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Rags To Riches

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Richard Adler, Jerry Ross

Recorded: September 22, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is spliced from take 4 and one line of take 3.

Single:w/ "Where Did They Go, Lord", 47-9980, February 23, 1971
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0680, October 25, 1971

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#45 on Billboard's Hot 100
#45 on Cash Box's Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Aron Presley - August 1980
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My Spin

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Elvis tackles the 1953 Tony Bennett hit, "Rags To Riches", giving his vocal chops a nice workout, especially in that opening line! There's some noticeable distortion on the recording of his vocals in a couple of places, though, which is something you wouldn't expect from a major artist in a 1970 recording studio! In any case, it's a powerful performance, and I believe Elvis does Tony proud.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Rags to Riches"...was a hit for Presley in 1971, but lacks a definite Presley image. It is a slow ballad, suitably beefy, but not one of Presley's best.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis erupting at full power after the opening rumble of drums - a stark ballad, uncluttered.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Rags To Riches" Lyrics and Downloads

I know I'd go from rags to riches
If you would only say you cared
And though my pockets may be empty
I'd be a millionaire

My clothes may still be torn and tattered
But in my heart I'd be a king
Your love is all that ever mattered
It's everything

So open your arms and you'll open the door
To all the treasure that I'm living for
Hold me and kiss me and tell me you're mine evermore

Must I forever stay a beggar
Whose golden dreams will not come true
Or will I go from rags to riches
My fate is up to you
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