About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the captivating world of The Wonder of You by the King himself, Elvis Presley. This particular rendition we’ll be exploring is a live performance from 1970, a period often referred to as Elvis’s “Las Vegas years.”

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Elvis Presley, a name synonymous with rock and roll, transcended genres and generations. His electrifying stage presence, smooth vocals, and undeniable charisma captivated audiences worldwide. In the late 1950s, Elvis revolutionized the music scene with his blend of rockabilly, blues, and gospel influences. By the 1970s, however, his sound had matured. The raw energy of his early years had softened, replaced by a more polished and soulful delivery.

The Wonder of You, released in 1970, perfectly encapsulates this artistic evolution. Composed by songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song is a beautiful ballad that expresses profound love and admiration. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a love so extraordinary that it defies explanation. Lines like “And the wonder of it all / Just your sweet love for me” and “I can’t explain / But I know it’s true / I am here / Because of you” capture the essence of complete devotion.

This particular rendition, a live performance from 1970, offers a unique perspective on the song. Stripped down from the studio version’s orchestral backing, the live version puts Elvis’s powerful vocals on center stage. We hear the raw emotion in his voice, the subtle inflections that convey the depth of his feelings. The stripped-down arrangement also allows the artistry of the band to shine through. The interplay between the piano, guitar, and drums creates a bed of sound that perfectly complements Elvis’s delivery.

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Live performances from this era are particularly interesting for Elvis fans. Having established himself as a superstar in the 1950s, Elvis faced pressure to maintain his relevancy in the ever-evolving musical landscape of the 1970s. These live shows showcase his ability to adapt and mature as an artist. He wasn’t afraid to experiment with his sound, incorporating elements of gospel, soul, and even country music into his performances. The Wonder of You (live 1970) is a testament to this artistic growth. It’s a song that retains the tenderness of the original composition while showcasing a more seasoned and soulful Elvis.

So, as we delve into this live performance, prepare to be transported to a bygone era. Let Elvis’s powerful vocals and the stripped-down arrangement wash over you, allowing you to experience the full depth of emotion within The Wonder of You.

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Lyrics

“The Wonder Of You”

When no-one else can understand me
When everything I do is wrong
You give me hope and consolation
You give me strength to carry on

And you’re always there to lend a hand
In everything I do
That’s the wonder
The wonder of you

And when you smile the world is brighter
You touch my hand and I’m a king
Your kiss to me is worth a fortune
Your love for me is everything

I’ll guess I’ll never know the reason why
You love me as you do
That’s the wonder
The wonder of you