Dec. 22, 2014 PLYMOUTH VOICE.
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Elvis Presley’s charismatic and emotionally charged performing style is evident in this video of Blue Christmas.
Referred to as the Burbank Session Elvis performed this segment live at NBC’s Burbank Studios on June 27, 1968, his first stage appearance in seven years with the surviving members of his original band. The ’68 TV Special is widely credited with revitalizing his career. His last live concert had been at the Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in March 1961.
The audio was recorded by Presley’s friend Joe Esposito using the singer’s own tape recorder. The band members: D. J. Fontana, drumming-using a guitar case,
Alan Fortas, guitar back-slapping-occasional vocals, Charlie Hodge, acoustic guitar- occasional vocals, Lance LeGault, guitar back-slapping-tambourine
Scotty Moore: guitars (acoustic and electric)
The NBC TV Special soundtrack itself was released in November 1968 as well (LPM 4088). As originally issued, it contained most (but not all) of the music from the original broadcast; a new edition with additional tracks was released on CD in 1991.