Hi Heel Sneakers

Elvis’s week continues with “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” which Elvis put out as a single at the start of 1968.  Just like “Big Boss Man,” “Hi-Heel Sneakers” is an older blues song, originally cut by one Tommy Tucker, in 1963.  But it’s a standard, meaning it’s ownership is up for grabs — Wikipedia suggests that it’s been covered by over 1000 artists.  Elvis romps through the song, opening with a deep growl but exuding glee the entire time.  He easily outdoes lackadaisical and uninteresting versions by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Don Everly.  (Only Stevie Wonder’s version competes.) My favorite moment is definitely Elvis’s “HUH” around 3:20.  He’s in the middle of assuring his baby that she’s gonna knock ’em dead, but Elvis takes care of it for her.

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