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Fame and Fortune

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Words & Music: Fred Wise/ Ben Weisman
Fame and fortune
how empty they can be
But when I hold you in my arms
That's heaven to me
Who cares for fame and fortune
They're only passing things
But the touch of your lips on mine
Makes me feel like a king

Your kind of love
is a treasure I hold
It's so much greater
than silver or gold
I know that I have nothing
If you should go away
But to know that you love me
Brings fame and fortune my way
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Recorded: 1960/03/20, first released on single

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Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2013report abuse
One of Elvis' best ballads ever. Very heartfelt, and well sung. I love both sides of this record ,and reject the idea that Elvis ' first post army single was "watered down". This song and Stuck on You sounded great on the radio back in 1960. Does anyone recall how RCA rushed this out with a sleeve that mentioned niether side of the record!
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2013report abuse
Both sides of this single were strong.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2013report abuse
This song is prompt beautiful. Well sung and having that typical Elvis feel of transmitting the intention. Who said there were no songs with meaning? Well, this one has! When it comes down to the essence of life, worldly gains like and fame and fortune have no bearing. And this song reminded me every time I heard it. SO I'm happy that this tune got stuck in my head. Fabulously outstanding. Easily 5 stars for me.
yankee1104 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2013report abuse
My favorite ballad from the early 60's. An absolute gem and I love the way he sings it on the Frank Sinatra special.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2013report abuse
I've never been overly fond of "Stuck On You," but I love "Fame And Fortune." What a great ballad. 3 stars for "Stuck." 5 stars for "Fame."
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2013report abuse
I have to laugh. Every time I turn around my reviews are very similar to "dgirl". I too believe this song to be much better than the so-called "A" Side "Stuck On You" (Which was really a safe but boring tune to put out by Elvis after his release from the Army). This song is definitely 5-Stars in my ratings. Stuck On You? Safe but boring.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2013report abuse
I have to laugh. Every time I turn around my reviews are very similar to "dgirl". I too believe this song to be much better than the so-called "A" Side "Stuck On You" (Which was really a safe but boring tune to put ouit by Elvis after his release from the Army). This song is definitely 5-Stars in my ratings. Stuck On You? Safe but boring.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2013report abuse
Never liked the song at all, the A side was better but still not the best choice for his return from the army.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2013report abuse
A 5 star ballad. It's as simple as that.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2013report abuse
5 Stars from me, Elvis was truly King of ballads also. I love how he looked on the Timex show, and he really chose two great songs to perform and to put on that killer single. The price for best ballad single of his career though must IMHO go to always on my mind/seperate ways.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2013report abuse
Truly one of the best. I even like all the outtakes and the Timex special version too. My mom bought it new in 1960 and she too preferred it over Stuck On You.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2013report abuse
This is such a beautiful ballad and it's definitely one of Elvis' very best ballads. I've always liked it more than the marvelous A-side track "Stuck On You".
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 27, 2012report abuse
Never got in to this ballad, and I think if it was done in 1967 would not have received such rave reviews.
I don't dislike it by any means, but Pocketful of Rainbows, and Doin' The Best I Can from G.I. Blues from around the same time, are a whole lot better to these ears.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2011report abuse
It's hard to imagine that the B-side of Elvis' first post-Army single would be considered a lost classic, but it seemingly has been all but forgotten by everyone except his fans. You never hear it on the oldie stations and it is a shame. Sure the A-side "Stuck On You" was number one for four weeks, but this song had a solid effort on the charts all by itself (#17). A well written song, beautiful vocals, outstanding production and the Jordinaires excellent backing make this a 5 star track all the way.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 25, 2010report abuse
I actually like this better than the A side. One of the gems of 1960, but werent they all? He sure got some great songs to record in 1960.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2009report abuse
Elvis does a Platters style song and I like it very much. Very underrated ballad, one of his best.
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2009report abuse
I truly love this song. It's my all time favorite song by Elvis. A great ballad with 100 % feeling. Sholud be on all compilations worth mentioning!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2009report abuse
Bijoutiful! One of the best ballads he ever did!

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