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Rock Hall Anniversary: Elvis Presley’s From Elvis in Memphis

Elvis Presley spent much of the 1960s recording soundtrack albums, as he was also starring in films. But following his comeback special in 1968, he would return to making studio albums. And in 1969, he would release the album From Elvis in Memphis.

Hence the title, Presley recorded the album in Memphis, and with producers Chips Moman and Felton Jarvis at the helm, the album will have backing from a house band named “the Memphis Boys”, and would shift Presley from his familiar pop sound, to a newer one that could reach a younger audience, as well as the ones already established. Presley focuses on his early influences of country, rhythm and blues, gospel, and soul.

Some of the tracks on From Elvis in Memphis includes “Only the Strong Survive” (a 1968 hit for Jerry Butler), “Long Black Limousine”, and “Gentle on My Mind”. But the breakout song was the album’s closer was the Mac Davis-penned “In the Ghetto”. Released as a single, the song peaked at number three on the charts, giving Presley his first top ten single in four years. As for the album, it would peak at number thirteen on the charts, and was certified gold. It received favorable reviews, and would later rank 190 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time. In 2000, it was reissued to include six bonus tracks including Presley’s final number one hit “Suspicious Minds”.

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