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5 Elvis Presley performances worth remembering

August 16, 2013|By Randy Lewis
  • Fans of the late Elvis Presley gather at Graceland, the performer's home, for a candlelight vigil on Aug. 15, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn.
Fans of the late Elvis Presley gather at Graceland, the performer's… (Nikki Boertman / Associated…)

Elvis Presley died 36 years ago today at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. Thousands of fans who have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week 2013 activities held a candlelight vigil in the singer’s memory Thursday night, but the best way to remember him is through his own performances.

Here are five that Pop & Hiss suggest for those who want to go beyond the cornerstone hits that established him as the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

-- “Tweedle Dee” (live 1955). Presley had yet to burst on the national scene and was still doing traveling shows through the South, such as "Louisiana Hayride." So, to connect with listeners who might have been seeing and hearing him for the first time, he often sang other artists’ hits, this time taking on LaVern Baker’s then-current 1955 hit and completely infusing it with the Presley magic. It’s a prime example of how rock elevated emotion over articulate expression as he sings “Tweedley tweedley tweedley dee/I’m as happy as can be/Jiminy Cricket, Jiminy Jack, You make my heart go clickity clack” and makes nonsense lyrics feel as profound as a Shakespeare soliloquy.

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