Elvis Presley Last show 26 june 1977 (full)

Written by on June 26, 2018

June 26th is a HUGE day in the history of Elvis Presley.

The man who took him to where he was, his manager Col. Tom Parker was born on June 26, 1909.

On June 26, 1954, Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, called Elvis, who had recorded a few songs there earlier in the year, to come in and record two songs, “Without You” and “Rag Mop.” He sang the first, attempting to match a demo made by an unknown person hanging around the studio, but it proved to be too much for him, and, according to Dave Marsh’s book Elvis beat on the walls of the studio, repeatedly shouting “I hate him! I hate him!” The singer whom Elvis could not match is lost to history. Phillips mollifies the young Elvis by asking him to sing something else, and Presley impresses him anyway, to the point that he makes plans to set the singer up with musicians for a future date.

Fast forward 23 years to June 26, 1977. Elvis performed what would be his last concert, performing at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN for a crowd of 18,000. Although Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there is nothing to suggest his impending death — indeed, there is nothing unusual about this show on the tour, except that Elvis for some reason introduces practically everyone from his life while on stage. Some take this as “proof” Elvis knew he was in his final days, while others maintain that he was worried about the imminent publication of “Elvis: What Happened?”, a tell-all biography by former bodyguards Sonny and Red West that publicly broke the story of his drug abuse, and what those revelations might do to his image.

The last song Elvis performed on stage is “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” 41 years ago tonight.

How many of you were lucky enough to see Elvis live in concert? How many wish you could have?


The last concert Elvis gave 6 weeks before his dead

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