Elvis for Everyone!
Elvis for Everyone! is the eighth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, issued by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3450, in August 1965. Recording sessions took place over a ten-year span at Sun Studio in Memphis, RCA Studio B in Nashville and Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, it peaked at number 10 on the Top Pop Albums chart. Sessions in late May 1963 failed to coalesce into his fifth studio album of the 1960s, by 1965 Presley's musical output had been focused on his movie career and soundtrack output, he had not released a proper studio album since Pot Luck in June 1962, although seven non-movie singles had been issued since. RCA Victor invented the concept of an "Anniversary Album" to celebrate Presley's tenth year with the label, which became Elvis For Everyone; the album's cover depicting Presley standing next to the RCA Victor trademark Nipper the dog, sitting atop a cash register. Since May 1963, Presley had only made one non-movie session in January 1964 that yielded a mere three tracks, two of, issued as sides for singles.
Bereft of new material, RCA Victor assembled this album from unused tracks going all the way back to the Sun Records years, from sessions for both soundtracks and regular commercial releases. Owing to its assembly from scraps and rejects, although it made the top ten on the LP chart, it was the first Presley album to sell fewer than 300,000 copies during the decade. Of the tracks on Elvis for Everyone! only "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears," recorded for but not used in the film Flaming Star, had been issued, on the extended play single Elvis by Request: Flaming Star and 3 Other Great Songs. Several tracks had not been issued on record before. "In My Way" had appeared in the 1961 film Wild in the Country, "Sound Advice" in the 1962 film Follow That Dream, the traditional Neapolitan ballad "Santa Lucia" in the 1964 outing Viva Las Vegas. The remaining eight tracks had been unissued in any form; the Sun ballad "Tomorrow Night" had overdubs added for release on this album. RCA had intended to include the unreleased Sun Records track "Tennessee Saturday Night," but withdrew it from the album and replaced it with "Tomorrow Night".
Neither has reference to a Presley Sun recording with this title been mentioned in any other source, nor has a Presley Sun recording with this title been discovered, although a song entitled "Tennessee Saturday Night" was slated for Loving You but not recorded. In its format as a compilation of unissued leftovers from various sessions, given its rather short running time, this album anticipated the Presley budget releases with a similar concept that would appear during the late 1960s and early 1970s on the low priced RCA Camden label. RCA opted not to include it as part of its reissue program, appending its songs as bonus tracks to other albums as appropriate, with the overdubbed version of "Tomorrow Night" being replaced by the original Sun Records master version in general circulation. In 2014 Elvis for Everyone was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special 2-disc edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes
Roustabout is the ninth soundtrack album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2999, in October 1964. It is the soundtrack to the 1964 film of the same name starring Presley. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on March 2 and 3, April 29, 1964, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top LP's chart. It was certified Gold on May 1988 by the Recording Industry Association of America; the album would be Presley's final soundtrack to reach number one and his last number one album until 1973's Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite. Payments to Presley for each film amounted to between $225,000 to $1,000,000 up front half the budget for production, with a 50% share of the profits; these movies were being shot in sometimes as little as three weeks, with the complete scoring and recording of the soundtrack albums taking no more than two weeks. It fell to Freddy Bienstock, the assistant of Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to ensure that the soundtrack songs fit into the profit equation with the publishing controlled by Elvis Presley Music or Gladys Music, the Hill and Range Publishing companies owned by Presley and Parker.
As a result, successful writers such as Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, Don Robertson lost interest in adhering to the needs of the grind. It was interlocking self-promotion, causing one MGM employee to remark that the movies "didn't need titles, they could be numbered. They would still sell". Blackwell and Scott in fact submitted a candidate for the title track, "I'm a Roustabout" recorded on March 3, only to find it substituted by a song from a different team of writers; this recording was released by RCA on the 2003 compilation 2nd to None. Presley and his coterie of top session musicians gamely plowed through all of this, eleven songs were recorded for the twenty-minute soundtrack LP. Four songs from this album appeared on the 1995 soundtrack compilation, The Essential 60s Masters II: "Roustabout", "Little Egypt", "Poison Ivy League", "There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon". Elvis Presley – vocals The Jordanaires – backing vocals The Mello Men – backing vocals Boots Randolph – saxophone Scotty Moore – electric rhythm guitar Billy Strange – electric lead guitar Tiny Timbrell – acoustic rhythm guitar Floyd Cramer – piano Dudley Brooks – piano Bob Moore – double bass Ray Siegel – double bass D. J. Fontana – drums Buddy Harman – drums Hal Blaine – drums Roustabout at Discogs
From Elvis in Memphis
From Elvis in Memphis is the tenth studio album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Records on June 17, 1969, it was recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis in January and February 1969 under the direction of producer Chips Moman and backed by its house band, informally known as "The Memphis Boys". Following the success of Presley's 1968 Christmas television special and its soundtrack, the album marked Presley's return to non-soundtrack albums after the completion of his film contract with Paramount Pictures. Presley's entourage convinced him to leave the RCA studios and record this album at American Sound, a new Memphis studio at the peak of a hit-producing streak; the reason for going to Moman's studio was for the soul sound of the house band,'the Memphis Boys'. The predominance of country songs among those recorded in these sessions gives them the feel of the "country soul" style; this impression is emphasized by the frequent use of the dobro in the arrangements.
In any case, the Memphis Boys have a solidly southern soul sound. From Elvis in Memphis was released in June 1969 to favorable reviews; the album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, number two on the country charts and number one in the United Kingdom, its single "In the Ghetto" reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1970. In years, it garnered further favorable reviews, while it was ranked number 190 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. After Presley's 1960 return from military service, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, shifted the focus of the singer's career from live music and albums to films and soundtracks. In March 1961, he performed what would become his last live concert for the next eight years: a benefit for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial at Boch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the first half of the 1960s, three of Presley's soundtrack albums reached number one on the pop charts and a number of his most popular songs were from his films, including 1961's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and 1962's "Return to Sender".
After 1964, Parker decided. He viewed the soundtracks as complementary, with each helping to promote the other; as it turned out, the commercial success of Presley's films and soundtracks diminished, while he was disappointed with the quality of his work. From 1964 to 1968, Presley had just one top-ten hit: "Crying in the Chapel", a gospel number recorded in 1960. Only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art, which won him his first Grammy Award in the Best Sacred Performance category. In 1968, Colonel Parker arranged a deal with NBC for a Christmas television special starring Presley in front of a live audience. Parker planned to have Presley sing Christmas carols only, but producer Steve Binder convinced the singer to perform songs from his original repertoire; the high ratings received by the special and the success of its attendant LP re-established Presley's popularity. During the making of the special, Presley said to Binder: "I'll never sing another song that I don't believe in, I'm never going to make another movie that I don't believe in."
As part of his decision to refocus on music rather than film, Presley decided to record a new album. Presley left his usual studios, recording new material in Memphis. After the special he approached Scotty Moore and D. J. Fontana, who had played with Presley during his early hit-making career, who rejoined him on the television show. Presley asked Moore about using Music City Recorders in Nashville, but that suggestion never came to fruition. During a January 1969 meeting at Graceland, Presley told his usual producer, Felton Jarvis, that he did not want to record his next album at RCA Studios. Two of Presley's friends, DJ George Klein and Marty Lacker, suggested that he use American Sound Studio, an up-and-coming studio with which Lacker was involved. RCA contacted the studio's producer Chips Moman. Willing to work with Presley, Moman postponed a session with Neil Diamond after being asked to produce the sessions with Felton Jarvis as second producer, it was agreed that Presley's recordings would take ten days and cost $25,000.
He would be backed by the studio's house band, the 827 Thomas Street Band, which consisted of Reggie Young on guitar, Tommy Cogbill and Mike Leech on bass, Gene Chrisman on drums, Bobby Wood on piano, Bobby Emmons on organ. Although RCA Records oversaw their company policy to record only in their own studios, the label sent their personnel out to American Sound. Recording began on January 1969, when Presley arrived at the studio nursing a cold. In addition to his personal entourage, he was accompanied by Hill & Range publisher Freddy Bienstock, Colonel Parker's assistant Tom Diskin, producer Felton Jarvis, executive Harry Jenkins and engineer Al Pachucki, representing RCA Records. With Pachucki on the board, American Sound engineer Ed Kollis joined the musicians on harmonica; the session, which produced recordings of "Long Black Limousine", "Wearin' That Loved On Look" and several non-album songs, continued until 5:00 am. After the first day's recording and his colleagues expressed discomfort with the size of Presley's entourage, the singer was accompanied by fewer people for the remaining sessions.
The next day Presley recorded "I'm Moving On" and "Gentle on My Mind", leaving the studio while working on the latter to rest his throat. The following night, he did not appear, as hi
Today (Elvis Presley album)
Today is the twenty-second studio album by American singer Elvis Presley, released on May 7, 1975 by RCA Records. The album featured a new rock song, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", released as its first single and went Top 40 in the US. "Bringin' It Back" was its second single in the US. The album features covers of songs by Perry Como, Tom Jones, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Swan, Faye Adams, The Statler Brothers and Charlie Rich; the Today sessions were held in RCA's Studio C, Los Angeles, March 10–12, 1975, marked the last time Presley would record in a studio. He last recorded at Studio C, Hollywood in 1972 where he recorded the gold records "Burning Love" and "Separate Ways". At this time, Elvis was 40 years old, he was accompanied by Sheila Ryan. In the 2005 FTD TODAY release from these sessions, Presley asked her to "step up here Sheila, let me sing to ya baby" on Take 1 of Don McLean's "And I Love You So", he continued to make "And I Love You So" and "Fairytale" a part of his live concerts until his death.
On stage, he referred to "Fairytale" as the story of his life. "Green, Green Grass of Home" was released as a single in the UK, where it went Top 30, received US airplay. Presley first heard the song in 1967 while driving his bus back to Memphis after making another movie, heard Tom Jones' new single "Green Green Grass of Home" for the first time and loved it, he had the Memphis Mafia call the local AM station to make them replay it over again. Eight years he cut his own version. In 2005 Today was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with a selection of alternate takes. Elvis Presley – lead vocals James Burton – lead guitar John Wilkinson — rhythm guitar Charlie Hodge — harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar Duke Bardwell — bass guitar on "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" Glen Hardin — piano Tony Brown – piano on "Bringin' It Back" Ron Tutt — drums David Briggs – clavinet Greg Gordon – clavinet on "Bringin' It Back" Buddy Spicher – fiddle Chip Young, Johnny Christopher – guitar Millie Kirkham – background vocals Weldon Myrick – steel guitar Norbert Putnam – bass guitar except "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and "Shake A Hand" Mike Leech – bass guitar on "Shake A Hand" Mary Holladay – background vocals Ginger Holladay – background vocals Jimmy Gordon – keyboards Lea Berinati – background vocalsTechnical Al Pachucki, Mike Shockley, Rick Ruggieri - engineer Today at Discogs APL1-1039 Today Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database APD1-1039 Today Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
Good Times (Elvis Presley album)
Good Times is the twentieth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on March 20, 1974. The album was constructed by the first pick of a session held at Stax Studios in Memphis in December 1973 and two songs, "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" and "Take Good Care of Her", which were left over from the session at Stax in July 1973; the album includes a collection of songs that vary in genre. Released the same day as the recording of Elvis: Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis was being made, the title was taken from the song "Talk About the Good Times". Many of the songs are covers of hits at the time, like "Spanish Eyes" and "She Wears My Ring". Charting low at the time of its release, it was considered typical 1970s Elvis material and was his first album to hit the "cut-out bins"; the album did have some success though upon its original release, becoming a Cashbox #1 hit and charting in the Top 50 in the UK. Original copies of the LP with the sticker on the cover are rare and sell for large amounts on auction sites.
The album released two singles, both hits: "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" rose to #4 on the Country charts, #39 pop. J. D. Sumner & The Stamps, Voice – background vocals Mike Leech – string and horn arrangements Glen Spreen – string arrangement on "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" Al Pachucki, Dick Baxter, Mickey Crofford, Mike Moran – engineers Good Times at Discogs CPL1-0475 Good Times Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database AFL1-0475 Good Times Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database Yahoo! Music page
Personal relationships of Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley had many close relationships throughout his career. The strongest of all the personal relationships of Elvis Presley, by far, was that he had with his mother Gladys, as described below. In a newspaper interview with The Memphis Press Scimitar, Elvis himself was open about the close relationship to his mother. "She was the number-one girl in his life, he was dedicating his career to her." Throughout her life, "the son would call her by pet names," and they communicated by baby talk. Presley shared his mother's bed "up until Elvis was a young teen," because the family was so poor that they couldn't afford the luxury of two beds. According to Elaine Dundy, "it was agony for her to leave her child for a moment with anyone else, to let anyone else touch Elvis." Presley himself said, "My mama never let me out of her sight. I couldn't go down to the creek with the other kids." His father, Vernon Presley, talked about Elvis's close relationship to his mother "after his son became famous as if it were a source of wonder that anyone could be that close."During Presley's rising career, Gladys became despairing and lonely and began to neglect her health.
She began to drink every day. She had wanted Elvis to succeed, "but not so; the hysteria of the crowd frightened her." Doctors diagnosed liver problems, Gladys's condition worsened so much that she was admitted to hospital in August 1958. At that time, Elvis was in Fort Hood, Texas, to fulfill his military obligations, but he got emergency leave to see her, a special plane was chartered to bring him home on August 12. Gladys died on August 14. Elvis and Vernon were upset by her death, with Elvis "sobbing and crying hysterically," and eyewitnesses relate that he was "grieving constantly" for days. During and shortly after the funeral, Judy Spreckels and Nick Adams, Presley's best friends at that time, attempted to comfort the singer. Presley's early experiences being teased by his classmates for being a "mama's boy" had a deep influence on his clumsy advances to girls, he didn't have any friends as a teen. Beginning in his early teens, Presley embarked upon the "indefatigable pursuit of girls," but was rebuffed.
At school, anyone wishing to provoke a little girl to tears of rage had only to chalk "Elvis loves -" and the girl's name on the blackboard when the teacher was out of the room." According to Greil Marcus, Elvis, "whatever his mother might have thought," seems to have spent some time "as a teenager in Memphis's black neighborhoods, having sex with black girls."His first sweetheart was the fifteen-year-old Dixie Locke, whom the singer dated since graduating from Humes and during his Sun Records time. While still a rising star, Presley had a relationship with June Juanico, said to have been the only girl his mother approved of, but according to Juanico's own words, she "never had sex with Presley." In June Juanico's book Elvis in the Twilight of Memory, she stated she was afraid of getting pregnant. However, since the singer's death, many claims to relationships have been made by women who were no more than acquaintances or had short affairs which were exaggerated for personal gain. Juanico blames Elvis's manager, Colonel Thomas Parker, for encouraging Presley to go out with beautiful women only "for the publicity."Between 1954 and 1956, when his stardom began to rise, Presley became the subject of adulation and adoration of young Hollywood starlets such as Natalie Wood, Judy Tyler, Shelley Fabares, Connie Stevens.
His mother believed that Wood was a schemer who hoped to "snare" the singer only "for publicity purposes." When a columnist wanted to know if the romance with Presley was "serious," Natalie's cool answer was, "Not right now." "But who knows what will happen?" One of her judgments of Elvis was, "He can sing but he can't do much else." Several authors have written that "Elvis busied his evenings with various girlfriends" or that his "list of one-night stands would fill volumes." Actress Anne Helm, for instance, has stated that Presley "really liked sex." "I had fun", she says. "And it was special." She has further claimed that Elvis loved the flouncy, yellow baby-doll nightie he had bought her and that he gave her pills after having made love to her. It is unclear whether Presley had sexual intercourse with most of the women he dated, his early girlfriends Judy Spreckels and June Juanico say that they had no sexual relationships with Presley, there were several women with whom Elvis bypassed sexuality altogether, settling into comfortable friendships.
Spreckels, singer Betty Amos, hairstylist Patti Parry, others close to Presley all filled sisterly roles for Elvis. Despite claiming no sexual relationship with Elvis, June Juanico did say in an interview for the movie Elvis 1956, "I will not say what happened between us, it is personal." Byron Raphael and Alanna Nash have stated that the star "would never put himself inside one of these girls...". Albert Goldman speculated that Elvis preferred voyeurism over normal sexual relations with women. Goldman went on to suggest that during his military service, Elvis had "discovered prostitutes and picked up the intense fear of sexually transmitted diseases which led to claims that he had a morbid fear of sexual penetration." Alanna Nash, in her book,'Baby, Let's Play House': Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him, reveals a need in Presley to play Pygmalion and father to young girls, whom he delighted in making over. A late-blooming "Mama's boy," she argues, young Elvis was a flop with girls and super-religious.
Because of a fear of sexually transmitted diseases, he wouldn't go "inside" women, never undressed, was more into
Peace in the Valley (EP)
Peace in the Valley is an EP by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released in April 1957 on RCA Victor Records in mono with catalogue number EPA 4054. It reached number three on the short-lived Billboard EP chart, number three on the album chart and number 39 on the singles chart. By the 1950s, Presley's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee had become a center for gospel music in the United States. Presley grew up listening to this music, maintained an abiding love for gospel singing his entire life; this EP initiated Presley's commercial presentation of this interest. Presley would go on to make many more recordings of spiritual music, including the issue of the gospel albums His Hand In Mine, How Great Thou Art, He Touched Me; the recordings included on the EP were taken from sessions on January 12, 13, 19 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. All four selections are gospel classics, including two by Thomas A. Dorsey'the father of black gospel'; the four songs are all reverential in spirit, rather than uptempo gospel songs.
Six months after the appearance of this EP, the four songs issued here would be added to eight recordings of Christmas songs for his first holiday album. Elvis Presley – lead vocals on all tracks, acoustic guitar on all tracks The Jordanaires - background vocals on all tracks Scotty Moore – electric guitar on all tracks Dudley Brooks – piano on "It Is No Secret" Gordon Stoker - piano on "Peace in the Valley", "I Believe" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", Jordanaires group member on all tracks Hoyt Hawkins - organ on "It Is No Secret", Jordanaires group member on all tracks Bill Black – bass on all tracks D. J. Fontana – drums on all tracks Neal Matthews - Jordanaires group member on all tracks Hugh Jarrett on - Jordanaires group member on all tracks Peace in the Valley at Discogs