The Elvis Presley songwriter had about 1 day to write a hit for the ’68 Comeback Special’
Elvis Presley performed some of his most famous songs in his ’68 Comeback Special. One of his regular songwriters was asked to write a song for the special in a short time. Subsequently, he co-wrote the song in an unusual place.
A songwriter has been asked to write a song for Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ as he looks back on the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s career
Mac Davis was a prominent songwriter. He wrote songs for Elvis such as “Don’t Cry Daddy” and “In the Ghetto”. During a 2019 interview with SongFacts, Davis revealed that he wrote a song for the ’68 Comeback Special because Billy Strange asked him to. Strange has worked on songs by a number of top artists including Elvis, Nancy Sinatra and The Beach Boys.
“Billy was in charge of the music, and he was a big part of introducing me to Elvis and making that connection,” Davis recalled. “The special was coming out and they were looking for a song to end a section of the show where he was coming back and doing his 50s hits, the old Sun Studios stuff, and they wanted it to be about the past. I had a little over 24 hours to write it.
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What Happened After Mac Davis Wrote a Song for Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ in a Garage
Davis wrote the song “Memories” in an unusual place. “I went to Billy’s and he had an office in his garage,” Davis recalled. “I went over there and sat there all night and wrote the song ‘Memories.’ We did a demo on it the next day, and they took it in. Davis and Strange are the credited songwriters.
Davis discussed the role of “Memories” in the ’68 Comeback Special. “They were actually going to sing part of the song in the first half of this segment, at the beginning of this one, and another part like a bookend, but he ended up sitting on the edge of the stage,” did he declare.
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How Listeners in the US and UK Responded to “Memories”
In the United States, “Memories” became a minor hit. The song reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for seven weeks. “Memories” appeared on the compilation album Elvis: 2nd to none. The album reached number three on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks.
In the UK, “Memories” served as the B-side to “If I Can Dream”, another song Elvis performed during the ’68 Comeback Special. The Official Charts Company reports that “If I Can Dream” reached No. 11 in the UK and lasted 10 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, Elvis: 2nd to none peaked at No. 4 there and spent 12 weeks on the chart.
“Memories” touched many listeners even though it didn’t take long to write.
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