Elvis Presley’s Final Concert: A Bittersweet Farewell with ‘Unchained Melody’

In 1977, one of Elvis Presley’s last concerts took place where he introduced a new song, “Unchained Melody,” set to debut on his upcoming album. Despite his poor health due to prescription medication and unhealthy habits, Elvis managed to entertain the crowd with jokes between songs.

In the concert footage, Elvis’s guitarist, Charlie Hodge, struggles with his scarf and microphone, leading to some laughter from the audience. Elvis, though not in great shape, continued to perform.

By 1977, Elvis faced severe health issues like stomach problems, high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, and colon. Despite these problems, he decided to go on a lucrative tour. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, recorded the performance for a TV broadcast, which unfortunately aired two months after Elvis’s death, making it appear as a sad foreshadowing of his decline.

Elvis sang “Unchained Melody” into the microphone, unaware of how close he was to death. This performance marked a significant moment in his remarkable career.

After this show, Elvis had five more tour dates, with June 26, 1977, being his last performance at Indianapolis’ Market Square Arena. He concluded his final concert with “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

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