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Memories

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Strange / Davis)

 

Information:
Elvis introduced Memories, which was written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis, in his 1968 TV Special, Elvis. The instrumental track for the recording was made at Western Recorders on June 20 or 21, 1968. Although vocals were recorded at the NBC studios in Burbank on June 27, the vocal on the single release was recorded at a later date. The single had a seven-week stay on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at #35. It reached #56 on the country chart and #7 on the Easy-Listening chart. Memories was sung over the closing credits of Elvis on Tour and This is Elvis. In 1970 the Lettermen had a popular version of Memories in a medley with Traces (Capitol 2697).

 

Lyrics:
 

Memories pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories sweetened through the ages just like wine
Quiet thoughts come floating down and settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories

Sweet memories of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilight trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you
Memories pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories sweetened through the ages just like wine

Memories, memories

Of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilight trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you

Memories pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories sweetened through the ages just like wine

Memories, memories, sweet memories

Memories...

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Elvis NBC TV Special »

 

Singles:

- Memories / Charro (RCA 47-9731) March 1969. Standard release »

- Memories / Charro (RCA 447-0669) December 1970. Gold standard series reissue.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis NBC TV Special (1968) »

- Elvis Forever (1974) »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

– This Is Elvis (1981) »

– Elvis NBC TV Special (1981) »

– Elvis Love Songs (1981) - K-Tel »

- The Great Performances (1990)

- Collectors Gold (1991)

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 5 (1997)

- Memories of the ’68 Comeback Special (1998)

- Tiger Man (1998)

- Ballads (1999)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Elvis at the International (2002) – FTD »

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- 2nd to None (2003)

- 2nd to None – Silver Edition (2003)

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Let Yourself Go (2006) - FTD » 

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (2008) - FTD »

– Live in Las Vegas (2011) - FTD »

- The Return to Vegas (2014) - FTD »

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

– NBC-TV Special (2016) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The Monologue LP (1973) - Bullet Records

- The ’68 Comeback (1976) - Memphis Records

- The Burbank Sessions, Volume 1 (1979) - Audifon Records

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