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Elvis Presley Quiz: Original Or Cover Song?

How many of The King's classics originally came from Elvis himself?

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Elvis Presley is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time. Nicknamed “The King Of Rock And Roll”, or simply “The King”, Elvis had hits starting back from the mid 1950s all the way until his death in 1977. Despite passing away at the age of just 42, he is still one of the best selling artists, behind only Rihanna, Michael Jackson and The Beatles. As well as singing, he also starred in a variety of musical films during the late 1950s and the 1960s.

Elvis is a cultural icon of his era, and his music is still beloved to this day. However, while his voice is recognisable by many, none of the songs attributed to “The King” were actually written by him. While a variety of songs were specifically written for Elvis to sing, an almost equal amount of his hits were originally performed by other artists.

Big Mama Thornton, Carl Perkins and Del Shannon are just a few examples of musicians whose songs were lent to “The King”. But which hits were originally released by Elvis?

Answers at the end!

1. "Shake, Rattle And Roll" (1955)

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