It is a relatively unknown fact that during all of Elvis Presley’s successful career, he never wrote one song. In fact, there’s a small number of musicians who were actually the masterminds behind the hits that marked Elvis’ legend status in history.
This fact doesn’t deny Presley’s power as a singer and as a performer. He had the power to turn any song into an Elvis song, and elevate it to levels that rightfully gave him the nickname “king”. Since many of his big hits are actually covers – Hound Dog was originally performed by Big Mama Thornton – we take a look in this list at classic takes of famous songs and singers.
(Youtube playlist at the bottom)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
Green Green Grass Of Home (Johnny Darrell, Tom Jones)
Streamroller Blues (James Taylor)
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
Something (The Beatles)
See See Rider (Traditional)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (Dong Gibson)
Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
I Got a Woman (Ray Charles)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Words (Bee Gees)
Full YouTube playlist: