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Top 50 Elvis Songs As Voted By The Irish Fans.

Several years ago the fan club produced the 'Elvis Hour' Radio show for Century Radio here in Dublin. The show was produced by club Secretary George Twamley and presented by Joe Harrington, during the year that the show was on the air a poll was conducted to find the top 50 favourite Elvis songs in Ireland. Over one thousand fans voted and here are the results, we have added a little bit of additional information about each song.

(1)    SUSPICIOUS MINDS

Written by Mark James and first recorded by him at American Sound Studios in 1968 his recording (Scepter 1221) did not chart. On January 23rd. 1968 Elvis recorded the song also at American Sound Studios using the same musicians that James had used. "Suspicious Minds" reached  number one in the US but only had a one week stay at the top being replaced by The Fifth Dimension's  "Wedding Bell Blues" At 4 minutes. 22 seconds "Suspicious Minds" was Elvis's longest number one record. In the UK the song only reached the number two spot, being kept of the top spot by Rolf Harris's  "Two Little Boys"  "Suspicious Minds" is widely regarded as one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded. In August 1987 USA Today had a telephone call-in ballot on the caller's favorite Elvis song "Suspicious Minds won with a 30.5 percent of the vote. During the 70s Elvis featured the song in all his live stage performances, including "Aloha From Hawaii"

(2)  JAILHOUSE ROCK
 

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote "Jailhouse Rock" for the big production number in Elvis's 1957 movie of the same name. Recorded on April 30th. 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood Jailhouse Rock entered the US charts at number 15 three weeks later it was number one spending seven weeks at the number one position spending 27 weeks on the charts. The record also spent one week in the number 1 spot in the C&W charts. In The UK Jailhouse Rock entered the charts at number 1 the first single in the history of the UK charts to enter at the number 1 position. The record sold several million copies. Take 6 was the one used on the recording of the song. Elvis sang "Jailhouse Rock" in two of his TV Specials "Elvis" and "Elvis In Concert"

(3)  LOVE ME TENDER

Composed by Ken Darby "Love Me Tender" was based on the 1861 ballad "Aura Lee" written by W. Fosdick and and George Poulton and was a favourite of the Union Army during the American Civil War. With new words and retitled "Army Blue"  it was adopted as the class song of West Point graduates in 1865. "Aura Lee" was sung by Francis Farmer in the 1936 movie "Come and Get It"  Elvis recorded the song on either August 2nd or September 24th. at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. The song was recorded for Elvis's first film originally called "The Reno Brothers" it was later changed to "Love Me Tender"  The film version of the song had slightly different lyrics and one extra verse. Advanced orders for the record exceeded one million copies the first record in history to do so. Elvis sang "Love Me Tender" on all his three appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and on the "Louisiana Hayride"  "Love Me Tender" had a four week stay at the top of the US charts. In the UK the song peaked at number 11.

(4)  IN THE GHETTO

Written by Mac Davis "In The Ghetto" was first offered to Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and then to Sammy Davis Jnr.  both refused the song. The song was then offered to Elvis who recorded it on January 21st 1969 at American Sound Studios. It enjoyed a 13 week stay in the US charts peaking at number 3 where it stayed for 3 weeks. I the UK charts "In The Ghetto" reached the number 2 spot. The full title of the song is "In The Ghetto The Vicious Circle. The song has been covered by many artists notably Dolly Parton who had a hit with in in the C&W charts. Candi Staton recorded it in 1972 and it reached the number 50 spot in the US charts.

(5)  THE WONDER OF YOU

Written in 1959 by Baker Knight for Perry Como, but RCA decided to give the song to Ray Peterson instead, his recording of the song reached number 25 in the US charts, it was re-issued again in 1964 but could get no higher than number 70. Elvis's version of the song was recorded by RCA at the International Hotel, Las Vegas on February 19th. 1970. Elvis's pianist Glen D. Hardin wrote the arrangement. It sold over two million copies reaching number 9 in the US. In the UK it held the number 1 spot for a total of 6 weeks. "The Wonder Of You" was the first live recording to reach number 1 in the UK charts.

(6)  BLUE SUEDE SHOES

Written and recorded by the late Carl Perkins in 1955. Perkins of course was a friend of Elvis at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and was a member of the famous Million Dollar Quartet with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Three versions of blue suede Shoes charted in the US Perkin's Elvis's and Boyd Bennett and His Rockets. Elvis recorded the song on January 30th. 1956 at RCAs New York Studios. Although the single did not chart earlier in the year "Blue Suede Shoes" had reached number 24 in the US as part of the EP "Elvis Presley"  In the UK the song reached the number 9 position in the charts. Elvis sang "Blue Suede Shoes" during his screen test for Paramount Pictures on April 1st 1956. and on the following TV programmes "Stage Show" (February 11th. 1956 and March 17th 1956) "The Milton Berle Show" (April 3rd. 1956) and "Aloha From Hawaii" In 1985 RCA issued a music video of Elvis's "Blue Suede Shoes" in which Carl Perkins made a cameo appearance.

(7)  DON'T BE CRUEL

Otis Blackwell wrote "Don't Be Cruel" in 1955 and sold the publishing rights to Shalimar Music for $25. Reportedly the song was first offered to the Four Tunes, a group that also recorded with RCA but they turned it down. When Elvis heard Blackwell's demo of "Don't Be Cruel" he thought it was fantastic. To get Elvis to record the song, Blackwell had to give 50% of his writers' royalties rights to Elvis. That's why Elvis is listed as co-composer. Elvis recorded the song on July 2nd. 1956 and featured the four Jordanaires  on a record for the first time. DJ. Fontana, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and Shorty Long (pianist) also played on the recording. Take 28 was the one released. Entering the US charts at number 28 it soon shot to the top spot staying there for a total of seven weeks, it also got to the number 1 spot in the UK charts. Total sales of "Dont Be Cruel" have been estimated at around nine million. Elvis sang the song on "the Ed Sullivan Show" September 9th. 1956;  October 28th. 1956 and January 6th. 1957 he also sang it on his 1977 TV Special "Elvis In Concert" he also recorded it for the 1968 TV special but was not used.

                                                    
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