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Guitar Man

Gerry Reed: Talking to the Tennessean newspaper, Reed said: 'I was out on the Cumberland River fishing, and I got a call from Felton Jarvis. He said, 'Elvis is down here. We’ve been trying to cut 'Guitar Man' all day long. He wants it to sound like it sounded on your album'. I finally told him, ‘Well, if you want it to sound like that, you're going have to get me in there to play guitar, because these guys [you’re using in the studio] are straight pickers. I pick with my fingers and tune that guitar up all weird kind of ways'.

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Well, I quit my job down at the car wash,
Left my mama a goodbye note,
By sundown I'd left Kingston,
With my guitar under my coat,
I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis,
Got a room at the YMCA,
For the next three weeks I went huntin' them nights,
Just lookin' for a place to play,
Well, I thought my pickin' would set 'em on fire,
But nobody wanted to hire a guitar man.

Well, I nearly 'bout starved to death down in Memphis,
I run outta money and luck,
So I bought me a ride down to Macon, Georgia,
On a overloaded poultry truck,
I thumbed on down to Panama City,
Started pickin' out some o' them all night bars,
Hopin' I could make myself a dollar,
Makin' music on my guitar,
I got the same old story at them all night piers,
There ain't no room around here for a guitar man
We don't need a guitar man, son

So I slept in the hobo jungles,
Roamed a thousand miles of track,
Till I found myself in Mobile Alabama,
At a club they call Big Jack's,
A little four-piece band was jammin',
So I took my guitar and I sat in,
I showed 'em what a band would sound like,
With a swingin' little guitar man.
Show 'em, son

If you ever take a trip down to the ocean,
Find yourself down around Mobile,
Make it on out to a club called Jack's,
If you got a little time to kill,
Just follow that crowd of people,
You'll wind up out on his dance floor,
Diggin' the finest little five-piece group,
Up and down the Gulf of Mexico,
Guess who's leadin' that five-piece band,
Well, wouldn't ya know, it's that swingin' little guitar man.

The TV-special verse:

Well, I came a long way from the carwash,
Got to where I said I'd get
Now that I'm here I know for sure
I really ain't  got there yet
Think I'll start all over
Swing my guitar over my back
I'm gonna get myself back on the track
I'll never, never ever look back
I'll never be more than what I am
Wouldn't you know
I' m a swinging little Guitar man

Recorded: 1967/09/10, first released on Clambake

Elvis & Priscilla Married May 1, 1967
Elvis & Priscilla Married May 1, 1967
Elvis & Priscilla Married May 1, 1967
Elvis & Priscilla Married May 1, 1967

On May 1, 1967 - Elvis and Priscilla are married in a private ceremony amongst a small group of family and friends at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, just after 9:30 AM. A press conference and breakfast reception follow. The couple honeymoon for a few days in Palm Springs.

These diamond-encrusted cuff links were worn by Elvis on the day he married Priscilla Beaulieu, May 1, 1967. They were a flashy addition to his black paisley tuxedo.
These diamond-encrusted cuff links were worn by Elvis on the day he married Priscilla Beaulieu, May 1, 1967. They were a flashy addition to his black paisley tuxedo

May 29, 1967, Elvis and Priscilla dress in their wedding clothes and have a second wedding reception in the trophy room at Graceland to accommodate family and friends who were not at the wedding.

June to July 1967, Soundtrack recording and filming for Elvis' twenty-sixth movie (to be the twenty-seventh released), Speedway, co-starring Nancy Sinatra. During the production, news of Priscilla's pregnancy is announced.

September 10, 1967 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Guitar Man UPA4 2765-12
Big Boss Man UPA4 2766-11

September 11, 1967 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Mine UPA4 2767-21
Singing Tree UPA4 2768-13
Just Call Me Lonesome UPA4 2769-01
Hi Heel Sneakers UPA4 2770-07
You Don't Know Me (Remake) UPA4 2771-01
We Call On Him UPA4 2772-09
You'll Never Walk Alone UPA4 2773-SP

September 12, 1967 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Singing Tree (Remake) ____-05
Singing Tree (Harmony Vocal Overdub) UPA4 2774-NA

September to October, Soundtrack recording and filming for Elvis' twenty-seventh movie (to be the twenty-sixth released), Stay Away, Joe. In this western-themed comedy he once again plays a character who is part Native American. It's a real departure from the virtually interchangeable plots and characters in most of the films over the past several grueling years. He has fun with this one.

October 1, 1967 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tessessee

Stay Away Joe (Movie Version) ____-17
All I Needed Was The Rain (Movie Version) ____-NA
Stay Away, Joe (Record Version) (Track) ____-02
All I Needed Was The Rain (Record Version) (Track) ____-03

October 2, 1967 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tessessee

Dominic WPA5 2503-05
All I Needed Was The Rain (Record Version - Vocal Overdub) WPA1 8026-NA
Stay Away, Joe (Record Version - Vocal Overdub) ZPA4 1054-NA

November 22, Clambake is released nationally and goes to number fifteen at the box office.

December 20, Elvis bought the Colonel a 18 karat gold Accutron calendar wristwatch for $595 and a second one for Tom Diskin. Elvis purchased a new grand piano for Graceland as well today.

December 25, Christmas at Graceland.

December 31, Elvis first New Years Eve party is held at the Thunderbird Lounge on Adams Street.

Elvis dances several times with Priscilla.

January 15, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Too Much Monkey Business WPA4 1800-12
Going Home WPA1 1001-30

January 16, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Stay Away WPA1 1002-15

January 17, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

U.S. Male WPA4 1807-12

Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis on Plane From Hawaii - June 2
Elvis on Plane From Hawaii - June 2
Elvis on Plane From Hawaii - June 2

February 1, 1968, Priscilla gives birth to Lisa Marie Presley Elvis Presley Video New page link nine months to the day after her marriage to Elvis. It is a time of great happiness. The King's little Princess, who was often called Injun, Yisa, or Buttonhead by her father, was treated to a life of luxury at the 14-acre estate known as Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Check from February 1968 for a Colt Python pistol

March 7, 1968 Western Recorders - Hollywood, California

Wonderful World WPA1 5768-17
Edge Of Reality WPA1 5769-08
A Little Less Conversation WPA1 5767-16
Almost In Love (Track) ____-04

March 11, 1968 Western Recorders - Hollywood, California

Almost In Love (Vocal Overdub) WPA1 5766-03

April 4, Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, an event which Elvis takes just as hard as John F. kennedy's assassination five years earlier - but more personally because it happened in his hometown.

Dr. Kings 'I Have A Dream' speech is one of Elvis' favourite rhetorical pieces, something he recites often over the years.

April 6, Elvis and Priscilla go to Las Vegas where they catch Tom Jones' midnight show at the Flamingo.

May 1, Elvis and Priscilla's 1st wedding anniversary.

May 18, Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie with Charlie Hodge, the Gambills and the Esposito's, fly to Hawaii.

June 2, Elvis, Priscilla and their party return to Los Angeles.

After all the passengers were seated Elvis and his party were secretly seated in the first class cabin. In the coach section of the plane was a singing group called The Young Americans who were returning from entertaining the troops in Vietnam. Apparently drawn by the impromptu harmonizing of the group, Elvis suddenly stepped through the curtain from first class with a cigar between his fingers and a drink in his hand.

The shocked passengers and the young singers quickly gathered and requested autographs. Someone obviously took some photographs!

June 3, Elvis looking tanned and fit, reports to the Binder-Howe offices on Sunset for the start of two weeks of informal rehearsals for the '68 Special.

June 6, Robert Kennedy dies after being shot in Los Angeles.

Elvis' heartfelt reaction to yet another assassination impels Steve Binder Elvis Presley Video New page link to ask songwriter Earl Brown to compose a closing number for the '68 Comeback Special that will capture something of Elvis sentiments.

June 17, Elvis reports to rehearsals at the NBC Studios in California.

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