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Various Artists - Elvis Stole My Job (Various Artists) -  (CD)

Various Artists - Elvis Stole My Job (Various Artists) - (CD)

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Format: CDRelease Date: 8/7/2020 
 

 In the 1950s Elvis Presley became famous all over the world for his moves, his crazy clothes, his hairdo, his music, and his singing style. Before Elvis, only African-American blues and rhythm and blues singers would move that way on stage, wore those crazy clothes, and sang that type of music in that style etcetera. So he basically "stole their job" so to speak. For this album, I handpicked 30 songs by African-American artists that in my opinion are the best example that Elvis was was great but the guys he copied were often even better. The majority of the performers here were Presley's idols: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who's music of the 1940s and early 1950s already sounded like Elvis at Sun, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Roy Hamilton, Chuck Willis, and Brook Benton were all Elvis' chief vocal inspirations. He also really dug Lloyd Price, Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters, Arthur Gunter, the Clovers, Smiley Lewis, Billy Emerson, etcetera. He performed and recorded their songs. Otis Blackwell wrote many hit songs for Elvis like "Don't Be Cruel! And "All Shook Up" and Presley sang them exactly like Otis on the demo records. The remaining artists maybe are not directly linked to Elvis but their resemblance to Elvis on the songs I selected for this compilation is uncanny. If you are an Elvis fan, you probably already heard some of the tracks on this album (I simply could not leave them out) but I bet you never heard most of them. I really tried to focus on stuff no other "Elvis-related" compilation ever used before. 

 1 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - My Baby Left Me 2 Roy Brown - Slow Down Little Eva 3 Roy Hamilton - Don't Let Go 4 Robert Nighthawk and His Nighthawks Band - the Moon Is Rising 5 Arthur Gunter - Baby Lets Play House 6 Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters - Variety 7 Bernard Hardison with Band - Too Much 8 Brook Benton - Hurtin' Inside 9 Pete Mann - I Followed My Heart 10 The Eagles - Trying to Get to You 11 Chuck Willis - I Feel So Bad 12 Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight 13 Poppa Hop and His Orchestra - My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone 14 Andre Williams with the Inspirations - I Still Love You 15 Vikki Nelson - Like a Baby 16 Jimmy Breedlove - Jealous Fool 17 Jackie Wilson - Right Now 18 Willy & Ruth - Love Me 19 Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy 20 The Clovers - Little Mama 21 Eddie Riff with Orchestra - Ain't That Loving You Baby 22 Billy Emerson - When It Rains It Pours 23 Fention Robinson with the Dukes - Tennessee Woman 24 Smiley Lewis - One Night 25 Sonny Starns - Tangi Paho 26 The Twilighters - Live Like a King 27 The Orioles - Crying in the Chapel 28 Phil Flowers - You Stole My Heart 29 Otis Blackwell - Make Ready for Love 30 Joe Hughes - Make Me Dance Little Ant

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