Elvis Single On The Air Again

Nashville,TN - Elvis Presley will be hitting the airwaves again soon, with his first National release in years. Rick Hendrix of the Rick Hendrix Company in Nashville, TN was left with the decision to choose the national release for RCA/BMG and Elvis' first gospel single. The single Hendrix chose for radio is a Happy Goodman's tune penned by Rusty Goodman called "Who Am I". Elvis' first ever gospel collection "Elvis-Ultimate Gospel" will be released March 23 to retail. For more information go to the Rick Hendrix website.
Source: For CD Collectors Only / Updated: Apr 6, 2004 
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gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2004report abuse
I have not heard the single. Has anyone heard it, or maybe it hasn't started to play on radio yet.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2004report abuse
Well. I guessed right Leady. If you have grandparents between age 58 and 67, that makes you 3rd generation fan. It took a while, but my friends certainly respect Elvis now, and some have become fans... Get them to listen to those songs, when you get a chance. With all the up-coming hype, over the next few years, they will have a change of heart...
Leady (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2004report abuse
gribz, I'm an 18 year old fan. I'm afraid my friends haven't listened to the songs you mentioned, I've tried to convince them just how great Elvis is, but to no avail!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2004report abuse
I presume this is USA radio play only ?? It won't be played in the UK will it ??.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2004report abuse
10 days radio stations will start playing the Elvis Gospel single, so get ready, and let everyone know the 50th anniv is about to begin.... The best is yet to come..
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2004report abuse
Leadey. Have your friends listen to 'Kentucky Rain;, 'Don't Cry Daddy', and 'Stranger in my Home Town' . Most of my friends are now fans, or at least have a new appreciation for Elvis. You are probably a 3rd generation fan, while at 38, I'm a 2nd generation fan, so my friends are at least very familiar with Elvis.. It's so cool when they ask me to take them to Graceland next time I go, or when they tell me that a favorite artist of they admire worships Elvis... Good times are ahead for Elvis, believe me. So, try to get everybody on board. It will at very least make them better people...
Leady (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2004report abuse
In contrast to the general feeling, I believe 'Who Am I' is a fantastic gospel song. It sounds more contemporary than some of his other gospel songs, including 'A Thing Called Love'. Elvis's voice was also at it's best here, mature yet still lithe. Many of my friends who are not fans of Elvis think of his voice as being either of the 50's period, or the late 70's period, and were pleasantly surprised at how it sounded on 'Rubberneckin', which was recorded at the same time as 'Who Am I'.
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2004report abuse
I think the song was chosen purely because of the significance of the words in relation to questions people ask themselves on leaving the theatre after watching The Passion of the Christ - it's as simple (or as cynical from a marketing angle) as that! Give it a spin and listen to the words. It's never been one of my favourite Elvis gospel numbers, but I understand the thinking behind it. It's certainly more poignant than A Thing Called Love, which a casual listener could be forgiven for not even interpreting as a gospel track.
As TCB Presley said 'don't be so quick to judge the general public'. We are diehards here, but who knows how the 'uninitiated' will interpret Elvis offerings. Fresh ears and all that! Can anyone here honestly say they predicted the worldwide phenomenon of ALLC, even with all the Nike advertising to boost it? I'm not suggesting this would take off in that way - far from it. Nevertheless, it might find an unexpected niche and take us all by surprise. Here's hoping. Happy Easter all.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
They can work wonders in the studio with todays technology and songs like ' a thing called love', handled correctly would give the youth of today something to bite down on, it in a big way. It is such a catchy tune...Spirituallity is coming in now, and who better to open up the doors to the youth culture than the Man who is, was and always will be the King, and greatest star ever.... It can be done, but will take a huge amount of cooperation, coordination, and innovative approaches, to forge this ahead in a big way....Let's go EPE, and BMG..
Renan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
"Who Am I" is a great song. Let´s wait to see. Will it be out on stores? I would prefer "A Thing Called Love", it is a great song and it is known by the public. These kind of songs has to be shown for the world. Elvis fans knows these songs but the world don´t. Some songs like "If That Isn´t Love","I John" "Seeing Is Believing", "Put Your Hand In The Hand" are awesome. I think they could use the version of "How Great Thou Art" from Memphis 74. It would be a great hit.
Null (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
I don’t understand this choice either. Elvis’ voice wasn’t at its strongest when he recorded “Who Am I”. Had they picked ANY number from the 1960 album, or the best offerings of the 1966 one (“How Great Thou Art”, “Run On”, “If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side”), or the best Elvis 70’s gospel recordings (“I John”, “An Evening Prayer”, “Bosom Of Abraham”, “He touched Me”, “If That Isn’t Love”, etc.), it would have been a much better choice. Funny people don’t have ears. Every Elvis music lover can appreciate “Who Am I”, knowing that Elvis could have done much better than that. (As Joe Esposito rightly pointed out once: “Even Elvis had his good and bad days when he walked into a recording studio”). If this release was meant for the broader market, they should have definitely picked one of Elvis strongest performances.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
Well presley girl, like you I'm a 2nd generation Elvis fan, and I agree. Somtimes the slow emotional soul catcher is as relevant as the up-tempo rocker. In this case I think the choice is O'K.
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
I don't like "Who am I?". Why didn't they pick "If that isn't love", "You'll never walk alone" or "Where no-one stands alone"???? Who the responsable for that? mnaybe they were on a hurry, 'cause it makes no sense at all. If they continue with this, they'll elease "Confidence", "Old MacDonald" or "Yoga is as Yoga does" as singles any day now. lol They should pay attention to young Elvis fan, like me (I'm 22, from Chile) We want cool stuff, you know. We buy those CD's.
Presleygirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
I like the song! I'm one of the "younger" Elvis fans (age 38) and I've been a fan since 1970. I've always liked this song since the first time I heard it. Sometimes a simple easy going song is just as well as a "extreme performance" song.
Flipper (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Airtouch67 - I like 'Who Am I' and certainly would not compare it to watching paint dry.
Colin B (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
I wonder if this a 'proper' single to be sold in the shops? Or one of these 'airplay only' singles that they have in the US. Just distributed to DJ's to garner airplay but not for sale by retailers.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
It's not my 1st choice, but it's o'k, considering the 'Passion' and times today. Maybe this will lead to other releases.i.e 'Where no one stands alone', 'Run On', Stand By Me' 'Somebody Bigger than You and I'...'He Touched Me' 'A thing Called Love'. However, it's a start, and I do like the song. We will let the general public decide. It's better than nothing. Hope it gets alot of air-time..
TCB Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Don't be so quick to judge the 'general public'. Terry
Marco Aurelio (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
I like very much this song, but if it´s a national release, I prefer An American Trilogy, How Great Thou Art, and others. I agree with circleG, re-think about that.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
yeah Airtouch67 i have to agree with you, not a good choice at all. Don't get me wrong, i love the track but as a single? naaah. re-think this one BMG, even christian radio channels prefer up-tempo tracks.
Airtouch67 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Wow. That's interesting. Out of all the gospel songs that Elvis has ever recorded, "Who Am I" would have the one song I would NOT have picked. How do these people make these decisions? Elvis sang so many great gospel tunes and right off the bat now this will get shot out of the water. People will not like this song. BMG should have picked something with a little more tempo or upbeat. I think the general public would rather watch paint dry than listen to "Who Am I."

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