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#4 - Mystery Train (1955)
"Mystery Train" was first released on August 1, 1955 as the B-side of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (Sun 223). For Elvis' version of "Mystery Train", Scotty Moore also borrowed the guitar riff from Junior Parker's "Love My Baby" (1953). The end of the record, which trails off in a bubbling laugh, gives the impression of utter, spontaneous abandon. It was a classic – perhaps the classic from all the Sun sessions.
Below is the 1955 recording as well as the 1970 version utilized for Elvis concert documentary "That's The Way It Is"
#3 - If I Can Dream (1968)
"If I Can Dream" written by Walter Earl Brown and notable for its direct quotations of Martin Luther King Jr. The song was published by Elvis Presley's music publishing company Gladys Music, Inc. It was recorded by Elvis in June 1968, two months after King's assassination, and first released to the public as the finale of his TV special.
Below is the audio from take 1 in the studio and the video version sung during the stand up performance of the TV Special with Elvis wearing his black leather suit.
This song was chosen as the favorite by Elvis fans in our social media poll.
#2 - Kentucky Rain (1970)
"Kentucky Rain" featured pianist Ronnie Milsap and written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, the single was released on January 29, 1970. A fourth single from the Memphis sessions at American Sound Studios it sold half of the number of the previous three. The song was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol 1.
#1 - That's All Right (Mama) (1954)
"That's All Right" is a song written and originally performed by blues singer Arthur Crudup. It is best Elvis recorded the song on July 5, 1954 and released on July 19, 1954 with Blue Moon Of Kentucky as the B-side,
During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studio Elvis, Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) were taking a break between recordings when Elvis started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup's song "That's All Right, Mama". Black began joining in on his upright bass, and soon they were joined by Moore on guitar. Producer Sam Phillips, taken aback by this sudden upbeat atmosphere, asked the three of them to start again so he could record it.
Sam Phillips gave copies of the acetate to local disc jockeys Dewey Phillips (no relation) of WHBQ, Uncle Richard of WMPS, and Sleepy Eyed John Lepley of WHHM. On July 7, 1954, Dewey Phillips played "That's All Right" on his popular radio show "Red, Hot & Blue". On hearing the news that Dewey was going to play his song, Elvis went to the local movie theater to calm his nerves.
Interest in the song was so intense that Dewey reportedly played the acetate 14 times and received over 40 telephone calls. Elvis was persuaded to go to the station for an on-air interview that night. Unaware that the microphone was live at the time, Presley answered Dewey's questions, including one about which high school he attended: a roundabout way of informing the audience of Presley's race without actually asking the question.
"That's All Right" sold around 20,000 copies. This number was not enough to chart nationally, but the single reached number four on the local Memphis charts.
Below is the master recording as well as video of Elvis performance at Madison Square Garden in which he substituted That's All Right with the often used See See Rider.
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