Friday Five: Songs About Elvis
Thirty-three years is a long time to be gone and still be called “The King.” But that’s the case for one Elvis Presley. Few icons have left such an indelible mark on the American culture and none have left a greater mark in album sales.
During his active recording career, Elvis sold an amazing 57+ million albums in the U.S. according to the The Recording Industry Association of America. Since his death? He’s sold an additional 70 million. Worldwide, the total number is over a billion. That’s a whole lot of zeros.
Few artists live on like that–either commercially or in the collective consciousness. Specific to country music, he has left a lasting impression on his friends, his peers and generations of artists after him. Hundreds of country artists have written songs about him or name-dropped Presley into their penned tunes. And that brings us to today’s Friday Five. Here are five country songs celebrating the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis the Pelvis, The Hillbilly Cat…Mr. Elvis Presley.
- Linda Salmons: Whoaa!!!! Makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Beautiful tone and nuance - unmistakably Auldridge.
- Michael A.: Billboard also posted a pretty good piece on the new Trisha Yearwood album yesterday. Unfortunately, it sounds like only …
- Kathy Gaddis: Very very nice!
- bob: Good day with news of PrizeFighter Trisha and Drunken Martina.
- John Fuller: Oh yeah!! Crispy sweet!
- Rick Mifflin: Sublime
- Leeann: Very nice!
- luckyoldsun: Paul, Good info. It's pretty disgraceful that Billboard editors can't even get musical history remotely right regarding even their own publication. The …
- Juli Thanki: Yep, I'll be there. Looking forward to it!
- Leeann: Wow! The Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited album is so good!