Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:10 am

Here's a great 1955 ad for the Atlantic's label's top sellers of the previous year:

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Billboard: January 29, 1955

Can you find Elvis Presley? Look closely -- he's everywhere.

It's kind of a shame he didn't sign with Atlantic in 1955.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:37 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Can you find Elvis Presley? Look closely -- he's everywhere.

It's kind of a shame he didn't sign with Atlantic in 1955.


Some of those hit songs sure do sound familiar !

Yes, he would have been great on Atlantic !

I guess we can be thankful that the Columbia label's bid failed and that Mitch Miller never got to produce any Elvis stuff !

He wouldn't have understood the music at all.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:48 pm

The Clovers song "If you love me" is not the one Elvis covered.

The Clovers version "If you love me (really love me) was recorded by Vera Lynn in 1952 however Kay Starr had the hit placings in 1954

Numerous people have recorded versions including Brenda Lee

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:13 pm

Maybe Doc was refering to "Little Mama"? Is that the same song Elvis sang live during the early days?

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:18 pm

I think the Doc is referring to the influence these giants had on Elvis.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:01 pm

He has referred to songs like "Shake Rattle And Roll","Little Mama","White Christmas","Tweedle Dee","Tomorrow Night" and "I Got A Woman".

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:03 am

Frank R. wrote:I think the Doc is referring to the influence these giants had on Elvis.


I wonder how that might have really worked out. Any downsides? How many causasians were on that label at the time? Was it integrated? Elvis at RCA still seems like a perfect fit to me. He became the top dog there, while Atlantic in some ways was over-crowded with talent...

What an era for music. Any votes for 2009 over '55? Sigh... :shock: :x

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:48 am

Within a year of that ad, Elvis, Scotty and Bill had waxed their versions of:

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Little Mama
Money Honey
Tweedlee Dee
Tomorrow Night
I Got A Woman

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:16 am

Little Mama?

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:20 am

Ah,Doc,like meself,youve been perusing the Google site for BB!
For those who havent checked out this goldmine,you are missing something!

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:48 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?

Absolutely, yes.

There are many songs Elvis sang in 1955 that might surprise a fan.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:00 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Here's a great 1955 ad for the Atlantic's label's top sellers of the previous year:

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Billboard: January 29, 1955

Can you find Elvis Presley? Look closely -- he's everywhere.

It's kind of a shame he didn't sign with Atlantic in 1955.

Absolutely! I have made that argument for years. Certainly there would have been a more credible A&R representation as the years progressed.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:26 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?

Absolutely, yes.

There are many songs Elvis sang in 1955 that might surprise a fan.


I knew he was reputed to sing Little Mama - but where is their any evidence that he recorded (waxed) it

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:20 pm

Nop, He never recorded either Little Mama or Tweedle Dee as studio versions, but you can hear him singing Tweedle Dee from live recordings that has survived and has been released after ELvis died. A version of Little Mama is yet to be heard as rumours is telling there is a recording of it in private hands, all we can do is hope that a recording see tha day of light ang gets a release.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:59 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:I knew he was reputed to sing Little Mama - but where is their any evidence that he recorded (waxed) it

It's not reputed. Elvis, Scotty and Bill did indeed include "Little Mama" in concert.

A "recording" may be made on stage or in a studio.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:38 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Within a year of that ad, Elvis, Scotty and Bill had waxed their versions of:

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Little Mama
Money Honey
Tweedlee Dee
Tomorrow Night
I Got A Woman

Don't forget he'll eventually record White Christmas too.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:42 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:I knew he was reputed to sing Little Mama - but where is their any evidence that he recorded (waxed) it

It's not reputed. Elvis, Scotty and Bill did indeed include "Little Mama" in concert.

A "recording" may be made on stage or in a studio.


So you were in error saying he waxed it.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:23 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?


Ernst has acknowledged this very scratchy acetate but the asking price is a bit much....who knows maybe the price will one day be lowered and Budd can work his magic on it. Who knows maybe he already has!

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:41 am

KiwiAlan wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:I knew he was reputed to sing Little Mama - but where is their any evidence that he recorded (waxed) it

It's not reputed. Elvis, Scotty and Bill did indeed include "Little Mama" in concert.

A "recording" may be made on stage or in a studio.


So you were in error saying he waxed it.

Nope -- it's on a disc. But you were again in error questioning my statement.

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:24 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:I knew he was reputed to sing Little Mama - but where is their any evidence that he recorded (waxed) it

It's not reputed. Elvis, Scotty and Bill did indeed include "Little Mama" in concert.

A "recording" may be made on stage or in a studio.


So you were in error saying he waxed it.

Nope -- it's on a disc. But you were again in error questioning my statement.


Evidence?

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:39 pm

Deke Rivers II wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?
Ernst has acknowledged this very scratchy acetate but the asking price is a bit much....who knows maybe the price will one day be lowered and Budd can work his magic on it. Who knows maybe he already has!

Keith Flynn's great site says that there is on an acetate from 2nd April 1955 from the Hayride, and his site isn't much wrong.

I believe there is also a recording of Rock Around The Clock, he even has the running time, so it must exist somewhere. It's just the question of "why?".

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:12 pm

Ben wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?
Ernst has acknowledged this very scratchy acetate but the asking price is a bit much....who knows maybe the price will one day be lowered and Budd can work his magic on it. Who knows maybe he already has!

Keith Flynn's great site says that there is on an acetate from 2nd April 1955 from the Hayride, and his site isn't much wrong.

I believe there is also a recording of Rock Around The Clock, he even has the running time, so it must exist somewhere. It's just the question of "why?".

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:14 pm

Yes Kiwi :lol:

Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:23 pm

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Re: Find Elvis! Billboard -->January 29, 1955

Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:31 pm

Deke Rivers II wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Little Mama?


Ernst has acknowledged this very scratchy acetate but the asking price is a bit much....who knows maybe the price will one day be lowered and Budd can work his magic on it. Who knows maybe he already has!

You are getting very warm.