Article provided by Elvis. El chico de TupeloBy Rosa García Mora
It is a popular Italian song, originally titled “Piano”, composed by Tony De Vita, with Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese and translated into English by Hal Shaper.
It was a hit on Mina’s voice, with its original title “Piano”.
It was officially recorded by Elvis, on August 16, 1974, at the RCA Studios in Hollywood (Studio Rehearsal).
And later, on Saturday, December 13, 1975 at the Las Vegas Hilton, during the Midnight Show, also on RCA.
When Elvis performed this song on stage, he preceded it with a story about the origin of the song… He said, very emotionally, that the song arose when a man was on his deathbed and his wife was sitting next to his bed in the hospital. When she began to fall asleep, he felt like he was going to die and wrote the lyrics of the song to her on a notepad. However, it is said that the story of the song was simply an example of the talent, taste and creativity that Elvis had in telling stories, so it is very likely that his explanation is merely apocryphal. Elvis told his audience that he had heard the story from some people in Florida.
Elvis never sang this song, just a couple of phrases at Stax studios, before starting the song Loving Arms; I just recited it. Perhaps the pain he felt before her prevented his voice from coming out of his throat and drowned out his singing. For this reason, he left this task to his beloved Sherrill Nielsen, and Elvis, with his prodigious voice, recited the verses. But that recitation was so heartfelt that singing was not necessary. His interpretation gave rise only to the feeling of his suffering and afflicted soul.
Elvis presented it in concert at the end of 1973 as one of the most beautiful songs he had ever heard. And he continued to keep it in his repertoire in later years.
Elvis’ narration of the story was moving… and those chilling verses he recited brought the audience to tears, while Sherrill Nielsen turned it into song.
The audience always got very excited when they heard it. Many of them could not hold back their tears.
It was always one of his special songs, which Elvis liked to present to his audience.
Perhaps fear of death, perhaps fear of life, perhaps fear of losing what we have never had, of that life that was drowning him; and that it became reality and love when he got on stage.
Elvis throughout his career left us his voice in the form of singing, reciting, laughing or lamenting. In this song he left us in his dramatic verses, the affliction of the man, the poetry of the artist… and the voice of God.
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