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Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:39 pm

A bit of a mystery date this, as we don't have a recording (audience or otherwise) from this show. So I thought it appropriate to add a few shots from that night here.

We're at the tail end of the June-July 1973 tour, as there would only be one more show at Atlanta. Originally the tour was scheduled to end in Oklahoma City, but due to popular demand 3 extra Atlanta shows were added later, July 3 show being one of them. At Oklahoma City Elvis appeared at the newly constructed Myriad Center (today Cox Convention Center).

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I suppose he arrived directly from Nashville the night before to which ever hotel he was staying at in Oklahoma City. Having spent the day there, he left the hotel for his 8.30 PM show at the Myriad to face the "record-breaking" crowd of 15400, accompanied by his usual entourage.

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The song listing for this night's show is unknown: it's safe to assume that the concert started with C.C. Rider and I Got a Woman and ended with Can't Help Falling in Love. :) From the review we know that he also sang How Great Thou Art this night.

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There are relatively few photos from this show in circulation, but this is not the worst date as far as the number of shots is concerned. Of the known photographers at least Sean Shaver was in attendance.

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Also, local press photographers Mel Root and Roger Artman snapped photos from what looks like the balcony.

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A German roadie by the name of Jurgen Mayer also took some photos this night. This was the only tour he took part in.

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The show was reviewed in the local Daily Oklahoman the next day. The other local paper, Oklahoma Journal, only printed a photo from this concert on its front page.

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The Presley voice is still excellent. He uses it much better than he did in his younger days. The 38-year-old singer wowed the audience with some new songs and completely captivated them with a medley of his old hits. One of the best numbers was the gospel song How Great Thou Art, on which he was joined by a good quartet of male voices. The band backing Elvis was marvelous. His arrangements are outstanding.


The concert ended in "pandemonium and standing ovation" - that can partly be witnessed in this Youtube clip:
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Although I have a few shots from this night - I'd welcome more. For example, I'm sure Shaver shot more than the handful I've seen. And where are the rest of the photos taken by the local press? :) So, if anyone can add any (pertinent) info/photos here, please do so!

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Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:59 pm

I've got nothing to add, but I enjoyed reading your post Scott.

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:19 pm

From the book "june tour 1973" :
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Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:45 pm

Great stuff, guys.

Steve - that last photo looks like a still from 8mm film?

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:47 pm

Great post! Thanks for putting it together.

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Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:05 pm

Very good post, thank you very much for the info. Here's few other photos:
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Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:09 pm

Great Post - Lov It -

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:57 pm

londonflash wrote:Great stuff, guys.

Steve - that last photo looks like a still from 8mm film?


Yes

and this one ? :
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Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:04 pm

Are my eyes playing tricks on me or does he seem to be wearing the Phoenix belt in that last picture above? The Aloha belt is clear in some of the photos, and not as clear in others. Any thoughts?

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:05 pm

Hilton, i think the last one you post is from June 30,1973 with the Thunderbird

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Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:15 pm

Another quality :
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Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:27 pm

Thank you very much for correction, indeed, good eyes :wink:
I put the photo in June 30 AS folder.

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:41 pm

What spectacular!! What magnificent photos! Thanks for this gem dear friends!!! ::rocks !

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:41 pm

Interesting topic, very nicely laid out.

One wonders just how many such "mystery shows" are there from Elvis' tours, 2-27-1970 to 6-26-1977.

Re: Oklahoma City July 2 1973

Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:19 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Interesting topic, very nicely laid out.

One wonders just how many such "mystery shows" are there from Elvis' tours, 2-27-1970 to 6-26-1977.

Thanks for the kind comments!

I can think of several "mystery" (either few photos, no song lineup or both) shows: for example, from 1973 my candidates for that title would include:

  • Fresno April 25 (both shows)
  • Spokane Apr 28 (eve)
  • Denver Apr 30
Shows from Pittsburgh (only Steve Toli photos available) and St. Louis (no song lineup) could also be contenders...