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Oldies that were performed well in the 70's

Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:00 am

A lot of folks like to trash EP's oldies in the 70's. What "oldies" did he do a good job on? Actually, there are quite a few. I'm calling an 'oldie' anything originally recorded before say 1965....Several songs come to mind....

One night with you
A big hunk of Love
Little Sister
Heartbreak Hotel
Fever
Now or Never
I got a woman
Reconsider Baby
Trying to get to you

Oldies performed well

Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:24 am

He did great jobs on these songs 1970 and 1971

HOUND DOG (February 1970 versions are very powerful and good)
LOVE ME (Almost like in 1956, great background singing, too)
LONG TALL SALLY (a little bit fast, but even with instrumental break)
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
ONE NIGHT


Over the years he did wonderful versions of these songs

MY BABY LEFT ME
LITTLE SISTER (doesn't sound too bad, especially in 1977)
TRYING TO GET TO YOU (Sorry, but I like the In Concert version)
BLUE CHRISTMAS
HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG
CRYING IN THE CHAPEL (unrehearsed but in a way touching)
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (especially Asheville, July 22, 1975)
YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL
RETURN TO SENDER (only a few times, but everytime good versions)
TROUBLE (1973 in Vegas, very catchy)
THAT'S ALL RIGHT (I like the 1976 and 1977 versions, they are not bad)

I might have forgotten quite a few. But it seems to me, that he was rather bored with these All Shook Up, Hound Dog, Love Me, Blue Suede Shoes, I got a Woman-Amen, Teddy Bear-Don't Be Cruel songs. He could have used so many other, great songs from the Fifties. Unfortunately he didn't.