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A Mess Of Blues was originally released in 1960 and was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who were frequent collaborators with Presley. The track was recorded at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
The song features a classic 12-bar blues structure and a driving rhythm, with Presley's characteristic vocal style adding to the overall energy of the performance. The lyrics describe a man who is feeling down and out after a breakup, with his troubles causing him to feel like he's "got a mess of blues."
The song was a moderate success for Presley, reaching #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It has since become a fan favorite and a staple of Presley's live performances.
The number hails from his album Elvis Is Back which also came out in 1960.
And I Love You So was written by folk singer-songwriter Don McLean, and it was first recorded by him in 1970. However, it is best known for Elvis Presley's version, which was recorded in 1976.
Elvis recorded the song on March 15, 1976, at the Jungle Room studio in his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. The recording was produced by Felton Jarvis and featured Elvis on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by a small group of musicians that included James Burton on electric guitar, Charlie Hodge on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, and Ronnie Tutt on drums.
Elvis' version of "And I Love You So" was released as a single in August 1976 and included on his album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee." The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The arrangement of Elvis' version of the song is simple and stripped down, highlighting his powerful and emotive vocals. The song features a gentle acoustic guitar riff that complements Elvis' voice, creating a hauntingly beautiful and poignant atmosphere.
The song's lyrics express the narrator's deep and abiding love for their significant other, reflecting on the enduring nature of love even in the face of life's difficulties and challenges. Elvis' heartfelt delivery of the lyrics resonated with audiences, making the song a beloved classic and a staple of his later performances.
Angel was recorded by Elvis in 1975. The song was written by songwriter and guitarist John D. Loudermilk and was originally recorded by him in 1961. The Elvis Presley version was recorded at the Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and features a gospel choir on backing vocals.
"Angel" was released on the album "Promised Land" in 1975 and was also released as a single. The song has a slow tempo and features Presley's signature smooth vocals. The lyrics describe a man who is grateful for the love of his angel, who has saved him from a life of loneliness and despair.
Although "Angel" was not a major hit for Elvis Presley, it remains a popular song among his fans and has been covered by other artists over the years. In addition to the original version on "Promised Land," "Angel" has also been included on several compilation albums of Elvis Presley's music.
Blue Moon of Kentucky is a bluegrass song written by Bill Monroe. Presley's version was recorded in 1954 for his first single on the Sun Records label, which helped to launch his career.
Presley's version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" features his distinctive vocal style, which combines elements of country, blues, and rock and roll. The song also features a prominent rhythm guitar, a driving bass line, and a lively beat that reflects the song's bluegrass roots.
One notable aspect of Presley's version of the song is the way he alters the melody and rhythm of the original, creating a unique interpretation of the song that still retains its essential character. The song became a hit for Presley and remains one of his most beloved recordings, and it has been covered by numerous other artists over the years.
The track was later included on his self-titled debut album, "Elvis Presley", which was released in 1956. The album also includes other classic Presley tracks such as "That's All Right", "Heartbreak Hotel", and "Hound Dog".
"Bossa Nova Baby" is a song that Elvis recorded in 1963. It was released as a single by RCA Records and was also included in the soundtrack of the film "Fun in Acapulco," in which Elvis starred.
The song is a lively and upbeat song that showcases Elvis's versatility as a performer, as he effortlessly combines rock and roll with the popular bossa nova music style that was emerging at the time. The song features catchy melodies, rhythmic guitar strumming, and Elvis's signature vocals, which are full of charisma and energy.
The lyrics of "Bossa Nova Baby" are playful and flirtatious, describing a woman who loves to dance the bossa nova and has captured Elvis's heart. The song's lyrics were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who were well-known songwriters in the 1960s, and the music was composed by Ben Weisman. It was produced by Steve Sholes.
Upon its release, "Bossa Nova Baby" was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also well-received by critics, who praised Elvis's performance and the song's catchy melodies. The song has since become a popular and enduring part of Elvis's musical legacy, showcasing his ability to adapt to different musical styles and remain relevant throughout his career.
In addition to its commercial success, "Bossa Nova Baby" has been covered by various artists over the years and has been used in numerous films and TV shows, further solidifying its place in popular culture. Overall, "Bossa Nova Baby" is a fun and memorable song that exemplifies Elvis Presley's musical talent and enduring appeal as a legendary entertainer.
Crawfish is a song that was recorded by Elvis Presley for the soundtrack of his 1958 film "King Creole" as a duet with jazz singer Kitty White. The song was written by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman and was originally released as a single in 1958, with "Dixieland Rock" on the B-side.
The song "Crawfish" features a lively and upbeat rock and roll style, with a distinctive New Orleans-flavored rhythm. It incorporates elements of rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll, which were signature genres in Elvis Presley's music.
In the film "King Creole," Elvis Presley plays the character of Danny Fisher, a teenager from New Orleans who becomes embroiled in the city's seedy underworld. "Crawfish" is performed by Elvis in the film during a scene set in a nightclub, where he showcases his dynamic singing and charismatic stage presence.
The lyrics of "Crawfish" revolve around the metaphor of crawfish, a type of freshwater crustacean, as a symbol of the darker aspects of human nature and behavior. The song's lyrics explore themes of temptation, desire, and the dangers of succumbing to one's baser instincts. Despite its somewhat darker themes, the song's upbeat melody and Elvis Presley's energetic performance make it a catchy and memorable tune.
The track was never released as a single.
Good Rockin Tonight is a song written by Roy Brown back in 1947 who had a #13 with that initial release and two years later released is again with a #11. In 1954 Elvis took a shot with his version and used I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine as the B-side.
Elvis Presley's version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" features a fast-paced rhythm and a mix of rhythm and blues and rockabilly styles, characterized by his distinctive vocal style and energetic performance. The song showcases his dynamic voice and his ability to blend different musical genres into his unique sound.
"Good Rockin' Tonight" was recorded by Elvis Presley at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and was released as his second single in September 1954. The song gained popularity among young audiences and helped establish Elvis as a rising star in the music industry but his version did not chart.
The track helped propel Elvis Presley's career and contributed to the rise of rock and roll as a popular music genre in the 1950s. The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, but Elvis Presley's version remains a seminal recording in the history of rock and roll music.
Elvis's version is from the album A Date With Elvis.
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues was written by Danny O'Keefe and originally released by O'Keefe in 1967 as a part of his self-titled debut album. However, Elvis Presley also recorded a cover version of the song, which was included on his 1973 album "Good Times".
"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" is a melancholic folk and country-infused song that tells the story of a man who is feeling down on his luck and seeks solace in the simple pleasures of life. The lyrics express a sense of resignation and longing, as the protagonist reflects on his struggles and tries to find solace in the fleeting moments of joy. The song's bittersweet tone is enhanced by Elvis Presley's soulful and emotive vocal performance, which showcases his versatility as a singer beyond his signature rock and roll style.
Elvis Presley's rendition of the song received positive reviews for his heartfelt interpretation of the song. It showcases his ability to convey deep emotions through his vocal delivery, and his admiration for various musical genres beyond rock and roll. Although not as well-known as some of his other hits, the song remains a notable addition to Elvis Presley's extensive discography, showcasing his diverse musical talents and his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level.
Two singles were released from this album but this song was not one of them unfortunately.
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You is one of his most iconic and well-known songs. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss, and it was first recorded by Elvis Presley for the soundtrack of his 1961 film "Blue Hawaii".
"I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" is a beautiful, romantic ballad with a gentle melody and heartfelt lyrics that express the depth of romantic feelings. The song's lyrics convey a sense of helplessness in the face of love, as the protagonist is unable to resist falling in love despite their best efforts. The song's tender and emotional tone is further heightened by Elvis Presley's soulful and velvety vocals, which are complemented by a simple arrangement featuring an acoustic guitar and a piano.
Upon its release, this song became an instant hit and remains one of Elvis Presley's most enduring and beloved numbers. It topped the charts in multiple countries and has been covered by numerous artists in various languages and musical styles. It has been featured in countless films, TV shows, and commercials, and it has become a timeless classic that is synonymous with Elvis Presley's musical legacy.
In addition to its commercial success, "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" holds a special place in the hearts of Elvis Presley fans due to its sentimental and romantic nature. It has been used as a popular choice for weddings, and its heartfelt lyrics and beautiful melody continue to captivate audiences to this day, making it one of Elvis Presley's most beloved and enduring songs.
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine was the b-side to Good Rockin Tonight back in 1954
It was written by Mack David, and it was originally released by Dean Martin in 1950. However, Elvis Presley also recorded a cover version of the song, which was included on his 1954 album "Elvis At Presley."
"I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" is an upbeat and lively rock and roll song that showcases Elvis Presley's energetic vocal style and his ability to infuse his performances with youthful exuberance. The lyrics of the song express a carefree attitude towards life and love, as the protagonist declares that he doesn't mind if the sun doesn't shine, as long as he has his sweetheart by his side.
Elvis's rendition is characterized by his signature rockabilly sound, with his distinctive voice and the backing of a tight band featuring guitars, drums, and a piano. The song captures the raw energy and excitement of early rock and roll, which was a defining genre in Elvis Presley's early career.
This song did chart at #74 in the US.
I Just Can't Help Believin' is a song that Elvis recorded during his later years as a performer. It was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and it was originally released by B.J. Thomas in 1970. However, Elvis Presley also recorded a cover version of the song, which was included on his 1972 album "That's The Way It Is".
Elvis Presley's rendition of "I Just Can't Help Believin'" is considered one of his standout performances from his later years, showcasing his continued vocal prowess and ability to convey deep emotions through his music. The song features lush instrumentation, including piano, strings, and a choir, which adds to its grand and sweeping quality.
"I Just Can't Help Believin'" received critical acclaim for Elvis Presley's soulful interpretation of the song, and it remains a popular and enduring track in his discography.
The song was released in the UK as a single and reached #6 on the UK singled chart in 1971.
If I Can Dream was first released as a single back in 1968 and reached #12 in the US, #11in the UK and #2 in Australia and is a passionate and emotive ballad with a message of hope, unity, and social change.
The lyrics express a yearning for a better world where people can come together and overcome differences to create a brighter future. The song's uplifting and inspirational tone is complemented by Elvis Presley's passionate and soulful vocals, which are filled with emotion and conviction.
The musical arrangement of "If I Can Dream" features a powerful orchestral backing, including strings, brass, and choir, which adds to the grandeur and impact of the song. It is often praised for its epic and cinematic quality, as well as its timely and poignant lyrics that reflected the social and cultural climate of the late 1960s.
Elvis Presley's performance of "If I Can Dream" in his '68 Comeback Special was a defining moment in his career, marking a resurgence for the King of Rock and Roll. The song was well-received by audiences and critics alike and has since become one of Elvis Presley's most beloved and enduring songs.
Mary In The Morning was made successful by Al Martino where is reached #1 in 1967.
It is a beautiful and heartfelt song that Elvis recorded in 1970. It was written by Michael Rashkow and Johnny Cymbal and was featured on Elvis Presley's album "That's the Way It Is", released in 1970.
The lyrics express admiration and love for a woman named Mary, who is described as bringing light and joy to the morning. The song's gentle melody and heartfelt lyrics create a soothing and romantic ambiance, capturing the essence of enduring love.
The musical arrangement of "Mary in the Morning" features a soft and melodic blend of piano, strings, and backing vocals, which complement Elvis Presley's vocals and add to the song's emotional impact. The song is known for its heartfelt and sincere delivery, with Elvis Presley's vocals conveying a sense of vulnerability and tenderness. My version here is a finger-picking version.
Canadian entertainer Tommy Hunter also reached the top of the Canadian charts with his version.
Money Honey was first recorded by blues artist Clyde McPhatter in 1953 with the newly formed group known as The Drifters. Elvis decided to recorded the song a few years later in 1956 for his debut album Elvis Presley. The song however was never released as a single.
Mystery Train can be found on the album "Elvis Presley" (also known as Elvis Presley's debut album or Elvis Presley Rock n' Roll No. 1). Mystery Train"was written by Junior Parker (aka Herman Parker Jr.) and Sam Phillips.
The track was released as a single in 1955, with the B-side featuring "I Forgot to Remember to Forget." While the song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it gained popularity and became a significant influence on rockabilly and rock 'n' roll music.
"Mystery Train" is a blues-influenced song with lyrics that evoke a sense of melancholy and longing. The train metaphor is often interpreted as a symbol of life's journey and the uncertainty and mystery that accompany it.
Since "Mystery Train" was released before the era of music videos, no official music video exists for the song.
One Night With You was a 1956 song that was a hit for Smiley Lewis. Elvis had a larger success after he re-wrote some of the lyrics and got approval to record it from the record label.
His release was in 1958 and hit #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. This one can be found on the "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong" album.
Paralyzed was recorded by Elvis in 1956 for his album Elvis.
The song was never a single release.
Separate Ways was a single from the album of the same name which was released back in 1972.
Elvis scored a #3 in the US with this song on both the pop and country charts.
So Glad You're Mine hails from Elvis's 2nd album released in 1956 called simply Elvis.
This song was never a single release.
Surrender was a huge hit for Elvis in 1961 hitting #1 in several countries and a top 5 in many others.
The song hails from the album "Elvis' Golden Records Vol 3".
Teddy Bear is a song recorded by Elvis Presley that was released as a single in 1957. It was written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe, and produced by Steve Sholes. The song is classified as rock and roll and doo-wop, with a playful and catchy melody.
"Teddy Bear" features Presley's distinctively smooth vocals and upbeat rhythm, and its lyrics are about a young man who expresses his desire to be his sweetheart's "teddy bear" and protect her. The song is often considered a lighthearted, fun, and innocent example of Presley's early rock and roll style.
"Teddy Bear" was a commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, and also charting in other countries. It was Presley's seventh #1 hit in the U.S., and it further solidified his status as a prominent figure in the emerging rock and roll genre. The song was also included on Presley's second album, "Loving You," which was released in 1957.
In addition to its commercial success, "Teddy Bear" has remained a popular and enduring song in Presley's discography. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years and has been featured in various films, TV shows, and commercials. Its catchy melody and playful lyrics continue to make it a beloved song among fans of Elvis Presley's music.
The song reached #1 in the US and Canada and #3 in the UK.
The Wonder Of You was recorded as a live performance in 1970 and appeared on the "Live Stage" album.
As happened a few times, an Elvis song would score a #1 hit on the US country charts and that's what happened with this song. The song also hit #1 in Denmark and the UK.
There's Always Me can be found on the album "Something for Everybody," released in 1961. The song was written by Don Robertson, a songwriter who contributed to many of Elvis's songs.
This song was released as a single in 1961 but did not achieve significant chart success.
"There's Always Me" is a romantic ballad expressing a reassuring message to a loved one. The song reflects the narrator's devotion and availability, emphasizing that no matter what happens, they will always be there for the person they love.
Once again as music videos were not widely produced during the time of the song's release, there is no official music video for "There's Always Me."
Treat Me Nice was a B-side song to the A-side single Jailhouse Rock which was release back in 1957.
The song also appeared in the Jailhouse Rock film.
Trying To Get To You is an early Elvis song that can be found on the album "Elvis Presley" (also known as Elvis Presley's debut album or Elvis Presley Rock n' Roll No. 1). It was written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton.
"Trying To Get To You" was released as a single in 1956. It reached number 33 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and number 6 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
The track is an emotional and soulful song about the struggles and determination of trying to reach a loved one. It portrays a sense of urgency and longing for connection, reflecting the narrator's relentless efforts to be with the person they desire.
No official music video was produced for "Trying To Get To You" due to its release predating the era of music videos.
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again was written in 1940 and first recorded in 1941 by the writers Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan.
Elvis recorded the song years later in 1956 for his album Elvis. The song was never released as a single.
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