1969 Elvis – If I Can Dream
Two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Elvis appeared in a 1968 television show that came to be known as his Comeback Special. It had been three years since Elvis had recorded a single that even came close to the top ten.
Songwriter Walter Earl Brown was asked to write a song for Elvis to perform at the end of his special. Walter knew how Matin Luther King’s death had affected Elvis, and he wrote a song that included quotes from the civil rights speaker’s speeches. The song was If I Can Dream, and Elvis is reported to have had tears streaming down his face as he finished recording the song prior to the show.
The record peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in early 1969 and earned Elvis yet another gold record. More importantly, it helped kick-start his singing career again and led to three more top ten singles later that year, including his last #1 record on the Hot 100.
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PS – Elvis had another half-dozen number one singles on either the Adult Contemporary chart or the Country chart, but his last Hot 100 chart-topper was Suspicious Minds in 1969.