Charro! (song)

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"Charro!"
Single by Elvis Presley
A-side "Charro!"
"Memories"
Released March 1969
Format 7" single
Length 2:42
Songwriter(s)
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"If I Can Dream" / "Edge of Reality"
(1968)
"Charro!" / "Memories'"
(1969)
"How Great Thou Art"
(1969)
"If I Can Dream"
/ "Edge of Reality"
(1968)
"Charro!" /
"Memories'"
(1969)
"How Great Thou Art"
(1969)

"Charro!" is a song first recorded by Elvis Presley as part of the soundtrack for his 1969 motion picture Charro!, a western directed by Charles Marquis Warren.[1] It was its title song and the only song that played in it,[2][3][4] as it was Presley's first film where he didn't sing.[5]

Writing and recording[edit]

The song was written by Billy Strange and Scott Davis specially for the movie Charro!.[2][3][6][7][8] [9]

The recordings took place at the Samuel Goldwyn Studio in Hollywood in October–November 1968. Presley probably overdubbed his vocals on October 15. Takes 5 and 9 were spliced together to form the vocal master.[2][10]

Release[edit]

The song was first released on a single (in March 1969) with "Memories", a song from Elvis' 1968 NBC TV comeback special, on the opposite side.[4][6][1][11][12][13][14][15][16] "Charro!" didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Memories" charted, peaking at number 35.

"Charro!"s first LP release was on the album Almost in Love in late 1970.[4][1]

On December 1, 1970 the single was re-released as part of RCA Victor's Gold Standard Series (together with 9 other Presley's singles).[17]

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

It is a western-style song.[18]

Track listing[edit]

7" single RCA 47-9731 (March 1969)[19]

  1. "Memories"
  2. "Charro!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c George Batista Da Silva (24 August 2015). Sobre Filmes E Atores. Clube de Autores. pp. 19–. PKEY:90192097. 
  2. ^ a b c "Charro! : National General 1969 : Elvis' Movies : : 'For Elvis Fans Only' Official Elvis Presley Fan Club". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b Boris Zmijewsky (1997). Elvis Presley. Gremese Editore. pp. 150–. ISBN 978-88-7742-106-7. 
  4. ^ a b c George Batista Da Silva (11 October 2006). Música E Ecran. Clube de Autores. pp. 41–. PKEY:99031787. 
  5. ^ Alanna Nash (9 September 2008). The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. Simon and Schuster. pp. 232–. ISBN 978-1-4391-3695-9. 
  6. ^ a b Harris M. Lentz III (24 April 2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-1-4766-0385-8. 
  7. ^ Jerry Osborne; Bruce Hamilton (1980). Presleyana. O'Sullivan Woodside. ISBN 978-0-89019-073-9. 
  8. ^ Neal Umphred; Linda Jones; Walter Piotrowski (1990). Elvis: A Touch of Gold : the American Record Collector's Price Guide to Elvis Presley Records & Memorabilia. White Dragon Press. 
  9. ^ Albert Hand (1973). Elvis Special. World Distributors. 
  10. ^ Boris Zmijewsky (1997). Elvis Presley. Gremese Editore. pp. 150–. ISBN 978-88-7742-106-7. 
  11. ^ Tim Neely; Martin Popoff (28 July 2009). Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records. Krause Publications. pp. 532–. ISBN 0-89689-958-6. 
  12. ^ Martin Popoff (5 August 2010). Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948-1991. Krause Publications. pp. 932–. ISBN 1-4402-1621-5. 
  13. ^ Jerry Osborne (1983). Presleyana: Elvis Presley record price guide. O'Sullivan Woodside. ISBN 978-0-89019-083-8. 
  14. ^ Jerry Osborne (1 July 2007). Presleyana VI - the Elvis Presley Record, CD, and Memorabilia Price Guide. Jerry Osborne Enterprises. pp. 55–. ISBN 978-0-932117-49-6. 
  15. ^ Dave Thompson (8 April 2016). Standard Catalog of American Records. "F+W Media, Inc.". pp. 1014–. ISBN 978-1-4402-4628-9. 
  16. ^ Ron Barry (1976). The Elvis Presley American discography. Spectator Service, Maxigraphics. 
  17. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (9 January 1971). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 36–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  18. ^ Kathryn Kalinak (22 May 2012). Music in the Western: Notes From the Frontier. Taylor & Francis. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-136-62056-0. 
  19. ^ "australian-charts.com - Elvis Presley - Memories". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 

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