Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:11 am

Below is a nice look at Elvis' first Los Angeles shows since performing live at NBC Burbank in June 1968, and the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in October 1957.

Some of the photos by Harry Chase are new to my eyes!


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Elvis is back
Posted By: Scott Harrison
Posted On: 12:45 a.m. | August 5, 2011

Nov. 14, 1970: Elvis Presley performs at a sold-out show at the Forum in Inglewood.


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Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn reported:

In his first local performances in 13 years. Elvis Presley’s two Saturday concerts at the Forum in Inglewood shattered the one-day box office record at the arena and demonstrated once again the dynamic qualities that have made him the nation’s top concert attraction.

The $313,000 gross from the concerts, sponsored by Management III in association with Concert Associates and Concerts West, easily broke the previous single-day record of $238,000 set last year by the Rolling Stones’ two concerts.



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Backed by the same supporting acts (The Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations vocal quartets plus comedian Sammy Shore) that have been with him in Las Vegas, Presley’s Saturday concerts were similar in design but different in results.

Both his timing and showmanship seemed better in the afternoon. His movements -- the widely imitated karate-like gestures, the sweeping turns, the occasional hip wiggles -- were less pronounced in the evening show. ...

After a strenuous rendition of "Polk Salad Annie," he falls to the floor, stays there for several seconds in mock exhaustion, then gets up with a smile on his face. ...



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Presley had come back to Los Angeles after 13 years. He had added an orchestra and some new songs, but he still had the excellent country-blues voice, the enormous personal charisma and showmanship.

He showed that he is still way in front of everybody else.


Retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer Harry Chase covered the concert. The 11 images in the above photo gallery were recently scanned from the original 35-millimeter black-and-white negatives. One, when Presley dropped to one knee to sing “Hound Dog,” was published with Hilburn’s review on the Monday, Nov. 16, 1970 View section front page.

http://framework.latimes.com/2011/08/05/elvis-is-back/




Thanks to docfreem for the link to a post on Framework, the Los Angeles Times' photo & video blog, and the inspiration.
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Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:13 am

And a few more ...


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Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:14 am

And just a few more ...


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That first one might have made for a nice album cover, if only he had combed his hair. ;-)
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Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:15 am

Beautiful photo's in this thread nice read, thank you for taking the time to lay this out so nicely! ::rocks

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:29 am

Thanks for some cool pictures of a hot-looking Elvis!
Don't think I'd seen the unalterd pic that has been used for the 70es box before.

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:06 am

Great to see and read. Thanks!

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:11 am

Glory days. Thanks for posting.

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:14 am

thanks Doc, he was on fire for sure....... 8) 8) 8)

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:19 am

Great pics of a great looking Elvis, thanks Doc!

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:48 am

I never realized he had those ridiculous looking 1977 sideburns in 1970.

Very nice Topic Doc and excellent pictures!

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:23 pm

Fantastic . . . thank you Doc.

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:02 pm

It was a great time to be an Elvis fan!!

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:08 pm

1970 was the pinnacle of the comeback. I think it was never quite the same after that year. Thanks for posting

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:34 pm

Wonderful set of pictures. Thanks Doc.

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:55 pm

At his best in 1970-as seen here-Elvis comes to life even in still photos.

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:01 pm

Thank you very much Doc, what about a classy box set cover? ;-)

That first one might have made for a nice album cover, if only he had combed his hair. ;-)

Re: Elvis Is Back -- In La-La Land!

Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:17 pm

dannyboy wrote:Thank you very much Doc, what about a classy box set cover? ;-)

That first one might have made for a nice album cover, if only he had combed his hair. ;-)



Yes!


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