Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
August 5, 2015
Donny Richmond & Elvis Presley’s Musicians Hit Charts with Historic Elvis Salute
”THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” featuring DONNY RICHMOND. A history making recording! The ONLY TIME this many of ELVIS PRESLEY’s legendary original studio musicians ever collaborated, to back up any artist other than ELVIS PRESLEY himself.
Annual "Elvis Week" observed by fans internationally (August 8-16, 2015)
The master recording, lost for almost 6 years, was several weeks ago found on a studio shelf. Now digitally re-mastered, it was finally released July 1 in Europe. On August 4, 2015, “THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” was listed #4 Most Heard on UK Country Radio for the month of July. It is also climbing the Top 40 on the Ramgatie European Country Charts, and The European Hotdisc Charts. The song is released to radio in the U.S. beginning August 3, and is available on iTunes.
A beautiful and melodious love song, the lyrics of “THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” are ingeniously constructed around subtle references to 25 of Elvis’ songs! (listed at YouTube video). For the making of “THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” and related music videos, DONNY RICHMOND was also given access to ELVIS PRESLEY’s coat, some of his jewelry, and one of his Cadillac cars.
“THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” was written by Donny Richmond and David Walker. Musicians included on this recording are members of the various music Halls Of Fame, including The Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame, Country Music Hall Of Fame, Gospel Music Hall Of Fame, Rockabilly Hall Of Fame, and more. All of these legendary Elvis musicians appear in the YouTube video. It is said that this recording is “one for The Guinness Book of World Records!” Sadly, no event of this magnitude will ever take place again, as Gordon Stoker (The Jordanaires), Boots Randolph (saxophone), Buddy Harman (drums), and Elvis’ “right hand man” Charlie Hodge (harmony vocals) have since passed away. These were among their final studio performances.
On August 12, the U.S. Postal Service will release the new “Elvis Forever” postage stamp. Interestingly, “THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS” had a country line dance written for it, entitled “Forever Elvis”, when the song was first heard several years ago.. The line dance, written by renowned U.K. choreographer Gaye Teather, was recently updated, has now been released, and is also receiving an outstanding international response.
YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZkoOxP_SrA
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NOTES TO EDITORS
DONNY RICHMOND is a multiple award winning artist from the U.S. His music crosses the boundaries, reaching into genres including pop, country, gospel, rockabilly, and more. Donny’s music hits have charted at #1 in more than a dozen countries! His music videos and TV shows have aired on national TV networks in many countries around the world. Awards received by Donny Richmond include Artist of The Decade, 6 times Entertainer of The Year, and The Living Legend Award. U.K. music mogul and journalist Stuart Cameron stated in the August 2015 issue of top British music magazine, Up Country, “Donny has always had an uncanny resemblance, visually and vocally to Elvis, so this was the single he was always destined to make.”
2015 marks the year of Elvis Presley’s 80th Birthday (b.Jan. 8, 1935), and the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ first major recording success. August 2015 (d.August 16, 1977) will mark 38 years since Elvis Presley’s untimely passing. And yet, his popularity and mass appeal around the world, to people all ages, unquestionably continues! It is certainly true to say, as this history making song proclaims; THE WORLD KEEPS LOVING ELVIS!!!