Elvis Presley recorded 1 of his hit songs on a motel bed

Some of Elvis Presley’s songs did not satisfy the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Despite that, he really enjoyed one of his 1960s ballads. One of the singer’s friends explained what it was like to watch him record a hit song on a motel bed.

Elvis Presley with Michele Carey | Photo Archive / Stringer

Elvis Presley’s bodyguard pitched him some songs in a motel room

Jerry Schilling was part of Elvis’ entourage. In his 2006 book Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley, Schilling said he once stayed at the Albert Pick Motel with the “Love Me Tender” singer. He said the star’s bodyguard, Red West, walked into the room and played a Christmas song, “I’ll Remember You” and “Indescriptably Blue.”

Schilling loved “Indescribably Blue”. He felt it was emotionally intense and vocally demanding. Elvis also seemed to have a strong reaction to the song.

The king of rock ‘n’ roll immediately started recording the song. “Something about ‘Indescriptably Blue’ had ignited a creative spark, and he wasn’t going to let the moment pass,” Schilling wrote. “He wanted to make music.

“Red quickly plugged in the machine’s tiny little microphone and flipped a few switches so Elvis could hear one channel while recording into the other,” Schilling continued. “Elvis fluffed up the pillows behind him on the bed, settled himself against the panel, brought the little tape recorder closer and placed the microphone in front of him.”

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Jerry Schilling said the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s rendition of the song was a big deal

Schilling discussed the performance. “I sat at the foot of the bed as Elvis went from the song’s almost whispered confessional opening to its heartbreaking crescendo, then back down to its shaky finale,” he recalled.

“Eyes closed, singing into that little plastic mic with calm and tenderness, he quietly packed everything he loved to see into the two and a half minutes of ‘Indescribably Blue,'” Schilling added. Schilling felt that Elvis was so much happier recording “Indescriptably Blue” in a motel room than when he sang some of his recent songs in the studio.

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How Elvis Presley’s ‘Indescribably Blue’ Topped the Charts in the US

The final version of “Indescriptably Blue” featured backup from The Jordanaires, Elvis’ regular backing vocals. It became a modest success. The track peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remained on the chart for eight weeks.

“Indescriptably Blue” appeared on the compilation album Elvis Gold Records Volume 4. The compilation reached #33 on the Billboard 200. It lasted a total of 22 weeks on the chart.

“Indescriptably Blue” remains a classic ballad, no matter where the king of rock ‘n’ roll recorded it.

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