Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 1, 1970, (Saturday)

Colonel Parker launched an advertising campaign for Elvis' up coming Las Vegas engagement, it included Menus, Photos, Postcards, RCA Catalogues, Photo Albums and Straw Hats. He called it "The Elvis Presley Summer Festival 1970"

Flags

Postcards

Promotional Photo

Summer Festival Hats

Menus

Souvenir Programme

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"(They Long to be) Close to You" by the Carpenters.

"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley. #24

"I've Lost You" by Elvis Presley. #85

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"(They Long to be) Close to You" by the Carpenters.

"I've Lost You" by Elvis Presley. #33

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (singles)

HOT COUNTRY SINGLES:

"Wonder Could I Live There Anymore" by Charley Pride.

"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley. #40

BILLBOARD SOUL CHART  (singles)

BEST SELLING SOUL SIDES:

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Woodstock" Soundtrack.

"On Stage" by Elvis Presley. #18

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT COUNTRY LP'S

"Tammy's Touch" by Tammy Wynette.

"On Stage" by Elvis Presley. #21

BILLBOARD SOUL CHART  (LP)

BEST SELLING SOUL LP'S

"ABC" by the Jackson 5.

BILLBOARD CHART  (TAPE)

BEST SELLING 8-TRACK

"Let It Be" by the Beatles.

BILLBOARD CHART  (TAPE)

BEST SELLING CASSETTE

"Let It Be" by the Beatles.

"The Wonder of You" was number one in the UK.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 2, 1970, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 3, 1970, (Monday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 4, 1970, (Tuesday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (1:00 pm)

 

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

 

 

Felton Jarvis arrived early and worked with The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials and Millie Kirkham as they rehearsed while listening to Elvis recordings. (video) 

Songs rehearsed: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", "Twenty Days and Twenty Nights"

"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"

"Twenty Days and Twenty Nights"

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (7:00 pm)

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

 

 

Elvis arrived at 7:00 pm and started rehearsals at the International Hotel Convention Centre, while M.G.M. continued to film for "That's The Way It Is".  

Songs rehearsed: "I've Lost You""The Next Step is Love""Words""Cattle Call"/"Yodel""Twenty Days and Twenty Nights""Something""Farther Along""Something""Santa Claus is Back in Town""Don't Cry Daddy""In the Ghetto""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me""Bridge Over Troubled Water" (audio/video)

Talking to the Sweet Inspirations - Elvis Presley
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I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
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The Next Step is Love - Elvis Presley
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Words - Elvis Presley
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Cattle Call/Yodel - Elvis Presley
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Twenty Days and Twenty Nights - Elvis Presley
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Farther Along - Elvis Presley
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Something - Elvis Presley
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Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley
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Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley
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In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley
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Bridge Over Troubled Water - Elvis Presley
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Samples of M.G.M. Rehearsals

"Something"

(improved sound)

"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

(improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      August 5, 1970, (Wednesday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (1:00 pm)

 

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

Felton continued to rehearse with the background singers.

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (7:00 pm)

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

 

 

Rehearsals continued.

Songs rehearsed: NA

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 6, 1970, (Thursday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (1:00 pm)

 

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

Felton continued to rehearse with the background singers.

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Convention Centre, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (7:00 pm)

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown - Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

 

 

Rehearsals continued.

Songs rehearsed: "That's All Right""Mystery Train"/"Tiger Man""The Wonder of You""The Next Step is Love""Love Me Tender""Words""You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me""Polk Salad Annie""I've Lost You""Bridge Over Troubled Water""Patch it Up""Can't Help Falling in Love"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  August 7, 1970, (Friday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Showroom Internationale, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

MUSICIAL CONDUCTOR: Joe Guercio.

ORCHESTRA: Joe Guercio Orchestra.

 

Rehearsals now moved to the Main Stage of the International Showroom. Joining Elvis for the first time was Joe Guercio, (photo) who took over from Bobby Morris as the new Musical Director at the International. He was also the leader of the Orchestra.  

Songs rehearsed: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me""The Next Step is Love""Twenty Days and Twenty Nights""Polk Salad Annie""Oh Happy Day""I've Lost You""Mary in the Morning""Sweet Caroline""Words""Patch it Up" (audio/video)

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Elvis Presley
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley
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The Next Step is Love - Elvis Presley
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Twenty Days and Twenty Nights - Elvis Presley
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Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Presley
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Oh Happy Day - Elvis Presley
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I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
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Mary in the Morning - Elvis Presley
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Sweet Caroline - Elvis Presley
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Words - Elvis Presley
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Patch it Up - Elvis Presley
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Samples of M.G.M. Rehearsals

"Polk Salad Annie"

(improved sound)

"Mary in the Morning"

(improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 8, 1970, (Saturday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Showroom Internationale, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

MUSICIAL CONDUCTOR: Joe Guercio.

ORCHESTRA: Joe Guercio Orchestra.

 

Rehearsals continued at the Main Showroom.

Songs rehearsed: "NA"

"The Wonder of You" remained at number one in the UK.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"(They Long to be) Close to You" by the Carpenters.

"I've Lost You" by Elvis Presley. #47

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"(They Long to be) Close to You" by the Carpenters.

"I've Lost You" by Elvis Presley. #21

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (singles)

HOT COUNTRY SINGLES:

"Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" by Sonny James.

"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley. #42

BILLBOARD SOUL CHART  (singles)

BEST SELLING SOUL SIDES:

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Blood, Sweat & Tears 3" by Blood, Sweat & Tears.

"On Stage" by Elvis Presley. #18

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT COUNTRY LP'S

"Charley Pride's 10th Album" by Charley Pride.

"On Stage" by Elvis Presley. #26

BILLBOARD SOUL CHART  (LP)

BEST SELLING SOUL LP'S

"The Isaac Hayes Movement" by Isaac Hayes.

BILLBOARD CHART  (TAPE)

BEST SELLING 8-TRACK

"Woodstock" Soundtrack.

BILLBOARD CHART  (TAPE)

BEST SELLING CASSETTE

"Let It Be" by the Beatles.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                August 9, 1970, (Sunday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Showroom Internationale, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

MUSICIAL CONDUCTOR: Joe Guercio.

ORCHESTRA: Joe Guercio Orchestra.

 

Rehearsals continued at the Main Showroom.

Songs rehearsed: "Something", "Words"

Also made available on 8 track cartridge (P8S-6401)

In early August, RCA released "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1" (LPM-6401). Encouraged by the success of the budget-price Camden Release, RCA and the Colonel came up with yet another special package (and special deal) to recycle the Presley repertoire. This four-album mono set contained most of Elvis' hit songs and because of the higher retail price and like every other special deal, it fell under Elvis and the Colonel's 50-50 arrangement. It contained previously released singles by Elvis, ranging from his debut for RCA "Heartbreak Hotel" to "Kentucky Rain". The box had 50 songs represented as Gold Discs with 25 on the front and 25 on the back. Excerpts from the extended play "Elvis Sails" was added as a bonus. A photo album that contained twenty photographs was included within the box set.

"Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1" (LPM-6401)

Songs:

Side 1: "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Was the One", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", "Don't Be Cruel (to a heart that's true)", "Hound Dog""Love Me Tender"

Side 2: "Any Way You Want Me (that's how I will be)""Too Much", "Playing for Keeps""All Shook Up""That's When Your Heartaches Begin""Loving You"

Side 3: "(Let me be your) Teddy Bear", "Jailhouse Rock", "Treat Me Nice", "I Beg of You", "Don't""Wear My Ring Around Your Neck""Hard Headed Woman"

Side 4: "I Got Stung""(Now and then there's) A Fool Such As I", "A Big Hunk O' Love""Stuck On You""A Mess of Blues""It's Now or Never"

Side 5: "I Gotta Know", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Surrender", "I Feel So Bad", "Little Sister""Can't Help Falling in Love"

Side 6: "Rock-A-Hula Baby""Anything That's Part of You", "Good Luck Charm""She's Not You""Return to Sender""Where Do You Come From""One Broken Heart for Sale" 

Side 7: "(You're the) Devil in Disguise", "Bossa Nova Baby", "Kissin' Cousins", "Viva Las Vegas", "Ain't That Loving You Baby""Wooden Heart"

Side 8: "Crying in the Chapel""If I Can Dream", "In the Ghetto""Suspicious Minds""Don't Cry Daddy""Kentucky Rain""Excerpts from Elvis Sails" 

RCA Victor (LPM-6401)

Photo Album

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 10, 1970, (Monday)

REHEARSALS: - M.G.M. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"

The Showroom Internationale, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff -

Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown -

Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

MUSICIAL CONDUCTOR: Joe Guercio.

ORCHESTRA: Joe Guercio Orchestra.

 

Rehearsals continued at the Main Showroom.

Songs rehearsed: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me""Polk Salad Annie""I've Lost You""I Just Can't Help Believin'""Something""Sweet Caroline""You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me""Polk Salad Annie""I've Lost You""Bridge Over Troubled Water""Patch it Up""Can't Help Falling in Love" (audio) (These songs could be from both August 9th and 10th)

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Elvis Presley
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley
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Polk A Little Sock Salad - Elvis Presley
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I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
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I Just Can't Help Believin' - Elvis Presley
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Something - Elvis Presley
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Sweet Caroline - Elvis Presley
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You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Elvis Presley
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley
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Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Presley
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I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
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Bridge Over Troubled Water - Elvis Presley
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Patch it Up - Elvis Presley
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Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
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"Pre-Concert Nerves"

LIVE PERFORMANCE (OPENING SHOW) - (Las Vegas - Season 3) (58 Shows) (1)

The Showroom Internationale, The International Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. (8:15 pm)

Attendance: 2,200

Costume: White Fringe Suit - White Macrame Belt.

MUSICIANS: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson - Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff - Drums: Ronnie Tutt - Piano: Glen D. Hardin - Guitar/Vocals: Charlie Hodge.

BACKUP VOCALS: The Sweet Inspirations: Lead Singer: Ann Williams - Soprano: Myrna Smith - First Tenor: Estelle Brown - Second Tenor: Sylvia Shemwell.

The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Roger Wiles - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Soprano: Millie Kirkham.

MUSICIAL CONDUCTOR: Joe Guercio.

ORCHESTRA: Joe Guercio Orchestra.

 

 

Elvis opened his third engagement at the International Hotel. M.G.M. continued to record at the concert, and RCA recorded the first six shows in their entirety. Some of the celebrities that attended the opening night were Cary Grant (as guest of hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian), Sammy Davis Jr, Dale Robertson and George Hamilton.

 

Warm Up Act: Sammy Shore (Comedian).

Opening Act: The Sweet Inspirations:

Songs performed: "NA"

The Imperials:

Songs performed: "A Thing Called Love", "On the Other Side"

Songs performed: "Opening Theme", "That's All Right", "Mystery Train"/"Tiger Man", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Love Me Tender", "The Next Step is Love", "Words", "I Just Can't Help Believin'", "Something", "Sweet Caroline", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", "Polk Salad Annie""Band Introductions""Heartbreak Hotel""Don't Be Cruel""I've Lost You""Bridge Over Troubled Water""Patch it Up""Can't Help Falling in Love", "Closing Vamp" (audio)

Opening Theme - Elvis Presley
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That's All Right - Elvis Presley
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Mystery Train/Tiger Man - Elvis Presley
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Monologue - Elvis Presley
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I Can't Stop Loving You - Elvis Presley
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Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
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The Next Step is Love - Elvis Presley
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Words - Elvis Presley
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I Just Can't Help Believin' - Elvis Presley
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Something - Elvis Presley
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Sweet Caroline - Elvis Presley
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You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Elvis Presley
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley
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Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Presley
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Band Introductions - Elvis Presley
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I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
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Bridge Over Troubled Water - Elvis Presley
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Patch it Up - Elvis Presley
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Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
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Sample of Opening Night

"Patch it Up"

(improved sound)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                             &nbs