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Sony Legacy planning 40th anniversary Graceland Sessions Release


By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
May 8, 2016 - 12:54:04 PM
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In a recent interview, Sony Legacy senior vice president, A&R John Jackson revealed that Sony Legacy are already planning some releases for 2017, the 40th anniversary of Presley's death. 'We've got some interesting ideas', he admits. 'The 40th anniversary of some of the last (1976) recordings he made is coming up, so we're toying with the idea of how to best present those. It's my argument that he never lost it -- that he was never anything less than amazing. He was the greatest singer of all time, as far as I'm concerned, and was always trying to do his thing. Despite all the troubles he had in the '70s, including fights with the label, how they were promoting him and how they made him feel, he was still cutting great stuff. That's a lot of what we're talking about now'.

NOW, we can reveal that some members of Elvis' TCB Band are at work in Memphis.

In February 1976, forty years ago, Elvis' last recording sessions was in his 'den', now known as 'The Jungle Room', at his Graceland home in Memphis, not in a 'regular' recording studio. The FTD release of the 'Jungle Room Sessions' is the most popular and best-selling CD of the 100+ releases from the Follow That Dream label.

Recently, the TCB Band worked in secret on a special project at the recording studio 'Sam Phillips Recording', located on Madison Avenue. Also the people from Sony Music Entertainment were present, and Ernst Jorgensen, (Follow That Dream FTD). Also guitar player James Burton, piano player David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and bass player Norbert Putnam were at Graceland, and in particular in the Jungle Room. Expectations are that a new album will be released by Sony Legacy Recordings, a special release around the Jungle Room Sessions to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the legendary recordings. More information when we have it!

James Burton, piano player David Briggs, John Jackson (Sony), Ernst Jorgensen, Halley Phillips, granddaughter of the late Sam Phillips, the founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Norbert Putnam, and Ronnie Tutt.

In the photo above are (with others) James Burton, piano player David Briggs, John Jackson (Sony), Ernst Jorgensen, Halley Phillips, granddaughter of the late Sam Phillips, the founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Norbert Putnam, and Ronnie Tutt.

Through Sun, Sam Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. The height of his success culminated in his launching of Elvis Presley's career in 1954.

James Burton, David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt and Norbert Putnam in the Jungle Room at Graceland. Photo by Tom Brown.
James Burton, David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt and Norbert Putnam in the Jungle Room at Graceland. Photo by Tom Brown.

Above guitar player James Burton, piano player David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and bass player Norbert Putnam were at Graceland, and in particular in the Jungle Room. Expectations are that a new album will be released by Sony Legacy Recordings, a special release around the Jungle Room Sessions to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of it.

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  2. Never Again (Billy Edd Wheeler/Jerry Chesnut)
  3. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Fred Rose)
  4. Danny Boy (Frederic Weatherly)
  5. The Last Farewell (Roger Whittaker/Ron Webster)
  6. For The Heart (Dennis Linde)
  7. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Larry Gatlin)
  8. Solitaire (Neil Sedaka/Phil Cody)
  9. Love Coming Down (Jerry Chesnut)
  10. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Lonnie Donegan/Jimmy Curr)

Moody Blue

  1. Unchained Melody
  2. If You Love Me (Let me know)
  3. Little Darlin'
  4. He'll Have To Go
  5. Let Me Be There
  6. Way Down
  7. Pledging My Love
  8. Moody Blue
  9. She Thinks I Still Care
  10. It's Easy For You

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