The relationship between Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley started with their fondness for a certain movie.
The movie starred a popular singer who was highly appreciated by the King of Rock and Roll. Here’s a look at how his love life and his posthumous music career were influenced by Elvis’ love for a specific genre.
One of Elvis Presley’s most unique albums in the catalog.
The King of Rock and Roll died in 1977, but ever since then, his estate has been releasing albums. The songs are sometimes previously unreleased albums. The estate simply publishes compilations of his works at some times. In 2015, a peculiar album was released by his estate that mixed old and new material.
The album, named If I Can Dream, contains classic Elvis songs such as “It’s Now or Never,” “Burning Love” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” These recordings have the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s original vocals with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new orchestral instrumentation.
They’re bringing his music to an entirely new genre. Rolling Stone was told by Priscilla that these new recordings represent the passion of her husband for classical music and opera.
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“When he saw a band on TV, he would stand up and imitate the maestro and get serious,” she said. She added that her husband admired Mario Lanza and Enrico Caruso, the opera singers. She added: “He loved their drama, their voices, their power,” “When you hear “It’s Now or Never,” that’s Mario Lanza.” Definitely, on “It’s Now or Never,” which Lanza demonstrated in his operatic performances, Elvis displays some of the same refined vocal abilities.
Priscilla Presley reveals that this film was seen by Elvis Presley seven times,
Priscilla said that Elvis especially liked “The Student Prince,” a film adaptation of the opera of the same name starring Lanza, “That’s basically how we got together,” “He couldn’t believe that a 14-year-old boy had seen The Student Prince and loved Mario Lanza. He was fascinated by it.”
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This is not the only time Priscilla spoke about The Student Prince’s passion for Elvis.
She spoke about her knowledge of her husband’s taste for music in an interview with The Guardian. Tim Jonze asked her, directly, if most people knew that he liked Wolfgang Amadeus Motzart’s works.
No!” she said, “I didn’t even know that! I thought that Jan Peerce, who was a tenor, liked him. I knew that Mario Lanza liked him because, I guess, he saw Student Prince seven times. He loved opera because it was a drama with ups, downs and downs, because it was a drama.
But I didn’t realize that Mozart and Brahms liked him.
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What Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger did was dubbed ‘bullsh*t’ by John Lennon.
Apparently, the Student Prince had a major influence on Elvis and Priscilla.
This poses an important question: did the world care as much as they did about The Student Prince? Mario Lanza Sings Songs from The Student Prince and The Desert Song from Lanza’s album didn’t reach the Billboard 200 charts.
The Student Prince had no impact on the pop charts, but on one of the most successful relationships in pop music history.