Should Elvis had a more popular Opening Act?
This is another topic that I have often enjoyed discussing :D
As mostly everyone knows, the colonel had Elvis show made up of having the Sweet Inspirations, JD Sumner & The Stamps, and comedian Jackie Kahane warm-up the audience for Elvis. However, I have often wondered just how it might have been to have seen a more popular single artist or group opening the show for The King.
I know the colonel wanted to stick with the same concert itinerary as Elvis had followed during the 50's (have 2 / 3 musical acts and a comedian prior to Elvis' performance), yet in my view this actually hurt him (Elvis) during the 70's.
During this period, many major musical stars had pretty suitable opening acts as a part of their show. I feel that had the colonel, and even Elvis himself, worked in a popular band or artist, Elvis may have been more keyed up for when it was his time to go on stage, and work even harder to out perform the opening bill and to consistently try and out do himself. had this happened, I feel more interesting shows could have taken place at times, and perhaps even a more broader choice of songs may have worked there way in to his show?
So, what is everyone else's thoughts on this? :hmm:
look at 1956-1957 for answers
From what I've read..even when Elvis was at a career high in 56-57..the Colonel had local yokels ...jugglers..yodelers..hired as opening acts..
proving he wanted Elvis to look good...and he was cheap..