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Elvis is back in 1970 concert

Nov. 14, 1970: Elvis Presley performs at a sold-out show at the Forum in Inglewood.

Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn reported:

In his first local performances in 13 years. Elvis Presley’s two Saturday concerts at the Forum in Inglewood shattered the one-day box office record at the arena and demonstrated once again the dynamic qualities that have made him the nation’s top concert attraction.

The $313, 000 gross from the concerts, sponsored by Management III in association with Concert Associates and Concerts West, easily broke the previous single-day record of $238,000 set last year by the Rolling Stones’ two concerts.

Backed by the same supporting acts (The Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations vocal quartets plus comedian Sammy Shore) that have been with him in Las Vegas, Presley’s Saturday concerts were similar in design but different in results.

Both his timing and showmanship seemed better in the afternoon. His movements — the widely imitated karate-like gestures, the sweeping turns, the occasional hip wiggles — were less pronounced in the evening show. …

After a strenuous rendition of “Polk Salad Annie,” he falls to the floor, stays there for several seconds in mock exhaustion, then gets up with a smile on his face. …

Presley had come back to Los Angeles after 13 years. He had added an orchestra and some new songs, but he still had the excellent country-blues voice, the enormous personal charisma and showmanship.

He showed that he is still way in front of everybody else.

Retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer Harry Chase covered the concert. The 11 images in the above photo gallery were recently scanned from the original 35-millimeter black-and-white negatives. One, when Presley dropped to one knee to sing “Hound Dog,”  was published with Hilburn’s review on the Monday, Nov. 16, 1970 View section front page.

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