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Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (1968)

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"If I Can Dream" is a song made famous by Elvis Presley, written by Walter Earl Brown and notable for its direct quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was recorded by Presley in June 1968, two months after King's assassination. The recording was first released to the public as the finale of Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Although the song is not technically gospel music, Presley performed the song with the intensity and intonations of southern gospel. It has since appeared on various Presley gospel and/or inspirational compilations. Barry Manilow did the song on his Live on Broadway album in 1990, it was also included on the subsequent box set compilation album The Complete Collection and Then Some... Della Reese sang the song as a spiritual ode to God in a 1995 episode of Touched by an Angel, entitled "In the Name of God". Robson and Jerome covered the song in 1995. Canadian Idol 3 runner-up Rex Goudie sang "If I Can Dream" during Top 4 - Elvis Night. American Idol 5 contestant and second runner up Elliott Yamin sang "If I Can Dream" during Elvis night. On American Idol 6, Celine Dion sang "If I Can Dream" as a duet with Presley, using special effects. In the jukebox musical All Shook Up Chad sings it to one of the couples. Cheyenne Jackson and the show's cast sang it at a Broadway benefit for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Swedish singer Carola Häggkvist recorded a cover on the album Guld, platina & passion. In the 2005 CBS miniseries Elvis: The Early Years, the original segment is re-enacted in the end scene with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who portrays Elvis in the series) lip synching the song. The Elvis Presley version is also used as the title song for the new 2010 reality based television series of the same title created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment and CKX, Inc. CKX, Inc. owns 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises. In 2010 Terry Venables recorded a cover of the song in association with British newspaper The Sun. It featured the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Harry Redknapp and Ian Wright filmed at Wembley Stadium In 2010, Jason Lee playing the character Det. Dwight Hendricks in the TNT's fledgling series Memphis Beat, 'sung' (actually the voice belongs to Mark Arnell) this song, in the end of the pilot episode (aired 06/22/2010).