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#8 - Way Down (1977)
"Way Down" was recorded October 1976, it was Elvis last single released before his death on August 16, 1977. The song was written by Layng Martine, Jr. and was recorded in the den at Graceland in late October, 1976.
Released as a single (with "Pledging My Love" on the B-side) on June 6, 1977, it was his single at the time of his death. It initially peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 6, 1977 and had fallen to No. 53 on the chart for the week ending August 27, 1977. Thereafter, it reversed direction and reached an even higher peak at No. 18 on 24 September – 1 October 1977.
The recording also featured J.D. Sumner singing the words "way on down" at the end of each chorus down to the note low C (C2). At the end of the song, this phrase is octaved, reaching a double low C (C1, three octaves below middle C). According to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the lowest recorded note ever produced by the human voice, first accomplished by Sumner in a 1966 recording of the hymn "Blessed Assurance."
Below is the original master recording as well as the first rehearsal take.
Way Down was the favorite of these four songs in our social media fan voting with 38% of the votes!
#7 - Such A Night (1964)
"Such A Night" was released on July 14, 1964 as a single after previously being released on the 1960 album "Elvis Is Back". At the time of the release it was an attempt to improve the Elvis music releases which were in a downward-careening commercial path. Since they had found it almost impossible to lure Elvis into the recording studio for anything but the obligatory soundtrack session, RCA once again tried their luck with catalog cuts.
Below is the original master along with Elvis rehearsing the song in 1970 for his movie Elvis That's The Way It Is.
#6 - Fame and Fortune (1957)
Fame & Fortune was released on March 23, 1960 as the B-Side to Stuck On You. RCA had 1.4 million sleeves printed for Elvis’ yet-to-be-determined single before he even entered the recording studio. There was a hole in the center of the picture sleeve to display the title (which, of course, would be printed on the label) while the text declared, “ELVIS’ 1ST NEW RECORDING FOR HIS 50,000,000 FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD.” The records were pressed and shipped two days after the session.
“Fame And Fortune” was a doo-wop-styled ballad from the pen of Ben Weisman, one of the songwriting regulars since Loving You, it gave Elvis an opportunity to show off the ambitious new vocal direction he had been preparing for during his year-and-a-half overseas. He may not have gotten the song exactly the way he wanted it (the released version spliced together the fourteenth and fifteenth takes), but in almost every other way the record fulfilled the expectations of artist, record company, and fans.
Below is the master recording along with Elvis performance on the Welcome Home Elvis TV special with Frank Sinatra.
#4 - Treat Me Nice (1957)
Elvis was convinced that “Treat Me Nice” was the smash when he first recorded it at the soundtrack sessions for the new movie at Radio Recorders in April and May. He believed so much in the song, in fact, that he went back into the studio in early September to try for an even stronger cut, at a session dedicated almost entirely to the making of a Christmas album. The single was released on September 24, 1957.
Below is the master recording as well as an not often heard alternate version and finally the movie version.
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