Though Elvis Presley performed several times after, his final recorded performance was in June 1977, about six weeks before the King passed away on August 16, 1977. He performed "Unchained Melody", among other hits, for his Elvis In Concert special that premiered October of that same year on CBS.
One of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, "Unchained Melody" was written by Hy Zaret and composed by Alex North. The song, sang by Todd Duncan, became the theme for the prison film, Unchained. It has charted several times thanks to Lees Baxter, Roy Hamilton, Jimmy Young, and Al Hibbler. Some notable covers are by The Righteous Brothers, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Barry Manilow, LeAnn Rimes, and of course, the King himself, Elvis. It was written in 1936 and originally meant for the legendary Bing Crosby, but he turned it down and it wasn't recorded for another twenty years.
Elvis' version of the famous song was absolutely fantastic. Although it's apparent in this video that he's ill, it doesn't stop Elvis from performing his heart out, showcasing his wide range of talents that had won over millions for decades. It's a must-see, rare performance.
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