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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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