Happy Birthday, Elvis!

We play this massive collection of Elvis Presley songs twice a year; on his birthday and on the anniversary of his death. Today would have been Presley’s 86th birthday so we’re doing it again!

If you loved the 50s era Elvis, there’s a medley for you. If you were really into his 60s music, there’s a medley for you. Were you a fan of his music in the 70s? Yes, there is a medley for you, too!

And if you loved it ALL, there is a very long (2 hour) medley, covering all three decades!

Play buttons are on the left … Volume sliders are on the right

The Elvis 50s Medley
17 Songs!

The Elvis 60s Medley
16 Songs!

The Elvis 70s Medley
11 Songs (and one final one from the 50s)

The Complete Medley
All 45 Songs!

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Comments (8)

  1. Don Doyle

    Ray, what are you doing to me here! I know Elvis is the King but 2 hours, Wow! The thought is overwhelming. Thinking of Elvis makes me sad because I think he had a lonely life. So many people wanted to be around him and he could never know their true intentions. I think Michael Jackson had it worse because he was in the spotlight from such a young age. I know Elvis had his “Memphis Mafia “ of close high school friends,, people he knew before his fame kicked in but that was still a small group. My exposure to Elvis came through my older brother. In some strange way it seemed to me that Elvis belonged to an older generation. I know that’s silly because I had no trouble embracing Buddy Holly or Eddie Chochran, somehow he was in a class by himself and it was the class ahead of me. Strange, but that brother who is only 3 years older must have felt the same way because he never accepted the British Invasion. I did enjoy Elvis, but strangely enough I don’t own a singe Elvis record. Well now I don’t have to because I have your 45 song medley to keep me company. Thanks Ray, you are a lifesaver. Rock on my Brother because you only Rock once.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Don.
      I realize two hour medleys can be overwhelming but that’s why I broke it down to medleys from three decades for those who have a particular era they enjoy (for me, it was the 50s.)
      I think the sad part of Presley’s legacy are the films he was forced to participate in. Every single movie had the same theme: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. And the movie soundtracks were filled with some terrible songs … okay, some very terrible songs. While he was busy filming those movies, a band from Britain changed music forever and Elvis never really recovered from that.
      His return to the concert stage, beginning with the fantastic 1969 television special, brought about a revival but I’m not sure he ever truly enjoyed the tiring schedule. Your assessment that he was a lonely soul is, I think, right on the money. I recall a George Harrison quote in which he said, “Elvis got stuck in a rut where the only thing he could do was to keep on doing the same old thing, and in the end his health suffered and that was it. The Beatles had each other but he had no one.”
      ROCK ON, BROTHER!

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  2. Donna Parfitt

    It will take me some time but I will listen to every song. I loved his music…not the crap from the movies but the songs he sang from his heart. You have to wonder what would have happened if the Colonel hadn’t taken over Elvis’ career. Elvis will always be the King.

    I had tickets for a show in Roanoke Virginia, he died 2 weeks before the concert. So I was devastated on many levels that we lost him too soon.

    Thank you for helping us to remember him.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Donna. 🙂
      Take your time, the songs will be there. 😉

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  3. Lee Gould/Rosa-Lee

    I started the 2 hour medley & was 1/2 way when Ted reminded me that we had to watch the 2nd part of Matlock from yesterday. We watched the show & I started “almost” where I had stopped. Always have been an Elvis fan & will be but must admit that I think most people will choose listening to all in 3 sittings. Well done regardless. Add 2 that listened. I skipped the Christmas music ‘cept the country day (thought Ted would like it) but am starting the new year out with music & memories. My oldest grandson received an Elvis CD as a teen ’cause he would get into my Elvis 8-tracks when he was much younger. LOL Thanks for sharing your music for my memories & smiles 🙂 Lee

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Lee. 🙂
      I can’t imagine many listeners tried the “whole thing” medley but I added it for those who had plenty of time on their hands. As I said to Don, my favorite era was the 50s. I have no way of knowing which medley people listened to but as of 2:30 this afternoon, over 500 people had clicked on the link.
      Your oldest grandson has great musical taste. 🙂

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  4. Penny

    Thank you for a great medley to end this very rough week …… who doesn’t love Elvis! He had such an amazing voice that nobody can come close to (I think he does an amazing job with gospel music as well) My favorite from the 60;s is “in the ghetto” I have a collection of Elvis songs on cassette tapes .. not sure of the condition at this point but one of my favorite on that set was “don’t cry daddy” (not sure what year he did that one) enough rambling …….. have an wonderful week-end you amazing man!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny ❤️
      I thought you might like the medleys 😉
      It has been a hell of a bad week, for sure. I no longer recognize this country and I fear it’s only going to get much worse.
      I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend!
      By the way, ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ was recorded in 1969 🙂

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