Daily Archives: August 17, 2020

I Was There!

Yesterday afternoon, I mentioned to Motor Man that I didn’t have an idea for today’s blog post.

Later, while checking Facebook, I saw that a dee-jay friend of ours, Greg, posted the link to a video on his page. This was his caption: “Here’s the King, playing our hometown building”Hampton Coliseum” in April of 1972. Elvis fans enjoy. His last appearance at the Hampton Coliseum came in 1976 not long before his death in 1977″. 

Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the date of Elvis’s death.

I remembered that Marshall’s dad and I had gone to an Elvis concert at Hampton Coliseum when we were dating.  Since my teenage years, I’ve kept  a diary of some sort.  In those days, it was in those little pocket calendars that you were given free at pharmacies, flower shops, etc.

Since I have some of those little diary/calendars in a desk drawer, I immediately went in search of the one from 1972.  It’s rather worn….pages held in place with paper clips.

And here’s the April page.


Sure enough, we were at the April 9, 1972, Elvis concert at Hampton Coliseum. I recall that our seats were in the nosebleed section, but what a thrill to even be in the same building as Elvis. My sisters were teenagers when I was born, so I’ve been familiar with his music for as long as I can recall.  Remember the RCA Victor trademark with the sweet dog by the Victrola?  As soon as I could talk, I called that pooch: “Elvis’s dog”.  (His real name was “Nipper”.)

Here’s the video Greg posted if you’d like to see the “King of Rock and Roll” when he was still (somewhat) in his prime.


I enjoyed watching that and knowing that I was in that audience.  (And it’s nice to actually be able to  SEE him, unlike that night in person.)

*So thanks to Greg for the blog post material AND to my Motor Man for saying: “There’s your blog post!”.

~These Days Of Mine~