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MY BOY

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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!



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Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
Very nice topic Juan!. Thank you i've always loved the song too.
Hopefully we'll get the August 28 1974 DS on soundboard released on FTD someday, It features the only live version of my boy in 1974.


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This should go over swimmingly.




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Juan Luis wrote:Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis.
Quite the magnum opus.

Ouch.



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SteamrollerBlues wrote:This should go over swimmingly.
I was thinking the same thing :?
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SteamrollerBlues wrote:This should go over swimmingly.
As intended!



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The Good Times LP ? One of the worst Elvis LP's. It charted number 90 and regarding the quality of the songs it was close to the bottom of the barrel. "I Got a Feelin' in My Body" and "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" are the best songs in my opinion but the rest of them are submediocre.
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jurasic1968 wrote:The Good Times LP ? One of the worst Elvis LP's. It charted number 90 and regarding the quality of the songs it was close to the bottom of the barrel. I Got a Feelin' in My Body" and "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" are the best songs in my opinion but the rest of them are submediocre.
Just reporting the credit. This is not about the album. I'm on record stating one good album could have come out from the two released ones, or words to that effect. But "My Boy" was included in the "Good Times" album, and thus the information was included in the OP. Had I omitted this information and producer, you can bet it was going to be brought forth anyhow.



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If carlsberg did fecc topics they would have done this one ::rocks

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20 years after Mystery Train was released as a single, we had My Boy. Good Times were never so good, indeed, in 1975.




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Juan Luis wrote:Had I omitted this information and producer, you can bet it was going to be brought forth anyhow.
Next you'll be saying that you genuinely wanted to have an agenda free discussion about My Boy! :lol:




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Matthew wrote:
Juan Luis wrote:Had I omitted this information and producer, you can bet it was going to be brought forth anyhow.
Next you'll be saying that you genuinely wanted to have an agenda free discussion about My Boy! :lol:
This song goes to ELVIS mostly! His baby. I love it! ::rocks



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Maybe it's time on this forum to dedicate a separate section to the "My Boy" song.




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Nah, Felton Jarvis. Moderated by Juan.

It'll be a gas.



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I must confess that when the campaign against this recording started on this MB many years ago, I was baffled. I still am.

It's a strong performance with a good arrangement and it certainly ain't the first or last sentimental song ever recorded. It was a sizable hit in the U.K.

It has been brought up before - and I thought this as soon as the vitriol started being thrown - but what is so different between this song and "You Gave Me A Mountain" ? Few ever speak out against that song.

The constant digs against the song on here over the years, just to get a cheap laugh, are pathetic and annoy me intensely. They were never funny in the first place and are in the same vein as Charlie's false and loud laugh every time Elvis made a vaguely funny comment or aside. Do they really win brownie points with the 'higher beings'# on here ?


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Matthew wrote:
Juan Luis wrote:Had I omitted this information and producer, you can bet it was going to be brought forth anyhow.
Next you'll be saying that you genuinely wanted to have an agenda free discussion about My Boy! :lol:
Well we are glad you showed up as usual to remind us.


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Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
Thanks Juan, very nice song indeed.
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Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
Very nice topic Juan!. Thank you i've always loved the song too.
Hopefully we'll get the August 28 1974 DS on soundboard released on FTD someday, It features the only live version of my boy in 1974.
I haven't heard that version, is it a good version?



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Marty Robbins was not in the same league with Richard Harris.
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vinelvis wrote:I haven't heard that version, is it a good version?
Of course. Every My Boy performance has its merits.


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memphisound wrote:Well we are glad you showed up as usual to remind us.
"We?"

"Us?"

:wink:

Actually you can thank Juan for the insincere reminder about FECC favourite, "My Boy".

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vinelvis wrote:
Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
Thanks Juan, very nice song indeed.
Johnny2523 wrote:
Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
Very nice topic Juan!. Thank you i've always loved the song too.
Hopefully we'll get the August 28 1974 DS on soundboard released on FTD someday, It features the only live version of my boy in 1974.
I haven't heard that version, is it a good version?
Yes it is, and here it is (the beginning is missing on the audience recording)
http://www45.zippyshare.com/v/oWCkAsae/file.html


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My Boy was a hit in Brazil and it was included on LP Promised Land, I think it was the first track of side B.
I like that song.




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dougkapp wrote:My Boy was a hit in Brazil and it was included on LP Promised Land, I think it was the first track of side B.
I like that song.
Songs such as this (Sylvia, Sound Of Your Cry, etc) during the 1970's, brought in a new audience/fans in the Americas for Elvis, that loved the ballad singer of these type songs, not just the rocker. And that was great too!



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I always had a soft spot for this song. And I prefer the studio version.


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Juan Luis wrote:..
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A favourite of mine since I fist heard the single being played (1975) from a jukebox on the cruise ship "MS Boheme". My dad happened to be with me, and it was touching in a way for me back when I first heard it. He wasn't a fan of Elvis, but enjoyed his hits during the 1950's. Later proudly told me he saw the movie "Love Me Tender" "around twenty years ago" (1976).

Elvis obviously enjoyed it, and sang the song live before recording it. When Elvis performed it live, it was with (IMO) more feeling than on the released record. The discerning will find the early live performances of Elvis, follow the original Harris arrangement especially during the introduction. Some might mock the melodrama of the lyrics about staying in a failed marriage for the child. In my opinion, It hardly in reality happens. But the misguided thought(s) of staying in a failed marriage because of that, happens for sure!
A Bourtayre and Francois composition translated to English by Coulter and Martin. The English version first recorded by Richard Harris in 1971, being a minor hit.
Elvis' 1975 single version hit # 20 Billboard pop chart and #1 Adult contemporary, also #14 on the Billboard country chart. Recorded in late 1973 and released in 1974 included on the "Good Times" album, produced by Felton Jarvis. The "B" side was the lovely "Thinking About You" and could be the subject of a future thread. I was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' style of singing on "Thinking About You". Two very different styles on one single! How about MY BOY?!
The thought police be damned. I also enjoy this song. Thank you my friend for not kowtowing to the "cool table."