On This Day: Elvis Presley Records ‘Any Day Now’ in 1969

by Kayla Zadel
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Fifty-two years ago today, Elvis Presley records “Any Day Now.” This song might not be a Presley original, but it’s one that his soulful voice performs so well.

The track was recorded at American Sounds Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. “Any Day Now” is on his acclaimed 1969 album, From Elvis In Memphis.

The song wasn’t released as a single. However, it also appeared as the B-side to Presley’s No. 3 pop hit, “In the Ghetto.” These two songs were also on From Elvis In Memphis.

“Any Day Now” is written in 1962 by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard. The point of view of the song is about the narrator that worries about losing his lover.

“Any day now I will hear you say “Goodbye, my love” / And you’ll be on your way / Then my wild beautiful bird, you will have flown, oh / Any day now I’ll be all alone, whoa,” the song starts.

Moreover, the narrator continues describing the sadness he will feel if this love leaves him.

“Any day now when the clock strikes, ‘Go’ / You’ll call it off / And then my tears will flow / Then the blue shadows will fall all over town, oh / Any day now love will let me down ’cause you won’t be around.”

Elvis Presley Mixes Things Up with ‘From Elvis In Memphis’

Elvis Presley was making his return from acting and recording songs for movie soundtracks. His entourage wanted the King of Rock and Roll’s return to music to be a big one.

As Presley was getting ready to record new music, they convinced him to leave RCA Studio B in Nashville and return to his hometown of Memphis for his upcoming release. The record, From Elvis In Memphis, took about two months to record. What’s more, these Elvis Presley songs have a different sound to them. This was one of the reasons that his entourage wanted him to switch studios. The house band’ the Memphis Boys’ produced more of a southern soul sound.

The record, under Chips Moman’s production, was released in June 1969. From Elvis in Memphis reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the country charts. The single from the album, “In the Ghetto” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks and peaked at No. 3. Additionally, the record was certified gold by the RIAA in 1970.

The album continued to garner favored reviews years after its release. Rolling Stone ranks it 190 on its 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.