Sunday, May 26, 2024

Record #0696: Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair – ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA 47-6641 (original German release) Germany, 26. September 1956
Words & Music by:  Side AJesse Stone; Side B – Bill Campbell
Musicians: Elvis Presley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Scotty Moore (guitar), Chet Atkins (guitar on side A), Bill Black (bass), Floyd Cramer (piano on side A), Shorty Long (piano on side B), D.J. Fontana (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Sholes, Side A – RCA Studios, Nashville, TN, Jan. 10, 1956; Side B – RCA Studio 1, New York, NY, Jan. 30, 1956
Highest chart positions:  No info on the charting success in Germany. The original US release US #76

I posted the original US release here.

After recording “Money Honey” in Nashville, Elvis and the guys had another session there on 11. January. That’s when Bill Black visited also Owen Bradley’s studio to join the Nashville A-Team in a session where Johnny Horton recorded “Honky Tonk Man” / “I’m Ready If You’re Willing”.

This is a 1958 pressing of the record. The first German pressing has text “Master Recording of Radio Corporation of America” on the sides of the “45” triangle. This one has text “trademark(s) registered  marca (s) registrada (s)” in the same place.

List price:  German release is not in the catalog. These go for about 20 euros in the eBay. A shellac pressing was sold for 111 euros in 2012.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Record #0695: Loving You (vol. 1) (EP) – ELVIS PRESLEY


A1 “Loving You”, A2 “Party”, B1 “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, B2 “True Love”

RCA EPA 1-1515 (original) USA, 20. June 1957
Words & Music by:  A1 –
Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; A2 – Jessie Mae Robinson; B1 – Kal Mann, Bernie Lowe; B2 – Cole Porter
: Elvis Presley (vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion on B1), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (upright bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), Dudley Brooks (piano), The Jordanaires (backing vocals), Hilmer J. Timbrell (rhythm guitar on side B)
Recording sessions: A1 & B2 - Produced by Steve Sholes at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 24. & 23. February 1957; A2 & B1- Produced by Walter Scharf at Paramount Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA,  21. & 16. January 1957
Highest chart positions:  US EP #1

This was Elvis’ second #1 EP in the States (“Elvis Vol. 1” was the first).

All four tracks are from his 1957 movie and album "Loving You".

List price:  Very Good+ is $20, Near Mint is $40; Black label, dog on left (1965 re-issue) VG+ $15, NM $30; Orange label (1969 re-issue) VG+ $40, NM $80; Picture sleeves are VG+ $20, NM $40.

Record #0694: Elvis (vol. 2) (EP) – ELVIS PRESLEY


A1 “So Glad You’re Mine”, A2 “Old Shep”, B1 “Ready Teddy”, B2 “Anyplace Is Paradise”

RCA EPA-993 (original) USA, 19. October 1956
Words & Music by:  A1 –
Arthur Crudup; A2 – Red Foley; B1 – Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco; B2 – Joe Thomas
Elvis Presley (vocals and guitar, piano on A2), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), the Jordanaires (backing vocals), Gordon Stoker (piano on B1 and B2), Shorty Long (piano on A1)
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Sholes; A1 at RCA Studio 1, New York City, NY on 30. January 1956; the other tracks at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, B1 on 3. September 1956; A2 and B2 on 2. September 1956
Highest chart positions:  US Billboard Hot 100 #47

This is the second EP in the set of three. I posted the first one here.

“So Glad You’re Mine” is from Elvis’ early RCA sessions in New York.

“Old Shep” is the song Elvis sang in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on 3. October 1945. That was his first public performance, and he came in 5th place. The song was originally recorded by Red Foley in 1935.

I don’t have the disc for this. Gotta do some shopping in eBay someday.

List price:  Very Good+ is $20, Near Mint is $40; Black label, dog on left VG+ $15, NM $30; Horizontal line, no dog VG+ $100, NM $200; Orange label VG+ $40, NM $80; Picture sleeve VG+ $25, NM $50.