Burning Love

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"Burning Love"
ElvisBurningLove45.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "It's a Matter of Time"
Released August 1, 1972
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded March 28, 1972
Studio RCA, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 2:50
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Dennis Linde
Producer(s) Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"An American Trilogy"
(1972)
"Burning Love"
(1972)
"Separate Ways"
(1972)

"Burning Love" is a song written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis Presley, becoming his biggest hit single in the United States since "Suspicious Minds" in 1969 and his last Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's cover version became much more popular than the original version, and was released as a single on August 1, 1972, with the B-side "It's a Matter of Time", and it reached the Top 40 on the country charts, peaking at #36. Elvis had recorded it at RCA's Hollywood studios on March 28, 1972, it was his last big hit.[1] The electric guitar opening and riffs were overdubbed and played by Dennis Linde himself.

For the week of October 21, 1972, "Burning Love" rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being kept from #1 by Chuck Berry's novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling."[2] However, it reached #1 on Cashbox's Top 40 Charts for the week of November 11, which gave him 20 US #1 hits, the song was Elvis's 40th and last Top Ten hit on the US charts. It was also one of the last real rock songs in the last years of his life; from 1972 to 1977 the majority of his songs were ballads, and many of those placed on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. "Burning Love" was one of the few exceptions, along with "Promised Land" in 1974.

He performed it in at least two high-profile productions: the concert film Elvis on Tour (during which he had to use a lyric sheet as the song was still new to him), and the later Aloha from Hawaii concert.

The song was also released on an album titled Burning Love and Hits from his Movies: Volume 2 on November 1, 1972. Despite this album's subtitle, none of the movie songs on it were ever hits, the only actual hit on the album was the title song, "Burning Love".

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Canada 2
USA 2
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 6
United Kingdom 7
Belgium 17
Netherlands 17
New Zealand (Listener) 9
Italy 28
Germany 31
Australia 37
Switzerland 72

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