Elvis Country Night!!!
On August 16, 1977, the world lost Elvis Presley (www.WashingtonPost.com). Dale chose to honor The King with an ‘Elvis Country Night’ at his regular Monday night Continental Club gig. This alone would have made an interesting night with special guests Kira Small and John Blondell. But, the excitement didn’t stop with Elvis!
Earlier, the Paramount Theatre had hosted Billy Joe Shaver’s 65th birthday bash with musicians getting on stage to honor Billy. A lot (most?) of those folks came down to the Continental afterwards…..even Billy Joe showed up! He and Jackson Taylor were the only two artists to get on stage with the band, but, having the rest in the audience added to the natural excitement for everyone…..including Dale.
There were so many pictures taken that night, that I’ve split them up into 3 pages. Click on the links in the side bar to see them all.
This was just one more example of why you should never miss one of Dale’s shows. It’s hard telling who will show up or what will happen!
Dale rode the Indian in.
Kira broke more than one heart!
John Blondell on the horn
Herbie takes everything in stride
Don-Don and Don are stoic as ever
Don Raby on the fiddle!
A good picture of Gene and Dale.
Jackson’s cell phone rang just as he got on stage. Dale was going to take care of it for him.
Jackson’s voice is always great an it ‘shines’ on an Elvis song.
He stands back for Dale
Then steps back to the mic to finish the song
He tips his hat to Dale as he leaves the stage
We really enjoyed the added keyboard sounds
Kira joins in on vocals
Dale keeps an eye on the dancers, too.
Not sure what Dale was thinking. Not sure we really want to know!
Gene stops to get his ‘refreshment’
Then William gets up
Looks like he really has the ‘Elvis spirit’.
He was enjoying singing as much as we were enjoying him
William honored us with another song
He has a strong voice
And loves to sing!
The big finale
Dale gets Billy Joe up on stage
He’s a very relaxed singer
What picture! Billy Joe and Dale being watched by Elvis!
John, Don-Don, and Don play while a fan looks on.
Billy honored us with another of his songs.
And did Ragged Old Truck for us
Told a couple of stories
He’s such a relaxed performer
He kept us mezmerized the entire time he was on stage
Dale is ready for the harmony parts
And, Billy did one last song
Jackson got back on stage
Listens as Dale sings
Gets another sip of beer waiting for his part
Gene and Kira do a fine job of backing everyone
Jackson finishes off the song
Jackson with his hero, Billy
They were gracious enough to pose for this one
Billy Dee sat in for a few songs after he finished his gig at Ginny’s Little Longhorn
Billy keeps the beat going
while Dale does another Elvis song
And they go for the big finish
then he belts out one himself
Billy finishes up
And Jackson comes back
This might have been the end of Jackson ‘mooning’ the crowd. I’m not sure, AND, not sure I want to know!!
Obviously, Dale was enjoying the show as much as we were
The boa came from our waitress, Becky, after she had done her ‘show girl’ dance during Viva Las Vegas.
Dale prepares to do his ‘Elvis exit’ by walking off stage backwards. Not an easy trick after a night like this!
But he waved to the crowd and made his exit without any accidents