Recorded on June 23rd, 1968, here’s a little more history on the “Singer Presnets Elvis” T.V. Show which was broadcasted 50 years ago.
“If I Can Dream”
was a song specially written for Elvis Presley’s T.V. Special which was originally broadcasted on Dec. 3rd, 1968.
The song was written by Walter Earl Brown and was used as the finale of the show. It was requested by Presley following the, then, recent deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. (Apr. 4th, 1968) & U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy (June 6th, 1968). Thus it’s the 50th anniversary of all of these events. Earl Brown’s lyrics take direct quotes from Dr. King. The song was recorded on June 23rd, 1968. The song was released in Nov. 5th, 1968 before the T.V. show aired, thus no mention of the show on the original picture sleeve for the single.
An L.P. vinyl record released for “Record Store Day 2018” depicts the “Sit Down” live portions filmed on June, 27th, 1968. I really appreciate the thought that went into the photo used for the front cover as one can clearly see Scotty Moore, Presley’s guitarist from 1954-1968 and D.J. Fontana on the right, Elvis’ drummer from 1955-1968.