He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, a staple in every music hall of fame, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, and the rightfully crowned King of Rock and Roll is none other than Elvis Presley. This American singer-songwriter made his mark on music history by kicking off his own musical revolution with a signature fusion of classic country music and the rhythm and blues. And, of course, no one can forget his irresistibly charismatic stage presence along with those signature hip swings!
It’s time to relive his legendary music right here in Mumbai with Elvis – Long Live The King! Here’s a little taste of what you can expect. With one of the most impressive catalogs of musical hits, it’s not easy to pick this icon’s greatest tunes. But here are ten of the undisputed King of Rock and Roll’s most beloved and timeless hits:
1. Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Elvis Presley made his major breakthrough with pop hit Heartbreak Hotel, turning him into a mainstream star. With its unique tempo and steady beat, it spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the pop chart and became the best selling song of 1956.
2. Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog (1956)
This one’s a twofer! Don’t Be Cruel was written by R&B artist Otis Blackwell and Hound Dog was written by the legendary pop songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Elvis released both songs as a double A-side single and it quickly bumped up to #1 on US music charts where it stayed for a historic 11 weeks.
3. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Jailhouse Rock was Presley’s third film and its title track went straight to the top of the Billboard charts, where it remained for seven weeks. Penned by the Leiber and Stoller team the song became the first US record ever to enter the British singles chart at #1. The choreographed jail scene in the movie is one of the most memorable Presley moments.
4. A Big Hunk O’ Love (1959)
Recorded at one of Elvis Presley’s only sessions that took place during his two years of military service in the US army, A Big Hunk O’ Love was his first session that did not include Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass.
5. Stuck On You (1960)
Stuck On You was the first hit single by Elvis Presley after he returned from two years of military service in the US army. Elvis fanatics were eager for new music and Stuck On You became his first chart-topping hit of the 1960s.
6. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Viva Las Vegas is considered one of Presley’s best movies, if not the best. The title track of the 1964 film starring Elvis as Lucky Jackson with the same name as the film is a lively, swingin’ hit with an upbeat drum beat perfectly matched with Presley’s signature voice.
7. Can’t Help Falling In Love (1961)
Elvis Presley recorded the original version of Can’t Help Falling In Love for the soundtrack of his movie Blue Hawaii. A #2 pop hit for Elvis and an evergreen romantic tune, the song was brought back to the top of the pop charts in 1993 by reggae group UB40.
8. A Little Less Conversation (1968)
Elvis Presley recorded A Little Less Conversation for the soundtrack to his movie Live a Little, Love a Little. It became a minor hit on the US pop charts. But it really became a super hit more than thirty years later when a Dutch DJ remixed it in 2002, making it go to #1 in the UK and many other countries.
9. In the Ghetto (1969)
In the Ghetto is one of Elvis’ more soulful and tender tunes, written by country singer-songwriter Mac Davis. A narrative about a young boy’s life of poverty in the inner-city, the song became the springboard for Presley’s comeback in 1969.
10. Burning Love (1972)
Burning Love, written by Dennis Linde, was among the final rock and roll numbers recorded by Elvis. Featuring boogie piano, choir-style vocals, pounding drums and amazing fretwork by guitarist James Burton, Elvis gave us yet another hit song with the “hunka hunka burning love“.
Can you sing along to every one of these Elvis beats? Are you a fan of his signature voice and suave hip-swings? Then, get ready to relive the mesmerizing music of the King and book your tickets for Elvis – Long Live The King!