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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:
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.
The Demo by Mort Shuman:
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
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:
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:31 am
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.
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skatterbrane wrote:Um, I think Bo Diddly may have originated that riff.
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