I've got a lot of favorite songs and some of them are done by only certain artist that even enhance the song. None more so than the Dickey Lee's blockbuster song, "She Thinks I Still Care" when sung by Elvis Presley. Yesterday January 8th was Elvis's birthday. He would have been eighty-three years old. No way.
The song was written by and first recorded in 1962 by Memphis and Sun Label artist Dickey Lee. It has been record by, it would be hard to say, but probably close to a thousand different artist and recordings of the song.
In my opinion there is nothing like the recording that Elvis did. I think it is one of the greatest songs, arrangement and deliveries of a song ever. For me few other recordings match it. It has been a hit song for many artist, George Jones and Anne Murray in particular.
Lee had written the song long before Elvis recorded it. In fact he had given the song to an associate of Elvis's asking that Elvis see such. Elvis had always told Lee, "Someday i'm gonna record that song." Well he did. The last album Elvis did was called "Moody Blue" ,yes I have a copy. Elvis recorded the song in the now famous Jungle Room recordings done at his home, Graceland in Memphis in February of 1975, thirteen years after Lee had written the song.
To me it has a haunting sound, delivery to it. Of the nearly thousand different recordings of the song, no one does it quite like Elvis. But that probably could be said of a lot of Elvis recordings. Elvis's does not sing the song, he "delivers" the song, with postage to spare.
Today I was driving down the road in one of my old cars ('55 Thunderbird) and what should come on my cd car player? You guessed it. Elvis and "She Thinks I Still Car."
One of my good fortunes since moving to Nashville in late 2002 is I met and have since become acquainted (I'd like to think friends) with Dickey Lee. Not a nicer guy you would ever want to meet. We have played golf a few times, shared coffee and meals on occasion.
Today I was into only the first bar or so of Elvis singing this song and I had to reach for my cell phone and call Dickey. When he answered I said: "Dickey sometimes one has to go straight to the creator and in this case that's you, I'm listen' to Elvis and you know the song only too well. What a combination, a great song and a great artist. You have no idea how much I like that song. One, I am glad you wrote it and two, that Elvis recorded it."
"Oh just because I asked a friend about her/ Just because I spoke her name somewhere"
So what I dialed her number by mistake... so what...let her think that silly notion...where could she get such an idea.
Thanks Dickey and thanks Elvis. The two of you make quite a combination and great enjoyment for this one from the early days of rock-n'-roll.
Now what would make someone.... believe that another...still cares? Hum...
August 12, 2017