Memories (Elvis Presley song)

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Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Elvis
A-side "Charro"
Released 1969
Recorded June 24, 1968 at Western Recorders, Burbank, California[1]
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Billy Strange, Mac Davis[2][3][4]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"If I Can Dream"
"Memories" / "Charro"
"How Great Thou Art"
"If I Can Dream"
"Memories" / "Charro"
"How Great Thou Art"
Music video
Elvis Presley "Memories" (With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 2016)
(official audio)
on YouTube

"Memories" is a 1968 song originally recorded by Elvis Presley.

It was written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis specially for Elvis to perform at Elvis' comeback NBC-TV Special, that would air on NBC on December 3, 1968. Later Mac Davis recalled to Billboard: "They had asked for a song about looking back over the years, and oddly enough, I had to write it in one night. I stayed up all night at Billy Strange's house in Los Angeles, he had a little office set up in his garage. I wrote it right there."[3]

Released in the United States in 1969 as a B-side to "Charro", the title song from the movie Charro!,[5] "Memories" reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 12, 1969.[6][7]

The song is also included on the album Elvis, the soundtrack album for the NBC TV Special at which it was first performed,[2] for the TV show itself the song was recorded live, but the album features a studio version recorded on June 24.[1]

The book Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era calls the song "Memories" the "hallmark of [Elvis'] later (fat Elvis) period".[2]


Chart (1969) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6][7] 35


On December 1, 1970 the single was re-released as part of RCA Victor's Gold Standard Series (together with 9 other Presley's singles).[8]

Cover versions[edit]

Nancy Sinatra recorded a cover version in 1969, for her album Nancy on Reprise Records.


  1. ^ a b Gillian G. Gaar (1 March 2011). Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-1-4587-3190-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Bruce Pollock (18 March 2014). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. pp. 239–. ISBN 978-1-135-46296-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Memories by Elvis Presley Songfacts". Songfacts, LLC. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  4. ^ Harris M. Lentz III (24 April 2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-0-7864-7063-1. 
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley - Charro / Memories at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  6. ^ a b David F. Lonergan (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975. Scarecrow Press. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. 
  7. ^ a b "Elvis Presley - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  8. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (9 January 1971). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 36–. ISSN 0006-2510. 

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