T.O.T.W – Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply the “King“.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley’s classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage him for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number one hit in the United States. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Elvis Preseley

1935 – 1977

I grew up with the songs and films of Elvis Presley and l can say l loved everything he ever did. I mean who didn’t love Elvis? Do you remember where you were when you heard of his death? I do, such a sad sad loss. I have never had hero’s of any sort, but l have had those whom l admired greatly and Elvis was one such personality. I heard about it through the news in North Wales, l had not long been living in the UK having moved from Australia and l do remember crying at the news. I was 14 and remember thinking that the world had truly lost a great performer. It has has been the only time l have cried at such a loss.

But of everything he did, how do we choose the Top Thirty Best songs? I will see what l can do. So sit back folks and pump up the volume!

I present the King!

Suspicious Minds 1969

If l Can Dream 1968

Fever 1960

A Little Less Conversation 1968

Always on My Mind 1972

Moody Blue 1977

Good Luck Charm 1962

Return To Sender 1962

In The Ghetto 1969

Little Sister 1961

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Don’t Cry Daddy 1969

Crying In The Chapel 1965

Hound Dog 1956

Hard Headed Woman 1958

One Night 1958

Memories 1969

Blue Suede Shoes 1956

Burning Love 1972

Love Me Tender 1956

Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1960

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Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear 1957

Heartbreak Hotel 1956

Can’t Help Falling In Love 1961

Don’t Be Cruel 1956

It’s Now Or Never 1960

 Jailhouse Rock 1957

All Shook Up 1957

Mystery Train 1956

You’re The devil in Disguise 1963

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