- 271 Pages
- Released: July 8, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Publisher: A Cappella Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
Elvis' singles - more than his albums, his movies, or his live performances - gave meaning to his life and are his true musical legacy. It was only in the studio that his passions, interests, directions, dreams, and real talent were showcased. The songwriters who wrote for Elvis always marveled at how perfectly he could bring their creations to life.
Now, in this book, for the first time, are the inside stories of how some of the best-known songs in the world were written, how Elvis put his unique stamp on them, and how they became hits. Here we learn how "All Shook Up" was inspired by a bottle of Pepsi, how "Heartbreak Hotel" was inspired by a newspaper headline about a suicide, how a forgotten soundtrack number ("A Little Less Conversation") became a number-one hit thirty years after its first release, and much more.
The stories behind the luck, inspiration, and timing that brought hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "In the Ghetto," and "A Little Less Conversation" to life are told in this look at some of the world's most popular hits. Fans will be given the inside story of how these and other of the best known rock songs were written, why they were recorded, and how they became hits. Along the way, they will meet and get to know the men and women who wrote songs for the "King," follow the route these songs took to Elvis, and understand how he reshaped the songs to fit his vision. The author spent countless hours interviewing songwriters, digging through dusty charts, and listening to demos in order to uncover the great stories he tells here. Each song in this book is a commentary on where the world was and what was making it tick, making these songs as much a glimpse into the life of America as into the life of Elvis.