Elvis is Back

By | Jun 29, 2010

In the fall of 1968 The Singer Sewing Machine Company developed plans to sponsor a Christmas Season Special for Elvis Presley. The show ended up not being a Christmas Special, but a special featuring Elvis as a singer. The show aired on NBC TV on December 3, 1968.

Now this special is called the Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special, but at the time is was simply Elvis Presley NBC-TV Special. The soundtrack album released at the same time had that name.

When first aired there was one Christmas song “Blue Christmas”. The Special was repeated in the Summer of ’69 and the Christmas song was replaced with “Tiger Man”.

The special has a running time of 76 minutes and fit into a 90 minute time slot.

Some of the special featured live performances by Elvis. He began recording live sessions on June 27, 1968. Two one hour shows were performed on that day and another two on June 29th. These live performances were the first ones he had done since March 25, 1961 at an arena in Pearl Harbor.

The Special was a one man show, one of the first ever featuring just one performer. It was a rating success and was the highest-rated television special of the year.


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