ELVIS PRESLEY: Last Concert 40 Years Ago Today

Elvis Presley left the building for the final time 40 years ago today.

His show at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis was the last of his career. Out of shape and dependent on too many meds, the King of Rock and Roll was in declining health. But as a favor to his manager Colonel Tom Parker, who turned 67 that day, Elvis took the stage before a crowd of 18,000. He performed for just over 70 minutes.

Here is the complete set list:

  • "2001 Theme"
  • "C.C. Rider"
  • "I Got a Woman/Amen (medley)"
  • "Love Me"
  • "Fairytale"
  • "You Gave Me a Mountain"
  • "Jailhouse Rock"
  • "It's Now or Never"
  • "Little Sister"
  • "Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel (medley)"
  • "Release Me"
  • "I Can't Stop Loving You"
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  • "Early Morning Rain"
  • "What'd I Say"
  • "Johnny B. Goode"
  • Ronnie Tutt drum solo
  • Jerry Scheff bass solo
  • Sonny Brown piano solo
  • "I Really Don't Want to Know"
  • Robert Ogdin piano solo
  • Joe Guercio orchestra solo
  • "Hurt"
  • "Hound Dog"
  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" -- the last song Elvis performed on stage.

At the conclusion, Presley did something quite unusual -- he called his father Vernon onto the stage to take a bow with him. Less than two months later, on August 16th, 1977, Presley died at Graceland at age 42.

 

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