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High Heel Sneakers

(Original RCA title. "Hi-Heel Sneakers" is the correct title now used on all releases.)

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Robert Higginbotham (Tommy Tucker)

Recorded: September 11, 1967, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "Guitar Man", 47-9425, January 9, 1968
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0663, 1970

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#69 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Aron Presley - August 1980
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My Spin

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"Hi-Heel Sneakers" quickly became a rock standard after songwriter Tommy Tucker released his own version of the song in 1964. Jerry Lee Lewis covered it the same year, and three years later, Elvis recorded it in the same session that produced "Big Boss Man" and "Guitar Man". When I first heard his version, I was a little disappointed. He stays in the same low key throughout, whereas Jerry Lee switched up an octave and shouted his way through the final section! But Elvis' spin on it also works, just in a different way, growling it out in a low register rather than shouting. Charlie McCoy's harmonica and Elvis' informal scatting through the instrumentals give it a bluesy, gutsy feel.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

With "High Heel Sneakers" (a hit in Britain for Tommy Tucker three years before), Presley's performance, to use the then-current jargon, is more "rocker" than "mod". The song does not stand up to this treatment, and although the atmosphere is subtle and erotic its cleverness means Presley has little chance to get going.

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

Elvis' update of a hit for Tommy Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Stevie Wonder; bluesier with a hand-clapping, driving bass sound, a Charlie McCoy harmonica and wailing, shouting vocals. Low-down but dated.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"High Heel Sneakers" Lyrics and Downloads

Put on your red dress baby 'cause we're going out tonight
Put on your red dress baby 'cause we're going out tonight
Well now wear some boxing gloves in case some fool might start a fight

Put on your hi-heel sneakers, put your wig hat on your head
Put on your hi-heel sneakers, slap that wig right on your head
Well I'm pretty sure now baby, pretty soon you're gonna knock 'em dead
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Yea! Gonna Knock 'Em Dead!

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