Elvis Notes Unit 3-1

Elvis Notes Unit 3-1 - 02/65: Elviss next film is Harum...

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02/65: Elvis’s next film is Harum Scarum “Harem Holiday” - up tempo syncopated feel - walking bass line is almost jazzy - blues song form - blues melody by Elvis - vocal pads at bridge Frankie and Johnny next film – - features Donna Douglas (Beverly Hillbillies) “Frankie and Johnny” - title song from film - Dixieland feel & bluesy piano - standard jazz tune - lyrics are basis for film - modulates several times, gaining energy - Dixieland horn jam 04/65: next film: Paradise Hawaiian Style “Paradise Hawaiian Style” - title song from film - pedal steel guitar - tom toms drums & percussion - marimba & shakers 08/65: The Beatles visit Elvis in L.A. - spontaneous jam session NOT recorded! - Elvis plays bass and some piano - Col. Parker and Beatles manager play pool 02/66: Another Elvis film! – Spinout “Spinout” - title song from film - Funky Rock feel (Boogaloo sound) - phased elec. guitar sound- more modern - harder rocking bridge- vocal pads 05/66: Elvis records Gospel album – How Great Thou Art
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“How Great Thou Art” - thick vocal intro - slow tempo, almost no motion - rich Elvis Gospel-style vocal - harp-like piano Dramatic ending - Grammy winning song - Jordanaires and female quartet sing backup “Down in the Alley” - raunchy blues - heavy backbeat - block vocal style - organ and distorted elec. guitar - wailing sax - harmonica at end “Beyond the Reef” - pedal steel guitar gives Hawaiian feel - vocal quartet: Elvis, Charlie Hodge, Red West and Jordanaires - block style harmony - Elvis on piano - unreleased version 06/66: next film: Double Trouble “Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)” - from film Double Trouble - up tempo R&R feel - heavily distorted elec. guitar sound - blues melody by Elvis 09/66: “Easy Come, Easy Go” - title song from next film - up tempo Country Blues - tambourine & horns - Scotty Moore- elec. guitar solo 02/67: “Clambake” - title song from film - up tempo R&R - melody based on “Shortnin’ Bread” - horn riffs - Elvis verbalizes during guitar solo
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5/1/67: Elvis and Priscilla get married in Vegas 06/67: “Let Yourself Go” - from Speedway film - med. slow Blues/Rock groove - handclap intro, vocal pads - bari sax featured - harmonica fills
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course MUS 354 taught by Professor Lawrence during the Fall '08 term at ASU.

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Elvis Notes Unit 3-1 - 02/65: Elviss next film is Harum...

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