Burning Love

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"Burning Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side"It's a Matter of Time"
ReleasedAugust 1, 1972
RecordedMarch 28, 1972
StudioRCA, Hollywood, California
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Dennis Linde
Producer(s)Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"An American Trilogy"
"Burning Love"
"Separate Ways"
Music video
"Burning Love" (audio) on YouTube

"Burning Love" is a 1972 song by Elvis Presley written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. Elvis Presley had a major hit with the song, 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 Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's version became much more popular than the Arthur Alexander original recording, and 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. It was his last big hit.[1] The electric guitar opening and riffs were overdubbed and played by Dennis Linde himself.

For the week of October 28, 1972, "Burning Love" rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] being kept from #1 by Chuck Berry's novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling."[3] 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 Billboard US charts. "Steamroller Blues" in 1973 was his last one on the Cashbox Charts, peaking at #10, in the wake of the massively successful Aloha Concert. 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.

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".




Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone



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  2. ^ "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley (Hot 100 chart history) – Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017
  3. ^ The Hot 100, Week of October 28, 1972 – Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017
  4. ^ http://www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/720427ods.html
  5. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts". Go-Set.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Burning Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_charts_1969_1989_songs_(A-B).html
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 192.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, November 11, 1972". Archived from the original on May 11, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
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  11. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30, 1972". Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Elvis Presley – Burning Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Elvis Presley – Burning Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  14. ^ "Applebee's Bigger Bolder Grill Combos TV Commercial, 'Burning Love' Song by Elvis Presley". ispot.tv. Retrieved April 22, 2019.

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