On this day in music: Elvis Presley final concert June 26, 1977

American singer Elvis Presley
American singer Elvis Presley / Sunset Boulevard/GettyImages

On June 26, 1977, rock and roll icon Elvis Presley performed his final concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. This show was the 55th performance of that year, and even with this failing health and often sickly appearance, he could still sell out a show.

Despite his poor health, reports state that he put on an exceptional performance, and the only thing that was slightly different was the introduction of many important people in his life. Many believe he did this as he knew this would be his final show. Others thought it was due to the fact that a tell-all biography, Elvis: What Happened? by former bodyguards, brothers Sonny & Red West, along with Dave Hebler, was due for release soon after. The details revealed in this book deeply concerned Elvis, and he tried desperately to prevent it from being published.

Just months after his death, on October 3, 1977, CBS would broadcast Elvis: In Concert. This was thought to be footage of his final performance, but it would later be revealed it is actually from his June 19 show in Omaha, NE, and June 21 show in Rapid City, SD.

Elvis Aaron Presley would die at the age of 42, only two months after this final performance on August 16, 1977. He was known as the "King of Rock and Roll" and is remembered as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. It is widely circulated that Elvis would perform "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" on his piano at Graceland only hours before his death.

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