Elvis Presley’s Favorite Tenor
Grammy Award Winner
Legendary Gospel Singer, Member of Gospel Hall of Fame
Member of North American Country Music Hall of Fame
Member of Alabama Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame
VOICE of Nashville (USA) and Svendborg Rocks (Denmark) want to welcome you to our treasured memories of both Sherrill and Elvis. We hope you will cherish the time you spend reminiscing, strolling down memory lane, reading our special Tributes and adding their CD’s and pictures to your personal library. Sherrill was always helping the up and coming new artists and that special love and skill continues through Brenda. Make sure you check out Mads Toghoj and the other artists on the musical scene. Our links will guide you to other great Sherrill and Elvis stories and treasured information.
Elvis’ musical influences were made up of country, pop, black R&B and gospel that he heard during his teenage years. Sherrill’s musical influences were Irish tenor John McCormick, Roy Orbison, Mario Lanza, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and Elvis. But the common thread that Elvis and Sherrill shared was their love for gospel music. When these diverse influences are combined, it gives one a moving and unforgettable excursion through the gamut of ones emotions.
Elvis’ love for Sherrill’s music was shown night after night when Elvis would call Sherrill out during his concert tours to sing songs such as Aubrey, Walk With Me, Bringing It Back, Danny Boy, O Solo Mio, and who could forget their Grammy Award duet --- Softly, As I Leave You with Sherrill singing and Elvis reciting the story.
Elvis has sold more than one billion records. A part of the many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He starred in 33 successful films and grew great acclaim through his many live concert performances.
Sherrill was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with three different groups: The Speer Family, the Imperials and the Statesmen. Sherrill was inducted into the North American Country Music Hall of Fame and also the Alabama Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. As a recording artist, Sherrill has performed on two albums and one single which received Grammy Award nominations in two different categories. He has recorded for seven labels including RCA and MCA. Sherrill’s first record to reach Billboard’s country chart was “Lights of LA”. His duet with Elvis, “Softly, As I Leave You” reached number six in the nation and was nominated for a Grammy. During these years, Sherrill’s performances reflect the similarity of his and Elvis’ musical heritage in that they were both influenced by more than one kind of music. You could have found Sherrill performing with Anker Buch, the great classical violinist in Moensted, Denmark, or at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, or at the Hard Rock Café in Geneva, Switzerland, backed by the Jordanaires at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, or at the President’s inauguration in Washington, DC. When questioned about his motivation, he would humbly say “having been blessed with the talent, which when received, becomes a responsibility to touch people’s lives and emotions, perhaps this is the very reason for my existence”. He remembered that on his first pay check from Elvis, Elvis wrote “God loves you, but He loves you best when you sing.
Both Elvis and
Sherrill left this world way too soon but their lives and memories will stay with us for years to come. This website is dedicated to both Elvis and Sherrill and the part that both of them played in all of our lives. Elvis Presley (born January 8, 1935 – died August 16, 1977) and Sherrill Nielsen (born September 10, 1942 – died December 10, 2010).
Henrik and Mette Salomon, Svendborg, Denmark had their Marketing Coordinator from their company Keofitt, put together this beautiful video honoring Sherrill and Elvis. Rie Glintborg was able to capture not only the love they had for each other but the music career they shared. This is on their Grammy award song - Softly, As I Leave You.