Do you remember those concerts where the audience was asked to put their requests in a box, and where Elvis would select songs from that box?
You know something...
I don't remember very much about that.
It's amazing, but there's a lot of things I don't remember very much about.
But I bet you remember the New Year's Eve concert in Pontiac!
Well, what I remember about that was that the Colonel had a bluegrass group.
You ever heard about that bluegrass group?
It was three guys, and he made them wear diapers! (laughs)
Diapers, nappies, big pins holding them together and stuff, and it was FREEZING... these poor guys.
There was supposed to be a Father Time, and they were supposed to represent the new year.
These guys were trying to play, and they were just freezing to death.
That was also the first concert that my wife came to.
I don't remember a lot about that concert, except that the conditions were not real good.
The conditions were horrible. We didn't have any communication on the stage.
I just thought: "It's a gig, let's do it and get it over, out we go".
I just didn't care. We just thought: "The next will be better".
Around that time he introduced band solo's into the show.
When he started to ask us to play solo's, I had to follow Ronnie Tutt.
For anybody to have to follow a drum-solo is impossible, but for a bassplayer to have to follow a drum-solo is just terrible, horrible.
If I tried to play as exciting as Ronnie, I'd fail.
So I decided to play a slow blues, and then that will take it to another place.
And he'd say (in a deep voice): "Play the blues, Jerry".
One night in Louisiana I was tired of playing the blues, so I told the guys in the band: "I'm going to play this cajun thing in D".
And Elvis came up to me and said: "This is Jerry Scheff on bass.
Play the blues, Jerry".
And I went into this other thing, and he just looked at me.
So the next night he came up to me and said: "This is Jerry Scheff on bass.
What are you gonna play, Jerry?", and I said: "Oh, I'm gonna play that cajun thing", and played that.
Two nights later he came up and asked me again: "What are you gonna play, Jerry?", and I said: "I think I'm gonna play some Wagner", so I played some Wagner, and he laughed.
I had it all set up the next night with David Briggs, I was gonna answer: "I'm gonna play the piano", and David Briggs was gonna be hiding under the piano.
I was gonna go over and pretend that I was playing it.
Somebody, I think it was David Briggs, told Elvis what I was gonna do, because Elvis came up to me and said: "This is Jerry Scheff on bass.
What are you gonna play, Jerry?".
I said: "I'm gonna play the piano", and he said: "Play the blues, Jerry" (laughs).
I think that's the only time in the whole time that I was with him he told me what to play!
But we had fun, it was good, you know.
Rest in Peace utmom2008, Rosanne
YOU WILL BE MISSED