Long before the days of Harry Styles, there was another heart throb. Long before Timberlake and Bieber Fever was a man who won the hearts if teenage girls the world over. The Myth. The Legend. The King.
So adamant were his fans, that the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first spoken in order to clear the remaining fans who waited as long as they could for another glimpse of the man himself.
Undeniably an icon, he looms large to this day.
Invariably when looking through the comments section of any Elvis videos, the most persistent sentiment is Elvis’s fans stating that nobody has matched The King since his era. Obviously this is a matter of personal opinion, but what it does show is that those who love Elvis, love him forever.
In this one video, you can see how his prowess spanned more than just a fast-stepping rock persona.
In 1972 he performed the gospel song “How Great Thou Art”, to a speechless crowd. Well, that is speechless until the uproarious crescendo at the end…but we’ll get to that! In fact, the song begins in a slow and harmonic way, lead in by the backup singers. Elvis takes his place on stage and brings his warm and welcoming voice into the mix.
In contrast to the hysterical crowd of his younger years, these audience members are spellbound.
This older, more mature Elvis inspires a slightly different behavior form this crowd. The days of the mania of his fans are certainly not over, but a crowd of more varied ages watch on and are glued to this more subdued performance. Well…subdued for now.
Elvis’s legacy has not only lived on through his fans, but even the singers on stage with him.
In fact, a viewer states in the comment section that Elvis Presley left a long lasting impression on one of his backup singers form this show.
“At 1:44 you can see Donnie Sumner. He’s the singer with the Mustache. He and his uncle JD Sumner sang with Elvis for years. I personally know Donnie and to this day he cannot talk about Elvis without tearing up. He loved him dearly. Donnie Sumner is such a great man, with such a great heart. He said Elvis was the kindest man he ever knew. I believe that.”- stumpmtsr
And as the song swells toward its conclusion, the energy rises.
Here comes that Elvis heat. Transitioning from the smooth, swooning style of the beginning of the song, Elvis begins to pump things up a notch.
As his voice becomes more powerful, the song as a whole grows.
With his expressionistic hand movements and punchy vocals, that Presley energy that generations of fans love so dearly comes into play with a force.
And the song finishes with a rapturous crescendo as he belts out the final words.
With almost operatic power, Presley brings the end of the song to a thunderous conclusion. With the backup singers (one of whom has an impressively low baritone), the band, and the cheering crowd, Elvis’s silky yet booming voice seems otherworldly.
Watch the full video below to enjoy Elvis’s timeless voice.
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