Friday, June 8, 2012

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC - CHAPTER 45 - ELVIS PRESLEY PERFORMS IN SYRACUSE - JULY 25 & 27, 1976

In a career that date back to the mid 1950's Elvis Presley finally performed for his Central New York fans in 1976. To accommodate the many ticket requests two concerts were scheduled at the War Memorial- July 25 & July 27 (in between Elvis played Rochester).                     

The shows started at 8:30 PM and consisted of comedian Jack Kahane, The Sweet Inspiration and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. Elvis followed delivering a 65 minute performance enhanced by thousand's of flashbulbs going off and some 8,000 screaming fans of all ages. Many have asked me if I know Elvis's song list on those July nights. Well here it going to the best of my memory..

The opening was  the theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey Then Elvis enters singing in order- C.C. Rider, I Got A Woman, Love Me, If You Love Me, You Gave Me A Mountain, a medley of All Shook Up, Teddy Bear & Don't Be Cruel, followed by And I Love You So, Jailhouse Rock, Fever, America the Beautiful, Polk Salad Annie, Love Letters, Elvis then introduced the band members ( that included guitarist James Burton & ex-Cricket Glenn  Hardin on piano), Hail, Hail Rock & Roll, Hurt, Hound Dog, Funny How Time Slips Away, and closing with Can't Help Falling In Love. He did no encore. Tickets prices started at $12.50.

Elvis was scheduled to return to Syracuse August 20, 1977, but the War Memorial show was canceled due to his untimely death in Memphis a few day before

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