TV Tuesday: Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Elvis Show 1960

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Welcome Hom Elvis Image One
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Sixty years ago, today, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis aired on ABC. It was Elvis‘ first televised appearance following his military service in West Germany. This was also Frank Sinatra‘s fourth and final Timex sponsored outing for the 1959–60 television season. Other performers were Nancy Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and The Jordanaires.

Filmed at Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, a nervous Elvis performed Fame and Fortune, Stuck On You and Sinatra’s Witchcraft while Sinatra performed Love Me Tender.

Sinatra & Elvis Image Two
Photo Credit: imdb.com & amazon.com

After approximately eight minutes on screen and a quick promotional plug for his new film G.I. Blues, Presley was gone. The remainder of the special consisted of performances by the additional guest stars. Excerpts from this show appear in Warner Bros. 1981 documentary film This Is Elvis.

Trivia Bit:
♦ Elvis got paid an at the time incredible sum of $125,000 for only a few minutes of onscreen time.

Sources;
Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Party (IMDB)
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show (Wikipedia)

Elvis & Frank

Behind The Scenes

10 thoughts on “TV Tuesday: Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Elvis Show 1960

    Silk Cords said:
    May 13, 2020 at 2:45 AM

    Geeze, that’s a small fortune alright. Probably over a million in today’s dollars

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      May 13, 2020 at 3:10 AM

      Most likely…and it pissed Sinatra off, too. The Colonel demanded it.

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        Silk Cords said:
        May 13, 2020 at 3:26 AM

        From what I hear, behind the scenes Sinatra was frequently pissed off, LOL. Guy had a temper and thought he owned the world according to some folks.

        Definitely a world class singer though.

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        bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
        May 13, 2020 at 6:54 AM

        Mum loved these two singing. Probably her favourite singers.

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    badfinger20 said:
    May 13, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    I can’t see Frank being too happy about sharing the limelight.
    Elvis was never the same when he left the Army.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      May 13, 2020 at 2:59 PM

      Sinatra was some kind of pissed off over the $125,000 price tag. But, he hadn’t had good ratings on his previous three shows and he knew Elvis would be a ratings boost.

      How would you like to make $125,000 for about 10 minutes of screen time (probably a million in today’s terms)?

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        badfinger20 said:
        May 13, 2020 at 3:09 PM

        I’ll take that pay…”Max we want to slap you in the face 8 times in a day for 125,000 and you dressed as Howdy Doody”…uhhh ok where do I get dressed?

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