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Fame and Fortune

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(Wise / Weisman)

Information:
Fame and Fortune was recorded by Elvis on March 21, 1960, at RCA’s Nashville Studios during his first recording session after being discharged from the Army. Advance orders for the new single (Stuck On You was the flip side) were 1,275,077 – the biggest advance order in history to that date. Five days after recording Fame and Fortune, Elvis sang it during the taping of the Frank Sinatra – Timex Special, Welcome Home, Elvis. That special was telecast on ABC-TV on May 12, 1960. The single release had a 10-week stay on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at #17. Weeks before Elvis ever walked into the recording studio, picture sleeves of his new single had been prepared. Since RCA had no idea what the song titles were going to be, all that was mentioned on the picture sleeve was “Elvis 1st New Recording for His 50,000,000 Fans All Over the World”. A hole was cut in the center of the sleeve so that the label of the record would show through, revealing the song titles. Fame And Fortune, Elvis’ first true stereo release, was written by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman.

Lyrics:

 

Fame and fortune
How empty they can be
But when I hold you in my arms
That's heaven to me
Who cares for fame and fortune
They're only passing things
But the touch of your lips on mine
Makes me feel like a king

Your kind of love
Is a treasure I hold
It's so much greater
than silver or gold
I know that I have nothing
If you should go away
But to know that you love me
Brings fame and fortune my way

But to know that you love me
Brings fame and fortune my way

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on single »
 

Singles:

- Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune (RCA 4-7740) April 1960. Standard release »

- Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune (RCA 61-7740) April 1960. “Living Stereo” release »

- Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune (RCA 447-0627) February 1962. Gold Standard Series reissue.

- Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune (Collectables DPE1-10094509) December 1986.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis is Back! (1960) »

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3 (1963) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2 – The Other Sides (1971) »

– Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 3 (1978) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

- The Great Performances (1990)

- From Nashville To Memphis – The Essential 60’s Masters (1993) -

- A Valentine Gift For You (1995)

- Heart and Soul (1995)

- Forever in Love (1997)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 1 (1998)

- Best of Elvis Presley II (2001) – Zounds

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)
- Fame and Fortune (2002) »

- Heart and Soul (2003)

- Elvis is Back! (2005) – FTD »

- The Best of British - The RCA Years - 1959-1960 (2015) - FTD »

– Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 (2015) - FTD »

The Elvis is Back! Sessions (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Please Release Me (1970) - 1st Records

- Eternal Elvis (1978) - no label

- Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home, Elvis (1987) - S Records

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