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A Thing Called Love

Elvis Presley Lyrics Words & Music by Jerry Reed Hubbard Elvis Presley Lyrics

Six foot six stood on the ground, weighted 235 pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down to his knees by love
He was the kind of man who would gamble on love
Look you in the eye and never back up
But I saw him crying like a little whipped pup because of love

Can't see it with your eyes, hold it in your hands
Like the rules that govern our land
Strong enough to rule the heart of every man, this thing called love

It can lift you up, it can put you down
Take your world and turn it all around
Ever since time nothing's ever been found stronger than love
Men like me they worry and doubt
Trouble their minds day in and day out
Too busy a livin' to worry about a thing called love

And then I see a mother's tenderness
As she holds her young close to her breast
Then I say thank God this world will win with the thing called love

Recorded: 1971/05/19, first released on He Touched Me

January 16, 1971

Elvis attends a day of functions culminating in an evening awards banquet. He and nine others accept the honor of being named One of the Elvis Presley Photos Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). He is nervous about his acceptance speech.

He is touched, excited and deeply proud. This national honor has been given each year since the late 1930's and recognizes young men who have made great achievements in their field of endeavor, illustrating the opportunities available in the free enterprise system. It also applauds humanitarianism and community service.

Scientists, inventors, performers, film makers, politicians bound for the Presidency, and men of greatness in all fields, have been selected for this award over the years.

For Elvis, a man who grew up poor, and, in his early career knew the sting of ridicule from the Establishment, who, through the years has known criticism of his work, this is one of his proudest moments. It is a sign that he has achieved acceptance, recognition, and respect for his work and for the kind of person he is.

Above - In January 1971 Elvis was awarded as one of the ten most outstanding young men of America by the 'Jaycees'. Over the years in various printed articles and heard on record releases you could read or listen to Elvis' acceptance speech but.... did you know that it was edited?

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March 15, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ginger Holladay Duet) APA4 1255-12
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face APA4 1255-12
Amazing Grace APA4 1256-05
Early Morning Rain APA4 1257-SP
(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me APA4 1258-12

May 15, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Miracle Of The Rosary APA4 1259-04
It Won't Seem Like Christmas APA4 1260-07
If I Get Home On Christmas Day APA4 1261-08
Padre APA4 1262-12
Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees APA4 1263-10
Merry Christmas Baby APA4 1264-01
Merry Christmas Baby MWA5 9086-01
Silver Bells APA4 1265-02

May 16, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

The Lord's Prayer (Informal Jam) WPA5 2571-01
I'll Be Home On Christmas Day APA4 1266-08
On A Snowy Christmas Night APA4 1267-NA
Winter Wonderland APA4 1268-10
Don't Think Twice It's All Right (Jam) APA4 1269-01
O Come All Ye Faithful APA4 1270-01
O Come All Ye Faithful MWA5 9085-02
The First Noel APA4 1271-NA
The Wonderful World Of Christmas APA4 1272-NA

May 17, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Help Me Make It Through The Night APA4 1273-SP
Until It's Time For You To Go APA4 1274-08
Lady Madonna (Informal Recording) WPA5 2572-01
Lead Me Guide Me APA4 1275-06

May 18, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Fools Rush In APA4 1276-24
He Touched Me APA4 1277-04
Johnny B Goode (Jam)
I've Got Confidence APA4 1278-02
An Evening Prayer APA4 1279-03

May 19, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Seeing Is Believing APA4 1280-14 (12)
A Thing Called Love APA4 1281-09
It's Still Here APA4 1282-05
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen APA4 1283-01
I Will Be True APA4 1284-03

May 19, 1971 RCA Studio A - Nashville, Tennessee

Miracle Of The Rosary (V.O.) APA4 1259

May 20, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

I'm Leavin' APA4 1285-05
We Can Make The Morning APA4 1286-01
I Shall Be Released (Informal Recording) WPA5 2573-01
It's Only Love APA4 1287-10

May 21, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Love Me Love The Life I Lead APA4 1288-12
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Temple Riser Duet) APA4 1255-01

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Studio 'B', Nashville May 21, 1971

June 1971, The City Council of Memphis, Tennessee officially changed the name of Highway 51 South to Elvis Presley Boulevard in June 1971. The first sign was erected in January 1972 at a ceremony outside Graceland with Memphis Mayor Wyeth Chandler and Elvis' father Vernon Presley. When Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957, Highway 51 South and the area known as Whitehaven were 'out in the country'.

By the 1970s, shopping centers, housing developments and apartment complexes had sprung up in the area.

The actual street address of Graceland is 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

June 8, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Until It's Time For You To Go (Remake) APA4 1289-10
Put Your Hand In The Hand APA4 1290-02
Reach Out To Jesus APA4 1291-10

June 9, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

He Is My Everything APA4 1292-05
There Is No God But God APA4 1293-05
I John APA4 1294-02
Bosom Of Abraham APA4 1295-06
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Vocal Repairs) APA4 1255

June 10, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

My Way WPA5 2599-01
I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Remake) APA4 1296-10

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