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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Elvis Presley Lyrics Words & Music by Fred Rose Elvis Presley Lyrics

If you think of 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain', chances are you think of Elvis' version, or Willie Nelson's version, or both.

The beautiful country song was written by Fred Rose, who wrote a number of country hits, including a few tunes written with Hank Williams. Roy Acuff first recorded the song in 1947, and Willie Nelson recorded his slower version in 1975. It became a big hit for Willie, and that version is the one that inspired Elvis' version. He recorded it in the Jungle Room at Graceland on February 7, 1976, and it was included in 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard'. That album was released in April 1976 and it reached #1 on the Country Album charts.

The song has been covered a number of times before and since Elvis' sang it. Artists who have covered this song include Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Conway Twitty and Olivia Newton-John.

In the twilight glow I see her
Blue eyes crying in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we'd never meet again

Love is like a dying ember
Only memories remain
Through the ages I remember
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Someday when we meet up yonder
We'll stroll hand in hand again
In a land that knows no parting
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Blue eyes crying in the rain
Blue eyes crying in the rain
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Recorded: 1976/02/07, first released on From Elvis Presley Boulevard

January 20, 1975, In reporting the story of Elvis generosity to his police friends it is said that Denver television newsman Don Kinney jokes on air that he'd like a car, too and that Elvis buys him a Seville. 'Elvis, if you're watching - I wouldn't mind getting a car too'. Articles about Elvis Presley Don Kinney contradicts this and tells his story.

February 2 / 3, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

Elvis has a week of recording sessions in the den at Graceland, with RCA bringing in mobile recording equipment. Songs from this will comprise the forthcoming album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and over half of the forthcoming Moody Blue album.

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February 3 / 4, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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February 4 / 5, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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February 5 / 6, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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February 6 / 7, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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February 7 / 8, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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On Tour March 1976

Back on the concert circuit for the first time since July 1975, Elvis Presley's 16th tour throughout the States was a very short one and started with some confusion. Glen Hardin resigned and James Burton and Ronnnie Tutt indicated that they would leave as well. At the last minute Burton returned, the others were replaced.

James Burton had threatened to leave the band, unless he was given a raise. Parker refused at first, but Elvis agreed… raising not only Burton's, but all fees. Shane Kiester had replaced Glen D. Hardin on keyboards, and Larry Londin sat in for Ronnie Tutt, who joined the Grateful Dead. After just 8 shows, Kiester chose a career of his own and in April he quit the band leaving the keyboards to Tony Brown.

After the first show, Elvis made it clear that he was 'not amused' with the lack of security on and off stage. Later that day, local police officers managed to pull down a few female fans from the fire ladder outside the hotel - they had climbed the ladder in a futile attempt to see a glimpse of Elvis in his hotel room.

October 29-30, 1976

Continuation of recording in the den at Graceland.

October 29 / 30, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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October 30 / 31, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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October 31, 1976 The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis

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Early November, 1976

Elvis and Linda Thompson, his steady girlfriend since 1972, split up.

November 23, Jerry Lee Lewis appears at the gates of Graceland Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Photos in the early hours of the morning, waving a gun and demanding to see Elvis. According to the Memphis Press-Scimitar, 'Witnesses were quoted as saying [he] was screaming and cursing ... and police reported the singer was sitting in his car with a loaded .38 caliber derringer resting on his knee when they arrived'. This is the second night in a row that Lewis has shown up, telling Elvis' cousin Harold Loyd that he and Elvis have been trying to get together for a long time.

Elvis watches the whole drama on closed-circuit monitors.

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