Watch ‘Elvis Presley’ Cover AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’
Here's something for everyone who ever wondered what it might have sounded like if Elvis Presley sat in with AC/DC. Wait, you never wondered that? Then count this as a special surprise. The above video combines vocal work from Irish impersonator James Brown, the classic music bed from "Whole Lotta Rosie" and historic concert footage of the King himself.
Brown, who was working as a postman, decided to try out singing after the crowd went wild over his performance of Presley's "Suspicious Minds" at a local bar. “I’ve been a fan of Elvis since I was a small child,” Brown told Derry Journal a few years ago. “People told me I sounded like him, so I started singing publicly." But with a twist. Brown covers songs in Presley's style, sort of like a one-man mash-up.
"Whole Lotta Rosie" originally arrived as part of Brown's 1997 debut album, Gravelands. The project also included a similarly transformed take on Nirvana's "Come as You Are." Return to Splendor followed in 2000, with an update of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge."
By then known as the King From Belfast, Brown released his first album of originals, titled Any Way You Want Me, in 2005 -- but, it's worth noting, fans and critics alike argued that he still sounded an awful like a certain rock 'n' roll legend. Brown said the style is his natural intonation, not an act.
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