True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:48 am

Just by chance, I learned that Elvis was not the first to cut the gorgeous ballad "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road."

It was a minor country hit in late 1968:

Duane Dee
"True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" / "Have A Little Faith" (Capitol 2332, Nov '68)

Image

Billboard Magazine, December 21, 1968

Who found it? Chips? Elvis? Marty Lacker?

Whoever suggested the song was wise, as Elvis took it to another level at American Sound in February 1969.

And the arrangement seems to have followed Dee's original recording:

(Select #13 for the A-side, or #4 for the B-side)

http://www.duanedee.com/music/Player017%20Black.swf

Dee reminds one of the incomparable Charlie Rich. And Dee's still active today.

"True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" is yet another example of Elvis taking a great, relatively unknown song and making it a masterpiece.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:52 am

Good find there!

I would imagine that Freddy took it to Elvis in the usual manner - it is a Hill and Range are the publishers.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:54 am

You are probably right about that! So, Freddie added at least one good tune to the session.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:56 am

Listening to his voice - one might easily think that Me Dee might well have been used on Hill and Range demos for Elvis.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:24 am

That was my thought as well!

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:59 am

Hi there!! :D :D :D.

drjohncarpenter wrote:Just by chance, I learned that Elvis was not the first to cut the gorgeous ballad "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road."

It was a minor country hit in late 1968:

Duane Dee
"True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" / "Have A Little Faith" (Capitol 2332, Nov '68)

Image

Billboard Magazine, December 21, 1968

Who found it? Chips? Elvis? Marty Lacker?

Whoever suggested the song was wise, as Elvis took it to another level at American Sound in February 1969.

And the arrangement seems to have followed Dee's original recording:

(Select #13 for the A-side, or #4 for the B-side)

http://www.duanedee.com/music/Player017%20Black.swf

Dee reminds one of the incomparable Charlie Rich. And Dee's still active today.

"True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" is yet another example of Elvis taking a great, relatively unknown song and making it a masterpiece.


Fantastic Doc, thank you very much! 8). Bye for now.

Mike Windgren.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:14 am

The doc is here for YOU!

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:33 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:And the arrangement seems to have followed Dee's original recording:

(Select #13 for the A-side, or #4 for the B-side)

http://www.duanedee.com/music/Player017%20Black.swf

Dee reminds one of the incomparable Charlie Rich.


Nice find, Doc.

But...

I'm going to proffer that the recording sample here isn't from Dee's original recording. The recording quality, but specifically, the electric piano head on the sample are incompatible with 1968 technology. It would suggest that this is actually from a much later re-record by Dee, probably early 80's, after Elvis arrangement would have been well known. It will be interesting to find the original version to hear what it sounds like.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:06 am

http://users.telenet.be/davidneale/elvi ... tml#S78460

(old news Doc!)

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:06 am

He does say on his web site that he re-recorded his major songs when he started his own label.

Knowing Elvis habit of copying arrangements of offered songs I doubt whether Duane would have copied Elvis on his only chart entry.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:21 pm

the song was recorded on 4 sept. 1968 by Duane Dee.



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Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:45 pm

http://www.duanedee.com/music/Player017%20Black.swf

My that's a bit big!

I can hear Elvis in that.

Re: True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee

Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:27 pm

KingOfTheJungle wrote:I'm going to proffer that the recording sample here isn't from Dee's original recording. The recording quality, but specifically, the electric piano head on the sample are incompatible with 1968 technology. It would suggest that this is actually from a much later re-record by Dee, probably early 80's, after Elvis arrangement would have been well known. It will be interesting to find the original version to hear what it sounds like.

I think you may be right -- does anyone have access to the 1968 Capitol single?

There are copies on eBay for about $9.00 USD.