Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Elvis at 78

Read the 2 Peter Guralnick books on Elvis.  Then read the Elvis chapter in Greil Marcus' Mystery Train.  Those should give you enough of an understanding on Elvis' impact, not just on music but on society as well.

Anyway, as I do twice a year (birthday, death), below is a link to an overlooked Elvis song.  This time I thought I'd go right near the very end.  Elvis' monolithic cover of Timi Yuro's "Hurt".  Released and recorded in 1976, it peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 and went Top 10 on the Country charts.

This video shows Elvis in 1977 singing the song, but the audio is actually the studio cut.

"Hurt" Studio version
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