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Robert Fontenot

If I Can Dream: The '68 Elvis Comeback Special

By December 24, 2012

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Over four decades later, the legacy continues... Elvis' 1968 NBC-TV broadcast, designed merely as a standard pop Christmas special, instead morphed into one of the more fascinating career resurrections in entertainment history. How did the King do it? More importantly, why did he do it? My guide to Elvis' 68 "comeback" answers these questions and more!


December 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm
(1) slaughton says:

I remember seeing that TV special while I was in the Army in Germany in
1968, not long after Elvis taped it. He was definitely back on his game, and jump-started a pretty much dead career. But, I believe that his big comeback came when he performed live, for the first time in almost a decade, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969. I remember seeing the live performance later on TV and the personalities who turned out for it: The Rat Pack among them. I had a couple of Army buddies who scored tickets for that performance and said it was Elvis at his finest ever, and both had seen Elvis years before. I would agree.

December 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm
(2) Arne Merzner says:

This is the best TV show ever. No one can do it better. it’s easy to see why he will always be The King. No one is near him.

December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(3) Arne Merzner says:

This is the best TV-show ever.

December 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm
(4) Arne Merzner says:

He will always be The King.

December 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(5) Janet says:

Elvis and his music will live in our hearts forever. The ’68 Comeback Special was wonderful.

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