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Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:38 pm

It's got to be Hound Dog! The first time I heard that record, the opening hit me like a hammer! Great, even today! There are many more, but this one really stands out imo! :)

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:33 am

Too many to mention.

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:37 am

What a great question!

Impossible to answer, of course, but I'll just wing it.

"Long Black Limousine."

There are so many, really . . .

rjm

::rocks

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:37 am

Already mentioned I know, but my first thought was Crying In The Chapel.

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:10 am

Surely this would be without a musical intro, no?

Here is one from each decade.

1. "I Got Stung"
2. "Wearin' That Loved On Look"
3. "Patch It Up"

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:22 am

When I said...I neeeeeeeded yoooouuuuu

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Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:46 am

In terms of pure impact on the first few open notes... for me it has to be Elvis' 1956 legendary studio recording of Hound Dog

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:20 am

luckyjackson1 wrote:"I had to leave town for a little while..."


Amen....

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:06 am

"Evening shadows make me blue..."

"Well, that's all right, mama..."

"Well since my baby left me..."

"Yes, my baby left me..."

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:59 pm

Quite a few i could name but have already been said though 1that hasn't been mentioned that i always loved. It's how he starts the 68' special 6pm version of Lawdy Miss Clawdy ("1st time he's said anything on stage" wellelllllll Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy :D ).
Best opening to an album has to be Wearin' That Loved On Look (From Elvis In Memphis).

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:11 am

I think I have to go with:

Steamroller Blues
Big Boss Man
I'm Leavin'

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:40 pm

r&b wrote:
Rob wrote:
Blue River wrote:The first several times I heard "Hurt" on the radio in 1976... WOW!!

I agree. I don't know how many people here actually heard this on the radio when it was released, but a lot of people liked this song. I can remember hearing it being requested by listeners. It received a lot of air play around these parts.

When I saw him on May 21, 1977, before the warm-up acts even began, I heard a countless number of people mentioning this song and hoping he would sing it that night. He did an okay version that night without the reprise and everything that goes with it. The crowd loved it.


The last Elvis record I heard on the radio was My Boy, and only once. He was totally ignored by the top 40 stations here(NYC area). I heard Way Down once on the country station but it was probably after he died.



Well, I lived on Long Island at that time and radio was a major part of life in our extended family.

"Moody Blue" and "Way Down" were huge radio hits in the N.Y. area, the rest of the country ? well, I guess that's where the Top 40 low chart placing comes into play.

I specifically remember young people in school actually being interested in Elvis again when "Way Down" hit the waves. And this was before Elvis had passed.

Ernst has always said that had not airplay not been such a primal force in the 70's for Elvis' dismal chart placing, if it they were based on actual "sales", most likely we would have seen a Top 10 or 2 more after "Burning Love".

Anyhow, to answer the question in this thread, there are many, way too many, but for me personally, 45rpm, "47-6604".

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:07 pm

1950s...
"....You ain't nothin' but a Hound Dog...."

1960s...

"....I had to leave town for a little while...."

1970s...

"....i know I'd go from Rags To Riches..."

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:19 pm

Hi there!! :D :D :D.

minkahed wrote:
r&b wrote:Anyhow, to answer the question in this thread, there are many, way too many, but for me personally, 45rpm, "47-6604".


47-6604 = (DonĀ“t Be Cruel) :wink:. Bye for now :smt006.

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:27 am

Mean Woman Blues has a great start!!

I love the opening bass playing on Don't Be Cruel also.

::rocks

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:59 am

I used to laugh when I should cry..............
I used to let...... these feelings pass me by................
But now that I believe them................
I got no-one to leave them...... to me...............
You see .......I traded love for what I thought must be free.................



Dramatic, schmaltzy opening to a lovely tune. Classic ! :smt023

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:02 am

Dixieland Rock also had a great opening. Not sure if it's been mentioned yet.

http://youtu.be/pQBegOGzqR0

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:27 pm

"Hard Headed Woman"
"Where Did They Go, Lord"
"Hurt"

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:47 pm

Hounddog. That's some bad ass rock n roll, with elvis singing it like a wild animal.

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:30 pm

mountaindog wrote:Hounddog. That's some bad ass rock n roll, with elvis singing it like a wild animal.


So true. I loved when Elvis zeroed in on a genre of music, in this case rock & roll!

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:07 pm

"Well you may run on for a long time".

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:31 pm

rockinrebel wrote:"Well you may run on for a long time".



Good one!

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:49 am

A few more, either strong vocals, or ones that set the scene:

Always On My Mind

Gentle On My Mind

The spoken intro to Polk Salad Annie

Fame And Fortune

King Creole

Trouble

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:57 am

Well Since My Baby Left Me
You Ain't Nothin But A Hound Dog
Oh, oh, oh I Love You So

Re: Best vocal opening of an EP record

Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:10 pm

"I neeeeeeeeed you soooooo to keeeeep me haapyyy..."