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Album: Raised On RockReleased: 1973Charted:
This was written by the Memphis songwriter Mark James, who wrote Elvis' 1969 hit "Suspicious Minds
." Songwriters had a lot to gain if Elvis recorded their songs, so they wrote songs that he would be comfortable singing. Here, Elvis sings about his musical upbringing, and how he was there at the dawn of Rock and Roll. It was a fitting song for Elvis, who was a key figure in shaping Rock music from its roots in Country and R&B.
One of the lines in the song is, "A honky tonk a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode." Neither "Hound Dog
" nor "Johnny B. Goode
" were originally recorded by Elvis, but he covered both of these songs by the time he recorded this one.
Helen Reddy recorded a vastly subdued version on for her 1974 album Free and Easy. That same year, Johnny Winter recorded the song. His version didn't make it onto an album, but in recent years has shown up on his compilations.