"Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:46 am

As Elvis took a swan dive into his Hollywood career, his music publishers pulled songs from everywhere.

One such example was 1965's "The Meanest Girl In Town," from MGM's "Girl Happy."

Savvy rock fans had already heard the song on the B-side of a July 1964 single by Bill Haley and His Comets:


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Green Door / Yeah! She's Evil (Decca 31650, 1964)


Sample "Yeah! She's Evil" here -->
http://www.amazon.com/gp/recsradio/radio/B000026ULI/ref=pd_krex_dp_004_025?ie=UTF8&track=025&disc=004

Haley's version is pretty good! Maybe even better than Presley's recording.


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Billboard - Jul 25, 1964
Notice the publisher: Hill and Range, one of Presley's main outfits.
"Yeah! She's Evil," was written by Joy Byers (AKA Bob Johnston).



Haley would never again reach the heights of "Rock Around The Clock" hitting #1 in 1955, but what a sweet ride!



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"Rock Around The Clock"
ABC-TV's The Ray Bolger Show
Thursday, May 9, 1957



Here's a nice biography:

Bill Haley!
http://strathdee.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/bill-haley/

Enjoy!
Last edited by drjohncarpenter on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:39 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:02 am

From the title of the thread i thought you meant Bill Haley covered Elvis.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:06 am

brian wrote:From the title of the thread i thought you meant Bill Haley covered Elvis.

No, a "scoop" means getting there first.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:22 am

Personally, I prefer Elvis' Meanest Girl In Town over Haley's Yeah, She's Evil.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:23 am

Kool thread! I really dug hearing that. Thanks, Doctor.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:01 am

Good find, thanks Doc.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:49 am

The link didn't play for me, just froze up my computer.

When you think about it, its kinda deceptive on RCA's part to change the title like that.
One wonders if they got the permission of the song writer.
Or do they need permission.

Reminds me of Bill Murray? if I recall correctly, when he went on Letterman wanting to sing "Troubles".
He asked Paul Shafer if he knows, "troubles".

So, then he proceeds to sing, "Yesterday, all my troubles, seem so far away...."

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:04 am

Not the only scoop.

In 1965 Bill Haley issued Stop Look And Listen as the B side to a re-recorded Burn That Candle

Elvis recorded it a year later.

Also written by "Joy Byers"

Also publishing moved from Hill and Range to Elvis Presley Music.


Also appears on the set the Doc posted.

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:33 am

ekenee wrote:The link didn't play for me, just froze up my computer.

When you think about it, its kinda deceptive on RCA's part to change the title like that.
One wonders if they got the permission of the song writer.
Or do they need permission.


I don't think it's a permission problem changing titles of songs happens sometimes in the music business

One example would be Elvis recorded ''For the heart'' in 1976 and then in 1984 the Judds recorded the same song and had their first hit with it only it was titled ''I had a dream''

I don't think it's a big deal.

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:00 pm

Bill Haley recorded his version on 16-06-64.


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Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:02 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:Not the only scoop.

In 1965 Bill Haley issued Stop Look And Listen as the B side to a re-recorded Burn That Candle

Elvis recorded it a year later.

Also written by "Joy Byers"

Also publishing moved from Hill and Range to Elvis Presley Music.


Also appears on the set the Doc posted.

And not mentioned here because Rick Nelson recorded and released it in 1964.


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Billboard - Nov 28, 1964


Spotlight On Rick (Decca DL 4608, Nov 1964)

Side 1
1. I'm A Fool
2. I Tried
3. I'm Talking About You
4. Yesterday's Love
5. A Happy Guy
6. From A Distance
Side 2
1. Stop, Look And Listen
2. Don't Breathe A Word
3. That's Why I Love You Like I Do
4. In My Dreams
5. Just Relax
6. Live And Learn

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:04 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Not the only scoop.

In 1965 Bill Haley issued Stop Look And Listen as the B side to a re-recorded Burn That Candle

Elvis recorded it a year later.

Also written by "Joy Byers"

Also publishing moved from Hill and Range to Elvis Presley Music.


Also appears on the set the Doc posted.

And not mentioned here because Rick Nelson recorded and released it in 1964.


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Billboard - Nov 28, 1964


Spotlight On Rick (Decca DL 4608, Nov 1964)

Side 1
1. I'm A Fool
2. I Tried
3. I'm Talking About You
4. Yesterday's Love
5. A Happy Guy
6. From A Distance
Side 2
1. Stop, Look And Listen
2. Don't Breathe A Word
3. That's Why I Love You Like I Do
4. In My Dreams
5. Just Relax
6. Live And Learn


My mistake!

I must be seeing things but I thought the title of the thread was
"Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)



Sill Haley did scoop Presleyon both songs....did he not.

And both songs are equally bad IMHO

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:26 pm

stop look and listen is not the same song on ricks album.

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:39 pm

ritchie valens wrote:stop look and listen is not the same song on ricks album.


Yes, it is.

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:01 pm

Frankie Teardrop wrote:
ritchie valens wrote:stop look and listen is not the same song on ricks album.
Yes, it is.


Ritchie meant it's not the same song as Rubberneckin' !

"Stop, look & listen, Baby, that's my philosophy....."

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:33 pm

Ha, good point, Colin!

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Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:00 am

Frankie Teardrop wrote:
ritchie valens wrote:stop look and listen is not the same song on ricks album.


Yes, it is.

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Correct. Rick's version is better than Elvis' OTT cover.

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Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:34 am

Thanks for posting Rick's version of the song for comparison. IMO Elvis' version blows Rick's out of the water. Even in 1966, Elvis could do good things with mediocre material and his version has excitement and energy that Rick couldn't match.

Steve L.

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Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:07 am

You say "excitement and energy," I hear a wildly unsubtle, over-the-top performance, one I would never play to a newbie. It sounds totally cliched for the era, a parody of 60s garage rock.

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:41 am

Sorry folks who don't like old posts resurected, but I've only just found this one.

Thank you to both Doc and Frankie Teardrop for posting those two songs. I like and admire both Bill and Rick and have all of their '50's hits but have never heard either of those versions. Bill had lost it by '64 I do have his version of 'Green Door' and don't like it, both Frankie Vaughn ( who IMO did a better version than the original by Jim Lowe) and the great rockin' version done by Shakin' Stevens in the '80's are far superior. I did like Rick's version of 'Stop, Look and Listen' was James Burton still with him at that time?

Any more of these, fairly obscure, Elvis movie songs recorded by other artists anyone? If so please post as they are very interesting to hear.

Chris.

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:54 am

Chris Roberts wrote:Thank you to both Doc and Frankie Teardrop for posting those two songs.

Thanks, Chris!

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:53 pm

I suppose we could give mention to Wonderful World that Elvis recorded for Live a Lttle Love a Little. It had previously been recorded by Cliff Richard with different lyrics as one of six tunes that were sung by him for the 1968 Eurovision Song contest. The six tunes were then voted for to see which one he would sing in the Contest. Wonderful World was one that was cast aside. Song 5, Congratulations was chosen as the winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B7gM6usBLo

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Sat May 07, 2011 3:01 pm

kevinstevenage wrote:I suppose we could give mention to Wonderful World that Elvis recorded for Live a Lttle Love a Little. It had previously been recorded by Cliff Richard with different lyrics as one of six tunes that were sung by him for the 1968 Eurovision Song contest. The six tunes were then voted for to see which one he would sing in the Contest. Wonderful World was one that was cast aside. Song 5, Congratulations was chosen as the winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B7gM6usBLo


Ha, that's pretty cool to know!

Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Sat May 07, 2011 3:10 pm

In this case, though, Elvis cut "Wonderful World" about a month before it was rendered by Cliff Richard, having been cut at Western Recorders on Thursday, March 7, 1968. The 13th Annual Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 was held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, April 6, 1968.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_1968


kevinstevenage wrote:I suppose we could give mention to Wonderful World that Elvis recorded for Live a Lttle Love a Little. It had previously been recorded by Cliff Richard with different lyrics as one of six tunes that were sung by him for the 1968 Eurovision Song contest. The six tunes were then voted for to see which one he would sing in the Contest. Wonderful World was one that was cast aside. Song 5, Congratulations was chosen as the winner.

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Re: "Yeah! She's Evil" --> Haley Scoops Presley (1964)

Sat May 07, 2011 3:43 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:In this case, though, Elvis cut "Wonderful World" about a month before it was rendered by Cliff Richard, having been cut at Western Recorders on Thursday, March 7, 1968. The 13th Annual Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 was held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, April 6, 1968.

He didn't sing it at the final, but rather at the British qualification for the Eurovision final. Usually those are around February-March. The British entry for the final was Congratulations by Cliff, too, and that was recorded in early February...