Black Velvet (song)
|Single by Alannah Myles|
|from the album Alannah Myles|
|B-side||"If You Want To"|
|Released||December 17, 1989 (U.S.)
February 26, 1990 (UK)
|Format||CD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi|
|Writer(s)||David Tyson, Christopher Ward|
|Alannah Myles singles chronology|
"Black Velvet" is a blues verse with a rock chorus written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson, recorded by Canadian singer songwriter Alannah Myles. It was released in December 1989 as one of four singles from Myles' 1989 eponymous CD from Atlantic Records. It became a number one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number one in Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart.
The song hit No. 1 for two weeks on the Billboard charts in April 1990. Myles won the 1990 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist for the song. Since its release, the song has received substantial airplay, receiving a "Millionaire Award" from ASCAP in 2005 for more than four million radio plays.
Background and writing 
Co-writer Christopher Ward was inspired on a bus full of Elvis fans riding to Memphis attending the 10th anniversary vigil at Graceland. Upon his return to Canada, he brought his idea to Alannah and producer David Tyson, who wrote the chords for the bridge.
The song is a commemorative story about Elvis Presley. The first verse discusses the beginning of Elvis's life – "Mama's dancing with baby on her shoulder" – the second talks about the height of his career – "Mama's baby is in the heart of every schoolgirl; Love Me Tender leaves 'em crying in the aisles." The bridge references his death: "In a flash he was gone. It happened so soon. What could you do?" The first verse also gives reference to Jimmie Rodgers "on the Victrola up high."
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Chart successions 
"Escapade" by Janet Jackson
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 24, 1990 – March 31, 1990 (2 weeks)
"Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne
"Vogue" by Madonna
|Norwegian VG-Lista number one single
20–27/1990 (8 weeks)
"Om" by Niklas Strömstedt
|Swedish number one single
May 23, 1990 – June 6, 1990 (3 weeks)
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette
"The Power" by Snap!
|Swiss number one single
June 3, 1990 – June 24, 1990 (4 weeks)
by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
Robin Lee 1990 cover 
|Single by Robin Lee|
|from the album Black Velvet|
|Length||4:43 (album version)|
|Robin Lee singles chronology|
Country music artist Robin Lee, also signed to Atlantic at the time, covered "Black Velvet" in 1990 on her third studio album, also titled Black Velvet. Lee's version peaked at No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||21|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||12|
In popular culture 
- "Alannah Myles – About". Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Australian-charts.com – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien.
- "Alannah Myles – Black Velvet – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
- "Ultratop.be – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
- "Top Singles – Volume 50, No. 22, September 25 1989". RPM. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Danishcharts.com – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". Tracklisten. Hung Medien.
- "Lescharts.com – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet" (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 20, 1990" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Stichting Nederlandse Top 40.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
- "Charts.org.nz – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". VG-lista. Hung Medien.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
- "Alannah Myles – Black Velvet – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
- "21, 1990/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company.
- "Alannah Myles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs for Alannah Myles. Prometheus Global Media.
- "Alannah Myles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Alannah Myles. Prometheus Global Media.
- 1990 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- 1990 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
- 1990 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- "Billboard Top 100 – 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- "Austrian single certifications – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter Alannah Myles in the field Interpret. Enter Black Velvet in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alannah Myles; 'Black Velvet')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
- "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
- "British single certifications – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Black Velvet in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
- "American single certifications – Alannah Myles – Black Velvet". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- Black Velvet (CD liner notes). Atlantic Records. 1990. 82085-2.