You Can Have Her - Only Live Perfromance

By Leon SmithSep 14, 2015

Elvis Presley appeared four times at The Forum of Inglewood in Los Angeles in the 1970’s over two days ,three years apart. The first in 1970 on 14 November during just his second tour and the second on 11 May 1974.

The 1974 shows were attended by British rock group Led Zeppellin and both the afternoon and evening shows had very little difference in terms of the setlist with Polk Salad Annie sung during the Afternoon but strangely omitted from the evening show.
Of the 37,000 who attended those two shows the half which made their way into the Forum for the afternoon show had no idea that within that show would be two and a half minutes which would set this show apart and the treat that awaited them.

Both shows were excellent with Elvis in good voice and mood – a combination which always proved to be a winner. During the afternoon show between ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Steamroller Blues’ something magical and quite wonderful happened. In a moment of pure Elvis spontaneity he started to sing Ray Hamilton’s 1961 hit ‘You Can Have Her’.

The song seems to progress in stages with the passing of each verse firstly Elvis shouts the songs title then Elvis and pianist Glen D. Hardin start of before Ronnie Tutt joins in with the cymbals but at the start of the next verse it’s full blown drums. At the beginning of the next verse it’s the turn of the guitars which then become more prominent next turn around. Joining next time around are the backing vocalists and then it just becomes singing for fun. By this stage you can hear the clapping along as everyone seems to be playing and singing with a smile on their face and it’s almost just like they never want it to end but eventually Elvis does just that by bringing the song to a close.

A studio version could never have caught this fun in quite the same way and the audience recording seems to add to the ‘fly on the wall’ feel to this recording. I doubt if anyone in the crowd that afternoon had any inclination as to how special a moment they were witnessing. In a cruel twist of fate the Evening show was recorded at the mixing board and the subsequent soundboard recording was released by Sony on the FTD label in 2007 but it appears that the same cannot be said of the afternoon show. This suspicion is strengthened further by the fact that Sony actually bought the audience recording of ‘You Can Have Her’ and included it as a bonus track on the aforementioned ‘Live in L.A.’ album. It is however lucky for us that the performance was captured at all and that in spite of it being recorded by an audience member it is of excellent quality.

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TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 26, 2015report abuse
You're welcome, Ciscoking. Thank you for your numerous contributions to this site!
Just for the curious... Here are the complete lyrics (as sung by Roy Hamilton) . . .
~ Well, you can have her, I don't want her
She didn't love me anyway
She only wanted someone to play with
But all I wanted was love to stay
~ Well, if you get the, the wrong woman
There's only one thing that you can do
Just dig a hole and jump right in it
And pull the ground right over you
~ Well, you can have her, I don't want her
She didn't love me anyway
She only wanted someone to play with
But all I wanted was love to stay
~ The girl I loved, she up and left me
She ran away with my best friend
Comes home at night just for one hour
When daylight comes she's gone again
~ Well, you can have her, I don't want her
She didn't love me anyway
She only wanted someone to play with
But all I wanted was love to stay
~ Life without love is mighty empty
But confession's good for the soul
I'd rather have love that I can cling to
Than have the world and all of its gold
~ You can have her, I don't want her
She didn't love me anyway
She only wanted someone to play with... Ohhhhh!
~ You can have her, I don't want her
She didn't love me anyway
She only wanted someone to play with
But all I wanted, all I wanted, all I wanted, all I wanted, all I wanted...
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2015report abuse
Sure..you are right but the question was whether it was omitted at all or not. Anyway thank you
for clearing this up.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2015report abuse
~ Elvis sings a couple of the verses out of sequence and completely omits the following . . .
"The girl I loved she up and left me
She ran away with my best friend
Comes home at night just for one hour
When daylight comes she's gone again"
~ I'll be glad to post all the lyrics (in correct order) if anyone wants me to. ~
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2015report abuse
The song runs for only 2:28 in the YouTube video above.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2015report abuse
The song had a running time of over 4 minutes in both shows. It were full renditions.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2015report abuse
Elvis only sings a portion of the lyrics to the song, so it wasn't a committed performance in L.A.
Check out Roy Hamilton's complete recording on YouTube and you'll see (hear) what I mean.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 22, 2015report abuse
The first edition of this concert from May 11, 1974 afternoon show titled "Los Angeles, California (Tiger, 1993) was incomplete with Polk Salad Annie being missing. Later editions like "At The Forum" (Graceland Records, 2007) were complete.
Leon410 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 22, 2015report abuse
Just an amendment to the article and comment below. 'Polk Salad' was sung during the evening show but it was the recording from the AS from which this song comes that doesn't have iit listed - Sorry!!!
Leon410 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 22, 2015report abuse
Just a clarification about 'Polk Salad Annie'. I realise that some websites have 'Polk Salad' as listed in both shows but the audience recording of the show ie: 'In the City of Angels' doesn't have it on the disc or tracklisting. It could of course be have been missed by the recorder (due to changing tape) of course but no reference to a missing song is on the cover or inlet but either could be possible.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 22, 2015report abuse
Polk Salad Annie was sung in both shows.
Yoshi (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 22, 2015report abuse
There are still several hundred shows missing. With all the rarities we have on one half of the tapes I always wonder what might have been on the missing shows that have not been captured.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2015report abuse
Leon Smith wrote - "... in spite of it being recorded by an audience member it is of excellent quality."
I disagree. The sound quality is only fair-to-good, imo.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2015report abuse
I shake my head and wonder why he didn't perform this more often, considering Roy Hamilton was Elvis' idol. However in JAT's Sessions III Elvis actually rehearsed it prior to his Lake Tahoe season following that short tour.
EJF (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2015report abuse
I'm not a huge Roy Hamilton fan but his rendition of "You Can Have Her" blows me away every time I hear it. I request it quite often on local radio stations, even though I have it on CD. Yes, if Elvis had done a studio recording of it I'm sure it would have been awesome.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2015report abuse
Indeed a nice song, which deserved a full fledged arrangement. That would have been interesting!
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2015report abuse
From what I can hear, it's too bad he didn't record this tune.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2015report abuse
I do wonder that during moments like this if Elvis wasn't trying to tell someone something.

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