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Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 2

Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 2

Released:Jan. 1, 1976

This was the second deluxe Legendary Performer package compiled by Joan Deary in a format that gave Elvis’ present no chance against his past. Once again a combination of well-known (and well-loved) masters, some rarities, and a collectable souvenir book was enhanced by a newly discovered Sun recording of “Harbor Lights,” very likely the very first song put on tape at Elvis’ first recording session in 1954. Initial sales of 600,000 copies put this compilation in rarefied commercial territory – and with no artist’s royalties due.

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  • Harbor Lights

    Jimmy Kennedy/Hugh Williams. Recorded July 5, 1954. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black"
  • Interview (1956)

    Wichita Falls, Texas. 1956
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (alternate take)

    Maurice Mysels/Ira Kosloff. Recorded April 14, 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Marvin Hughes. Vocals: Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer
  • Blue Suede Shoes

    Carl Perkins. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault
  • Blue Christmas

    Billy Hayes/Jay Johnson. Recorded September 5, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • Jailhouse Rock

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Jailhouse Rock. Recorded April 30, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black, Neal Matthews. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks, Mike Stoller. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • It’s Now Or Never

    Aaron Schroeder/Wally Gold. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Cane And A High Starched Collar (takes 1,2 & 6)

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Flaming Star. Recorded August 8, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Howard Roberts, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Myer Rubin. Drums: Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Presentation of awards to Elvis

    Excerpt from a press conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. March 25,1961.
  • Blue Hawaii

    Leo Robin/Ralph Rainger. Recorded on stage after the show January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps
  • Such A Night (takes 1,2,3)

    Lincoln Chase. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Baby, What You Want Me To Do

    Jimmy Reed. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault
  • How Great Thou Art

    Stuart K. Hine. Recorded May 25, 1966 at RCA's Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chip Young. Bass: Bob Moore, Henry Strzelecki. Bass, Harmonica & Guitar: Charlie McCoy. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Drums & Timpani: Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Organ: Henry Slaughter, David Briggs. Steel Guitar: Pete Drake. Saxophone: Rufus Long, Boots Randolph. Trumpet: Ray Stevens. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, June Page, Dolores Edgin, The Imperials, The Jordanaires
  • If I Can Dream

    Recorded June 23, 1968 at Western Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Tommy Tedesco, Mike Deasy, Al Casey. Bass: Charles Berghofer. Bass & Keyboards: Larry Knechtel. Piano: Don Randi. Drums: Hal Blaine. Percussion: John Cyr, Elliot Franks, Frank DeVito. Harmonica: Tommy Morgan. Vocals: The Blossoms Orchestra conducted by Billy Goldenberg.

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Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 2