Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day is what I think is one of the most underrated hits of the career of the legendary Elvis Presley. Not only underrated, but also one of his most country performances.
“Help Me” was a Summertime 1974 hit for Elvis. Debuting on RCA Victor in June, it would climb into the top ten, by Summer’s end, peaking at six. The mid tempo piece asking for help from the Man Upstairs, is one of Elvis’ most Country sounds, fitting right in with the Nashville Sound grouping. It’s also simply a great record, yet often overlooked when Elvis hits are bandied about, which is a shame. It’s also one of the relatively few Elvis recordings to score with the Country audience, while being overlooked by the Pop folk, who instead, preferred the flip-side, “If You Talk In Your Sleep”.
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Tomorrow, we’ll look back at a former number one single.
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