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"Trying To Get To You" is a song performed by Elvis Presley in 1955 on his Sun recordings.

It was written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton. It was originally recorded by the rhythm and blues outfit The Eagles in 1954 and released in mid-1954 on Mercury Records 70391.[1][2][3]

Presley recorded two versions of the song. The first on March 23, 1955 and the second on July 11, 1955, with the second session being released during his lifetime. On the earlier version that appeared on the 1999 album Sunrise, Presley recorded this song while simultaneously playing the piano (and not aided by his rhythm guitar, as previously believed). Because his piano playing was not up to the expected standards, producer Sam Phillips erased the sound of the piano on the master take so, in addition to Elvis' tantalizing vocals, all one hears is the lead guitar, the bass and the drums.[4] Elvis' piano is heard on the July session version and appeared on his self-titled 1956 LP. Presley's vocal delivery appears to be influenced by that of The Eagles' lead singer,[5][6] but Scotty Moore's guitar solo on the Presley recording replaces a saxophone solo heard on the original.[5]

The track was released on Presley's March 1956 RCA debut album Elvis Presley. It also featured on the famous 1976 The Sun Sessions release and on numerous other Elvis efforts and collections as well.

"Trying To Get To You" was next recorded by Roy Orbison in April 1956 as Je-Wel JE-101 backed with "Ooby Dooby" on the B-side.[7] A version by Johnny Carroll also then ensued,[8] being made on Decca Records on May 19, 1956 (Decca 9-29940).[9][10]

Rick Nelson and Roy Orbison were the next to give their own treatments of the song.

After Eric Burdon performed it a few times on his own shows he reunited with The Animals in late 1983 and recorded the song in the studio. It appeared on their album Ark but was retitled "Trying To Get You". It was also included on their live shows before they disbanded again in early 1984.

Later it was also covered by Faith Hill, Susie Arioli, Gene Summers and many others.


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