Iīd love to discuss the theme of EP voice from musical characteristics. Iīm not singer, I donīt understand this much, but my friends know about that.
Some pretty known facts:
- Elvis had a vocal range that was just between barytone (he have to be able to hit A4) and tenor (he have to be able high C, for us will be called C5), but he was also capable to sing pretty low - he was able to sing in bassbarytone voice in later years of his career.
- We all know that his singing was absolutely natural, he sung the songs just like he felt them and whatīs most outstanding fact - a lot of songs with very wide vocal range are recorded "live" (now I mean his work in studio)
Now very concrete facts:
- Elvisīs voice was very "deep", thatīs the reason why so many notes "seems" to be lower / higher than they really are! Thatīs made by the fact that each singing isnīt just one note - thereīs a variety of notes and Elvis had very rich voice, so thatīs the reason for that.
- Itīs pretty wellknown that Elvis sung almost everything in full voice. Yes, there are some examples for songs in falsetto like Iīm Leaving, Funny How Time Slips Away (live from Memphis 75 for example), Little Darlinī, ending note of Unchained Melody (I think that version on Moody Blue album isnīt Elvisīs voice, itīs voice of Sherill Nielsen, but that version from Rapid City IS Elvis - definately!), but that vocal style have never been domain of his singing. Why? Because he didnīt need that!
So, now the notes and Iīll give you that info which I got from my friend... I didnīt check that.
- lot of sources say, that Elvis hit numerously the note B4 as his highest note in full voice. Thatīs NOT true.
- His highest note he ever hit in full voice was C#5 (my friend said, that this very short note of Elvis on lead vocal is in Big Boss Man on one of 1975 concerts, heīs going to say me concrete date, he donīt remember that, but heīs sure about that note and about 1975 year). Just half note lower (that mean C5) is his really very special take of song Hurt on live recording called One Hulleva Night (25th June 1976 - Buffalo). Then we have here that note B4, another half note lower. And now we have a lot of sources for that note - Itīs Now Or Never on Elvis In Concert, Hurt on EIC, Merry Christmas Baby, Rags To Riches in Pittsburg ends at B4 too (studio version has highest note G#4 with falsetto ending at B4), How Great Thou Art on EIC finishes at Bb4 (that part "oh my GOOOOD" in middle is A4) etc etc... For example - highest note on Aloha From Hawaii concert is A4 too.
- And now we are in harder part - Elvis lowest notes. E2 is absolutely SURE note - Itīs Now Or Never on In Concert again (almost right after that B4). We havenīt checked Pieces Of My Life, which contains lowest Elvisīs singing Iīve ever heard IMHO, but for example Heīll Have To Go contains pretty low notes to - F#2.
(Blackmore - Gillan - Glover - Lord - Paice)
Sweet child in time
you?ll see the line
line that?s drawn between
good and bad
see the blind man
shooting at the world
bullets flying taking toll
If you?ve been a bad
oh Lord I bet you have
and you?ve not been hit
by flying led
you?d better close your eyes
you?d better bow your head and
wait for the ricochet
- Lyrics of most beautiful song in rock music ever!!!