Internet Elvis: Rare and Obscure Songs

While in 2017,  Beyonce is a university marketing class, in the 1990s – Academia took notice of Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley was the most popular and most maligned and the first/last entertainer that everyone can agree to something on.

In the Web 1.0 days of static pages – after Geekdom – Elvis Presley fandom ruled the web.

Lucy Lawless of Xena Warrior Princess fame was the first celebrity of the net, when she was in the hospital after a horse riding stunt and went online into a Xena Fan Forum. She posted “it’s just a tv show” and the forum exploded.

The Blair Witch Project made the internet critical to marketing and the era of the weird wide wild web was over.

Many of the original sites no longer exist, free website hosting sites disappear into archives and off line.

I wanted to share and save this article: one of the very best research papers of on Elvis Presley’s recorded music.

Astonishingly the Elvis cover of The Clover’s Little Mama was recently located and released officially on the FTD The Boy From Tupelo.

Songs that Elvis is rumored to have performed or recorded

For all the songs that Elvis recorded over his remarkable career, there seem to be as many that he is rumored to have recorded or performed live. Some of the titles may be wishful thinking, but other long-rumored songs have appeared in recent years, so you never know what’s coming around the bend.


One Too Many Rumors …by Shane Paterson

Way Too Many Rumors – Tripod


This is a list of songs I’ve accumulated over the past 20 years or so that Elvis is rumored to have recorded, or done live, or both. For the most part, I have attempted to exclude songs that I KNOW exist and might become available, such as many that I’ve managed to confirm were done on stage 1969-77 (either through hearing it on a concert tape, or through concert info provided by others who have the show on tape, or through looking at old newspapers). I have included a very few exceptions — so noted — because I haven’t heard those songs for myself and I’m not sure how likely their existence is.

If you haven’t seen much of this type of thing before, you’ll be amazed at the sheer volume of material that Elvis is said to have recorded. Enough for a box set or two. I honestly doubt that most of the claims are true. However, if even a very small percentage turn out to be based in reality, we could have ourselves an album or two of new songs (as opposed to “new” alternate versions or takes of a song, which is a whole other story).

Some of the songs below may be on the list because, somewhere along the way, somebody wished that Elvis had recorded a certain song. Here’s a few other possible ways that the number of “never-before-heard” songs could have become so inflated:

1. RCA or a film company uses several working titles for a song — an example is that “Fall in Love With You” is the title on MGM‘s acetate of “Anyone.”

2. RCA misidentifies a song – for example, in 1972 some Bozo failed to recognize a live recording of the classic “Reconsider, Baby” and titled it “A Blues Jam”. DUH! Who were they letting near these tapes?

3. A newspaper reporter, or any other source, makes a mistake (on the other hand, maybe it really IS a new song) — this is probably one of the major ways in which a new song is “created.” For example, the 8/8/63 Memphis Press-Scimitar mentioned that Elvis and Ann Margret did a song called “Love You, Baby” for “Viva Las Vegas”. It might have been “C’mon Everybody”, though that’s still kind of a stretch. The 10/29/57 Los Angeles Examiner, in a review of the manic Pan-Pacific concerts the night before, mentioned the songs “Dreamy Eyes” and “Be Woman Blues” (on which Elvis played piano). These must be “Treat Me Nice” (with the patented Elvis slurring of the words put to good effect) and “Mean Woman Blues”. Given the noise level and general pandemonium of a ’50s Elvis concert, and the fact that many of these concert critics were not very familiar with that kind of music, it’s understandable how such mistakes could arise. Another example that springs to mind is a 1957 concert review that mentions a song, called “Buttercup,” that I am sure has to be “All Shook Up” (which includes that word quite prominently), and that revelation led me to question the authenticity of the 1957 live song “Butterfly” until I found out it was a song attributed to a couple of songwriters that actually did exist. For the record, I haven’t seen “Buttercup”, “Love You, Baby”,”Dreamy Eyes”, or “Be Woman Blues” on anyone’s list of unreleased Elvis tunes.

4. another recording artist, using the same studio on an alternating basis with Elvis, might somehow mess up things as far as matrix numbers go, and introduce titles into the session notes which were not done by Elvis. I’m not sure how this could happen, but anything’s possible.

5. a demo record is made for Elvis but, after listening to it on the studio speakers, he declines to record the song. Then, either the song gets listed in the studio notes somehow, or the voice in the demo disk, which falls into the hands of collectors, is mistaken for Elvis, I suspect that this has happened a lot and contributed significantly to this list.

6. the backing track for a song (this wouldn’t apply to the ’50s sessions) is laid down and Elvis never records a vocal.

7. sloppy session notes allow plenty of room for imaginations to run wild (which explains why there are a plethora of titles supposedly recorded at Sun).

8. a music folio, or similar, comes out which includes titles Elvis was not known to have recorded — the classic example is the 1955 “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites,” which included 11 songs now rumored to have been recorded while Elvis was at Sun. Although these songs were undoubtedly added by the publisher as padding for the four Elvis songs included, it is nevertheless possible that some of them were recorded or done live. I have also seen songs like “Sixteen Tons” (which Elvis owned the publishing rights to), “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” and “Hello, Mary Lou” in Elvis song folios.

9. a scheduled recording session is cancelled and notes remain on what was to be recorded — surprisingly, none (as far as I can tell) of the songs that were set for these non-events have made it on to this list, which I suppose is a good sign.

10. more than one song is submitted for certain movie scenes (the songwriters basically competed to write songs for the scenes described to them, or with a specific title) but Elvis only records one — alternately, Elvis may well have recorded more than one song that shared the same title on occasion.

By the way, I’m not a complete skeptic, I just don’t want to be disappointed when it turns out that Elvis never recorded “Since I Met You, Baby” (incidentally, that’s not a song that’s on the list, but its appearance in the excellent Elvis TV series a while back, and in the abysmal “Elvis And The Beauty Queen,” could get it a place even in the absence of other evidence, and it’s quite possible Elvis did record this tailor-made song…its first cousin — “I Almost Lost My Mind” — IS on this list). On the other hand, I wouldn’t be disappointed at all if it turns out that Elvis never turned his vocal cords on “Feelings” (which IS on the list, and is one of the more likely candidates). The number of unreleased Beatles songs that turn up on record (bootleg) these days give us hope that quite a few of the following are songs that Elvis actually did during his career, which was considerably longer than the time the Beatles existed as a group, and that they actually are preserved on tape and will surface on day (probably illegally, the way RCA goes about releasing Elvis material as if they’re waiting for the last Elvis fan alive prior to 1977 to die off). The release of a few songs (on bootleg or RCA) over the last decade or so shows that there is always hope that something new, perhaps not even from this list, will show up.

On several occasions during the 1980s, RCA insisted that they had no “new” songs, other than the track “Dominick,” and that the only things remaining unreleased were alternate takes of songs already familiar to us from the regular RCA releases. Since then we’ve had things surface on RCA records like the fast version of “Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby”, original versions of other songs that were believed lost (“Beyond The Reef” and “Tomorrow Night”), “Fool, Fool, Fool,” “My Happiness,” “Hearts Of Stone,” “Plantation Rock,” “Black Star,” “You’re The Boss,” “A Hundred Years From Now,” a studio rehearsal of “It’s Different Now,” a 1971 studio version of “My Way,” a slew of home recordings and rehearsals, and studio jams like “This Time/I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Tiger Man,” and “Lady Madonna,” etc. Some of these songs were previously on this list, though much has come straight out of the blue. A recent example of one of the “lost” songs that has surfaced is Elvis’ acetate of “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way” (for which I had the following entry: ” 1/4/54; recorded at Sun later in 1954 or 55; supposedly bought by Sean O’Neal in 1993 and possibly sold to RCA in January, 1995″…it came out on the “Platinum” set in 1997). “Stagger Lee” and “Cotton Fields” are two recent examples of songs that graduated from the list to reality (via bootleg release of a 1970 rehearsal) and a few of the others that made the leap into reality and availability are mentioned elsewhere in this listing.

The slow version of “Stay Away,” also on this list previously, has since been released by bootleggers and by at least one of RCA-BMG’s international branches. Bootleggers and the archives of private collectors indicate that there’s even more, and it may turn out that rehearsals, in addition to taped studio jams, may provide the richest yield of songs we haven’t heard Elvis do in any form to date — “Alla En El Rancho Grande” and “Froggy Went A-Courtin'” are but two examples. One song that was on this list — “Wings of An Angel” (a.k.a. “The Prisoner’s Song”) — recently appeared on a bootleg, and was a studio jam from 1968. Elvis’ normal way of conducting business in the studio was to do a lot of jamming before formal recording and between takes — leading to him walking out of the studio in 1957 when an executive insisted it was about time Elvis quit messing around with gospel songs and get started on recording of the “Jailhouse Rock” soundtrack.

In 1977 RCA released the album “Moody Blue,” which included (more as “padding,” supposedly) the live songs “Little Darlin’,” “If You Love Me,” and “Unchained Melody,” as well as a re-release of the 3/20/74 Memphis version of “Let Me Be There.” Why they would do this if they had access to all the studio-recorded songs rumored to remain unreleased from the ’70s (for that matter, some that have subsequently been released by RCA) remains a mystery. “There’s A Fire Down Below,” for example, was recorded at the same sessions as “Way Down” (etc.) and it is possible Elvis recorded a vocal track, depending upon who you believe. The fact that RCA released such an album doesn’t give much credence to the possibility of a number of ’70s songs remaining unreleased. On the other hand, RCA’s release policies never did make a whole lot of sense. The same goes for the amateur-recorded “America, The Beautiful” and “Softly As I Leave You” released in 1978: it’s now looking like RCA has their hands (or can easily GET their hands) on studio-quality tapes made from the soundboard at many, if not most (all?) of Elvis’ concerts 1969-77. More and more of these excellent tapes are surfacing among collectors and on recent bootlegs — whether RCA had them in 1977 and 1978 is another story, perhaps, but they definitely have at least some of the tapes now and they must contain a wealth of unreleased performances and even the occasional “one-off” song like “Aubrey,” “You’re My Reason For Living,” or “When The Snow Is On The Roses.”


NOTE: I’ve linked some RealAudio songs and photographs to the text below — credit goes to the following for these sources (please let me know if I’ve inadvertantly left someone out due to my less-than-systematic approach to updating pages):

Jordan’s Elvis World

Apache Elvis

For Elvis Fans Only — Australia

Elvis World…by Haruo Hirose

How Great Thou Art

Keep Him In Mind

Lex’s Real Audio Overview

The Canuck’s Elvis Pages

Please see my main Elvis page for links to more of the RealAudio files and photos linked into the body of this text — you can visit some of these above sites for endless hours of great Elvis sounds and images.


The songs are listed with all the snippets of information (some conflicting) that I have gathered on them. I have further information and, as if we needed them, a few more titles in some of my possessions in California, but this is the best I can do for now. I do not vouch for the authenticity of most of the information for each song — I’ve basically put down everything I know to be rumored and have commented when it seems like a claim is particularly strong or especially weak. If anyone has any further information, I’d love to hear from you. Here we go:


1954-1955 Sun studios, Louisiana Hayride, on tour

Old Shep – 10/3/44 Mississippi-Alabama State Fair; 9-year-old Elvis broadcast on WELO radio in Tupelo — who knows, maybe there was a tape made; later in October or November of the same year on WELO with Mississippi Slim on guitar

Till I Waltz With You Again – 1953

Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me – 1953, when George Klein had Elvis on his WKEM radio show in Memphis — see below for a note on this one…

Take Your Finger Out Of It, It Don’t Belong To You – Memphis 1953 or early 1954; on a KWEM broadcast from a mall with Paul Burlison (one of the Johnny Burnette Trio) and Shelby Fowler’s band — see below for a note on this one…

Talkin’ ’bout Your Birthday Cake – Memphis 1953 or early 1954; on a KWEM broadcast from a mall with Paul Burlison (one of the Johnny Burnette Trio) and Shelby Fowler’s band — see below for a note on this one…

NOTE: Per Kallin, from Sweden, told me that the above three titles are probably all derived from the same song. The song in question was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, for Sun, and included the following lyrics:

“Keep your hands off of it, it don’t belong to you
wait a minute baby, you made a mistake
I’m talkin’ about a birthday cake”
Seems to explain at least the second and third songs — presumably, if Elvis really did this in 1953 or 1954, Jerry Lee’s version was a cover of an older song.

Casual Love Affair – 1/4/54; recorded at Sun later in 1954-55

It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You – flipside of “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way” acetate; recorded 1/4/54; a country song performed by Jimmy Wakely; this song has now shown up in poor quality

Without You – June 26, 1954; Sam Phillips’ son played it at a university on 8/16/79

Rag Mop – at Sun in 6/54 (when he did “Without You” — June 26?) or later; some say it was sung before “That’s All Right” 7/5/54; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

I’ll Never Let You Go – unreleased early versions recorded on July 5 and 6, 1954. Other songs recorded at least once at sessions prior to the one that yielded the familiar version include “Blue Moon” (7/6/54 and one other), “Just Because” (7/6/54), “I’m Left, YouÍre Right, SheÍs Gone” (11/16/54), and “Tomorrow Night” (7/6/54 and one other). “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (originally recorded 7/6/54) may have been remade on September 10, 1954; “I’ll Never Let You Go” and “Tomorrow Night ” may also have been part of a taped rehearsal session in January, 1955

Satisfied – 1:15 gospel song recorded at Sun; dates include 9/10/54, 7/5/54 (before “That’s All Right”, or at some time 7/5-7/54), and 1/6/55 or 9/10/54 between takes of “I’ll Never Let You Go”; may well have been recorded on more than one occasion — July 5 and Sept 10, for instance; may have been part of a taped rehearsal session in January, 1955; in 1987 RCA said they found the master and would release it later in 1987…still waiting for that one (2000 update: looks like they lost it, after all)

2 unknown songs – July 5 or 6, 1954: as you can see, there are plenty of candidates

Always Late (With Your Kisses) – in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”; in 1982 RCA said that Elvis MAY have recorded it in 1955 — they had session notes but couldn’t find a tape; also said to have been recorded during October 25-28, 1954, at KWKH Studios (“The Louisiana Hayride”); recorded by Lefty Frizzell.

I Almost Lost My Mind – Sun; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”; recorded by Charlie Rich and others; on the list of potential songs for Elvis to record at the September, 1956 sessions, but there is no indication that he even tried it during the sessions

Tiger Man – Sun, possibly as early as the breakthrough 7/54 sessions; in 8/70 Elvis would sometimes introduce this as “one of my first records” or “my second record” (without the “Mystery Train” part included)

Crying Heart Blues – Sun; Hayride, late 1954; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

Sitting On Top Of The World – November 6, 1954, Louisiana Hayride (his third appearance on the show)

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry – also from the November 6, 1954, Louisiana Hayride show (one of the other songs he did that night was “Fool, Fool, Fool,” which was on this list before a 1955 version was released by RCA-BMG and was done live elsewhere at the time, e.g., on the Hayride shows of 11/20/54 and 1/8/55); the extant version was recorded in the studio on 1/31/56

Little Mama – a Clovers song sung during concerts in early 1955; 3/5/55 is one Hayride date given and Elvis also did it in Houston, TX, on 4/2/55

Blue Guitar – 1955 (possibly after 9/55); perhaps done on the Hayride; also said to have been recorded during October 25-28, 1954, at KWKH Studios (“The Louisiana Hayride”); included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

Tennessee, Saturday Night – 1955 Hayride; Sun (two takes in July, 1954 or on July 11, 1955); in 1982 RCA said that Elvis recorded it at Sun — they had session notes but couldn’t find a tape; has often been mentioned in newspaper and other sources as being in the possession of collectors who will sell it for a huge amount of money; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”; the instrumental version was almost recorded for the 1957 movie “Loving You”

I Need You So – Sun (recorded for RCA 2/23/57); included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

Tweedlee Dee – done live in Gladeswater, TX, on December 18, 1954 (and available on record for a while now — recorded as part of a traveling “Louisiana Hayride” show) but also possible recorded in the studio, at least as a tryout, on July 11, 1955

Give Me More, More, More – Sun; late 1954 Hayride; also said to have been recorded during October 25-28, 1954, at KWKH Studios (“The Louisiana Hayride”); included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”; recorded by Lefty Frizzel

Oakie Boogie – Sun (12/8/54, 9/10/54, or 8/12/54 – latter date may well come from the non-American standard for writing dates with the day first, month second); live on the Hayride?; in 1982 RCA said that Elvis recorded it in late 1955 — they had session notes but couldn’t find a tape; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

That’s The Stuff You Gotta Watch – 1955 Hayride; Sun?; also said to have been recorded during October 25-28, 1954, at KWKH Studios (“The Louisiana Hayride”); included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

I Got A Woman – Sun — maybe 2/5/55; Hayride and on tour (live version exists from Houston, 3/19 or perhaps 1/29/55)

Maybelline – studio version at Sun (live version exists from 8/6, 8/20, or 8/27/55)

How Do You Think I Feel? – Sun; 5/5/55 and/or 12/54; Elvis’ band did an instrumental and Elvis can be heard off-mike (I don’t have this, but it’s available), supposedly from 12/54 — probably 12/8 or 12/20; don’t know if Elvis did a vocal version (may be where the 5/5 date comes from)

I Apologize – Sun; Elvis did a bit before singing an alternate take of “Beyond The Bend”, 9/62; also did a snippet of it on stage at Lake Tahoe, 5/27/74 (3AM show)

I Don’t Hurt Anymore – Sun

Juanita – Sun; perhaps during studio date on December 8, 1954; on tour in 1955; live in Memphis, 1955 (possible dates: 2/6, 8/5, 11/13, or sometime in December)

The Old Wooden Church, Precious Memories, Known Only To Him, and Just A Closer Walk With Thee – all from 7/4/55, an afternoon show in De Leon, TX, at which Elvis did only gospel songs..he later revisited “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” during a summer, 1958 home recording and did an immaculate studio version of “Known Only To Him” in October, 1960

Love Bug Itch – Sun

Mexican Joe – Sun

Noah – Sun; gospel song

I Really Don’t Want To Know – Sun (recorded for RCA 6/7/70)

Little Cabin On The Hill – Sun (done in the “Million Dollar Quartet”, 12/56, and recorded for RCA on 6/4/70)

Down The Line – Sun, late 1955; Buddy Holly song Elvis first heard at the 10/15/55 concert where Buddy and Elvis were on the bill (NOTE: by 11/55 Elvis was an RCA artist, so he’d have had to record it quickly to do it at Sun, and I don’t believe any sessions after July have been confirmed anywhere, though “When It Rains, It Really Pours” supposedly comes from a session between August and October of that year)

Gone – Hayride; Sun; included in the 1955 folio “The Elvis Presley Album of Jukebox Favorites”

Night Train To Memphis – Sun; acetate in a safe deposit box in Memphis

Breakin’ The Rules – Sun or on tour (Hank Thompson had a hit with it in mid-1954)

Dark As A Dungeon – Sun

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Sun (Elvis’ idol, Roy Hamilton, had a 1954 hit with it — Elvis recorded it on 9/11/67 for RCA)

Uncle Penn – Sun? (possible dates mentioned include 9/9/54 and 12/8/54); studio date in 9/54; in 1982 RCA said that Elvis recorded it in late 1955 — they had session notes but couldn’t find a tape; done live 1955-56 including San Francisco, 1955, Richmond, 6/30/56, and the Hayride TV show 5/5/55; song available on old bootleg “Elvis Special” Volumes 1 and 3, but no details; appeared on a 1956 bootleg single; also said to be recorded during October 25-28, 1954, at KWKH Studios (“The Louisiana Hayride”)

Tennessee Partner – Sun?; 1955 on tour; San Francisco, 1955

N.B.: with respect to the two songs listed above, I don’t have any information about 1955 concerts on the West Coast, though I recall reading in general about the fact that Elvis played there prior to 1956 (maybe in July, August, or September of 1955)

Jingle for Southern Made Doughnuts – 11/6/54 on the Hayride; I believe this may become available soon

Old Shep – Sun (Elvis did it as a child and recorded it in 9/2/56 for RCA)

Rags To Riches – Sun (recorded for RCA in 9/22/70)

Pink Cadillac – live 1954-55; title of a record by Sammy Masters released in 1954; may be newspaper or other mistake referring to Elvis’ altered version of “Baby, Let’s Play House” being performed on stage; song title attributed to his 12/16/56 Hayride show, which I bet was “Baby, Let’s Play House” and may be where the confusion originally arose.

Blues, Stay Away From Me – 12/54 Sun; recorded by someone else but Elvis did background vocals (think this is available on a box set somewhere)

Play a Simple Melody (a.k.a. Won’t You Play That Simple Melody) – Sun

Rock Around The Clock – live 1955-1956 on tour and at the Hayride; 9/22/55 Kingsport, TN; 11/19/55 Gladeswater, TX; 12/9/55 Swifton, AR; also scheduled for the September, 1956 session but there is no record of it being attempted in the studio then

Only You – live 1955-1956; 12/9/55 Swifton, AR (Elvis also premiered “Heartbreak Hotel” on this tour, not cutting it in the studio until 1/10/56); 12/17/55 and 1/14/56 on the Hayride; 4/13/56 Amarillo, TX; 4/17/56 Waco, TX; 4/20/56 Ft Worth, TX; 5/14/56 La Crosse, WI

Rockin’ Little Sally – Sun

Tryin’ To Get To You – unreleased master version at Sun, 2/5 or7/11/55 (released version was recorded 7/11)

Sunshine – Sun, 1955

Tennessee Dancin’ Doll – 1954-55

You Are My Sunshine – Sun

Sixteen Tons – live in late 1955 and early 1956; 12/17/55 on the Hayride; also maybe done in the 1960s

From the Sun years, these are the songs I think are most likely to be real and to show up some time (bear in mind that “Fool, Fool, Fool,” as well as the two 1953 songs that started it all and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way”, were on this list before and were not considered very likely to appear, and that Elvis’ limited repertoire might have forced him to sing many different songs at the Hayride and on tour — the release of “Hearts of Stone,” for example, caught me and this list totally by surprise):

It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You
Without You

Rag Mop
Satisfied
Oakie Boogie
Always Late (With Your Kisses)
Tennessee, Saturday Night
Night Train To Memphis
Casual Love Affair
Uncle Penn
Rock Around The Clock


1956-58

I Hear You Knocking – said to have been done live in Orlando, FL on 8/8/56

Blueberry Hill (first song, Elvis on piano), Strange Things Happen (Jerry Lee Lewis), Vacation In Heaven, Tutti Frutti, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, This Train, The Old Rugged Cross, My Isle Of Golden Dreams; I Was There When It Happened – 12/4/56, Million Dollar Quartet

We’re Gonna Live It Up – 1957 “Loving You” sessions

Candy Kisses – 1957 “Loving You” sessions; played by Tex Warner’s group in the film

Dancing On A Dare – 1957 “Loving You”; sung by Dolores Hart in the film; song often listed in movie books as being in the movie, and could easily give rise to the false impression that Elvis performed it; listed in 1957 newspapers without being credited to either Elvis or Dolores Hart

Detour – 1957 “Loving You”; sung by Dolores Hart in the film; song often listed in movie books as being in the movie, and could easily give rise to the false impression that Elvis performed it

Butterfly – Love/Mann song done live 4/2/57, Buffalo, NY (think Andy Williams recorded this). Alert reader (to borrow from Dave Barry) Robert MacNaughton has told me that Charlie Gracie first did this song, in a style very similar to what Elvis probably would have turned out, and that’s what might have confused the Buffalo concert reviewer (he says its similar to “All Shook Up,” potentially compounding the confusion). Who knows — maybe this was pitched to Elvis as a demo, too.

One More Day – 1957 “Jailhouse Rock” (an uptempo version of Mickey Shaughnessy’s one); song often listed in movie books as being in the movie, and could easily give rise to the false impression that Elvis performed it

Fools’ Hall Of Fame – live 8/31/57, Vancouver, and 9/2/57, Seattle (the later concert attended by young Jimi Hendrix); part of the Vancouver performance has come out on bootleg, so there may be a tape available; a Sun song by Rudi Richardson that Elvis picked up while visiting Sam Phillips in April, 1957; Ernst Jorgensen relates that Elvis announced, during his shows in the Fall of 1957, that it would be his next recording but he did not (bearing in mind that, with these Elvis songs, it’s always best to never say never) record it in the studio

Fabulous – 1957? (two versions charted in’57)

Dirty, Dirty Feeling – 1/16/58 or other date during the “King Creole” sessions (track ‘P’ in the session — Elvis recorded the released version on 4/4/60)

Muskrat Ramble – 1/16/58 “King Creole” sessions (track ‘K’ in the session); instrumental — don’t know if it was used in film, and no evidence of Elvis doing a vocal

Bourbon Street – 1/16/58 “King Creole” sessions (track ‘L’ in the session); instrumental used in film and available on bootleg — no evidence of Elvis doing a vocal

Cattle Call – live; also may be from 1970 concert (now available on bootleg from 1972 rehearsals and a 7/29/70 version is seen in the video “The Lost Performances”); an excerpt was sung live in Las Vegas on 9/4/70 (DS) a hit in July, 1955

The Great Pretender – live; may also have been recorded (or done live) in 1975; performed live in Las Vegas (excerpt only) 4/1/75 (DS)

Nine Pound Hammer

Who’s Sorry Now – also done during Eddie Fadal’s home recording of the Summer of 1958

I Played The Fool

Lonely Avenue – recorded in the studio, ’50s or early ’60s (Ray Charles did it in 1956)

Breathless – 1958 or early ’60s

You Turned The Tables On Me

Most likely contenders:

Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Only You
Fools’ Hall Of Fame
…and the rest of the Million Dollar Quartet


1960s studio recordings

Twenty Flight Rock

Too Late Too Worry, Too Blue To Cry – may have been done in the studio in the ’70s

Guilty

Lonely Avenue – recorded in the studio, ’50s or early ’60s (Ray Charles did it in 1956)

Breathless – 1958 or early ’60s

Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home – 1960s; Donna Butterworth did it in 1965’s “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” and Glenda Farrell did “Pappy, Won’t You Please Come Home” in 1963 for “Kissin’ Cousins”; has been rumored Elvis recorded it for “Paradise, Hawaiian Style”, but that’s most likely the Donna Butterworth version

Birds Fly High – 1967

Stormy Monday Blues

Jelly Roll King – 1967

Let Me Make Believe – three minute ballad which surfaced in 1995, possibly recorded for Dick Grob in the ’70s or recorded in the ’60s; sold at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas in October, 1995; played on German radio

Ecstasy – 1960s (Ben E. King had a 1962 hit with it); Ernst Jorgensen, in his excellent book Elvis Presley: a Life in Music, reports that Freddy Bienstock gave Elvis a demo record of this song for his consideration before the October, 1961 session

Four gospel songs – 1/68

Baby, Let’s Play House – a 1968 remake

Jambalaya – 1968; done live in 1975 – 5/4/75 Lake Charles, LA and 6/9/75 Jackson, MS; part also sung live 6/1/75 (AFT) in Huntsville, AL, 6/4/76 in Atlanta, GA, and 7/5/76 in Memphis, TN

Remembering – 1/68; Jerry Reed song?

Love Gone – 1/68

Woman Shy – 1/68

Tiger By The Tail – 1/68; could this be the flipside to Ray Charles’ “Crying Time” (“I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail”)?

Tupelo, Mississippi Flash – 1/68; Jerry Reed recorded this song about Elvis in 1967 and it’s possible he and Elvis at least messed around with it during the session — unlikely that Elvis would release a song about himself, though, at least one that referred to him so directly

N.B.: Elvis rejected a lot of songs at this session (1/15 to 1/17/68), and some of these titles may be included. Also, the presence of Jerry Reed may have inspired Elvis to jam on such songs as “Baby, Let’s Play House” and “Jambalaya” — for evidence of his attitude, check out the “Going Home” out-take on “Collectors’ Gold,” where Elvis goes into “I Got A Woman” and “Heartbreak Hotel” (the boy was raring to go and ready to go back to live performing)

P.S.: One thing that’s always worried me about the change from 10/4/67 to 1/15-17/68 for the recording dates of the “Stay Away, Joe” songs is that Elvis was shooting on location in Arizona from mid-October to mid-November, 1967, without any songs having been recorded. I can see how they might have faked the sets in Hollywood, but “Dominick”, which was sung in an outdoor scene, kind of worries me.

Satisfy Me – late ’60s; probably “A Little Less Conversation”

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – scheduled to sing in the 1968 TV Special, but the version aired was by the Blossoms

Hold The Tiger By The Tail – 1969 Memphis (see “Tiger By The Tail”, above)

That’s All Right – 1969 Memphis remake; quite conceivable as a jam that may have been recorded

Blue Moon Of Kentucky – 1969 Memphis remake; quite conceivable as a jam that may have been recorded (did Elvis really do this song in the 6/27/68 8PM show?…not as far as my ears can tell, though it’s been frequently attributed to that session and those who’ve done so failed to mention that he sang a snippet of “Funny How Time Slips Away” during the show — he did do the song during jam rehearsals for the June 27 sit-down shows, however)

Son Of The Preacher Man – 1969 Memphis (hard to get around the lyrics for a male singer, though, unless Elvis was kidding around between takes as he so often did)

Two Chuck Berry songs – 1969 Memphis

Come Out, Come Out – XPA5 1144; marked “track only”, recorded in the early morning hours of 1/14/69 at two different tempos — Elvis was on a break to rest his voice (a couple of days later he ended up having to postpone the rest of the January Memphis sessions because of a cold) and apparently never laid down a vocal, moving on instead to the classic “Wearin’ That Loved On Look”; one version of the backing track was released on bootleg recently (a slow song with a Southern “swamp” feel); written by Don Thomas and Mike Millius

Poor Man’s Gold – a Mac Davis song; XPA5 1150; marked “track only”, recorded 1/15/69; a snippet of Elvis’ vocal (before he was distracted by a passing siren) was released on the “Suspicious Minds” set in 1999

N.B. : Elvis’ recording schedule was thrown off by a throat infection, so it’s possible he never got around to putting a vocal down on the above two songs (then again “Hey Jude”, which sounds like it was not intended for release, and may have been a studio jam, was also marked “track only”)

Memory Revival – XPA5 1277; marked “no master, instead of “track only”, so it is conceivable Elvis did a vocal but wasn’t happy with the song; backing track recorded 2/22/69 and is available on bootleg — this is an uptempo song

Best bets for future release:

(your guess is as good as mine)


Movie soundtracks, 1960-69

Whistling Blues – 1960 G.I. Blues; track recorded 4/27/60; unknown if Elvis did vocal — probably not

Playing With Fire – 3/61 Blue Hawaii; recorded by Terry Stafford (in 1964); mentioned in a 1961 newspaper in a list of songs from the film

Hawaiian Sunrise – 3/61 Blue Hawaii; probably meant to be “Hawaiian Sunset” or an alternate song for the same movie scene

La Paloma – 3/61 Blue Hawaii; probably meant to be “No More”, which has the same melody

Love Is For Lovers – 10/26 or 10/27/61 Kid Galahad; duet with a Jordanaire

Potpourri – 3/62 Girls! Girls! Girls!; title may refer to the “Girls!Girls!Girls!/Dainty Little Moonbeams” MEDLEY which closes the film, finally released on record by RCA in the ’90s

Twist Me Loose – 3/62 Girls! Girls! Girls!

Five unknown songs – 9/62 It Happened at the World’s Fair

Malaguena – 1/23/63 Fun in Acapulco; track recorded, but uncertain whether Elvis did a vocal; versions by Ritchie Valens, Roy Clark, and others are instrumentals, so it may be that no vocal was actually intended

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – 7/63 Viva Las Vegas; a Leiber-Stoller song

I Never Had It So Good – 3/64 Roustabout; an alternate song for the “One Track Heart” scene; may be the original title of “It’s A Wonderful World”

Sands Of Time – 8/65 Paradise Hawaiian Style; alternate title for “Sand Castles” or an alternate song intended for the same (cut, or not even shot) scene?

Now Is The Hour – 8/65 Paradise, Hawaiian Style; track may have been recorded 7/27, but uncertain if Elvis did a vocal

Bivouac – 2/15/66 Spinout; RCA have an acetate of the backing track, which I think was an instrumental used in the movie

Wheel Of Fortune – 9/28 or 9/29/66 Easy Come, Easy Go; this is sure to be an alternate or incorrect title for “The Love Machine” or another song written for that scene, that Elvis (or somebody) rejected

Leave My Woman Alone – 9/29/66 Easy Come, Easy Go; WPA3 1039; backing track but no vocal

Let’s Live A Little – 3/7/68 Live a Little, Love a Little; not in session files

Satisfy Me – late ’60s; probably “A Little Less Conversation”

We Both Went Our Ways – 8/23/68 (or later) The Trouble with Girls; I bet this is an alternate, incorrect, or working title for “Almost”, which contains the lyric

On Wisconsin – 8/23/68 (or later) The Trouble With Girls; sung by a quartet in the movie

Chatauqua – 8/23/68 The Trouble With Girls; a march-tempo version of “Almost”; instrumental done on 8/23/68; may have been used as backing music in the movie, so Elvis may not have ever have been meant to do a vocal

Onward To Victory – 8/23/68 (or later) The Trouble With Girls

You Can’t Blame A Guy For Trying – unknown ’60s movie

Without You – unknown movie; may be different than the 1954 song of the same name

Those most likely to pop up some time (in my humble opinion):

Whistling Blues
Playing With Fire
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Now Is The Hour
Leave My Woman Alone
Chatauqua


Home recordings

I’ll Be Home – December, 1956 (from the same session that yielded the version of “When The Saints Go Marching In” available on 1997’s “Platinum”)

Book Of Happiness – 1960s

The Big Hurt – 1960s

Primrose Lane – 1960s

Sixteen Tons – 1960s; also done live in late 1955 and early 1956

Tears On My Pillow – 1960s

and probably many more

I don’t know how anyone knows that these songs are supposedly on tape, though some collector out there might have them — I can only say that “My Heart Cries For You” was on this list and got taken off in 1985 when RCA released it. The moral is that it’s possible that these songs, or some of them, will similarly appear from nowhere one day when we least suspect it.

1996 update: 39 tapes of Elvis recording at home (supposedly in stereo) were discovered at Graceland, with 12 of the songs having never been released by Elvis in any form — RCA will release the “usable” portion of this find in 1997.

…and now for a 1998 update (courtesy of the web pages “The Elvis Tapes” (the information is credited to Joe Tunzi and Ernst Jorgensen). Apparently, the following are known to exist (unless someone’s lost some tapes”) as home recordings from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. These songs do not include tracks from the same home-session tapes that were released on BMG and the FTD label during 1999 — all are as yet unreleased:

He Knows Just What I Need – April, 1959 or later (Germany); recorded in late 1960

Cool Water – April, 1959 or later (Germany)

His Hand In Mine – April, 1959 or later (Germany); recorded in late 1960

Return To Me – April, 1959 or later (Germany)

Are You Lonesome Tonight – April, 1959 or later (Germany); recorded in April, 1960

Stand By Me – April, 1959 or later (Germany); recorded 1966

Take My Hand, Precious Lord – April, 1959 or later (Germany); original recording in 1957

Oh, Lonesome Me – April, 1959 or later (Germany)

Que Sera, Sera – after April, 1959 (Germany)

Hound Dog – after April, 1959 (Germany)

Send Me Some Lovin’ – after April, 1959 (Germany)

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Fall, 1960; incomplete; recorded in the studio in 1967

The Lords Prayer – Fall, 1960; also messed with in the studio (1971 — a version released by RCA-BMG — and perhaps at other times, between takes) and at several live shows in the ’70s

Beyond The Reef – released version from Fall, 1960 — incomplete; also home-recorded sometime between February, 1966 and early 1967; recorded in the studio in May, 1966 (though not released until 1980)

Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Fall, 1960; incomplete; a home-recorded version of this song from an unknown date was apparently slated for 1985’s “A Golden Celebration”; original studio version recorded 1956

Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord – somewhere between February, 1966 and early 1967

Be My Love – somewhere between February, 1966 and early 1967

Baby What You Want Me To Do – somewhere between February, 1966 and early 1967; possible home-recorded in November, 1973, at the Thompsons’ house (a June, 1974 recording made at Graceland has recently surfaced on bootleg); several versions done for the 1968 TV Special and later used during his Summer, 1969 Las Vegas engagement

From the same period (somewhere between February, 1966 and early 1967), there is supposedly an hour’s worth of tape that includes:

 

  • Do The Clam (a few lines)
  • I Almost Lost My Mind (incomplete)
  • Since I Met You Baby (three or four times)
  • Puppy Love (five versions?)
  • I Can’t Believe You Still Love Me (Possible title name)
  • Do The Clam (part only)
  • Don’t Forbid Me (incomplete)See See Rider – may have been recorded in November, 1973 at the Thompsons’ home in Memphis, but may also be part of a June, 1974 home-recording session done at Graceland (some of which has recently been released on bootleg); first done live in 1970, this song was a fixture in most of Elvis’ concerts from February, 1972 on (with the exception of the June, 1972 tour and a few scattered later shows where Elvis opened with such exotica as “Big Boss Man” (8/19/74), a medley of “That’s All Right” and “See See Rider” (8/19/75) or flashed back to “That’s All Right” (7/24/75 and 5/3/77)That’s All Right – November, 1973 (Thompsons’ house) or maybe June, 1974 (Graceland); originally recorded way back at the beginning of it all, in July, 1954Spanish Eyes – November, 1973 (Thompsons’ house) or maybe June, 1974 (Graceland); a home-recorded version from April, 1974 (Palm Springs) has come out on bootleg…possibly two versions, actually; studio version recorded in December, 1973; sung live at most or all of his first 1974 Las Vegas season and on a couple of later 1974 shows

    I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – possibly in November, 1973 (Thompsons’ house); the June, 1974 version has come out on bootleg; originally done for the two “Aloha” concerts in 1973 and performed at a couple of shows in the subsequent Vegas season (1/26/73 and 2/15/73, and maybe others)p> Let Me Be The One – April, 1974, in Palm Springs; Elvis sings partial bass lead, backed by Voice

    It’s Now Or Never – unknown date on this home recording, which was apparently slated for 1985’s “A Golden Celebration”; originally recorded in April, 1960


    Elvis and the Beatles, August 27, 1965 (10 PM-2 AM)

    I Feel Fine – Elvis on bass guitar

    Hound Dog – Paul and John

    You’re My World

    See See Rider

    Johnny B Goode

    There may well be a tape (supposedly — though it depends on who you ask, somebody told me they had heard part of a conversation between Elvis and the Beatles from the recording made that night) but I have no idea whether any music was recorded. If it was, the bulk may be instrumental rather than vocal. Even if the tape consists of nothing more than talk, I hope this one is a real possibility.


    1969-1977 live and rehearsals, 1970-1976 studio

    Too Late Too Worry, Too Blue To Cry – may have been done in the studio in the ’60s

    Ring Of Bright Water – live 8/69 (part only)

    Rock Of Ages – live 8/69

    Land Of 1000 Dances – live 8/69

    Bad Moon Rising – live 8/69

    Goodnight, My Love – live 8/69 (part only)

    Born To Lose – live 8/69 (part only); may be 1969 rehearsal; live ’70s; a British fan told me in the early ’80s that he had a 1969 rehearsal of this song on tape

    Hooked On A Feeling – live 8/69; live or studio, 1970

    When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano – live 1969 or 1970; part sung 2/3/70 (DS) in Las Vegas; recorded by the Ink Spots and Billy Ward and His Dominoes

    House Of The Rising Sun – live 1969-1971

    Chain Gang – 8/69 live (part only); live ’70s

    Lodi – 1/26/70 Las Vegas opening show: mentioned in an error in 2/7/70 “Billboard” magazine which reviewed the opening show — the correct title was “Proud Mary” (both are Creedence songs); rumors that it was done live 1969-71, but the one instance where it is in print (as mentioned) is wrong; article reads: “…Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie” and “Lodi”…”, which not only confuses the song, but also credits it to the wrong composer

    Funky Feeling, Funny Feeling – 1970 (see next listing)

    Funny Feeling – live 11/14/70 Los Angeles; probably the same song as above; Variety (11/25/70) review of the show lists it as a “contemporary ballad”, and I am certain it was a misidentification of “Funny How Time Slips Away”, which Elvis did that night (my tape of the concert is not great sound, but good enough that I’m certain this is a falsely rumored song); Bobby Darin did a song called “That Funny Feeling” which may be a candidate but I doubt it was done on that date (for one thing, a brief one-liner is unlikely to rate a mention in the newspaper, though “Everybody Loves Somebody” (Elvis didnÍt even sing the whole of the first word!) did when he did it on 1/26/70

    Funky Fingers – 6/6/70; ZPA4 1611; RCA says this is not an Elvis track

    Your Song – 6/6/70; ZPA4 1612; RCA says this is not an Elvis track; probably not the Elton John song of the same name

    N.B.: following the 1995 release of “A Hundred Years From Now”, one has to wonder how RCA managed to omit that particular song from their session records. Perhaps there is hope that some of the songs on this list were similarly overlooked — if not, as the 1995 “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” set shows, between-take jams may be fertile ground for unreleased performances.

    Holly Holy -1970; part sung live in Las Vegas 8/21/70 (MS), a show attended by Neil Diamond (Elvis introduced him); Ernst Jorgensen said that Glen Hardin wrote an arrangement for the song before the January-February, 1970 Las Vegas season, so Elvis may have also rehearsed it then

    It’s Only Make Believe – 1970

    The Tips Of My Fingers – 1970; recorded by Roy Clark

    The Twelfth Of Never – live 1970; now released by RCA as a rehearsal from 1974 (8/16/74); also rehearsed for the January, 1973 “Aloha” shows and the August, 1973 Las Vegas season

    Lonely Teardrops – live 1970

    N.B.: the two songs above, along with the Sun “Uncle Penn”, appeared on the ’70s bootleg “Elvis Special”, Volumes 1&3. I believe that these are really Elvis, live at the International, perhaps in August. On Vol 3 two other tracks are listed — “Stage Fright” and “Venue”. Any information on what these are would be appreciated, but I suspect that they’re bits of dialog, perhaps even taken from the “Elvis On Tour” soundtrack, rather than actual songs. Just another way that this list could be even more inflated than it already is!

    You Are My Good-Looking Woman – 1970; both Muddy Waters and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded a blues song called “Good Looking Woman”, which is a possible candidate for this rumored tune’s real identity

    Rainy Night In Georgia – 1970 studio; scheduled for the studio in January, 1977, but Elvis never showed at the session; 1970 live (part only); big hit in 1970; snippet in “Elvis On Tour”

    Cattle Call – live 1970 (part sung 9/4/70 Las Vegas DS); also may be from ’50s concert (now available on bootleg from 3/30/72 rehearsals, and also done during the July 29, 1970 rehearsals seen on “The Lost Performances” video)

    Detroit City – live 1970 (part only); sung live at 9/11/70 Detroit show

    Close To You – 9/14/70 Mobile, AL; possibly sung live 9/10/70 St Louis

    Keep On Chooglin’ – live ’70s, probably 1970-71; another Creedence song

    Walking Down The Line – 1971

    Three Good Reasons – 1971

    Say You Love Me One More Time – 1971

    One Too Many Mornings – 1971 (a.k.a. “One Too Many Rumors”) (Bob Dylan song)

    All I Really Want To Do – live or studio, 1971 (Bob Dylan song)

    It Ain’t Me, Babe – live and/or studio, 1971 (Bob Dylan song)

    She Belongs To Me – live and/or studio, 1971 (Bob Dylan song); also recorded by Ricky Nelson and Leon Russell, two singers Elvis liked a lot

    Like A Rolling Stone – 1971 (Bob Dylan song)

    Subterranean Homesick Blues – studio 1971 (Bob Dylan song)

    If Not For You – 1971 studio (Bob Dylan song)

    Mr Tambourine Man – live 1971 (Bob Dylan song)

    Blowin’ In the Wind – live and/or studio, 1971 (Bob Dylan song); part sung live in Las Vegas 9/7/70 closing show; 1966 home-recorded version released by RCA in 1997

    N.B.: most of these Bob Dylan songs are usually said to have been recorded in May, 1971, in the Nashville studios. It is quite possible that Elvis was on a Bob Dylan kick and broke up the Christmas recordings with a Bob Dylan jam session (if not actually recording what would have essentially have been an “Elvis sings Dylan” album!). “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” comes from just such a jam session, so maybe there’s some truth here. The existence of “I Shall Be Released”, a snippet of which has been released on the ’70’s box set, also lends credence to the possibility that Elvis may have done a Dylan jam at these sessions. Regardless, 1971 seems to have been a year in which Elvis was really into folk music

    Jingle Bells – 1971; probably studio, 5/15 or 5/16/71; instrumental version done by band during the closing show, 4/1/75, in Las Vegas (no Elvis vocal); small part sung live in Las Vegas 12/6/76

    Merry Christmas, Darling – 1971; probably studio, 5/15 or 5/16/71; 1970s studio

    Silent Night – 1971 studio remake; probably 5/15 or 5/16/71

    Me And Bobby McGee – 1971 studio

    Jody And The Kid – 1971

    Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) – 1971

    The Ghetto – 1971

    N.B.: Me And Bobby McGee”, “Jody And The Kid”, and “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again” (and “The Ghetto”, I think) are Kris Kristofferson songs (Elvis recorded another of his compositions, “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, on 5/17/71, and “For The Good Times” the following March)

    My Garden Of Prayer – 1971; maybe intended for the “He Touched Me” LP

    Alone Again, Naturally – live 1972

    I Can See Clearly Now – live from 1972 or later; original by Johnny Nash in 1972

    What Does It Matter? – Iive 1972; I would bet this is “Never Been To Spain”

    Portrait Of My Love – live 1972; available on a bootleg from a 1969 or 1970 (perhaps it is 1972) rehearsal; also rehearsed for the August, 1973 Las Vegas season

    El Paso – Marty Robbins song done live 1972 (perhaps 11/10 in El Paso); 1972 rehearsal available on bootleg; part sung live 6/4/76 Atlanta, GA

    My Love For You – live 1972

    Mickey Mouse Club March – live 1972; subsequently done on stage on 4/1/75 (Las Vegas closing show), 5/2/75 (Atlanta, GA evening show), 5/9/76 (Lake Tahoe closing show), 5/30/76 (Odessa, TX), and probably on other occasions

    Burning Love #2 – no idea, but I remember it being listed on the bootleg “To Know Him Is To Love Him”, which did not contain a different version of the song; has to be some weird notation for the 1972 classic “Burning Love”

    American Trilogy – ’70s studio version; possible that a collector who had the 3/30/72 rehearsal tapes, which includes this song, was referring to it (now available on bootleg) rather than some other studio recording of the song

    Separate Ways – 1/14/73 after the “Aloha” concert, to go with other songs in the US TV version

    A Shoulder To Cry On – 1973; Charley Pride recorded a song with this title

    Don’t Let The Sunshine Fool You – 1973; recorded by Townes Van Zandt

    No Lonesome Tune – 1973; recorded by Townes Van Zandt

    Snow Don’t Fall – 1973; recorded by Townes Van Zandt

    NB: In 1973, Elvis supposedly recorded three Roy Wood compositions (I believe this is attributable directly to a quote by Wood, a British singer-songwriter), which may be the three Townes Van Zandt songs above, going by my vague recollection of seeing Wood’s and Van Zandt’s names linked somewhere. It is possible that Roy Wood merely had demos sent to Elvis, for his consideration, in 1973.

    Feelings – 1973 and/or 1976; 10/31/76 or 2/76 at Graceland, with no satisfactory take resulting after a lot of trying — no indication that a recording was done or that it survived (it may have been taped over)Let Me Make Believe – three minute ballad which surfaced in 1995, possibly recorded for Dick Grob in the ’70s or recorded in the ’60s; sold at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas in October, 1995; played on German radio

    Carolyn – 1973 live or studio; July 1973 studio; Steve Wynn recorded a song of this title…don’t know if it’s the one; Merle Haggard also recorded a song called “Carolyn”

    Good, Bad, But Beautiful – CPA5 4770; track recorded 7/24/73; written by Clive Westlake, who also wrote (in addition to “It’s A Matter Of Time” and other songs for Elvis) “It’s Diff’rent Now”, which Elvis gives a preliminary run-through at this session, released on the 1995 ’70s box set

    Color My Rainbow – CPA5 4771; track recorded 7/25/73; written by Mark James, who also delivered “Burning Love”

    The Wonders You Perform – CPA5 4773; track recorded 7/25/73; written by Jerry Chestnut

    N.B.: All three songs above were recorded by the second of two bands on the July session, and Elvis had left the studio — no evidence of vocal tracks being laid for these songs, though they were for “Sweet Angeline” (9/24/73 in Elvis’ Palm Springs home). On the other hand, a rehearsal of “It’s Diff’rent Now” was not listed for the session, but a vocal exists — from this apparently chaotic session, perhaps the only chance of any of the three songs above showing up is in rehearsal form.

    Christmas songs – July, 1973

    A Blues Jam – live 1972-73; RCA misnamed “Reconsider, Baby” from the 6/10/72 afternoon show in New York City, which was scheduled to be on the 1973 “Elvis (‘Fool’)” LP; Elvis performed this live in 1969 (maybe just once), 1972, 1976, and 1977

    Are You Sincere – live in August 1973, which would pre-date the recorded 9/24/73 version

    Brown Eyed Handsome Man, School Day, Promised Land, No Particular Place To Go, Rock And Roll Music, and others – 1973 jam session taped by Felton Jarvis; may have been in 12/73, because released studio version of “Promised Land” (recorded 12/15/73) supposedly resulted from a studio jam (at least, that’s how the old story goes — Ernst Jorgensen makes no mention of it in his book on Elvis’ studio sessions; in a posting to the alt.elvis.king newsgroup in November, 2000, someone named “CatGOD29” mentioned a list of these Chuck Berry songs that was published in the ’80s, the source supposedly being Felton Jarvis — “Nadine,” “Maybelline,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Memphis, Tennessee” are additional titles mentioned and the jam alledgedly came from 1972.

    We Had It All – a Waylon Jennings song that Elvis spent an awful lot of studio time on 12/14/73 trying out…there is no indication that he recorded it but I have decided to list this song here solely on the possibility that at least one of the run-throughs or rehearsals was recorded (or that it was preserved in part as a between-take ad-lib later in the sessions) and kept and that it might show up one day

    We Shall Overcome – live 1974; part apparently sung live in Las Vegas 8/27/74 (MS)

    Hello, Josephine – rumored to have been sung in rehearsal for the August, 1974 Las Vegas season and recorded by Elvis on his own equipment; the song was also slated as a possibility for recording in August, 1967, but the session was cancelled; Ernst Jorgensen writes that the song was also initially considered for inclusion in the “Aloha from Hawaii” satellite-broadcast concert (and its live rehearsal two days earlier) of January, 1973

    I Can’t Make It Without You – 9/2/74 Las Vegas; sung by Charlie Hodge; don’t know if Elvis is somewhere in the backing vocals

    The Great Pretender – live or in the studio, 1975; part sung live in Las Vegas 4/1/75 (DS); may have also done live in the ’50s

    Blue Monday – live 1975; Fats Domino song; July, 1975 tour?; part apparently sung live in Las Vegas 2/4/74 (DS) and 12/8/75

    I Write The Songs – live 1976-77 or studio 1975-76

    Love Will Keep Us Together – live and/or studio, 1975-76

    Thinking About That Woman – 1975

    All Right, Okay, You Win – 1975

    Dancin’ Jones – 1975; recorded by the Neville Brothers

    The Best Thing – 1975; Carly Simon released a song of this title in 1971 Pearl’s A Singer – 1975; studio 1975-76

    You Touch Me Softly In The Morning – 1975

    Being King Is A Lonely Life (a.k.a. “It’s Lonely Being King”) – 1976; I doubt Elvis would record a title like that; the closest I can find among the songs Elvis did perform is “It’s No Fun Being Lonely,” a song by Red West, that Elvis recorded at home in 1966 or 1967 and that RCA-BMG released around 1999

    Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast – 1976; may have been done on 3/21/76, in Cincinnatti; Wayne Newton song

    If Ever You Leave Me – 1976; a.k.a “If Ever You Would Leave Me”, which is a title very similar to “Camelot’s “If Ever I Would Leave You”

    Loving You, Baby – 1976; same title as a song recorded by Aretha Franklin

    My Woman, My Woman, My Wife – 4/24/76, San Diego; I didn’t see it mentioned in the newspaper accounts I’ve read and wonder if it’s been confused with the other Marty Robbins song Elvis did at the two concerts that day (“You Gave Me A Mountain”)?

    There’s A Fire Down Below – 10/76 Graceland; track (FWA5 1051) recorded 10/30/76 in the Jungle Room at Graceland; a Jerry Scheff song; Felton Jarvis said Elvis put a vocal on it; the instrumental track (Sherrill Nielsen’s guide vocal was removed for legal reasons) was released on the 2000 FTD release “The Jungle Room Sessions”…could have been a great Elvis song, on the uptempo side)

    America, The Beautiful – 1976 studio version; the book which came with the 1995 box set of ’70s material says that this track was recorded in February and erased; more recent evidence suggests that at least part of the song may exist; and yes, it does — update as of 2000 is that a few seconds of the song was added to the 2000 FTD release “The Jungle Room Sessions” — basically just the ending…it’s rumored that Elvis changed the lyrics to be less than patriotic and that may be why the original tape was erased (Felton Jarvis’ wife, for example, burned the tape that included the master of the “X-rated” version of “Hurt”)

    It’s Over – a Roy Orbison song; live in Las Vegas; sung live 12/4/76 (DS) in Las Vegas

    Crying – 1976 Graceland; 12/76 (don’t know if RCA still had recording equipment there at that time) with no satisfactory take resulting

    Running Scared – 1976 Graceland; 12/76 (don’t know if RCA still had recording equipment there at that time) with no satisfactory take resulting; a snippet of this song recorded 6/70 before “Tomorrow Never Comes” and released in 1995 by RCA; a snippet was also recorded between takes in 1969, and released on bootleg

    N.B.: Elvis had a mobile studio in his home, so it’s quite possible he might have tried more songs in 1976 than are listed by RCA

    Delta Lady – 4/30/77 St Paul — perhaps from other venues around the same time, though I suspect that this was a band instrumental to which Elvis may not have vocalized (it WAS played as an instrumental on this tour, during the band introductions); Elvis may have rehearsed this as a possible part of his repertoire before the January-February, 1970, season in Las Vegas (and perhaps at other times); a Leon Russell song, also recorded by Joe Cocker

    Those songs I think may have some basis of reality and might be released by RCA (I expect more of the rumored concert songs to show up courtesy of bootleggers) include:

    Born To Lose
    Hooked On A Feeling
    Lonely Teardrops
    The Twelfth Of Never
    Rainy Night In Georgia
    Silent Night
    Portrait Of My Love
    Feelings
    There’s A Fire Down Below
    It’s Over
    Crying
    Running Scared
    America, The Beautiful
    … and the Chuck Berry jam session


    UNKNOWN

    Out Of Left Field – Percy Sledge recorded a song by this name

    Over The Line

    Ready For Love – a few songs exist with this title…which one this could be is hard to tell

    Wabash Cannonball

    I Want It That Way – acetate available is not of Elvis; probably a demo; Elvis may have recorded it

    In My Dreams – acetate available is not of Elvis; came out on the “Special Delivery” bootleg; probably a demo; Elvis may have recorded it; I have not heard the song, and there are many different songs of this title (is this it???)

    It’ll Be Me – recorded for RCA (flipside to Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in 1957); also recorded by Tom Jones

    This Little Girl Of Mine – Ray Charles song from the ’50s; probably done in studio

    Little Girl – released by Ritchie Valens while Elvis was in Germany

    Long Journey

    You Better Run – studio; 3/30/72 rehearsal and 7/19/75 live versions available on bootleg — 1972 rehearsal version released by RCA recently; also sung live 12/7/76 and 3/29/77

    Joy – studio…may be a gospel song, an Isaac Hayes song, or one of the many other songs with this title

 

 

Unusual songs that Elvis did on stage, 1969-77

In the ’70s, Elvis was backed by an incredibly talented group of musicians, who were able to follow his lead as if by telepathy. Elvis would often hit them with a “one-off” song from out of left field, or segue from one song to another, and they followed as valiantly as they could. I’ve compiled a list of some of the songs that Elvis did live during this period that were either not part of his regular repertoire or that were songs he’d never done before, live or in the studio.


Rare, Medium-Rare, and Well Done

Unusual songs Elvis did on stage, 1969-77

…by Shane Paterson

May 17, 1996


What I mean by “unusual” is that either these songs were only performed once, or on a very few occasions (most of which were no more than one-liners), or that they were not typically part of Elvis’ repertoire at the time he performed them. An example of the latter is “I Can’t Stop Loving You” from his final concert in 1977 which, though he performed it hundreds of times between 1969 and 1973, had been dropped from his line-up for a few years by the time Elvis set foot on that stage in Indianapolis.

OS = opening show
DS = dinner show
MS = midnight show
CS = closing show
3AM = special 3 AM show AFT = afternoon show (on tour)
EVE = evening show (on tour)


I can’t vouch for the validity of some of these songs, nor be certain that the wrong dates have been ascribed in some instances. I would greatly appreciate receiving any additional information which might be added to this list.

In light of a recent development, I’ll gladly credit your contribution (unless you don’t want visits from the black helicopters of Elvis’ Estate, wondering how you got hold of such information) for electronic posterity, fleeting as it may often be. One person wrote to me insisting that I credit him for information he perceived to have been taken from his web pages, where he has a listing of tapes for sale or trade that includes “highlight” songs alledgedly on each tape. Unlike for my biological research, I haven’t been so rigorous with this kind of digging that I’ve taken care to attribute each new tidbit of information to a specific source, but I’ll turn over a new leaf, and step up to a higher level of rigor in my Elvisology, and acknowledge his input: some of the material herein derives from Merijn van der Meer (thanks). It’s actually difficult for me to pick out exactly what his relatively recent contribution was — most of what follows has been extracted from my own painstaking research over almost two decades (which, as well as including plenty of time looking at microfiche newspapers, has also involved buying and trading for a great many tapes recorded from the audience at Elvis’ concerts), and I can’t even remember the myriad of sources that did provide information along the way. A fair bit of my old information came from various “catalogs” of concert tapes for sale, etc — however, it seemed like most of the people who knew of these performances wanted, perversely, to keep them “secret, ” making compilation of this list extremely slow. At its most extreme, this terrible attitude extended to cutting out rarities from live tapes that are traded or sold! Lesser sins, but almost as irking, have included rearranging track listings to create a “new” concert and, of course, deliberate or unintentional liberties with the date of each tape.

One caution: Merijn caught on to my fiendish plot when he noticed an error here that matched one on his tape lists…further, I know for a fact that some of the songs (usually very brief snippets by Elvis) claimed for certain concerts are incorrectly titled, including those provided by Merijn’s pages. Part of the problem may be that Elvis would throw out fragments of extremely obscure songs that most of us have never heard before, though I found one of Merijn’s errors (not sure if it’s the one he referred to as an indicator of me using his list as a reference) when I bought a 1976 Tahoe tape from and heard “Delilah” where Merijn heard “I Saw The Light”. Thusly are errors propagated, so please bear that in mind as you peruse what’s below. Actually, some of the stuff below may well fit in better on my page of rumored material because I’m finding it increasingly hard to take on faith some of the songs attributed to Elvis at particular concerts — unfortunately, I don’t have time to sort out the few questionable ones right now, though.

Further information has recently come from Haruo Hirose’s excellent web pages, which I wish had existed when I first began searching for live rarities…I’ve also recently added information derived from “The Elvis Tapes,” David Wilson’s very informative web pages, as well as some from “Elvis Presley In Concert,” another great site. It’s worth mentioning that many of the listings of songs ascribed to certain dates conflict between these pages and between them and the information I previously gathered myself, so please take some of the dates below as perhaps being open to question…

P.S.: I have not sold, I do not sell, and I will not sell Elvis tapes…


NOTE: I’ve linked some RealAudio songs and photographs to the text below — credit goes to the following for these sources (please let me know if I’ve inadvertantly left someone out due to my less-than-systematic approach to updating pages):

Jordan’s Elvis World
Elvis Is Still Active In Norway

How Great Thou Art

Elvis CD Collector Page

The King

For Elvis Fans Only — Australia

Elvis World…by Haruo Hirose

Aleksi Aaltonen’s Tribute to Elvis


For more rumored songs, select here


**1969**

 

  • One Night (July 31 OS)
  • That’s All Right (July 31 OS?)
  • Johnny Be Goode (July 31 OS; August 23 DS)
  • Yesterday/Hey, Jude (every show – included because RCA has never released the “Hey Jude” ending)
  • Polk Salad Annie (August 1 or 3 DS; August 5 DS; August 25 MS; August 26 MS – part only)
  • Blue Hawaii (August 3 or 6 DS – part only)
  • Viva Las Vegas (August 3 or 6 DS?; August 14 DS? – part only)
  • Surrender (August 14 DS; August 21 MS?; August 26 MS – part only)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (August 15 MS)
  • Such A Night (August 15 and/or August 16 MS)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away (July 31 OS; August 18 DS?; August 18 MS; August 22 MS; August 25 DS?)
  • Happy Birthday (August 21 MS)
  • Loving You (August 23 MS)
  • Reconsider, Baby (August 23 MS)
  • Inherit The Wind (August 26 DS)
  • Rubberneckin’ (August 26 MS; August 28 CS)
  • This Is The Story (August 26 MS; August 28 CS)
  • It’s Now Or Never (August 28 CS)
    RUMORED:
  • Chain Gang
  • Goodnight, My Love
  • Night Life
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Born To Lose
  • Hooked On A Feeling
  • Land Of 1000 Dances
  • Ring Of Bright Water
  • Rock Of Ages
  • When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
  • I’ll Be There
  • Return To Sender
  • Peace In The Valley
  • I Walk The Line

    **1970**

  • Everybody Loves Somebody (January 26 OS – less than one word; February 20 MS?; February 22 DS?; February 23 CS)
  • Long Tall Sally (January-February, March 1 EVE Houston, TX)
  • Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto (January-February, January 27-March 1 Houston, TX)
  • True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (January 26 OS)
  • Don’t Cry, Daddy (January-February, Las Vegas and Houston, TX; August)
  • Kentucky Rain (January-February, Las Vegas and Houston, TX)
  • When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano (February 3 DS)
  • Rip It Up (February 6 MS)
  • Love Me (February 6 DS, with Elvis on electric guitar; February 20 DS; August 11 DS; August 11 MS; August 13 MS; November 14 EVE Los Angeles, CA)
  • See See Rider (most of February, with Elvis on electric guitar)
  • Release Me (February 18; all six Astrodome shows; August 23; August 24 MS)
  • The Wonder Of You (February 18; February 23 CS; August and subsequent tours – rarely done in February, 1970…maybe only twice?)
  • My Heavenly Father (supposedly February 20 MS)
  • When The Snow Is On The Roses (February 20 MS?; August 24 DS?; August 24 MS)
  • Another Place, Another Time (supposedly February 22 DS)
  • It’s Now Or Never (February 23 CS — Elvis on electric guitar)
  • Blueberry Hill (February 23 CS — fragment? — Elvis on piano; August 14 MS; November 11 Portland, OR)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (February 23 CS — Elvis on piano)
  • One Night (February 23 CS — Elvis on electric guitar; February 27 AFT, Houston, TX; August 1970)
  • The Easy Part Is Over (supposedly March 1 EVE Houston, TX)
  • Kaw Liga (supposedly March 1 EVE Houston, TX — PART ONLY)
  • The Next Step Is Love (August 10 OS)
  • Words (August 10 OS; August 13 MS)
  • Something (August 10 OS; August 11 DS; August 11 MS)
  • Patch It Up (August 10 OS; August 12 MS)
  • Ave Maria (August 10 MS, and many subsequent shows from this engagement)
  • More (August 10 MS; August 20 DS & MS)
  • Just Pretend (August 11 MS or August 13 MS)
  • Walk A Mile In My Shoes (August 11 MS or August 13 MS)
  • Don’t Be Cruel (August 11 DS; August 11 MS; August 12 MS; September 14 Mobile, AL)
  • There Goes My Everything (August 11 MS)
  • Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (August 12 MS)
  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (August 12 MS; November tour)
  • Don’t Cry, Daddy/In The Ghetto (August 13 DS)
  • Stranger In The Crowd (August 13 DS)
  • Make The World Go Away (August 13 DS)
  • I Was The One (August 13 MS; November 14 EVE Los Angeles, CA?)
  • Little Sister/Get Back (August 13 DS or MS)
  • Santa Claus Is Back In Town (August 13 MS)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (August 13 MS)
  • Farther Along (supposedly August 13 MS)
  • Oh Happy Day (August 14 MS)
  • You Don’t Know Me (August 14 MS – part only, with “I Got A Woman”)
  • Folsom Prison Blues (August 14 MS)
  • I Walk the Line (August 14 MS; August 24 MS; September 1 MS; September 4 DS; September 5 MS; September 7; September 12 Miami, FL; November 16 Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (one line on August 14 MS; later in the season it was added to a medley with “Blue Suede Shoes”; Elvis recorded the song later, on September 22)
  • Sweet Inspiration (August 20 MS)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (August 20 DS – part only)
  • Rinky Dink (August 20 DS – Elvis messing around)
  • Along Came Jones (August 21 DS – part only)
  • Holly Holy (August 21 MS)
  • Spanish Eyes (August 24 DS?; August 24 MS)
  • Crying Time (August, 1970 — the 21st?)
  • San Antonio Rose (September 1 MS)
  • Maybelline (supposedly September 4 DS — part only)
  • Cattle Call (supposedly September 4 DS — part only)
  • Amen (September 5 MS; September 7 CS; September 12 Miami, FL; November 11 Portland, OR; November 14 EVE Los Angeles, CA; November 16 Oklahoma City, OK; probably a regular part of the line-up by November tour)
  • We Three (supposedly September 6 DS)
  • Here In My Lonely Room (September 6 DS — one line — same song as above?)
  • a version of “Polk Salad Annie” which includes part of “Release Me” (September 7 CS; September tour dates)
  • Bob Dylan imitation (September 7 CS – don’t know if this is actually a Dylan song, but has been said to be “Blowing In The Wind”)
  • Goldfinger (September 7 CS)
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix (September 9 Phoenix, AZ – one line)
  • In The Ghetto (September 9 Phoenix, AZ; September 10 St Louis, MO; September 13 EVE Tampa, FL; September 14 Mobile, AL; done regularly in February, but then dropped from the song list after the Astrodome appearances; Elvis sings about “the runny little boy with the hungry nose…” at the Phoenix show)
  • Close To You (September 10 St Louis, MO?; September 14 Mobile, AL)
  • Detroit City (September 11 Detroit, MI)
  • How Great Thou Art (every date on November tour)
  • Tryin’ To Get To You (November 14 AFT Los Angeles, CA; November 14 EVE Los Angeles, CA; not a regular part of the show until 1974)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love/closing riff (November 14 EVE Los Angeles, CA, with Elvis’ singing, done early in the show. It was followed at the end of the concert with a reprise and the closing riff)
  • Blue Christmas (November 16 Oklahoma City, OK)] RUMORED:
  • It’s Only Make Believe
  • Lonely Teardrops
  • Rainy Night In Georgia (part only)
  • Twelfth Of Never
  • Mary In The Morning (August)
  • How The Web Was Woven (August)

    **1971**

  • Make The World Go Away (January 26 OS; January 27 MS)
  • There Goes My Everything (January 26 OS; January 27 MS; January 30 DS; February 19 MS; February 22 MS — part only)
  • Only Believe (January 26 OS; January 27 MS)
  • Snowbird (January 29 DS; February 19 MS; February 22 MS)
  • Loving You (supposedly January 29 DS; February 19 MS; November 13 AFT Dallas, TX?)
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix (February 9 DS or 21 MS – part only, with “I Got A Woman”; February 23 CS?)
  • Little Sister/Get Back (January 30 DS and other shows; regular part of the show in February; August 20 DS; August 21 MS; September 3 MS)
  • Something (regular part of the show in January-February)
  • Jailhouse Rock (February 19 MS — part only; February 22 MS; fairly frequently sung at Tahoe and the second Las Vegas season…also on tour in November)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love (February 19 MS; sung after “I Got A Woman”, with “The Impossible Dream” closing the show)
  • It’s Now Or Never (February 9 DS or 21 MS; February 19 MS; February 22 MS; November 11 Cincinnatti, OH; November 12 Houston, TX; November 14 Tuscaloosa, AL; November 15 Kansas City, MO; November 16 Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night (February 19 MS; February 23 CS; Elvis didn’t record it until May 17; July 24 MS Lake Tahoe; August 16 MS; August 20 DS; November 9 Baltimore, MD)
  • Just Pretend (February 19 MS; February 22 MS)
  • Old Shep (February 19 MS)
  • In The Ghetto (February 19 MS)
  • 2001(Also Sprach Zarathustra) (January 30 DS; February 19 MS; February 22 MS; done most of the way through the show for some reason)
  • My Babe (February 22 MS — part only; July 24 MS Lake Tahoe; November 16 Salt Lake City, UT)
  • I’m Leavin’ (July 20 and subsequent shows at Lake Tahoe, NV; August season in Las Vegas; November 10 Boston, MA)
  • I Just Can’t Help Believing (July 24 MS Lake Tahoe)
  • Rip It Up (July 31 DS Lake Tahoe; August 14 MS; August 2 CS Lake Tahoe)
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (supposedly July 31 DS Lake Tahoe — part only)
  • Diana (July 31 DS Lake Tahoe?; August 1 MS Lake Tahoe; August 2 CS Lake Tahoe?)
  • I, John (July 31 DS Lake Tahoe; August 1 MS Lake Tahoe; August 2 CS Lake Tahoe; November 7 Louisville, KY — part only)
  • Aloha Oe (supposedly August 10 DS)
  • Kaw Liga (August 10 DS; September 6, 1971?)
  • I Don’t Want To Sing That Song (August 10 DS?; August 12 MS; blues song Elvis improvised on the spot ‘cos he didn’t want to do “Hound Dog”)
  • Jailhouse Rock/Amen (August 10 MS)
  • I Need Your Loving Every Day (August 14 MS; August 17 MS?)
  • So High (August 20 DS — part only)
  • I Walk The Line (August 25 DS; November 8 Philadelphia, PA)
  • Polk Salad Annie/I, John (September 3 MS; September 4 DS; September 5 DS
  • Wooden Heart (September 3 MS)
  • His Latest Flame (September 3 MS)
  • Ave Maria (September 4 DS; September 5 DS)
  • The Easy Part Is Over (supposedly September 6 MS)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (September 6 MS; November 7 Louisville, KY; November 8 Philadelphia, PA; November 9 Baltimore, MD; November 11 Cincinnatti, OH; November 12 Houston, TX; November 13 AFT Dallas, TX; November 13 EVE Dallas, TX; November 14 Tuscaloosa, AL; November 15 Kansas City, MO; November 16 Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Blue Hawaii (November 6 AFT Cleveland, OH — part only)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (November 9 Baltimore, MD; November 13 AFT Dallas, TX?; November 13 EVE Dallas, TX; November 14 Tuscaloosa, AL?)
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go (November 9 Baltimore, MD?)
  • Release Me (November 11 Cincinnatti, OH; November 12 Houston, TX)
  • Young And Beautiful (November 12 Houston, TX)
  • Turn Around, Look At Me (November 13 EVE Dallas, TX)
  • It’s Over (Lake Tahoe, starting July 20, and Las Vegas, starting August 10 DS; November 15 Kansas City, MO)
  • Blue Christmas (November 16 Salt Lake City, UT)
    RUMORED:
  • It’s Only Make Believe (February)
  • Faded Love
  • Put Your Hand In The Hand
  • Somebody Bigger Than You And I

    **1972**

  • Little Sister/Get Back (January 26 OS; February 6 DS; February 6 MS; February 11 MS; February 14 MS; April 6 Detroit, MI; April 18 San Antonio,TX; June 16 Chicago, IL; June 17 EVE Chicago, IL; June 20 Tulsa, OK; August 4 OS, and many other shows from the summer season, when the medley was regularly performed; November tour)
  • Never Been To Spain (regular part of Elvis’ repertoire from January 26 OS to the end of the June tour — rarely done after that: August 4 OS; August 5 DS; August 5 MS; August 18 MS)
  • One Night (January 26 OS; February 6 DS; February 6 MS; April 9 AFT Hampton Roads, VA; June 18 Fort Worth, TX; June 19 Wichita, KS; June 20 Tulsa, OK; August 4 OS and quite a few times during the summer season; at least four dates on the November tour)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (January 26 OS; April 5 Buffalo, NY; April 9 AFT Hampton Roads, VA; April 9 EVE Hampton Roads, VA; April 10 Richmond, VA)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (January 26 OS – BUT it was not done then, so this may refer to another date that season, if at all)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (January 26 OS; April 9 EVE Hampton Roads, VA)
  • It’s Over (February 17 MS?; April 10 Richmond, VA; August 11 MS)
  • It’s Impossible (February 16 DS)
  • The Impossible Dream (February 16 DS)
  • I, John (February 6 MS — part only; February 11 MS — part only)
  • G.I. Blues (supposedly February 6 MS)
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night (February 11 MS; February 21 MS; February 22 MS; February 23 DS; April 9 AFT Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (February 22 DS; April 5 Buffalo, NY; April 10 Richmond, VA; April 11 Roanoke, VA; April 18 San Antonio, TX; June 12 Fort Wayne, IN; August 5 MS – part only)
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song (February 22 DS — part only; November 17 Honolulu, HI; November 18 AFT Honolulu, HI
  • Santa Claus Is Back In Town (February 22 DS?; November 18 EVE Honolulu, HI — part only)
  • For The Good Times (sung regularly during the April and June tours, but rarely thereafter; at least seven dates in August, Las Vegas, NV; at least four dates on the November tour)
  • Such A Night (supposedly April 9 AFT Hampton Roads, VA)
    Night (April 9 AFT Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Guadalajara (supposedly April 10 Richmond, VA)
  • Turn Around, Look At Me (April 11 Roanoke, VA)
  • Release Me (April 11 Roanoke, VA; April 12 Indianapolis, IN; April 14 Greensboro, NC; April 18 San Antonio, TX; June 17 AFT Chicago, IL)
  • Burning Love (April 14 Greensboro, NC; April 15 AFT Macon, GA; April 18 San Antonio, TX; sung at most of the November concerts)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (April 19 Albuquerque, NM)-Such A
  • Reconsider, Baby (June 10 AFT New York, NY; June 12 Fort Wayne, IN; June 16 Chicago, IL)
  • I’ll Remember You (June 10 AFT New York, NY; August; November tour)
  • It’s Now Or Never (June 12 Fort Wayne, IN; June 18 Fort Worth, TX)
  • Something (June 17 AFT Chicago, IL)
  • Johnny Be Goode (June 17 AFT Chicago, IL; June 19 Wichita, KS; August; November 9 Tucson, AZ)
  • My Babe (June 17 AFT Chicago, IL; June 18 Fort Worth, TX; August 4 OS)
  • I Really Don’t Want To Know (June 20 Tulsa, OK)
  • My Way (April 18 San Antonio, TX?; regular part of August set list)
  • Steamroller Blues (August 7 MS)
  • Tiger Man (August 12 MS; August 17 MS)
  • Suzie Q (August)
  • Ave Maria (August 13 DS; August 13 MS; August 18 DS; September 4 CS – part only)
  • I’m Leavin’ It Up To You (August)
  • Separate Ways (November 8 Lubbock?)
  • Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (November 9 Tucson, AZ)
  • Old Shep (November 9 Tucson, AZ)
  • Blue Hawaii (November 17 Honolulu, HI; November 18 AFT Honolulu, HI)
  • Just Pretend (November 18 EVE Honolulu, HI)RUMORED:
  • Any Day Now
  • Return To Sender
  • Alone Again, Naturally
  • The Mickey Mouse Club March
  • My Love For You
  • I Can See Clearly Now
  • El Paso (probably November 10 El Paso, TX)

    **1973**

  • Something (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI; January 26 OS; June 27 Cincinnatti, OH; June 29 Atlanta, GA; June 30 Atlanta, GA; July 1 AFT and/or EVE Nashville, TN; July 3 Atlanta, GA; August 15 MS; August 17 MS)
  • It’s Over (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI; June 24 Uniondale, NY; August 11 MS?; August 14 DS and/or MS?)
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI; January 26 OS; February 15 DS)
  • Welcome To My World (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI)
  • Burning Love (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI; January 26 OS; January 27 DS; January 27 MS)
  • Sweet Caroline (January 26 OS)
  • My Way (January 12 Honolulu, HI; January 14 Honolulu, HI; January 26 OS)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (January 26 OS)
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go (January 27 DS; January 27 MS; January 28 MS; February 5 DS; February 5 MS)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love/closing riff (February 15 DS; done partway through concert, when Elvis left stage due to very bad sore throat and loss of voice)
  • Faded Love (February 15 DS; May 13 3AM Lake Tahoe, NV; July 1 AFT and/or EVE Nashville, TN; August 7 MS)
  • Polk Salad Annie (February 15 DS; only time I know of that Elvis did the whole song in 1973; September 1 DS? — part only; September 2 3AM — part only)
  • Big Boss Man (February 18 MS)
  • Alfie (February 20 MS — part only; May 9 MS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 13 3AM Lake Tahoe, NV; June 30 AFT Atlanta, GA)
  • I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (February 23 DS — part only)
  • What Now, My Love (spoken version — February 23 CS)
  • Little Sister (April 27 Portland, OR…with “Get Back”?)
  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (April 29 AFT Seattle, WA)
  • You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version — April 29 EVE Seattle, WA)
  • Old Shep (May 11 DS Lake Tahoe, NV?)
  • It’s Over/Release Me (May 13 3AM Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Release Me (April 22 Phoenix, AZ; June 24 Uniondale, NY; July 3 Atlanta, GA; August)
  • Vaya Con Dios (supposedly June 29 Atlanta, GA)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (July 3 Atlanta, GA; August 6 OS)
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (at least 17 times during August)
  • 2001 a.k.a. “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (August 6 OS; uptempo version)
  • Trouble/Raised On Rock (August 6 OS)
  • Trouble (August 7 DS, and many shows thereafter, perhaps about half of the shows from the August season)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away (August 7 MS; not part of the 1973 repertoire)
  • Make The World Go Away (August 8 MS)
  • Tiger Man (August 11 MS; slower version than usual)
  • Crying Time (August 12 MS)
  • I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (supposedly August 12 MS — part only — but I don’t hear it)
  • Amazing Grace (August 14 DS — part only)
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song (August 15 MS)
  • It’s A Matter Of Time (August 25, 1973 MS)
  • My Boy/What A Friend We Have In Jesus/My Boy/Release Me/My Boy (August 28 MS; really funny – Elvis can’t get serious enough to sing “My Boy”; only “What A Friend” is unusual, though it makes more sense in context with the other, more familiar, songs)
  • Lady Of Spain (August 30 MS)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away (August 31 MS?)
  • It’s Now Or Never (September 2 DS? — part only; September 3 DS?)
  • Miracle Of The Rosary (supposedly September 3 DS — part only)
  • Guadalajara (supposedly September 3 DS — part only)
  • Farther Along (supposedly September 3 DS — part only)
  • Softly As I Leave You (September 3 CS; first time Elvis performed this song)RUMORED:
  • Are You Sincere? (probably August — he recorded it in September)
  • Blue Hawaii
  • One Night

    **1974**

  • Spanish Eyes (January 26 OS and the rest of the January-February season; May 23 MS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Sweet Caroline (January-February season)
  • The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (January 27 DS — one line)
  • My Baby Left Me (January 28 DS; January 28 MS; January 29 DS; January 29 MS; February 6 MS; March 20 Memphis, TN; August 19 OS)
  • Blueberry Hill/I Can’t Stop Loving You (January 30 MS; January 31 DS?; January 31 MS; February 7 MS; February 8 MS; February 9 MS; March 20 Memphis, TN)
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (February 1 MS; February 3 MS; February 8 DS; August 21 MS; August 22 MS)
  • Blue Monday (February 4 DS)
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix (February 8 MS)
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky AND/OR When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (February 9 DS)
  • The Lord’s Prayer (February 9 DS)
  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (February 9 DS; June 29 EVE Kansas City, MO)
  • Johnny B Goode (February; March 16 Memphis; March 17 AFT Memphis, TN; May 25 DS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 27 3AM CS Lake Tahoe, NV; October 6 EVE Dayton, OH)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (March 20 Memphis, TN; October 5 AFT Indianapolis, IN)
  • You Can Have Her (May 11 EVE Los Angeles, CA)
  • Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (May 16 OS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • The Wonder Of You (May, Lake Tahoe, NV; some August shows)
  • Surrender (May 24 MS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • I Apologize (May 27 3AM CS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • You Gave Me A Mountain (May 27 3AM CS Lake Tahoe, NV; August)
  • I’m Leavin’ (May 27 3AM CS Lake Tahoe, NV; August)
  • Happy Birthday (June 22 Providence, RI; September 1 DS)
  • Turn Around, Look At Me (June 28 Milwaukee, WI)
  • Blue Christmas (June 29 AFT Kansas City, MO; June 29 EVE Kansas City, MO; October 6 EVE Dayton, OH)
  • 2001/Big Boss Man (August 19 OS; unusual opening)
  • Down In The Alley (August 19 OS)
  • Proud Mary (August 19 OS; August 20 DS; August 21 DS)
  • Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (August 19 OS)
  • Never Been To Spain (August 19 OS)
  • It’s Midnight (August 19 OS, and most shows from this season)
  • If You Talk In Your Sleep (August 19 OS, and all other shows in the season; later versions were extended for a long karate demo)
  • Softly As I Leave You (August 19 OS, and subsequent shows from the season)
  • Promised Land (August 19 OS; August 20 DS; August 21 DS; October 6 AFT Dayton, OH)
  • Higher And Higher (August 20 MS – part only)
  • Take These Chains From My Heart (August 21 MS)
  • Blue Danube Waltz (August 22 MS)
  • Guadalajara (August 25 MS)
  • We Shall Overcome (August 27 MS)
  • My Boy (August 28 DS)
  • Early Morning Rain (August 29 MS)
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go (August 30 MS)
  • Bringing It Back (September 2 CS; Elvis didn’t record it until March, 1975)
  • Aubrey (September 2 CS)
  • School Day (Elvis first did this on September 29 or October 4, 1974, I think)
  • That’s All Right (October 6 EVE Dayton, OH)RUMORED:
  • Loving Arms
  • King Creole (in February, supposedly)

    **1975**

  • It’s Midnight (March 18 OS; a regular part of the March shows; April 24 Macon, GA; April 25 Jacksonville, FL; December 2 OS)
  • Green, Green Grass Of Home (March 18 OS; March 22 MS; August 20 DS)
  • Fairytale (March 18 OS and rest of the season, a fairly regular part of the March shows; June 10 Memphis, TN; August 20 DS)
  • My Boy (March 18 OS; a regular part of the March shows; August 18 OS; August 19 DS; December 2 OS)
  • Promised Land (March 18 OS and other shows during the March engagement; July 20 AFT Norfolk, VA)
  • Tiger Man (March?)
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go (March 18 OS; August 20 DS; five shows from December, Las Vegas)
  • I’ll Remember You (March; April 25 Jackson, MS; May 4 Lake Charles, LA; June 2 EVE Mobile, AL; December 7)
  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (March 21 DS; December 10)
  • Roses Are Red (March 22 MS)
  • I’ll Be There (March 22 MS)
  • You’re The Reason I’m Living (March 22 MS)
  • I Can Help (March 25 DS; March 25 MS; March 29 MS)
  • Steamroller Blues (March 26 MS; April 1 CS; May 4 Lake Charles, LA; rarely sung after July, 1974)
  • Alfie (March 26 MS; March 29 DS; March 29 MS; April 26 EVE Tampa, FL; June 2 EVE Mobile, AL)
  • The Lord’s Prayer (March 27 MS)
  • Just Tired And Lonely (March 28 DS)
  • That’s Amore (March 29 DS)
  • So High (March 29 MS)
  • Rip It Up (March 29 MS)
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (March 29 MS; March 30 DS; December 14 DS; December 15 CS; rarely sung after 1973)
  • Memories (March 30 DS)
  • For The Good Times (March 30 MS – part only; May 31 AFT Huntsville, AL – whole song)
  • Sweet Caroline (March 30 MS; December 6 DS)
  • Softly As I Leave You (March 30 MS; August 20 DS; August 20 MS; December 2 OS and every other show of this season)
  • Little Darlin’ (March 30 MS and many shows thereafter in March, April-May, May-June, and July; December 13 MS)
  • My Heavenly Father (March 31 MS)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (March 31 MS; June 2 EVE Mobile, AL; June 3 Tuscaloosa, AL; July 24 Asheville, NC; December 4)
  • The Great Pretender (April 1 DS)
  • You Do Something To Me (April 1 CS)
  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (April 1 CS)
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night (April 1 CS; December 13 DS; December 13 MS; rarely sung after 1973)
  • The Mickey Mouse Club March (April 1 CS; May 2 Atlanta, GA)
  • T.R.O.U.B.L.E. (April-June; every show; also August in Las Vegas)
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song (April 26 EVE Tampa, FL; May 31 AFT Huntsville, AL; June 3 Tuscaloosa, AL; July 24 Asheville, NC)
  • It’s Now Or Never (April 30 Atlanta, GA; July 22 Asheville, NC; August 19 DS; August 20 DS; ten shows from December; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Turn Around, Look At Me (May 1 Atlanta, GA; July 23 Asheville, NC)
  • Jambalaya (May 4 Lake Charles, LA; June 1 AFT Huntsville, AL; June 9 Jackson, MS)
  • Trouble (May 31 AFT Huntsville, AL)
  • I’m Leavin’ (May 31 EVE Huntsville, AL; July 19 EVE Uniondale, NY; December 14; December 15 CS)
  • The Eyes Of Texas (June 4 Houston, TX)
  • Happy Birthday (July 18 Cleveland, OH; December 6 DS)
  • Bosom Of Abraham/You Better Run (July 19 AFT Uniondale, NY)
  • You Gave Me A Mountain (July 19 AFT Uniondale, NY; six shows from Las Vegas, December; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Tryin’ To Get To You (July 19 AFT Uniondale, NY; all shows from Las Vegas, December)
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone (July 19 EVE Uniondale, NY; Elvis on piano)
  • Suzie Q (July 20 AFT Norfolk, VA)
  • Why Me, Lord? (July 22 Asheville, NC; Elvis sings the whole song himself)
  • Shake A Hand (July 22 Asheville, NC)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (July 22 Asheville, NC)
  • Pieces Of My Life (July 23 Asheville, NC)
  • 2001/That’s All Right (July 24 Asheville, NC; Elvis hadn’t used this opening since June, 1972, and rarely would again)
  • Return To Sender (July 24 Asheville, NC)
  • Something (July 24 Asheville, NC)
  • Wooden Heart (July 24 Asheville, NC; December 13 DS; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Suspicious Minds (August 18 OS; August 19 DS)
  • Loving You (August 19 DS)
  • Crying In The Chapel (August 19 DS)
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (August 19 DS)
  • Are You Sincere? (August 19 MS)
  • Young And Beautiful (August 19 MS)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (August 19)
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (August 19 MS; December 2 OS)
  • Early Morning Rain (December 2 OS; December 7)
  • Blue Christmas (December 2 OS; December 3 DS; December 6 MS; December 10; December 13 DS)
  • America, The Beautiful (December 2 OS and all shows thereafter in the December season except December 12; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Guadalajara (December 4; December 12)
  • Just Pretend (December 5; December 6 DS; December 13 MS; December 14; December 15 CS)
  • My Way (December 10?; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Welcome To My World (December 13 MS – part only)
  • O Sole Mio (December 12; December 13 MS; December 14; December 15 CS)
  • Little Sister (December 13 MS; December 14; December 15 CS)
  • One Night (eight shows from Las Vegas, December; December 31 Pontiac, MI)
  • Auld Lang Syne (December 31 Pontiac, MI)RUMORED:
  • Blue Monday (July tour?)
  • Thinking About You

    **1976**

  • Until It’s Time For You To Go (March 17 Johnson City, TN; March 21 EVE Cincinnatti, OH)
  • For The Heart (March 17 Johnson City, TN; May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, – part only)
  • Steamroller Blues (March 20 EVE Charlotte, NC; March 21 AFT Cincinnatti, OH; March 21 EVE Cincinnatti, OH; May 3 Lake Tahoe, NV; May 27 Bloomington, IN; October 19 Madison, WI; December 10 DS)
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (April 24 San Diego, CA; May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV; December 29 Birmingham, AL)
  • Little Darlin’ (April 24 San Diego, CA; May 27 Bloomington, IN; July 4 Tulsa, OK)
  • My Woman, My Woman, My Wife (April 24 San Diego, CA)
  • Delilah (sounds like it, anyway – one line on May 1 MS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Rip It Up (May 1 MS Lake Tahoe, NV; December 11 DS – one verse)
  • Lady Madonna (May 1 MS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 7 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • I’ll Remember You (May 2 DS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 3 Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • American Trilogy (May 4 Lake Tahoe, NV; July 4 Tulsa, OK)
  • When The Saints Go Marching In (May 4 DS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Softly As I Leave You (May 4 Lake Tahoe, NV; May 7 Lake Tahoe, NV; July 5 Memphis, TN — only time he ever did this on tour; also at 9 of the 12 December shows in Las Vegas)
  • Loving You (May 6 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Young And Beautiful (May 6 DS Lake Tahoe, NV; May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Crying In The Chapel (May 6 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • It’s Midnight (May 7 Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Riding On The Range (May 7 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • This Time (May 7 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Ku U I Po (May 7 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Green, Green Grass Of Home (May 7 MS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Oh Happy Day (May 8 DS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Return To Sender (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Wooden Heart (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV – one line)
  • That’s All Right (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV; July 5 Memphis, TN; August 29 Mobile, AL; August 31 Macon, GA; November 30 Anaheim, CA; at 8 of the 12 shows in Las Vegas in December; December 30 Atlanta, GA)
  • Blue Christmas (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV; July 5 Memphis, TN; August 31 Macon, GA; September 5 Jackson, MS; October 25 Fort Wayne, IN; November 29 San Francisco; November 30 Anaheim, CA; also at 10 of the 12 December shows in Las Vegas)
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV – part only)
  • The Mickey Mouse Club March (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV)
  • Happy Birthday (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV; June 25 Buffalo, NY; December 12 CS)
  • One Night (May 9 CS Lake Tahoe, NV; July 5 Memphis, TN; September 8 Pine Bluff, AR; December 3 DS)
  • Surrender (May 30 AFT Odessa, TX)
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night (May 30 EVE Odessa, TX; December 6)
  • Turn Around, Look At Me (June 3 Fort Worth, TX; August 29 AFT Mobile, AL)
  • Jambalaya (June 4 Atlanta, GA; July 5 Memphis, TN)
  • El Paso (June 4 Atlanta, GA)
  • Shake A Hand (June 6 Atlanta, GA)
  • O Sole Mio (June 26 AFT Providence, RI)
  • I Walk The Line (July 5 Memphis, TN)
  • Blueberry Hill (July 5 Memphis, TN)
  • Farther Along (July 24 AFT Charleston, WV)
  • Albatross (July 24 EVE Charleston, WV; July 25 Syracuse, NY; July 30 New Haven, CT; September 8 Pine Bluff, AR)
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (July 24 EVE Charleston, WV)
  • The Battle Of New Orleans (July 24 EVE Charleston, WV; August 1 Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Blue Hawaii (July 31 Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Good Golly, Miss Molly (August 1 Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (November 29 San Francisco; November 30 Anaheim, CA; December 2 OS; December 3 MS; December 4 DS; December 8; December 12 CS)
  • Are You Sincere (December 2 OS; December 6 – part only)
  • Take These Chains From My Heart (December 2 OS)
  • I Just Can’t Help Believing (December 2 OS)
  • What Now, My Love (December 4 DS)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (December 4 MS)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (7 of the 12 Las Vegas shows in December; December 30 Atlanta, GA; December 31 Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Sweet Caroline (December 5; December 12 CS)
  • Tiptoe Through The Tulips (December 6 – part only)
  • Bosom Of Abraham/You Better Run (December 7)
  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (December 10 DS)
  • Why Me, Lord? (December 10 MS)
  • Until Then (December 11 MS)
  • Reconsider, Baby (December 11 MS; December 30 Atlanta, GA; December 31 Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Farther Along (December 12 CS – part only)
  • Such A Night (December 12 CS; December 30 Atlanta, GA)
  • Unchained Melody (the December tour, 12/27 to 12/31)
  • For The Good Times (December 29 Birmingham, AL)
  • Big Boss Man (December 30 Atlanta, GA; December 31 Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Auld Lang Syne (December 31 Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Rags To Riches (December 31 Pittsburgh, PA)RUMORED:
  • His Latest Flame
  • Treat Me Nice
  • I’m Leavin’
  • It’s Over (Roy Orbison song – December 4 MS, supposedly, but doesn’t seem to be)
  • Jingle Bells (December 6 DS – not heard by me)

    **1977**

  • My Boy (February 12 Hollywood, FL )
  • Wooden Heart (February 12 Hollywood, FL )
  • Funny How Time Slips Away (February 12 Hollywood, FL; March 25 Norman, OK; April 28 Green Bay, WI; May 21 Louisville, KY)
  • Blueberry Hill (February 13 West Palm Beach?; February 14 Saint Petersburg, FLl; May 22 Largo, MD)
  • Guadalajara (February 14 Saint Petersburg, FL)
  • All Shook Up (February 14 Saint Petersburg, FL – dropped from Elvis’ act)
  • Big Boss Man (February 15 Orlando, FL; April 26 Kalamazoo, MI; April 29 Duluth, MN; June 1 Macon, GA)
  • Polk Salad Annie (February 17 Savannah, GA; February 19 Johnson City, TN; April 23 Toledo, OH; April 24 Ann Arbor, MI; April 27 Milwaukee, WI; April 30 Saint Paul, MN; May 28 Philadelphia, PA; May 31 Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Fairytale (February 17 Savannah, GA; April 26 Kalamazoo, MI; May 1 Chicago, IL; May 22 Largo, MD; June 1 Macon, GA; June 19 Omaha, NE; June 26 Indianapolis, IN)
  • Tryin’ To Get To You (February 17 Savannah, GA; March 26 Norman, OK; March 27 Abilene, TX; May 1 Chicago, IL;June 20 Lincoln, NE; June 21 Rapid City, SD – not sung as often as in 1974 and 1975)
  • Unchained Melody (February 17 Savannah, GA and at least 8 times after that, last performance of it being on June 25 in Cincinnatti, OH. Elvis plays piano)
  • Where No One Stands Alone (February 16 Montgomery, AL – Elvis plays piano)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (February 20 Charlotte, NC; February 21 Charlotte, NC; March 26 Norman, OK; March 27 Abilene, TX; May 29 Baltimore, MD; June 18 Kansas City, MO (VIDEO from Kansas City); June 21 Rapid City, SD)
  • Reconsider, Baby (February 20 Charlotte, NC; February 21 Charlotte, NC)
  • My Wish Came True (February 20 Charlotte, NC)
  • Moody Blue (February 20 Charlotte, NC; February 21 Charlotte, NC)
  • Release Me (February 20 Charlotte, NC; June 26 Indianapolis, IN)
  • Why Me, Lord? (February 20 Charlotte, NC; March 29 Alexandria, LA)
  • Are You Sincere? (February 21 Charlotte, NC – part only)
  • Rip It Up (March 26 Norman, OK; April 30 Saint Paul, MN; June 25 Cincinnatti, OH)
  • Blue Suede Shoes (February 13, 1977 West Palm Beach, FL; March 27, 1977 Abilene, TX; March 29 & 30, 1977 Alexandria, LA; April 26, 1977 Kalamazoo, MI; April 30, 1977 Saint Paul, MN; May 27, 1977 Binghampton, NY; May 29, 1977 Baltimore, MD; June 17, 1977 Springfield, MO; June 23, 1977 Des Moines, IA)
  • Blue Christmas (March 26 Norman, OK; April 22 Detroit, MI; May 29 Baltimore, MD; June 18 Kansas City, MO)
  • That’s All Right (March 26 Norman, OK; March 27 Abilene, TX; March 28 Austin, TX; May 21 Louisville, KY; May 29 Baltimore, MD; June 18 Kansas City, MO; June 21 Rapid City, SD)
  • How Great Thou Art (March 26 Norman, OK; March 27 Abilene, TX; March 29 Alexandria, LA; June 19 Omaha, NE – not performed as frequently as in 1975 and 1976)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (March 26 Norman, OK; March 27 Abilene, TX)
  • Steamroller Blues (March 28 Austin, TX)
  • Help Me (March 28 Austin, TX; May 29 Baltimore, MD; May 31 Baton Rouge, LA; June 2 Mobile, AL; June 20 Lincoln, NE; June 21 Rapid City, SD)
  • Bosom Of Abraham (March 29 Alexandria, LA)
  • Little Darlin’ (April 21 Greensboro, NC; April 24 Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Blue Hawaii (April 24 Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Heartbreak Hotel (April 25 Saginaw, MI; May 21 Louisville, KY; May 27 Binghampton, NY; May 29 Baltimore, MD)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (April 29 Duluth, MN; May 27 Binghampton, NY; June 26 Indianapolis, IN)
  • Delta Lady (may have been done April 30 Saint Paul, MN)
  • The Wonder Of You (April 30 Saint Paul, MN; May 29 Baltimore, MD)
  • When The Saints Come Marching In (May 1 Chicago, IL – part only)
  • Never Been To Spain (May 24 Augusta, ME)
  • One Night (May 24 Augusta, ME; May 25 Rochester, NY; May 29 Baltimore, MD; June 24 Madison, WI)
  • I Really Don’t Want To Know (May 31 Baton Rouge, LA; June tour)
  • American Trilogy (June 2 Mobile, AL)
  • I Can’t Stop Loving You (June 26 Indianapolis, IN)

    RUMORED, sometime in 1969-77:

  • Danny Boy
  • Fame And Fortune
  • Too Much
  • Stuck On You
  • Young Love

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