Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Elvis Presley : Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
Elvis starred in thirty one musicals, usually playing men with names as generic as the films themselves. He played "Mike" in Spinout, Fun in Acapulco and It Happened at The World's Fair (seen above with co-star Vicky Tiu, the future first lady of Hawaii). He played "John " or "Johnny" in Harum Scarum, Frankie and Johnny and Change of Habit ( with Mary Tyler Moore). He also played "Greg" "Steve" and "Rick" but never "Jim" ( unless you count "Jimmy" the stage name Deke Rivers is given by a publicist in Loving You and I don't).
"Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" is Elvis's 1962 follow up to his Gold selling "She's Not You". The Leiber Stoller composition only climbed to 55 in the US charts but it's a worthwhile tune. You can hear The King's trademark vibrato in every single line. Plus, as an exciting bonus, you get a lot of triangle. You can almost imagine the producer in the booth yelling over the intercom "I need MORE triangle!"