On the evening of August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to start another tour, just weeks removed from the release of his twenty-fourth studio album, Moody Blue. Presley never made that flight, and was found unresponsive in his home. The icon was pronounced dead at 3:30pm that afternoon.
Elvis has been honored in countless ways in the years since, but there’s perhaps no better tribute to the man that pushed music and culture so far, than his own work. For decades he has been a source of inspiration for other artists, with covers of his songs becoming chart-topping hits and live set standouts. On this August 16 we remember the death of The King, with 8 of our favorite Elvis covers of all time.
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Bruce Springsteen – "Viva Las Vegas"
The Boss does The King in a strutting version of "Viva Las Vegas" from The Last Temptation of Elvis.
Eric Clapton – "Hound Dog"
Eric Clapton takes "Hound Dog" back to the blues for a howling version of this Elvis standard.
Pet Shop Boys – "Always On My Mind"
"Always On My Mind" is not an Elvis original, and is actually a cover of a B.J Thomas song from a few years prior. But Presley made it his own, making it the B side to "Separate Ways" in 1972. The Pet Shop Boys commemorated his death in 1987 with their own version.
Cheap Trick – "Don’t Be Cruel"
"Don't Be Cruel" became a big part of Cheap Trick's 80s revival on Lap Of Luxury.
UB40 – "(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You"
A giant hit for UB40 in 1993, the song would be number one for 7 weeks. It was also featured on the soundtrack for the movie Sliver.
Fine Young Cannibals - "Suspicious Minds"
The lead singer of FYC says that Elvis came to him in a dream and told him to record this song, according to legend.
Mötley Crüe– "Jailhouse Rock"
This live take on "Jailhouse Rock" was included as the last song on Girls, Girls, Girls.
Black Stone Cherry - "Burnin Love"
in 2018, Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry released this revved-up version of "Burnin' Love" on their album Family Tree.