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Tom Hanks changed his mind about his favorite Elvis song: ‘Where has this been hiding?’

  • July 06, 2022

Tom Hanks’ favorite Elvis song?

The question prompts the actor to jog his memory via a deep dive into his latest workout playlist, revealing a wonderfully eclectic mix of artists in the process.

“Hang on, hang on, I’ll find it,” says Hanks, a longtime music buff who in 1996 wrote and directed “That Thing You Do!” The title track from the film – the fictitious story of a one-hit-wonder band – nabbed Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best original song.

“I’ve got everyone here from Enya to Roy Orbison to The Marvelettes to (bluegrass picker) Del McCoury to (’60s British hitmaker) Billy Fury,” he says. No surprise Hanks sounds a bit like a DJ: “I do a show once a month on an internet radio channel, Boss Radio 66.” 

since playing the legend’s controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the new Baz Luhrmann biopic “Elvis” (in theaters now).

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“Unless you’re a real aficionado, you don’t know all the stuff he did,” says Hanks. “So I’ll hear something new, and think, ‘You’re kidding, I have never heard that, ever.’ ”

That’s precisely what happened with his new favorite. Hanks said he spent dozens of hours rerecording dialogue. In one of those sessions, a song came on during a scene when Elvis (played by Austin Butler) first walks into Graceland.

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“You’ve never heard of Helen Shapiro?” he says, excited to make a new convert.

“She was the Lesley Gore (of ‘It’s My Party’ fame) of Northern England, just as fantastic as Dusty Springfield (‘Son of a Preacher Man’). She’s all about heartbreak, I know you’re cheating on me, that sort of stuff,” he says. “Hold on, hold on, here’s The Highwaymen, Creedence (Clearwater Revival), (pianist) Floyd Cramer …”

Hanks sighs. “This is killing me,” he says. “It replaced ‘Bossa Nova Baby’ as my favorite Elvis track. Wait a minute, you’re going to love it, I’ll find it.”

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But Hanks doesn’t. He vows, however, to deliver the goods. A few hours later, a message comes in.

‘I’m Coming Home’ is the song by Elvis I had never heard. Will make you very happy. Hanks.”

It’s an infectious number. He’s told that it has the same twisting beat as the song that accompanies John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s now-iconic dance together in “Pulp Fiction,” Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.”

“Exactly!” responds Hanks. “Where has this song been hiding?”

Consider it permanently added to the actor’s playlist.

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