In April 1969 Elvis Presley was signing a contract to appear at the as of then unfinished International Hotel in Las Vegas.
When Presley appeared in August it was to a sold out crowd. He performed for 58 consecutive sold out shows, breaking all Vegas attendance records.
When Elvis was in the mood to be funny he would occasionally change the lyrics of the songs.
During a performance of “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, instead of singing “Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there”, he sings “Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair”.
Moments later a man in the front row removed his wig and began swaying to the music.
From there, it just snowballs and Elvis is unable to finish the set. The professionalism of the solo backing singer; Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, seemed to push him further over the edge as she remained resolute throughout. This is a side of Elvis we never really got to see very often.
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