“E” = Elvis + “F” = Frank
Many touted it as a passing-of-the-torch moment when Frank Sinatra, the teenage idol of the ’40s, seemingly passed that torch on to Elvis. “Welcome Home Elvis” was a 1960 television special on ABC starring Frank Sinatra and featuring Elvis Presley in his first television appearance since returning home from military service in Germany. With The King’s return home ABC Television won a battle to air Elvis’s first post-Army TV performance paying him $125,000 (somewhere around $1 million dollars today) for the honor. The television show was officially titled “Nice To Go Traveling,” but because it was Elvis’s 1st appearance on television in 3 years it became more commonly known as “Welcome Home Elvis” and was built around that homecoming theme for Presley.
Having been absent from the Rock ‘n Roll scene for 2 years and also having suffered the loss of his mother, Gladys, the post-Army Elvis was realistically nervous … wondering if the public would still embrace him as they had in the 1950s. It turned out that he shouldn’t have been concerned. Elvis performed “Stuck On You” and “Fame & Fortune,” his current single which had already reached #1 on the charts by the time the show aired. Still the major highlight of that evening was the duet between Frank and Elvis. Sinatra sang the Elvis hit, from the Presley movie of the same name, “Love Me Tender,” while Elvis crooned Frank’s “Witchcraft” weaving the two songs into a duet. The superstars seemed to enjoy their clever collaboration and were obviously happy with their easy harmonizing as they hammed it up for the shrieking girls in the audience.
So, if you’d like, let’s all jump into The Wayback Machine and join the boys in concert.