Tuesday, March 27, 2012

40 Years Ago Today: A Hunk, A Hunk Of Burning Love


On this day in 1972, Elvis Presley recorded his final Top Ten hit "Burning Love". The song would rise all the way to #2 before getting blocked from the top spot by "My Ding A Ling", an egregious novelty hit by another rock n roll veteran Chuck Berry. (And yet you can buy the song on Elvis's 30#1 Hits collection.

Presley reportedly did not care for the song which was first recorded by Arthur "You Better Move On" Alexander in 1971.

The song was written by Nashville recluse Dennis Linde whose 1973 version sounds like something John Fogerty might have put out in the mid 80's. Linde played guitar on the Elvis single and alos wrote "Goodbye Earl" for the Dixie Chicks.


  1. I'm not generally a fan of late-period Elvis, but I LOVE this song. I wonder why Elvis didn't like it?

  2. One story is that having just broken up with Priscilla, Elvis wasn't in the mood to rock n roll. He preferred ballads. Thanks for stopping by!