Today the New Zealand Herald published my tribute to Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death. How do you sum up the career of arguably the most important figure in the history of popular music in 800 words? Well, I gave it my best shot. And the angle for me was that the famous 68 Comeback Special wasn’t just a great chapter in a 22 year career, it’s possible that without its existence we wouldn’t be remembering Elvis to anywhere near the same extent today.
I leave you with the finale and emotional highlight from the 68 Comeback Special, the song that honoured the then recently assassinated Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jnr. In all its triumphant, gospel-inspired, white-suited glory, here is If I Can Dream: