And, what could be better than blasting Elvis all night long!!! Either you have some great headphones or some deaf parents!!!!
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"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
Some really good posts here.
I too am fascinated with Elvis '77 and the suggestion that he appeared `more human' and more friendly at that time ring a bell with me.
His concerts were no longer the karate-kicking spectaculars of a few years earlier - they were true `love-ins' with the fans. Elvis gave his scarves, has handshakes, his kisses and the fans gave him gifts.
He gave true emotion in his songs - his fans responded with love and applause.
These were no longer rock'n'roll concerts these were appearances by a living (albeit barely) legend and it seems that as he dragged his tired and abused body from one show to another that it was that two-way love affair that kept him going.
Elvis' nervous appearance before EIC, his little prayer, his humble (though jumbled) words to JD during Rapid City are examples of his very fragile but very human state.
He was no longer the strutting confident man of Aloha or EOT but we see much more of the man during this time, even if some of what we see is quite tragic.
Those huge notes on Hurt, the stark reality of My Way as opposed to the overrblown earlier versions, and the pure emotional brilliance of Unchained Melody make for some of the most startling musical moments of his career.
And Way Down from just a few months earlier proved he c ould still rock with the best
Speaking as a woman, watching the CBS special just made me love him more. It hurt to see him looking so ill but it brought our my protective side and I just wanted to hold and comfort him. I thought his voice was fantastic.
There isn't any phase of Elvis' life that I felt I wanted to distance the love I've always felt for him....I grew up with him, he was like family.
I understand having compassion for Elvis during that rough time.I would hate to think we didnt have any.I just cant understand people feeling he was more human or mature.I dont know what they are seeing.He was a once vibrant man who was struggling and dying before youre eyes?How does that make him more mature or reachable?It was painfull to watch.There is no point in trying to derive some greater meaning out of what was happening.Elvis wasnt sending out any secret message sto the fans.There was nothing positive about this time period.It was a miserable time.Not only for him but for many of the fans who could see things plainly.
I can't say I felt he was more nature or reachable, in fact I felt I was losing him. It was quite obvious to me that there something seriously wrong and that he wouldn't be around much longer.
That was the whole problem at the time. He wasn't reachable, the addiction had gone on far too long.
Those last two years were definitely not my favorite ELVIS years.
My favorite years would be 56, 57, 68, 69 70, 71
But.......I will never love ELVIS less...EVER...
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I will never forget you Rosanne.
So true Rosanne. I find it so difficult to watch EIC or even to look at photos of Elvis during the last two years of his life. I almost think of Elvis at that time as being a different individual than the one I grew up loving and listening to. I don`t really know how to explain it. I watch him at the end of his life at that concert and I feel like I am at the edge of my seat wanting to help him out in some way! It is very weird! My gosh he was just 42 and I am 42 and I think he was so young!! How did it get to this!!! It is for me very heartbreaking to watch. A man who should of been in the prime of his life was now at the end of his life. I often wonder what did he think when he saw himself that way!! God bless him!!!