Elvis Presley – #1 Hits and others
I have to admit – my mother didn’t like Elvis because she was old school – she loved Eddie Fisher and Frank Sinatra and my Dad loved Polkas and Bob Wells. SOOO I did not grow up hearing many Elvis tunes. Then when I became a professional accordionist – I had to go and learn his tunes because that was all that I was getting requests for – and I sincerely fell in love with his voice and his style AND I saw EVERY MOVIE!!!
My band always played Can’t Help Falling In Love as our 2nd song of the first set and always ended the evening with My Way. If we had a crowd that was into good old Rock N Roll – we had to run through – Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, & Hound Dog overlaid with Don’t be Cruel (same chord structure!)
I hate to list songs that ARE NOT ON THE ACCORDION BLOG YET – because they will catch in the search – BUT this list is getting pretty well done – so I will continue to add songs to the list as I get the written!
SOO here is my list of Elvis tunes arranged in the year they were published – VIVA! ROCK N ROLL!
- That’s Alright Mama 1954
- Heartbreak Hotel Level 3.5 1956
- Hound Dog (Level 2) 1956
- I Want You, I Need You, I Love You – lead line
- Blue Suede Shoes – Lead Line 1956
- Don’t Be Cruel Key of C 1956
- Love Me Tender arr by Shelia 1956
- All Shook Up 1957
- Teddy Bear 1957
- Jailhouse Rock 1957
- Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1960 NEW
- It’s Now or Never 1960
- Good Luck Charm 1961
- Can’t Help Falling In Love 12:8 Key of F 1961
- Blue Hawaii 1962 (Soundtrack Grammy Nominated)
- Return to Sender 1962
- Muss I Denn Key G (Wooden Heart) 1964
- Viva Las Vega 1964
- Crying in the Chapel 1965 NEW
- How Great Thou Art Simple 1967 Grammy (there is a TRIO TOO)
- Suspicious Minds 1969
- The Wonder of You 1970
- Kentucky Rain 1970
- Burning Love 1972
- My Way 1969 – Elvis 1977
About Elvis’ Songs:
Most fans are not aware that Elvis only won only three Grammy Awards, and those were all for Gospel recordings!
How could the King of Rock & Roll not win any Grammys for his rock & roll records? One big reason is that the Grammy awards did not start until 1958. In 1956 and 1957, Elvis changed the sound of popular music and had hit after hit. If there had been Grammy Awards for those years, Elvis surely would have won a cabinet full of trophies. How could he have been denied the title for Best Vocal Performance, Male, or Best Performance By A Top 40 Artist?
In 1967, he finally won a Grammy for Best Sacred Performance for the album How Great Thou Art. In 1972 Elvis won his second Grammy when his album He Touched Me took the Best Inspirational Performance award. In 1974 Elvis won this category again for his third and last Grammy. But instead of winning for a single or an album, Elvis won for the live version of the song “How Great Thou Art”.
It should be noted that the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences partially rectified their earlier snubs of Elvis by granting him their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1971.