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From Elvis In Memphis

Released:Jun. 17, 1969

This album represented the culmination of the January and February Memphis sessions at Chips Moman’s American studio, which was in the midst of a 120-record, three-year chart-making run when Elvis arrived. Perhaps not surprisingly, the sessions upended much of the established protocol of a typical Elvis record date, not least by the introduction of another creative voice (Chips Moman’s). In addition, it re-established some long-abandoned hallmarks of the Elvis style. Most of all, the quest for “perfect imperfection” he had first learned in Sam Phillips’ Sun studio – that is, the determination to sing a song as many times as you needed to get a good take but not so many times that you lost the feeling, whether it took two days or two takes (or in some cases just one). You can hear the unerring result of both approaches on the album, from the meticulously produced (and deeply felt) version of Jerry Butler’s “Only The Strong Survive” to Elvis’ impromptu sit-down at the piano for Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You In My Heart,” where Elvis keeps going long after the band is ready to quit, pouring out his soul in an impassioned reading of verse after repeated verse. Chips had little use for what he considered such uncontrolled self-indulgence, but both approaches were of equal value in Elvis’ more generous aesthetic. The album was almost immediately acknowledged as a masterpiece, particularly in a Rolling Stone lead review that declared it to be “flatly and unequivocally the equal of anything he has ever done.” It sold well (500,000), if not spectacularly – but sadly it marked not just the beginning but the end of Elvis’ collaboration with Chips Moman, which dissolved in a welter of politics and the usual song-publishing disputes.

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  • Wearin’ That Loved On Look

    Dallas Frazier/Arthur L. Owens. Recorded January 13, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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  • Only The Strong Survive

    Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff/Jerry Butler. Recorded February 19, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)

    Tommy Dilback/Howard Horton/Eddy Arnold. Recorded January 22, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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  • Long Black Limousine

    Vern Stovall/Bobby George. Recorded January 13, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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  • It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’

    Johnny Tillotson. Recorded February 20, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • I’m Movin’ On

    Hank Snow. Recorded January 14, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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  • Power Of My Love

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded February 18, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • Gentle On My Mind

    John Hartford. Recorded January 14, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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  • After Loving You

    Eddie Miller/John Lantz. Recorded February 18, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • True Love Travels On A Gravel Road

    Arthur L. Owens/Dallas Frazier. Recorded February 17, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • Any Day Now

    Bob Hilliard/Burt Bacharach. Recorded February 20, 1969 at American Sound Studios, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
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  • In The Ghetto

    Mac Davis. Recorded January 20, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey
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Credits

Artist
Credit
  • Elvis Presley
    vocals, guitar, piano
  • Glen Spreen
    String and Horn Arrangements
  • Ed Kollis
    harmonica
  • John Hughey
    pedal steel guitar (on "In the Ghetto")
  • Reggie Young, Dan Penn
    electric guitar
  • Bobby Wood
    piano
  • Bobby Emmons
    organ
  • Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech
    bass
  • Gene Chrisman
    drums
  • Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff, R.F. Taylor
    trumpets
  • Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson
    trombones
  • Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo
    french horns
  • Andrew Love, Jackie Thomas, Glen Spreen, J.P. Luper
    saxophones
  • Joe Babcock, Dolores Edgin, Mary Greene, Charlie Hodge, Ginger Holladay, Mary Holladay Millie Kirkham, Ronnie Milsap, Sonja Montgomery, June Page, Susan Pilkington, Sandy Posey Donna Thatcher, Hurschel Wiginton
    backing vocals
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