Feb 15, 2022
R&SRNR_151 – “THE HISTORY OF FOUR ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE SONGS”
This episode celebrates the original versions of four songs that Elvis Presley made into his very own trademark tunes – and the fascinating stories involved with their histories.
One in particular – “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – has attracted a lot of attention and some disagreements among musicologists during the course of the past several decades. We’ll set the record straight on the provenance of that recording, along with the truly rare and scratchy hit originals that pre-dated Elvis Presley’s rendition.
We’ll also present all of the numerous answer songs that were waxed in response to, as well as to take commercial advantage of Elvis Presley’s recording.
Then, there are three more Elvis Presley super hit signature songs – “It’s Now Or Never,” “Surrender,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” We’ll trace their early twentieth century connections to some famed operatic tenors. And we’ll sample the original versions, including some of the rarest platters on this planet.
As always, our resident Rockologist Ken Deutsch joins Radio Dave as we present more of the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Hear it all here.