The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song

This 90-minute special tells the story behind the 20 greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and reveals The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song.

Elvis Presley changed the music world forever and was one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He holds the record for Most Hit Singles on the US Chart and Most Hit Albums on the UK Chart, and his legacy continues to influence generations.

Mixing rich archive footage and home videos with new interviews, the documentary paints a picture of the man behind the music, telling the story of how these timeless songs came about and what impact they had on the world.

The show features different generations of international pop stars and musicians influenced by Elvis including Michael Bublé, Sir Cliff Richard, Suzi Quatro, Michael Ball, Englebert Humperdink and Cerys Matthews.

Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s ex-wife and mother to their daughter Lisa Marie Presley, is also featured exclusively in the documentary, giving a rare interview about the King and his music.

Priscilla says: “When Elvis sang a song that he loved, he’d get lost. He’d forget people were around. You’re witnessing a moment, you almost feel like you’re invading his privacy.”

Sir Cliff Richard admits: “It wasn’t just that I wanted to be like Elvis, I wanted to wake up and find I was Elvis.” Global superstar Michael Bublé said: “God kissed his throat, truly.” Musical theatre star Michael Ball said: “No one makes a party rock like Elvis.”

The programme also hears from those who worked with Elvis, from songwriters to backing singers and session musicians.
The documentary ventures into Elvis’ former home in Memphis, Graceland, following in the footsteps of nearly 20 million visitors, to see how popular the King remains to this day.

The countdown, narrated by Zoe Ball, includes:

- Heartbreak Hotel, the song that John Lennon, Sir Cliff Richard, and Keith Richards all cited as changing their life
- Hound Dog, the? hit that gave him the nickname ‘Elvis the Pelvis’
- Jailhouse Rock, which is ?often cited as the birth of the pop video
- Always on My Mind, which has been recorded 300 times by the likes of Willie Nelson and Pet Shop Boys
- It’s Now or Never, which sold 20m copies worldwide and topped the UK charts for eight weeks
- A Little Less Conversation, the song that became a global sensation 25 years after his death, giving Elvis his 18th British number one, allowing him to overtake The Beatles as the act to top the UK charts most often.

The 20 classic Elvis tracks featured in the show have been selected in consultation with the Elvis Presley estate, based on record sales, cultural impact and significance in Elvis’s career. The order was voted for by a large, representative panel of ITV viewers from across the country.

All the songs from the programme are to feature on a brand new compilation album, ‘The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs’, released on 4 November 2013 from Sony Music.

Source: ITV.com / Updated: Oct 22, 2013
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Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2013report abuse
The TV Advert for the album is now on YouTube.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2013report abuse
In the UK Midweek Album Charts yesterday (5th)(following one day's sale) 'The Nations Favourite Elvis Songs' album entered at No.50. Today it is No.44. It must be remembered that this is without any promotion which does not start in earnest until after the TV programme this Friday. I expect sales to pick up next week but in effect this means that they will have been split over two weeks leading to a lower chart position than would have been the norm.
Viva Las Chris! (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 4, 2013report abuse
ITV are advertising this like mad. Support the programme and buy the CD - deluxe version best - then write to the media. It may be the last best chance to laud Elvis . Pop is so dire these days the contrast is the widest it's ever been.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 4, 2013report abuse
Sir Cliff Richard is the female version of Elvis..
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 30, 2013report abuse
Sorry, forgot the time - 9.00pm-10.30pm
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 30, 2013report abuse
I think Transmission is on Fri 08 Nov 2013, ITV.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2013report abuse
GREAT news, and thanks for the info. Brian :) . Elvis fans in England you can help this go to number 1, by already now start asking all the shops you visit if they will have this release on the shelf, hopefully this will get them to order enough of the CDs home. You can also buy one or two CDs for gifts to freinds and relatives, and you can post the time of the tv show on your facebook site, and invite freinds (and younger kids/young people) to watch the show with you (make a nice evening out of it). If this goes to the top, then Elvis will get in the news and radio again, and Sony will maybe promote and make more releases in the future. I am from Denmark, but I will buy some copies through a freind who lives in England, because it doesn't count on the hit list if I buy through amazon.
Tracey Jayne (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2013report abuse
Brian, Stand corrected and many thanks for the info. ;-)
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2013report abuse
Sony will be: TV advertising from Fri 8th - £100k+ from 8th – 15th November
Utilising posters (Rail 6 sheets and ASDA 6 sheets) from the 4th
Utilising Press ads (The Sun and Express on Sat 9th)
Organising Press – reviews and features - all being confirmed at the moment.
Making album available in all supermarkets including BHS plus HMV etc.
Digital marketing (bingo and gambling plus facebook)
Featuring 60” radio ads on Absolute Radio 60s, Magic 105.4 and Total Smooth Radio from 8th
Having a karaoke roadshow (being announced next week) but going to Blackpool, Birmingham, London and Cardiff.
Tracey Jayne (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2013report abuse
Well this may do well after the programme has aired but Sony have done as usual nothing in respect of promoting this!...we also have a choice of a single cd version or a 2 cd version so will suit most people's pocket.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2013report abuse
Sounds like this will be a good special, exposing Elvis to the general public. I hope the soundtrack comp. goes to #1.

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