Watch Elvis Presley Cover Some Of The Best Beatles Hits
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Some songs were made and destined to be covered over and over again. Just like the song “Yesterday,” a classic by The Beatles written by Paul McCartney, has been officially covered more than 2,200 times overall, and most of the covers sound incredibly flat compared to the original. But one man, Elvis Presley, made it his mission to change all that.
There are a lot of similarities between the two artists. Both achieved fame and money relatively early in life, sparked a passion in their audiences, sparked a fan frenzy, and most crucially, both fundamentally altered current music in ways that the world had never seen before.
Without Presley, McCartney, and the Beatles, it’s reasonable to argue that the musical landscape as we know it today would be significantly different. How fortunate that some videos of The King himself singing a Fab Four song has surfaced online.
According to the legend, McCartney’s recently deceased mother visited him in a dream one night and sang a song to him to ease his sorrow which was the inspiration for the song. The Beatles followed and continued Presley’s frenzied energy, but the King of Rock and Roll was plainly receptive to the Beatles’ power-pop sensibility.
So much so that during some of his performances in Las Vegas in August 1969, Presley would also cover the anthem “Hey Jude” in addition to “Yesterday.” Aside from that, Presley also lent his swashbuckling hips to the songs “Something,” “Get Back” and “Lady Madonna” at different points in his career.
Stream Presley’s covers below.