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Ceara Abrahamsz
Man this song...grew up with this song. This song really brings me back to my childhood. One of my dad’s favorites. ❤️❤️
Dan Hunt
Yes, this song is about Elvis. It even mentions his song “Love me Tender”
Psychopathic Psypher
This guy right here, is above and beyond all other music reaction channels. Everything from how he actually gets into the songs, to his head scratching to his facial expressions. Easy to see that he feels the music that he reacts to. Unlike some other channels who only does bandwagon songs and is constantly repetitive and not really into the music they react to. As I said earlier, this guy MRM is a breath of fresh air.
Rjh Rhjj
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Becky Botelho
all the words she sings so describes Elvis ..yes it was written about him
Todd Hodges
Plus you remember those painting of Elvis in the 70's that were painted on Black Velvet, they called them Velvet Elvis's
Todd Hodges
Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl, "love me tender" leaves them crying in the isle, the way he moved it was a sin
Barb DeGennaro
She has such a beautiful sultry voice. Good choice.
Matthew Drake
If you like bluesy, try someone named Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie has a great voice and plays a mean slide guitar.
Gerd Mechnich
This song is about Elvis Presley. Some lyric analysis: "Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high" - Jimmy Rogers, an early blues singer, influencing Elvis (the baby) at an early age. The Victrola is the record player, played loudly. "Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder" - Gladys Presley dancing with the infant Elvis. "Black velvet and that little boy's smile" - You can buy a black velvet Elvis painting at any respectable yard sale. Early female fans were drawn to his "Little boy smile." "Black velvet with that slow southern style" - Elvis delivered some of his songs with slow, undulating hips. Check out "Steamroller Blues" live. "Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave" - Sun Studios. The epicenter of early rock music and where Elvis recorded. "White lightning, bound to drive you wild" - rock music and booze. "Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl" - A reference to the baby in the early part of the song, being loved by all the young girls. "Love Me Tender leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle" - Love Me Tender was a huge hit for Elvis in 1956. "The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true" - Elvis' legendary hips swivel, the Pelvis. "Every word of every song that he sang was for you. In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do?" - Elvis died suddenly in 1977. Here's what Alannah Myles herself says: "Black Velvet has little to do with the cheesy black velvet Elvis paintings from the 60's, short of being a metaphor comprised of several entendres. Nor ANYTHING to do with alcohol as, contrary to popular myth, I do not drink (nor take drugs or smoke). What it's referring to are the voice of African Americans whom Elvis championed, Elvis' black hair, his voice sounded like black velvet, with soulful, black stylings sung in the American south that were like velvet on the ear drums, etc... I would know, after all. The song was written for me to sing on my first record. Alannah Myles
Kelly LaFlash
Read the full lyrics. It's not just kind of about Elvis, it is totally and completely about Elvis. :-)
Yes it was written about Elvis. Her debut album in 1990 is the #1 selling debut album in Canada, over 1 million sold. Alannah won a Grammy for this song. Unfortunately she was ripped off by her record label and did not receive a dime until 2008. Sad but true.
Christian Leatherman
Thank you thank you thank you! I've requested this alot! I knew you would love it! Her voice is phenomenal!
Michael Tabor
Yes definitely is about Elvis. In the first verse he is a baby in Mississippi. In the second verse he's at the height of his popularity in Memphis. The third verse he's gone implying that he died.
martha Ann High
of course this song is about our own Elvis Presley
shirley carr
Anything about elvis im here ty.I love that man.
Becky Botelho
and yes her walking up the stairs is walking the stairs of heaven to where he is
Definitely about Elvis. One of my favorite tributes to the King
Tim Carder this tune....Alanah is still one of my favorite Canadian exports....she has a gorgeous voice
Please react to KT Tunstall. There's 3 really good songs: black horse and the cherry tree, suddenly I see, and (my fave) universe and u.
Susan Jones
The song was written after Presley died. It was written by Ms Myles’ husband or boyfriend, I think. He was Canadian. I think it’s the best tribute song about Elvis among the many that were written.
Kate_etaK Smith
This was my dads favourite song. We played this and American trilogy at his funeral. 💙
Nelson Mendez
Yes it’s a Tribute to Elvis. Elvis wore a black velvet shirt at the Tupelo welcome home Elvis concert in 1956
Angie Lowe
Yes, it is about Elvis.
Dana H. Ledford
I love this song it's one I turned up and have the windows down, drive fast on one of the country roads and blast it
The nerd podcast
Everything about your channel is enjoyed and appreciated. I see how physically affected you are by music. God bless you .
Brian Coker
Ty , if you want to hear a good version of unchained melody, check out Leann Rimes version.
Sam Counsell
Wow this is a song from the late 80s I believe she's Canadian and she's singing about Elvis Awesome song don't know what happened to her
Terry Beaton
Black Velvet refers to the black velvet Elvis paintings that are so popular.
Major Weakness
Has he done any Journey or Steve Perry?
I broke my ankle learning this line dance lol I was 8 yrs old, this song was written about Elvis
Jessi Brunson
Great song, but..the guy with no shirt on...yuck
Julie Berlier
This was a huge karaoke song in the 90s
Amber Heilman
She wrote this song about Elvis Presley. Black Velvet refers to his hair.
Brad Berry
One of the best songs about Elvis.
Donna Oubre
Yes this song was about Elvis
Mike Sharon
Classic song & great reaction vids as usual keep em coming:)
Claude C
Great voice, Great lead guitar, great base. Great song.
Jack Carson
Yes the song is about Elvis has nothing to with the Whiskey. Black Velvet is a metaphor for Elvis being smooth has black velvet his voice style his smile and swagger Black Velvet if you please.
ball boy jones
so awesome you revised this song. I sent a request 4 score and 7 years ago for this song! Lol GREAT JOB MRM KEEP UP THE HARD WORK!
This here folks is a great CANADIAN artist 🇨🇦🇨🇦👍🏻
Yeah. It's about Elvis
Great song!
It was actually written by two dudes: David Tyson Christopher Ward. It opens with Elvis as a baby -- He was born in Tupulo, Mississippi. Jimmie Rogers was one of his inspirations. At the time Elvis was born, music was played on Victrolas. So there was where it all started. It abruptly shifts to Elvis knowing how to sing and move -- particularly his sinful hip movements. And "Love Me Tender" leaving them crying in the aisles is a huge clue. There's a bit of debate about whether "black velvet" refers to the kitchy velvet Elvis paintings, his voice being smooth like black velvet, or some combination of the above. But yes, very much about Elvis.
Richard Pierce
Ok Elvis was born poor his twin brother died at birth he lived in a two room shack on the black side(or should I say African American) no offence intended the his dad took a job in Memphis where Elvis started his music career he gave his dad 100thousand dollars in the late 50's and told to buy a place outside of town (Elvis loved his privacy) he bought an old church called Graceland Elvis like the name so he kept it Elvis drove a delivery truck for a electrical parts store (he later bought the truck and could be seen driving it around Memphis) he graduated high school in Memphis his career was started when he went into Sun studios to record a record for his mother Sam Phillips was stunned by the young man's voice and signed him to a record deal the rest as they say is history hope this helps you. . oh also Elvis was drafted in the 50's and served with a tank battalion in Germany where he bought a trailer off base and brought his mother and father to live with him while he was in the army. He met Pricella in Germany she was 15 yrs old . When he got discharged and went home to Graceland he call her father and asked permission for Pricella to come live with him in Memphis he explained his mother and father lived there with him her father (an army officer on the base agreed ) again the rest is history . Elvis as you married Pricilla and they had a child together Lisa Marie (Elvis name his private jet after her. ) I could go on but then you might get bored lol .
Michael M
The song is about Elvis, I saw in an interview she said when they were recording it they couldnt get the right feel for the song. She had them turn off the air conditioning in the studio and became very hot and humid. She said that enabled her to get the southern feel she was looking for and she felt it came through in the recording.
Alannah Myles. Canadian lady. Won the heart of the great Robert Plant for a time. Beautiful lady. Beautiful voice. No idea where or why she went away.
Shakey 6666
I always thought it was about Elvis because Black Velvet was the stuff he used on his hair.
Suzanne Marie
Please react to Merle Haggard's Mama Tried.
Butch Brewer
Please react to Janis Joplin Summertime live
Elizabeth Lockett
The 80s Elvis one hit wonder. I remember loving this when it came out. Then she vanished.
Steve Francsak
Yeeha! One of my wife's favs!
I live near Alannah, in Toronto. I see her all the time.
Brandy Schofill
Can't Be Loved by Elle King
Michael Johnson
You need to listen to Laura Brannigan " Self Control "...nice👍
Trucker Julz
Trucker Julz
I got a couple you should check out: Dio, Holy Diver, Dream Theater, Pull Me Under and Firehouse, Here for you and I Live My Life For You. Those are the BEST SONGS EVER!
margaret galderisi
Yes it is about Elvis
Cynthia Patterson
Great music listen to few different one it’s good
Vicki Boy
Yes its about Elvis. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi. Lived in Memphis. Talks of his mom, because he was so, so close to his mama. Voice so, so smooth. Black velvet --- the voice, the looks. Plus one of our hillbilly traditions here in TN is having a painting of Elvis on black velvet. Mentions jos somg "Love Me Tender" in the lyrics. Walking up the stairs... walking into Heaven
Lockes like a female Mark BOLAN T-Rex Canadian
"Wicked Games" by Chris Izaak, & "Blue on Black" by Kenny Wayne Shepard
Great song, it’s about Elvis 💋💋💋💋
Yes, it's about Elvis. "Black velvet and that little boy smile" refers to his black velvet jumpsuits and in the '70s came the kitsch black velvet Elvis paintings, and he was known for his southern root, and he was known for his shy smile. "Black velvet and that slow southern style" refers to his southern upbringing. "The boy could sing, knew how to move everything" and "The way he moved, it was a sin so sweet and true" refer to Elvis's iconic moves, including the infamous pelvic sorcery. "Love Me Tender" was an Elvis song. "In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do" refers to his sudden death.
amuse laetitia
Black Velvet (song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search "Black Velvet" Alannah Myles Black Velvet Cover.jpg Single by Alannah Myles from the album Alannah Myles B-side "If You Want To" Released July 26, 1989 (Canada) December 17, 1989 (U.S.) February 26, 1990 (UK) January 15, 1990 (Australia) Format CD maxi7" single12" maxi Recorded October 18, 1988 Genre Blues rock Length 4:49 Label Atlantic Songwriter(s) David TysonChristopher Ward Producer(s) David Tyson Alannah Myles singles chronology "Love Is" (1989) "Black Velvet" (1989) "Still Got This Thing" (1990) "Black Velvet" is a song written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson, recorded by Canadian singer songwriter Alannah Myles. It was released in December 1989 as one of four singles from Myles' 1989 eponymous album from Atlantic Records. It became a number-one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number ten in her native Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number one in Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland and was a major success in several other countries. It contains blues verses with a rock chorus. Myles won the 1991 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the song and the 1990 Juno Award for Single of the Year. Since its release, the power ballad[1] has received substantial airplay, receiving a "Millionaire Award" from ASCAP in 2005 for more than four million radio plays.[2] Contents 1 Background and writing 2 Music video 3 Release and reception 4 Track listings 5 Charts and sales 5.1 Weekly charts 5.2 Year-end charts 5.3 Certifications 6 Other versions 6.1 Chart performance/ Robin Lee version 7 See also 8 References 9 External links Background and writing[edit] The song is a paean to Elvis Presley. Co-writer Christopher Ward, who was Myles' then-boyfriend, was inspired on a bus full of Elvis fans riding to Memphis attending the 10th anniversary vigil at Graceland, in 1987. Upon his return to Canada, he brought his idea to Alannah and producer David Tyson, who wrote the chords for the bridge. The song was one of three in a demo Myles presented to Atlantic Records which eventually got her signed to the label. Atlantic Records, much to the disappointment of Myles, for whom the song had been written, gave the song for country artist Robin Lee to record. In the United States, Myles' version was released in December 1989, while Lee's version was released two months later, in February 1990. This led to Myles being promoted by Atlantic on the pop and rock radio stations, and Lee on the country radio stations. Lee even filmed a videoclip to the song very similar to Myles' video. Myles released a new version of the song on a digitally released Elvis tribute EP to commemorate the 30 years since his death in August 2007. It was later included on her 2008 Black Velvet CD. The song is performed in the key of D♯ minor with a swinging tempo of 91 beats per minute in 6 8 time. Myles' vocals span from C♯4 to D♯6 in the song.[3] Music video
Mikael Puusaari
This takes me back, I fell in love with her voice when I was 13 and my mom surprised me with a CD where had this song, and bought me a portable CD-player, I just love this song <3
HATE THIS SONG! Why? Cuz for YEARS every time you went into a karaoke bar two drunken chicks would get up and slur through it off-key and gurgly into one mic. Then their boyfriends would drag them out and two drunker broads would show up and screech it even gurglier and garbly-er. I guess the original ain't bad, but forever tainted in my mind ;-)
Lisa Williams
Always been one of my favorite songs. My sister Karen loved it to. It brings back good memories. I love you sis. I miss you
Mark Allen Ashcraft
Yes it was writen and about Elvis, in the lyrics say "love me tender will live you crying in the rain" are of 2 Elvis's songs
Jeremy Buchanan
😂😂😂 your eyebrows kill me. Wish I could do that.
William Ayers
The bass line in this song is about a great intro
Ernie McGowin
It’s self explanatory The title itself refers to the paintings of Elvis on Black Velvet. It mentioned Mississippi, the birth place of Elvis. The reference to Memphis, on an on.
Tera b4
"Love me tender leaves'em cryin in the aisle" yes its about Elvis...
Carolyn Castle
Modern Renaissance Man Just couldn't help it, I had to subscribe. I cast a very wide net where music is concerned and you, young man, are doing a great job of tapping into some amazing material. May I suggest "Wendy" or "Joey" by Concrete Blonde and if you want a sample of a young artist today who doesn't get the credit he's due, you could try "Sign Of The Times" by Harry Styles, the best version is on The Graham Norton Show. He's very young but he's got great talent. Thanks for the amazing reactions! Treat People With Kindness Carolyn, the puppers and Patches in Florida
Sorry to add yet another suggestion to what must be an avalanche - HARDEN MY HEART by Quarterflash.
Uncle Dee
Yes this young lady is from B.C. and had one hell of a hard life. It is a tribute to Elvis, she still plays around Canada. Great song !
Mark M
Alanna Myles is underrated and is very talented. Love her voice.
Wyndel Lumphead
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by Joan Jett a whole new twist on an old AC/DC favorite will sure to please
Susan Lawrence
You might also like Sass Jordan another Canadian female rocker - look up 'Tell Somebody'
Gail V Meadus
Fellow Canadian girl! One of my favorite from her is Lover of mine. Luba is another great Canadian artist...check out no more words tonight or every time i see your picture i cry...enjoy your reactions thanks for taking time to do them
Pamela Torres
Oh definitely about Elvis. After Elvis died, and probably before, if you saw a painting of Elvis, it was on black velvet. "The boy could sing, knew how to move ev'rything" and "The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true" both refer to the then risque way he danced. She calls him "mama's baby" because he was notoriously and unapologetically a mama's boy. She names one of his greatest love songs "Love Me Tender" outright. The girls would scream, faint, throw their undies on the stage, and fall to their knees when he sang, considered by some to be like a religious experience, I.e. "A new religion that'll bring em to their knees". She mentions his unexpected death at 42 "In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon..." There are other references, but I think you get it.
anthony burton
Love the diverse range of music you pick to listen to, I'm a new viewer and I like what I see keep it up friend from a UK viewer
Deborah Cornell
I saw her sing this live when she was the opening act for Robert Plant on tour that same year it was a hit. She sounded great. I wish her career had blossomed even more and kept going.
Liz T
More of what my childhood soundtrack would include❤❤❤ Another on the spectrum would be Mungo Jerry, In the Summertime...another great one (hint, hint...nudge, nudge) ❤
Susan McIntosh
Yes, listen to lyrics, "Mississippi, Memphis, little boy smile, crying in the isles,Love me tender"
Steve Wilkins
Yes, her name is pronounced, "A-Lan-Na" Myles (miles), and was co-written by Myles' then-boyfriend, Christopher Ward. It was inspired by a bus full of Elvis fans riding to Memphis attending the 10th anniversary vigil at Graceland, in 1987. You can see her references to Elvis in the lyrics she sings, especially the part, shown below (please read on): ========================================= "Love me tender" leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for Black velvet and that little boy's smile Black velvet with that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring ya to your knees Black velvet if you please Every word of every song that he sang was for you In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon What could you do? ========================================= Love Me Tender was one of his most famous songs and black velvet was, I believe a dual reference. First, a famous poster of Elvis on black velvet (Velvet Elvis) was mass produced and was very popular, but there is also a Canadian Whiskey called, Black Velvet, and their slogan was, "Black Velvet, if you please". Alannah Miles and her then boyfriend were Canadian so, combining the two makes sense and is a clever way of using the phrase. The "The way he moved, it was a sin" really refers to the effect he had on people, men AND women, and at one time, it was considered VERY risqué and near illegal. He also affected people so thoroughly that it was almost like a "new religion that'll bring you to your knees". As you may know, he died of a heart attack, at the age of 42, crushing millions of people who loved him.
Laura Elizabeth
Listen to Nina Simone...she's the real deal!
Mike Deaton
Your cracking me up with your eyebrow before she sings.
If you like this, try I Don't Want A Lover by Texas, who are from Scotland...
Zachary Murray
Skillet: Awake and Alive, Hero, Monster.
Wendy Pritchard
I had this was song is about my man
Dan Jennings
Love Allanah Myles. Saw her on her first tour. Surprised her other albums didn't do as all. Great Canadian artist. I believe she hooked up with Robert Plant in the late 80s
Sandra Miller
you think that ones good play. Merle Haggard. from Graceland to the promised land it's about Elvis Presley. a also. the king is Gone by Ronnie McDonald.
d rouse
Roseann Cash [ john cash ] daughter sounds good singing Tennessee Flat Top Box . I always thought that was about Elvis too .
Clark Bucher
*Joss Stone - Son of a Preacher Man* It's a live version...shes wearing a blue dress
larry floyd
do brother Louie , by story
Great reaction Ty! Please do more Sass Jordan! "High Road Easy" or "Make You A Beleiver"!!!!!!
Russel Lewis
It was written by her boyfriend at the time who wrote it for her to sing. It was about how he missed and was paying homage to Elvis and the blues rock roots. He was a MuchMusic (Canadian MTV) VJ at the time and hated all the mid 80s synth pop he had to work with!
Tracey Adair
Ray Stevens.....the streak.....halarious
Kim Beeson
This song is about Elvis Presley. If you will note in the lyrics - Love Me Render left them crying in the aisles. Love Me Tender was an Elvis song.