Elvis singing an absolutely phenomenal and sincere version of “America the Beautiful”. It’s live. (Speaking of which, go check out The Mystery Train‘s breakdown of the different performances of this song.)
Listen to the spoken-word part. Only Elvis could get away with such phraseology. Listen to the choices he makes, vocally, when he speaks. It’s deliberate, it’s intuitive, it’s filled with heart. He’s a preacher. He’s dramatic. Listen to him speak “God shed his grace on thee”. Listen to where he pauses in that line. Listen to the small shake he puts into his voice, and think of him as a small boy sitting in the rough passionate Pentecostal churches of his youth, and think of him soaking up how those powerful men of faith spoke.
You can only pull something like that off if you mean it.
And Elvis always always meant it. He meant everything he did. If you think that’s easy, then try it some time.
Happy birthday, America.