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Songs That Changed Your Life, even if only a little : (3) Elvis Presley and Heartbreak Hotel

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Ian Evans in post-Presley, more Dylanesque times, on the beach with fellow students during university days at Aberystwyth, west Wales in the summer of 1965
I did say this series about songs that change lives, even if only a little, would not be restricted to folk music.
And only once have I considered Elvis Presley to have had a place - and one bestowed upon him by others - in folk. Geordie's Penker (or was it Penka, the variation more commonly used in North-eastern dialect for a child's marble ball?) was a Methodist church folk group from my home town of Shildon, Co Durham.
They came up with a song called Iron Road to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington railway (the world's first steam-powered, passenger train and it started from Shildon).
The lyrics included this gem of a couplet: 'And who needs Presley when you’ve got Nigel Gresley/ He’ll convert you quicker than old John Wesley'. My good friend Ian Evans remembers Elvis Presley for a different reason as you shall discover below ...
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