The original idea had been to pair the title track from Wild In The Country, scheduled to be released in June, with another song from the picture, “I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell.” This was the Colonel’s firm intention, but he was overruled by RCA executive Bill Bullock, who insisted that a track from Elvis’ March 1961 album session in Nashville (see next page) be substituted. Elvis chose “I Feel So Bad,” a blues rhumba he had loved in its original version, a Top 10 r&b success for Chuck Willis in 1954. The single sold just 600,000 copies, giving Colonel Parker one more opportunity to point out to various interested parties, perhaps with a certain degree of disingenuousness: “I don’t pick the tunes. Elvis does.”
I Feel So BadChuck Willis. Recorded March 12, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
Wild In The CountryHugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded for the motion picture Wild In The Country. Recorded November 7, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Elvis Presley. Bass: Myer Rubin. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Vocals: The Jordanaires.