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(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame

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Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote this song, which Elvis recorded on Monday, June 26, 1961. Del Shannon recorded it somewhat earlier in 1961. So the credits for singing the original goes to him:

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Shannon's version was considered as a possible follow-up to his huge success with "Runaway," but this was not to be and he quickly wrote "Hats Off To Larry," which was used instead in order to keep the publishing rights. Rumour has it that both Bobby Vee and Bobby Darin attempted the number even before Del Shannon.

Shannon's original recording appeared on the LP, "Runaway with Del Shannon," and was listed simply as "His Latest Flame." The LP was released on BigTop 12-1303 in June 1961.

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The Demo by Mort Shuman:
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Elvis recorded his version during an all-night session, starting at 6PM on the 25th June, 1961 and continuing until 7:30 the next morning. A total of 12 takes were recorded and take 8 became the Master. It was released on single on August 8, 1961.

Recorded in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee.
Guitars: Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Neal Matthews
Bass: Bob Moore
Drums, percussion: D. J. Fontana, Buddy Harman
Piano, organ: Floyd Cramer, Gordon Stoker
Vocals: The Jordanaires
Claves: Boots Randolph
A Life In Music - His Latest Flame 01.png
A Life In Music - His Latest Flame 02.png

Take 4:
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Mastertake 8:
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The relatively intense tune performed well on both pop and easy listening stations, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart, based (at the time) on the Top 100. However, the single's Hot 100 chart run was atypical of a Top Ten hit. In the autumn of 1961 it shot from 22 to 4, then dropped to 10, then 26, all within the space of four weeks. The single (a double A-side with "Little Sister", as in the States) spent four weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart — one of Presley's nine UK chart-toppers between 1960 and 1962.


A few other versions:

Bobby Stevens - November 1961:
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In German, Sie war all' sein Glück by Ted Herold - 1961:
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In French, Sa grande passion by Richard Anthony - 1961:
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Boots Randolph - 1966
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Sha Na Na - 1973
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The Smiths - Live 1986
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In Dutch, Zijn Laatste Vlam by Noordkaap - 1992:
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Sources
http://davidneale.eu/elvis/originals/list1.html#S1106
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/del-shannon/runaway-with-del-shannon/
https://books.google.nl/books?id=igH2AgAAQBAJ&pg=PT238&lpg=PT238&dq=ernst+jorgensen+a+life+in+music+his+latest+flame&source=bl&ots=8Bzq3CN2LF&sig=JH591SOFY8eQn0qtDAJvcoJYkHg&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv9u_4qs7PAhWBvxQKHerjBQwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=ernst%20jorgensen%20a%20life%20in%20music%20his%20latest%20flame&f=false
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Marie%27s_the_Name)_His_Latest_Flame
https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/16074/versions#nav-entity

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MikeFromHolland wrote:.

Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote this song, which Elvis recorded on Monday, June 26, 1961. Del Shannon recorded it somewhat earlier in 1961. So the credits for singing the original goes to him:

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Shannon's version was considered as a possible follow-up to his huge success with "Runaway," but this was not to be and he quickly wrote "Hats Off To Larry," which was used instead in order to keep the publishing rights. Rumour has it that both Bobby Vee and Bobby Darin attempted the number even before Del Shannon.

Shannon's original recording appeared on the LP, "Runaway with Del Shannon," and was listed simply as "His Latest Flame." The LP was released on BigTop 12-1303 in June 1961.

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The Demo by Mort Shuman:
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Elvis recorded his version during an all-night session, starting at 6PM on the 25th June, 1961 and continuing until 7:30 the next morning. A total of 12 takes were recorded and take 8 became the Master. It was released on single on August 8, 1961.

Recorded in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee.
Guitars: Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Neal Matthews
Bass: Bob Moore
Drums, percussion: D. J. Fontana, Buddy Harman
Piano, organ: Floyd Cramer, Gordon Stoker
Vocals: The Jordanaires
Claves: Boots Randolph
A Life In Music - His Latest Flame 01.png
A Life In Music - His Latest Flame 02.png

Take 4:
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Mastertake 8:
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Image
The relatively intense tune performed well on both pop and easy listening stations, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart, based (at the time) on the Top 100. However, the single's Hot 100 chart run was atypical of a Top Ten hit. In the autumn of 1961 it shot from 22 to 4, then dropped to 10, then 26, all within the space of four weeks. The single (a double A-side with "Little Sister", as in the States) spent four weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart — one of Presley's nine UK chart-toppers between 1960 and 1962.


A few other versions:

Bobby Stevens - November 1961:
..


In German, Sie war all' sein Glück by Ted Herold - 1961:
..


In French, Sa grande passion by Richard Anthony - 1961:
..


Boots Randolph - 1966
..


Sha Na Na - 1973
..


The Smiths - Live 1986
..


In Dutch, Zijn Laatste Vlam by Noordkaap - 1992:
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Sources
http://davidneale.eu/elvis/originals/list1.html#S1106
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/del-shannon/runaway-with-del-shannon/
https://books.google.nl/books?id=igH2AgAAQBAJ&pg=PT238&lpg=PT238&dq=ernst+jorgensen+a+life+in+music+his+latest+flame&source=bl&ots=8Bzq3CN2LF&sig=JH591SOFY8eQn0qtDAJvcoJYkHg&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv9u_4qs7PAhWBvxQKHerjBQwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=ernst%20jorgensen%20a%20life%20in%20music%20his%20latest%20flame&f=false
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Marie%27s_the_Name)_His_Latest_Flame
https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/16074/versions#nav-entity

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The rumour about Darin recording the song is incorrect. We have full lists of what he recorded at ATCO, including the songs which remain unreleased or unfinished (and now lost). His Latest Flame is not mentioned, although he may have been offered it and turned it down, of course.



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poormadpeter2 wrote:
MikeFromHolland wrote:.


Rumour has it that both Bobby Vee and Bobby Darin attempted the number even before Del Shannon.


The rumour about Darin recording the song is incorrect. We have full lists of what he recorded at ATCO, including the songs which remain unreleased or unfinished (and now lost). His Latest Flame is not mentioned, although he may have been offered it and turned it down, of course.
Thanks.

The rumour as mentioned in my OP is not about Darin recording the song, it's just about attempting it. So he may have been offered it and turned it down after attempting it :wink:

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Well, I never knew The Smiths did the song. They were a huge band to my generation and at my school, which I could understand, but not for me (I couldn't stand that endless jangly guitar sound for start). Cheers MikeFromHolland.

Anyway, I love Presley's version, it's in my desert island Elvis selection for sure, really love it.



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Had no idea Del Shannon had a record on this song but I gotta say Elvis did the #1 version in my book.Great informative topic.


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His Latest Flame/Little Sister, what a fantastic single it was back then!. And what a terrific Flaming Star pix on the cover. One of Elvis' records I cherish the most.
Btw, it was Little Sister which was first intended for Bobby Darin, not His Latest Flame. He rejected it ans so it was offered to Elvis.
I didn't know of the great Boots Randolph version, thanks for sharing it with us.


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Best single from the 60's? Probably. Favorite single from the 60's? Without a doubt!



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Great song :)

Not mentioned in first post but Smokie stole the riff from this song....so it seems.

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Best 2 sided single of the 60's Sort of like they were back in the 50's when you cant decide which side is better. I played both equally.




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Um, I think Bo Diddly may have originated that riff.

Del Shannon's version is terrible.




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Perhaps Elvis' greatest single of the early 60's. I believe one of these sides would've hit the top spot here in the U.S. if not for the competition from the flip side. I'm still not sure which tune was intended to be the A side of the record. HLF is a tune I usually do when I pull out the ol' acoustic.




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My favorite elvis single of the 60s
Also the coolest song of the 60s and the song that made me fall in love with elvis music when I was young




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His Latest Flame is a fantastic record, along with its b side (which I actually prefer) is his best single of the 60s, without a doubt.



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Always loved this song but boy do i love the early takes with the bongos


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skatterbrane wrote:Um, I think Bo Diddly may have originated that riff.
O Yeah.

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Elvis fans really dropped the ball for all the talk of the greatness of the single it wasn't a million seller.
It really should have been a million seller for Elvis and if it had it might have went to #1 on Billboard and also done better on Cashbox.




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