NBC plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley‘s 1968 “Comeback Special” with “Elvis All-Star Tribute Special.” The program will air on Sunday, February 17 and Blake Shelton has been announced as host of the program.

The Elvis special will feature an all-star group of music superstars who will pay tribute to the King. The artists who will be part of the program, will be announced in early 2019.

The program will also showcase rare Elvis footage and interviews from those involved in the special, including Priscilla Presley and director Steve Binder.

Presley’s ‘ “Singer Presents…. Elvis” which was later know as “Comeback Special” was aired on December 3, 1968. The live television program was his first live television performance since 1961 and a monumental TV event. Dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience, the telecast was hugely popular.

“The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special” is being produced by Ken Ehrlich.

“I can remember sitting in front of my television set and watching the Elvis special. I already knew that I could never do what he did as an artist, but seeing that show had a great deal to do with my dreams of having a career in television production. To this day, I’ve been grateful to Elvis and producer/director Steve Binder for inspiring me to be able to revisit that event 50 years later and pay our own homage to what an iconic moment that was in both music and television,” said Ken Ehrlich.

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