Sunday, June 02, 2024

Record #0698: Elvis Presley (EP) – ELVIS PRESLEY


A1 “I Got a Woman”, A2 “One Sided Love Affair”, B1 “Tutti Frutti”, B2 “Tryin’ To Get To You”

RCA 547-0794, part of double-EP set EPB-1254 (original) USA, 23. March 1956
Words & Music by:  A1 –
Ray Charles; A2 – Bill Campbell; B1 - Dorothy LaBostrie, Richard Penniman; B2 – Charles Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy
: Elvis Presley (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano on B2), Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass), Floyd Cramer (piano on A1), Shorty Long (piano on A2 & B1), D.J. Fontana (drums on A1, A2 & B1), Johnny Bernero (drums on B2)
Recording sessions: All excl. B2 produced by Steve Sholes; A1 at RCA Studios, Nashville, 10. January 1956; A2 and B1 at RCA Studio 1, New York City, NY on 30. and 31. January 1956; B2 engineered by Sam Phillips at SUN Studio, Memphis, TN, on 21. July 1955
Highest chart positions:  US EP #9

This was Elvis’ first EP release, well, half of it at least. This has sides 2 and 3 of the double-EP. The other EP (sides 1 and 4, RCA 547-0793) had songs “Blue Suede Shoes”, “I’m Counting on You”, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)” and “I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)”.

“I Got a Woman” is the first song Elvis recorded in his first RCA session. The 8th take is on the record.

“Tryin’ To Get To You” was recorded in the same session with Elvis’ last SUN single, “I Forgot To Remember to Forget” / “Mystery Train”, which was his first #1 hit in the US Country.

List price:  List prices are for the two EPs together. Very Good + is $100 and Near Mint is $200. There’s also a rare version with 6 songs on both records; VG+ $750, NM $1500. Picture sleeves are VG+ $100, NM $200.

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