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A GRAMMY GOES TO THE JAILHOUSE
November 28 2016   -  Brian Quinn  /  Elvis Express Radio
Elvis has a plethora of classic, timeless recordings behind him and it's always been somewhat mind-blowing to realise that the King of Rock 'N' Roll (aka King of Pop) received
several Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

However, his 3 actual Grammy wins were for some of his gospel recordings -
The album "How Great Thou Art" (1967 on RCA Victor)
The album "He Touched Me" (1972 on RCA Victor)
Elvis' live concert recording of the song "How Great Thou Art" (1974 from the album "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis").

In 1971, Elvis was presented with the Bing Crosby Award (named at the time in honor of the first recipient [1963]) now known as the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1973, the Academy's national trustees established the
Grammy Hall Of Fame in order to honor audio recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least
25 years old. As with his 3 actual Grammy Awards, one can only wonder why it took until 1988, 32 after it's recording and release, that "Hound Dog" got inducted into the Hall of
Fame, or how about 39 years to induct "Heartbreak Hotel"?

I'm not saying that the American music business have anything against Elvis but did you know that since 1990, the Recording Academy set up the
"GRAMMY Legend Award".
This special Merit Award is presented by The Recording Academy to individuals or groups for
ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field.

Not every year see's an artist honoured with the
"Grammy Legend Award", there have been 15 recipients in 26 years, which include; Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liza Minnelli, Johnny
Cash, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Elton John and the Bee Gees. But NO Elvis Presley, what the hell is going on? You cannot get much more
influential than Elvis, in fact many on the "Legend" list have been "influenced" by him. And nobody can argue that Elvis continues to bring "ongoing contributions" to the music world.

Anyway, back to this Grammy nod, 60 years in the waiting ... The 59th Grammy Awards Show will be held on February 12, 2017 at the Staples Center in L.A.
The 2017 Grammys have announced that Elvis' 1957 classic "Jailhouse Rock" will join the Kings 5 other recordings in the "Grammy Hall of Fame". The classic movie title smash hit
record is the first Elvis recording to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the last 10 years.

"Hound Dog" (1956 recording, inducted 1988)
"That's All Right" (1954 recording, inducted 1998)
"Heartbreak Hotel" (1956 recording, inducted 1995)
"Suspicious Minds" (1969 recording, inducted 1999)
"Don't Be Cruel" (1956 recording, inducted 2002)
"Are You Lonesome Tonight" (1960 recording, inducted 2007)
"Jailhouse Rock" (1957 recording, inducted 2017)

ELVIS PRESLEY and his Grammy Encounters ...
1959
1959 - “A Fool Such as I” (Nominated for Record of the Year (which lost to Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”)
1959 - “A Big Hunk O’ Love” (Nominated for Best Performance by a Top 40 Artist)
1959 - “A Big Hunk O’ Love” (Nominated for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance)

1960
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Nominated for Record of the Year).
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Nominated for Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Album Track).
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Nominated for Best Male Performance by a Pop Single Artist).
"G.I. Blues” "Nominated for Best Vocal Performance Album).
"G.I. Blues” "Nominated for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television).

1961
“Blue Hawaii” (Nominated for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television).

1967
"How Great Thou Art” -  WINNER (Nominated for Best Sacred Performance).

1968
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (Nominated for Best Sacred Performance).

1972
"He Touched Me"  -  WINNER (Nominated for Best Inspirational Performance).

1974
"How Great Thou Art"  -  WINNER (Nominated for Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical).

As Elvis approached 40, he had proved to his critics that he was one of the more compelling gospel recording artists, but continued record some great hits with songs such as
"Promised Land", "I've Got A Thing About You Baby", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", "Moody Blue" and "Way Down." But there would be no nominations (let alone wins) from the Grammys upon
Elvis' death.

However, Elvis has been given the nod just a few times since his death in 1977 but what may well NOT come as a surprise to our readers, he has never won another Grammy.

1978
"Softly, As I Leave You" (Nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Male). [Winner was Willie Nelson for Georgia On My Mind]

1980
"Elvis Aron Presley" (Nominated for Best Album Notes by writer Lorene Lortie)  [Winner was David McClintock, for "Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present And future"]

1984
"Elvis: A Golden Celebration" (Nominated for Best Historical Album) [Winner was "Big Band Jazz"]
"Elvis: A Golden Celebration" (Nominated for Best Album Notes by Z Factor & Lorene Lortie) [Winner was "Big Band Jazz" by Gunther Schuller, Martin Williams]

1987
"The Complete Sun Sessions" (Nominated for Best Album Notes by Peter Guralnick) [Winner Orrin Keepnews on "Thelonius Monk: The Complete Riverside Recordings"]

1988
"Hound Dog" - 1956 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

1992
"The Complete 50's Masters" (Nominated for Best Historical Album) [Winner was The Complete Capital Recordings of The Nat King Cole Trio]
"The Complete 50's Masters" (Nominated for Best Album Package, art directors Ria Lewerke & Norman Moore) [Winner was Melanie Nissen, "Spellbound" Paula Abdul]
"The Complete 50’s Masters" (Nominated for Best Album Notes by Peter Guralnick) [Winner was Dave Marsh, Jerry Wexler, David Ritz Queen Of Soul, Atlantic Recordings, Aretha Franklin]

1993
"The Essential 60's Masters" (Nominated for Best Album Notes by Peter Guralnick) [Winner Buck Clayton, Phil Schaap & Joel E. Siegel on The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-59]

1995
"Heartbreak Hotel" 1956 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

1998
"Thats All Right" - 1954 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

1999
"Suspicious Minds" - 1969 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

2002
"Don't Be Cruel" - 1956 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

2007
"Are You Lonesome Tonight" - 1960 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)

2012
"Young Man With The Big Beat" (Nominated for Best Historical Album) [Winner Band on the Run Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition]

2017
"Jailhouse Rock" - 1957 45rpm Single (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame)
Elvis’ “A Fool Such as I” was nominated for the very first
Grammy Awards ceremony
Elvis’ three Grammys are currently on display
in the Hall of Gold at Graceland.
Elvis’ Lifetime Achievement Award
One of the most prestigious awards he received.