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    The funkier Fender

    The next one in my TOP 50:

    Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman originally intended Little Sister for Bobby Darin, but it wasn’t Darin’s cup of tea, so they submitted it to Elvis. The reason was Pomus felt this song was just the nasty blues that Elvis can put on record. But IMO it was more a pop song than a blues or rock song.

    But Elvis didn’t follow the demo of Shuman. He ‘cut the tempo in half and slowed the song down. Even before the first take Elvis’s engineer Bill Porter declared they were making a classic. Elvis himself was so enthused he tells his musicians to »burn«. It was the fourth take that became the mean master. But Elvis and his band liked the song so much that they just played it over and over again. This was a great moment in the RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee since they stopped at 7.30am. We can listen to eleven takes from June 26, 1961 on several releases of this masterpiece.

    The great guitar player Hank Garland was so worried about the hard playing electric guitar part that he borrowed a Fender he felt was funkier. Sadly Little Sister proved to be Garland’s last work with Elvis before a car accident wrecked his career. But I think his playing here makes a perfect memorial.

    The song was the B-side of His Latest Flame and reached number 5 in the Hot 100 charts.

    I think Elvis must have been flattered and amused when his key influence LaVern Baker recorded the answer song Hey Memphis on the famous »Atlantic« label. It is funny and interesting that Elvis returned the compliment and opening many of his shows with her hit See See Rider.


    Elvis never forget Little Sister and singing it in rehearsals for his engagement 1970 in Las Vegas immortalized in »That’s The Way It Is«. He sing it live together with a part of The Beatles’ Get Back. He also returned to it for his last ill-fated TV special for CBS in 1977. There he sing it faithfully enough but what little life that version holds was down to the guitar of James Burton. Since then the song has been memorably covered by Ry Cooder.


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    Re: The funkier Fender

    now that's cool I'd didn't know Little Sister had an answer song and I love Lavern Bakers voice



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    Re: The funkier Fender

    Great Video! Little Sister goes Country.

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    Re: The funkier Fender

    Quote Originally Posted by hounddog View Post
    now that's cool I'd didn't know Little Sister had an answer song and I love Lavern Bakers voice
    Thanks Julie!Great version! I really like. I like country music. lol
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    Re: The funkier Fender

    I liked Lavern answer song and Dwight's version but couldn't get into Cooder's much. Elvis is still tops...this is one of my favorite Elvis songs. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: The funkier Fender

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    ... but couldn't get into Cooder's much ...
    It is very different IMO but an interesting listen I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    It is very different IMO but an interesting listen I think.

    It is interesting to listen, thanks Winston

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo View Post
    ... thanks Winston ...
    You're welcome Turbo.

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