Arabian II (King Of Spades)
I have been having a discussion with Vulcan Dude regarding the Arabian Jumpsuit, Mr. V. Dude has had information from an employee from Graceland that the Arabian was NOT worn in 1974 and only came into being from 1976!
I on the other hand am not convinced that this is the case and want to open up the discussion in a thread so that others who may have images or information can piece together a better picture.
The information I have is that Elvis wore thie Arabian (King of Spades) in 1974 in Lake Tohoe on the 12th October, this information is pretty widespread accross the internet on many sites, this you might say is not proof, and you would be right. However there are Images that are claimed to be from this show which i think you will agree are quite compelling when you compare them to other pictures from 1974, even if you consider that Elvis in 1976/77 could have had good days his weight and looks were different in this latter period.
Other things to consider are the fact that Elvis is using the Black Gibson Ebony J200 guitar in the pictures of the 1974 below, Elvis stopped using this guitar in 1975...... in 1976-1977 Elvis used the Martin D35 and D38
The Arabian Mark 2 had.... you guessed it an Arabian Mark 1 better known as the Memphis Jumpsuit. Made.... you guessed it 1974 (see attached)
The other pictures I have included are from Nov 1976 and Feb 1977 if you look at these pictures they certainly don't look like the ones from 1974 even taking into consideration a certain look or stance. I realise that Elvis could look different from one day to the next but the sideburns don't even look close to the same as 1976/77.
Over the years I have collected thousands of photographs of Elvis in concert from 1969-1977 and would consider myself a pretty good judge of time periods, I would suggest there are people out there would could give dates and venues to pictures on sight..... whats you opionion?
Did Elvis wear the Arabian in 1974?