Elvis' Birthday: The King's Greatest Hits and Performances
Elvis birthday is tomorrow, and theres no better way to celebrate the Kings 76th birthday then to relive his greatest songs and performances.
As writer Greil Marcus once said, Elvis Presley was a cultural force with no real comparison, where the cultural range of his music has expanded to the point where it includes not only the hits of the day, but also patriotic recitals, pure country gospel, and really dirty blues.
Below is Elvis performing his first RCA singlethe song that launched the 60sHeartbreak Hotel on the Tommy Dorsey Show.
The following is a performance of Are You Lonesome Tonight, from Elviss magical 68 Comeback Special.
The gospel influenced Suspicious Minds was Elvis seventeenth and last number-one single in the United States. In the Rolling Stones feature The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the author writes that "Suspicious Minds" [returned] the King to his thronehe sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus. Below live footage from the famous "Elvis, That's the Way It Is" concert.
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