1968 was a very special year for Elvis both personally and professionally. He and Priscilla became the proud parents of Lisa Marie and then Elvis went back to what he does best; live performances, albeit in front of a handpicked TV audience. The TV Special recorded in June and broadcast in December is now seen as the original "Unplugged" concert. He didn't have much of an impact on the charts and his movies were pretty typical at this stage. Looking forward he had agreed to perform live again with a return to Las Vegas where he last performed in 1956. Music had a new country star in Glen Campbell and Welsh star Tom Jones was making waves. The Monkees were becoming a force to be reckoned with, while Beatles continued on from where they left off last year.
People were left numb when peace activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were both assassinated. Dr. King in Elvis' hometown of Memphis.