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Raised on Rock





Mark James wrote Raised on Rock for Elvis, who recorded it on July 23, 1973, at Stax Studios in Memphis. The single release had a nine-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #41. On the Easy-Listening chart it reached #27 and stayed seven weeks. In 1975 Johnny Winter covered Elvis's Raised on Rock (Blue Sky 2754), but failed to chart (it was, however, listed as "Bubbling Under" at #108).




I remember as a child I used to hear
Music that they played Lord with a feel
Some call it folk, some call it soul
But people let me tell you, it was rock and roll

1. I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Listening to the music that my idols made
I knew every single record the DJ's played
A honky tonk, a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode
Chain Gang, Love Is Strange, Knock On Wood

2. I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I thought it was a fad, thought that it would pass
But the younger generation knew it would last
Time's gone by, the beat goes on
But every time I hear it Lord it takes me home

1. (repeat)


Mother played recordings of Beethoven's Fifth
Mozart's sonatas down the classical Liszt
My papa loved to listen to his country songs
While I was in the back room rockin' on

2. 2. (repeat)

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »



- Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake (RCA APB0-0088) September 1973. Standard release »

- Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake (RCA DJA0-0088) September 1973. Disc jockey promotional release.

- If You Talk in Your Sleep / Raised on Rock (RCA GB-10157) March 1975. Gold standard series original release.



- Raised on Rock (1973) »

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995) - box set

- Rock’n’Roll (1999)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- Elvis 70’s (2001)

- Writing for the King (2006) - FTD

- Raised on Rock (2007) – FTD »

- Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 1, 2 & 3 (2012) - FTD »

Bootleg Releases:

- To Know Him is to Love Him (1978) - Black Belt Records

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