‘True Love Travels on a Gravel Road’ and four more magic sparks destined for Elvis Presley

Jeremy Roberts
7 min readJun 1, 2022
“I thought my pickin’ would set ’em on fire, but nobody wanted to hire a guitar man:” Captured filming inserts for the “Trouble” / “Guitar Man” cold open of director Steve Binder’s 60-minute NBC special starkly titled “Elvis,” later immortalized as the “‘68 Comeback Special,” a 33-year-old, black-clad Elvis Presley clutches a cherry red Hagstrom Viking II electric guitar, borrowed from Wrecking Crew alum Al Casey, on June 30, 1968, inside NBC Studio 4 in Burbank, California. Photography by Frank Carroll or Gary Null / NBCUniversal

Over a decade before Nashville tunesmith Dallas Frazier’s career-defining “Elvira” was granted a glossy country pop makeover courtesy of the Oak Ridge Boys, a victorious post-’68 Comeback Special Elvis Presley sank his teeth into “Wearin’ That Loved on Look,” “True Love Travels on a Gravel Road,” “There Goes My Everything,” “Where Did…

Jeremy Roberts

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ something fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net