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Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:46 am

The date is feb. 4th, 1956.

It would be Elvis' second national TV appearance.

He chooses to sing, "Baby Let's play house" and "Tutti Frutti".

It's the only time he sang a Sun title on tv until 1977.
("That's all right mama" and "Tryin' to get to you", would be cut out of the final edit of the 68 special.)

In all other 1950's tv appearances he sings songs that were either hit singles, or future hit singles, or current album tracks. In essence he was promoting something.

But on this day, he chooses to sing, "Baby let's play house", not on a current album, and
had been released by Sun months earlier, and only re-released by RCA 2 months prior.

It is indeed an odd choice, considering he still hadn't promoted his current and truely first RCA victor single,
"Heartbreak hotel". That would come on his next Dorsey show appearance.

I wonder what the reasoning was for including this old Sun title for this early tv appearance.
It was neither a current single nor was it on his album.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:56 am

It's possible that Elvis did it knowing that it was one of his mother's favorites and she would be watching.

She mentions the song as being one of her favorites on A Golden Celebration box set (Tupelo interview).
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Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:03 am

Blue River wrote:It's possible that Elvis did it knowing that it was one of his mother's favorites.

She mentions the song as being one of her favorites on A Golden Celebration box set (Tupelo interview).


Sure it's possible.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:31 pm

Blue River wrote:It's possible that Elvis did it knowing that it was one of his mother's favorites and she would be watching.

She mentions the song as being one of her favorites on A Golden Celebration box set (Tupelo interview).

She mentions "Don't Be Cruel" as her favorite or did I miss something?

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:50 pm

promiseland wrote:
Blue River wrote:It's possible that Elvis did it knowing that it was one of his mother's favorites and she would be watching.

She mentions the song as being one of her favorites on A Golden Celebration box set (Tupelo interview).

She mentions "Don't Be Cruel" as her favorite or did I miss something?


She said "Baby Play House" and "Don't Be Cruel." He might have indeed chosen the latter, but it had not yet been recorded.

And that is what she called the song, leaving out the "let's."

Strange yet cool choice(s) for a mother! Especially the tune in question.

rjm

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:05 pm

Brilliant choice of song to showcase his talents to a tv audience

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:50 pm

rjm wrote:
promiseland wrote:
Blue River wrote:It's possible that Elvis did it knowing that it was one of his mother's favorites and she would be watching.

She mentions the song as being one of her favorites on A Golden Celebration box set (Tupelo interview).

She mentions "Don't Be Cruel" as her favorite or did I miss something?


She said "Baby Play House" and "Don't Be Cruel." He might have indeed chosen the latter, but it had not yet been recorded.

And that is what she called the song, leaving out the "let's."

Strange yet cool choice(s) for a mother! Especially the tune in question.

rjm


Yes, I wouldn't have had Gladys down for a boppin' rockabilly cat!

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:21 pm

The song selections are not odd at all.

It's clear they are statements -- and Elvis chooses them, not RCA. Now, perhaps this is a gambit on management's part to show they control the music ("Go ahead, son, you pick the songs"), not the record company, but the choices are personal, not commercial.

In his network TV debut Elvis runs down two of the R&B covers that had been knocking them dead in his concerts throughout the previous year. Neither is available for sale on the Sun or RCA labels.

A week later, he gives a nod to Sam Phillips and everyone at Sun by singing the rockin' B-side of Sun 217 and then rips into his favorite new artist, Little Richard, and a cover of Specialty 561, which itself is barely two months old. The Richard cover is not currently available for sale on the Sun or RCA labels -- that's three of four songs exclusive to the TV appearances, and nothing from RCA. Imagine how RCA executive Steve Sholes, the man who got Presley signed to the label, feels.

Finally, in his third "Stage Show" appearance Presley (maybe) pleases RCA with his Carl Perkins cover (note: a second title from Sun Records on national TV), which RCA will put on an EP in a month's time (along with "Tutti-Frutti"), and finally offers the first airing of his recently released RCA debut single.

After that, it was all calculated to maximize his new RCA recordings.


Elvis Presley, with Scotty, Bill and D.J.
"Stage Show" Appearances, CBS-TV

January 28, 1956
Shake, Rattle and Roll / Flip, Flop and Fly
I Got A Woman


February 4, 1956
Baby Let's Play House
Tutti-Frutti


February 11, 1956
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel


February 18, 1956
Tutti-Frutti
I Was The One


March 17, 1956
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel


March 24, 1956
Money Honey
Heartbreak Hotel


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Maybe sometime in the next 50 years fans will finally get a high-quality, official DVD release of these stellar, game-changing appearances.

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Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:55 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:A week later, he gives a nod to Sam Phillips and everyone at Sun by singing the rockin' B-side of Sun 217

"Baby Let's Play House" was/is actually considered the A-side >> http://www.elvisrecords.us/baby-lets-pl ... es-gone-2/

RCA Gold Standard Series release >> http://www.elvisrecords.us/baby-lets-pl ... es-gone-5/

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:54 am

Blue River wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:A week later, he gives a nod to Sam Phillips and everyone at Sun by singing the rockin' B-side of Sun 217

"Baby Let's Play House" was/is actually considered the A-side ...

Incorrect.

If you look closely at those Sun labels you will see Sam Phillips chose master number U-142 for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" and U-143 for "Baby Let's Play House." However, the flip-side garnered more attention at radio, which may be where your confusion starts.

I do hope you enjoyed the entire content of my fact-filled post, not just a miniscule portion of it.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:21 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:If you look closely at those Sun labels you will see Sam Phillips chose master number U-142 for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" and U-143 for "Baby Let's Play House."

Good enough, drjohn. At first glance I didn't notice the U-142 .
"Baby Let's Play House" U-143... B-side it was.

Thanks.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:37 am

keninlincs wrote:Brilliant choice of song to showcase his talents to a tv audience

i think so too

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:10 am

Totally amazing it wasn't "Heartbreak Hotel" the then current single. He could be oddball in his choices.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:50 am

"Baby Let's Playhouse" is the coolest performance of all his "Dorsey Shows"...it's a low-down dirty version of the song 8) . I like the slight change in the lyrics, rather than singing, "rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man" he instead sings, "rather see you dead little girl than to wear another man".

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:26 am

His performance of Baby Lets Play House on the Dorsey show is magnificent!!

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:32 am

mysterytrainrideson wrote:"Baby Let's Playhouse" is the coolest performance of all his "Dorsey Shows"...it's a low-down dirty version of the song 8) . I like the slight change in the lyrics, rather than singing, "rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man" he instead sings, "rather see you dead little girl than to wear another man".


"wed another man".

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:08 am

ekenee wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:"Baby Let's Playhouse" is the coolest performance of all his "Dorsey Shows"...it's a low-down dirty version of the song 8) . I like the slight change in the lyrics, rather than singing, "rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man" he instead sings, "rather see you dead little girl than to wear another man".

"wed another man".

Yes, "wed another man" is right.

How the heck does a woman "wear" another man? Don't answer that!

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:11 am

Blue River wrote:
ekenee wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:"Baby Let's Playhouse" is the coolest performance of all his "Dorsey Shows"...it's a low-down dirty version of the song 8) . I like the slight change in the lyrics, rather than singing, "rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man" he instead sings, "rather see you dead little girl than to wear another man".

"wed another man".

Yes, "wed another man" is right.

How the heck does a woman "wear" another man? Don't answer that!

"Wear" as in "tired" is what i thought he sings. But you could be right with "wed".

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:48 am

I am glad he did it. Brilliant! If he did more songs on TV from the Sun era like "Blue Moon of Kentucky", "That's all Right", "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Mystery Train" (in his last TV appearance in January 1957 Ed Sullivan show for example when he was at his peek) It could have been a masterpiece.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:21 pm

ekenee wrote:It's the only time he sang a Sun title on tv until 1977.

What about "Mystery Train" from "That's The Way It Is" he was well aware it was being filmed.
Although it was a theatrical release it was shown on TV in 1975 on NBC (Original Airing)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065687/combined
phpBB [video]

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:10 pm

I have always thought "I Got A Woman" was kickass

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:09 pm

Blue River wrote:How the heck does a woman "wear" another man? Don't answer that!

As in torn and tattered? Oh, they have a way of doing that to a feller.

However, it certainly is "wed."

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Rob wrote:
Blue River wrote:How the heck does a woman "wear" another man? Don't answer that!

As in torn and tattered? Oh, they have a way of doing that to a feller.

However, it certainly is "wed."


How would you know? You weren't "there." ;-)

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:28 pm

promiseland wrote:
ekenee wrote:It's the only time he sang a Sun title on tv until 1977.

What about "Mystery Train" from "That's The Way It Is" he was well aware it was being filmed.
Although it was a theatrical release it was shown on TV in 1975 on NBC (Original Airing)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065687/combined
phpBB [video]



I knew that, but at the time he was performing it, he had no idea it would make it to TV or even in the movie.
I meant TV appearances only.

Re: Baby Lets Play House---An odd choice for TV.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:12 pm

promiseland wrote:
ekenee wrote:It's the only time he sang a Sun title on tv until 1977.


What about "Mystery Train" from "That's The Way It Is" he was well aware it was being filmed.
Although it was a theatrical release it was shown on TV in 1975 on NBC (Original Airing)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065687/combined

phpBB [video]





Nice observation but, as already noted above, Elvis did two Sun titles on network TV in 1956:

drjohncarpenter wrote:Elvis Presley, with Scotty, Bill and D.J.
"Stage Show" Appearances, CBS-TV

January 28, 1956
Shake, Rattle and Roll / Flip, Flop and Fly
I Got A Woman


February 4, 1956
Baby Let's Play House
Tutti-Frutti


February 11, 1956
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel


February 18, 1956
Tutti-Frutti
I Was The One


March 17, 1956
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel


March 24, 1956
Money Honey
Heartbreak Hotel



Elvis' RCA recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" was issued on EPA 747 and LPM 1254 around March 23, 1956, and on single RCA 6636 in August 1956.

Thus, the February and March performances were covers of Sun 234 by the great Carl Perkins.