staged and photographed by suzanne
december 23, 2011
* kollage of 8 x 10 photo kreated at the kardkorner *
New Year's Eve, 1976...Elvis Presley was about to have his last Birthday.
That Birthday would occur on January 8, 1977, when he would turn 42 years old.
On New Year's Eve, 1976, Elvis and many adoring fans were preparing for what would be his last concert in the city of Pittsburgh, state of Pennsylvania.
Elvis appeared on stage at about 11:35 pm before 16,000 screaming fans, who didn't seem to mind the wait through three opening acts before him. I guess they saved up their best energy for the King! Before Elvis jumped into his set, the crowd was up and cheering! They didn't mind how heavy he had gotten, or that he couldn't make his gyrating moves quite the way he did in his earlier days. This concert was reportedly the best concert performed by Elvis in Pittsburgh ever!
In response to his warm reception, Elvis projected a warm and enthusiastic attitude towards his fans. He even handed his microphone to a fan to wish him a Happy Birthday! Sharon Eberson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, states that Elvis kept his audience captivated for 90 minutes that night...one fan having said, "Elvis delivered the goods that night!"
I didn't know Elvis had a 'scarfboy'! One fan counted more than 40 scarves having been thrown out into the crowd by Elvis... she caught one! She was 14 years old at the time, and said he threw it right at her, and, to this day, it is one of her favorite memories.
Of this concert, another fan, a young man of 21 that year, said, "This concert was the greatest concert I have ever seen in terms of showmanship, musicality, energy, enthusiasm, and just plain old having a good time. Elvis is in a class all by himself."
And then...at the stroke of midnight-UP went the house lights! Elvis led his adoring fans in "Auld Lang Syne", and a new year dawned.
Illustration by Stacy Innerst
Elvis...I'm joining millions of fans in wishing you were here to celebrate your Birthday, and the beginning of another New Year!
My favorite Elvis song * 'Heartbreak Hotel'
My favorite Elvis movie * 'King Creole'
"I don't do any vulgar movements."
My Gratitude goes out to:
Stockard Channing in 'Grease"
thanks to Karo for the use of his guitar in my photo
Hi Mom ~ Happy New Year!
I trust you all, or "Y'All", had a joyful Christmas and fun New Year holiday. I did get some rest, and enjoyed some fun with my family and grandson, Shawn! He got a new Holiday train that plays Christmas carols, and hoots and hollers almost as loud as he does. I will post a few pics at a later date.
Thank you so much for coming my way...I treasure all visits. If you get a chance, please say hello. And, I'll have a new post coming up on MyTexasGardens blog soon.
OH! I ALMOST FORGOT! NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS?
I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.
"Elvis, Elvis, let me be...keep that pelvis far from me!"
~ Stockard Channing singing
'Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee'
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE KARDKORNER!!!