Elvis Presley singing "If I Can Dream" was taken from this show and edited with computer technology to look like Céline Dion and Elvis Presley would have been on same stage at the same time in one episode of _"American Idol" (2002)_ . The duet song went no 1 on iTunes on few days after. See more »
[joking while reading a script]
It says here "Elvis, we're to film you from the waist up. You are not to touch hands with body... uh, I mean body with hands."
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After much convincing, Elvis Presley does something about his career teetering on the brink of stagnation. During the last week of June 1968, the man who almost single handedly led a musical revolution in the mid '50s made use of "Western Recorders" and the "NBC Studios", Burbank, California to put on tape a TV special. The Elvis NBC Special came to be known as "The '68 Comeback Special". It was originally aired on the night of Dec 3, 1968 and slaughtered the competition: 'The Red Skelton Show', 'It Takes a Thief' and 'The Doris Day Show'. Made up of production numbers and mini-concerts in front of live audiences, this TV special afforded a lost man to find his way home. Elvis Presley was back and once again his career would regain meteoric flight.
Producer/director Steve Binder would be swamped with accolades. NBC took the chance and came out looking like a champ. Elvis' fan base would swell. The lp "Elvis(TV Special)" would rapidly peak at #8 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. This 76 minute video is highlighted with a Gospel Medley, the Guitar Man Medley, and songs like 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy','Jailhouse Rock', 'Tiger Man', 'One Night', 'Memories' and the great finale number, 'If I Can Dream'.
Even non Elvis fans will appreciate watching this. In a way it is like watching musical history...hell it is musical history.
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