Songs in occasional repertoire, July 1970.
"Stagger Lee"Traditional song. It would be another of the improvised songs in the rehearsals of July 1970 at the MGM in Culver City. On the occasion of the making of the film "That's the way It is". Elvis goes back to past years with a song that he would listen to in his youth. Although finally the song would be occasional and would not be given more importance... "Stagolee" was the original title, also known as "Stagger Lee" and other variations of the name, it is a popular North American folk song that tells the story of the murder Billy Lyons by "Stag" Lee Shelton in St. Louis, Missouri, Christmas 1895.
The song was first published in 1911. A version of this song was recorded by Lloyd Price and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959.
Elvis liked to rehearse anything anyone could name is what Glen D said. He made him a proposition at the time. "Stagger Lee" and he enjoyed singing, this well-known song from yesteryear. In rehearsals they varied according to Elvis' intention.
.Sometimes Elvis just wanted to sit down and have fun and then he would focus on some song, and he would keep pushing until he got the feel and the form, the accompaniment of it.
The combination of these moments would define the first rehearsals. But when it came time to get serious, Elvis knew exactly what he wanted. Stagger Lee, recorded by Elvis on Thursday, July 16, 1970, was a traditional song. A pity that Elvis has not gone further, his brief performance during this more or less improvised rehearsal session promises a lot.
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"Crying Time"Written and recorded by Buck Owens, country artist, in 1964 and recorded by Elvis improvisedly on July 15, 1970, during the filming of the movie "TTWII".
An endearing song for its writing, for its meaning, its longing for love in the face of a future loss, as if it were already lost long ago. A score with choral accompaniment that Elvis surely sang with his friends at home. It is clear from the performance during one of the rehearsals between breaks when it is improvised with Charlie Hodge, with Richard Davis and the musicians, with piano accompaniment, in choral harmony.
The vocal game wrapped up with his friends is surely what Elvis would miss on stage, even having the choir accompaniment was not the same... It was included in the concerts in Las Vegas in the third season of the International Hotel.
The song "Crying Time" is going to be taken into account in the repertoire even if it was only performed occasionally on August 21, September 4 and three years later on 08/12/73.
It is interesting to hear in recordings of assistants that he did it in two different tessituras, the first lower and the second higher.
Although Elvis had a magnificent voice and a great vocal register, it is clear that he wanted to test other tessituras with this. But in the end he didn't come across this song, so it was never released as a serious track.
There are numerous versions of this song, but the most prominent was that of Ray Charles, who had the greatest success. Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., the author of this song, was a musician, singer and songwriter.
He pioneered what was called the Bakersfield sound. This was a genre of country music significantly influenced by rock and roll and the first to rely heavily on electric instrumentation and a defined rhythm. It was also a reaction against the heavily instrumented Nashville sound. It became one of the most popular and influential country genres of the 1960s.
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PATCH IT UP
The last song to be recorded on June 8, 1970 at the Nashville sessions would be the song "Patch It Up", composed by Eddie Rabbit and Rory Bourke, two composers who had great admiration for Elvis Presley. The final result of the song "Patch It Up" was a great impact for its composers, because the theme captured all the energy they wanted to transmit. The group of musicians would give one of the best and most incredible performances, and Elvis's performance would be masterful, very dynamic and electrifying.
The composer Bourke says that he never met Elvis in person but he did see him perform live and tells how he felt that incredible wave of electricity and power that Elvis transmitted live, that he was an impressive performer and that he had never felt anything like that with any other artist. He says that Elvis's version had been absolutely incredible, since he had captured all the emotion that they wanted to express. The curiosity about this song is that the author of the lyrics Bourke initially dedicated the score to his newborn daughter Allison.
He wrote it days after her birth. But Elvis didn't know and didn't understand it that way, he would turn it into a "bigger girl" theme, so the real meaning of the score ceased to matter because, as usual, Elvis took over the song from such a great and wonderful way, that the origin of the lyrics, took a completely different course. A song that was initially dedicated to a little girl, became a huge rock dedicated to "a bigger girl", who in concert would give the public one of the best performances of Elvis Presley live. The song was released as a single alongside "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" in October 1970 and was initially included on the album "That's the way it is". A song performed by Elvis with so much power, strength and energy, that it would break all schemes, both in his studio version and in each and every one of his live performances, as was usual with him. Really impressive! .
Elvis Presley recorded the song at the Nashville sessions in 1970. And the song would be included on his album "Love Letters from Elvis" and later released as a single in 1971, where it spent two weeks on the list, going almost unnoticed by the public. Although this Gospel was a song that Elvis liked, the adaptation and accompaniment was not very adequate, which could have been orchestrated in another way with the choir enriching the harmonies and the interpretation of Elvis , perhaps too dragged in tempo, could have been speeded up in favor of the melody... A clearly evangelical song. Curious the inclusion of this song in an album that was not Gospel... "Love Letters from Elvis" .Later in " Amazing Grace" , "Peace In The Valley" , "Christmas Peace" , "Elvis Inspiratonal" , a live version on "All Things Are Possible" and FTD "The Impossible Dream" .It is evident that Elvis as an artist evolved in his way of dog tar and act, and the song "Only Believe" will evolve with his experience and logically with his sensitivity on stage. Here is a live sample from 01/27/1971 of what Elvis would later want to show his audience. to harmonize and their collaboration is going to be a sample of how their interpretation evolves in a wonderful way and gives it the air, the rhythm that it should have initially when he made this first recording.
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"I´ll never Know"June 1970. The recording sessions at the RCA, Nashville. There are many changes made in these sessions that would give a new musical interpretation, a new group to record with the voice of Elvis, the group that will accompany him, his name: The Muscle Shoals. Mainly a group accustomed to interpreting Country music. This group with many successes to its credit and, of course, with professionals who would be very competent and with their own musical concept. The incorporation of this group to the musical accompaniment in the recordings that would take place in June 1970, for Elvis Presley, for one side would be positive, but on the other side he would have a lot to talk about. Musically speaking, when you are part of the orchestra or the group that is going to record with a singer, you always have to be at the service of the soloist, in this case Elvis Presley. In many cases the accompaniment was carried out with success for the interpreter and giving his special place. In other recordings the accompaniment is complex, due to an excess of instrumentation, too many soloists and as a consequence, in the initial recordings too many instruments are heard with the main voice, which could be lost among so many soloists.... This would always be the director's job music at the moment. And obviously the producer Felton Jarvis and the sound engineer Al Pachucki were responsible for the recordings and later re-recordings that were going to be made. In this specific case of "I'll never Know" fortunately the accompaniment was simple and normal. Without overloading with solo instruments, without standing out with respect to the solo voice, which was perfect. The song composed by Fred Karger, Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman was a simple and easy ballad without more. A song that could seem like a lullaby, or a simple love song and with an interpretation that fulfills its objective. The song was recorded on June 5, 1970 in Nashville for the Nashville Marathon sessions. It would be included in an album called "Love Letters From Elvis". And later in the special edition of That's The Way It Is. Alternate takes at the FTD The Nashville Marathon, etc. The lyrics were very simple, about love... about the idealization of love. A simple ballad, but one that can be heard again, due to its successful performance and its accompaniment. Without more aspirations, a ballad of love. From Tupelo to Memphis 48 part 2 http://www.ivoox.com/42264029
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"I Really don't want to know"A song composed by Don Robertson and Howard Barnes and performed with success in the Country style by Eddy Arnold in 1954. One of those songs that Elvis had in his memory in his youth and that he wanted to record for a long time. On June 7, 1970 in the Nashville sessions in studio B. This day would be to enjoy, several songs had already been recorded and the atmosphere was more complicit to improvise. And Elvis told the musicians that he wanted to sing a special song like this one. The result was the wonderful voice performance of Elvis, who threw himself into this country song but giving it a gospel, blues touch... Reinterpreting it with his personal style, particular ... Leaving his soul in this score, set aside the style in his own version that all attendees will remember in this session. The song would be released as a single in December 1970 with the theme "There Goes My Everything". The Elvis version it spent nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 21 (number 9 on the country chart, his first top ten hit in this department since 1958) and selling 700,000 copies on initial US release. will include in the LP "Elvis Country". And later in " Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol 2 ", " Welcome To My World ", " Walk A Mile In My Shoes ", " The Country side of Elvis ", etc... also it was performed in concertThere are no recordings of then es, but it is said that this song was also sung at the beginning of his career on 'Sun Records', which was one of the songs that Elvis sang to be heard for the first time with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.Listen FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 48 Part Three...
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