As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
With a velvet voice, Elvis brought genuine compassion to the words of this classic song. The story is as relevant now as it was in 1969. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, Lisa Marie filmed a duet with Elvis of the song “In the Ghetto”. The producer was David Foster. She filmed the video in the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans and the proceeds from the single will benefit a new Presley Place transitional housing campus in the city. Apparently this is one of Lisa Marie’s favourite songs by her Father.
The singer/songwriter Mac Davis wrote the song “In the Ghetto”. Mac Davis in an interview with Elvis World Japan discussed the song.
“’In the Ghetto’, I’d been trying to write for years. I grew up with a little boy who lived in the ghetto and in Lubbock, Texas. We didn’t have what is commonly known now as a ghetto, but there was problems worse. It was a dirt street ghetto. And it was a part of town I could never understand why my little buddy had to live over there and I lived where I lived. And his dad did construction work with my dad and then a little boy named Al Smith really kind of grew up together. And I’d always wanted to write a song about it and really the word ghetto didn’t even come into prominence until the late sixties, other than referring to Jewish ghettos in Poland and as such. And I had always wanted to write a song called ‘The Vicious Circle’. I always thought it was like, you know, the kids are born there, they grow up there, they die there, another kids born to replace them and just one day I started thinking about the ghetto as a title for the song. And the same day, a friend of mine named Freddy Weller showed me a lick on the guitar that he was playing and I thought it seemed like, and I took it home that night and I wrote this song. And that’s where it came from, basically.”
To read the full interview click here.
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To learn more about Presley Place click here.
Lisa Marie’s tribute to Elvis with “Don’t Cry Daddy”
For Elvis Presley’s 20th anniversary, Lisa Marie similarly made a video with the song “Don’t Cry Daddy”. This song was also produced by David Foster, but not released. Mac Davis also wrote this song and in an interview he said, “’Don’t Cry Daddy’ is a pretty sad song. He got to the end of it and it was just real quiet and Elvis says, ‘I’m gonna cut that someday for my daddy’. And, by god, he did. He lived up to his word.”
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