It's now 40 years ago that bass-player Duke Bardwell performed his last show with Elvis. This was at the Las Vegas Hilton on April 1st, 1975. It was April Fool's Day, and the King was in a partying mood. He performed a wild, crazy show with many fun moments. At one point, his manager Colonel Parker came on the stage wearing a Santa Claus outfit, together with Elvis' dog Get-Low. Elvis joked with the band and with the audience, and even sang a hilarious "The Mickey Mouse Club Song"!
The most remarkable moment of the night was his "duel" with Bardwell. Their relationship had had its fair share of highs and lows in the past 15 months. The 30-year old bass-player from Baton Rouge, Louisiana would sometimes get upset whenever Elvis introduced him in a belittling manner. At that final show, Duke had a chance to take his revenge, and he took it! Listen to Duke's own unique account, recorded only yesterday, in this new YouTube video.
Duke will be touring Europe in May '15 as part of "An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians". For details, please visit: www.elvisnews.dk