Elvis Tribute, produced and broadcast by Central Independent TV in 1987.
A galaxy of talent lined up to salute the King, 10 years after his death. They did not let him down. Everyone will have their personal favourites in this show and mine are not necessarily yours. Kim Wilde's "One Night With You" is sexsensual. Ruby Turner is superb. Meatloaf is meaty especially in his version of American Trilogy, which comes with tears blood and sweat. Elkie Brooks sings her heart out in "Love Letters" but Kiki Dee's "Loving You" is my favourite. One hour 17 minutes into the show, the female backing singers, Sylvia Mason, the deeply missed Vicki Brown, P. P. Arnold and Helen Chappelle get a chance to perform centre stage with "All Shook Up". The show ends with the equally deeply missed Stephanie Lawrence providing a poignant version of "Love Me tender" which is played over the end credits. Overall the show loses marks for the quality of the audio. Even in 1987, there was no excuse for this not being transmitted in Nicam stereo. The mono is muddy. Jon Scoffield produced and directed and for reasons known only to the "moguls" at ITV, this show has remained locked away for nearly a quarter of a century, never published on DVD. It had an outing on TMC. The VHS of this show is one of my treasured possessions.
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