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Elvis Presley Songs


Burning Love

The highlight of Elvis Presley's studio sessions in Hollywood during March 1972 was the recording of "Burning Love." By this point, Elvis and his band were masters of this type of large-scale, fast-rocking number, and his interpretation of the song typifies his 1970s sound.

Dennis Linde composed "Burning Love" especially for Elvis, and the songwriter played guitar on the recording. It was Linde who dubbed in the raucous guitar lick on the bridges of the song. He had occasionally served as a bass guitarist in Elvis' recording band during the 1970s.

"Burning Love" became a worldwide hit for Elvis in 1972, and it quickly charted on Billboard's Hot 100.

Peaking at number two, it just missed becoming a number-one record. Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" kept "Burning Love" from hitting the top of the charts. The record was certified gold by the RIAA in October 1972, and it was certified platinum in March 1992.

Unfortunately, Elvis did not follow up on the excitement generated by the rocking "Burning Love." His next single release was a ballad, "Separate Ways," backed by Always on My Mind," which reached only number 20 on the Hot 100 chart. In addition, RCA buried "Burning Love" and its flip side, "It's a Matter of Time," on an album of old movie tracks creatively titled Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2. In terms of Elvis' career, this hit song seems to have gotten lost amidst bad marketing decisions.

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Burning Love
Elvis' raucous interpretation of "Burning Love" typifies his 1970s sound.