From 1960 to 1972, Elvis Presleys rap songs include “I Want It That Way,” “Ride ‘Em In,” “I Can’t Get Enough of You,” “The Loves of the New York City Rockin’ Band” and “I Need Your Lovin'” — as well as some of the more famous rock ‘n’ roll songs, such as “Lose Yourself to Dance,” “Can’t Get No Lovin’,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and many others.
According to a 2009 Rolling Stone article, the rock legend was famously critical of hip-hop during the 1970s and 1980s, but in 1991, he released a song titled “Rocky Road Blues” to commemorate his 50th birthday.
“I’ll tell you a story about me and the time I was on the road with the ’60s group, the Roots.
It was the time that they were the hottest group in the country.
I was there with them, and they were trying to get the attention of a major record label.
They were making a record, but they were playing the rap version of the song that they did with me on the album.
They wanted the label to sign them, so they were going to give me a song, and it was about me.
It had a very catchy title.
And they called me back the next day, and I said, ‘Who did you think I was?’
They said, “You know what, we’re really sorry, but we just don’t think we have the rights to do that.”
I was like, ‘That’s it?
It’s the end of the world.’
I said to them, “I’m not going to sign that.
I’m not signing that.
What am I going to do with my life?’
“The record label called, and the next week they gave me a letter, saying, ‘We’re really proud of you and your album, and we’re not going forward with that contract.’
And I thought, ‘You know, that’s a very sad day.
But we’re telling you, the record label wants to make a new album.’ “
They gave me the rights, and after they gave it to me, I went on tour, and my manager told me, ‘I don’t care if you go on tour with the Roots, because we’re going to keep you.
But we’re telling you, the record label wants to make a new album.’
So I went back to Memphis, and that’s when the Roots started playing the record.
I had to come up with another song.
So I had a song called “I Love the Beat.”
That’s a good song, because the Roots are very good.
They had me on drums and bass.
And I came up with the verse of that song, which was really hard to write.
I told my producer, and he said, You know, he’s got a really good song.
He says, ‘Just play it.’
And he did.
I think I came in with a great voice, and a really strong song.
And the Roots went on the record and put it on the charts.
That was the end, I think.”
From 1972 to 1974, Elvis recorded the hit “The Way You Move,” and in 1976, he recorded “All The Time,” a song that helped define the style of rock ’em ‘n roll, as the two-part tune features the vocals of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
He also recorded a number of tracks with the Beach Boys, including “I Will Survive,” which was the group’s only hit for the album, released in 1978.
While Elvis PresLEY’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Blues” and his “All the Time” were hugely popular, his more famous song, “Rock in the Sky,” was the soundtrack for the 1974 movie “Rock’n’Roll.”
It’s credited with being the first song he ever recorded, with the group recording the lyrics for it in March of 1974.
PresLEY was reportedly not fond of the film, but the film’s director, Robert Altman, had an idea for a song to be his own: “You wanna have the Rolling Stone song, right?
We’ll put it out in the movie, and then you gotta put it in the film.”
So Elvis recorded a song entitled “Rock and Roll,” and it is the first rock ‘o’ roll song PresLEY wrote in his lifetime.
“All right, let’s go back to the ’50s, ’60S, ’70s, you know, it’s just an interesting time,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 2006.
“It’s just, you never know what’s gonna come out, you just have to try to make it something you like.
You don’t want to just make a pop song, but make something that you can listen to and be inspired by.” “Rock