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02/57: Back in studio (Hollywood) o "One Night" o - slow and bluesy - Elvis's vocals are rough-edged; no backup vocals - Thin electric guitar sound 03/57: Elvis buys Graceland mansion in Memphis o - lives there until his death 04/57: road trips continue 05/57: Starts filming Jailhouse Rock o "Jailhouse Rock" title song from film o - Leiber & Stoller run sessions and compose song - one of Elvis's hardest rocking recordings - driving piano and electric guitar - #1 for 7 weeks o "(You're So Square), Baby I Don't Care" o - Elvis on bass; driving riff; Bill Black walks out! - Later recorded by James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and others 09/57: Back in studio o "Don't" o - classic Elvis ballad style: emotional o - Jordanaires at their best as back up vocals o - #1 for 5 weeks; Gold record, huge sales o - Wide vocal range for Elvis o - Call and response vocals o "My Wish Came True" o - Slow ballad, unexciting song o - Female vocal is obnoxious (Mille Kirkham) o - #12 on charts! 1957: o "Blue Christmas" o - Millie Kirkham: soprano vocalist - Relaxed, bluesy groove
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- Thick vocal backup o "White Christmas" o - R&B arrangement - Dramatic Elvis vocals - Bell-like backup vocals - Gospel phrasing by Elvis at end o "Here Comes Santa Claus" o - finger snaps and relaxed groove - great backup vocals - classic Elvis Christmas recording - Features Elvis's unique vocal approach - Still a big seller at holiday time o "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" o - R&R groove like "Don't Be Cruel" - Effective backup vocals and bluesy piano o "Santa Claus is Back in Town" o - Churchy intro turns into heavy blues - Written in studio by Leiber & Stoller - Brooks piano solo is standout 09/57: Scotty and Bill resign as full-time members o - Scotty returns in back-up guitar role o - Bill forms successful combo o - opens for Beatles in '65 11/57: Elvis performs in Hawaii - loves the place 12/57: Christmas album tops charts; still sells today. o - Elvis receives draft notice o - induction deferred while he o - finishes film 01/58: Works on film King Creole o "King Creole" o - huge orchestra; thick texture - blues, Hollywood style - brass and extra vocals o "Crawfish" o
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- Kitty White on backup vocals; call and response style - Funky groove, eerie Gospel quality - Song recreates cry of street vendor o "Hard Headed Woman" o - up tempo R&R; quick lyrics - structured like "Jailhouse Rock" – blues form - Dixieland horns; jam at end; New Orleans feel - #1 hit; is huge seller 02/58: Elvis records in Hollywood o "Your Cheatin' Heart" o - C&W song by Hank Williams - Walking bass line helps make it more R&R - Rock electric guitar solo o "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" o - Up tempo groove with heavy backbeat - Bridge is R&R - Millie K. joins Jordanaires as part of backup vocals - #2 on charts
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