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I Fought The Law?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 2:49 am

I just finished reading a review of the 1976 Lake Tahoe Season. The review is on the Elvis in Concert website. In the review it states that in Charleston, on 7/24/76, Elvis sang a few lines of "I Fought The Law and The Law Won", during Jerry Scheff's solo. Is this true? And does a recording possibly exist of this version? Would be neat if it did.
What particularly impresses me here in Lake Tahoe 1976 is the way that as the season is progressing Elvis is colouring the intros with these 'snatches' of songs featuring Piano,Rythum Guitar,Lead Guitar etc. I wonder why Elvis stopped adding songs to shows here, maybe he recognized that instrumentals were already getting too long and drawn out?. Elvis much, much later added 'I REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW' to his intros featuring Tony Brown on Piano(but it could easily have been BLUEBERRY HILL) and Elvis had once sung I FAUGHT THE LAW(AND THE LAW WON) along with Jerry Scheff in Charleston during the 24.7.76 E/S.Elvis could have added a Karate workout to Ronnie Tutt's T.C.B.Band Theme and then the intros would have been complete.


http://www.elvisconcerts.com/real/tahoe ... e76-03.htm

Thanks,
Kevin

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:44 am

If true, Jerry certainly wasn't playing the MELODY of the Bobby Fuller Four classic, rendering it almost totally meaningless.

Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:52 am

I wouldn't find that meaningless.

Tue Jun 17, 2003 7:12 am

Throughout July to August 1976 several times J.Scheff would play brief intrumental parts of 'I Faught the Law(and the Law won)' Charleston was one time when was Elvis off-mike but you can hear a little of it sung along., more acurate to say it was an excerpt and probably not as much as the forthcoming Allright,Okay ,you win sing along!?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:25 am

Hello there,

well it is in fact NOT "I fought the law" the hit song from Bobby Fuller Four that was done by Elvis. Bobby and his group had a hit with the song in 1967-1968. And Bobby died in mysteries circumstances in 1968. He was found dead in his car.

But, there is truth in the fact that Elvis was humming along during the bass solos. In fact Jerry Scheff played the song: Battle of New Orleans.
And on some occasions Elvis off mike sang along.
I have copied the sheet music of this song and compared it and it checked out.

So I came to the following conclusion:

24 July 1976 Charleston Evening: Battle of New Orleans, Elvis sings a little bit along!
26 July 1976 Rochester: Battle of New Orleans, just the bass solo
29 July 1976 Springfield: the electric keyboard solo of David Briggs "Yankee doodle" is played. Elvis not singing or anything.
August 1st 1976 Hampton roads: Battle of New Orleans and Elvis again singing along off mike.

I will sift through my sheet music and type out the text of this song and note which parts Elvis sang along.

Full text:
The Battle of New Orleans
Music and lyrics by Jimmy Driftwood


In 1814 we took a little trip
along with Colonel Jackson
down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon and
we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British
in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns
and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many
as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and
they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

We looked down the river
and we seed the British come.
And there must have been a hundred
of'em beatin' on the drum.
They stepped so high and
they made the bugles ring.
We stood by our cotton bales
and didn't say a thing.

We fired our guns and the
British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many
as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and
they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

Old Hickory said
we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets
til we looked 'em in the eye
We held our fire til
we seed their faces well.
then we opened up with squirrel guns
And really gave 'em ... well ~~~

We fired our guns and the
British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many
as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and
they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars
and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes
where a rabbit couldn't go.
They ran so fast that the hounds
couldn't catch 'em on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

We fired our cannon til
the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator
and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls
and powdered his behind
and when we touched the powder off,
the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the
British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many
as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and
they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars
and they ran through the brambles
and they ran through the bushes
where a rabbit couldn't go.
they ran so fast that the hounds
couldn't catch 'em on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

I remember Elvis sang part of the chorus:
There wasn't nigh as many
as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and
they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi
to the Gulf of Mexico.

You can especially hear the: "wuzz a while ago" and "down to Mexico".

Hope this helps sorting this rumour out.

Regards
Merijn

Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:40 am

merry77 wrote:well it is in fact NOT "I fought the law" the hit song from Bobby Fuller Four that was done by Elvis. Bobby and his group had a hit with the song in 1967-1968. And Bobby died in mysteries circumstances in 1968. He was found dead in his car.


Merjin -

Great post. But you should know that "I Fought The Law" hit Billboard's top ten in February 1966 -- the Texas quartet's only top ten -- and Bobby Fuller was found dead on 18 July 1966. His death at the age of 22 is unresolved to this day.

Rock on!

Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:18 pm

Dr John,

Of course you´re right about Bobby.
I have the nice CD box with all the work of Bobby Fuller four, and the date is described in there. However I was not at home, so I had to do it from the top of my head. His death was then even sooner then I thought.

Thanks for that update.

Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:46 pm

You must get Bobby Fuller`s gret cd`s released on NORTON Records.Live recordings,real wild.we are of topic now. :roll:

Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:43 pm

Wasn´t this also a hit for Johnny Horton? The Battle Of New Orleans I mean.


Sincerely MB280E

Wed Jun 18, 2003 8:43 pm

I think MB280E is correct. Didn't Horton have a hit with this around 1959 or 1960?