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Elvis Presley & The Songs That Drove Him Wild

Elvis Presley & The Songs That Drove Him Wild


Elvis was initially tagged a County & Western singer by local media in the South; indeed he was a huge fan of Roy Acuff, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow et al - credible country names popular throughout the US in the early 1950s. His main point of reference musically however, was The Blues, in which hed been steeped even before his family moved to Memphis when the future King was just 12 years old. Race radio stations across the Southern States were accessible at the far end of the dial and from these he learned many of the tunes that would later form part of his repertoire.
Once the Presleys were ensconced in Tennessees largest city, Elvis was further informed and inspired by the sounds and sights he witnessed on Memphis notorious blues hangout, Beale Street - home to any number of juke-joints, record stores replete with listening booths and nightclubs in which white faces were rarely seen.
When Presley wandered into Sun Studios in 1954 and finally persuaded owner Sam Phillips let him audition for the label, the session was initially deemed uninspiring and unfruitful until - late into the night - Elvis began goofing around on his acoustic 6 string to Arthur Crudups 1946 blues Thats All Right. When local musicians Scotty Moore and Bill Black began playing along, Phillips declared he had finally found the sound he had been looking for, for so long a white man who could really sing the blues. The rest - as they say - is history.
This 2 CD set brings together over 50 of the original blues recordings that Elvis had been influenced by in his pre-fame days and which helped form the blueprint for the most dazzling and popular musical career of all time. Complete with extensive liner notes detailing the reference points of each cut, this collection is the ultimate compilation of The Songs That Drove Him Wild just as it says on the tin.

Tracklist:
 
Disc 1
 
  1. That’s All Right – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup 2:53
  2. Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace 2:32
  3. Down The Dirt Road Blues – Charley Patton 2:55
  4. Mr. Crump Don’t Like It – Beale Street Sheiks 2:40
  5. South Memphis Blues – Frank Stokes 2:56
  6. Highway No. 61 Blues – Jack Kelly and His South Memphis Jug Band 2:45
  7. Walk Right In – Cannon’s Jug Stompers 2:56
  8. Sun Brimmer’s Blues - The Memphis Jug Band 3:09
  9. Take A Little Chance – Jimmy De Berry 2:17
  10. Memphis Shake – Dixieland Jug Blowers 3:18
  11. We All Gotta Go Sometime – Joe Hill Louis 2:35
  12. Little Soldier Boy – Doctor Ross 2:56
  13. Coldest Stuff In Town – Hattie Hart (with Allen Shaw) 2:56
  14. Moanin’ The Blues – Allen Shaw 3:00
  15. Death Bell Blues – Tom Dickson 3:10
  16. Shelby County Workhouse Blues – Hambone Willie Newbern 2:58
  17. The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair – Sleepy John Estes 2:56
  18. Little Rock Blues – Pearl Dickson 3:02
  19. K.C. Moan – The Memphis Jug Band 2:31
  20. Before Long – Jimmy De Berry 2:59
  21. Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie 2:50
  22. Third Street Woman – Blind Willie Reynolds 2:38
  23. Last Time Blues – Charlie McCoy 3:03
  24. West Winds Are Blowing – Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton 3:07
  25. Hard Scuffin’ Blues – Little Buddy Doyle 2:40
  26. Fixin’ To Die Blues – Bukka White 2:47
  27. Weed Smoking Mama – Charlie Burse 2:46
  28. That’s No Way To Get Along – Robert Wilkins 2:54
 
Disc 2
 
1. Easy – Jimmy and Walter 2:59
2. Bear Cat – Rufus Thomas 2:49
3. Booted – Rosco Gordon 3:03
4. So Glad You’re Mine - Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup 2:50
5. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston 2:48
6. Rockin’ the House – Memphis Slim 2:48
7. If You Love Me – Little Milton 2:35
8. Moanin’ At Midnight – Howlin’ Wolf 2:56
9. Greyhound Blues – D.A. Hunt 2:37
10. Seems Like A Million Years – Willie Nix 2:49
11. You’re Gonna Cry – Billy Love 2:28
12. Schoolboy – Lost John Hunter & The Blind Bats 2:52
13. Cotton Crop Blues – James Cotton 3:03
14. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames 2:22
15. Feel So Worried – Sammie Lewis & Willie Johnson 2:27
16. B.B. Boogie – B.B. King 3:15
17. Ain’t That Right – Eddie Snow 2:36
18. Army Blues – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland 2:41
19. Ace’s Wild – Johnny Ace 2:33
20. Registration Day Blues – Sleepy John Estes 3:11
21. Wild About My Lovin’ – Jim Jackson 3:13
22. Feelin’ Good – Little Junior’s Blue Flames 2:56
23. Frankie and Albert – Joe Callicott 2:44
24. Love My Baby – Little Junior Parker 2:38
25. How Many More Years? – Howlin’ Wolf 2:43
26. My Baby Left Me - Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup 2:27
27. Three O’Clock Blues – B.B. King 3:03
28. Fare Thee Well Blues – Joe Callicott 3:10
 



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