the sleeves there is a circular embroidered pattern with a drawing resembling a dream catcher, with two handmade cords hanging on the sleeves.
In the pants, black is combined on the inside of the legs, with white on the outside.
The suit did not have any original belt, it did have a fringe in the back as a replacement, sewn into the suit also on each side, with handmade laces with Indian beads.
Also a silver stripe and circular studs on the top.

This suit was also called the Indian Suit and the Penguin Suit.
Elvis visited him only once on August 19, 1975 wearing a black shirt.
Unfortunately, this would be Elvis's last Summer Festival in Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas. Hilton Hotel 14 Season
December 1975



















Due to Elvis Presley's health, the Colonel promised to fulfill the canceled contract in August and move it to December of the same year. The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas had a safe value with Elvis and had lost money on those canceled days, because the fans would leave just like Elvis. For this reason Elvis was obliged to sing in December.
For the Hotels, the clubs and the halls in Las Vegas, the Christmas date was the worst of the year because it was normally low season and they did not usually have a large audience, only the usual Casino players. Colonel Parker wasn't sure if the Hotel Room could be filled daily, but he was very wrong.
The figure of Elvis in Las Vegas was a very big claim for any fan and as soon as his performances from December 2 to 15 were announced, all the tickets were sold out. The telephones of the Hilton Hotel did not stop ringing and it was 100% filled because it was a condition to see the performances to stay in the same Hotel.
The public adored Elvis and needed his performances at any time of the year.

On November 29, Elvis left Graceland for the Memphis airport, to fly in his Convair 880 Lisa Marie to Las Vegas. When he arrived at night the TCB logo on the back, with the lightning bolt, glowed in the dark.
Elvis wanted to arrive days early so he could rehearse for his performances at the Hilton Hotel. Many showrooms in the city were closed in December and those that did open would only cover fifty percent. But The Hilton Hotel with Elvis Presley set attendance records. It would be the largest audience in the city's history for years in a season normally considered dead in Las Vegas.

When Elvis opened Season 14 on December 2, 1975, everyone saw that he seemed to be healthy and happy again. Elvis then addressed his audience by waving and then saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to say it's a pleasure to be back. We had a break of about three months. I did a three-week engagement at Baptist Memorial Hospital." This would receive loud applause from the audience who were also happy to see him again.
At the opening show, his friend Liberace the artist, went to see his show, Elvis introduced him to the audience and said, "Lee, you're a great artist, you were always my mother's favorite."
Elvis seemed not to want to leave the stage, because he would return to do shows of more than an hour, sometimes an hour and a half. It is evident that the rest had done him very well, because he was more full of energy and his voice could be heard well.
In general, few novelties in his show, the one that stood out the most would be the inclusion in his repertoire of the song "America The Beautiful", a traditional and a patriotic song from the United States of America. The most popular tune was the Hymn tune composed by Samuel A. Ward in 1882, but the lyrics were written by a teacher named Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. With this song the entire audience stood up and placed their hands over their hearts. .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv8OEC1vBU8

The public could miss the Elvis of years ago, but in any case he had matured and grown vocally in this city that he loved so much.
The Season at the Hilton Hotel had started well, although it was the penultimate of his Seasons in Las Vegas.
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"The Atmosphere Between Musicians"
Las Vegas. December 1975



Sometimes reality does not come to light, until a spark jumps that changes everything. When you have a company of artists around, the members of the company must always treat each other with respect and affection and appreciate everything they are doing. Take care of the Show, the image that is given to the public and encourage so that everything goes well, so that no one feels bad and at their best on stage. Normally Elvis Presley was considered kind, smiling and generous to everyone who worked with him, but in this time he had changed a lot and his temperament was variable on and off the stage and this could create conflicts.
In these concerts the Christmas spirit reigned in the show room of the Hilton Hotel. Elvis received many Christmas presents from the fans closest to the stage and sang "Blue Christmas" to them. Las Vegas had welcomed his adopted son with open arms and Christmas music from Elvis was playing on every radio station day and night.
But among the members of the group that played with Elvis Presley there was beginning to be a certain displeasure, also with the members of the Mafia. Although Elvis wasn't realizing it, it was all caused by his temper.

As for the group of musicians and choristers that played with Elvis, there was some change within what was their formation. The Voice group left the vocal accompaniment to follow their own path, except for Sherrill Nielsen who remained as Elvis's first Tenor.
Among the TCB musicians there was a lot of confusion, because Glen D.Hardin, who was the group's arranger and pianist, was very tired of the attitude he had in recent times, his unpleasant comments and had promised to leave the group after this season. In Las Vegas. James Burton, the lead guitarist, spoke in private of his dissatisfaction with the repertoire that was already so tiring to repeat night after night. He was also thinking of leaving the group and Ronny Tutt, the drummer, was also unhappy, precisely for the same reason.
It was logical that something like this would happen, nobody lasts so long interpreting the same thing over and over again, it was turning into a nightmare, not only for Elvis, but also for everyone else. The logical thing is that one of the musicians would have explained all this to Elvis so that it would not happen and catch him by surprise. It is very likely that he would have made changes, because losing his pianist would be a heavy blow. The confidence that he had in his musicians was absolute and he did not like changes.

Unfortunately, Elvis was not aware of everything that could be caused by continuing with practically the same repertoire, he did not react and continued doing the same thing.
In these shows he was singing with great force, with a mature and powerful voice capable of nuance and reaching the notes sustaining them for a long time. Many in the audience considered this engagement the best they had ever witnessed. The truth is that Elvis was encouraged and apparently recovered from his health problems and also more controlled, for this reason he could enjoy his performances better.
In these days of performance, Elvis also received his daughter Lisa Marie and his mother Priscilla. They stayed a few days in the city and went to see him at various shows.
On the last day of their visit, Elvis took them to the airport to see his new toy named after his daughter. The little girl was excited to see her name written on the plane that was going to take them back to her house in Graceland.
Elvis was happy about this and continued to do his shows with determination and animation, despite the fact that he did not realize the atmosphere that reigned among his most precious musicians.
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"Elvis on stage" Hotel Hilton
Las Vegas. December 1975

An anecdote during one of the shows in Las Vegas. Elvis was singing "Polk Salad Annie" and from all the movements and efforts he made, he gasped. He was then walking across the stage while drinking his Mountain Valley water to see if he could recover, when a man in the audience yelled at him, "Hey Elvis, my wife will be happy to give you mouth-to-mouth resuscitation." Elvis upon hearing this, smiled and said that he was fine. He then lay down on the floor and began to look at the stage lights. Suddenly the woman walked across the scene towards Elvis as she went to the kneeling side of him and pounced on Elvis as she began to kiss him on the lips. Within seconds, Elvis raised his head and looked at the audience somewhat puzzled. They all started laughing with Elvis, as Charlie Hodge came there to take away the woman who was still on top of him. Elvis then addressed the husband saying "That made everything right. I'm resurrected."

It was hard for this kind of thing to happen onstage, because there was always someone pushing away people who got too close. It was much easier to receive that kiss or a scarf from Elvis himself, when he approached the edge of the stage. At least he was less risky of being carried or dragged.
Elvis spoke again with the public about him, since there was more closeness than in the Tours. Elvis at the end of the show would tell them, "I'd like to say a few words about how great it is to be back at work. We're going to be working hard next year. Well, maybe we'll go to your hometown wherever you live. I'd like to thank our sound engineer Bill Porter and Felton Jarvis my friend and producer I want you to meet my father... Dad get up... and the band and everyone on stage I would like to say with devotion... You have "You've done a fantastic job. It really has been a fantastic engagement... one of the best we've ever had. If we don't see each other, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you."

The last night of the performance, Elvis told the audience of him: I'm going to play to the biggest crowd of my career on New Year's Eve. Colonel Parker booked the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. I'm going to die of fear in that great old place. Next year is America's Bicentennial and I plan to be in cities all over the United States. If you want me to come, just ask me and I'll be there."
He was referring to the night of December 31 that he was going to sing at Pontiac Stadium, one of the places with the most audience that was going to take place.
Elvis was already thinking about his new challenge, it was good to think that he was encouraged for this reason as well as being afraid of failing.
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The Repertoire in the 14th Season.
Las Vegas. December 1975





















The Repertoire chosen by Elvis in this Season included songs that he had already sung on many occasions, such as "See See Rider", "Love Me Tender", "One Night", etc. But curiously he didn't sing as many old-time rock classics or many medleys that he always used to include in his list of songs. Elvis was alternating in the Seasons in Las Vegas and in the Tours some of the songs he had recently recorded such as "Fairytale", "And I love you so", with the intention of making the Show fresher. He normally took up songs that he hadn't sung in the last few shows, such as "Just Pretend", "My Way" or "Softly as I leave you".
Although it seemed to be very varied and it was not the same as always, they were still songs that they had already performed on many occasions. Because it was December, he would sing a Christmas song for his fans "Blue Christmas" and he would take the opportunity to congratulate them on the holidays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orn8Pw8NdHg

The great novelty of these shows was "America The Beautiful", which would impact the public in an emotional way. Initially it was a traditional song written by Katherine Lee Bates in 1895 to which the music of Samuel Augustus Ward was added.
Elvis knew how to cause this effect with his interpretation of a song that made the audience rise from their seats and invited them to join in with his singing. A song with years of tradition in the history of the United States, it was a tribute to the bicentennial that was going to be fulfilled. With this interpretation and adding to a standing audience dedicated, you could feel in the environment that pride and patriotism that made them put their hands on their chests singing.
Elvis sang from his heart and would awaken that national feeling in the audience, a powerful and mature performance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv8OEC1vBU8

He would sing the song "My way" again after a long time, Elvis felt more secure with the repertoire and this logically meant that he could sing better and with more feeling. The only thing that could blur his performances would be his movements that were not so agile due to the weight and logically this was felt in his performances, but he sang so well that it would be of little importance.
Regardless of whether the musicians got tired of playing the same thing, the fact is that the public was delighted with his December shows and Elvis seemed to be happy with what he was doing. Fortunately in this Season his humor and his attitude were the best before his fans.
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"The Magic of Elvis on stage"
Jumpsuits Las Vegas December 1975

2 to 15 December. Hilton Hotel Season 14 In this new Las Vegas Hilton Season, Elvis would premiere three new costumes, which had already been designed months before, in the spring of 1975 by Gene Doucette. They were more showy and less ornate than the recent ones that Elvis had worn, in addition to returning to white again as the base of the suit and adding new decorations. The effect that they are trying to achieve with the suit appears with the scene light and gives it more showiness. They were the "V-Neck Suit", "Rainfall Suit" and "White Egyptian Bird Suit". Elvis also wore some earlier ones like the "Eskimo Totem Pole Suit", "White Phoenix Suit", maybe "Chicken Rib Suit", "Indian Chief Suit". At this time December 1975, Elvis is still overweight because he really can't lose weight. , since her belly is swollen for health reasons and it is also difficult for her to lose weight as she did before. This sometimes forces changes in costume designs and especially so that he is not uncomfortable on stage.

"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..

"White Egyptian Bird Suit"















A white jumpsuit with a bird pattern embroidered on each side of the chest and a head on each shoulder With two large wings that cross each other at the back. the wings and tail drop below the belt. The jumpsuit is decorated with embroidery on the neck, also on the hips and on the outer side of the legs. He dresses him in light blue shirtsleeves with an embellishment of embroidered bands around the wrists. The embroideries with circular transparent rhinestones in different colors were made in rust red, brown, purple, blue, black and yellow, they have a thicker golden thread that forms the exterior or interior lines.

With an original white leather belt that has six square medallions in gold, with a drawing of the sun in the center that simulates a face. In the same way that the suit has embroidery with rhinestones, in the upper and lower part of it.

Elvis wore the suit for the first time in Las Vegas in December 1975. Also in March 1976, in June, in September 1976. It is believed that he was inspired to make the suit by the 1956 movie The Ten Commandments. Egyptians of similar birds in the throne rooms are similar.

Las Vegas 15 Season. Hilton Hotel
December 2 to 12, 1976



This would be the last season that Elvis would perform at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, since 1969 when he had started singing at the same Hotel when it was called International, many things had happened in his personal and artistic life. An enthusiastic and overwhelming beginning that promised success and a life full of happiness, everything seemed easy, the public fell at his feet and remained faithful to him for years. Elvis Presley's evolution as an artist and his success grew but over time, his feeling of boredom and tiredness seemed to be a difficult problem to solve. In December 1976 Elvis struggled to perform without health problems and without having to feel like he was in a glass box.
On December 2 he began his 15th Season, without knowing that it would be the last one he was going to perform at the Hilton Hotel that had contributed so much to his legend as an artist, with good and bad moments, but in the end it was like a house where he could do things their way.
In this season Elvis was accompanied by Ginger Alden, her presence reactivated his enthusiasm and the last tour and the two weeks he was going to perform at the Hilton benefited from this.

On opening night Elvis performed an hour and 40 minutes long performance with 2,200 people coming from all over to enjoy his performance.
During the first week the shows went well, but on the sixth show Elvis tripped when he was in the Hilton room before going on stage, hurting his ankle. From then on, acting would be painful for him and this would be reflected on stage. In the following days the quality of the shows was variable, since there were more influences that affected Elvis. His father had been admitted to the hospital again, for a heart attack that in the end was nothing and also Ginger's attitude that he wanted to keep by his side at all costs.
Despite having a new partner Elvis needed something more, she said she would like to go home to rest, but he flew her parents to join her and had his driver buy her a Lincoln Continental.
During his stay in Las Vegas Elvis sprained his ankle and at times had his ups and downs, one night he would throw a microphone into the audience to great surprise. He then shouted:
"Does anyone want this little son of a bitch?" . "I hate Las Vegas."
This type of negative reaction and insecurity reflected his mood that he sometimes couldn't control.
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Las Vegas 15 Season.
Performances at the Hilton. December 1976





















  On December 2nd at the opening show it was great, she sang about 25 songs with a lot of enthusiasm from Elvis. In good vocal form Elvis performed exceptionally well, he was less swollen and his movements were looser, but he was also more tired. At the end of the show Elvis performed songs in a moving way, the songs "Hurt", "Hound Dog" and the song "Hawaiian wedding Song", etc.
Elvis took his acoustic guitar and told the audience that he wanted to accompany himself on his guitar, although he added that there were several people who didn't believe he could really play it and they were right...
Glen Campbell, the singer, who was sitting in the audience, stood up and said loudly to Elvis: "If I had a voice like yours, I wouldn't worry about it."
play the guitar!" This would prove once again that Elvis was respected not only by the public, but also by the artists who witnessed his performances.

Elvis Presley started strong in his performances at the Hilton Hotel, but little by little he became deflated and many could see that he was sad in recent days. He again talked too much or not at all, he also cursed the sound equipment saying that he would not go on stage again with those microphones. Colonel Parker, who had lost a lot of money at the Casino, was also worried about Elvis because he knew that his artist was out of control. Elvis was tired and on the penultimate day of the concert he told one of the Choir boys: "there's only one more night left" with a vomit-like expression on his face. It was evident that he couldn't stand the atmosphere in Las Vegas anymore, despite Ginger being with him.
Larry Geller commented that Elvis was not feeling well, despite what he said, one day he found him sweaty with a strange and distressed look. He would stare at him and when he got up he would lose his balance saying that he had drunk too much or that someone had given him something he shouldn't have. He then said "I'm going to leave my body. I'm dying." Fortunately she was with Larry who managed to get her through this moment and called Dr. Ghanem, who told her not to worry about him because he would come see him later. Elvis continued overmedicating and this had an impact on his health and this doctor seemed to know this and downplayed it.

The last performance at the Hilton Hotel was even more worrying for everyone because Elvis couldn't concentrate even he seemed sleepy. Another example of his state of mind was when he asked television evangelist Rex Humbard to come on the show to talk to him. In his dressing room Elvis asked him if he should stop singing and dedicate himself to the Lord. Then the preacher told him that he was already following the Way of the Lord with his music helping people. Although Elvis initially calmed down he later began to talk about the apocalypse and the second Coming of Christ. The preacher told him he would pray for him and Elvis began to cry.
Many wondered why he would go out on stage in these conditions, even why he was allowed to do so, but the real person responsible was lost inside him because he was looking for reasons for his life.
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"The Adoration of His Fans and The Anecdote of the Three Wise Men"

























During the December 1976 performances, Elvis' bodyguards consisting of Dick Grob, Sam Thompson, Tom Hensley and all members of Elvis' security team often sat on the sides of the stage to protect him. In this way the Fans were very close and made requests to be able to get closer to Elvis, sometimes they offered them gifts so that they could meet him or simply receive a scarf or a kiss. But many could never fulfill their wish, so they left disappointed. Fans often brought him handmade gifts and they took it upon themselves to bring them closer to Elvis. The demonstration of affection, unconditional loyalty and adoration was always reflected in Elvis's fans who would do the unspeakable to be able to see him in person.

Ed Parker said that one night in Las Vegas he saw a trio of girls carrying three large dolls. The girls wanted to give this gift to Elvis and hoped that he would give them a scarf. Dawn, the Hall's photographer, took the girls to the showroom, so Ed could attract Elvis and meet them.
The figures were made with great detail in their faces, in their royal robes they represented the three Wise Men. Ed asked them, "Who made the wise men?" One of the girls said, "I did it." I nodded, "Okay, you can come with me." The girls were crying because they all wanted to meet him and he had to take them to Jackie Kahane's dressing room. .
Elvis was coming out dressed to receive his guests when Ed called him to the dressing room. He knew he had broken the rules for him to meet these girls and Elvis came over to find out what he wanted.
"What's wrong, Ed? Is something wrong?" Elvis said, to which Ed replied, "Just get in this room, Elvis." I guided him and Ginger to Jackie Kahane's dressing room and said in a friendly manner, “I had to bring you here, Elvis, to show you the beautiful gifts these lovely fans of yours brought you. “I know it’s against the rules, but after seeing the loving workmanship, I knew you would want them.” Elvis told him that he had done well and treated his fans with affection and amazement at his gift.
Elvis was enchanted by the Three Wise Men and the girls cried when they saw him, they were excited and it was his joy that made his tears flow, it would be a magical moment between Elvis and his three admirers. Then they received the 3 scarves that they had so longed to have and they left very happy with their happy faces and Elvis included the three wise men in his private collection.
Three days after this, Ed Parker received a beautiful thank you card from Georgia Allen, the creator of the dolls, with whom he corresponded for years.
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Anecdotes at Concerts. December 1976
Season 15 in Las Vegas. Hilton Hotel


On December 5th there would be a performance with a lot of humor by Elvis who was very happy because Priscilla and her parents were in the room. Elvis would show himself to the public with jokes and confessions saying: "There is someone in the room that I love very much! You all know it", looking at Priscilla he continued speaking, "Priscilla, his mother and father are here. He is retired from the force aerial. This is the first time you've seen me in 2 years. I'll dedicate the next song to him.
because....he is crazy. This song has a lot of work, I have three Indians who come and translate it."
Then Charlie Hodge appears and gives him some sheets of lyrics, Elvis says:
"This is not the right song!" , Elvis then smiles: "There you see, I made it seem like it was their fault, but they didn't even know about this." Following his usual banter, Elvis poured water on Charlie when he returned and Charlie responded by throwing the contents of a glass at him. Then Elvis jumped back and made contact with the microphone as if he had received an electric shock...then he sang the song "My way" for the Beaulieu family.
Elvis continued with jokes and laughter and the audience enjoyed his games and songs, they responded to everything he did and the atmosphere in the Hilton Room was one of indescribable love between the artist and his fans.
All of this would be before Elvis was injured at one of the shows he did a day later.

A curiosity before starting one of his performances, the audience could see something happening behind the stage and when Jackie Kahane came out jokingly they were able to understand with surprise what had happened.
Jackie jokingly told them, "There's a guy here with a bunch of scarves on his back who said Elvis fell and sprained his ankle."
She continued with her jokes and finally the orchestra gave way to Elvis's entrance, when Charlie Hodge appeared on the still dark stage to adjust the microphone.
Elvis then comes on stage limping slightly, and apologizes saying that he had tripped on the stairs leading out of the bathroom and sprained his ankle."
Elvis tries to ignore the mishap, he seemed to be in a good mood. Even though his first songs were correct, there was laughter and jokes when he sang the song.
"Sweet Caroline", Elvis would start falsely but forgets the lyrics of it. The truth is that it was not a regular song in his show and due to the pain in his ankle he could have been unfocused, because at the end of the show he was very upset and tired.
The next day Elvis seemed to be deflated and in trouble due to the painkillers so he put on a short and weak show. The public that had always applauded him well even with setbacks, in this case he would be very subdued and collected.
From this day on, Elvis' shows were declining and in general it would be a disappointment. Fortunately, on the 11th, Elvis was already more recovered and he would put on a good show and sing again like the first days.
Another incident at the end of the Season would be the health of his father Vernon, who was taken to the Hospital for his heart problems and this worried Elvis a lot.
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Comments about Elvis, workers at the HILTON HOTEL

Elvis was a very correct and polite person with the workers at the Hilton Hotel, he and his security members were already known since his first performance in 1969. According to comments from some Hotel workers, he was fair-minded with them, although they also knew that he could have a bad temper when he considered that something was not right.
Many were able to witness the rehearsals and saw Elvis as a perfectionist. He sometimes got irritated, angry after rehearsal if something had not been to his liking.
He wanted things to be done well, it was his first intention. At times the workers would direct him and his staff to his room after a rehearsal or a show. Elvis did not walk through the Hotel, for years he crossed the lobby only once. He was also known for his good sense of humor, the jokes he had.
But in this last season of December 1976, they saw him different, calmer and not so jovial in addition to saying almost nothing.