by poormadpeter2 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:03 am
The Variety review of Roustabout mentions a song called "I've Never Had It So Good." Clearly, that song isn't in the movie, but anyone have any idea what song they could be referring to in Roustabout?
Mike Windgren wrote:Hi there!! .
I found this ittle info! . This mystery song was featured in a 60´s Variety magazine.... . Bye for now .poormadpeter2 wrote:The Variety review of Roustabout mentions a song called "I've Never Had It So Good." Clearly, that song isn't in the movie, but anyone have any idea what song they could be referring to in Roustabout?
Source: http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/roustabout.htmlVariety praised the music in Roustabout as follows:
“Composer-conductor Joseph J. Lilley’s score and featured songs are best part of Hal Wallis pic, with Presley delivering latter in the pleasant, tuneful style he has developed. ‘I Never Had It So Good,’ ‘One Track Heart,’ and ‘Hard Knocks’ all have hit possibilities. Production numbers staged by Earl Barton and vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires, add to plus value of music.”
(“I Never Had It So Good” is a mystery. It’s not even close to the title of any song Elvis performed in Roustabout.)
To answer the last question first. The Variety review was published on November 11 - the same day that the film opened in America. It is clear from the review itself that the reviewer had actually seen the film. This wasn't just a quickly put together review from publicity materials. Therefore the reviewer must have seen a preview version of the movie - the dates prove that. My copy of the Variety review is of very bad quality, but I have scanned it and included it below in case anyone wants to take a look.elvisalisellers wrote:Apparently, "I Never Had It So Good" was to be an alternate ending for the "There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon" scene.
Do we know if the Variety review was definitely from a pre-release press screening?
So...where does that leave us?
Well, it's best to go back to what we know so far:
The main Roustabout sessions were on March 2nd and 3rd, 1964. These didn't include the title song, but the discarded song I'm a Roustabout instead.
On April 29th, a track was laid down for Roustabout. On May 14, Elvis put down his vocal. Presumably, the fact that was recorded on a separate day to the rest of the soundtrack is why there outtakes for this song, but not for most of the others?
Now, if Elvisalisellers is correct in saying I Never Had It So Good was an alternate song for the film's ending, is it possible that Elvis recorded Brand New Day on May 14th session, and had recorded I Never Had It So Good in the March sessions? Could it have got lost just as I'm a Roustabout did? Of course, we have no documentation or notes regarding this new, possibly lost, song. Except this:
That is a catalog of Copyright entry for July 1963.
The name Bill Anderson meant nothing to me, but apparently he is an American country singer-songwriter who had already had #1 hits on the country charts by the time of this copyright entry. I can't find any recording by him of this, his own song. One could argue that the timing of the copyright entry is just a coincidence - and it may be.
Is any of this something that anyone here has heard of in the past? As a rumour? Can anyone shed any light on this? Under normal circumstances it wouldn't seem remotely possible - but given the lost I'm a Roustabout recording, it may just be that we are on to something.
In the meantime, I have contacted Bill Anderson's Twitter page - it's clearly not run by him, but the message might get to him anyway. We can but hope. Presumably he would remember if he submitted a song to Elvis.