Burning Love

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"Burning Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2
Released August 1, 1972
Format 7" 45 rpm record
Recorded RCA Studios,
Hollywood, California,
March 28, 1972
Master Take #6
Genre Rock
Length 3:23
Label RCA
Writer(s) Dennis Linde
Producer(s) Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"An American Trilogy"
(1972)
"Burning Love"
(1972)
"Separate Ways"
(1972)

"Burning Love" is a song written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis Presley, becoming his biggest hit single in the United States since "Suspicious Minds" in 1969 and his last Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts.

Elvis version[edit]

The cover version of Elvis became much more popular than the original version and so Elvis' version is more remembered. Presley's version was released as a single on August 1, 1972, with the B-side "It's a Matter of Time", and it reached the Top 40 on the country charts, peaking at #36. Elvis had recorded it at RCA's Hollywood studios on March 28, 1972. The electric guitar opening and riffs were overdubbed and played by Dennis Linde himself.

For the weeks of October 21 and 28, 1972, "Burning Love" rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being kept from #1 by Chuck Berry's novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling." However, it reached #1 on Cashbox's Top 40 Charts for the week of November 11, which gave him 20 US #1 hits. The song was Elvis's 40th and last Top Ten hit on the US charts. It was also one of the last real rock songs in the last years of his life; from 1972 to 1977 the majority of his songs were ballads, and many of those placed on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. "Burning Love" was one of the few exceptions, along with "Promised Land" in 1974.

Presley however, stated that he did not care for the song, and did not feel comfortable performing it. Nonetheless, he performed it in at least two high-profile productions: the concert film Elvis on Tour (during which he had to use a lyric sheet as the song was still new to him), and the later Aloha from Hawaii concert.

The song was also released on an album titled Burning Love and Hits from his Movies: Volume 2 on November 1, 1972. Despite this album's subtitle, none of the movie songs on it were ever hits. The only actual hit on the album was the title song, "Burning Love".

Other versions[edit]

Uses[edit]

  • "Burning Love" was used as a wake-up song on the space shuttle mission STS-123.
  • It was used for the end credits sequence of Crazy Love (2007), a documentary by Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens on the life of Burt and Linda Pugach.
  • Was recorded for the 1979 film, Elvis The Movie, starring Kurt Russell and Ronnie McDowell as the singing voice of Elvis. The song was not released for a soundtrack.
  • A remix of the original was used for the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis and found on its soundtrack. During the live show, it is played during a montage of Elvis's best love scenes on the rear-projection screen, while the band has a spotlight. This remix puts more emphasis on drums and guitars, with a sound like The Who.
  • Velveeta used the song for a commercial changing the lyrics to "Hunka Hunka Meltin' Love".

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