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Rags To Riches

Rags To Riches

Released:Feb. 23, 1971

The two tracks left over from the September session made up the new single. One (“Where Did They Go, Lord,” a full-throttle version of a new Doodle Owens-Dallas Frazier country ballad) might have fit right into Elvis Country but was not quite right for the pop charts. The other, “Rags To Riches,” a semi-operatic turn for Tony Bennett in 1953, when an eighteen-year-old Elvis Presley was soaking up influences from all over, had the potential to be another “It’s Now Or Never.” But Elvis grew impatient, the session was rushed, and the spliced master did not have the full power that Elvis had been aiming for, either in its vocal or in its arrangement. Sales of 400,000 were disappointing.

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  • Rags To Riches

    Richard Adler. Recorded September 22, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Eddie Hinton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, The Jordanaires. OVERDUBS, Piano: David Briggs. Percussion: Farrell Morris. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Dolores Edgin, Sonja Montgomery, June Page, The Imperials
  • Where Did They Go, Lord

    Dallas Frazier/Arthur L. Owens. Recorded September 22, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Eddie Hinton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, The Jordanaires. Percussion: Farrell Morris. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Dolores Edgin, Sonja Montgomery, June Page, The Imperials

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