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Randy Starr: Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1 (CD)

1-CD (Digipak) with 36 -page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 70 min.

  • Following the great success of P.J. Proby's CD album of demo recordings, Bear Family Records® releases more elaborately produced demos recorded exclusively for Elvis.
  • Between 1963 and 1968, Randy Starr wrote and produced around 70 songs in New York City, 35 can be found on this CD, six of which Elvis selected and recorded for the soundtracks of his feature films!
  • A sensational number of 34 tracks released for the first time ever, mastered from copies of the original tapes.
  • Randy Starr sings 14 songs, 13 are by Kenny Karen, the singers of the remaining tracks are Malcolm Dodds and Jerry Keller.
  • The illustrated and extensive booklet contains detailed liner notes by British Elvis expert and collector Trevor Simpson, based on interviews he recently conducted with Randy Starr.

Randy Starr, born in 1930, successfully completed his dental studies at Columbia College in 1954. Around the same time, he wrote songs that were recorded by Jackie Wilson, Connie Francis, the Kingston Trio and Kay Starr, among others. In 1957 he appeared on the American Bandstand for the first time with his hit After School, and in 1959 he entered the Billboard charts with The Enchanted Sea as the singer of The Islanders, reaching number 15.

His greatest successes as a songwriter, however, came with a total of 12 compositions personally selected by Elvis Presley, which became part of the soundtracks of Elvis movies. To give Elvis an accurate picture of the songs, Randy Starr produced highly professional recordings in top studios in New York with hand-picked musicians and often himself as the singer. 

Bear Family is releasing around 70 of these recordings on two CD albums, 12 of which were recorded by Elvis. This first of two CDs contains 35 songs, six can be heard in Elvis' version in feature films: Kissin' Cousins ('Kissin' Cousins'), The Yellow Rose Of Texas ('Viva Las Vegas'), Look Out, Broadway ('Frankie And Johnny'), Datin' ('Paradise, Hawaiian Style'), Adam And Evil ('Spinout'), and The Girl I Never Loved ('Clambake'). Only one of these demo recordings has been released, 34 of these songs appear here for the first time on vinyl or CD!

In order to achieve the high sound quality Bear Family Records® is known for, we commissioned an experienced sound engineer to master the original sources. The result sounds brilliant!

Randy Starr sang 14 of the 35 demo songs recorded between 1963 and 1968, 13 were performed by Kenny Karen, while the remaining recordings were done by either Malcom Dodds or Jerry Keller, the same Jerry Keller who made it to number 14 in the Billboard charts in 1959 with the legendary Here Comes Summer.

The British Elvis collector and expert Trevor Simpson was in close contact with Randy Starr for many years. We owe him the extremely competent liner notes, which are based on many interviews conducted with Randy Starr. 

Unfortunately, Trevor passed away in January 2024 and did not live to see the release of these albums. We dedicate the Randy Starr CDs to this extraordinary man and expert.

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  • Interpret: Randy Starr

  • Album titlle: Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127177032

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Starr, Randy - Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1 (CD) CD 1
01Kissin CousinsMalcolm Dodds
02Viva Las VegasMalcolm Dodds
03The Yellow Rose Of TexasRandy Starr
04Lady Luck Is A GypsyMalcolm Dodds
05Look Out, BroadwayMalcolm Dodds
06Kissing In The RainKenny Karen
07Three WishesRandy Starr
08Bring On The Dancing GirlsRandy Starr
09A Thousand And One NightMalcolm Dodds
10Polynesian ParadiseJerry Keller
11Datin'Jerry Keller
12Adam And EvilKenny Karen
13Never Say ForeverKenny Karen
14Easy Come, Easy GoKenny Karen
15Wheel Of LoveKenny Karen
16I'll Take LoveRandy Starr
17Love On The RocksKenny Karen
18ClambakeRandy Starr
19The Girl I Never LovedKenny Karen
20Let Her GoRandy Starr
21You Can Do ItRandy Starr
22Handle With CareRandy Starr
23Better And BetterRandy Starr
24From Riches To RagsKenny Karen
25Little GirlKenny Karen
26Big Bright, Beautiful WorldRandy Starr
27Head For The HillsRandy Starr
28Strange VibrationsRandy Starr
29Come Hell, Come SundownKenny Karen
30Charro!Randy Starr
31The ChautauquaKenny Karen
32We Can See Him EverywhereKenny Karen and Mimi Roman
33Don't Stand Under The MistletoeRandy Starr
34My Christmas Won't Be Merry This YearKenny Karen and Mimi Roman
35Let's Have A Christmas PartyKenny Karen and Mimi Roman
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Customer evaluation for "Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1 (CD)"
14 Apr 2024

Great compilation!

The interaction between country and rhythm & blues produced many beautiful versions of well-known and lesser-known country songs.

23 Mar 2024

29 Feb 2024

Recommendable!

Like the P.J. Proby (BCD17678) this again tells us a lot how 'The King Of Rock & Roll' came to his recordings! Some of the were used and others weren't! These to releases are a must for every Elvis collector as the include all the stories behind the songs in generally and the songs Elvis has recorded in these versions! TCB

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Tracklist
Starr, Randy - Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1 (CD) CD 1
01 Kissin Cousins
02 Viva Las Vegas
03 The Yellow Rose Of Texas
04 Lady Luck Is A Gypsy
05 Look Out, Broadway
06 Kissing In The Rain
07 Three Wishes
08 Bring On The Dancing Girls
09 A Thousand And One Night
10 Polynesian Paradise
11 Datin'
12 Adam And Evil
13 Never Say Forever
14 Easy Come, Easy Go
15 Wheel Of Love
16 I'll Take Love
17 Love On The Rocks
18 Clambake
19 The Girl I Never Loved
20 Let Her Go
21 You Can Do It
22 Handle With Care
23 Better And Better
24 From Riches To Rags
25 Little Girl
26 Big Bright, Beautiful World
27 Head For The Hills
28 Strange Vibrations
29 Come Hell, Come Sundown
30 Charro!
31 The Chautauqua
32 We Can See Him Everywhere
33 Don't Stand Under The Mistletoe
34 My Christmas Won't Be Merry This Year
35 Let's Have A Christmas Party