June 28, 2013
As we continue to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Elvis recording the "'68 Comeback Special," we introduce for the first time one of Elvis' most powerful performances and one that was dear to his heart. Elvis fans can now watch video of Elvis' performing "If I Can Dream" by subscribing to the Elvis YouTube Channel. Fans can also view photos of this legendary performance by downloading the Elvis mobile app or see exclusive "'68 Special" items by visiting ShopElvis.com.
On June 30, 1968, Elvis appeared alone wearing a simple white two-piece suit with the backdrop of red lights that spelled ELVIS and performed the final segment of the 1968 NBC television special. He sang "If I Can Dream," a song written based on Elvis' own thoughts about the turbulent times of the '60s. Written by the show's musical director W. Earl Brown, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, “If I Can Dream” describes a world full of hope and free of doubt, pain, and fear. This powerful and passionate performance became one of the most brilliant moments of his singing career.
Want to continue the celebration? Upload your photo to the the "Official Elvis '68 Comeback" Fan Mosaic or view rare "'68 Special" videos now added to Elvis' Vine and Instagram.