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Controversy Rages Over New 'Elvis' Recordings

1/13/2011 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a 30-second clip from what could be a historic recording of Elvis & Jerry Lee Lewis back in 1960 -- their only duet in existence -- but there's a problem ... some people claim it ain't legit.



The clip allegedly features Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis shooting the breeze at Jerry's house -- and based on the audio, Jerry's a big fan of the King.

A guy named Rod Lambert from Nashville tells TMZ, he bought the tape over ten years ago at a yard sale ... and only recently discovered that he could have a piece of rock and roll history on his hands.

An audio forensics expert verified that the voices on the tape were indeed Elvis and Lewis ... but Lambert -- who posted more of the clip on his website -- tells us, the company in charge of Elvis' catalog denied it was really the rock legend.

Lambert claims the full 30-minute version of the tape contains some pretty explicit dialogue -- and although Elvis doesn't say much ... according to Lambert, Lewis wasn't so cautious, saying things like, “If you don’t like Jerry’s peaches, then get your f**kin’ ass away from my tree."

Check out the clip for yourselves and decide.

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anon.    

The King still rules:)

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Jacki    

Love you Elvis forever! :) Love your voice, your face and your heart.
Anyone who doubts listen to: Love Me on you tube.

Even Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin was a fan & sang it to Elvis when he met him.

Over 1 billion records sold

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mj is the sexiest man ever    

michael jackson is the king forever

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Black    

rules what?

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Jenny    

NOT TO SURE ABOUT THIS ONE, COULD BE

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Jenny    

LOL RULES WHAT, THATS FUNNY #4

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mj is the sexiest man ever    

michael jackson is the only king
elvis was fat and ugly
mike gorgeous and 100% more talented

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Chris    

Sounds like Sh*t !!!!!

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Prince Von A-Hole    

Why dont you ask Jerry Lee Lewis. Oh yeah because the story its self is TMZ creating stories where there are none.

1324 days ago
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Alpine    

Uhm, instead of going to 'forensic experts' why don't they just ask Jerry Lee if it's legit. Dude's still alive. Just ask him. Problem solved.

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Karen    

I'm with the audio forensic expert. Have you seen that guy's credits. If he says it's Elvis, then it's Elvis.

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Jacki    

Elvis was inducted into the following Halls of Fame:
Country Hall of Fame
Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Gospel Hall of Fame
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame
Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Black belt

Over 1 billion records sold (some say 1 1/2 billion) because he was selling records before they were counted properly


Has his own 24/7 Elvis Radio Station on Sirius Radio

550 million US Postal Stamps sold with his image

At least 200,000 Elvis Tribute Artists around the globe

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Katy Lang, Garth Brooks, Michael Buble, etc.,etc. were all fans

John Lennon once stated "If there had not been Elvis, there would not have been The Beatles" and "Before Elvis, there was nothing"

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Kitten    

Jerry's peaches.... lol

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cgasucks    

Just ask Jerry to see if he ever sang with the King....then its case closed...

1324 days ago
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Jacki    

"...Elvis Presley has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary
compass, and a very wide range of vocal color have something to do with this divergence of
opinion. The voice covers two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B,
with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. Presley's best octave is in the middle, D-
flat to D-flat. Call him a high baritone. In "It's'now or never", (1960............), he ends it in a full voice
cadence (A, G, F), that has nothing to do with the vocal devices of Rhythm and Blues and
Country. That A-note is hit right on the nose, and it is rendered less astonishing only by the
number of tracks where he lands easy and accurate B-flats. Moreover, he has not been confined
to one type of vocal production. In ballads and country songs he belts out full-voiced high G's
and A's that an opera baritone might envy. He is a naturally assimilative stylist with a multiplicity
of voices - in fact, Elvis' voice is an extraordinary voice, or many voices.-". - Henry Pleasants, in
his book "The Great American Popular Singers".

"...I suppose you'd had to call him a lyric baritone, although with exceptional high notes and
unexpectedly rich low ones. But what is more important about Elvis Presley is not his vocal
range, nor how high, or low it extends, but where its center of gravity is. By that measure, Elvis
was all at once a tenor, a baritone and a bass, the most unusual voice I've ever heard".- Gregory
Sandows, Music Professor at Columbia University, published in "The Village Voice".

"...he rarely over-sang when recording, delivering a vocal to suit the song. So, he can loudly
accuse in '"Hound Dog"' (1956), rasp and rage for '"Jailhouse Rock"' (1957), bare his soul and
beg on "Any Day Now" (1969) and sound quietly, sadly, worldly-wise on "Funny How Time Slips
Away". (1970). This gift may explain why his music endures so powerfully and why his
performances remain so easy to hear".- Paul Simpson, in "The rough guide to Elvis".

" ...(in his voice), Elvis Presley possessed the most beautiful musical instrument, and the genius
to play that instrument perfectly. (He) could jump from octave to countless other octaves with
such agility without voice crack, simultaneously sing a duet with his own overtones, rein in an
always-lurking atomic explosion to so effortlessly fondle, and release, the most delicate chimes of
pathos. Yet, those who haven't been open to explore some of Presley's most brilliant work - the
almost esoteric ballads and semi-classical recordings -, have cheated themselves out of one of
the most beautiful gifts to fall out of the sky in a lifetime".- Mike Handley, narrator and TV/radio
spokesman.

"...Elvis was a (Gospel) singer par excellence. On "Milky White Way", (1960............), he' got the strength
of a bassman and the sweetness of a tenor. The heritage we have in Elvis' gospel music is a gift
to the world".- Paul Poulton, in "Cross Rhythms Magazine"

"...I am reminded of a comment made shortly after the death of Elvis Presley by a musician he had
worked with. He pointed out that despite an impressive vocal range of two and a half octaves -
something approaching perfect pitch-, Elvis was willing to sing off-key when he thought the song
required it. Those off-key notes were art".- Patrick H. Adkins, "The Dream vaults of Opar"

"...had Presley never sung a note he might have still caused a stir, but sing he did. Watershed hits
such as "All Shook Up" (1957) or, for instance, '"Are You Lonesome Tonight", (1960............), were
eminately Presley's from the moment he put his stamp on them. His jagged, bubbly highs, and
Southern baritone jump from those recordings like spirits from a cauldren. Elvis crooned
romantically, then screeched relentlessly, always pouring his heart into the lyric and melody.
After Elvis, the male vocalist could no longer just sing a song, especially in the new world of rock-
n-roll. The "feel" of a performance far out-weighed the perfection of the take".- James Campion,
"The 25 Most Influential Americans of the 20th Century", published in 1996.

"...Elvis' initial hopes for a music career involved singing in a gospel male quartet. His favourite
part was bass baritone, and he himself had an almost 3-octave vocal range... Yet to posterity's
surprise, such a superlative and magnetic natural talent always remained humble --perhaps too
humble to keep performing forever". IMDb's review of his appearance in Frank Sinatra's 1960............'s
"Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley" TV special.-

" ...Elvis' ¨Love me tender¨ (1956), is a timeless classic that his fans return to, time and again,
when choosing their favourite love song, but why is this early recording such a favourite? It
could be the simplicity of the lyric, that wonderful vocal which quivers with an understated power
and beauty, or the honest, pure sentiment of a song that has touched millions. Two minutes and
40 seconds have never been used more beautifully.’’.- An RCA/BMG spokesman commenting on
the song being voted Presley's favourite song, by a poll of more than 5,000 of fans

"...but it was on the gospel numbers, such as the stunning "How great thou art", (1977) that
Presley showed the awesome power of his voice. The fact that he has one of the greatest voices
in popular music has been obscured by the mystique that has surrounded him...".- Steve
Millburgh, writing for the "Omaha World Herald", on one of Presley`s last concerts, on 19 June
1977.

"...with the way he was marketed, he didn't even need to be able to sing the way he could. But
Elvis had talent, plain and simple. The guy had a variety in his vocal styles and approach, he
could make more vocal tones, with just his voice, than a guitar player with 50 pedals and gadgets.
If you never even saw the guy, you could plain feel, not just hear, the emotion and passion in his
voice, and you are immediately taken in, one hundred percent. On the merit of vocals alone, he
had more talent in the barbecue stuck in his teeth than the singers who sell millions of records do
today".- Country singer Roger Wallace, in "Soapbox".-

"...during his rendition of "Hurt", (1976), he was in even better voice, singing in a register that
gave more impact to his phrasing, and even hitting notes that could cause a mild hernia. And,
after they drew a good crowd reaction, he offered them in a reprise that was tantamount to
masochism..".- Mike Kalina, reviewing Elvis' 1976 New Year's concert for the "Pittsburgh Post
Gazette", January 1, 1977.

"...we can even hazard a little analysis as to what made his voice so appealing. “That curious
baritone,” one critic called it. Actually, that is inexact. The voice had mixed propensities, hovering
between tenor and bass and everything in between. Even a convincing falsetto lay within his
range. One thing he was not, ever, was "Steve-’n-Edie", the polished, professionally
accomplished Vegas artistes who once pronounced on an afternoon interview show (Mr.
Lawrence enunciating the sentiment for himself and his partner/wife, Ms. Gorme), “We don’t really
think of Elvis as a singer. But he was a star.” It is only when, years later, one gets past the
indignation of hearing such apparent ignorance, that the sense of the observation becomes clear.
A singer is someone like Steve Lawrence rolling effortlessly (and meaninglessly) through a
shlock-standard like “What Now, My Love?”. More or less like doing the scales. A star is the
persona in whom one invests one’s vicarious longings, a being who is constantly hazarding —
and intermittently succeeding at — the impossible stretches that every soul wishes to attempt but
lacks the means or the will to. It’s not a matter of virtuosity".- Jackson Baker, in "Memphis
Magazine", July 2002 issue.

"...listening to these songs today, their most remarkable feature is Presley's voice itself. He takes
the Platters' Tony Williams's techniques, and any other predecessor's, to new, uncharted
pinnacles. For a singer who was only just encountering widespread popularity, his singing
resonates with amazing fortitude and confidence, especially on "Heartbreak Hotel," where
Presley alternately shouts words with full lungs, then gulps the following back, as if under water
but without missing a beat. In "Loving you", Presley's baritone on this, the ultimate slow dance
number, is almost too powerful, virtually rumbling the floor..." David N. Townsend, in his essay
"Changing the World: Rock 'n' Roll's Culture and Ideology".

http://www.ultimate-elvis.net/ElvisVoice.html

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