A 50’s Medley

Elvis 1956 Dorsey Brothers stage
Elvis during his first television appearance on the Stage Show with the Dorsey Brothers, in New York, New York, January 1956.

Sometimes I like to play a few 50’s songs together, especially if they were written/composed by the same artist and sound alike, or if they have the same beat or shuffle. I like to alternate the verses and chorus’s for each song, and I have a great time, and everyone seems to know the words to at least the chorus’s, so nobody cares!

It’s when I type it out on paper and share it with someone, that’s when they point out the one glaringly obvious oversight. Yes, these two songs are from 2 different music styles. The first song is a strait up classic rock song, although it does not follow the classic 4-chord repetitive pattern, and the second song is a 12-bar blues song that was an R&B hit. However, they have the same shuffle strum and once you start playing them together you might agree with me.

I am no DJ, so my mixing is not proper, LOL. I actually go back to the first song for the ending, so maybe this is falls into the category of “mash-up”?? Although I know that term refers to a song created by blending two (or more) pre-recorded songs together, the argument was that a “medley” should consist of at least 3 songs played together in the same Key in a continuous manner.

So for that reason, I titled it Blue Suede Shoes/Flip Flop and Fly.

Rock-Around-The-Clock-cover

The first song was obviously an Elvis tune, but the second one is attributed to Joe Turner, 1955. This was his follow-up hit to Shake, Rattle & Roll of 1954. However, Elvis performed it on his first television appearance in 1956, as part of a medley that included Shake, Rattle & Roll and I Got a Woman. Other famous recordings of Flip, Flop & Fly were made by Bill Haley in 1956 on his album Rock Around the Clock, the Downchild Blues Band in 1973, and the Blues Brothers on Briefcase Full of Blues, 1978.

Blue Suede Flop Fly

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Blue Hawaii

Here is one of my fave’s.

I had to develop it for a Luau set list our group was putting together for two engagements. I settled on the Key of G. I had found it twice in published song books in the Key of C, but didn’t like either arrangement.

The pdf document attached has each chord box over the word for the changes. If we could croon like Elvis, we could play this song veeerrrrryyyy sloooooowwwwwly like he did for the title track song of the movie, Blue Hawaii. However, since I can’t do it justice, I just try to play it at a tempo that makes it sound soft and wistful. It’s an interestingly full Key of G, too, with many of the 7ths and minors thrown in for compliments.

Blue Hawaii

I’m Just a Hunk, a Hunk of Burnin’ Love!

Another fun song to perform on the ukulele. One can never go wrong doing an Elvis song, because Elvis performed on an ukulele in at least 3 of his movies, most notably Blue Hawaii.  Burning Love was written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis Presley, becoming his biggest hit single in the US since Suspicious Minds in 1969 and his last Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts. It was also his 40th song to become a Number 1 hit in his career.

Many Disney Films fans fell in love with the version sung by Wynona on the soundtrack of the movie, Lilo and Stitch in 2003, so here is the video of that fun, upbeat and modern version.

Burning Love

[C] Lordy, Mama – [F] I feel my [G7]temperature [C] risin’!

Higher, higher, it’s [F] burnin’ [G7]thru to my [C]soul!

[C] Girl, girl, girl! [F] You’re gonna [G7] set me on [C] fire!

[C] My brain is flaming, [F] I don’t know [G7] which way to [C] go.

Your [Am]kisses [G7]lift me [F] higher,

Like the [Am]sweet song [G7]of a [F]choir.

You [Am]light my [G7]morning [F]sky

Like [G7]burning [C] love!

[C]Ooh, ooh, ooh! [F] I feel my [G7]temperature [C]risin’!

[C]Help me, I’m flaming, I [F]must be a [G7]hundred and [C]nine!

[C]Burning, burning, [F] burning and [G7]nothing can [C]cool me.

[C]I just might turn into [F]smoke, but [G7]I feel [C]fine…..!

Your [Am]kisses [G7]lift me [F] higher,

Like the [Am]sweet song [G7]of a [F]choir.

You [Am]light my [G7]morning [F]sky

Like [G7]burning [C] love!

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[C]It’s getting closer – the [F]flames are [G7]reaching my [C]body!

[C]Please won’t cha help me? I [F]feel like I’m [G7]slipping a-[C]way!

[C]It’s hard to breathe…[F] and my [G7]chest is a-[C]heavin’.

[C]Lord-a mercy, I’m [F]burnin’ a [G7]hole where I [C] lay!!!

Your [Am]kisses [G7]lift me [F] higher,

Like the [Am]sweet song [G7]of a [F]choir.

You [Am]light my [G7]morning [F]sky

Like [G7]burning [C] love!

[C] Burning [F] love!       [C] Burning [F] love!

[C] Burning [F] love!       [C] Burning [F] love!

I’m just a [C] hunk, a hunk of burning [F] love!

I’m just a [C] hunk, a hunk of burning [F] love!

               (Repeat and fade out….)

 

All Shook Up!

All Shook Up! One of Elvis‘ classic rock’n’ roll songs of the 50’s, composed once again by Otis Blackwell. This was a number one US hit for 8 weeks in 1957.

All Shook Up

A-well-a [C] bless my soul what’s wrong with me,

I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree

My friends say I’m acting queer as a bug.       I’m in love, UH! I’m all shook up!

Mm mm [F] mm,   Mm mm [G7] mm,     Oh-[C] woh yeah yeah!

[C] My hands are shakey and my knees are weak,

I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet

Who do you thank when you have such luck? I’m in love, UH! I’m all shook up!

Mm mm [F] mm,   Mm mm [G7] mm,     Oh-[C] woh yeah yeah!

CHORUS:

[F] Please don’t ask me what’s on my mind,

I’m a [C] little mixed up but I’m feeling fine.

When I’m [F] near that girl that I love best,

my [G7] heart beats so it scares me to death!

When she [C] touched my hand, what a chill I got,

her lips are like a volcano that’s hot!

I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup.       I’m in love, UH! I’m all shook up!

Mm mm [F] mm,   Mm mm [G7] mm,     Oh-[C] woh yeah yeah!

CHORUS:

My [F] tongue gets tied when I try to speak,

my in-[C] sides shake like a leaf on a tree

There’s [F] only one cure for this body of mine,

That’s to [G7] have that girl that I love so fine!

When she [C] touched my hand, what a chill I got,

her lips are like a volcano that’s hot!

I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup.     I’m in love, UH! I’m all shook up!

Mm mm [F] mm,   Mm mm [G7] mm,     Oh-[C] woh yeah yeah!

Mm mm [F] mm,   Mm mm [G7] mm,     Oh-[C] woh yeah yeah!

I’m all shook up!