Songs to Remember

"Twenty Days and Twenty Nights "

This song was the first to be recorded on 06/4/1970 at the Nashville sessions, Studio B for Rca."Twenty Days and Twenty Nights" was the great new ballad that was wanted to be included and would be shown for the film that was going to be done. It was wanted to be included as a single, but Elvis never felt comfortable singing this song, with the lyrics, because it seemed eternal to him. His feeling for him was vague regarding the score. But it was the first song that started the sessions and despite everything he would sing it with professionalism and dedication. Over time on stage he would confess to his audience that he had this song in his repertoire and he was more or less "forced" to sing it..." I don't really like to sing it... but it's on the show, so here we go..."
It's funny to know that Elvis would show his real feelings to the public, since another artist would never have confessed all this for image and other reasons. nature. But Elvis Presley once again demonstrates his sincerity to the public by not wanting to deceive, only telling the truth. It would have been easier to turn the song down but he didn't do it one more time. It's funny because for the musicians on the session this was one of the songs they respected the most within the schedule and for the fans it's a beautiful ballad. At the beginning of the recordings made for the film Elvis was upset because the adjustment was not made with the group and this was finally cut. It is a romantic ballad and the truth is that sung in the voice of Elvis it would be perfect, but it is a bit forced perhaps because of the tessitura in certain phrasing, due to the slowness, could be stretching, forcing the voice.
The air of the accompanying music was too relaxed and that can tire the interpreter and the lyrics did not give him much play, it was not to his taste... and logically this could be the reason. If it had been performed with a slightly more agile air, perhaps it would have been less uncomfortable... He doesn't even take it seriously in rehearsals...
But it will be recorded and it remains a song worth listening to. The song that Freddy Bienstock had included as a proposal was a great dramatic ballad by veteran Hill & Range writer Ben Weisman and British lyricist Clive Westlake.
It was a much more mature composition than those made for the films. This time Weisman (one of the regular Elvis movie composers) had contributed a solid contemporary love song worth performing. The song is included on the album "That's the way it is", "Walk a mile in my shoes", alternate take on "That' s the way it is" special edition, also on Ftd 2002, "The Nashville Marathon", "One night in Vegas" etc.

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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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The Rehearsal


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! .

" If I Were You"

Written by Gerald Nelson in 1962 and recorded by himself. Elvis's version was recorded on 06/08/1970, very similar to the composer's original, in style and accompaniment. Another Country theme, calm, slow mode, with choir accompaniment and calm, relaxed song. Elvis' voice, although he sang this Country style, would never be a prototype of the genre, perhaps because of the purity of his interpretation, his clear and at the same time crystalline voice compared to other regular performers of this genre. His way of approaching this style was always so personal that would go out of any norm or would give him an exclusive way of singing without becoming Country. Although the song was of this style, curiously it would be included for the first time in the album "Love Letters from Elvis", already later in the year 2000 "Elvis Country", and in 1996 an alternate take on "Essential Elvis Vol. 4", etc.

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"Only Believe"

Recorded on June 8, 1970. The song "Only Believe", released as a single with the song "Life", was composed by evangelist Paul Rader. At this time, 1970, and taking into account the type of songs that Elvis had in portfolio, it would not make sense to publish a single like that. Not because of the theme of both songs, but because of the score, since neither of the two compositions contributed anything, musically they were too special, just something complex or strange at a time when the musical generation had already evolved elsewhere. song was a Gospel written in a simple way. The characteristic beginning of the organ and the placidity of the interpretation would give it a particular touch, but still too simple, without more. Author Paul Rader was an influential Chicago pastor in the 1920s. Rader wrote several hymns during his long career, one of which was "Only Believe," a personal favorite of singer Elvis Presley. Sung by the Harmonizing Four in the year 1957.
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

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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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"Early Morning Rain"

On March 15, 1971, Elvis would record 4 songs at RCA Studio B in Nashville. A hit by author Gordon Lightfoot that had been a hit in 1965 would be recorded. It was a song that Elvis had heard many times played by his guitarist John Wilkinson, who had played on the original recording of the song. Elvis liked it so much that he would ask him to play it from time to time even in later years. He finally included it in his repertoire and decided to record it. Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot sometimes felt nostalgic for his origins and would go out to Los Angeles International Airport on rainy days to see the plane. how was it approaching He imagined taking care of his five-month-old son, the image of flights taking off into the cloudy sky, when the lyrics of this endearing song came to him. The lyrics suggest that someone has been unlucky, standing by the fence of an airport and watching a plane take off...
A song that would be performed by many well-known artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Kylan, Rank Strangers , Jerry Reed, etc. In folk, country folk style, Elvis' interpretation would not be far from those recorded at the time. A pleasant and simple interpretation of a simple theme. At this time he was very interested in the pop style and the intention of recording this style could be the possibility in a future album, but not enough songs would be collected to make a thematic LP.
The song would be included in the LP release " Elvis Now". The tune was the last song in Elvis' performance in Hawaii in 1973 during his trip for Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite, recorded after the audience had left the building, when the concert had finished, therefore it was not live recording. It was added for later US broadcast. It was included on "Mahalo From Elvis". Elvis added the song to his live repertoire in 1974, and sang it regularly in his last period. It was also included in the Elvis in Concert documentary and album. Other live versions have appeared in bootleg concerts and on the FTD albums "It's Midnight", "Tucson '76" and "New Year's Eve". The studio version has since appeared on "Elvis Aron Presley" "Forever" and "Elvis in Nashville". An understudy from the Nashville studio session appeared on the 2007 FTD "I Sing All Kinds". A heartfelt, easy-listening song. "Following the Way of the King..."

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"One broken heart for sale"

The song "One broken heart for sale" by the composers Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, was recorded on January 29, 1963. Otis Blackwell, a great composer, was the author of the song "Don't be cruel" and other songs that also recorded by Elvis. Despite being a great unknown in his time, most of his compositions were signed under the pseudonym "John Davenport". He is considered one of the greatest R&B songwriters of all time, he helped redefine popular music in America in the 1950s. Throughout his life, he composed more than a thousand songs, achieving worldwide sales of nearly 200 million records. He was a modest composer and really wrote to live his life, since he always sold the original rights to his songs to the big companies for next to nothing. His first big hit would be in 1955 with the song "Fever" co-written with author Eddie Cooley. With Winfield Scott he would co-write more songs sung by Elvis "Return to Sender" ,"One Broken Heart For Sale" ,"Please Don't Drag That String Around" .....the song One Broken for sale was published on January 29, 1963 (recordings from 1962) for the movie "It happened at the world's fair" reached number 11 on the Hot 100 and was published as a side, along with the theme "they remind me to much". A simple, lively and catchy theme, which Elvis would play spiritedly. It was these kinds of songs that he could include at some point in the film, but it really was a song without much force. Easy to listen and remember ....

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Loss and regret.

Once again Elvis would record another song that reflected a situation that could be personal, in these recordings made at the end of March 1972. It would be the 28th at the RCA Hollywood studios. "Fool" song composed by Carl Sigman and James Last, initially recorded in 1969 by Wayne Newton, in a slower version than the one played by Elvis. The lyrics say much more, a song of regret that Elvis surely had in mind, for their recent separation... A sensitive, wonderful interpretation of a feeling that took root inside him. , you just had to love her but now her love is gone..." In these sessions the tone of the songs was clear and reached the viewer, most of the scores spoke of a state of mind, a separation or a difficult situation with a couple , but above all it was transparent in the spirit of Elvis. These recordings collected a lot of himself and most of the songs made him see that he was in a somewhat difficult moment. Fortunately he would pass the time and 4 months later he would start another relationship that could be lasting with Linda Thompson. The score was also suitable for his voice, to show it off safely, without shocks, a romantic ballad that he could perform without any complications. A song that would be published as the B-side of the single in 1973, with "Steamroller Blues". It reached number 17 on the Billboard list. In addition to staying on the charts for 10 weeks, selling over 400,000 copies.
 The song would be based on an original song by James Last, titled "No Words". A few months later it came out as the first track on "Elvis (The Fool Album)" . Since then it has been released on more albums such as "Elvis Aron Presley", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Burning Love" and "The Country Side Of Elvis". An alternate take 1 came out on FTD's 2001 album, "Sunset 6363", etc, etc. Composer Carl Sigman, would write many song melodies, but was primarily a lyricist who collaborated with songwriters such as Bob Hilliard, Bob Russell, Jimmy van Heusen, Francis Lai, Duke Ellington, etc. One of his main songs would be "Love Story". He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. James Last stage name of Hans Last or Hansi, was a German composer, conductor and leader of his own Big Bang. His music was normally characterized as upbeat and would go on to sell numerous albums in Germany and the UK "Following the King's Way..." 

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