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Basic Stats

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Written by: Billy Strange, Mac Davis

Recorded: June 23, 1968, Western Recorders, Burbank
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "Charro", 47-9731, February 25, 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0669, December 1970

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#35 on Billboard's Hot 100
#24 on Cash Box Top 100
#7 on Billboard's Easy Listening Chart
#56 on Billboard's Country Chart

1st LP release: Elvis (NBC TV Special Soundtrack) - November 25, 1968
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My Spin

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"Memories" served as the ballad to end the informal jam section of Elvis' 68 Comeback Special, as he took a seat between a couple of young ladies. Elvis does a fine job on this beautiful melody for the studio recorded version (the "live" versions being a little off). "Memories" has since become one of those songs that is more well-known now (even by non-Elvis-fans) than it was during Elvis' lifetime. This one certainly deserves to be on the short list of Elvis' finest ballads.

I'll add some more later, but meanwhile check out the videos, music and links.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Memories" is a fine song, well performed, with a shimmering orchestral tapestry in the background.

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

From the 1968 NBC-TV Special, a smooth slow ballad with repetitive lyrics.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

Check out other Elvis fans' opinions on the Elvis News page for Memories

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"Memories" Links

"Memories" Lyrics and Downloads

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine

Quiet thoughts come floating down
And settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touch them and they burst apart with sweet memories
Sweet memories

Of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilight trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine
Memories, memories, sweet memories
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What's YOUR Spin on "Memories"?
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Yea! Sweetened Through The Ages Just Like Wine!

Nay! I'd Rather Forget!

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Elvis song reference books on Amazon!

Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
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