20090107

ELVIS - THE COMEBACK SPECIAL - 1968

You may not be a big Elvis fan (What?? How can anyone not like Elvis?) but you can't watch Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special and tell me this was not one great piece of television history! Originally airing on December 3rd, 1968 on NBC, Colonel Tom Parker wanted it to be a typical sappy Christmas special with Elvis singing Christmas songs. (Does anyone else think that the Colonel held Elvis back in many, many ways or am I alone here?)

Thanks to Bob Finkel, the Executive Producer, Elvis got to do a show that eventually became a landmark of television - a forerunner of the "unplugged" concept that became so big on MTV in later years. After being in the Army, losing ground to the British Invasion and being shoved into a mediocre movie career (knock, knock, Colonel - are you there??) Elvis came back and he came back in style - the special was the highest rated of the year and, according to director Steve Binder, probably the first one-man special to appear on American television.

Slim, sexy in black leather and at the top of his form here is ELVIS in his 1968 Comeback Special - honestly, I think this was Elvis at his best ever:

Elvis 1968 Comeback Special (DVD trailer):


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Bloopers!!!


TOMORROW IS ELVIS' BIRTHDAY - COME BACK FOR SOME BIRTHDAY CAKE AND CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD!

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4 comments:

  1. Oh boy! Elvis Week! I just saw a recipe recently for an Elvis cupcake that had "the works" on top. I think this might be a good week to make it!

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  2. marie*jolie - sounds like a good cupcake - drop over to my foodie blog - The DIVA of TINY FOODS™ and give me the recipe! I love cupcakes - especially one with the works!

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  3. The '68 Comeback Special is one of my favorite TV/music moments. I am glad that producer Steve Binder had the stones to stand up to The Colonel because Elvis just singing Christmas songs on his special would have put his career further in the doldrums.

    By the way, I wrote a post about Elvis the actor.

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  4. Malcolm - It was one of mine too - I remember watching the original broadcast on television and, though I was a huge Beatlemaniac at the time, this special renewed my love for Elvis!

    I'm heading over to read your post - can't wait to see what your opinion is on Elvis' acting career!

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