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Tryin' to Get to You

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(Singleton / McCoy)

 

Information:

Tryin' to Get to You was written by Rose Marie McCoy and Margie Singleton, and first recorded by the Eagles (Mercury 70391) in mid-1954.

 

Elvis attempted to record Tryin' to Get to You on February 5, 1955, at Sun Records, but the recording was unsatisfactory. Elvis finally got an acceptable recording on July 11, 1955. That version was released by RCA on the LP Elvis Presley. Tryin' to Get to You was the only Sun recording by Elvis to use a piano, which was probably played by Elvis himself. Frank Tolley of Malcolm Yelvington's band has also been mentioned as the piano player. Backing Elvis were Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass), and Johnny Bernero (drums). Elvis's September 1956 single release of Tryin' to Get to You did not chart. On June 27, 1968, Elvis recorded the song for use in his TV special, Elvis, but it was not used.


Lyrics:

I've been travelling over mountains even through the valleys, too

I've been travelling night and day, I've been running all the way
Baby, trying to get to you
Ever since I read your letter where you said you loved me true
I've been travelling night and day, I've been running all the way
Baby, trying to get to you

When I read your loving letter then my heart began to sing
There were many miles between us but they didn't mean a thing
I just had to reach you, baby, in spite of all that I've been through
I kept travelling night and day, I kept running all the way,
Baby, trying to get to you

Well, if I had to do it over that's exactly what I'd do,
I would travel night and day and I'd still run all the way,
Baby, trying to get to you
Well, there's nothing that could hold me, or could keep me away from you
When your loving letter told me that you really loved me true

Lord above He knows I love you, it was He who brought me through,
When my way was dark at night,
He would shine His brightest light,
When I was trying to get to you

 

Where it was released:

First released on Elvis Presley »  


Singles:

- Tryin’ to Get to You / I Love You Because (RCA 20-6639) September 1956. Standard 78 RPM release »

- Tryin’ to Get to You / I Love You Because (RCA 47-6639) September 1956. Standard 45 RPM release »

- Tryin’ to Get to You / I Love You Because (RCA 447-0612) March 1959. Gold standard series reissue »

- Tryin’ to Get to You / I Love You Because (Collectables DPE1-1005 4505) December 1986.

 

EPs:

- Elvis Presley (RCA SPD-22) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley (RCA SPD-23) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley (RCA EPB-1254) (1956) »
- Elvis Presley – The Most Talked About New Personality in the Past Ten Years of Recorded Music (RCA EPB-1254) (1956) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Presley (1956) »  

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1974) »

- Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 1 (1974) »

- The Sun Sessions (1975) »

- Elvis in Concert (1977) »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1977) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »

- The Complete Sun Sessions (1987)

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

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- Tiger Man (1998)

- Memories of the ’68 Comeback Special (1998)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Sun Sessions (1999)

- Sunrise (1999)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Blues (2000)

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- Dinner at Eight (2002) – FTD »

- Spring Tours ’77 (2002) - FTD »

- New Year’s Eve (2003) - FTD »

- Dragonheart (2003) – FTD »

- Elvis at Sun (2004)

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley (2005)

- Elvis by the Presleys (2005)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Rockin’ Across Texas (2005) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley (2006) – FTD »

- Elvis R&B (2006)

- Southern Nights (2006) - FTD »

- I Found My Thrill (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley… Plus (2007) – Universe (Cargo Records)

- Early Elvis (2007)

- Elvis Presley / Elvis (2007) – Hallmark

- Introducing Elvis (2007)

- Unchained Melody (2007) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2007) – FTD »

- America (2008) - FTD »

- The Complete ’68 Comeback Special (2008)

- From Sunset to Las Vegas (2009) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2011) - FTD »

– Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

– A Boy From Tupelo (2012) - FTD » 

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD »

– NBC-TV Special (2016) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »

– Las Vegas '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »
– Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD »

Holiday Season in Vegas (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- From Las Vegas... to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- Rockin' With Elvis New Year's Eve Pittsburgh, Pa. Dec. 31, 1976 (1977) - Spirit of America Records

- America's Own (1979) - Geneva

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

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