What if Elvis Presley had covered AC/DC?
It’s not an unlikely scenario. Elvis covered numerous artists in his lifetime, including Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and even Bob Dylan. When he died on August 16, 1977, AC/DC were rising to international fame. Had Elvis lived long enough, we might have been treated to Elvis covering a song of their’s that was entirely suited to his high-energy brand of rock: “Whole Lotta Rosie,” from AC/DC’s 1977 album Let There Be Rock.
You don’t have to imagine what it might sound like. You just have to watch the video below. It’s a mash-up of footage from Presley’s late-Sixties Las Vegas shows and a recording of Presley impersonator James Brown singing “Whole Lotta Rosie.”
The clip has plenty of comedic moments, including shots of Elvis looking at his lyric sheet between verses, the theme from Also Sprach Zarathustra (which Presley used as his fanfare at shows in the Seventies), and guitarist James Burton playing his Paisley Telecaster as we hear a ripping Angus Young–style solo. The recording comes from Brown’s 1977 album, Gravelands, which also includes his cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”