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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 16 2018, 07:35 PM

Now is the hour (Maori farewell song *)
The song is written by Maewa Kaihan – Clement Scott – Dorothy Stewart.

The song is often mentioned in magazines – books as instrumental track recorded on 27 july 1965 for the movie Paradise Hawaiian style. There are no documents about this recording and the song is probably rejected in the pre-selection.
The song was a big hit in 1948 with recordings by:
08-11-47 – Bing Crosby (Decca 24279);
00-11-47 – Eddy Howard (Majestic 1191);
00-11-47 – Grace Fields (London 110);
22-11-47 – Charlie Spivak (RCA 202704);
00-03-48 – Margaret Whiting (Capitol 15024).

* The Maori’s originate from New Zealand!!


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 20 2018, 04:30 PM

Fabulous
The song was written by Harry Land – John Sheldon aka Bernie Lowe – Karl Man; it was a hit in 1957 for Charlie Grace (Cameo 107) and Steve Lawrence (Coral 61834).
According to the book Elvis – His life from A to Z (Fred Worth & Steve Tamerius) may have recorded the song.
I think it’s only a rumour. There are no documents or another proof about a recording in the 50’s.

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 21 2018, 03:16 PM

There’s a brand new day on the horizon

The demo acetate on the tune of “Glory glory halleluh” is rejected (by director John Rich) during a pre-selection on 13 january 1964 because it’s not a dixieland marchin’ song. The song was too "religious" for that scene.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 21 2018, 07:04 PM

Home
According to an unconfirmed story the song was submitted for the Memphis recording sessions in january 1969. The song was written by Mac Davis-Larry Collins. Elvis never recorded the song.
The song was recorded in july 1969 by Nancy Sinatra (Reprise 0851). Songwriter Mac Davis recorded the song in october 1969 for an album.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 21 2018, 07:37 PM

Country bumpkin
According to an unconfirmed story the song was submitted for the recording sessions in july 1973. The song was written by Don Wayne. Elvis never recorded the song.
The song was recorded on 21 december 1973 by Cal Smith (MCA 40191).

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 21 2018, 08:05 PM

Don’t forbid me
Perhaps it’s not a real rejected song but according to the dialogue during the MDQ session on 4 december 1956 a demo version was sent to Elvis. It was unopened at Graceland with all the junk that comes in. The song was written by Charlie Singleton.
Pat Boone recorded his hit version on 10 november 1956 (Dot 15521).

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 22 2018, 01:54 PM

May 1966 – gospel sessions
Elvis choose his favorite songs in his own record collection for this recording session. For various reasons some of these songs didn’t made it to be recorded.

Danny boy (Wakely)
Elvis made a home recording in 1958 – Bad Nauheim.
The song was recorded later on 5/6 february 1976 in the studio.

Don’t knock
The song was recorded in 1960 by Staple Singers for LP “Will the circle be unbroken” (Vee Jay LP 5006)

He (Richards-Mullen)
Elvis made a home recording in november 1960.
The original version was recorded in february 1955 by The Blackwood Brothers (Blackwood 1188)

He lifted me (Red West)
Jake Hess & The Imperials recorded the song in 1967 for LP “To sing is the thing” (Heartwarming records HWM 1933)

I’ll tell it where ever I go (Thomas A Dorsey)
The song was recorded in 1953 by Blackwood Brothers (Blackwood 1178)

I will be true (Ivory Joe Hunter)
Elvis made a home recording in 1958 – Bad Nauheim.
The song was recorded later on 19 may 1971 in the studio.

Lord I need you again today (Jean Bradford); the song was recorded in 1964 by The Happy Goodmans. A lot of gospel quartets will follow in the next years.

Love is a many splendored thing (Sammy Fain – Paul Webster)
The original version was recorded in 1955 by Dick Cornell. The song was also recorded in 1957 by Roy Hamilton.

Rags to riches (Adler – Ross)
Later on recorded in the studio 22 september 1970

Room at the cross (Ira Stamphill);
recorded live by Statesman Quartet in october 1959 for an album (RCA LPM/LSP 2188 On stage).

Walk that lonesome valley (traditional / H. Young)
The song was performed during the MDQ sessions on 4 december 1956.

Wasted years (Wally Fowler)
recorded by Statesman Quartet in 1963 for a live album with Bill Shaw and J D Sumner. (RCA LPM/LSP 2647 “A gospel concert”)

You better run (Martin – Frije)
Elvis knew the song from a recording by The Golden Gate Quartet titled Run on (You better run on).
The song was recorded later on 31 march 1972 for the movie Elvis – On Tour.

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 22 2018, 07:40 PM

Don’t let go (Jesse Stone)
This song was selected from Elvis’ own record collection for recording on the 22 august 1967 session.
In 1957 the song was recorded by Roy Hamilton (Epic 5-9257).
The song didn’t survive the pre-selection where 11 tracks should be recorded on 22-23 august 1967.
However this recording session was cancelled. Elvis never recorded the song in the next sessions.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 23 2018, 07:11 PM

You gotta stop
The demo acetate was offered for the movie Easy come asy go with the title “Stop you’re wrong”; the title was changed by the songwriters Giant – Baum – Kaye into “You gotta stop”.
No other demos were offered for the scene with this song.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 25 2018, 02:54 PM

In my dreams
According to the "official" P.J. Proby fanclub-site this demo version is written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman for an unknown Elvis' movie in 1961-1963 but rejected. It's released on a P.J. Proby fanclub CD release in 2011.
The song is n't registered at ASCAP by the songwriter/composer.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 27 2018, 12:06 PM

Please don’t stop lovin’ me (Byers)
Selected for spot # 7 (page 51) in the movie Harum scarum but rejected and moved to spot # 9 (page 52). Finally not used at all in the movie.
Later on recorded for the movie Frankie and Johnny.

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 27 2018, 12:49 PM

Update for Jailhouse rock

Suggested songs for the movie outside the well known tracks (30 march 1957).

Don’t be afraid (McCoy – Owens) = not selected

Lonesome blue (Weisman) = not selected

Mister Heart-ache (Dick & Bob Sherman) = not selected

Oh my you lied ( ) = not used

Quarters nickels and dimes (Tepper – Bennett) = not selected

Sands of time (Leiber – Stoller) = not selected (registered at BMI)

That ain’t right (Schroeder – Peoples) = not selected

What have ya got to lose (Wise – Thomas) = not used
(Recorded: 00-09-57: Sid King & The Five Strings – Columbia 41019)

Yeah yeah yeah (Leiber – Stoller) = not selected (registered at BMI)
(Recorded: 00-00-54 Joe Liggens & his Orchestra – Mercury 70440)

Young hearts (Tepper-Bennett) = not used
(Recorded: 31-05-57: Jim Reeves (RCA 47-6973)

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 29 2018, 07:54 PM

For the movie Roustabout (working title : Right this way folks) Freddie Bienstock have sent in 13 demo acetates on 13 january 1964. Most of these titles didn't survive the pre-selection.
Song selection on 27 january 1964 for the time being:

The biggest little show on earth (no songwrite known) – considered for scene at Cat rack – replaced by It’s carnival time (first version)

Don’t knock it (no songwrite known) – considered for scene # 66 – replaced by Hard knocks

Trouble is my middle name (no songwrite known) – considered for scene # 150 – Carver’s combined show = rejected

Phantom love (Blackwell -Scott) – considered for scene # 161 – Carver’s combined show = rejected


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 1 2018, 11:19 AM

According to information at American Film Institute these songs were selected for the movie Loving you

We're gonna live it up
The song was written by Leiber & Stoller but rejected.
(already mentioned in a previous post)

Fireworks
The song was written by Aron Schroeder – Ben Weisman but rejected. The song isn’t registered at ASCAP

Candy kisses
The song was written by George Morgan; he recorded his version on 16 january 1949 (Columbia 20547). In the movie the song was played by Tex Warner’s band.

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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 3 2018, 10:45 AM

It won’t be me
The song is written by Ben Weisman and Fred Wise. I've not found information about a selection for a recording session or movie. The song is registered at ASCAP with performer: Elvis Presley.
The song can’t be confused with “It won’t be long” (Weisman-Wayne) for the movie Double troube.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 3 2018, 06:33 PM

It happened at the world’s fair
According to ASCAP the song was written by Don Robertson. Together with Hal Blair he also wrote the song Take me to the fair (rejected version). This rejected version of Take me to the fair is not registered at ASCAP. In the pre-selection 8 songs from 10 songs written by Don Robertson for the movie were rejected. It seems IHATWF is not the same song; it’s probablye one of these 8 rejected songs.
It could be the instrumental film music is registered here but I doubt. Instrumental film music (bridges between scenes etc) for Elvis’ movies are registered in another way

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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 19 2018, 06:53 PM

Alabama wild man
In an article from Marty Lacker around 1980 he wrote about a recording of the song in 1968. Probably Elvis heard a demo version and Marty Lacker confused the song with U.S. Male.
The song was written by Jerry Reed (aka Hubbard) and recorded on 31 may 1968 (RCA 47-9623).
The song is registered at BMI without any connection with Elvis and/or his music publishing companies.
There’s a clip on Youtube.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 21 2018, 02:09 PM

Sweet stuff
The song was written by Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman for the movie Jailhouse rock; the song wasn't selected.
(Registered at ASCAP 14 may 1957)


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 23 2018, 01:10 PM

Ring of bright water
According to an unconfirmed story a demo version was selected for the movie Change of habit; I’ve no more information about song writers.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 23 2018, 01:40 PM

Lonely avenue
The song was written by Doc Pomus and recorded in september 1956 by Ray Charles (Atlantic 1108).
The other side of the single was “Leave my woman alone” written by Ray Charles.
Doc Pomus claimed in april 1986 that one of his songs “Lonely Avenue” was recorded by Elvis and stayed unreleased. I’ve no information when the song was tried out in a recording session in the early 60’s.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 23 2018, 06:27 PM

Dirty dirty feeling
It’s not a real rejected song but originally written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the movie King Creole but not used. Later on recorded in the studio (4 april 1960).



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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 23 2018, 08:45 PM

Wonderful blue eyed girl of mine
The song was written ny Gerald Nelson and Fred Burch for the movie Easy come easy go. In the pre-selection replaced for the Yoga – scene by the song Yoga is as yoga does.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 30 2018, 07:09 PM

I’ll tell the world I love you
It’s unknown when Elvis got a demo version of the song in the 50’s / early 60’s; the song is written by Jim Reeves and recorded by him for Abott records in the early 50’s.
The song is registered at Gladys music (ASCAP).


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 11 2018, 02:12 PM

Love on the rocks
Another version was written by Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman for scene 94 in the movie Easy come easy go. The demo version was sung by Glen Campbell but rejected.
The version written by Claude Demetrius was also rejected in the pre-selection.


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 17 2018, 02:52 PM

Possum tails gizzards and grits
According to the script page 32 – scene 92 Jodie starts to sing this song; the song never made it to the final song selection for the movie.
(Thanks to Ed A for this information)


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 29 2018, 11:38 AM

Don’t leave me here all alone
The song was written by Dennis Linde; the demo version was offered for recording in march 1972 but rejected.

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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 31 2018, 09:29 PM

Echoes of love
According to the official fan site of P.J. Proby he recorded in 1963 a demo version of the song “Echoes of love” (written by Ruth Batchelor and Bob Roberts) for the movie Kissin’ cousins. However Elvis recorded another track with the same title in a non-movie recording session on 26 may 1963.


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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 18 2018, 05:57 PM

I’ll never know (Karger-Weisman-Wayne)
According to the booklet in FTD Elvis sings Guitar man the song was selected for the cancelled recording session on 22-23 august 1967. I don’t have information about a selection for an earlier recording session for a movie between 1964-1967.’
Later on recorded 5 june 1970.


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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 18 2018, 08:24 PM

We’re getting closer to being apart
The song was written and recorded around june/july 1955 by Charlie Feathers. The recording was not released at the time. Later on a re-make was released in 1976 (Vetco 922)
According to Kevan Budd Elvis tried to record a version around the same time at Sun.


From Escott & Hawkins book “Good rockin’ tonight”(1991)
The songs that were to be used for Presley 6th Sun single are a matter of some conjecture. Phillips undoubtly wanted to use his own copyrights and Presley had started work on Bill Emerson’s “When it rains it really pours”. For a country flipside Presley was pressured to perform another Kesler-Feathers song “We’re getting closer being apart”. A rehearsel tape of ‘When it really pours” was discovered at RCA vaults but “We’re getting closer to being apart” has never surfaced.



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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 26 2018, 04:56 PM

Three wishes
The song was written by Fred Wise and Randy Starr in late 1964 or early 1965 for an unknown Elvis movie. The song was never recorded. The demo recording is confirmed by Randy Starr.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 17 2018, 09:52 PM

By day by day
The song was written by Dennis Linde.
This song was selected for recording on the 20/21 january 1977 session; however this recording session was cancelled.
I have no more information about the song.



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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 23 2018, 09:09 PM

Don’t knock it (songwriter ???) was selected in the movie Roustabout for scene 74 (27 january 1964) ; at the final song selection (19 february 1964) replaced by Hard knocks (sung on stage at the girlie show).
A demo version was recorded on 20 november 1963 by Joey Castle.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 24 2018, 09:55 AM

Phantom lover (Blackwell-Scott) was selected in the movie Roustabout for scene 161 (27 january 1964) ; at the final song selection (19 february 1964) replaced by Little Egypt (scene 139 - Carver’s combined show).
The demo version was recorded in 1963 by Joey Castle. There's a clip on Youtube.

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 30 2018, 10:54 AM

Pot Luck
The song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Registered at BMI – Elvis Presley Music.
It was the original title of the script until it was changed to Speedway in april 1967.
The demo couldn’t be used for the movie because in 1962 an album with the same title was released.

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 31 2018, 11:49 AM

Without love
The song was written by Leiber-Stoller for the movie Loving you. The song was replaced by Hal Wallis’ favorite Mean woman blues.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 31 2018, 05:10 PM

I love you so much it hurts
The song was written by Floyd Tillman and recorded on 29 december 1947 (Columbia 20430).

Other versions:
1948 - Jimmy Wakely;
1949 - The Mills Brothers;
1949 - Smokey Smith;
1949 - Vic Damone;
1949 - Cowboy Copass.

The song was selected for recording on the 19 january 1957 session.

According to an agreement signed 7 december 1956 the rights of the song were transferred from Elvis Presley Music Inc to Glady Music, Inc. However the song was never recorded by Elvis.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 31 2018, 05:11 PM

One has my name (the other has my heart)
The song was written by Dearest Dean-Eddie Dean-Hal Blair recorded around june 1948 (Crystal 132).

Other versions:
1948 - Jimmy Wakely;
1948 - Dick Dyson & his Musical Texans;
1949 - Buddy Walker.

The song was selected for recording on the 19 january 1957 session..

According to an agreement signed 7 december 1956 the rights of the songs was transferred from Elvis Presley Music Inc to Glady Music, Inc. However the song was never recorded by Elvis.

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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 1 2019, 03:13 PM

You never talked about me
Written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman (BMI) in 1961; selected for october 1961 recording session.
(source – A life in music- page 160)
The song was recorded in february 1962 by Del Shannon (Big top 45-3117).


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 1 2019, 06:13 PM

1966 recording sessions
These are not real rejected songs but according to page 204 from the book A day in music – page 204 the next songs were selected for possible recording in 1966. All these selections were shelved.

What now my love (Et maintenant) (Sigman- Becaud) – performed live in the years 1972 / 1973 and occasionally recorded.

Power of my love (Giant-Baum-Kaye) – recorded later on 18 february 1969.

The wonderful world of Christmas (Tobias-Frish) – recorded later on 16 may 1971.

Merry Christmas baby (Baxter-Moore) – recorded later on 15 may 1971.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 2 2019, 09:12 PM

Anything for gold
According to the letter from 17 january 1956 the song was selected for recording. It was a new song.
I’ve not found any information about songwriters / other recordings.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 4 2019, 02:51 PM

9 january 1959 letter with (requested) songs for a possible recording session

There’s no tomorrow (Hoffman-Corday-Carr)
There’s a home recording from december 1958.
With new lyrics by Aaron Schroeder & Wally Gold the song was recorded on 3 april 1960 titled “It’s now or never”;

What a lovely thing
I’ve not found information about songwriters or recordings by other singers.

It was never meant to be
The song is written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
In 1960 (unknown date) it was recorded by Dion & The Belmonts. It was released in 1963 on LP Together (Laurie rec. LLP 2016)

Just a close walk with thee (traditional)
There’s a home recording from december 1958. The song was never recorded by Elvis.

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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 13 2019, 12:21 PM

According to an unconfirmed story Bobby Wood offered two demo recordings during february 1969 sessions:
The day after forever – written by Stan Kesler and recorded in september 1961 by Bobby Wood.

Who am I – recorded around 1962 by Bobby Wood in the Sun studio but never released.
(Mentioned in the book A life in music – page 278).
Without doubt the song was known to Elvis with recordings by his favorite gospel quartets like (Statesmen Quartet (1966 – LP), Blackwood Brothers (1967 – LP), J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet (1967 – LP) and many others.
Finally recorded on 22 february 1969 at American Studios.



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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 13 2019, 01:41 PM

According to an unconfirmed story Bonnie Bunkley recorded around april 1960 4 songs for Elvis.
All the songs were recorded in the 40’s by other artists:

A – The more I see you (Warren-Gordon)
The original version was recorded on 21 january 1945 by Dick Haymes (Decca 18882).

B – You make me feel so young (Myrow-Gordon)
The original version was recorded in march 1946 by Martha Tilton (Capitol 272).

C – Fools rush in (Mercer-Bloom)
The original version was recorded 18 march 1940 by Bob Crosby & his Orchestra with vocal
Marion Mann (Decca 3154).

D – Day in day out (Mercer-Bloom)
Recorded on 24 july 1939 by Bob Crosby & his Orchestra with vocal Helen Ward (Decca 2703).

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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 17 2019, 08:46 PM

Jambalaya
The song is written by Hank Williams and recorded on 13 june 1952 (MGM 11283).
The song is registered at BMI with performer Elvis Presley. (see scans – page 2 is a list with performers I’ve not scanned). The song was submitted several times in the 60’s for a recording session but it was always rejected in the pre-selection.
On 4 may 1975 and a few other occasions Elvis sung small portions of the song.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 17 2019, 09:01 PM

Vincent
The song is written and recorded by Don MacLean around june 1971.
The song is registered at BMI with performer Elvis Presley. (see scans – page 2 is a list with performers I’ve not scanned). I’ve not found information about a selection for a recording session.
Somewhere rejected in a pre-selection?.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 23 2019, 09:35 PM

Baby don’t get hooked on me
The song is written by Mac Davis; he recorded the song on 13 march 1972 (Columbia 45618).
On 8 january 1973 the song was selected for the Aloha TV Special but not used.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 24 2019, 10:31 AM

My boy
The song is written by (Jean) Claude Francois - Jean Pierre Boutayre – Yves Dessca with the title “Parce que je t’aime mon enfant”. The song was recorded in 1967 by Claude Francois (Philips 336.203)
English lyrics were written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter.
This version was recorded in october 1971 by Richard Harris (Dunhill 4293)

On 8 january 1973 the song was selected for the Aloha TV Special but not used. Later on recorded by Elvis on 13 december 1973.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 24 2019, 11:30 AM

Born to lose
The song is written by Ted Daffan. The song was recorded on 20 february 1942 by Ted Daffan’s Texans. (Okeh 6706). In the following years the song was recorded by countless other artists.

On 8 january 1973 the song was selected for the Aloha TV Special but not used.

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Posted by: colonel snow Feb 4 2019, 03:46 PM

Rejected songs Fun in Acapulco

According to the script from 28 november 1962 these songs were selected for:

This is Acapulco
page 25 - scene 54 – on bicycle: Mike sings “This is Acapulco” with Raoul;
According to an interview with Roy C. Bennett the original title/demo version was “Acapulco”; the song was re-written with changing lyrics/title into Mexico.
Finally selected and recorded: Mexico

You can’t make it out in a sportscar
page 69 – scene 11 – parked in a sportscar - Mike sings “You can’t make out in a sports car” ;
Finally selected and recorded: There’s no room to rhumba in a sportscar.

Which way do I turn
page 74 – scene 125 – Tropicana night club - Mike sings “Which way do I turn” with Raoul;
It looks this scene was cut from the movie.
The song isn’t registered at ASCAP/BMI.


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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 17 2019, 02:05 PM

Jenny Jenkins
The song was suggested for scene127 in the movie Wild in the country according to the script page 95. The original version of this song was recorded in the 50’s by Tom Glazer (Young Peoples Record 436)
Later on the song was replaced by Husky dusky day.

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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 25 2019, 03:01 PM

march 1971 – sessions
These songs are not all rejected songs because most of these were recorded / performed on stage later on.
Part of the selected songs to be recorded in march 1971:

Help me make it through the night (Kristofferson)
Later on recorded 17 may 1971.

My way (Anka-Reveaux-Francois)
Later on recorded 10 june 1971.

Padre (LaRue-Webster-Romans)
Later on recorded 15 may 1971.

Sunday morning coming down (Kristofferson)
The original version was recorded by Ray Stevens on 27 march 1969 (Monument 1163).
The song wasn’t recorded at one of the next recording sessions and finally rejected.

The impossible dream (Leigh-Darion)
The song was performed for the first time in concert 26 january 1971 opening. The song was not recorded in the studio later on.

You gave me a mountain (Robbins)
Later on recorded live during february 1972 engagement in Las Vegas.


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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 25 2019, 04:03 PM

february 1972 – in concert
Part of the song selection for february 1972 – Las Vegas:

Steamroller blues (Taylor)
The song was rejected for february 1972 and performed for the first time on 7 august 1972 midnight. Since january 1973 regular performed in concert.

Sunday morning coming down (Kristofferson)
The original version was recorded by Ray Stevens on 27 march 1969 (Monument 1163).
The song was previously selected for recording in march 1971 but rejected. Rejected again.

The last time I saw her face (Lightfoot)
The original version was recorded in december 967 by Gordon Lightfoot for an album.
The song was rejected.

The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore (Crewe-Gaudio)
The original version was recorded in 1966 by The Walker Brothers (Smash S 1419).
The song was rejected.

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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 25 2019, 05:24 PM

june 1972 – in concert
These are not real rejected songs but the tracks were rehearsed on 9 june 1972 for the upcoming 4 concerts / live recordings in Madsison Square Garden:

Any day now
Rejected and selected again for august 1972 Las Vegas concerts. Rejected again and never recorded live.

I washed my hands in muddy water
Rejected and never recorded live.

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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 25 2019, 08:41 PM

january 1971 – in concert
Part of the song selection and rehearsed for january 1971 – Las Vegas:
The songs were rejected for performance.

My sweet Lord (Harrison)
The original version was recorded in september 1970 by Billy Preston for an album.

Sunday morning coming down (Kristofferson)
The original version was recorded by Ray Stevens on 27 march 1969 (Monument 1163).
Selected again for recording in the studio in march 1971.

This is our dance (Reed-Stephan)
Recorded by Elvis on 6 june 1970 and never selected again.



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Posted by: colonel snow Mar 26 2019, 08:10 PM

july 1969 – rehearsel
Selected and rehearsed between 7 and 31 july 1969 but not used:

18 Yellow roses (Darin)
The original version was recorded on 6 april 1963 by Bobby Darin (Capitol 4970)
Selected and rehearsed between 7 and 31 july 1969 but not used.

Everybody's talking (Neil)
The original version was recorded on 13 october 1966 by Fred Neil (Capitol P 2256).
Selected and rehearsed between 7 and 31 july 1969 but not used:

Folsom prison blues (Cash)
A small portion of the song was sung in concert on 14 august 1970 midnight.

Green green grass of home (Putman)
Recorded later on in the studio 10 march 1975

I walk the line (Cash)
The song was rehearsed again in august 1974 but not used.
A small portion of the song was sung in concert on 14 august 1970 midnight.

Little green apples (Leon Russell)
The original version was recorded on 24 january 1968 by Roger Miller (Smash S 2148).

Love letters in the sand (Nick Kenny - Charles Kenny - Fred Coots)
The original version was recorded on 27 august 1931 by Ted Black & his Orchestra on Victor 22799l. In 1957 Pat Boone had a no 1 hit in the US with the song.
In 1966/67 Elvis made a home recording but until now it is not released.
Rehearsed again in january 1970 at RCA studio in Los Angeles but no tape came to daylight.

Matchbox (Perkins)
The original version was recorded 4 december 1956 by Carl Perkins (Sun 261).

Release me (Miller-Stevenson)
The song was rehearsed again on 18 february 1970 aftermoon and inserted in the concerts.

Slow down
There are various songs with this title released; there’s nothing now which version was selected here.

Seventeen (Bennett-Gorman-Young)
The original version was recorded on 4 january 1955 by Boyd Bennett and his Rockets (King 1470).

When the snow is on the roses (Kusik-Snijder-Bader-Last)
The original version was recorded 5 june 1967 by Ed Ames (RCA 47-9319).
One live performance is known from 24 august 1970 midnight Las Vegas.

You’re the reason I’m livin’ (Darin)
The original version was recorded 25 september 1962 by Bobby Darin (Capitol 4897).
The song was sung in concert on 22 march 1975 midnight.

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Posted by: colonel snow May 11 2019, 02:55 PM

Ginny’s afraid of the dark

According to an unconfirmed story Elvis wanted to record the song around 1959; he was not able to locate the singer / to get the rights.
Later on he gave the demo-acetate to his father.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jun 19 2019, 10:58 AM

Rejected from 12 april 1967 - songselection for the movie Speedway

1 - sung over the opening credits
The road to success – rejected / no information known;
finally recorded for this scene Speedway (first verse edited with overdub instruments)

6 - page 86
Let your self go – finally moved to spot nr 2
Close to me – rejected / no information known;
One step at a time – rejected / no information known;

7 - page 98
Suppose - (not used);
Meant good to the whole wide world – rejected / no information known;

8 - page 126
Suppose - (not used);
My baby is here to stay - rejected / no information known;;

finally recorded for this scene There ain’t nothing like a song – sung in the Hangout Club after the race; Susan (= Nancy Sinatra joined in.



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Posted by: colonel snow Jul 1 2019, 05:44 PM

On a Glen Campbell – forum about recording sessions are mentioned in 2014 the next demo – versions for Elvis (all written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman / recorded between 1965-1967)

Dust on my shoes – no information linked to Elvis;

Hollywood wheels – no information (recorded in 1967 by Ken Rogers- National 6089) (Registered at ASCAP). There’s a clip on YT.

Restless – included on CD Glen Campbell sings for the king. (Registered at ASCAP).

Sands of time – no information linked to Elvis;

You only think of me (when you’re lonely) – no information linked to Elvis; recorded on 23 august 1966 by Jimmy Dean for an album) (Registered at ASCAP).


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Posted by: colonel snow Jul 25 2019, 03:06 PM

This old world is lonesome
(Written by Bettye E Berger – Ivory Joe Hunter)
According to Ivory Joe Hunter’s widow and his publisher the song was recorded during may 1971 recording sessions with the other “piano-songs”. In a mail from 4 october 2010 Ernst Jorgensen stated the song maybe selected but not recorded although a few tapes from this may 1971 session are missing.
The song is registered at BMI.

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Posted by: colonel snow Jul 28 2019, 02:26 PM

Birds fly high
Reportedly Elvis recorded the song in 1967. Source book: His life from A to Z / fanclubmagazines.
There is no proof Elvis recorded this song.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 3 2019, 10:42 AM

Mi amigo
Duet version submitted for the movie Fun in Acapulco. No more information available.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 19 2019, 07:10 PM

On 12 april 1967 the screenplay written by Philip Shuken for Speedway was still called “Pot Luck”.
Submitted title song for the opening A driving man (selected song for this spot "Road to success"). I’ve no more information about the song.


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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 20 2019, 04:30 PM

Speedway - rejected songs from 12 april 1967 – song selection (based on the screenplay from 7 april 1967)
sung over the opening credits
The road to success – rejected / no information known;
finally recorded for this scene Speedway
(see previous post)

page 86 - scene Hang out club
Let your self go – finally moved to page 21 scene 99X1)
Close to me – rejected / no information known;
One step at a time – rejected / no information known;

page 98
Suppose - (not used);
Meant good to the whole wide world – rejected / no information known;

page 108
Lollipops and rainbows (Tepper-Bennett)
In the past selected for the movie Harum scarum but not used.

page 126
Suppose - (not used);
My baby is here to stay - rejected / no information known;

On a list with Elvis’ favorites are mentioned:
What are little girls made of (an old nursery rhyme) – not used;
There ain’t nothing like a song – sung in the Hangout Club after the race (P 109 scene 425-426) .
(in the past selected for the movie Spinout but rejected).


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 5 2019, 08:33 PM

Mustang wine
The song was written by Stephen Earle.
The song was probably selected for recording on the 20 january 1977 session; however this recording session was cancelled.
The song was recorded in november 1977 by Carl Perkins with producer Felton Jarvis (Jet 117).


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 5 2019, 08:41 PM

Miss Misunderstood
The song was written by David Bellamy.
The song was probably selected for recording on the 20 january 1977 session; however this recording session was cancelled.
The song was recorded in september 1978 by The Bellamy Brothers for an album.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 6 2019, 10:27 AM

Disco rider
The song was written by Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson.
According to the book Writing for the king the song was selected for recording on october 1976 / january 1977 sessions.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 6 2019, 10:39 AM

Please don’t let Lorraine come down
The song was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
According to a site with Andrew Lloyd Webber facts this song and It’s easy for you were selected for recording at october 1976 sessions. It’s easy for you was recorded and this song was rejected.

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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 7 2019, 04:24 PM

Ain’t funny
The song was written by Joy Byers in 1962; the demo version was rejected by Hill and Range.
The song was recorded later on november 1962 by Gerri Granger (Big bop 45-3128). For the other side of this single she recorded “Don’t want your letters” = Return the sender with different lyrics.


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 17 2019, 05:56 PM

(Down in) Bourbon Street
Composed by ?
There excists a demo version for the movie King Creole; selected but not used.
(source Kevan Budd)


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 21 2019, 04:25 PM

Pick up your sorrows
It’s not a real rejected song but during casting / rehearsels for the movie "The trouble with girls" this folk song was played by The Farmband. The song was written by Pauline Marden & Richard Farina.
The original version was recorded in april 1965 by Mimi & Richard Farina (Vanguard VRS 35032).
The song finally wasn't used.

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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 23 2019, 06:01 PM

Rejected songs in the pre-selection for the movie Viva Las Vegas

The duck, the cat and me (Sid Tepper- Roy Bennett)

That’s how you look to me (Rick Ward- Sid Feller)
(duet version like The lady love me)

Please be mine tonight (Bernie Wayne-Marvin Moore)
(ballad)

Viva Las Vegas - alt. version by Giant-Baum-Kaye(?)

The vega dance of chance (Sid Tepper-Roy Bennett)
(source Kevan Budd)

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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 26 2019, 03:44 PM

The city’s awake (Giant-Baum-Kaye).
Originally selected for the movie Viva Las Vegas (?).
Later on selected for the movie Double trouble but rejected.
We know the song with re-written lyrics as City by night.
(source Kevan Budd)


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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 27 2019, 08:11 AM

Viva Las Vegas
Another rejected version was written by Luigi Creatore and Hugo Peretti.
This version is registered at ASCAP.


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 7 2019, 01:57 PM

Take me to the fair
For the movie "Take me to the fair" aka "It happened at the world's fair" - opening (scene 4) were selected the next songs:

1. Take me to fair - written by Robertson - Blair = rejected
2. Take me to fair - written by Wise - Weisman = Elvis' favorite but not recorded
3. Take me to fair - written by Tepper - Bennett = producer's favorite and recorded later on 22 september 1962 titled Take me to the fair # 2


Additional versions submitted (source Kevan Budd)

4. Take me to the fair - Singleton and Ott.
5. Take me to the fair - Doc Pomus and Alan Jefferies
6. Take me to the fair (different song) - Wise and Weisman (They submitted at least two different songs for this title)

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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 10 2019, 06:48 PM

Seventeen mile drive
The song is mentioned for the movie Easy come easy go in the first scripts from 18 march 1966 for song spot 2 during car driving; no information availabe.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 3 2019, 11:35 AM

According to this tape legend Glen Campbell recorded these dmo version written by Ben Weisman

Bitter sweet – recorded 9 november 1965 - no information linked to Elvis;

Sweet november - recorded 9 january 1966 - no information linked to Elvis;

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 3 2019, 03:40 PM

Tape legend
According to the tapelegend the next demo-songs written by Ben Weisman were recorded on 1 february 1966 for the movie Spinout.

Spinout *
Any old time **
Anyone can play **
Magic fire
I’ll be back *
I’ll never know

* recorded by Elvis for the movie Spinout
** not used but selected again for the movie Clambake
*** selected again for 22-23 august 1967 (cancelled) recording session.

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 11 2019, 08:09 PM

According to the Hal Wallis papers in the Margaret Herrick Library he got outside the recorded tracks the next demo acetates for the movie Paradise Hawaiian style:

(It’s) a dog life (Tepper-Bennett) = rejected (see above);

All of you (beautiful princess) = no information known;

Bah-zoom = no information known;

Don‘t fool a fool in love = no information known;

(My) Hawaiian paradise (Owens) = rejected (see above);

Hook line and sinker (Haley-Khoury-Bonner).
The song was recorded on 23 march 1956 by Bill Haley & The Comets (Decca 30214).
It’s possible the demo version could be another song.

Kamehemeha (Wayne-Weisman- Fuller) = rejected;

Knock knock = no information known. There are a few hundred songs registered both at ASCAP and BMI with this songtitle.

Legend of the island (Giant-Baum-Kaye) = rejected;

Loki lani (Rose of heaven) = no information known;

Love me as I am = no information known;

Mine (Tepper-Bennett)
Replaced for that scene by This is my heaven. The song was recorded later on 11 september 1967 in a non-movie recording session.

My kinda island = no information known;

Polynesian paradise = no information known;
acetate 1 with note “Love song # 1”;
acetate 2 with note “Love song # 2”;
acetate 3 with note “Title song”;
acetate 4 with note “M.T.”.

Princess papoola papaya = recorded with re-written lyrics as Queenie wahine’s papaya.

Song of Hawaii = no information known;

South sea paradise = no information known;

Sweet dream baby = no information known;


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 22 2020, 11:46 AM

Any town is home to me
The song is written by Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus. Both also wrote Anyone (Kissin’ cousins) and Lonely man (Wild in the country) for Elvis.
I’ve not found a connection with a recording session or movie in the 60’s. The song is not registered at ASCAP.

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Posted by: colonel snow Feb 13 2020, 08:40 PM


More rejected demo’s for the movie Roustabout:

Don’t knock it - written by Jerry Kennedy & Margie Singleton.
Publisher Raleigh Music Inc. Copyrighted 11 march 1964

Hard knocks - written by Jerry Kennedy & Margie Singleton.
Publisher Raleigh Music Inc. Copyrighted 11 march 1964

Poison ivy league - written by Bob Tubert & Margie Singleton.
Publisher Raleigh Music Inc. Copyrighted 11 march 1964
(see scan BMI)

Roustabout - written by Bob Tubert & Margie Singleton.
Publisher Raleigh Music Inc. Copyrighted 15 april 1964
(see scan BMI)

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Posted by: colonel snow Feb 21 2020, 09:26 PM

It’s an upside down world
The song is written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman
Publisher Holly-Hill Inc.
(copyrighted 3 june 1966)

Let me live again
The song is written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman
Publisher Holly-Hill Inc.
(copyrighted 3 june 1966)

The demo versions were probably sent in for the movie Spinout.
I don’t have more information at the moment.

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Posted by: colonel snow Apr 18 2020, 01:27 PM

We’re gonna have a good time
The song was written by Red West & Charlie Hodge for the movie Girls girls girls.
For unknown reasons the songwriting team Giant-Baum-Kaye took over and we know the song with rewritten lyrics as “Plantation rock”.


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Posted by: colonel snow May 5 2020, 12:49 PM

Little darling
From the Graceland archives: Elvis sings motion picture title songs – acetate.
I’ve not found any connection with the movie. I know the live versions from 1975-1976 and the original version by The Gladiolas in 1956.
(see scan)

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Posted by: colonel snow Jul 13 2020, 07:55 PM

A time to love a time to cry
The tune is based on the song Petite fleur (written in 1959 by Sidney Bechet); Randy Starr re-arranged the song with new lyrics by Giant-Baum-Kaye for the movie Frankie and Johnny. However the demo version was rejected.
Recorded in july 1965 by Lou Johnson (London HLX-9994)
Later on recorded by other artists.

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 15 2020, 07:42 PM

Charro – written by Giant-Baum-Kaye; the demo version is sung by Bill Giant.
It’s unknown this demo was submitted for the movie.



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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 19 2020, 07:31 PM

The creole twist (Giant-Baum-Kaye)
The song is known with re-written lyrics as Plantation rock.
The demo version is sung by Bill Giant (see scan)

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Posted by: colonel snow Aug 19 2020, 07:32 PM

Sea of love (Giant-Baum-Kaye)
The song is known with re-written lyrics as I don’t wanna be tied.
The demo version is sung by Bill Giant (see scan)



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Posted by: colonel snow Sep 3 2020, 06:51 PM

Harem scarum
Recently I came across "Harem scarum" - written by Herb Miller & Jerry Salomon – publisher La Forge Pub. Co - copyright 23-11-64.
I don't have any information.


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 31 2020, 03:40 PM

Ferryboat from Dover
The song was written by Gerald Nelson for the movie Double trouble but rejected. The song is registered at ASCAP.


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Posted by: colonel snow Oct 31 2020, 04:29 PM

The chicken scratch
The song was written by Gerald Nelson for the movie Double trouble but rejected.

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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 16 2020, 10:43 AM

Love is not a forever thing
It’s unclear demo versions were sent in for this songtitle.
According to the script from Follow that dream the song was selected for scene 12 (see lyrics in the script). However the song was not used and finally replaced by I’m not the marrying kind

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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 16 2020, 10:44 AM

Kiss it and find it well
It’s unclear demo versions were sent in for this songtitle.
According to the script from Follow that dream the song was selected for scene 52 (see lyrics in the script). However the song was not used and finally replaced by On top of old smokey.

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Posted by: colonel snow Nov 30 2020, 08:24 PM

Charlie’s rhumba
Written by Dudley Brooks and Charles O’Curran. There’s no more information known. Probably an instrumental track written for the movie Roustabout?. (Charlie Rogers is the leading person in Roustabout)

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 1 2020, 05:10 PM

Roustabout
Another rejected version was written by Fred Wise-Randy Starr.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 3 2020, 02:39 PM

Something for the girls
The song was written by Alan Alch & Bob Thompson. Copyrighted 23-01-57.
The song wasn’t used for the movie. (see acetates with this title on the label).

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 3 2020, 09:06 PM

Come hell come sundown
This was a working title for the movie Charro.
The demo version was written by Tepper- Bennett but not used
(source Kevan Budd)



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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 11 2020, 06:31 PM

Let me in
The song is written by June Astor & Ollie Jones.
The song is registered at BMI – publisher Elvis Presley Music; copyright 13-08-63.
The songwriters Dory & Ollie Jones wrote “Finders keepers losers weepers” for Elvis.
I don’t have more information.

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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 11 2020, 08:10 PM

Return to sender (don’t want your letters)
The song was written by Ben Raleigh (words) and Otis Blackwell-Winfield Scott (music); we know the song with new lyrics as Return to sender (Blackwell-Scott). Copyright 29-10-62 / 21-11-62.


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Posted by: colonel snow Dec 11 2020, 08:35 PM

Hey Memphis
The song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman with this title; we know the song with re-written lyrics as Little sister (recorded 26 june 1961). Copyright 26-09-61 for Hey Memphis.


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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 18 2021, 03:40 PM

Coming soon.



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Posted by: colonel snow Jan 19 2021, 12:16 PM

In the summer of 1968 fanclubs reported RCA scheduled the release of a country album with 13 tracks. As far as known the tracks are listed here in alphabetical order:

01 – A girl’s got the right to cry
No information known.

02 – Beautiful garden of prayer (Fillmore-Schroll)
The original version was recorded on 13 august 1958 by Faron Young and released in april 1959 on LP My garden of prayer (Capitol T 1135).
I’ve not found more information.

03 – If I promise (Jerry Reed)
The original version was recorded on 9 september 1966 by Jerry Reed for an album.
I’ve not found more information.

04 – I’m chasing money
No information known.

05 – Love’s gone
No information known.

06 – Remembering
The song is written by Buddy Kaye.

07 – Sea of love
I’ve not found more information.

08 – Three good reasons
No information known.

09 – Winter in a long hot summer
I’ve not found any information.

10 – Woman shy (Jerry Reed)
The original version was recorded on 1 july 1966 by Jerry Reed for an album.
I’ve not found more information.



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