Saturday, August 09, 2008

Elvis Month: Sinatra Salutes the King(re-post)

Here's another great Elvis bootleg. This time around its "The Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis". This was the huge television special that Sinatra put together to welcome Elvis Presley back home from his stint in the army. It offers a slick variety hour of Sinatra surrounded by the usual suspects: Sammy Davis Junior, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and his own daughter Nancy.The framing device is a series of skits intended to show Elvis what he'd missed while away. Presley was paid a whopping $125,000 for 10 minutes of air time but before he even comes out, Sinatra, backed by Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, offers a wonderful version of "Gone with the Wind", from his 1958 classic Frank Sinatra Sings... For Only the Lonely. When Elvis finally arrives, he performs "Fame and Fortune" and "Stuck on You", during which the audience screams predictably and wildly. Then comes the infamous duet between the two stars with Sinatra taking on "Love Me Tender" and Presley grappling with "Witchcraft". This "unofficial release" came from my late father's collection and is in immaculate condition. I believe it was released in the 80s but I'm not positive. It's basically an audio version of the special. Here it is for you now. Enjoy!

Welcome Home Elvis

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