Binder And Howe Re-Unite For Anniversary Comeback Special

Steve Binder and Bones Howe re-unite for the first time in 40 years at The Paley Center for Media’s 40th anniversary salute to Elvis Presley’s ’68 Special on Friday, March 14th. Both Lisa Marie (not yet been confirmed) and Priscilla Presley should be present for the celebration which will include a screening of the now called “Comeback” special followed by a Q&A discussion with the three of them.

Binder, who directed and produced the Special will go down in television history if for nothing else for his contribution to what TV Guide called “the second greatest musical moment in television history next to the Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan.”

Howe served as the music director on “Elvis,” but his working relationship with The King goes back to 1957 when he worked at Radio Recorders mixing records.

In his first television special originally broadcasted as Singer Presents Elvis, Elvis Presley, who had spent most of the decade as a film actor, returned to his concert roots exhibiting the charismatic and emotionally charged performing style that secured his reputation as the “King of Rock & Roll.”

Taped in June 1968 and aired on December 3 of that year, the program attracted 42 percent of the television viewing audience and became the season’s top-rated special. It stands as one of the great moments in rock history and a stunningly brilliant milestone in Elvis Presley’s career.

Noted rock critic Greil Marcus stated, “This legendary special offered not only an unplugged session years before the term became the vogue, but yielded the finest music of Elvis’ career.”

PaleyFest08 will be held from March 14 to 27, 2008 at the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.
Source: Various / Updated: Feb 26, 2008 

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Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 28, 2008report abuse
Elvis was on TV many times before the Ed Sullivan show. He already had several hits. The Beatles were new, strangers to America and just reached #1 on the charts. I think the curiosity factor as well as their music had a lot to do with it. Also Kennedy had recently been killed and America needed something new & fresh to lift its spirts. I was a teen in 1964 and I must admit there was never anything quite as hyped as that first Sullivan show. Everyone was talking about it. Crime in New York City dropped in half that night. In 1968 Elvis was reborn onto TV and I agree this is 2nd most important musical moment in terms of history but first in terms of performance.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2008report abuse
Ruthie - The Beatles might have followed, but they drew a much bigger audience than Elvis.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2008report abuse
Binder and Howe should be interviewed and exaughsted of every morsel of information regarding the show. Its disgusting these two men have been ignored on the various releases of the '68 Comeback Special. The VHS version of the show should be restored to DVD with all the interviews of Binder and Howe as extras.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2008report abuse
What an awesome event! I hope it's televised so the rest of us can see at least a part of it. And Mike M is right - the biggest event was Elvis. The Beatles just followed.
Mike M (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2008report abuse
Elvis was the biggest and first TV on Ed Sullivan not the Beatles they were popular but no comparison to the effect Elvis had. Also remember Singer and Aloha our Elvis wax the fist and best.

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