Writing For The King FTD Book + 2 CD's (Elvis Presley)

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Writing For The King is a 400 page Book with more than 140 interviews with songwriters like Paul McCartney, Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Red West, Mark James and Tony Joe White. Included are two CDs, the first contains previously unreleased RCA recordings of Elvis performing live in Las Vegas (1969 through 1972), the second a selection of the original demos submitted to Elvis.

The demo CD takes us from Heartbreak Hotel through classics like Teddy Bear, Trouble, Burning Love and Way Down.

'Writing for the King' by Ken Sharp is a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of politics, money, inspiration and great trivia about Elvis and the songs he turned into classics.

Also see Interviews with or about Elvis Presley Red West Remembers Writing For The King

Disc 1 : The Recordings : Elvis Presley

All selections on this disc are live recordings from Elvis concerts at recorded at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, a.k.a. The Las Vegas Hilton.

M = Midnight Show
D = Dinner Show

August 1969:

  1. Blue Suede Shoes (24th/m) 2:51 (Carl Perkins)
  2. I Got A Woman (24th/m) 2:36 (Ray Charles)
  3. All Shook Up (24th/m) 3:06 (Blackwell/Presley)
  4. Love Me Tender (24th/m) 2:46 (Matson/Presley)
  5. Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (24th/m) 2:38 (Leiber/stoller) / (Blackwell/Presley)
  6. Heartbreak Hotel (24th/m) 4:05 (Axton/Durden/Presley)
  7. Hound Dog (24th/m) 1:26 (Leiber/Stoller)
  8. Words (25th/d) 2:41 (Barry, Spectacle & Robin Gibb)
  9. Yesterday/hey Jude (25th/d) 4:34 (Lennon/McCartney)
  10. In The Ghetto (25th/m) 2:43 (Mac Davis)

    February 1970
  11. Don't Cry Daddy (16th/d) 2:50 (Mac Davis) Polk Salad Annie (16th/d) 5:38 (Tony Joe White)
  12. Kentucky Rain (17th/d) 3:16 (Rabbitt/Heard)
  13. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (16th/d) 2:50 (Joe South)

    August 1970

  14. Something (11th/d) 4:45 (George Harrison)
  15. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (11th/d) 4.45 (mann/weil)
  16. I Just Can't Help Believin' (13th/d) 3:13 (Mann/Weil)

    February, 1972:

  17. Never Been To Spain (14th/m) 3:30 (Hoyt Axton) Love Me (14th/m) 1:55 (Leiber/Stoller)
  18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (14th/m) 1:52 (Mann/Lowe) / (Blackwell/Presley)
  19. A Big Hunk O' Love (14th/m) 2:04 (Schroeder/Wyche)

    August, 1969:

  20. Suspicious Minds (24th/m) 6:56 (Mark James)
  21. Can't Help Falling In Love (24th/m) 2:09 (Peretti/Creatore/Weiss)

Disc 2 : The Demos : Various Artists

  1. Heartbreak Hotel (AxtonDurden/Presley) Singer: Glenn Reeves
  2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (Kal MannBernie Lowe) Singer: Otis Blackwell
  3. Don't Ask Me Why (Fred Wise/Ben Weisman) Singer: Jimmy Breedlove
  4. Hard Headed Woman (Claude Demetrius) Singer: Jimmy Breedlove
  5. Trouble (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) Singer: Unknown
  6. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Bert Carroll/Russell Moody) Singer: Gus Coletti
  7. Pocketful Of Rainbows (Fred Wise/Ben Weisman) Singer: Jimmy Breedlove
  8. No More (Don Robertson/Hal Blair) Singer: Don Robertson
  9. (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) Singer: Mort Shuman
  10. Good Luck Charm (Aaron Schroeder/Wally Gold) Singer: Robert Moseley
  11. Devil In Disguise (Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye) Singer: Bill Giant
  12. Viva Las Vegas (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) Singer: Mort Shuman
  13. C'mon Everybody (Joy Byers) Singer: Bob Johnston
  14. Kissin' Cousins (Fred Wise/Randy Starr) Singer: Malcolm Dodd
  15. My Desert Serenade (Stanley Gelber) Singer: Kenny Karen
  16. Could I Fall In Love (Randy Starr) Singer: Malcolm Dodd
  17. The Love Machine (G. Nelson/F. Burch/C. Taylor) Singer: Gerald Nelson
  18. Clambake - Alternate Song (Winfield Scott) Singer: Winfield Scott
  19. Wearin' That Loved On Look (Dallas Frazier/A. L. Owens) Singer: Dallas Frazier
  20. I've Lost You (Howard/Blaikley) Singer: Peter Lee Sterling
  21. The Next Step Is Love (Evans/Parnes) Singer: Paul Evans
  22. Mary In The Morning (Cymbal/Rashkow) Singer: Johnny Cymbal
  23. Burning Love Dennis Linde) Singer: Dennis Linde
  24. T-r-o-u-b-l-e (Jerry Chesnut) Singer: Jerry Chesnut
  25. Raised On Rock (Mark James) Singer: Mark James
  26. Way Down (Layng Martine Jr.) Singer: Layng Martine Jr.

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