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The Wonder of You

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Baker Knight

Recorded: February 19, 1970, live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas

Single:w/ "Mama Liked the Roses", 47-9835, April 20, 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0676, August 1971

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 08/14/1970)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart
#9 on Billboard's Hot 100
#10 on Cash Box Top 100
#37 on Billboard's Country chart
Also: -In the U.K., this was one of Elvis' most successful singles, staying at #1 for 6 weeks.
-In Ireland, it also reached #1.

1st LP release: On Stage - February 1970 - June 23, 1970
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My Spin

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"The Wonder of You" was supposedly first pitched to Perry Como back in the '50s, but Ray Peterson released the first recorded version in 1959. Elvis performed it in his February 1970 Las Vegas performances, and several versions were recorded. The midnight show performance from February 18 (early morning of the 19th) was the one chosen as Elvis' first "recorded live" single. Elvis puts a lot of energy into this "power ballad" and it continued his comeback streak of successful singles, making it into the top 10, and was especially popular in Britain!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"The Wonder of You" is outstanding. This is the only song released from the performance of 19 February and became a No. 1 hit for Presley in the summer of 1970 (In some charts it was Presley's first No. 1 hit in Britain for five years.) The strain in this case is appropriate, and the conviction and power of the performance are overwhelming.

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

From Ray Peterson's 1959 hit... a sentimental, old-fashioned sort of song with violins.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982 was a towering performance by a singer who, even then, could run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison.

- from AllMusic's review of the On Stage album.

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"The Wonder of You" Lyrics

When no-one else can understand me
When everything I do is wrong
You give me hope and consolation
You give me strength to carry on

And you're always there to lend a hand
In everything I do
That's the wonder
The wonder of you

And when you smile the world is brighter
You touch my hand and I'm a king
Your kiss to me is worth a fortune
Your love for me is everything

I guess I'll never know the reason why
You love me like you do
That's the wonder
The wonder of you
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What's YOUR Spin on "The Wonder of You"?
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Yea! Great Comeback Ballad!

Nay! Guess I'll Never Know the Reason Why!

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