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Fame And Fortune

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Fred Wise, Ben Weisman

Recorded: March 21, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is a splice from takes 15 and 14.

Single:w/ "Stuck On You", 47-7740, March 23, 1960
Also released in stereo as 61-7740, April 1960
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0672, February 20, 1962

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#17 on Billboard's Hot 100
#40 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 3 - September 1963
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My Spin

(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)

"Fame And Fortune" is a slow doo-wop ballad, and Elvis effortlessly navigates through the simple but catchy melody. Well, he makes it sound effortless, anyway. He did do 15 takes!

I'll write more later, I promise. Meanwhile, relax, follow the links, listen to some music and make yourself comfortable.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

With "Fame And Fortune", the tempo seems too slow so that the overall effect is droopy.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

A slow ballad performed with true emotion, a lament about the worthlessness of fame without love (something Elvis came to know intimately). Backed nicely by the Jordanaires.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Fame And Fortune" Lyrics and Downloads

Fame and fortune
how empty they can be
But when I hold you in my arms
That's heaven to me
Who cares for fame and fortune
They're only passing things
But the touch of your lips on mine
Makes me feel like a king

Your kind of love
is a treasure I hold
It's so much greater
than silver or gold
I know that I have nothing
If you should go away
But to know that you love me
Brings fame and fortune my way
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