Since Elvis Presley was not a songwriter, he was always on the lookout for a good song to sing. He rose to worldwide fame in the 1950s hailed as The King of Rock and Roll as a result of having an uncanny ability to select the right songs to record that shot to the top of the charts.
So it’s not surprising that Presley was astute enough to cover songs by Bob Dylan and The Beatles, a band who as John Lennon explained would not exist without Elvis.
And it wasn’t just The Beatles that looked up to Presley. It may sound far-fetched, but Elvis was a huge influence on Bob Dylan. As a teenager growing up in Hibbing, Minnesota, Dylan idolized Elvis. He played in several rock and roll bands during high school and afterwards, but none of his groups ever seemed to stay together.
In 1966, Elvis recorded Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” which appeared on the Spinout soundtrack album. Elvis was inspired by Odetta’s version of the song, since Dylan had not yet released his own version at that point. Elvis Presley recorded the song on May 26, 1966 during sessions for his gospel album, How Great Thou Art.