In 1961, Elvis had been out of the Army and back in the "limelight" for over a year and had the Triumph that was the "Elvis Is Back" Lp under his belt.
With his confidence fully restored, 1961 proved to be a GREAT year for Elvis. In March, he went to RCA's Studo B in Nashville to work on some new material with the famous "Nashville A Team" band, including Hank Garland on Guitar, Bob Moore on Base, Buddy Harmon on Drums, Floyd Cramer on Piano and Boots Randolph on Sax. Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontanna were on hand as well.
1961 finds Elvis in EXTREMELY good voice and, as previously mentioned, a band that just couldn't be beat, then or now. The songs making up the "Something For Everybody" and "Pot Luck" albums were all cut in '61 at Studo B. The songs Elvis chose were just as good as the vocalist and his band.....I'm Comin' Home, Gently, In Your Arms, Give Me The Right, There's Always Me, Put The Blame On Me, Night Rider.....The list goes on.
Additionally, 1961 saw Elvis work on the soundtrack for Blue Hawaii, again with the Nashville A Team Band. From these sessions comes an all-time Elvis classic and musical triumph on every level, Can't Help Falling In Love. The entire Blue Hawaii Soundtrack is something to recommend, however, as it has much more to offer than just the Brilliant Can't Help Falling In Love.
1961 also saw the last of Elvis' live shows until the 1968 Comeback. Elvis played benefit concerts in both Memphis and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. These shows also featured the legendary A Team Band and, thankfully one of them, the Pearl Harbor Show, was recorded. Although it is a primitive recording, it still manages to capture the Excitement and Electricity Elvis created in a Live setting. It's history's loss that he gave up live performances for 8 long years after this performance. If you haven't heard the Pear Harbor Concert, it comes highly recommended!!
I love Elvis from all era's, but I prefer Elvis in the 60's. Even then it's difficult for me to choose just one year......As mentioned 1960 was also a landmark year with Elvis returning home from the Army, cutting some CLASSIC tracks, releasing the Elvis Is Back LP, appearing on TV for the first time since his return from the Army and the last time until 1968 on the Frank Sinatra "Welcome Home Elvis" Special. 1968 is another year with outstanding achievements, as was 1969...... [img]style_emoticons/default/king.gif[/img]