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Elvis Presley has recording gig with British orchestra

October 30, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Sony Music releases a CD, recorded at the Abbey Road Studios of Beatles fame, that pairs original recordings of the late Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Britain.

The songs include his classics: Burning Love, Love Me Tender, Can't Help Falling in Love and In the Ghetto. The voice of Elvis, who died in Aug 1977, goes on giving.

The Presley estate earned U.S. $55 million for the year ending October 2014, largely from use of his voice.

Elvis has sung, posthumously, with Barbra Streisand, his daughter Lisa Marie and others.

The idea for the CD belongs to producer Don Reedman. It has the backing of Priscilla Presley, the singer's former wife. A British newspaper, The Independent, notes that the Royal Philharmonic add "lush new arrangements" to Elvis' original vocal tracks.

Elvis' first recording, a 1953 disc featuring My Happiness, sold for U.S. $300,000 at auction at his home, Graceland. The disc is reported to be the only one of its kind and was recorded by Elvis when he was 18.

Elvis Presley: King of Rock 'n' Roll to return in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic (Independent 5 Aug 2015)

Elvis Presley's First Recording Sells for $300,000 at Graceland Auction (Rolling Stone 9 Jan 2015)

Date written/update: 2015-08-12