Trivia: Nov/Dec 2011

Question:

As we all know, an artist will often cover a song made popular by someone else. But sometimes those choices are a bit odd. Elvis Presley recorded over 70 albums, including countless cover songs. Which of the following songs did Elvis NOT record?

  1. “Blueberry Hill” (Fats Domino)
  2. “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)
  3. “Fever” (Little Willie John)
  4. “Hey Jude” (The Beatles)
  5. “Little Egypt” (The Coasters)
  6. “Long Tall Sally” (Little Richard)
  7. “Only the Strong Survive” (Jerry Butler)
  8. “Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry)
  9. “Running Scared” (Roy Orbison)
  10. “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” (Bob Dylan)

 

Answer:

Elvis Presley recorded all of the songs on this list but two: “Running Scared” and “Rock and Roll Music” (how ironic is that?).

He recorded “Long Tall Sally” for his second RCA album, Elvis, in 1956. “Blueberry Hill” was included in the 1957 Loving You soundtrack LP, though it was not in the film. He recorded the sexy “Fever,” made popular to mass audiences by Peggy Lee, for his 1960 Elvis Is Back! LP, which recently came out on CD with loads of extras. In 1964, the Coasters’ mid-sized hit, “Little Egypt,” was part of the Roustabout soundtrack and “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” was included as a bonus track on the 1966 Spinout soundtrack. Both “Hey Jude” and “Early Morning Rain” appeared on 1972’s Elvis Now, though “Hey Jude” had been recorded in 1969. Also recorded in 1969 was “Only the Strong Survive,” which appeared on From Elvis in Memphis.

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