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Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?

17 Jul 21 - 10:35 PM (#4113661)
Subject: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Lin

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.


17 Jul 21 - 11:13 PM (#4113663)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen

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'."


17 Jul 21 - 11:14 PM (#4113664)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen

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


18 Jul 21 - 02:21 AM (#4113668)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave Hanson

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

Dave H


18 Jul 21 - 05:06 AM (#4113677)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen

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.


18 Jul 21 - 05:16 AM (#4113678)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Bonzo3legs

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


18 Jul 21 - 05:19 AM (#4113680)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Modette

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

Elvis 1953-1977 recordings


18 Jul 21 - 06:22 AM (#4113690)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Big Al Whittle

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.


18 Jul 21 - 08:48 AM (#4113704)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton

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


18 Jul 21 - 09:04 AM (#4113705)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mayomick

All my Trials


18 Jul 21 - 10:30 AM (#4113709)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: pattyClink

Yes. Haven't heard American Trilogy for years.

American Trilogy live 1973


18 Jul 21 - 11:44 AM (#4113721)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,RA

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


18 Jul 21 - 03:55 PM (#4113742)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey

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.


18 Jul 21 - 04:45 PM (#4113746)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey

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).


19 Jul 21 - 01:50 PM (#4113819)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott

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


20 Jul 21 - 08:08 AM (#4113884)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Guest

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


20 Jul 21 - 03:42 PM (#4113913)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave the Gnome

Define folk song,,,

(Ducks and runs)


20 Jul 21 - 04:42 PM (#4113919)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mg

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


20 Jul 21 - 05:11 PM (#4113923)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST

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


21 Jul 21 - 02:12 AM (#4113955)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Peter the Squeezer

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

"Tha's nobbut a whippet"


21 Jul 21 - 01:31 PM (#4114001)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Mark Finn

"Old Shep"?


21 Jul 21 - 03:11 PM (#4114011)
Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: DonMeixner

Never a fan.