This is possibly the most arcane and odd "Elvis tribute" EVER done. It is, of course, not about Elvis; it's about the singer himself. The singer is Phil Ochs, a very well-known artist during the folk/folk rock era. He generally did topical songs, but had an interest in early rock, and Elvis in particular. When he wore the Gold Suit at Carnegie Hall, it caused quite an uproar. He performed rock and roll.
The "Gunfight At Carnegie Hall" happened after he cut the tracks for the album displayed below, and the song in question.
But he sings about something that biographers and others all seem to agree upon: that Phil and Michael Ochs (the rock archivist) were there, at Opening Night, in 1969. But I have never seen a photo, and I haven't seen a direct interview with Michael Ochs regarding this, that I recall. Perhaps someone could refresh my memory, or come up with more detail.
I know that in the best-known early biography, by Marc Eliot, the author errs and says the show began with the 2001 theme. The book was written after Ochs' 1976 suicide, and I suppose the author never actually saw a show. But what did Ochs see?
"Elvis Presley is the King; I was at his crowning/
My life just passed before my eyes/I must be drowning"
Released: February, 1970. Said to be recorded in late 1969, in a WiKi entry. This gives credence to the account.
Any assistance would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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