Burning Love

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

"Burning Love" is a 1972 song by Elvis Presley written by Dennis Linde, originally released by Arthur Alexander earlier in 1972. Presley found major success with the song, it becoming his final Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis 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 number 36 in the country charts. 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 number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] It reached number 1 on Cashbox's Top 40 Charts for the week of November 11. The song was Elvis's 40th and final Top Ten hit on the Billboard US charts.

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 performed during the afternoon and evening shows in Lakeland on April 27, 1975, and during the Asheville evening show on July 22 the same year; although it remained a rare song in the list performed by Elvis from 1972 onward.

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, the only actual hit on the album was the title song.[1]

A new backing track for the song was recorded in 1980, intended for the Guitar Man album. It went unreleased until 2000.


1980 version[edit]

  • Elvis Presley – lead vocals
  • Jerry Shook – guitar
  • Larry Byrom – electric guitar
  • Mike Leech – bass
  • Larrie Londin – drums
  • David Briggs – piano



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.



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  10. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1972". Archived from the original on March 25, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  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.
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  13. ^ "American single certifications – Elvis Presley – Burning Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2020.