Steve Binder is paramount in the history of music on television, as one of the founding creative minds behind music programs with racially and ethnically diverse casts, showcasing a variety of musical styles. He is arguably best known as the director of the T.A.M.I. Show, Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, Diana Ross Live in Central Park, and The Star Wars Holiday Special. He worked directly with the biggest names in show business; Elvis, Liza Minnelli, Chevy Chase, Patti LaBelle, Barry Manilow, Pee-Wee Herman, Steve Allen, Soupy Sales, Wayne Newton, Mac Davis, Petula Clark, and John Denver. Most recently, Steve Binder is portrayed by Dacre Montgomery, breakout star of Stranger Things, in the Elvis drama directed by Baz Luhrmann, theatrically released June 24th, 2022.

The Museum of Ventura County was thrilled to present the next installment of Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with decorated producer and director Steve Binder. In this series, author, journalist, and investigative reporter Ivor Davis speaks with a rotating guest list of notable and celebrated Ventura County residents, which have including Chris Hillman, Malcom McDowell, Miriam Arichea, and more.

This was a ticketed in-person and virtual program. Museum members who registered for this event were entered into a drawing to receive an autographed copy of Steve Binder’s Elvis ’68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special, Foreword by Baz Luhrmann.

Link to Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Clip: Elvis Presley-Heartbreak Hotel-1968-Comeback Special

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