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#28 - You're A Heartbreaker (1954)
"You're a Heartbreaker" was recorded on December 1954 during the fourth of Presley's now-legendary eight sessions at Memphis' Sun Studio. The recording was released as Presley's third single on the Sun label (Sun 215), whose B-side was a cover of Kokomo Arnold's "Milkcow Blues Boogie".
The single was reissued on RCA Victor records (47-6382). It was also later included on Elvis' seventh studio album, For LP Fans Only in 1959.
#27 - American Trilogy (1972)
Mike Newbury originally released American Trilogy in June 1072. The three numbers used by Newbury to make up the Trilogy are: "Dixie," written in 1859 by Dan Emmett; "Battle Hymn Of The Republic," written in 1861 by Julia Howe (set to the tune of "John Browns Body"); "All My Trials," which is a traditional number whose composer is unknown. The songs are intended to represent the three factions involved in the US Civil War, namely the Confederate South (Dixie), the Unionist North ("Battle Hymn"), and the slaves ("All My Trials"). The live recording of this number, made by Elvis during his February 1972 series of concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton, was released as a single (with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face). Other live recordings by Elvis have also been released.
There was about half an album’s worth of new material, and it was Elvis’ intention to put out a single of his live version of “The Impossible Dream” from Man From La Mancha. For all of his investment in both the song and its message, though, and for all of its success in a characteristic big-ballad treatment, he set it aside in favor of Mickey Newbury’s “An American Trilogy,” with which he had become totally enamored in its author’s recent Top 40 version. The song spoke to Elvis not just about inescapable historical divisions but about the resolution to which he hoped those divisions might some day come. With a swelling arrangement by TCB keyboard player Glen D. Hardin, Elvis delivered a passionate performance, and while his commercial instincts for a hit single were no more borne out by this number than by his last half-dozen choices, it became a staple of his live act (and one of his most requested numbers) over the years. Below is audio of the first live recording of "Trilogy" from the Hilton In Las Vegas as well as the version performed for "Elvis On Tour" in Greensboro, NC April 14, 1972.
American Trilogy with the fan choice in our Social Media surveys with 54% choosing "Trilogy" of these four songs.
#26 - Guitar Man (1968)
"Guitar Man" is a 1967 song written by Jerry Reed, who took his version of it to number 53 on the country music charts in 1967.
Soon after Reed's single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song with Reed playing the guitar part, and it became a minor country and pop hit.
“Guitar Man” was not only the high point of the September session, it was also in its own way different from anything Elvis had ever done. The difference was one of tone and approach, with both qualities influenced by the wit of Jerry Reed’s lyrics and the dextrousness of his picking. From a commercial point of view, the song had already been thrown away as a bonus track on the Clambake album, but for Elvis’ more discerning fans it marked a brilliant moment of illumination after a long dark period. Below along with the master recording there is recording takes with Jerry Reed and banter regarding his original recording.
#25 - Memories (1969)
"Memories" was written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis specially for Elvis to perform at Elvis' comeback NBC-TV Specia, that would air on NBC on December 3, 1968. Later Mac Davis recalled: "They had asked for a song about looking back over the years, and oddly enough, I had to write it in one night. I stayed up all night at Billy Strange's house in Los Angeles. He had a little office set up in his garage. I wrote it right there."
Released in the United States in 1969 as a B-side to Charro!, the title song from the movie. "Memories" reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 12, 1969.
The song is also included on the album Elvis, the soundtrack album for the NBC TV Special at which it was first performed. For the TV show itself the song was recorded live, but the album features a studio version recorded on June 24.
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