On This Day, 12 January 2013, Alfie Boe Sang…

…at the London Boat Show (thanks to Linda W for sharing):

This was the first outing for Elvis’s If I Can Dream which would go on to be a crowd pleasing staple of the forthcoming Storyteller tour in March and April that year.  For me, it was the second time I had seen Alfie sing live, albeit in a place I had never envisaged – perhaps the first of the new places I’ve been to following Alfie!

The song was written for Elvis for the 1968 TV Special that relaunched Elvis’s career and was a considerable departure in style.  Now, it seems that the song is just part of what is sometimes referred to as Vegas Elvis but at the time, the gospel sound was completely new to Elvis. It’s one of my favourite songs from the later part of Elvis’s career and Alfie’s interpretation was even better!

Two fabulous singers with such different voices and approaches to music but the same spine tingling result.

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