We live in a decade of Elvis anniversaries, and one that should not be forgotten is the 50th anniversary of Elvis’s appearance on Frank Sinatra’s TV special in 1960. It was a monumental moment in Presley’s career and a show that had significant implications. Let’s take a closer look at this iconic event.
A Star-Studded Affair
The show, sponsored by the Timex Company, was filmed at the grand ballroom of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami on March 26, 1960. On Thursday, May 12, 1960, the program aired nationally on ABC-TV from 9:30-10:30 p.m. It was a star-studded affair with appearances from Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, and the Tom Hansen Dancers.
Elvis’s Highly Anticipated Return
For Elvis, this performance was highly anticipated as it marked his return to the entertainment business after his final Sullivan show in January 1957. Prior to this appearance, he had not performed in front of an audience since November 1957 in Hawaii. So, the pressure was on for Elvis to deliver a memorable performance.
Mixed Reviews and Public Reception
Following the airing of the show on May 12, 1960, the reviews were a mixed bag. Critics, including a scathing review from John P. Shanley of The New York Times, were not kind to Elvis. Shanley described his performance as “merely awful” and suggested that Elvis still had much to learn as a performer. However, despite the mixed reviews, the public reception was overwhelmingly positive. Variety reported that the Sinatra-Presley show received high ratings and a large share of viewership.
The Significance of Elvis’s Return
Although the Sinatra show may not have been met with universal acclaim, it marked an important moment in Elvis’s career. It signaled his comeback to the spotlight after serving in the army and solidified his status as a legendary entertainer.
Relive the Magic
Even after 50 years, the magic of Elvis’s appearance on Frank Sinatra’s 1960 TV special continues to captivate audiences. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of Elvis Presley and his impact on the world of music and entertainment.
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