Unless you’ve been living under a rock, this is the 40th anniversary of the King of Rock and Roll’s death. Whether or not you thought he truly was the King (I think Little Richard, Ike Turner, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson should be deemed Rock and Royalty too!) he had that extra “something” that made him, well, ELVIS!
I liked some of his stuff (Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, etc.) but the later stuff was waaaay better (Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, and yes, Burnin’ Love–also can’t forget A Little Less Conversation and If I Can Dream!) but there were some songs that fell through the cracks that were surprisingly good–there’s one…I think is called “And I Love You So” that was recorded live in 1973 at one concert or another that made me stop in my tracks. I could actually SEE what people were talking about when they said Elvis was a great singer/performer.
Okay, enough of that, here’s the rest of the recycled post from last year. Enjoy!
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!
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“Good morning, this is Xyz at GimmeOurMoney, Inc. We’re calling because you have an outstanding balance of $1200 for an EKG you had in November.”
“Yes, and as I explained in November, I could not and cannot now pay $1200.”
“Well, what do you make per month?”
“You don’t receive unemployment?”
“So you have no income coming in?”
“Do you qualify for Medicaid?”
“But you don’t make any money!”
“Have you tried to work something out with Los Arms Hospital?”
“Yes. I filled out paperwork to see if the bill could be decreased. It was $3000, now it’s $1200. I stated that I couldn’t pay at the Billing Office in the hospital, and they stated that they’d send in paperwork to see if the amount could be forgiven. It wasn’t.”
“So you have no money coming in?”
“How long have you been out of work?”
“Total? Nine months.”
“And you have NO money coming in?”
(Am I THAT hard to understand? Is this yet someone else that thinks I’m from Germany, of all places?) “No, I have no money coming in.”
“So, we will need the entire amount paid today…”
“Wait–I told you I don’t have any money coming in, and any check I send you WILL bounce, and no, I don’t have any credit cards.” (I just knew she was going to ask me to charge it.)
“Well, we will have to turn it over to a collection agency…”
Ah, yes, the “NIAGARA FALLS” of anyone who’s looking for work–just say “collections,” and you see any possible employment float away…
“So, you’re paying?”
“Yes, but I can’t pay the whole amount!”
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“Do I have any choice?!”
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(Five minutes later…)
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(PHONE SLAMS–I was on a landline.)
Was that the best way to deal with the situation? Of course not, but after said hospital said that they’d “work with me,” it made me wish that I’d never listened to doctors’ advice. Hell, it’s been seven years since the last EKG–all I’ve had is a few dizzy spells, moments of confusion, a couple of seizures, and an almost life-threatening reaction to a beta blocker! Pfft! Until I find a job with insurance (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) I shall do what the rest of my non-Obamacare, states that refuse to expand Medicaid brethren and sisteren do…
Wait until it’s really bad, then clog up the emergency rooms.