John and Elvis Are Dead

"John and Elvis Are Dead" is a 2005 song and single released by George Michael from his album Patience. It was co-written by childhood friend David Austin. It was released on 30 August 2005 as a download-only single and was therefore unable to chart in the United Kingdom.[1] The song marks George Michael's final single from a studio album[2]

"John and Elvis Are Dead"
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Single by George Michael
from the album Patience
  • "Edith & the Kingpin"
  • "For the Love (Of You)"
Released30 August 2005 (2005-08-30)
FormatDigital download
LabelSony BMG
Producer(s)George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Round Here"
"John and Elvis Are Dead"
"An Easier Affair"

The song was also released on Michael's greatest hits album Twenty Five.

Music videoEdit

Directed by Anthea Benton, the music video did not receive heavy airplay, although it remains popular among Michael's fans. It features, among many famous faces both alive and dead at the time of the release of the song, footage of those named in the title: John Lennon and Elvis Presley. In addition to John and Elvis, Marvin Gaye is also mentioned in the chorus of the song. Footage of Freddie Mercury used from Queen's music video "Bohemian Rhapsody" although he is not mentioned. Die Welt noted the religious tones of the song and video.[3][4][5]

People shown in the video in order of appareance are:

Formats and track listingsEdit

Digital EP

  1. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23
  2. "Edith & the Kingpin" (Live at Abbey Road) – 3:46
  3. "Praying for Time" (Live at Abbey Road) – 4:57
  4. "For the Love (Of You)"
  5. "Precious Box" (Shapeshifters Remix)


  1. ^ Robert Steele Careless Whispers: The Life & Career of George Michael 2011 -0857127268 "'John And Elvis Are Dead' is a songwriting collaboration with David Austin, a stoned slouch with electronic choral backing vocals. It's a lyrical anecdote about a friend who awakes from a coma to find that the girls all look the same .."
  2. ^ Official Charts[1]
  3. ^ Als Büßer verbeugt sich George Michael vor Jesus 24.08.2011 "„Jesus Christ“, bittet George Michael, „save us from ourselves, because John and Elvis are dead.“ Am Ende tritt sein eigenes Ebenbild im Video aus dem Fegefeuer und erhebt erlöst die Hände, während der leibhaftige Star davor sein Haupt senkt wie ein Büßer. Große Oper."
  4. ^ Rob Jovanovic, George Michael: The biography Little, Brown Book Group, 3 December 2015
  5. ^ Washington Blade 10 hidden gems by George Michael - "John and Elvis Are Dead" (2004) "One of the album’s high points is the emotional ballad “John and Elvis Are Dead,” a moving reflection on the senseless loss of some of the world’s greatest sources of light and talent. With a sweet vocal by Michael and a video that features video clips of Presley, Lennon and others gone too soon, the song’s emotional impact is only heightened by the realization that we can now include Michael himself in the recitation of shining stars so important to so many people that the universe allowed to slip away far too young."