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Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?

GUEST,Lin 17 Jul 21 - 10:35 PM
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Subject: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 10:35 PM

With all the songs and different genres of music he performed
I was wondering if Elvis Presley ever covered any folk songs?
Of course he covered "pop", Gospel, country and other styles but just curious if he ever sang any traditional folk or even touch on some contemporary folk throughout his music career? I tried doing a search once some time ago now, but was unable to find any connection with Elvis and folk music at all.
Maybe someone else doing a search might come up with something. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 11:13 PM

Hi Lin,

The only one which comes to my mind is

Aura Lea

"The tune is familiar to modern audiences from the 1956 Elvis Presley #1 hit 'Love Me Tender' with new lyrics by Ken Darby, a derivative adaptation of the original. A later Presley recording for the film The Trouble with Girls entitled "Violet (Flower of N.Y.U.)" also used the melody of 'Aura Lea'."


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 11:14 PM

Aura Lee might not count as a folk song, on second thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 02:21 AM

Wooden Heart is or was a traditional German song I believe.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:06 AM

I forgot about that one:
Muss i denn

We learned it in school.

I have to admit I'm not a full-on Elvis fan so I definitely won't have much more to contribute to this thread but I'll be reading it with interest.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:16 AM

I was a fan from the start to1959, after that / forget it!


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 05:19 AM

Here's a list of Elvis's recorded songs.

Elvis 1953-1977 recordings


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 06:22 AM

Loads of his songs were in my pub repertoire, and I play them now and then for my pleasure.

Are You Lonesome Tonight, Its Now or Never, All Shook up, The Wonder of You, etc

People like his songsand they are firmly embedded in the public consciousness In time people will forget Elvis but variants of his songs will become folksongs. I think.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 08:48 AM

Mae Axton redid the old folk blues called "Hard rock Hotel" to
"Heart Break Hotel". Mae was Hoyt's mother.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mayomick
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 09:04 AM

All my Trials


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: pattyClink
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 10:30 AM

Yes. Haven't heard American Trilogy for years.

American Trilogy live 1973


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,RA
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 11:44 AM

'That's Alright Mama' apparently features some traditional blues verses...


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 03:55 PM

One you may not here very often, Elvis did also record a completely tasteless version of 'Old Macdonald'. The king talks meat, or rather sings about it. Probably the worst song of his film career. Truly awful. Veggies beware.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Rossey
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 04:45 PM

Having been a bit silly with 'Old Macdonald..' Elvis did record a few usually non controversial modern folk standards of the time.. 'Early Morning Rain' etc.   He also has a stab on a private home recording of 'Blowing in the Wind' roughing it out, (in the wrong key for him).


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 19 Jul 21 - 01:50 PM

"I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago" was a folk song.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 08:08 AM

Elvis sang "I'll take you home again, Kathleen" and "Danny Boy".


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 03:42 PM

Define folk song,,,

(Ducks and runs)


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: mg
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 04:42 PM

a composed one about shrimp boats going to loosian...sounds folklike.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 05:11 PM

Sounds like a good idea, Dave the Gnome - maybe I'll start a thread about it.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 02:12 AM

A mate of mine sings Elvis songs in a Yorkshire accent.
Very funny!

"Tha's nobbut a whippet"


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Mark Finn
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 01:31 PM

"Old Shep"?


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 03:11 PM

Never a fan.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 11:54 AM

when i listen to my documentaries about the stars i fined it is very good to hear that elvis never wrote any of his songs at all. elvis stole old recordings from artists that he would like. when elvis when he was 15 years old he listen to his dad play the shelton brothers sing aura lee he liked the song too much. i watched it in my house i have today and found it on a cd album called the roots of elvis. in 1949 tony martin had a number 2 hit with there's no tomorrow that song stayed in the charts for many weeks. i have seen many tribute stars do elvis songs like love me tender a song written by vera maxwell and ken derby set to the tune of aura lee. from joe.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 01:41 PM

Well, Elvis did record a lot of gospel material but whether any of those songs could be called trad, I don't know.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 02:52 PM

About half of Elvis's repertoire has become folk songs in the sense that they are sung by ordinary folks for their own pleasure, with strumming guitars. Good rock'n'roll is a different matter, though.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,RJM
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 03:48 PM

The op asked if ELVIS sang any folk songs, not whether half of his repertoire have become folk songs because they are sung by ordinary folks for their own pleasure,
ordinary folks sing opera for their own pleasure and play classical music for their own pleasure, ordinary folks play jazz for their own pleasure, in fact most forms of music are played by ordinary folk for their own pleasure but it does not make them folk songs
I used to play pop music from the sixties. during the early sixties, but it was not folk music. it was the hits of the day, that i was playing for my own pleasure all of us in our group knew what it was and it was not called folk music by any of us.
when i saw jimi hendrix it was jimI hendrix not bloody folk musiC FFS


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 04:47 PM

Thread title: Yes.he.did. First song on Modette's wiki link above is Hedy West's 500 Miles. And if Elvis is not the #1 recording of Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani's Aloha 'Oe on any given list, it's surely in the top three.

Elvis covered a lot more Bob Dylan than most consumers realize (folk/not folk.) And a lot of gospel was already 'stolen' (or adopted) by various protest movements over the years before Elvis got around to it. Listener's choice on what genre he sang it to. More from the wiki:

500 Miles (Hedy West)
Aloha 'Oe (Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani)
Amazing Grace (John Newton)
Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Cottonfields (Lead Belly)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan)
Down by the Riverside (trad.)
The First Noel (trad.*)
Frankie and Johnny (trad.)
Froggy Went A-Courting (trad.)
I Shall Not Be Moved (trad.)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (trad.)
Tomorrow Is a Long Time (Bob Dylan)
Walk That Lonesome Road (trad.)
When the Saints Go Marching In (trad.)


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
Date: 05 Sep 23 - 01:32 PM

"Heartbreak Hotel" was a rewrite by Mae Axton, (Hoyt's mother)
based on an old blues done by Cisco Houston called "Hard Rock Hotel".
I've heard that Elvis was a folk song fan. Jerry Leiber and Mike
Stoller were folk song fans, mostly blues. When I played music
with Guy Carawan, we sang "Houndog Bay At The Moon" written by an
Oklahoma english professor. Mike used to play for UCLA fraternities
and I know he heard us sing that song. I often wondered if that's where
they go the idea for "You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog" they wrote for
Big Mama Thornton. I think Elvis was close to folk roots and his influence Big Boy Croodup would indicate this.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Severn
Date: 10 Sep 23 - 04:16 PM

I would think that whoever put together "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" had heard the old French song " Plaisir D'Amour", which was covered by Joan Baez and a few others over the years.

"Some wise-add said
'Only Russians are fools'...."

Yeah, THAT one!

And "It's Now Or Never", of course, was "O Sole Mio".

I have heard some of Elvis' slow numbers sing as lullabies to put babies to sleep that they surely could be counted as Folk Songs by now. I have felt for a long time that any song sing as a lullabye is being used in a Folk context, so it qualifies. Anybody whose infant won't go to sleep even after you have sing every official one, and has to resort to any slow song you can think of it had had to start improvising further verses to whatever you were singing

" When you wish upon the sun,
Makes no difference what you've done.... "

Earth....what you're worth
Sky....No need to wonder why

....and on into the night. That's the folk process in action. Writing them like and how they usta back when. Putting kids to sleep. Hoeing the garden etc. It's the use you put the song to.....


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 10 Sep 23 - 05:11 PM

It's the use you put the song to.....

As above, the thread is about "Elvis" not an abstract folk concept 'you.'

It's pop music. The general industry is "hospitality." Fortune & fame run one-two on the reasons why big time artists & producers are in it.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 23 - 07:28 AM

'Down By The Riverside'.

I doubt he'd have been bothered with Appalacian stuff - there's a sub-plot in an early movie, where 'hillbilly music', ie Appalacian/Celtic gets a lot of shade - 'One More Day' is the song he doesn't sing. Sounds like one from Elvis' slush pile

https://youtu.be/oB9YAVEqWrY


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: NightWing
Date: 13 Sep 23 - 07:58 PM

The Wikipedia article on the Million Dollar Quartet recording (December 4, 1956) lists the following cuts as "Traditional":

"When The Saints Go Marchin' In", "Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Down By the Riverside", "Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand)", and "On the Jericho Road"

The same Wikipedia article quotes Cash's '97 autobiography:

Elvis wanted to hear songs Bill [Monroe] had written besides "Blue Moon of Kentucky", and I knew the whole repertoire.

So, I'd say that "I doubt he'd have been bothered with Appalacian [sic] stuff" is unlikely to be true. At that time, that "Appalachian stuff" was no more than a generation old. I find it extremely unlikely that he didn't know, appreciate, and (at least occasionally) play it in the same way (and for much the same reasons) that musicians today know, appreciate, and play stuff from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.'

How much he recorded of such music is another question. That music simply wasn't in his style, so would likely not have been marketable to his fans.

BB,
NightWing


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 11:54 AM

when i listen to my documentaries about the stars i fined it is very good to hear that elvis never wrote any of his songs at all. elvis stole old recordings from artists that he would like. when elvis when he was 15 years old he listen to his dad play the shelton brothers sing aura lee he liked the song too much. i watched it in my house i have today and found it on a cd album called the roots of elvis. in 1949 tony martin had a number 2 hit with there's no tomorrow that song stayed in the charts for many weeks. i have seen many tribute stars do elvis songs like love me tender a song written by vera maxwell and ken derby set to the tune of aura lee. from joe.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 01:41 PM

Well, Elvis did record a lot of gospel material but whether any of those songs could be called trad, I don't know.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 02:52 PM

About half of Elvis's repertoire has become folk songs in the sense that they are sung by ordinary folks for their own pleasure, with strumming guitars. Good rock'n'roll is a different matter, though.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,RJM
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 03:48 PM

The op asked if ELVIS sang any folk songs, not whether half of his repertoire have become folk songs because they are sung by ordinary folks for their own pleasure,
ordinary folks sing opera for their own pleasure and play classical music for their own pleasure, ordinary folks play jazz for their own pleasure, in fact most forms of music are played by ordinary folk for their own pleasure but it does not make them folk songs
I used to play pop music from the sixties. during the early sixties, but it was not folk music. it was the hits of the day, that i was playing for my own pleasure all of us in our group knew what it was and it was not called folk music by any of us.
when i saw jimi hendrix it was jimI hendrix not bloody folk musiC FFS


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 04 Sep 23 - 04:47 PM

Thread title: Yes.he.did. First song on Modette's wiki link above is Hedy West's 500 Miles. And if Elvis is not the #1 recording of Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani's Aloha 'Oe on any given list, it's surely in the top three.

Elvis covered a lot more Bob Dylan than most consumers realize (folk/not folk.) And a lot of gospel was already 'stolen' (or adopted) by various protest movements over the years before Elvis got around to it. Listener's choice on what genre he sang it to. More from the wiki:

500 Miles (Hedy West)
Aloha 'Oe (Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani)
Amazing Grace (John Newton)
Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Cottonfields (Lead Belly)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan)
Down by the Riverside (trad.)
The First Noel (trad.*)
Frankie and Johnny (trad.)
Froggy Went A-Courting (trad.)
I Shall Not Be Moved (trad.)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (trad.)
Tomorrow Is a Long Time (Bob Dylan)
Walk That Lonesome Road (trad.)
When the Saints Go Marching In (trad.)


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
Date: 05 Sep 23 - 01:32 PM

"Heartbreak Hotel" was a rewrite by Mae Axton, (Hoyt's mother)
based on an old blues done by Cisco Houston called "Hard Rock Hotel".
I've heard that Elvis was a folk song fan. Jerry Leiber and Mike
Stoller were folk song fans, mostly blues. When I played music
with Guy Carawan, we sang "Houndog Bay At The Moon" written by an
Oklahoma english professor. Mike used to play for UCLA fraternities
and I know he heard us sing that song. I often wondered if that's where
they go the idea for "You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog" they wrote for
Big Mama Thornton. I think Elvis was close to folk roots and his influence Big Boy Croodup would indicate this.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Severn
Date: 10 Sep 23 - 04:16 PM

I would think that whoever put together "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" had heard the old French song " Plaisir D'Amour", which was covered by Joan Baez and a few others over the years.

"Some wise-add said
'Only Russians are fools'...."

Yeah, THAT one!

And "It's Now Or Never", of course, was "O Sole Mio".

I have heard some of Elvis' slow numbers sing as lullabies to put babies to sleep that they surely could be counted as Folk Songs by now. I have felt for a long time that any song sing as a lullabye is being used in a Folk context, so it qualifies. Anybody whose infant won't go to sleep even after you have sing every official one, and has to resort to any slow song you can think of it had had to start improvising further verses to whatever you were singing

" When you wish upon the sun,
Makes no difference what you've done.... "

Earth....what you're worth
Sky....No need to wonder why

....and on into the night. That's the folk process in action. Writing them like and how they usta back when. Putting kids to sleep. Hoeing the garden etc. It's the use you put the song to.....


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 10 Sep 23 - 05:11 PM

It's the use you put the song to.....

As above, the thread is about "Elvis" not an abstract folk concept 'you.'

It's pop music. The general industry is "hospitality." Fortune & fame run one-two on the reasons why big time artists & producers are in it.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 23 - 07:28 AM

'Down By The Riverside'.

I doubt he'd have been bothered with Appalacian stuff - there's a sub-plot in an early movie, where 'hillbilly music', ie Appalacian/Celtic gets a lot of shade - 'One More Day' is the song he doesn't sing. Sounds like one from Elvis' slush pile

https://youtu.be/oB9YAVEqWrY


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: NightWing
Date: 13 Sep 23 - 07:58 PM

The Wikipedia article on the Million Dollar Quartet recording (December 4, 1956) lists the following cuts as "Traditional":

"When The Saints Go Marchin' In", "Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Down By the Riverside", "Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand)", and "On the Jericho Road"

The same Wikipedia article quotes Cash's '97 autobiography:

Elvis wanted to hear songs Bill [Monroe] had written besides "Blue Moon of Kentucky", and I knew the whole repertoire.

So, I'd say that "I doubt he'd have been bothered with Appalacian [sic] stuff" is unlikely to be true. At that time, that "Appalachian stuff" was no more than a generation old. I find it extremely unlikely that he didn't know, appreciate, and (at least occasionally) play it in the same way (and for much the same reasons) that musicians today know, appreciate, and play stuff from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.'

How much he recorded of such music is another question. That music simply wasn't in his style, so would likely not have been marketable to his fans.

BB,
NightWing


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 May 24 - 11:46 AM

just 2 or 3 years ago at the pub in edinburgh the captins bar where i sing alot after leaving my band i heared another guy sing the song auralea. i wanted to to thank him verry much and then he shook my hand. i wanted to say more than that but i new that my food had to come first. elvis did a parody of the song in the film but never recorded that song. agen from joe.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: gillymor
Date: 20 May 24 - 12:21 PM

He didn't need to sing folk music, he was such a great Rock an Roll singer, before Hollywood got a hold of him, that the best songwriters of the day were begging him to sing their songs. Some even gave up or shared their songwriting credit.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 May 24 - 09:26 PM

Leadbelly (I think) said that he never heard a horse sing a song, so folks singing songs must be folk singers!!
Will leave hoof in mouth - clip clop?!


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 21 May 24 - 10:02 AM

> Some even gave up or shared their songwriting credit.

The way I heard it, Elvis is on the credits of Heartbreak Hotel on the insistence of Colonel Parker. Further research required.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 May 24 - 11:02 AM

Rolling Stone 10 September 2021; Elvis: Back in Nashville is the follow-up to last year’s box set From Elvis in Nashville, which chronicled his night-to-morning sessions at RCA Studio A in 1970. Unlike those sessions, the 1971 recordings made heavy use of backup singers — Elvis: Back in Nashville includes many of those performances. Along with Presley’s version of Sainte-Marie’s “Until It’s Time for You to Go,” Back in Nashville includes his interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Gordon Lightfoot. Due November 12th, the box will be released as a four-CD collection, digitally, and as a two-LP vinyl set.

Faroutmagazine 7 November 2022 “In the early days Elvis would show dissatisfaction with some lines and he would make alterations, so it wasn’t just what is known as a ‘cut-in’,” Presley’s publishing manager, Freddy Bienstock, claimed. “His name did not appear after the first year. But if Presley liked the song, the writers would be offered a guarantee of a million records and they would surrender a third of their royalties to Elvis.”

Elvis demanded a share of the royalties for Until It's Time For You To Go from Buffy St Marie but she, allegedly, refused to share her royalties with him. Elvis was also going to cover I Will Always Love You and one of his requirements was for Dolly Parton to turn over royalties for the song to him. Dolly said she'd love for him to sing the song but was not going to give up the royalties so he never did it.


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Subject: RE: Did Elvis ever sing any folk songs?
From: Johnny J
Date: 21 May 24 - 11:20 AM

I supposed Elvis was advised/manipulated by Col Tom Parker. So, he maybe shoudn't be totally blamed for making such demands.

His manager was quite a ruthless and shrewd individual by all accounts and very controlling. He refused to allow Presley to tour The UK, as I recall.


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