Go Back In Time And Watch Elvis Presley’s 1968 Sit Down Show
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The iconic Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special was nothing far from the star’s all in a day’s work. The televised concert helped Elvis to rise from the ashes of his shaky films, and has-been songs. This was his reclamation to the throne he never wanted to leave and gave a momentous performance that was deemed to be one of his greatest.
Initially thought to be a Christmas TV special to be aired by NBC, producer Bob Finkel updated the proposal to focus on Elvis and his return for the love of rock songs— an idea that excites the singer so much. The newfound interest helped a lot of the preparations, and even conquered Elvis’ nervousness which he hid so well during the process.
The show consisted of three parts: a sit-down session, a stand-up performance, and two musicals. The introductory portion shows Presley in an informal setting, rounded by the band of his choice, and his fans surrounding him. Per the star’s request, Binder got a hold on Elvis’ original pick – D.J. Fontana and guitarist Scotty Moore, to make him feel more relaxed and enjoy the causality of the performance. And it was indeed a magnificent choice.
At the beginning of the concert’s first part, Elvis is seen on-stage, inside an intimate setting. As if it was nothing like a concert and more of a jamming session, Elvis was free to do whatever he wants, and talk whatever he wants to talk about. Mostly criticizing his voice and rusty playing, the band was wholeheartedly laughing with the star, and Elvis then caught a grip of his own talent and made the show a whole lot better. Elvis sang his classics, “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Baby, What’d You Want Me To Do,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “One Night.” The star is seen to be wearing the now-iconic leather attire, from head to toe.
After all this time, he still is the king of rock and roll. Watch the performance below and enjoy the return of Elvis Presley on center-stage.