In 1969, Elvis Presley had a big comeback when he revealed his rendition of “In the Ghetto.” The song became a huge hit for Elvis, and it reached the third spot on the charts in the U.S. and quickly placed at the top spot in West Germany, Ireland, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand.
The sad song conveys the tale of a child who was raised in poverty and violence, and who is doomed to perpetuate the cycle once he’s grown up. He sees no option but to turn to violence, and is killed just before his very own kid comes into the world.
While a good many musicians have covered the song throughout the years, Elvis’ version remains the most unforgettable. One of the reasons his rendition sticks in people’s hearts and minds is because of the passion with which he loaded every single word.
Since Elvis’ performance was so touching, fans were curious to hear a rendition without any instruments. After a while, an entirely a cappella version of “In The Ghetto” was recorded.
The simplified rendition of Elvis’ “In the Ghetto” will strike you directly in the heart. With only his voice to narrate the tale, Elvis instantaneously pulls you into this tragic story of poverty and loss.
Elvis’ original rendition of “In the Ghetto” was packed with power, and this a cappella rendition is no different. You will not regret taking the time to listen to the heart-rending version.
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The a capella video has unfortunately been taken down. But let’s all listen once more to Elvis’ cover of “In The Ghetto.”