In The Ghetto
Elvis Presley
Presley 1969 In The Ghetto 45

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1969
  • from the album From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
  • on the record:
       Elvis Presley- vocals
       Reggie Young- guitar
       John Hughey- steel guitar
       Bobby Wood- piano
       Bobby Emmons- organ
       Tommy Cogbill- bass
       Mike Leech- bass
       Gene Chrisman- drums
       Mary ‘Jeannie’ Greene, Mary Holladay, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington- backing vocals
  • produced by Chips Moman
  • recorded January 21, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis, TN
  • the original title of the song was "The Vicious Circle"
  • written by Mac Davis; a year after Presley's release, Davis recorded his own version of “In The Ghetto” - the song appears on Davis' Song Painter album
  • Mac Davis: “Elvis improved on ‘In The Ghetto.’ In fact, it was Elvis’ idea to add another ‘and his mama cries’ at the end of that song. I didn’t write that in there originally."
  • later in 1969, Elvis had a Top 10 hit with another Mac Davis composition, "Don't Cry Daddy"
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