A new video of Lisa Marie Presley singing “In the Ghetto,” accompanied by her late father, Elvis Presley, will be posted Friday on the AOL Internet site Spinner.com, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
To mark the 30th anniversary of her father’s death, Lisa Marie Presley’s voice was added to the original version of her father’s hit song from 1969. The video duet also features images of her late father.
Spinner.com will post the video along with the transcript of an interview with Lisa Marie Presley, AOL spokesman Kurt Patat said. In the interview, Lisa Marie Presley said the project was emotionally stirring.
“We had two hours to lay down my vocals,” she says. “So the next morning, I heard the rough ... and ... I’ve never cried when I’ve done anything ... ever ... but I just lost it when I heard it.
Lisa Marie Presley also talks in the interview about how she was offended to see her father’s song “Viva Las Vegas” used in a Viagra commercial. “I find that revolting,” she said. “Some songs we have no control over. I know we didn’t license that one.”
Proceeds from the new song and video will be used to help build temporary housing for the homeless in New Orleans, she said. The project is to be similar to Presley Place, a 12-unit apartment building for the homeless built in Memphis by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. in 2001.
At the time, Elvis Presley Enterprises was owned by Lisa Marie Presley. She sold 85 percent of the company two years ago to CKX Inc., which now controls the worldwide business in marketing Elvis’ name and image.
Elvis Presley died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on Aug. 16, 1977, and thousands of fans are in town this week for the 30th anniversary of his death.
Lisa Marie Presley, 39, is scheduled to attend a concert Thursday in Memphis that will feature her father performing on video, with live support from his former backup singers and band members.
Her most recent album of her own music was “Now What” in 2005, but she said in the interview that she hopes to put out a new album soon.
“I’m definitely going to do it,” she said. “I just have to figure out the right way. I’m on a clean slate right now — I just got off my label (Capitol Records). So I’m figuring out my next route.”