This is Elvis Birthday Week. He would have been 84 on Tuesday.
After Elvis was discharged from the Army in March of 1960 most of the decade would be one film, one movie soundtrack after another. He stopped making live and TV appearances (his manager’s decision), and though still immensely popular, he began to lose public consciousness. That would change in 1968 when he was featured in the special of all TV specials.
The Associated Press recently wrote:
Elvis Presley wanted an honest answer. Steve Binder gave him one.
Presley was meeting Binder for the first time in Binder’s office in Los Angeles in 1968. A music and television producer, Binder had been asked to put together an NBC television special featuring Presley, who had become more of a movie actor than a rock ‘n’ roll singer in the 1960s when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were dominating the rock world.
Presley and Binder talked for about an hour about music and established a rapport, Binder recalls. Then Presley popped the question: “What do you think of my career?”
“I was young and brash in those days,” Binder told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I said…”
Click here to see Binder’s answer and the entire AP article that also touches on another upcoming TV special.
The network (NBC) hopes to replicate the magic in February. The “Elvis All-Star Tribute” will feature Blake Shelton as host and will include well-known performers recreating the original (’68 Comeback Special) program.
NBC’s “Elvis All-Star Tribute” airs on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
The two-hour program will be hosted by Blake Shelton. Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder, the director of the original special will appear as well as Lisa Marie Presley.
Musical performances will include:
- “Trouble”/”Guitar Man” – Blake Shelton
- “Hound Dog” – Shawn Mendes
- “Burning Love” – Keith Urban
- “Baby, What You Want Me to Do” – Keith Urban & Post Malone
- “Jailhouse Rock” – John Fogerty
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ed Sheeran
- “Always on My Mind” – Kelsea Ballerini
- “Heartbreak Hotel” – Jennifer Lopez
- “One Night” – Darius Rucker
- “Suspicious Minds” – Blake Shelton
- “Love Me Tender” – Alessia Cara
- “Memories” – Mac Davis
- “A Little Less Conversation” – John Legend
- “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Little Big Town
- “Blue Suede Shoes” – Adam Lambert
- “Love Me” – Pistol Annies
- Hits Medley (“That’s All Right,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Suede Shoes”) – Mac Davis, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker & Blake Shelton
- Gospel Medley (“How Great Thou Art,” “He Touched Me,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carrie Underwood & Yolanda Adams
- “Little Sister” – Dierks Bentley
- “It’s Now or Never” – Josh Groban
- “If I Can Dream” – Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton