Nashville Man Claims to Have Unearthed Private Elvis Recordings
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:48:15
A Nashville man has discovered a recording that he believes contains more than 30 minutes with Elvis at a private session recorded at what appears to be the home of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1960. The recording lay over a decade in a box of tapes that the man, named Rod Lambert, picked up at a yard sale.
"I had no idea what was on the tape until January 2009. I knew it said Jerry Lee, Elvis and Mack Vickery on the tape but just thought it was some standard songs by these artists. I would buy tapes to record over but when I saw Elvis on it I couldn't bring myself to use it and threw it back in the box," said Lambert in a press release.
Around 12 years later, he found out its content. There's a little talking and a lot of singing. The highlight of the tape could be the only duet existing between Elvis and Jerry Lee. It's been said Elvis would sneak away from Graceland at times and this time, Lambert believes it was to visit Jerry. Lambert says the tape contains Lewis pulling a Network performance and blaming Dick Clark, a Sam and Judd Phillips situation, and some darker topics as well.
Elvis would have been fresh out of the military when this impromptu jam session took place. Mutual friend Mack Vickery was also there. Vickery was an artist who, like Elvis and Jerry Lee, signed a deal with Sun Records, though it was short-lived. Around this time, Vickery was photographed playing football with Elvis in the yard. Vickery later went on to become a well-established and successful songwriter in Nashville.
On his find, Lambert commented, "Amazing is an understatement. This is a piece of rock-n-roll history and should be in a museum." Lambert had the tape authenticated and a voice ID performed by one of the foremost experts in the field of audio forensics, the results came back positive for both Elvis and Lewis. The recording was taken to the company in charge of Elvis' catalog. The company's opinion was that the voice on the tape was not Elvis' but agreed on Jerry Lee Lewis. Hmmmm. That's interesting, for sure.
"I didn't understand their decision so I'm asking Elvis fans everywhere to come together and vote on this rare piece of music history," said Lambert.
What is your take on these possible Elvis Presley tapes?
—Frank TJ Mackey