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Elvis on Piano

Sun May 11, 2003 10:34 pm

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I've always thought that it was strange that so few people knew that Elvis played piano much better than he did guiter. Therefor I would like to make a CD (or two, or three) with the complete ELVIS ON PIANO collection. Would you like to help me completing it?

Right now I can only remember the Culver City songs, the Elvis In Concert Unchained Melody and Lawdy Miss Clawdy. And of course some of the songs recorded in private in Germany and Graceland.

Please help me complete this, as now, very short list.

Sun May 11, 2003 11:06 pm

Trying To Get to You (1955 - Sun outtake)
It's Still Here (1973 - "Fool" LP)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (1973 - "Fool" LP)
I Will Be True (1973 - "Fool" LP)


The Sept. 1-3, 1956 Radio Recorders session lists Elvis as playing guitar and piano - but no specific info on which song(s). Gordon Stoker is the other piano credit - but again, no specific info on which songs(s).

Playing For Keeps
Love Me (E on piano?)
How Do You Think I Feel
How's The World Treating You (E on piano?)
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Old Shep (E on piano?)
Paralyzed

Sun May 11, 2003 11:13 pm

I have heard people say ( I dont know if it's true or not ) that Elvis played on You'll Never Walk Alone. Listening to the song sure sounds like his typical 3 fingered, chord hammering playing but I am not sure. John Lennon and Elvis seemed to have the same piano abilities. I don't know why I just compared the 2 but it comes to mind. Anyway, if someone out there knows for sure if EP played on You'll Never Walk Alone (100% positive) I'd love to know it.

Sun May 11, 2003 11:16 pm

jon,

Yes he did.

The single version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" (recorded Sept. 11, 1967) is Elvis on piano. Matrix # is UPA4 2773.

Mon May 12, 2003 12:13 am

Elvis also played the piano on "I'll Hold You In My Heart" and (at least) an alternate take of "After Loving You" (both can be found on the 2-CDs-set "Suspicious Minds"). He also played live on Blueberry Hill, I guess. Help me out with the title of that import, please ... He also played the piano on "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy", you can hear it on "Electrifying" or "Get Down And Get With It", sorry I always mix them up ...

Mon May 12, 2003 12:19 am

And by the way: He also plays "How The Web Was Woven". You can see it on the original version of TTWII. Has this song ever been released on CD BTW??

Mon May 12, 2003 2:43 am

Little Sister,

I think all Elvis-on-piano studio/stage recordings will only fill one disc.


There is some poor sounding audio of Elvis on piano singing with Anita Wood at Eddie Fadal's house in '58.


GG

Mon May 12, 2003 2:48 am

Did he also played piano on the "Almost"

Mon May 12, 2003 2:59 am

what about "wear my ring around your neck", live version of where no man stands alone", rags to riches live.

Mon May 12, 2003 3:00 am

see see rider,
The name of the boot you are speaking of is Cajun Tornado from Madison it was previously released on another boot...Coming on Strong maybe? Elvis tells Tony Brown to scoot over and he plays the hell out of Blueberry Hill and the audiences approval is evident.
Also Where no one Stands Alone from the CD Moody Blue and Other Great Performances features Elvis at the piano as well as Rags to Riches from Pittsburgh 76'.
Some odd info I picked up today...My supervisor played lead guitar for the band 38 special for awhile and also has played with Pantera while my plant manager's wife attended high school with and was very good friends with the group U2. I found that quite odd and had to share.

Mon May 12, 2003 9:16 am

I've always thought that it was strange that so few people knew that Elvis played piano much better than he did guiter [sic]


I haven't -- because he didn't.

Elvis' rhythm guitar work could be exciting enough to make a record ("Mystery Train," 1955) or performance ("Trying To Get To You," 1968) magical. His piano playing was heartfelt but rudimentary at best.

If you ever want to actually see Presley playing "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" on the piano, check out the 1969 film "Change Of Habit" -- it also happens to be one of my favorite Elvis flicks.

God bless!

Mon May 12, 2003 6:02 pm

Graceland Gardener,

Only one disc huh, how about Greetings From Germany! I think 2 discs is more like it.

I agree with Doc, that his piano playing was not as good as guitar, but he did have the same style. I like comparing His german recordings with his sit down. Same chords a lot of the time, but the feel of the songs are different. love Send Me Some Loving. I find a good/passable cover can make you crave the original that much more. Elvis knew great music no doubt about that.

Mon May 12, 2003 10:33 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
I've always thought that it was strange that so few people knew that Elvis played piano much better than he did guiter [sic]

I haven't -- because he didn't.

OK then, your probably right. But I do find it strange that so few people know that Elvis AT ALL played the piano. You must agree with me on that one.

So now we got:
<BLOCKQUOTE>Unchained Melody (Elvis in Concert)
Trying To Get to You (1955 - Sun outtake)
It's Still Here (1973 - "Fool" LP)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (1973 - "Fool" LP)
I Will Be True (1973 - "Fool" LP)
You'll Never Walk Alone
I'll Hold You In My Heart
After Loving You (alternate take)
Blueberry Hill (live, from Cajun Tornado)
Almost?
Wear my ring around your neck
Where no man stands alone
Rags to riches (live, could you help me out with a date or CD of these three last songs?)
Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Change of Habit, has this ever been released on record, or could someone rip it of the DVD? It would be much appreciated)
How The Web Was Wowen (ttwii rehearsal)

And several private recordings... do you know any specific songs from these "sessions"
</BLOCKQUOTE>
BTW, on what CD (if any) can I find the TTWII "Elvis at the piano" version of How The Web Was Wowen?

Thank you all very much for helping me with completing this list.

Mon May 12, 2003 11:07 pm

The TTWII version of "How the web was woven" is released on the 4 cd set "A profile vol .2" by Fort Baxter. But his voice is very hard to be heard,so it's basicly an instrumental version in medley form with "My wish came true" on the piano played by Elvis.(strange,but that's what i hear)
On the same cd also a pianoversion from "I'll take you home again,Kathleen" from the same 1970 rehearsal.

He also played the piano at one of his 1975 Nassau NY concerts,he did an extrodinary version of "You'll never walk alone" in the evening show.

Tue May 13, 2003 6:25 am

Amen, Johan. That performance is short but sweet--and amazingly powerful. I don't know that Elvis ever sang better than he did in some of his best 1975 concerts.

Tue May 13, 2003 4:45 pm

I believe he also played piano on the 69 Memphis session "Hey Jude". If I'm wrong about this, then please set me straight.

Tue May 13, 2003 5:46 pm

I remember reading many moons ago that "Old Shep" featured Elvis on piano.

That would explain the session reference.

Funk Axe

Tue May 13, 2003 11:44 pm

Didn't Elvis also play the bass on "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care"?

Wed May 14, 2003 8:10 pm

How could we ever overlooked this one!!

The millon dollar quartet!!

Most of the time he was playing piano before he handled it over to Killer Jerry lee lewis

Thu May 15, 2003 8:30 am

I find Elvis' playing very similar to his guitar work, primitive but powerful. On "You'll Never Walk Alone" you can almost hear him fuse his soul into the instrument which is just not adequate enough to express what he has inside. It just builds and builds in intensity.

The thing I like most of about Elvis' piano is the fact that when Elvis sat down at the keyboard it almost always meant that he was really into that song (especially in the studio).

Elvis did indeed play the bass on "Baby I Don't Care".

Thu May 15, 2003 9:01 am

Just curious... I saw the SUN outtake of "Trying To Get To You" listed.... what CD is this on?