Monday, December 19, 2016

Musical Interlude: In the Ghetto (1969)

Elvis Presley's rendition of Mac Davis' social commentary, "In The Ghetto", became one of Presley's most successful hits of the 60's, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and topping Cashbox's chart. It was a change of pace for Presley, as he veered away from the up-tempo rockers of the 50's to ballads such as "Ghetto", which has since been covered by a variety of artists, from Nick Cave to Candi Staton to Dolly Parton to Zooey Deschanel, who sang "Ghetto" in character on New Girl. There's even a version recorded by South Park's Eric Cartman.

Even though "Ghetto" is set in Chicago, it could just as easily fit into any inner-city neighborhood in America.

To think that Presley's long time mentor-manager, Colonel Tom Parker, didn't want Elvis doing "Ghetto". Y'think he regretted any doubts after it hit the top 5?

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