Alannah Myles – “Black Velvet” – (1989)

This song is wonderful. Songs about Elvis Presley (which this one is) should evoke The King – and this one does, right from the beginning: “Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell… Black Velvet with that slow, southern style.” The music is bluesy and it rocks and her voice is rough and scratchy – the perfect southern roots-rock sound. But she’s actually Canadian (but hey, so is Neil Young). There are numerous allusions to Elvis throughout the song, which was a #1 hit and a Grammy-winner for Myles who has more or less disappeared from the popular music scene since. This was released as a single at the end of 1989 but it received a ton of airplay throughout the 90s.

P.S. this song is not one that stays on YouTube for very long, so it’s likely that link won’t work. Try clicking the album cover and listening to the preview on Amazon.

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