Writing for the King™

The Songwriters who Made Elvis Presley a Legend
 
Beneath all the glitter and glam, Elvis Presley was an intuitive, intelligent musician who embraced a wide range of music that included gospel and jazz as well as rhythm & blues and good old rock & roll. Would you be surprised to learn that that despite his passion for music and his singular singing talent, Elvis wasn’t a songwriter? While many of his greatest hits originally credited him as co-writer, this was a practice that enabled a singer to collect royalties on the songs they made famous. In fact, Elvis didn’t write a single one of the 700+ songs he recorded in his lifetime!
 
That doesn’t matter to his fans, who make pilgrimages to Graceland, Presley’s former estate in Memphis, Tennessee and here to Collingwood, Ontario, site of the internationally recognized Elvis Festival. Even though Elvis didn’t write any of the songs he recorded, his vocalization style and highly personal interpretations have kept fans enthralled to this day. Many of his hits have been covered by other artists, but there’s something about an Elvis recording that makes him unique as a performer and unmatched as an artist. He will always be the King™ of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 
 
This year, Collingwood’s Poet Laureate chose to pay tribute to the songwriters who made the legend possible. Throughout downtown Collingwood, twelve different Writing for the King™ posters were displayed in restaurants and storefronts showcasing a few of the songwriters behind the throne.
 
 
You can also check out Ken Sharp’s book Writing for the King™ for a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the politics, money, inspiration around Elvis and the songs others wrote that he turned into classics.
 
Thank you to the following participating businesses: 
 
The Lively Olive Espresso Post U-Pick Parties
Soapstones Natural Skincare Robinson's Paint & Wallpaper Read it Again Books
Potato Factory NakdBasics Graphic Wearhouse
Collingwood Public Library  Blue Mountain Music Leuk
Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Elaine Dickinson Dr. John Miller/Dr. Sam Goodman
Simcoe Street Books Pita Pit  Huron Club
Clerkson's Home Store Collingwood Business Development Centre OneLove: Global Local Eco
Blue Mountain Tea Company