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That's All Right
Elvis Presley
01:55
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My Baby Left Me
Elvis Presley
02:12
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Good Rockin' Tonight
Elvis Presley
02:11
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Mystery Train
Elvis Presley
02:24
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Baby, Let's Play House
Elvis Presley
02:19
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
Elvis Presley
02:03
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Trying to Get to You
Elvis Presley
02:30
8
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley
02:07
9
Hound Dog
Elvis Presley
02:16
10
Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley
01:59
11
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
02:26
12
Viva Las Vegas - Remastered
Elvis Presley
02:23
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Spinout
Elvis Presley
02:33
14
A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Presley
01:39
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Rubberneckin'
Elvis Presley
02:08
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In the Ghetto
Elvis Presley
02:47
17
Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley
04:21
18
I Got A Feelin' in My Body - Take 4
Elvis Presley
03:43
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Burning Love
Elvis Presley
02:50
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You Gave Me A Mountain - Live
Elvis Presley
03:11
21
An American Trilogy - Live at the Honolulu International Center
Elvis Presley
04:33
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If I Can Dream - Live
Elvis Presley
03:20

Elvis

There is only one ELVIS (always spelt in capital letters).

Much as I like Mr. Costello, there is only one ELVIS. This year (2019) he will have been dead for as long as he was alive – 42 years.

This playlist is specifically for those who have heard of him and want to find out what all the fuss is about. You’re in for a treat. It might even change your life, as he has done for so many millions, whether they know it or not, over the past six decades.

The order is roughly chronological and starts when he was still a penniless teenager in Memphis, Tennessee. Within two years of him recording “That’s All Right” (with just guitar and bass accompaniment, no drums) he was world-famous. The early recordings – up until “Jailhouse Rock” on this playlist – each display the energy and raw emotion of a young man making a sound such as had never been heard before, crafted from his love of country and folk-blues music. Listen to “Good Rockin’ Tonight” – doesn’t it make you want to ring up your friends and have a party right now?

ELVIS had already branched out into a film career by the time he was enlisted into the US Army in 1958. Upon his return in 1960 he continued to make films, but his recording career sagged (“Viva Las Vegas” and “Spinout” are two great exceptions). He was still the greatest star in the world, but the excitement had gone from his music. This was rectified in 1968 with an exhilarating ‘comeback’ TV special. 

From then, until the end of his life, he played hundreds of exhausting shows that cemented his place as the world’s greatest entertainer but took a great toll on his health. He reached a different audience in his 30s with his more mature and occasionally socially-aware songs. Which brings me to the final song. I have kept “If I Can Dream” until the end as it is ELVIS’ most important song. He wanted a big number to close his 1968 comeback special and songwriter Walter Earl Brown came up with this overnight. It’s an extraordinary song. Recorded in the year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination its message would have been crystal clear to the singer and retains its power and message 50 years later.

There are some big hits left for you to discover beyond this playlist. I hope you’ve enjoyed this hour and want to hear more. He’s not known as "The King" for nothing!

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