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|ELVIS SHOOK UP SPRINGFIELD
Elvis Presley shook up the Springfield Civic Center 40 years ago
July 16, 2015 / Massive
Elvis has long left the building, but 40 years ago he caused a stir in the City
The King held court three times at the Springfield Civic Center – the first time
took place on July 14, 1975.
At legendary manager Col. Tom Parker's request, tickets - which ranged in
price from $5 to $10 - were put out for sale on March 20, 1975, a day after
the July 14 show was announced. The strategy was to take maximum
advantage of the excitement caused by the announcement.
All 9,969 tickets were sold from the arena's main box office.
Lines formed 12 hours before the box office opened at 9 a.m. The weary box-
office staff sold the last ticket at 3 a.m. the following day.
Demand was so great that a July 15 show was added – and promptly sold out.
"The crowds, the lines we had for tickets, there was nothing like it," Gerald M.
Healy, who managed Civic Center at the time, told The Republican in a 1992
"We sold so many tickets, we were offered a third night," Healy said. "Instead,
we asked for a return engagement (on July 29, 1976)."
(Healy also negotiated a fourth concert set for February 1978 prior Presley's
death on Aug. 16, 1977).
Warming up the crowd in the summer of 1975 was a comedian and songs by
The Sweet Inspirations and J.D. Sumner and The Stamps.
When Elvis began his set, fans rushed the stage for a closer glimpse of The
King or to catch one of the white scarves he tossed into the crowd.
He was in fine voice, belting out early hits such as "Hound Dog" and "Don't
Be Cruel," as well as his later favorites like "Burning Love" and "Funny How
Time Slips Away."
July 14th 1975 Setlist
See See Rider
I've Got a Woman
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
Love Me Tender
All Shook Up
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Don't Be Cruel
Why Me Lord
How Great Thou Art
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can't Help Falling in Love