Elvis Tribute Marking the 50th Anniversary of His Comeback Special Coming to NBC

Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC.
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Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC.

Fifty years ago today (Dec. 3), the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley, relaunched his music career on NBC's '68 Comeback Special. As a celebration of the musician's life and work, NBC will air The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special on Feb. 17 from to 11 p.m. ET. 

Produced by Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards, Global Citizen Festival) and hosted by The Voice's Blake Shelton, the event will see several prominent artists re-create the 1968 performance that propelled Presley back onto the world stage after years of absence. The '68 Comeback Special was the singer's first televised performance since 1961. Dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and accompanied by a full band, Presley dazzled a small, intimate crowd with his performance that immediately became a widely popular telecast.

In addition to musical performances, the upcoming two-hour special will also show exclusive footage of Presley and interviews from those involved in the special, including his late wife Priscilla Presley and director Steve Binder. The full lineup of musicians is set to be announced early next year.

While the iconic singer and actor died in 1977 at age 42, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year by President Donald Trump.