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BMG Press Release - "I'm A Roustabout"

By: Elvis Australia
Source: BMG / EPE
August 16, 2003
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As part of Elvis Week 2003, BMG officials formally announced the release of "I'm A Roustabout" as the recently discovered 'historic' recording.  It will be released on the Elvis 2nd To None album in October.

Found Track, "I'm A Roustabout," To Be Added To BMG Release ELVIS 2ND TO NONE Due Out On October 6th

Listen to part of the track Click Here from Dutch Television RTL News.

Exactly 26 years after the death of Elvis Presley, his longtime musical home, BMG/RCA, has unearthed a never-before-heard, entirely new song - "I'm A Roustabout." This unprecedented discovery will be added to BMG/RCA's upcoming release ELVIS 2ND TO NONE  due out on October 6th.

"I'm A Roustabout" was originally commissioned and written for the film "Roustabout" (1964) by longtime Presley collaborators Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell, but was never used.  Rather, a completely different song written by the team Giant/Baum/Kaye was recorded for the film and eventually became the title song for both the movie and the # 1 album.  An off hand remark from songwriter Winfield Scott to a journalist in New Jersey in 2003, started the ball rolling on discovering this lost track. When the same journalist interviewed BMG/RCA's producer/researcher Ernst Mikael Jrgensen he mentioned that he'd talked to a songwriter who had an unreleased Elvis song.  As soon as the journalist mentioned Winfield's name, Jrgensen instantly recognized he was referring to the long lost "Roustabout," originally rejected by movie producer Hal Wallis. Winfield Scott had found the original acetate in the basement of his New Jersey home, and was quite happy to play it over the phone to Jrgensen and subsequently grant BMG/RCA access to the recording.

Now, BMG/RCA will add "I'm A Roustabout" to ELVIS 2ND TO NONE, the highly anticipated new Presley release.  ELVIS 2ND TO NONE is a compilation of #1 singles, fan favourites and career milestones representing a broader range of Elvis' talents and featuring multiple musical genres including R & B, rock 'n roll, pop, country, dance and rockabilly.  The album features a remix of "Rubberneckin'" produced by DJ Paul Oakenfold - one of the most acclaimed remixers in music history, and has been mixed and mastered from the original master tapes for optimum sound quality.

"I'm A Roustabout" is an up-tempo, tongue-in-cheek, R&B style pop song and has all the sparkle of a 1964 hit single and it remains a great track to this day.  With its inclusion on ELVIS 2ND TO NONE, "I'm A Roustabout" will finally have a chance to become the hit it could have been back in 1964.   

"'I'm A Roustabout'" is truly one of the most incredible discoveries of modern music," said Joe DiMuro, Executive Vice President, BMG Strategic Marketing Group. "Rarely do we find any unreleased material for an artist of Elvis' calibre, and to have a complete track is even more unique. We are thrilled to be able to share this gift with music lovers throughout the world through ELVIS 2ND TO NONE."

"It's very gratifying for me to finally have this song be released," said Winfield Scott. "I hope that it brings Elvis fans as much joy as it did for me and Otis when we originally wrote it. Enjoy!"

ELVIS 2ND TO NONE is the follow up to the highly successful 2002 release, ELV1S 30 #1 HITS  which reached No. 1 in 26 territories worldwide, including the U.S. where it was a chart topper for three weeks and Australia where it held the top spot for 4 weeks. Over nine million albums were sold worldwide with 3.5 million in the U.S. Among the hits was the No. 1 remix of "A Little Less Conversation" produced by DJ JXL which went to No. 1 in 26 countries including Australia. That feat pushed Elvis past the Beatles for most No. 1 hits in the UK.

'Rubberneckin' is released on RCA through BMG Australia on September 1 followed by the album release of 2ND To None on October 6, 2003.

Elvis : 2nd To None Tracklisting
Tracklisting : That's All Right, I Forgot To Remember To Forget, Blue Suede Shoes, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Love Me, Mean Woman Blues, Loving You, Treat Me Nice, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, King Creole, Trouble, I Got Stung, I Need Your Love Tonight, A Mess Of Blues, I Feel So Bad, Little Sister, Rock-a-Hula Baby, Bossa Nova Baby, Viva Las Vegas, If I Can Dream, Memories, Don't Cry Daddy, Kentucky Rain, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, An American Trilogy, Always On My Mind, Promised Land, Moody Blue Bonus Tracks: Rubberneckin' (Oakenfold Remix) I'm A Roustabout (Unreleased Song)

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