Today In Pop Music History (11-09-2015)

THE FATHER OF ROCK AND ROLL
REMADE BY THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL


Can a song written and recorded by the Father of Rock And Roll…become a remake hit for the King Of Rock And Roll?

You bet it can…
 
 
“Promised Land” by Elvis Presley debuted into the pop Top 40 on this day in 1974. Yup, 41 years ago Monday. Time Flies.
 
In 1965, Chuck Berry wrote “Promised Land” and took it to #35 on one chart and #41 on another. Then, in 1971, Freddy Weller took a remake of the song to #3 on the country chart. James Taylor included the song in his “Walking Man” album.  Bruce Springsteen’s done the song live.
 
Elvis, though, took the song and made it a first class rock and roll song. I rate it as the #29 Elvis song of all time. It reached #14 on one chart and #22 on another in late 1974. It  may be Elvis’ fastest tempoed rocker ever. The Pelvis recorded the song about a year earlier, on December 15, 1973 to be exact. He recorded it at the Stax Studios in Memphis. 
 
The recorded version saw a slight change done later on as the tambourine part was dubbed in later on by David Briggs. In spite of the song being among Elvis’ fastest tempoed songs, it still went to #11 on the AC (Adult Contemporary) chart.
 
When I broke into radio as News Director at WDMP/Dodgeville-Mineral Point, Wisconsin, I hosted a weekday half-hour show called “The Other Music” on a station that otherwise played country music. I would salute Elvis on his birthday and deathdates…and every time I did, I would lead off with “Promised Land.”
 
TOMORROW: HIS ONLY TOP 40 HIT HAD A RECORD 28 DIFFERENT VOCAL VERSIONS

 

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