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Elvis SongPedia: Frankie And Johnny

Frankie And Johnny




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Traditional, credited to Hughie Cannon.
Arranged by: Alex Gottlieb, Fred Karger, Ben Weisman

Recorded: May 15, 1965, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 6.

Single:w/ "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", 47-8780, March 1, 1966
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0656, February 1968

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

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

1st LP release: - April 1966
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With Donna Douglas
"Frankie And Johnny" was a well-known folk song when Elvis recorded it for his twentieth film. It sounds like the big Hollywood production number that it is, and nothing like what was on the pop charts at the time.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


In "Frankie And Johnny" Presley seems uninterested. Although well done, it is not a considered performance, and one can only assume it was an off-day.

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




The jazzy title tune to the film, a remake of a standard - stagey and filled with choruses. In the film, the music was intercut with dance routines and contained the voices of Donna Douglas and Sue Ane Langdon. The record version is shorter, with unbilled female voices.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Frankie And Johnny" Lyrics and Downloads

Frankie and me we were lovers
Oh Lordy how we could love
Swore we'd be true to each other
Just as true as stars above
I was her man, she caught me doing her wrong.

My luck in poker was fading
When a new gal caught my eye
I gambled, I tried to change my luck
With a chick named Nellie Bly
I was Frankie's man but I was doing her wrong.

Yeah! Frankie came looking to find me
Yes, she wasn't looking for fun
For in her sweet loving hand
She was totin' a 44 gun
To shoot her man if he was doin' her wrong

Well Frankie walked into the bar room
And right there in front of her eyes
There was her loving Johnny
Making love to that Nellie Bly
I was her man, she caught me doing her wrong.

Frankie, I beg, Please don't shoot me
Well they'll put you away in a cell
You know they'll put you where the cold wind blows
From the hottest corner of hell
I'm your man, I know I done you wrong.

Please roll me over real easy
Please roll me over real slow
Roll me over real gently
'Cause my wound hurts me so
Well I was her man
Well I done her wrong

Well Frankie, Ol' Johnny
Well this is the end of my song
I was her man, well I done her wrong
Well , hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Done her wrong


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