It’s official: In the US, Elvis is now designated ‘classical’

It’s official: In the US, Elvis is now designated ‘classical’


norman lebrecht

December 23, 2015

If I can dream, by Elvis Presley, has been included in the US classical crossover charts, as applied by Nielsen Soundscan.

This week, Elvis is in second place, behind Andrea Bocelli and with 14,000 fewer sales.

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I guess to be classified as classical you have to show that you’re selling very few records.


  • Gerald Furi says:

    I suppose the cretins who compile the list require only that a composer/performer be deceased to be “classical”.

  • Brian B says:

    Well, he did sort of sing “Plaisir d’amour.”

    • Peter says:

      Yes and the barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman in Tonight is so Right for Love on the flip side of the Wooden Heart single from GI Blues. But only in the UK and certain territories, not USA.
      Don’t ask me why.
      It would have suited Beecham who said he preferred Offenbach to Bach.

  • Nancy Shear says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

  • Patrick says:

    No big deal. Ignore it. Elvis isn’t classical.

  • john benford says:

    I can appreciate and enjoy Elvis for what he was, but, please, let us stop the, never ending dumbing down of the Hard Work that it takes to be a “Classical” (for want of a more accurate word) composer or performer. “Classical” music cannot survive if it is not recognized as being Special.