Hi, Elvis recorded so many great songs during his career and everyone has their own favorite. There is one song that stands out in my memory and that one is “IT HURTS ME” a hit for Elvis in 1964. The song was the “B” side of his hit “KISSIN’ COUSINS” a #12 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 and the title song from his movie of the same name. “Kissin’ Cousins” sold over 1 million copies and was one of the Kings many gold records.
The song “IT HURTS ME” was written by Joy Byers and future country music legend Charlie Daniels. Elvis recorded the song on January 12, 1964 at RCA’s Nashville studios. Charlie Daniels would say years later that Elvis recording his song was, “the biggest thing that had ever happened to me in my life”. The single version made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on February 29, 1964 and though it was not his biggest hit record, I maintain, it was one of his best. The single reached #29 and stayed in the Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Elvis sings the blazes out of this song, he proves that given the right song, he could out sing just about anyone.
In 1968 in his “Comeback Special” Elvis sang “It Hurts Me”. In 1995 I had a chance to talk to Charlie Daniels at the Jacob Javits center in New York City. He was there as the national spokesman for a trivia board game that I and my partner had created. The game was Trivia Country Style. I asked Charlie Daniels about “It Hurts Me”, he said that it opened a lot of doors for him and because Elvis had recorded a song of his, it helped him on his way. Charlie Daniels went on to become on the biggest stars in Country/Country Rock and is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.
Give a listen to this wonderful song, I’ll post a video on my Facebook Page for you. I know you’ll enjoy a great song done by the King of Rock and Roll….Elvis Presley.