’68 Comeback Special. Nickname for television special that originally carried the simple title Elvis. Upheld by Snobs as Elvis Presley’s last great flourish of brilliance before getting fat and inordinately chummy with Richard Nixon, the special, which aired on NBC in December 1968, saw Presley temporarily liberating himself from the odious grind of B-movies and reclaiming his relevance and sensuality in the Beatle era—growing out his sideburns again, wearing tight leathers, and, of the most musicological importance, reuniting with his 1950s bandmates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana for a proto-Unplugged, rootsy revisitation of old rockabilly numbers. Though Elvis had no shortage of the sort of overwrought, unintentionally funny production numbers endemic to TV at that time, the stripped-down segment, only a fragment of which was seen in the original special, has since become a phenomenon of its own as full-length video entitled Elvis—One Night With You.