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"You Don't Know Me" began with Eddie Arnold having a basic storyline idea, and presenting it to songwriter Cindy Walker. She built the song around it and Arnold was the first to record it, in 1955. Ray Charles' version in 1962, however, was the big hit, taken from his classic album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.
Elvis recorded a version of "You Don't Know Me" for the film soundtrack of Clambake in February 1967, but he must've decided it was worth another serious try, and re-recorded it seven months later (thankfully) during the "Guitar Man" sessions. Elvis treats the song with a lot more respect in this second version, and it pays off. His vocals are clear and lucid, and Floyd Cramer's piano and the Jordanaires' background vocals enhance the lonely mood of the melody. It was this later version that was released on the soundtrack album and as a single. He got it down on the first take, too!
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In 'You Don't Know Me', Presley re-recorded a song which he had already taped for the film Clambake. The fine song was a hit for Ray Charles in 1962, and the re-recording is outstanding, with superb breath control from Presley, and the Jordanaires on top form. Apart from these virtues, Floyd Cramer's fine pianism is audible.
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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
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