ELVIS WEEK: The brothel

Today at Graceland:

GRACELAND DRIVE-IN
August 13, 14, and 16. 9:00 PM
Graceland hosts three nights of the king on the big screen with our first-ever Graceland Drive-in. Watch Elvis on a four-story outdoor screen from inside your car listening over the car radio, or bring some chairs and a portable radio to enjoy the movie under the stars.

Graceland Drive-in Screenings include:

  • Viva Las Vegas on Thursday, August 13 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • ’68 Comeback Special on Friday, August 14 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii on Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets

The Graceland Drive-in is included for Elvis Week Day Pass purchasers for that day. Carloads are $20. Advanced purchase strongly encouraged. More about the Graceland Drive-in

After a near decade of money-making but not the highest quality movies, Elvis wanted to break out and go public again. The ’68 Comeback Special, recorded in late June and broadcast on NBC-TV in December was a resounding triumph.

In addition to groundbreaking Elvis in the round performances with some old band-mates there were huge production numbers. One of them had Elvis a roaming guitar man with one of his stops at a steamy place that came off as a brothel. The “bordello” scene got by NBC’s censors, but the sponsor of the 1968 program, Singer (the sewing machine manufacturer) thought it was too sexy, and it was dropped from the program. The medley did appear on the 1968 RCA soundtrack album, and years later was added and included on other TV specials.

My favorite part hits exactly at the 11:22 mark. SCREAMS!


Elvis w/Susan Henning

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