Adeli’s Music Blog

The Other Sides of Elvis

Posted in music by adeli on August 15, 2008

For many people, songs like Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, etc. are all they know about Elvis Presley. And it’s these same people who might not think too much of him or wonder what the big deal is. And of course, everyone has a right to his or her opinion. However, one of the things that really makes Elvis so extraordinary, besides his good looks and onstage charisma, is the fact that he did a great deal in a short amount of time. Yes, he started early, but he also made his departure at the relatively young age of 42. It is true that he didn’t write his own songs. But frankly, with all the acting, dancing, recording, and touring he did, I wonder if he’d ever find the time to write anything.

If someone would sit and watch his movies, listen to the soundtracks he recorded while acting and dancing in those movies, listen to his numerous gospel and country western albums, along with his mainstream rock and roll material, it would be quite exhausting. So, I would like to give him credit for all his contributions to American culture: an extensive catalog of music, memorable and pelvis-shaking live performances, and many films. His legacy is still strong, even 31 years after his last performance.

Let’s explore some of Elvis’ lesser known songs, but which still deserve some recognition.

Below, some of his country songs:

Trying To Get To You

One Night With You

Funny How Time Slips Away

(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I

Love Me

I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Some of Elvis’ greatest performances were his inspirational and gospel songs. Here are a few of them:

“If I Can Dream” (in my opinion, his most passionate performance)

How Great Thou Art

Peace In The Valley

Amazing Grace

You Gave Me A Mountain

Put Your Hand In The Hand

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