Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 39 years (or you weren’t born at the time), today marks the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. I imagine that this anniversary won’t be the whiz-bang celebration (??) the 40th will be, but here we are.
I could go over the fact that Presley made a lot of movies—pre Army = good; post Army = terrible, but what I’d like to focus on is what the main idea of this blog was supposed to be—a look at the last known films/performances/appearances of various celebrities. With Elvis, we have a humdinger of an “IITLtID!” (If It’s the Last Thing I Do!); his June 26, 1977 performance at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. While not a sell-out (18,000 attended), there was enough energy and excitement from the crowd to make up for any empty seats.
The setlist: (from http://www.oldies.about.com)
Also Spake Zarathustra (opening)
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
You Gave Me A Mountain
O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Early Morning Rain
What’d I Say
Johnny B. Goode
(solos by band members Larrie Londin: drums, Jerry Scheff: bass, Tony Brown: piano)
I Really Don’t Want To Know
(solo by the backing Joe Guercio Orchestra)
(Elvis introduces various people from the stage)
Can’t Help Falling In Love
The concert (via YouTube, of course!)
…and that’s it. Enjoy!