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|WHAT ABOUT THAT 1977 CBS TV SPECIAL?
April 08, 2018 - Elvis Express Radio
On June 1, 1977, it was announced that Elvis Presley had signed a deal with CBS for a new television special.
It was agreed that CBS would videotape concerts during the summer of 1977. The final special was culled from footage from two performances on June 19, 1977, in Omaha, and
June 21, 1977, in Rapid City, although much of the footage from Omaha was considered unusable due to sound and performance problems.
The crew also filmed footage of Elvis at the airport in Indianapolis, receiving a gold record from RCA Records for his final album, Moody Blue, on June 26. This is the last known
footage of Elvis ever filmed.
CBS officials considered postponing broadcast of the special in hopes of obtaining better performance footage of Presley, but his death in August 1977 cancelled this plan.
Its broadcast in October 1977 received mixed reaction with critics condemning it as a "travesty", and one critic Roy Carr stating, "Had it been shown during his lifetime, it would have
caused more irrevocable damage to what was left of his career than almost a decade of starring in third-rate movies".
WATCH THIS INTERVIEW....
Here is an interesting interview with Annette Wolf who worked on the infamous television special. Elvis Express Radio invites our listeners to watch this and to share your thoughts on
the things said and for your own thoughts about the CBS Special which we will happily read out on the show.
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