Country Throwback: Elvis Presley Belts ‘Unchained Melody’ on Final Recorded Concert

by Kayla Zadel

We’re taking a look back at one of the King of Rock and Roll’s last performances. Elvis sang ‘Unchained Melody’ in 1977 on this final concert recording.

Take a look at the chilling video. We see Presley belting out “Unchained Melody” as he sits and plays the piano. The King’s talent is still unremarkable, though his health is declining.

The legend drew a crowd of thousands of people to the Pershing Municipal Auditorium in Nebraska on June 19, 1977, according to Country Rebel. This was one of his last live performances that were recorded for his TV special Elvis: In Concert. Presley also did one more recording for the TV special in Raid City, South Dakota on June 21, 1977.

It was broadcast on CBS on October 3, 1977, two months after Elvis Presley’s death. He died at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977.

Presley’s last concert was held at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977.

Elvis Presley and the Hit Song

Presley released “Unchained Melody” in 1977. The hit song is off his Moody Blue album. The album received an award, and at the beginning of the video, Elvis is accepting that award.

This song is one of the most performed and recorded songs of the 20th century. Many artists like The Righteous Brothers, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Barry Manilow, and LeAnn Rimes have made it a staple in their acts.

However, the King’s version has become one of the most notable in music history. It sold millions and millions of copies, furthering Presley’s presence in rock and roll history.

As we watch Presley sing “Unchained Melody” in the video above, it’s eerie to hear him sing the lyrics that relate so well to the last few months of his life.

“Time goes by so slowly / And time can do so much,” and “Wait for me, wait for me / I’ll be coming home, wait for me” are just a few of the lyrics from the love song that could apply to the last moments of Elvis Presley’s life in so many ways.

Watching Presley sing the last lyric of the song, “God speed your love to me” and hearing the in-arena announcer broadcasting the legendary saying “Elvis has left the building,” is uncanny. It’s especially weird knowing that this is one of his last performances.