Chuck Berry wrote and recorded Promised Land (Chess 1916) in 1965. His recording reached #41 on the Hot 100 chart. Freddie Weller had a #3 country hit in early 1971 with Promised Land (Columbia 45276), and James Taylor included the song in his popular 1974 LP Walking Man (Warner Bros. BS 2794).
Elvis recorded Promised Land at Stax Studios in Memphis on December 15, 1973. The tambourine was later overdubbed by David Briggs. Elvis's single release had a 13-week stay on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at #14, and an eight-week stay on the Easy-Listening chart, where it reached #11. Promised Land was a mainstay of Elvis's concert repertoire.
I left my home in Norfolk, Virginia,
California on my mind
1. 2. 3. (repeat)
Released for the fist time on single »
- Promised Land / It's Midnight (RCA PB-10074) October 1974. Standard release »
- Promised Land / It's Midnight (RCA Ja-10074) October 1974. Disc jockey promotional release.
- Promised Land / It's Midnight (RCA GB-10488) February 1976. Gold standard series reissue.
- Blue Suede Shoes / Promised Land (RCA PB-13929) October 1984. Special anniversary reissue of both songs pressed on blue vinyl with a gold "50th" label.
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