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01-25-2005, 07:26 PM
Some Song Facts
(Courtesy Elvis.com)
This song was written by Otis Blackwell. Elvis had become uncomfortable with the practice of being given writer's credits on the songs in which he had publishing partnership. This would be the last one that on which he would receive such credit. (In the 60s, his writer's credit on "You'll Be Gone" and "That's Someone You Never Forget" resulted from his contributing to the lyrics with writer Red West.)
Elvis recorded "All Shook Up" on January 12, 1957 at Radio Recorders of Hollywood. Elvis and Scotty Moore played guitar. Bill Black played bass, D.J. Fontana played drums. Jordanaires member Gordon Stoker played piano. The Jordanaires were the vocal back-up. Thorne Nogar was the engineer. Giving the song the same feel as he had on "Don't Be Cruel", Elvis again slapped time on the back of his guitar. Take 10 was chosen and Elvis requested that it be his next single release. It was shipped out on March 22, 1957. The other side was "That's When You're Heartaches Begin", a new recording of one of the two songs Elvis had recorded in 1953 when he made his first private demo recording at the Memphis Recording Service, home of the Sun label.
"All Shook Up" reached #1 on all three major Billboard charts in the U.S.: #1 on the country singles chart, 4 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart, and 9 weeks as the #1 pop single with a 30-week run on that chart. It reached #1 for 7 weeks on the British singles chart.
Prior to Elvis, the song was recorded by David Hill and Vicky Young. After Elvis, others to record it include: Billy Joel, Jeff Beck, Albert King, Paul McCartney, Carl Perkins, Peter and Gordon, Billy Swan, and Rodney Crowell.

According to extensive research by Elvis catalog expert Ernst Jorgensen, it is still unclear on exactly which day Elvis recorded "Teddy Bear", written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe. It was sometime between January 15 and 18, 1957 at the Paramount Scoring Stage in Hollywood for Elvis' second movie, "Loving You".
Thus far, Elvis' experience in recording for the movies had been somewhat uncomfortable. The soundtrack for his first movie "Love Me Tender" was recorded without his own band and back-up singers and without the intimacy of the size recording studio he was accustomed to. This time around he was able to have his own group on the session, but still had to record on a cavernous sound stage in Hollywood. These conditions were not conducive to a productive session and led to much frustration for everyone.
Added to Elvis' regular group of Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and The Jordanaires were two session musicians who would continue to record with Elvis through the 60s: Hilmer J. "Tiny" Timbrell on rhythm guitar and Dudley Brooks on piano. Also playing piano at times on this session were Jordanaires members Gordon Stoker and Hoyt Hawkins.
Take 13 of "Teddy Bear" was the single shipped out on June 11, 1957 along with the film's title song "Loving You" as its flip side. In the U.S. "Teddy Bear" reached #1 on Billboard's pop singles chart and country singles chart - total pop chart run of 25 weeks and a total country chart run of 16 weeks. On the British pop singles chart it had a 19-week run, peaking at #3.
Others to record the song since then include: Tanya Tucker, Mud, Gene Simmons and ZZ Top.

This song was written by the prolific R&B songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They came to the first recording session for the film "Jailhouse Rock" on April 30, 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. This was their first meeting with Elvis, whom they had predetermined to be "musically ignorant". They were surprised to find immediately that Elvis was knowledgeable of even the most obscure R&B songs and was a big fan of the genre. At these sessions were Elvis regulars Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and The Jordanaires. Dudley Brooks played piano.
It was during one of these sessions that Elvis walked out, not come back for several days, when he found out that an MGM representative had admonished The Jordanaires for wasting time singing gospel songs with Elvis instead of recording the material at hand. That executive did not appreciate the fact that this was Elvis' way of relaxing and getting energized to work. Later, Bill Black walked out in frustration from switching over from playing his usual upright bass to his new electric Fender bass. Much to everyone's surprise, Elvis calmly picked up the thrown instrument and played the bass line for Bill.
Take 6 of "Jailhouse Rock" was the single shipped on September 24, 1957 with "Treat Me Nice" as the flip side. Elvis had believed that "Treat Me Nice" would be one of his biggest hits from the film, but peaked only at only #18 on the pop chart in the U.S. "Jailhouse Rock" was the big hit. In its 27-week run on Billboard's pop singles chart it hit #1 for 7 weeks. It charted country for 24 weeks, peaking at #1. It charted R&B for 15 weeks with a 5-week run at #1. On the British pop singles chart it was #1 for 3 weeks.
Others to record the song since then include: Jeff Beck, The Blues Brothers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, John Cougar Mellencamp, Tom Jones, Carl Perkins with Michael Bolton, Twisted Sister, ZZ Top and Motley Crue.

"Don't" was recorded on September 6, 1957 at Radio Recorders of Hollywood. The session goal was to record a Christmas album and Elvis wasn't really into the material. "Don't" had been written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and sent to him earlier that summer. It was at this session that Elvis first added the soprano voice of Millie Kirkham to sing with his regular back-up group The Jordanaires. Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana and Dudley Brooks played the session.
Take 7 of "Don't" was shipped on January 7, 1958 with "I Beg Of You" as the other side. In its 20-week run on Billboard's pop singles chart it reached #1 for 5 weeks. It had an 18-week run on the country chart, peaking at #2. In its 10-week run on the R&B chart it peaked at #4. It peaked at #2 on the British pop singles chart in an 11-week run.

HARD HEADED WOMAN This song was written by Claude DeMetrius and recorded by Elvis on January 15, 1958 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood for his fourth film, "King Creole". Elvis had received his military draft notice, but got a deferment on his induction date in order to have time to make the film, on which Paramount had already spent a lot of pre-production money. Elvis completed the film and its related recording sessions. In March, he began his two-year stint in the U.S. Army. While Elvis was in basic training in Texas, Take 10 of "Hard Headed Woman" was released as a single, shipped on June 10, 1958 with "Don't Ask Me Why" as the B-side. The film hit theaters in July.
In order to get the Dixieland sound of New Orleans, the setting for the film's story, Elvis' own band was supplemented by a brass section: Ray Siegel (bass and tuba), Mahlon Clark (clarinet), John Ed Buckner (trumpet), Justin Gordon (saxophone) and Elmer Schneider (trombone).
On Billboard's pop chart the single hit #1 for 2 weeks and spent 16 weeks on the chart. It spent 10 weeks on the R&B chart, peaking at #2. It spent 16 weeks on the country chart, peaking at #2. On the British pop singles chart it peaked at #2 in its 11-week run.
Others who have recorded the song since then include Charlie Daniels, John Lee Hooker and Wanda Jackson.