Coming On Strong
In the concert years did Elvis ever not close a show with "Can't Help Falling In Love?"
Did he do any "fake" endings like many singers do only to come back for a few encores and then close with "Can't Help?"
There's no evidence on any audio or video recordings and I'm curious.
I think in his return to live shows in Vegas he ended the show with What'd I Say and leaving the stage to a standing ovation, the band vamped and he came back to really end his show with Cant Help... Thats what I have always believed from my different readings. I think he also ended the show with the Impossible Dream for a few shows.
KPM is right in this matter. Although he came back after being away it was not really an encore. The concept of encores has grown out of proportion nowadays. Sometimes I think it's pittyful because everyone knows the singer is gonna come back anyway as soo as he/she hears: "We want more!!!" It became more or less a game.
In the case of Elvis it was not an encore and it was good that way. His show had a start and a finish and that was that. One of the exeptions was during his January/February 1973 enagement in Las Vegas. Elvis had the flu and halfway the show he had to leave the stage because he lost his voice completely. After a while he'd return, tried to sing a few songs and then the band cut him short by setting in the intro of "Can't Help Falling In Love". When the curtain came down on the last bars of the song he started yelling: "No, no, I don't want to go!", and managed to squeeze a few more songs out and again finished with "Can't help....."
In 1971 he used The Impossible Dream as an ending a few times in vegas.
Las Vegas august 31 1971...midnight show
Think E ended with "Bridge over Troubled Water".....
Old Times they are not forgotten
The Las Vegas Show from February 15 1973. Elvis had problems with his voice, and left the stage. When he came back they did Can't Help Falling In Love. When the curtain goes down at the end of the song Elvis yelled to put it up again. And he did a few more songs.