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NEW BOOK THE STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS
BBC Local Radio presenter and lifelong Elvis fan Matt Shepherd has worked on countless radio shows dedicated to his idol. However he has never written a book about Elvis, until now.
Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs, published by Libri sees Matt looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures. The first of a two volume book, this first volume starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
"I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis," explains Matt.
"He had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."
With songs like "Suspicious Minds" and "Don't Cry Daddy" Elvis proved once and for all he was not only the King of Rock n Roll but also the King of Music.
The book also looks at some of Elvis' standout live performances of the 1970s, before transporting the reader back to the unforgettable days at Sun and then RCA, before Uncle Sam came calling.
The book ends as Elvis enters the army. Volume Two, due out in 2019 will look at the home recordings made in Germany, Elvis' return in 1960 and his years in Hollywood, before his triumphant return in 1968.