Never-Heard Elvis Song Set For Release October 7

Los Angeles (Reuters) - More than a quarter-century after his death, Elvis Presley has something new to get his fans all shook up. A never-before-released song recorded by Presley nearly 40 years ago was recently unearthed and will be issued this fall by RCA Records as part of a new collection of favorites from the King of Rock 'n' Roll, the label said on Friday. The announcement comes on the eve of the 26th anniversary of Presley's death, on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42. The song, "I'm a Roustabout," originally was written for the 1964 Presley film "Roustabout," co-starring Barbara Stanwyck, and was even recorded by Presley, but the song was rejected by producers and never used. A completely different tune ultimately became the title song for both the movie "Roustabout" and the No. 1 album of the same name. Meanwhile, an acetate recording of the original "I'm a Roustabout" sat for decades, undiscovered in the private collection of songwriter Winfield Scott, who composed it with longtime partner Otis Blackwell. Scott, now in his 80s, said in a telephone interview with Reuters that he happened across the unmarked recording of "I'm a Roustabout" in the basement of his New Jersey home several years ago but didn't think much of it. "I know it sounds strange, but I had actually forgotten about it. It was just laying around, along with a whole slew of other demos and a couple hundred songs," he said. "At the time, I said, 'Well gee, I wonder why Presley never released it?' And then I just put it back with the rest of the demos until later on." The disc remained stashed away until Scott mentioned the song years later to a reporter. That reporter in turn mentioned it in an interview with RCA producer-researcher Ernst Jorgensen, who later contacted Scott, listened to the disc and arranged for the label to obtain the recording. The song will now be included in an upcoming RCA release, "Elvis 2nd to None," due out on Oct. 7. It's a follow-up to last year's compilation album "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits," which topped the sales charts in the United States and 26 other countries and sold 9 million copies worldwide. The latest Elvis set will feature additional No. 1 hits from the King and lesser-known classics such as his first recorded single, "That's All Right," and a remixed version of 1969 song "Rubberneckin," given a contemporary treatment by leading DJ Paul Oakenfold. Hoping to repeat the success of last year's "Little Less Conversation" remix, which climbed to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, "Rubberneckin" will be released to radio Aug. 25 and as a commercial single on Sept. 9.
Source: Reuters / Updated: Aug 15, 2003 

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lray (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2003report abuse
To answer Lou's question, they say that Ernest (RCA) bought the acetate from Scott. If they had the tapes then they would have made the purchase.I would would like to be wrong on that one. The original tapes would be better. To answer Charles, probably none.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 17, 2003report abuse
I heard the song on TV, the other day, and it sounds great. I can't wait for the CD. I'm curious though. After being alerted to the song, was Ernst able to find the master tape, or was the acetate used for "2'nd to None". I wondered the same thing about "A little Less Conversation", which I believe also originated form an acetate. And that makes me wonder what could have happened to the master tapes on tose two songs, and if there are any other acetates/lost masters out there waiting to be discovered?
Charles (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 16, 2003report abuse
Cannot wait to hear it when it is released. I wonder how many more unreleased songs their are of Elvis hidden away?

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