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Old Shep

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(Foley / Arthur)


Informação:

Red Foley e Willis Arthur escreveram Old Shep em 1933. A canção era sobre o cão pastor alemão de 19 anos de Foley, Hoover, que foi envenenado. Não seria antes de 1940 que Foley gravaria a sua canção. Old Shep (Decca 46052) foi relançada em 1947.

 

Old Shep foi a canção que Elvis cantou para ganhar o quinto lugar na Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show em 1945 - a sua primeira apresentação em público a cantar. Posteriormente, em 1953, Elvis cantou a canção no Minstrel Show da Humes High School.

 

Em 2 de Setembro de 1956, no Radio Recorders, Elvis gravou vários takes de Old Shep, todos com ele a tocar piano. O take 5 foi o escolhido pela RCA para lançar em disco. No entanto, um take alternativo (o 1º), saiu na primeira edição do LP britânico, Elvis Presley Nº 2 (HMV - CLP-1105).

 

Letra:
 

When I was a lad and old Shep was a pup
Over hills and meadows we'd stray
Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun
We grew up together that way

I remember the time at the old swimmin' hole
When I would have drowned beyond doubt
But old Shep was right there, to the rescue he came
He jumped in and helped pulled me out

As the years passed and rolled, Old Shep he grew old
And his eyes were fast growing dim
And one day the doctor looked at me and said
I can't do no more for him, Jim

With hands that were trembling I picked up my gun
And aimed it at Shep's faithful head
I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run
I wish they would shoot me instead

He came to my side and he looked up at me
And he laid his old head on my knee
I had strucked the best friend that a man ever had
I cried so I scarcely could see

Old Shep he has gone where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home

 

Onde foi lançada:
Lançada pela primeira vez em Elvis »

 

Singles:

- Old Shep / (sem nada) (RCA CR-15) Dezembro de 1956. Lançamento promocional para disc jockeys para promover o LP Elvis. Este disco é extremamente raro e muito procurado pelos coleccionadores.

- Old Shep / You'll Never Walk Alone (Collectables DPE1-1018 4518) Dezembro de 1986.

 

EPs:

- Elvis, Volume 2 (1956) »

- Promotion Disc (RCA PRO-12) (1956)

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis (1956) »

- Separate Ways (1973) »

- Elvis Forever (1974) »
- Separate Ways (1975) »

- Double Dynamite (1975) - Pickwick »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- Elvis Sings for Children and Grownups, Too! (1978) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »
– Pickwick Pack (1978) »

- The Elvis Presley Collection, Volume 2 (1979) »

– Country Music (1981) - Time Life »

- Double Dynamite (1982)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Great Country Songs (1996)

- All the Best (1999)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Country Collection (2001) – Time Life

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- The Country Side of Elvis (2001)

- Elvis; Elvis is Back; Elvis Presley (2001)

- Elvis; Jailhouse Rock (2001)

- Elvis Sings for Kids (2002)

- Great Country Songs (2003)

- Elvis (2005)

- Elvis Presley / Elvis (2007) – Hallmark

- The Best of British - The HMV Years - 1956 - 1958 (2013) - FTD »

– Elvis (2014) - FTD »

– Rebel With a Cause '56 (2018) - FTD »

 

Lanaçmentos Pirata:

- Eternal Elvis (1978) - sem etiqueta discográfica

- The Rockin' Rebel, Volume 3 (1979) - Golden Archives Records

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