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December 29, On this day in Elvis history

December 29, 1956Elvis' single "Old Shep" hit #47 in the U.S.
Elvis' single "Love Me Tender" hit #22 in the U.K.
December 29, 1962
The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" re-charted at #59 in the U.S.
December 29, 1966
Elvis bought a horse -- a chestnut sorrel named Whirlaway.
December 29, 1970
Elvis drove to Tupelo to collect another badge. This one from sheriff Bill Mitchell, whom Elvis had known from the time Mitchell played fiddle in the band led by Mississippi Slim on radio station WELD when Elvis was a child. .
December 29, 1974Elvis got a phone call from the Colonel who wanted to hear about Elvis'health problems of which he had heard some rumors. The Colonel made the decision that Elvis would not be able to fulfill his January commitment in Las Vegas.
December 29, 1976
Elvis performed at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama.
Date:29 Dec 1976
Venue:Birmingham, AL.
Civic Center Coliseum
Costume:Inca Gold Leaf (white) suit
Track list:
Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
Tryin' To Get To You
My Way
O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
Polk Salad Annie
[band introductions]
Early Morning Rain
What'd I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Love Letters
School Days
Hound Dog
Unchained Melody
Can't Help Falling In Love

Burning In Birmingham


CONCERT DATE: December 29, 1976 (8.30 pm) Birmingham, AL. Birmingham Coliseum.

Elvis Presley concert full of humor, zest
By Gene Butts
Birmingham News
Thursday, December 30, 1976

Tour Ref:On Tour number 27 - December 27th - December 31st 1976
Date:December 29 1976
Venue:Civic Center Coliseum
Location:Birmingham AL
Showtime:(8:30 pm)
Article *:
Release:Elvis Bicentennial
Length:42 mins
Suit:Inca Gold Leaf suit
Belt:Indian Head belt

Sherrill Nielson: Pink Jumpsuit / white frills

The Sweet Inspirations: Yellow blouse & white pants

J.D. Sumner: Red pants & shirt
Musicians: Dark blue pants & shirt

2001 Theme
See See Rider
I Got A Woman
- segued medley with -
Love Me
You Gave Me A Mountain
Jailhouse Rock
O Sole Mio
( above song performed by Sherril Nielsen )
Its Now Or Never
Tryin To Get To You
My Way
Polk Salad Annie
Band introductions
Early Morning Rain
( featuring John Wilkinson )
Whatd I Say
( featuring James Burton )
Johhny B Goode
( featuring James Burton )
Drum solo
( featuring Ronnie Tutt )
Bass solo
( featuring Jerry Scheff )
Piano solo
( featuring Tony Brown )
Electric Piano solo
( featuring David Briggs )
Love Letters
Hail! Hail! Rock N Roll
Funny How Time Slips Away
( followed by a reprise of above song )
Hound Dog
For The Good Times
( above song includes 1 false start )
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Unchained Melody
Mystery Train
- segued medley with -
Tiger Man
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
Import CD

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Newspaper Articles

CONCERT DATE: December 29, 1976 (8.30 pm) Birmingham, AL. Birmingham Coliseum.

Magnetic Elvis can still thrill audience
By Emmett Weaver
Birmingham Post Herald

You would think after all these years that people would be accustomed to Elvis Presley, but not the screaming, loyal fans, numbering 18,400, who packed the Birmingham Jefferson Coliseum Wednesday night.
The show was supposed to start at 8 p.m., but it wasn't until an hour and 45 minutes later that the magnetic Elvis in his familiar tight-fitting, white sequined costume made his entrance. Preceding his appearance was the Stamps gospel quartet, a talented black female trio, "The Sweet Inspirations", and a funny, wise-cracking Canadian standup comic Jackie Kahane. Was it worth the long wait for Elvis to come out in front of the spotlight? Just ask the rabid fans of the rock 'n' roll king, many of whom are women.
Security around the stage where Elvis appeared was heavy when the singer came out, with police and ushers forming a cordon. At times, some of the fans became a bit demonstrative, charging out of their seats, waving at their singer, throwing a cape which Elvis draped casually around his shoulder. When one jubilant fan hollered; "shake it Elvis", the star replied with a rather cool:"hang loose."
And the word ' loose" describes in many ways Elvis' stage demeanor because it is obvious that he is used to such public idolatry. I liked the way he handed out scarves on a wholesale basis to the women who were lucky enough to get close to the stage.
Also, for his first Birmingham appearance which was a complete sellout with people outside the coliseum waiting unsuccessfully to get in, he brought strong backup people, including even some good Alabama talent such as David Briggs of Florence on electric key-board who gave him solid support in Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw You Face". One thing was quite obvious in Wednesday night's Birmingham debut: Mr. Presley's magnetic showmanship can still wrap an audience into a little tight ball. Call him a superstar, and there ain't many around today. Also, he has lost some weight so he isn't as portly in his physical appearance as he was in Tuscaloosa.

Elvis Presley concert full of humor, zest
By Gene ButtsBirmingham NewsThursday, December 30, 1976

For more than 18,000 loyal subjects Elvis Presley is still the once and future king, despite the rumblings in the ranks and a few defections
That Elvis was rapturously and reverentially received when he came on stage at the Birmingham-Jefferson Coliseum Wednesday night was predictable. He managed to sustain the screaming, rushing momentum during his entire performance.
Elvis was in good voice, good shape, good health and good spirits. He had lost weight and gained confidence. His act was full of humor, zest, and occasional beauty
For seasoned Elvis-watchers there were few, if any, surprises. The set was basic fare with old hits and new interpretations of more recent material. His choice of songs leans increasingly toward ballads and middle of the road selections instead of the raw and raunchy rock that flashed him to prominence.
His stage antics were traditional and the audience response to each was thrill hysteria and a popping of flash bulbs that produced impromptu light shows.

EVERY KING has his courtliers. Elvis was surrounded by the usual side men, horn men, comedians, solos, duos, trios and quartets that customarily flesh out his appearances, but the attention, like the sound system, was geared to Elvis alone.
He is living proof that attempts at experimentation and innovation are not essential within the context of rock concerts. You simply need to have a positive talent, charismatic personality, a passion for performing, and the experience of handling an audience at any time in any place.
Presley is still possessed of a fine voice which he uses with great enthusiasm on material that reveals him as a traditionalist, romanticist and sardonic-observer of the phenomenon he has become.
It's interesting to note that Elvis Presley, once damned for lewd and lascivious performances, may well have the last GP rated rock show on the road.


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