Hound Dogs & Pink Elephants
One of the things many of us admire most about Elvis was his incredible patience with his ‘fans’. We’ve heard many time over the years that he never deliberately shunned an autograph or picture seeker. He demonstrated a terrific attitude towards those who admired him and admirable diplomacy with the press throughout his entire career, and from a young age at that. He was extremely consistent in this, demonstrating extraordinary discipline on many occasions. Alan Fortas recalled that Elvis had more discipline and willpower than anyone he'd ever met. But yet, at the same time, he was self-destructive in personality.While Slade were enjoying a number one single in the UK with “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” and U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins a record seventh gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Munich. Monday 4th September 1972 saw Elvis close 1972’s “Elvis Summer Festival” which had began exactly one month before, a total 64 shows. Meet some fans, perform a dinner show, change clothes, attend a press conference, take a ‘rest’ change clothes again and perform a closing show at midnight. That’s no small task and I mention this because even though Elvis performed and average of one hundred and forty one shows a year during his last eight years I've seen this feat dismissed on the basis that Elvis would perform on average for an hour. Anyone that has stood-up or performed in public will know the high’s & lows of doing such over a period of time “It’s gotta’ be like the first time we go on”
, he was a trouper indeed.1972 saw the "Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain & the Commonwealth" (as it was known at the time)
make their first charted trip to the States to see Elvis during 4 shows from September 1st, these trips would continue right up until Elvis’ last show in Indianapolis in June 26th 1977 (and beyond). It was a big deal at a time when the world was still big, the UK fans found themselves on the local news.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... m4E8coDTPw
Has there ever been an entertainer to attract such loyalty?Elvis meets members of the British Fan Club, including Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince. Joe Esposito & "Hamburger" James Caugley look on.British Fan Club Secretary Todd Slaughter presents Elvis with an award from New Musical ExpressFabulous picture of Elvis with the selected Fan Club membersBy Anne E. NixonSeptember 4. It was a Monday and Labor Day holiday in the USA. Everyone was seated at tables behind the first rows of red velvet booths. The Colonel came by to ask if we liked the seating. We nodded politely, but naturally we’d have preferred the front tables. Earlier that day, the group had been invited to the Hilton to see Parker’s display of 4’ high stuffed hound dogs and other memorabilia on the 4th floor, and had been given a bag of Elvis goodies by the Colonel himself. The $5 he’d charged everybody was returned to Todd to pay for a $1000 last night party when we reached Los Angeles. Todd and Tony Prince got on well with the Colonel, who invited them to share his booth near the front for the penultimate show, along with their wives and Ian and Pat Bailye. Before the show started, Tony got up on stage and made a fine speech about the British club’s tour and the friendly reception they’d received in America. While the Sweet Inspirations were singing, the Colonel escorted Todd and company backstage. Along with a few others from the tour group they met Elvis for about ten minutes, and several photographs were taken. Elvis was presented with an award from the NME for his many poll wins. Everyone noticed Elvis’ shyness. Tony Prince managed to get a taped interview, although it had to be done, as Parker had jokingly told him, when the Colonel ‘wasn’t looking’. The show that Elvis gave that evening seemed to have an extra sparkle. The semicircle of Brits cheered loudly when he announced, ‘I’d like to acknowledge the presence of somebody in the audience, Ladies and Gentlemen. There’s a fan club that came all the way from England here tonight. I think there’s about 200 of ‘em - 250 of ‘em here. I hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for coming over. Hound Dogs & Pink Elephants. Thank you gifts from "Elvis and the Colonel"September 4th, 1972, Dinner Show.“Also Sprach Zarathustra”, “C.C.Rider”, “Johnny B.Goode”, “Until It's Time For You To Go”, “You Don't Have To Say You Love Me”, “Polk Salad Annie”, “What Now My Love”, “Fever”, “Love Me”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Love Me Tender”, “Teddy Bear”/”Don't Be Cruel”, “Little Sister”/”Get Back”, “Hound Dog”, “I'll Remember You”, “Walk That Lonesome Road” (Stamps Quartet), “Suspicious Minds”, Introductions, “For The Good Times”, “A Big Hunk O' Love”, “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Can't Help Falling In Love”, “Closing Vamp”.Wearing the "Adonis" Jumpsuit and Gold Attendance Belt - September 4th, 1972 DS
Following the show Elvis returns to his suite, changes clothes and then attends a press conference appearing alongside RCA’s Rocco Laginestra to formally announce “Aloha From Hawaii”, the first word-wide concert by a solo performer beamed across our planet via satellite, it was further announced that another new first, that of a live recording for an album would also take place. There would be no charge to the public and Laginestra announced that all proceeds would go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund. Elvis who bought his own ticket raised $75,000. That’s just shy of half a million dollars in 2012 prices. A tried looking and somewhat hoarse sounding Elvis appears as coy as ever, seated with legs open as if he’s in a back of a limousine.
Shortly afterwards Elvis takes over the Hilton Showroom stage again to the further delight of the British Fan Club whom he acknowledges again from the stage.September 4th, 1972, Closing Show.“Also Sprach Zarathustra”, “C.C.Rider”, “Johnny B.Goode”, “Until It's Time For You To Go”, “You Don't Have To Say You Love Me”, “Polk Salad Annie”, “What Now My Love”, “Fever”, “Love Me”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Hound Dog”, “I'll Remember You”, “Walk That Lonesome Road” (Stamps Quartet), “Suspicious Minds”, Introductions, “My Way”, “A Big Hunk O' Love”, “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Mystery Train”/ “Tiger Man”, “Can't Help Falling In Love”, “Closing Vamp”.
And so ending September 4th, 1972 and this year’s “Elvis Summer Festival” with a take home pay of $266,000. Well earned though I say.This engagement is the subject of the 2005 FTD Release "Summer Festival"http://www.theelvisshoplondon.com/index ... ct_id=1613More days:viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72430&hilit=+a+day+in+the+lifeviewtopic.php?f=1&t=71752&hilit=+a+day+in+the+lifeviewtopic.php?f=1&t=69235&hilit=+a+day+in+the+life