LADIES and GENTLEMEN – ELVIS PRESLEY. IF I CAN DREAM.
Watch Elvis singing ‘If I Can Dream’.
If I can dream was a song originally written by Walter Earl Brown and made very famous by Elvis Presley
an interesting point to the song, is that some lyrics in the song are direct quotations from Martin Luther King Jr.
What also became fascinating about the song is that Elvis recorded it in June 1968, only 2 months after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.
Martin Luther King Jr was a civil rights leader, who was assassinated on April the 4th, 1968. The man responsible for the murder was a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary by the name of James Earl Ray. Ray was convicted of the assassination and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Ray later died in prison aged 70 in 1998.
Elvis took this song and made it famous during his 68′ comeback special, after it was published by Elvis Presley’s music publishing company Gladys Music.
It is a song that we consider to be very Gospel, although not technically gospel, the way Elvis performs it with such passion, and intensity and his delivery of the vocals, gives it a very Southern Gospel feel.
It is the performance here that also really moves us, Elvis Presley has the ability to go deep into his songs with is amazing vocals, and sings with such passion and conviction that we get lost in the performance every time.
Elvis had such an amazing talent for letting all the emotion out in his performances, that you can feel the emotion, even after so many years and so many times watching him.
When you see him perform you realise why you love him so much, we know we do, he is so incredibly good to watch, that we can just put this on repeat.
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