© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The Elvis '68 Comeback Special

With The King's career on a steady decline since his last U.S. #1 single in 1962, many thought his reign was effectively over. But then...he came back in a 1968 NBC television special.


The show was the highest-rated special of the year.


The intimate performance, during which Elvis and his bandmates talk in between song and play old blues and gospel, is widely credited with revitalizing his career.


After the special, Elvis went on to his stint in Vegas and even returned to #1 on the charts with 1969's "Suspicious Minds."


Playlist for this weekend's show:
Trouble/Guitar Man
That's Alright
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling in Love with You
Let Yourself Go
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Where Could I Go But To The Lord, Up Above My Head, Saved
Trying To Get To You
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold
Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.