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New Elvis Cut Surfaces

"Roustabout" unreleased for forty years

August 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET

A previously unreleased track by Elvis Presley will be included on the upcoming collection Elvis 2nd to None, due October 7th. The lost cut, "I'm a Roustabout," was recorded for Presley's 1964 film Roustabout (which also starred Barbara Stanwyck), but was not used.

The song was written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell; the latter also co-wrote some of the King's classics, including "All Shook Up" and "Don't Be Cruel." After being rejected by the film's producers, the original recording of the song sat in Scott's basement in New Jersey. Presley went on to record another title cut, simply titled "Roustabout," for inclusion on the soundtrack. The single didn't chart, but the Roustabout soundtrack reached Number One on the album charts in 1964 and remained in the Top Forty for five months.

Elvis 2nd to None is the sequel to last year's 9 million-selling Elvis 30 #1 Hits, and also features a new remix of the King's "Rubberneckin'" by DJ Paul Oakenfold. The single, which follows last year's successful Junkie XL remix of "A Little Less Conversation," will be shipped to radio on August 25th and retail two weeks later.

The new collection will arrive less than two months after Elvis Week, which wrapped up over the weekend in Memphis, marking the twenty-sixth anniversary of Elvis' death (August 16th). An estimated 30,000 fans visited the city for the event, capped by a candle-light vigil on Saturday night.

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