Looking Back: Two Artists and One Magical Mash-Up

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Looking Back: Two Artists and One Magical Mash-Up

Sixty years ago today, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, two of the most beloved and respected artists in music, teamed up for a television special. The show resulted in a truly incredible musical mash-up so, in celebration, let’s take a quick look at the historic “Welcome Home Elvis” special.

It was announced in July 1959 that Elvis would appear on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV show upon his release from the Army. He didn’t have to wait long: He was released on March 5 and returned home to Graceland on March 8, and the show was taped on March 26.

Elvis shared the stage with, of course, Sinatra, as well as his daughter, Nancy, who would later become his co-star in “Speedway” in 1968. Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford were also special guests.

On the show, Elvis performed “Stuck on You” and “Fame and Fortune,” the two sides of his first post-Army single.

As a surprise part of the show, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll collided when Frank Sinatra and Elvis sang a mash-up of their hit singles, “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender,” respectively. Sinatra sang “Love Me Tender,” while Elvis crooned “Witchcraft.” It's so interesting to see these two great singers offer such different versions of each other's greatest hits.

See this duet in the video below.

The special aired on May 12, 1960 with high ratings, drawing an impressive 41.5 percent of the American viewing audience that evening.

While Elvis and Sinatra never worked together again, they often kept in touch over the years. Sinatra let Elvis and Priscilla borrow his private jet in 1967 to go from Palm Springs to Las Vegas to get married, and travel back to Palm Springs for their honeymoon.

Elvis’ personal record collection here at Graceland contains many Sinatra records, and, of course, both men sang powerful versions of “My Way.” To get a deeper look at Elvis' collection, CLICK HERE

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