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Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?

GUEST,Lin 17 Jul 21 - 10:35 PM
Helen 17 Jul 21 - 11:13 PM
Helen 17 Jul 21 - 11:14 PM
Dave Hanson 18 Jul 21 - 02:21 AM
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Bonzo3legs 18 Jul 21 - 05:16 AM
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Subject: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 10:35 PM

With all the songs and different genres of music he performed
I was wondering if Elvis Presley ever covered any folk songs?
Of course he covered "pop", Gospel, country and other styles but just curious if he ever sang any traditional folk or even touch on some contemporary folk throughout his music career? I tried doing a search once some time ago now, but was unable to find any connection with Elvis and folk music at all.
Maybe someone else doing a search might come up with something. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 11:13 PM

Hi Lin,

The only one which comes to my mind is

Aura Lea

"The tune is familiar to modern audiences from the 1956 Elvis Presley #1 hit 'Love Me Tender' with new lyrics by Ken Darby, a derivative adaptation of the original. A later Presley recording for the film The Trouble with Girls entitled "Violet (Flower of N.Y.U.)" also used the melody of 'Aura Lea'."


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 11:14 PM

Aura Lee might not count as a folk song, on second thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 02:21 AM

Wooden Heart is or was a traditional German song I believe.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:06 AM

I forgot about that one:
Muss i denn

We learned it in school.

I have to admit I'm not a full-on Elvis fan so I definitely won't have much more to contribute to this thread but I'll be reading it with interest.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:16 AM

I was a fan from the start to1959, after that / forget it!


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:19 AM

Here's a list of Elvis's recorded songs.

Elvis 1953-1977 recordings


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 06:22 AM

Loads of his songs were in my pub repertoire, and I play them now and then for my pleasure.

Are You Lonesome Tonight, Its Now or Never, All Shook up, The Wonder of You, etc

People like his songsand they are firmly embedded in the public consciousness In time people will forget Elvis but variants of his songs will become folksongs. I think.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 08:48 AM

Mae Axton redid the old folk blues called "Hard rock Hotel" to
"Heart Break Hotel". Mae was Hoyt's mother.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mayomick
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 09:04 AM

All my Trials


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: pattyClink
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 10:30 AM

Yes. Haven't heard American Trilogy for years.

American Trilogy live 1973


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,RA
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 11:44 AM

'That's Alright Mama' apparently features some traditional blues verses...


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 03:55 PM

One you may not here very often, Elvis did also record a completely tasteless version of 'Old Macdonald'. The king talks meat, or rather sings about it. Probably the worst song of his film career. Truly awful. Veggies beware.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 04:45 PM

Having been a bit silly with 'Old Macdonald..' Elvis did record a few usually non controversial modern folk standards of the time.. 'Early Morning Rain' etc.   He also has a stab on a private home recording of 'Blowing in the Wind' roughing it out, (in the wrong key for him).


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 19 Jul 21 - 01:50 PM

"I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago" was a folk song.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 08:08 AM

Elvis sang "I'll take you home again, Kathleen" and "Danny Boy".


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 03:42 PM

Define folk song,,,

(Ducks and runs)


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mg
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 04:42 PM

a composed one about shrimp boats going to loosian...sounds folklike.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 05:11 PM

Sounds like a good idea, Dave the Gnome - maybe I'll start a thread about it.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 02:12 AM

A mate of mine sings Elvis songs in a Yorkshire accent.
Very funny!

"Tha's nobbut a whippet"


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Mark Finn
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 01:31 PM

"Old Shep"?


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 03:11 PM

Never a fan.


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