June 26 is a very important date in the history of rock and roll – well, music in general, actually. It was on that date in 1977 that Elvis Presley performed in concert for the final time.
The King of Rock and Roll passed away less than two months later on Aug. 16, 1977. He was only 42 years old at the time of his death.
Presley’s final concert took place in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Market Square Arena, according to Smooth Radio. There were approximately 18,000 people in the crowd that evening.
If you – or someone you know – were one of the lucky people to be inside Market Square Arena in Indianapolis on that fateful night in June 1977, here are a few of the songs you would have heard the King of Rock and Roll perform: “See See Rider,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Hound Dog,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
You Can Watch Footage from the King of Rock and Roll’s Final Concert
Interestingly, during what turned out to be his final concert, Elvis Presley brought many people who were close to him on stage and introduced them to the crowd.
Why he did so isn’t exactly clear. Some people believe he did so because a “tell-all biography” of him was about to be released. It was titled “Elvis: What Happened?” and was written by Red West and Sonny West. Both of these men had worked as bodyguards for Elvis. Other fans believe that Elvis invited those people onto the stage that night because he was aware that he was going to die soon.
You can watch Elvis Presley perform before a crowd for the final time in concert below.
Interestingly, there were two of Elvis Presley’s concerts during June 1977 that were filmed for a television special. These concerts took place on June 19, 1977, in Omaha, Nebraska, and on June 21, 1977, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Footage from these concerts was used for the “Elvis: In Concert” television event. It aired on television on Oct. 3, 1977.
Here’s another interesting bit of information about the King of Rock and Roll. The final song he is said to have performed in private before his death was “Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain.” He supposedly sang it at Graceland as he played it on the piano.
Elvis Presley Spent His First Night at Graceland on June 26, 1957,
There is another important connection between Elvis Presley and the date June 26. Interestingly, it was on this date 20 years before his final concert that Presley spent his first night at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
The King of Rock and Roll was just a mere 22 years old when he bought this home in Memphis. At the time, the home was part of a 14-acre property. Elvis Presley put the $1,000 down payment on the property on March 19, 1957.
Now, Graceland is a museum dedicated to the King’s life and legacy. It welcomes visitors by the thousands each year.