Elvis covers

The cover of the 2005 DVD, 'A Tribute to The King by Scotty Moore & Friends'

David performed the Elvis number, ‘Don’t’, at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in June 2001. It’s an extra on the ‘David Gilmour in Concert’ DVD, and also available as ‘A Tribute to Leiber and Stoller’.

Later, in December 2004, it was performed again at Abbey Road, as Scotty Moore and Friends paid tribute to The King.

Just for fun, which other Elvis songs do you think David would do well (keeping in mind that he’d be given artistic licence to present them however he deemed fit)?

Of course, the reason I ask is because it allows me to remind fans in the States that you can catch the Abbey Road performance of ‘Don’t’ on RAVE today at 13:00 (EST).

David had a fair stab at ‘All Shook Up’ as part of his 1999 collaborations with Paul McCartney, most notably at Liverpool’s famous Cavern, albeit providing backing vocals instead of lead.

How about Elvis’ take on Bob Dylan’s beautiful ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’? Or a slowed-down acoustic ‘Suspicious Minds’, complete with trademark lap steel solo, à la ‘High Hopes’?

If you get the urge, come and chat – the chatroom opens at 13:00 (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

49 thoughts on “Elvis covers”

  1. ‘The Wonder Of You’ springs to mind, nice little solo in there too.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  2. How about ‘In The Ghetto’?

    [I was thinking of that, actually. Probably a better idea than the ‘Suspicious Minds’ above. – FEd]

  3. I think American Trilogy would give David the space for some great guitar leads and with David’s magnificent voice it may well become the new standard for that song. Of course I’d like to hear David’s arrangement and artistic genius of which he has no rival.

    Cheers!

  4. Not sure what the title is, maybe “Love Me Tender” or maybe not, but it’s the one where Elvis can’t stop laughing at the out of tune backing vocalist.

    Ian

  5. Hmm… ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’? 😉

    Didn’t Elvis record it in 1967?

    Michèle

    [Yes, but there’s only one version, really: Gerry and The Pacemakers’. – FEd]

  6. I don’t know if its actually an Elvis song, but I know he performed it.

    I think David would do a great job with “You Were Always On My Mind”.

  7. “Hound Dog”, with snapshots of Waters flashed on the background screen (if performed live).

    (Okay, okay, calm down, I’m only kidding!)

  8. How about a spacey version a’la Echoes of Jailhouse Rock? But it needs to be propped like it was in the movie.

    How do you think David would look with sideburns and a pompadour wig? Hmmmm….not working for me.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  9. Any Chuck Berry song, You’ll Never Walk Alone…too many to choose from!

    Unrelated, I just saw Crosby & Nash and was reminded of how well they sounded with David-stunning. Would love to see more work with those folks together someday..hmmm..

    David G. on acoustic during ‘Almost Cut My Hair’…but I digress and dream once again.

    -Craig

  10. Hmm. From the classic era I’d go for “Mystery Train”. And maybe from the latter part of Elvis’ career I’d like “Kentucky Rain”. Or maybe those are just my favorites.

    No, a ‘funny’ one. “A Little Less Conversation”. It has a really weird meter. David could have fun with that one.

  11. “My Baby Left Me”.

    He would sing with his “rock sound”, you know the sound of his voice on “Time”. Probably he would do a bit more laid back version of it. With his telecaster. Perfect. 🙂

  12. ‘A Big O’ Hunk of Love’.

    ‘Suspicious Minds’ is one of my favorites. I would love to hear him try that one.

    ‘Devil in Disguise’.

    His version of ‘Don’t’ was beautiful. My mother who absolutely loves to hear anything Elvis sung by Elvis, loved it.

  13. Hey Fed,

    Harking back to last Friday’s topic. India launches space mission to the moon??? Last I heard there are plenty of beggars in the streets there that could use some “moon” cash. Western nations are not the only bogeymen in this.

    Cheers, Howard

    [Absolutely. – FEd]

  14. A lead solo version of ‘Love Me Tender’, almost like a tribute to Hank Marvin too.

  15. Hi FED,

    I thought ‘You’re The Devil in Disguise’ and David could dedicate it to Roger.

    Regards Damian

  16. An American Trilogy. It was possibly Elvis’s last great single, but just think what David could do with it.

    I watched my recorded version of the last edition of The Story of the Guitar. David was in very fine form, as was Pete Townshend, who is as enthusiastic about talking about playing the guitar as he is expressive with one in his hands.

    It was a great series, but three hours was not long enough.

    [It’s on BBC4 on Friday, if anyone missed it, and on BBC2 Wales on Sunday. – FEd]

  17. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (which I believe is the track that Elvis had a straight version of and another version where he could not….keep focused); and/or “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. I believe David could do a great job giving these couple of tracks a whirl, maybe even add a bluesy guitar solo in the middle of them, a-la Division Bell style.

    Food for thought anyway.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  18. As you and I spoke about in chat, Fed…’One Night With You’, David could easily do that. 🙂

  19. I would have to agree with Bruce with American Trilogy but Viva Las Vegas might be good as well.

    Take care,
    Hoss

  20. I think David would definitely do a nice little “Can’t Help Falling In Love” cover.

  21. Oh and FeD, would David ever consider releasing “Delicate Sound of Thunder” on DVD? Y’know just for kicks and grins?

    I suppose the obvious question would be, would anyone buy it? I think the answer is equally obvious, a resounding YES!!!

    [I’m sure that people would buy it. – FEd]

  22. Fed, you took my thought and Ben took the other: In the Ghetto.

    How about Elvis covering let’s say Fat Old Sun? Of course he can’t but it may have been interesting.

    Later everybody.

    George

    [I like that idea, George. Great call. – FEd]

  23. Always On My Mind. Along with Suspicious Minds, my favorite from the King.

    David could begin with a single piano (front) and ambient synth (back) a la Coming Back to Life or Pocketful Of Stones and then growing in a “crescendo”, with orchestra, keys and a beautiful solo in the end. I almost can hear it.

  24. I thought David’s cover of ‘Don’t’ was excellent.

    Any song covered by David would be great. But, what I want to hear is some covers of Jimi Hendrix, who trumps the king anyhow. We have heard David cover ‘Hey Joe’, lets hear some more Hendrix covers.

    I read some where that David does a mean impression of Hendrix. A cover of ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ would be sublime.

    David could put out a album of covers by his musical influences and why not? When you can sing and play like David, you can cover anything.

    [David covers Hendrix… A post for another time, that. (Bob Dylan, too.) – FEd]

  25. I retreated myself to my usual lazy mode these days but continue enjoying all the wonderful posts from everyone with most significant topic on “poverty” and all other related issues that entailed. I was absolutely carried away by all the interesting, educational and informative posts from everyone… what an eye opener, I must say – good show, FEd.

    Well, how can I resist not participating when FEd asks us about which Elvis song David will do well – “In the Ghetto” would be my first pick; but then again, David Gilmour has such a unique vocal that he will certainly does well in many other songs of Elvis, may I also pick “Wooden Heart”, “Love Me Tender”, “Burning Love” and most definitely, “Suspicious Minds”.

    Good day!

  26. I think David should do ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ with all the slide guitars, and maybe he’d be able to throw in a mean solo too.

  27. I think a fun song to do is Jail House and he could do a great guitar solo for the song.

    Take Care,
    Thomas

  28. well, i’m gonna go with: bridge over troubled waters (1970).

    with a nice solo in the middle and one at the end. i think david could come up with a nice arrangement on this song.

    later folks…….fats

  29. i would love to see david try something a bit more up tempo that would take him out of his usual laid back performance style. ‘viva las vegas’, for example.

    did elvis sing you ‘aint nothing but a hound dog’? if so i could imagine david having some fun with that. guy would be jumping round all over the place!

  30. [How about Elvis covering let’s say Fat Old Sun? Of course he can’t but it may have been interesting. – George]

    Quality!

  31. [How about Elvis covering let’s say Fat Old Sun? Of course he can’t but it may have been interesting. – George]

    What do you mean he can’t? You mean all those Elvis impersonators aren’t the real thing?? And haven’t you read that the whole Elvis death was a conspiracy and that Elvis is actually still alive? Yeah, just like Paul McCartney.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  32. Gilmour could do ANY Elvis song and it would sound good. He could do “Have You Ever Been Mellow?” by Olivia Newton John or “Dancing Queen” by ABBA and make it sound good. I just wish Dave would get off the couch and do it!!!

    I don’t care what he records, Sex Pistol covers–anything. Anything he puts his gentle voice to and those magical fingers to–sounds fantastic.

    I wish he’d put out one solo studio album a year, and one live album a year. I wish he’d contact the Rick Wright estate and get permission to use the solo stuff Rick Wright was working on before he died for one last great Pink Floyd album. (Or strip the great synthesizer tracks from Wright’s solo albums and make something new with them.)

    A great album cover for one last Floyd album would be the Storm T. photo of the tree shaped like a head with the Elk.

    I vividly remember, when I heard some of the synthesizer on Rick’s last solo album–I remember thinking, “Jeeezussss, the things Dave could have done with this!!!

  33. I would go for ‘In The Ghetto’. Very beautiful lyrics.

    OK, I know it’s a bit off topic, but I just have seen David performing Sonnet 18.

    I must say, I was surprised. Although I have almost all the albums of Mr. Gilmour (PF and solo), I never took him for a great singer (as a guitarist he IS the best), but now I stand corrected. It was pure heavenly.

    I also have seen the Elvis cover, and I find it also fantastic.

    Thanks for the great music. I wish there were more (true) musicians like you.

  34. [Oh and FeD, would David ever consider releasing “Delicate Sound of Thunder” on DVD? Y’know, just for kicks and grins? – Josh]

    [I’m sure that people would buy it. – FEd]

    It’s not a great recording, IMO. I love the album’s sound but think the concert was badly filmed/directed.

    I hope we do Hendrix and Dylan songs. I can think of some good ones for David to cover.

    BTW, I don’t have Sky Plus or VH1 Classic. Do you FEd?

    [Sky Plus, yes. VH1 Classic (and music channels in general), no. Hendrix and Dylan covers, next week. – FEd]

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