Elvis' Record Collection

Scotty with suitcase full of Elvis' old 78 records

Photo James V. Roy

In January of 1968 Elvis, knowing that Scotty had a studio in Nashville and the capability, asked Scotty if he could transfer some of his old records to tape (reel-to-reel).  He wrapped them in copies of the January 14th edition of the "The Commercial Appeal ", Memphis' leading newspaper and packaged them in a suitcase.  At some point while recording at Nashville's Studio B on January 15th and 16th he gave them to Scotty with instructions to copy them on tape saying that he would send someone later to retrieve the records.  Scotty did as instructed and waited but no one ever came for the records.

The records wrapped in newspaper
Photo James V. Roy

Four months later Scotty and D.J. were contacted and asked to perform in the NBC-TV Special that would be recorded in June in Burbank, CA and shown the following December.  While there they met with Elvis and during dinner at his house Elvis asked him about getting together in his studio for a week or so like the old days and mentioned that he would also like to tour Europe.  

copies of "The Commercial Appeal" January 14, 1968
Photo James V. Roy

Scotty made several attempts to contact Elvis but to no avail so he just put the records in the closet at the studio at Music City Recorders and decided that he would give them to him the next time he saw him.  Unfortunately the session they talked of would never happen and in fact it was the last time that Scotty saw or spoke to Elvis.   The records remained in the closet all but forgotten until the studio was sold in 1973.

 Excello Records - "Baby Lets Play House" - Arthur Gunter
Photo James V. Roy

In all there are 26 records in the collection, far from the total number of records that Elvis owned,  the majority of which at Graceland has recently been cataloged.  Its not known why Elvis chose just these to be copied, whether they were his favorite or most worn from playing or what.  Scotty said about some of them "when I first saw them, I remembered them from the first time I went to his house.  He played them on one of those wind-up record players".  Several of them the band would eventually go on to cover.

James V. Roy
August 17, 2003

Scotty holds one of the records
Photo James V. Roy

The collection is as follows:

  • Corrine Corrina / Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Joe Turner

  • That's What You're Doing To Me / When The Swallows come back to Capistrano - The Dominoes

  • It's A Sin / Don't You Believe Her - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • Hurry, Hurry Baby / Travelin' Man - Roy Brown

  • Blueberry Hill / Honey Chile - Fats Domino

  • You're Mine / Milk And Gin - The Crickets

  • It's All In The Game / All Over Again - Tommy Edwards

  • I Got A Woman / Come Back - Ray Charles

  • I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye/ Just A Faded Pedal From A Beautiful Bouquet - Hank Snow

  • Rock And Roll Bells / All Over, Goodbye - Louis Jones & His Band

  • Reconsider Baby / I Believe I'll Give Up - Lowell Fulson

  • Moments To Remember / Dream On, My Love, Dream On - The Four Lads

  • My Song / Follow The Rule - Johnny Ace with The Beale Streeters

  • Hurt / Star Of Love - Roy Hamilton

  • Because Of You parts 1 & 2 - Sammy Davis Jr.

  • Ain't It A Shame / La-La - Fats Domino

  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Mailman Blues - Lloyd Price

  • I'm 10,000 Years Old / Cherry Red - Brownie McGhee

  • Rosie / You'll Cry For Me - Buddy Blake

  • Your Cheatin' Heart / I Sure Need You - The Pearls

  • Since I Met You Baby / You Can't Stop This Rockin' And Rollin' - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • Matchbox / Your True Love - Carl Perkins

  • Rags To Riches / Don't Thank Me - Billy Ward & His Dominoes

  • The Shifting Whispering Sands parts 1 & 2 - The Billy Vaughn Orchestra

  • Baby, Let's Play House / Blues After Hours - Arthur Gunter

  • Hound Dog / Night Mare - Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton

page added 2003


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