The author of one of Elvis Presley’s hit songs has a duet with him in his personal collection
The writer of some of Elvis Presley’s songs discussed creating demos for the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” singer. He said the Elvis demos had to be distinct. Additionally, he revealed how he came into possession of an Elvis duet that he keeps in his personal collection.
Why the songwriter sang like Elvis Presley on the demo of one of his songs
Paul Evans is a songwriter who co-wrote a few tracks for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The most famous of these songs was “I Gotta Know”. In his 2021 book Happy Go Lucky Me: A Life of MusicEvans discussed the origin of “I Gotta Know”.
“So when the New York songwriters heard that a Presley session was planned, we would write songs especially for him, show the songs to Hill & Range, and demonstrate the songs that [music publisher] freddy [Bienstock] chosen,” he recalls.
Evans put care into his demos. “We had to be careful that our demos sounded like an Elvis recording,” he recalls. “The singer had to be close to the style of Elvis, and the arrangement had to sound like an Elvis arrangement. I sang on my own demos and on demos for other writers who couldn’t sing like him.
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How Paul Evans created a demo with the song
Evans created a mashup of his demo of “I Gotta Know” and featuring Elvis’ recording of the song. “The final Elvis recording was often just an improved version of the demo,” Evans wrote. “I first noticed it when I mixed tracks from my original ‘I Gotta Know’ demo – my first Elvis recording – with Elvis’ version of the song on my recording equipment. at home.”
Evans noticed a similarity between the two versions of “I Gotta Know”. “Both versions were in the same key and rhythm,” Evans noted. “And when I was done mixing the two together, there it was: a Paul Evans/Elvis Presley duo for my personal collection.”
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The Way Elvis Presley’s ‘I Gotta Know’ Happened in the US and UK
“I Gotta Know” was released as the B-side to “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “I Gotta Know” became a minor hit, reaching No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for 11 weeks. “Are you alone tonight?” was much more popular. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six of its 16 weeks on the chart.
The songs performed differently in the UK. According to The Official Charts Company, “I Gotta Know” does not chart there. On the other hand. “Are you alone tonight?” became a huge success. In 1961 he topped the leaderboard for four weeks, training on the leaderboard for 15 weeks.
“I Gotta Know” became a hit and Evans owns a special version of the song.
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