Elvis Presley 1950s Songs
For the Acoustic

Elvis Presley 1950s Songs On The Acoustic Guitar

On this page I have a collection of Elvis Presley 1950s songs and links to songs from that decade you can learn on the acoustic guitar. There are some rhythm tips, chord sheets and a bit of history as well.

Elvis Presley 1950s Songs

1. A Fool Such As I

Hank Snow was the first artist to record this song back in 1953 and scoring a #4 hit. Bob Dylan, Tommy Edwards, Rodney Crowell and a few others have covered this number. Col Parker as you may know was the manager of Hank Snow.

The Elvis version was a #2 in the US and a #1 in the UK back in 1959. The also also hit #16 on the R&B charts. Chet Atkins played guitar on this track.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, E7, F, G, A7, D, G7, D7

2. Anyway You Want Me

Back in 1956 when Elvis released his single Love Me Tender he needed a B-Side to be released with it. And this song called Anyway You Want Me was chosen. As it turned out, this song also went to #1 back in 1956. Those main musicians Scotty Moore, Bill Black, JD Fontana and The Jordanaires. A guy named Shorty Long played piano. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a down down down up down up and repeat - or you can play down down up down up down up and that will also work
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = C, Am, F, G, Ddim, C7

3. Are You Lonesome Tonight

This is an old song written back in 1926 and first recorded in 1927. Col Parkers wife liked the song and so the Col convinced Elvis to record the song in 1960 after his time in the Army. When it was released it shot to #1. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root up down up down up and repeat pattern will work
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Dm7, G7, C, G, C, G6, Am, Am/G, C7, F, G7, D7, Dm7, Em

4. Heartbreak Hotel

When Elvis left the Sun record label he joined RCA Victor in 1956 and this was his first single from that label. 

The song was number one on several charts at the same time which was unheard of in 1956 and became his first million selling song.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = downstrokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, G

5. Treat Me Nice

Elvis recorded this song for his album "Promised Land" back in 1970 and this song was a B-Side to the lead single "My Boy", but neither song charted.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No 
  • Rhythm = down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, C7, F, Adim, G7, D7

So on this Elvis Presley 1950s page we've had a closer look at 5 songs for the acoustic. I gave you free chord and lyric sheets, free demo and some rhythm tips for each song. I hope this info was useful.


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