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Are You Laughing Uncontrollably Tonight?
Today in 1960, the 15th of Elvis Presley's 18 U.S. #1 singles topped the Billboard Hot 100. It was a ballad whose origins date all the way back to 1927, co-written by Lou Handman and Roy Turk. It has also been covered by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and Donny Osmond among others.
This song was a staple during Elvis's live shows during his late 60's "comeback". It became custom for him to change certain lines during the spoken word portion. One night, his reaction to what urban legend says was a man in the audience adjusting what must have been a bad hairpiece at one of his shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas brought about the version you hear below. Passed around among bootleggers and Elvis collectors for years, this version was finally released commercially on the 1980 RCA box set collection Elvis Aaron Presley, becoming a Top 30 hit in the UK in 1982.
Sticking to the old showbiz adage "The show must go on", here is Elvis's attempt to keep it together after several laughing fits..............
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On whose rather unlikely recommendation did Atlantic Records sign Led Zeppelin in 1968?Answer: Dusty Springfield