I’ve made an executive decision that this will be the last post in this particular series of Two for Tuesday. Don’t know what the next series will be. Maybe it’ll just be randomness, or maybe a couple of months of reposts. Actually, that sounds like a pretty good idea…
I saved Elvis Presley for the end of the series, because he was the biggest name of the Baby Boom era. He sold more records than anyone, had more #1’s than anyone, was big in Pop and Country music, had a bunch of #1’s in the UK. He was a draw at the record store, at the movies, and on TV. He was the deciding factor in Billboard renaming its primary chart the Hot 100. And for all the talk about him being a bad influence, he was a gentleman, a patriot, loved his parents, feared the Lord, and treated everyone with respect, regardless of race, color or creed. As I often say, his Mama raised him right. He appeared frequently on The Ed Sullivan Show in the ’50’s. This clip features Elvis singing “Peace In The Valley” with The Jordanaires, and it shows the high regard that Ed had for him.
I did profile Elvis in one of the first Two for Tuesdays, so let’s just get into the tunes.
“Don’t Be Cruel”: From 1956, it was his first #1 on the Hot 100, the Country chart, and in the UK. The record was certified four times Platinum.
“All Shook Up”: From 1957, it also went to #1 on the Hot 100, Country chart, and in the UK. Certified double Platinum.
“It’s Now Or Never”: From 1960, this went to #1 on the Hot 100 and was certified Platinum. The melody was based on the Italian song “O Sole Mio.” Elvis heard another song based on the melody, Tony Martin’s “There’s No Tomorrow” from 1949, while he was in the Army and told his publisher, who hired Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold to write new lyrics. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the R&B chart in the US. The UK release was delayed due to rights issues, and when those were resolved it sold so many copies in advance that it entered the UK chart at #1.
It seems everyone has a favorite Elvis song; what’s yours? Mine is “Kentucky Rain.”
Elvis Presley, your Two for Tuesday, June 26, 2018.