It was 48 years ago this weekend (November 11th, 1970), that Elvis Presley's first concert film, Elvis – That's The Way It Is, premiered. The movie, which chronicled the Los Angeles rehearsals and the opening shows of Presley's third Las Vegas stand at the International Hotel, provided a behind-the-scenes look at Presley at work and at play.

The rehearsal footage, taped in Los Angeles' MGM Studios, shows Elvis working up material with the core of his TCB Band: lead guitarist James Burton, keyboardist Glenn D. Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff, drummer Ronnie Tutt, and rhythm guitarist John Wilkerson.

The second part of the film, which features highlights of Elvis' first six shows of the Vegas stand, shows “The King” at the top of his game, both vocally and physically. Among the highlights in the film are his renditions of the Righteous Brothers' “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling,” Dusty Springfield's “You Don't Have To Say You Love Me,” B.J. Thomas' “I Just Can't Help Believing',” Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline,” and his own recent chart topper “Suspicious Minds.”

Elvis also is seen performing a handful of his '50s and '60s hits including “Little Sister,” “Love Me Tender,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Can't Help Falling In Love.”

On February 27th, 1970 during a rare press conference in Houston, Texas, Elvis explained why he returned to performing after laying low throughout the 1960's: “I just missed it. I missed the closeness of an audience, of a live audience. So, as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do live performances again.”

The soundtrack to Elvis – That's The Way It Is peaked at Number 21 on the Billboard 200, and at Number Eight on the magazine's Country charts.

Although Presley had made several successful TV concert specials, including the 1973 Aloha From Hawaii and 1977's posthumous Elvis In Concert, he only made one other full-length concert film, 1973's Elvis On Tour.

AUDIO: JAMES BURTON ON ELVIS PRESLEY SWITCHING VEGAS SETLISTS
AUDIO: ELVIS PRESLEY ON HIS 1969 LAS VEGAS STAND