Music Review: Elvis Presley - Girls,...

Music Review: Elvis Presley - Girls, Girls, Girls

There are 28 comments on the Blogcritics story from Jul 8, 2008, titled Music Review: Elvis Presley - Girls, Girls, Girls . In it, Blogcritics reports that:

Essential Elvis: Chapter 12.

Girls Girls Girls is not considered to be one of the better Elvis Presley films. It was universally panned at the time of its release. Yet Girls Girls Girls remains the only Elvis Presley film to be nominated for a major award. It was nominated for a best picture Golden Globe in the musical or comedy category for 1963. It lost to Music Man but at...

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ELVIS ALOHA

Australia

#2 Jul 19, 2008
I FELT THE GIRLS WERE FINE SIR EP
Frank Sinatra

Saint-eustache, Canada

#3 Jul 19, 2008
ELVIS ALOHA wrote:
I FELT THE GIRLS WERE FINE SIR EP
not as fine as Ann Margaret hey EP

your eye site is blinded by your eating habits E
let the cheezeburgers aside a bit !!

I did it my way !

F
Frank Sinatra

Saint-eustache, Canada

#4 Jul 19, 2008
not as fine as Ann Margeret hey E

dont be blinded by the cheesburgers E

I did it my way !!

F
Frank Sinatra

Saint-eustache, Canada

#5 Jul 19, 2008
ELVIS ALOHA wrote:
I FELT THE GIRLS WERE FINE SIR EP
have a question for ya E !!

who did you listen to when you were in the army in 1958 that inspired you to record <its now or never > and surrender and who coached you during the the recording of Surrender , cause you have takes of that song with two different endings but one of them you did not now if you were able to reach the note desired so who helped you get there ??

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Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#6 Jul 20, 2008
Elvis Presley heard various versions pf "O sole mio" since age 7, when he was living in Tupelo, MS.

A recording by Mario Lanza, his mother's favourite singer, may have neen his first introduction to both "O sole mio" and "Torna a Sorrento", which later became "Surrender"

When he was serving the US Army in Germany, he was influenced by Tony Martin's rendition of the first of the two songs, which now had English lyrics and entitled "There's no tomorrow".

As he finished his Army stint, and arrived in the US, the idea to actually record it was his, so new lyrics were written for him.

On the day of the recording, April 3, 1960, at RCA's studio B, in Nashville, two things happened, one quite known, but not accurate, the other less known, but rtue.

In the past, it has been reported that, as Elvis was having difficulty in nailing tha last note for "It's now or never", one of the Jordanaires took him to the bathroom, which had a nice echo feel to it, and taught him how best to breathe, for about 15 minutes or so. This actually happened, but the coaching did not take place on this session, but on the "Surrender" session, which took place on October 30 of the same year. On the "It's now or never" case, he kept trying until he and the band got it right.

As the "Surrender" business, after the coaching, he failed to deliver the note on his next try, but hit it right on the nose on the next, which unfortunately had errors by other members of the band. This prompted one of the engineers to tell Elvis not to worry, since a master could be obtained by splicing the teo takes. Nevertheless, Presley ewanbted to do it, the right way, until he and the bad got to take 9, which became the master.

Now, going back to "It's now or never", those in the know may recall that the song was recorded after nailing the last take of take 6 of "Like a a baby", which later became the master, after which a break was called for. Since everyone in the team returned in time, but the two drummers, they proceeded to record "It's now or never" with Bill Lynn, a session muiscian for RCA, on drums. The six takes were wonderful, so by the time D.J. Fontana and the other drummer returned, the session was called off, and the musicians were told to return on the next day. So, the record which actually expanded Elvisnreach, throughpout the world, to a greater percentage of the population, and which sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, did not have D.J. Fontana on drums.
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#7 Jul 20, 2008
Hey Frank!! I hope you have access to youtube, and that your speakers are in working order, because I have a treat for you.

Someone who is an expert in music, and has the proof to back it up, has produced a four and half minute clip where he goes, one by one, with the notes Elvis was able to deliver, mostly on the higher range, although ubfortunately exploring only half of the best Elvis could do on the lower registries.

When you open the page, make sure you go, before listening to the clip, for the "more info" option, located on the right hand upper corner, since the explanation will be there, in written form, as to how high, or low, those notes are. My favourites? Songs number 7 and 11...

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#8 Jul 20, 2008
Thanks, Jim. I love your posts on Elvis. They are always educational. :)
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#9 Jul 20, 2008
Thank you dear. Did you access the clip?

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#10 Jul 20, 2008
Yes, it was fabulous. I even sent it on so my daughter could hear him hitting those wonderful notes. Many of my favorite Elvis songs were chosen for the clip. :)
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#11 Jul 20, 2008
Right. I think the guy did a wondeful job, only that, for some reason he left out what it would have certainly been a thrill to listen, namely, maybe two notes from his middle registry, namely the end of "It hurts me", and the bridge in "Loving arms" and about three real cool low notes. I am thinking, first and foremost, in his "low F growls" in "King Creole" (those are amazing, especially after hearing the alternate version where, inspite of starting to sing the song in a higher key, he ends up sounding the same when he has to go high, which means that, in the master version, in the transition from the low growls to the part that goes "and he goes ny the name of King Creole", he must have jumped over a bunch of octaves, without voice crack, which is amazing. The deep rumbling of the floor in parts of "Loving you",or in "Don't", would have also been great to hear, in lieu of the "Teddy Bear" and other live examples where he is just kidding.

Also, too bad he does not want to include falsettos, as many cuts in "His hand in mine", or anything by Don Robertson (especially the alternate for "There's always me|", have beautiful notes.

But, anyways, it is fantastic to hear those notes, especially when reading the text, because he prepares us for each, beatifully. The way he writes the sentence about the A4 landing on the G4 at the end of "American trilogy" always makes the back of my hair go up!!!

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#12 Jul 20, 2008
Jim, you must really know MUSIC! All I really know is that all through my lifetime...my ears have loved what they heard when it comes from Elvis. He really has been THE ARTIST for me when it comes to musical listening. I have had a steady course of ELVIS and ELVIS ONLY...and I never weary of his beautiful voice.
It looks like you can identify the notes and I can't...but my heart loves the music just as you do. There was nothing more exciting in my lifetime than hearing Elvis hit those notes IN PERSON!!! As you can see I was swept away forever when it comes to ELVIS.:)
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#13 Jul 21, 2008
I was blown away at least four times, by Elvis' voice, on November 10, 1971, as I sat with my then girlfriend at our Boston Garden seats. The first time came as he did the ending to "I got a woman". Then as he hit a huge note during "One night", which was quite unexpected. Then, the softness of the entry to "Love me" also blew me away. Finally, he hiot me hard when he sang "Bridge over troubled waters".

Of course, he blew me away even before he hit the stage, to the thundering sound of the 2001 Space Oddisey" but, as I saw him from the back, with that outfit, entering the stage through a little stairs, and the way he walked to centre stage, that was incredible. He looked about three inches tall, from where we stood, but the electricity was so big, that his prescence alone was bigger than the Garden itself.

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#14 Jul 21, 2008
Jim Burrows wrote:
I was blown away at least four times, by Elvis' voice, on November 10, 1971, as I sat with my then girlfriend at our Boston Garden seats. The first time came as he did the ending to "I got a woman". Then as he hit a huge note during "One night", which was quite unexpected. Then, the softness of the entry to "Love me" also blew me away. Finally, he hiot me hard when he sang "Bridge over troubled waters".
Of course, he blew me away even before he hit the stage, to the thundering sound of the 2001 Space Oddisey" but, as I saw him from the back, with that outfit, entering the stage through a little stairs, and the way he walked to centre stage, that was incredible. He looked about three inches tall, from where we stood, but the electricity was so big, that his prescence alone was bigger than the Garden itself.
Ahhh...Jim...you saw him live, too. I always feel a special connection to those who had the incomparable pleasure... because they better understand the intense feelings felt for this mega-star-singer. Seeing ELVIS perform live is/was the thrill of a lifetime. Nothing quite as THRILLING has happened to me since. It seems your feelings about it are quite similar.:) I would have LOVED to have seen MSG! I count my blessings for all the close up Vegas shows (and 3 kisses), San Diego (twice), and Dayton, Ohio....but what a thrill it would have been to have been at the GARDEN!:)
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#15 Jul 21, 2008
Yes, it would have been a thrill for me too, seeing him at the Garden, in New York, that is. I think you read too fast my first sentence, since it was there that I indicated that the concert I attended was in Boston. Those who studied in the vecinity, would call the Boston Garden the Garden. Now, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease tell me about the dates. The Vegas and San Diego dates, that;s what I'm interested, since I can almost figure out the day for the Dayton Concert. Was it in 1972?

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#16 Jul 21, 2008
Well, you SAW him and HEARD him IN PERSON that is the important thing!!!:) Doesn't really matter where.:)
I saw him the first time in person in Vegas winter of 70, then summer of 70 Vegas. Then in concert in San Diego Nov. 15, 1970. I got my backstage kiss in Vegas on Feb. 14,1971,(the only Vegas date I actually remember) Elvis put a 2 1/2 foot teddy bear in my lap as I sat Vegas stage-side summer of 71. I didn't see him in Vegas in 72 as I was in Dayton (saw the Dayton April 7, 1972 concert though). I saw him in 73 Vegas (got stageside kiss), 74 Vegas (got stageside kiss), 75 in Vegas, but not in Vegas 76, but saw him in San Diego in 76--April 24th--last time :(
I only know the dates for the on tour concerts I attended because there is a site you can find the dates, Jim. I was always bad with remembering dates :(...especially since I am 61 now. I remembered the backstage kiss date easily though...it was Valentine's Day.:)

http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/8605/allye...
franky

Saint-eustache, Canada

#17 Jul 21, 2008
Jim Burrows wrote:
Elvis Presley heard various versions pf "O sole mio" since age 7, when he was living in Tupelo, MS.
A recording by Mario Lanza, his mother's favourite singer, may have neen his first introduction to both "O sole mio" and "Torna a Sorrento", which later became "Surrender"
When he was serving the US Army in Germany, he was influenced by Tony Martin's rendition of the first of the two songs, which now had English lyrics and entitled "There's no tomorrow".
As he finished his Army stint, and arrived in the US, the idea to actually record it was his, so new lyrics were written for him.
On the day of the recording, April 3, 1960, at RCA's studio B, in Nashville, two things happened, one quite known, but not accurate, the other less known, but rtue.
In the past, it has been reported that, as Elvis was having difficulty in nailing tha last note for "It's now or never", one of the Jordanaires took him to the bathroom, which had a nice echo feel to it, and taught him how best to breathe, for about 15 minutes or so. This actually happened, but the coaching did not take place on this session, but on the "Surrender" session, which took place on October 30 of the same year. On the "It's now or never" case, he kept trying until he and the band got it right.
As the "Surrender" business, after the coaching, he failed to deliver the note on his next try, but hit it right on the nose on the next, which unfortunately had errors by other members of the band. This prompted one of the engineers to tell Elvis not to worry, since a master could be obtained by splicing the teo takes. Nevertheless, Presley ewanbted to do it, the right way, until he and the bad got to take 9, which became the master.
Now, going back to "It's now or never", those in the know may recall that the song was recorded after nailing the last take of take 6 of "Like a a baby", which later became the master, after which a break was called for. Since everyone in the team returned in time, but the two drummers, they proceeded to record "It's now or never" with Bill Lynn, a session muiscian for RCA, on drums. The six takes were wonderful, so by the time D.J. Fontana and the other drummer returned, the session was called off, and the musicians were told to return on the next day. So, the record which actually expanded Elvisnreach, throughpout the world, to a greater percentage of the population, and which sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, did not have D.J. Fontana on drums.
thanks for the info ! kindda knew that already maybe not all in details , but i was really asking the E guy that thinks he is Elvis lol , the screw him a little bit kindda ruined my fun !! lol

but actually Bill Medley (righteous brothers ) was his vocal coach and he directed him for the ending of surrender ! elvis asked for advice

ps : actually im guitarplayer , like to srew around with idiots that come on the forum to offend or annoy the good people of this forum :)
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#18 Jul 21, 2008
I personally saw one of the Jordanaires say, in front of a TV camera, that he and someone else went to the bathroom and helped him. To think that someone else was Bill Medley is just awesome.
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#19 Jul 21, 2008
TCB-girl wrote:
Well, you SAW him and HEARD him IN PERSON that is the important thing!!!:) Doesn't really matter where.:)
I saw him the first time in person in Vegas winter of 70, then summer of 70 Vegas. Then in concert in San Diego Nov. 15, 1970. I got my backstage kiss in Vegas on Feb. 14,1971,(the only Vegas date I actually remember) Elvis put a 2 1/2 foot teddy bear in my lap as I sat Vegas stage-side summer of 71. I didn't see him in Vegas in 72 as I was in Dayton (saw the Dayton April 7, 1972 concert though). I saw him in 73 Vegas (got stageside kiss), 74 Vegas (got stageside kiss), 75 in Vegas, but not in Vegas 76, but saw him in San Diego in 76--April 24th--last time :(
I only know the dates for the on tour concerts I attended because there is a site you can find the dates, Jim. I was always bad with remembering dates :(...especially since I am 61 now. I remembered the backstage kiss date easily though...it was Valentine's Day.:)
http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/8605/allye...
I wish I'd been there with you for the winter and summer 70 Las Vegas season, but also in sam Diego. Please tell me which of the concerts you attended blew your mind the most, aside from the personal contacts you may have had with him.
franky

Ottawa, Canada

#20 Jul 22, 2008
Jim Burrows wrote:
I personally saw one of the Jordanaires say, in front of a TV camera, that he and someone else went to the bathroom and helped him. To think that someone else was Bill Medley is just awesome.
fyi
nice little song from bill written for elvis
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#21 Jul 22, 2008
Many thanks, what a wonderful tribute!!

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