George Smith wrote:Kinda neat that Elvis covered his "She Wears My Ring" without making the connection.
The article is superb.
I've written before about Jimmy Bell
and his 1960 single "She Wears My Ring."
The voice is indeed so very close!
Jimmy Bell "She Wears My Ring" (Hickory 1136, November 7, 1960)
Reissued as Jimmy Sweeney
on Buckley 1101 on 7-07-1962
, made Billboard
"Hot R & B Sides" #24
If Sweeney "retired from the music business in 1962," it had to have been shortly after this single release/reissue.
This is the Hickory label ad:
Billboard - November 21, 1960
Although the Hickory single did not do well on the charts, Elvis must have bought a copy. You can hear him singing it at home the same month, on the November 1960 home demo taped by friend Red West
at 565 Perugia Way in Los Angeles. Interestingly, Presley sings in a very different style from Bell's 45, turning the song into a sweet duet with gal pal Nancy Sharp
In contrast, Presley's 1973 Stax master is very close to the 1960 Hickory single.
What goes around, comes around.
For those who missed when I noted it on page 1, here again is the small segment that aired on the 1987 BBC-TV documentary "I Don't Sing Like Nobody." It pops up on the internet from time to time, and FECC member Keith
has it on his site:
Hope the full demo of "Without You" appears someday. It must be so pretty.