His first taped television special, “Elvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special” – Feb. 25 at 9:30 pm

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Elvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special

Saturday, February 25 at 9:30 pm


Elvis Presley in concert in 1968Throughout the 1950s, Elvis Presley led the rock and roll revolution in music and pop culture. In the 1960s, he concentrated mainly on his successful movie career. By 1968, it had been more than seven years since he had appeared on stage in front of a live audience.

In June of 1968, Elvis taped his first television special in Burbank, California. It aired on December 3 of that same year and accomplished two things: it saved his career and showcased some of the best music of his life. Premiering on NBC, it attracted 42% of the viewing audience, was the network’s biggest ratings victory that year and the season’s top- rated show. It stands today as one of the great moments in rock music history and as a stunningly brilliant milestone in Elvis’ career.