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My Way

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Written by: Claude Francois, Gilles Thibault, Jacques Reveaux (English words: Paul Anka)

Recorded: June 10, 1971, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master take number is unknown.
First released version recorded on January 15, 1973, live at the International Convention Center Arena, Honolulu
Single version recorded on June 21, 1977, live in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Single:w/ "America The Beautiful", PB-11165, October 3, 1977
Also released as Gold standard series original w/ "Way Down", GB-11504, May 1979

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 01/13/1978)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#22 on Billboard's Hot 100
#31 on Cash Box Top 100
#6 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart
#2 on Billboard's Country Best-Seller chart

1st LP release: Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite - February 4, 1973
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My Spin

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When Elvis recorded it, "My Way" was Frank Sinatra's song, and it was more than a little ballsy for Elvis to try his hand at it. There was no hope that he would surpass Sinatra's success with it, but it was a song that spoke to Elvis, and that's all it took. Although first recorded in the studio in '71, that version wouldn't be heard until the '90s. Elvis introduced his version to the world via satellite in his "Aloha From Hawaii" special. The version shown in his final (posthumous) TV special, "Elvis In Concert", to me, beats out the other two easily, as far as Elvis' vocal performance. I can't say that I recommend watching the performance, though.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

(Aloha version) Showing his breadth of repertoire, Presley tackles the Sinatra hit of 1969 "My Way", and gives a performance certainly the equal of Sinatra's. Presley is in superb voice, and produces a thrilling top G, unforced, yet full of power right at the end. Mention must also be made of the beautiful solo violin in the second verse...
(1977 version) ..."My Way", a better performance than on the Aloha From Hawaii double-album, suffers nothing from comparison with Frank Sinatra.

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

The song that became Sinatra's trademark in 1969 was adopted by Elvis four years later. Most people around Elvis acknowledge that it was the most significant song in his repertoire during the final years of his life; that it was Elvis' way of "spilling the beans' about the glories and the pitfalls of his own life... Elvis delivered a poignant rendition of the song on his final CBS-TV special...

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"My Way" Lyrics and Downloads

And now the end is near
So I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception

I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
Oh, and more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fails, my share of losing
And now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, no not me
I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has not
To say the words he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

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