On June 19, CBS started taping Elvis in Omaha for their "Elvis in Concert" TV special. This is the one that was shown in October, after his death. Most of it was shot in Rapid City, South Dakota , a couple days later in June.
That whole thing never should've happened. When I saiw what Elvis looked like, tears came to my eyes. And I got angry at the greedy ******** who let that go on the air - Colonel and Vernon - all because CBS waved $750.000.00 under their nose.
They professed that they loved this man, and then they allowed him to be shown like that - so big and bloated, forgetting the words to his songs, slurring his speech. He was like some kind of clown, making fun of himself this self-mocking way. You look at it, and it's shocking. There's no other word for it.
They made Elvis a laughingstock. I'll give the estate credit - that's the one vidoe they won't license for distribution. But even then, Elvis's voice, like on "How Great Thou Art", was still strong. His talkent never faltered.