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Monday, August 24, 2009

Elvis Lives in Collinsville! (Sort Of.)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 3:45 PM

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Sadly, a video of that performance does not seem to be available on the Internet. We must content ourselves with Cherry's rendition of "Just a Little Bit":

For the record, Cherry's all-time favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream", which debuted in for the television comeback special in 1968 and which allegedly prompted Elvis to vow never to sing another song or act in another movie he didn't believe in.

Happily for lovers of Elvis movies, the vow apparently didn't take effect until after he filmed Change of Habit, a true classic of the genre. It co-stars Mary Tyler Moore as a spunky young nun who starts to seriously reconsider her vocation after meeting Elvis-playing-a-doctor. (What greater test of faith is there?) It culminates in a dramatic church scene with dramatic jump cuts between an anxious Sister MTM, an oblivious Elvis a-strumming his guitar and belting out a ditty called "Let's All Pray Together" and menacing-looking stained-glass images of the other King. It's a sight not to be missed by any fan of both Elvis and Catholic kitsch.

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