The song was first recorded by Arthur Alexander, who included it on his self-titled 1971 album.
For the weeks of October 21 and 28, 1972, "Burning Love" rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was Elvis's 40th and last Top Ten hit on the US charts. It was also one of the last real rock songs in the last years of his life; from 1972-1977 the majority of his songs were ballads, and many of those placed on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. "Burning Love" was one of the few exceptions, along with "Promised Land" in 1974. Indeed Elvis never wanted to record the song and only did so to appease his session musicians who repeatedly begged him to do so.
The song was also released on an album titled Burning Love and hits from his movies volume 2 on November 1, 1972. Despite this album's sub title, none of the movie songs on it were ever hits. The only actual hit on the album was the title song, "Burning Love".]
Burning Love was used as a wake-up song on the space shuttle mission STS-123.
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