Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Record #0119: Too Much / Playing For Keeps – ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA 47-6800 (original) USA, Jan. 4, 1957
Words & Music by:  Side A – Lee Rosenberg, Bernard Weinman; Side B – Stanley Kesler
Musicians: Elvis Presley (vocals and guitar), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Chet Atkins (guitar), Bill Black (bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), Marvin Hughes (piano), the Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions:  Produced by Steve Sholes at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Side A - Sep. 2, Side B - Sep. 1, 1956
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #1, US Country #3, US R&B #3, UK #6; Side B – US #34, US Country #8

“Too Much” was originally recorded by R&B artist Barnard Hardison in 1954. Elvis’ cover version dwarfed the original one in terms of sales and chart success and became his 6th #1 hit in the States.

List price:  Very Good+  $15, Near Mint  $30; labels with horizontal line combined with the absence of the dog are listed for VG+ $100, NM $200.

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