The scenery of men wearing white jumpsuit-clad sporting side-burns, in all their hip glory, in Graceland is somewhat common around the year more around the time when they gather to pay their tribute to the great Elvis Aaron Presley.
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would have turned 86 today on January 8, 2021, and his popularity has shown no signs of decrease even after four decades of his death. If anything, it just increases reaching the peak around his birthday when almost 8 lakh people make the journey to Graceland, his former mansion and now resting place spread over 14 acres in South Memphis. The Legendary composer and conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, During his prime once had called Elvis Presley “the greatest cultural force in the 20th century”.
On this special occasion of the singers, 86th Birth anniversary let us talk about the Great singer’s top hits.
1.Jailhouse Rock, 1957
This song had come out during his golden era which was between 1956 and 1960. At the time his dance routines induced a trance-like euphoria. This song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for Elvis’s upcoming movie, which was first titled “The Hard Way”, and later retitled to “Jailhouse Rock”. Elvis plays the role of a wrongly-accused convict who becomes a star when he was released. In the song, Elvis makes prison sound like the place where the is a warden who throws parties and flirts jailbirds. A line in the song, “Number 47 said to number 3, you’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see,” is said to be a sly reference to prison sex. However, it didn’t create any disagreement.
2. Can’t Help Falling in Love, 1961
This romantic song was featured in the 1961 Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii”. At concerts, it reminded his fans that it was time to go. Elvis climaxed most of his concerts with this song. It was the perfect way to finish off the night. But once Elvis didn’t sing this song to his love interest in “Blue Hawaii”. Instead, it was sung to his grandmother on her birthday.
3.Love Me Tender, 1956
Elvis had used this song for his first movie which had the same title. This song was originally performed in only 2 takes. Originally, it was decided that Elvis had a small role in the movie. But during filming, as his popularity dominated, his role was expanded. The song uses the tune from “Aura Lee”, a classical piece from 1861. As “Love Me Tender”, the movie, was also released during the Civil War, this song from that era was adapted. The song became a sensation even before the movie’s release and went on to become one of his most popular songs.
4.Suspicious Minds, 1969
This song has special importance as this was Elvis’s final hit track before he died. In this song, he tackled real relationship issues in this solo, which was about a dysfunctional relationship, and how the couple should move on the ad to survive and work this relationship. Mark James had initially written and recorded the song. However, it coped miserably. Later when Elvis heard the track he was impressed by it and wanted to make it a hit track. On January 23, 1969, “Suspicious Minds” was taped between 4 am and 7 am. When James heard the full version, he was “blown away”.
5.Heartbreak Hotel, 1956
This song was a turning point for Elvis which turned him into a great star. It was written by Mae Boren Axton who was a high school teacher at the time and singer-songwriter Tommy Durden inspired by a man who killed himself by jumping from a hotel window. Elvis delivered this song for the first time during his television arrival in January 1956.