We have selected the most outstanding, melodic Elvis performances that have reached our standards which Elvis achieved in the mid 60's following his early years after Colonel Tom Parker discovered the qualities Elvis possessed which he cultivated and turned young Elvis into a dancing teen sex symbol. With no formal music training Sam Phillips at Sun Records then created a string of rockabilly hits that gave Elvis his national fame at the very begining of Rock & Roll. Living in poverty he actually failed music early in school then at age 11 he was given a guitar which he taught himself to play.
It was not until after he went on to Hollywood where Hal Wallace at Paramount Picture's put Elvis in the hands of music teachers and vocal coaches did he begin to mature musically. He then moved to MGM where he completed his movie career after staring in 31 films. Hollywood surrounded him with great arrangers, vocal coaches, professional studio musicians and full orchestra's. Only then after he developed his singing range did Elvis begin to deliver some truly outstanding professional musical performances. Later in Las Vegas and in concert appearances in the mid and late 60's and early 70's Elvis reached his performance prime and recorded many great songs that fit right into the "Great American Song Book".
Nothing moved Elvis more than love songs, he sang with heart stopping innocence. It was then that he discovered that the ballad was the ultimate challenge. When he learned that ballads were story songs he soon found Cole Porters composition "True Love". It was the last major hit for Bing Crosby in the Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra film "High Society". Elvis recorded it while Crosby's version was still on the charts. He went on to find another ballad based on the Italian classic "O Sole Mio" that became "It's Now or Never". He then found yet another ballad first recorded in 1927 "Are You Lonesome tonight" which he recorded in studio with the lights out. In 1972 he took Perry Como's hit song "It's Impossible and Elvis made it his. Yes! He was the King of Rock "n" Roll but later in his career he became the romantic balladeer singer he long aspired to be. Welcome home Elvis to the best of Classic American standards here on WEBR Radio. We are proud to have Elvis and Sinatra together contributing to Buffalo's best Music.