Elvis Presley recorded “Little Sister” June 25 & 26, 1961

elvis presley little sister

Great song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, recorded by Elvis Presley June 25 & 26, 1961.

Here are some great videos of Elvis and others; Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam & Ry Cooder.


Released August 8, 1961
Recorded June 25 & 26, 1961
Genre Rock, Blues
Length 3:00
Label RCA
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Producer(s) Steve Sholes


Little Sister” is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who turned it into a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame”) reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. An answer song with the same melody, but different lyrics was recorded and released under the title “Hey, Memphis” by Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961. In 1970 Elvis Presley performs this song as part of a medley with “Get Back” in the rockumentary film, That’s the Way It Is.

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June 26: The Band Rockpalast Loreley 1996 (video)

The Band 06/23/96
Rockpalast Festival,
Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany

This is from the tour in support of their album, High on the hog. It is one of the last concerts by The Band, they ended the tour in august 1996, and they played a few stand-alone gigs after that. I think this is the last filmed concert by The Band (correct me in the comments if I’m wrong).

Interesting show, good picture and sound, enjoy!


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Van Morrison – Setlists, Photos & Videos from Summer 2016

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Van Morrison is playing Bergen, Norway in July this year.

In order to feel well prepared for that concert I need to map out his performances from “Europe Summer Tour 2016”. This post will be regularly updated.

Van Morrison – Europe Summer Tour 2016

  • 29-May-2016 – Town Hall (Early Show), Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 29-May-2016 – Town Hall (Late Show), Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 07-June-2016 – Donald Gordon Theatre, Cardiff, Wales
  • 09-June-2016 – Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, England
  • 14-June-2016 – Hampton Court, East Molesey, England
  • 15-June-2016- Nells Jazz And Blues, London, England (Early Show)
  • 15-June-2016 – Nells Jazz And Blues, London, England (Late Show)
  • 03-July-2016 – Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Hotel
  • 04-July-2016 – Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Hotel
  • 09-July-2016 – Lucca, Italy, Lucca Summer Festival
  • 13-July-2016 – Stuttgart, Germany, Jazz Open
  • 29-July-2016 – Ostersund, Sweden, Storsjöyran
  • 30-July-2016 – Bergen, Norway, Plenen Ampitheatre

 Songs played the most in 2016:

updated June 24, 2016

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Van Morrison´s Most Underrated Album: Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)


Almost a forgotten album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart takes listeners to the deepest, most inward areas of Van Morrison‘s renegade Irish soul, the culmination of his spiritual jazz period and also — perhaps not coincidentally — the last record he made for Warner Bros. Four of the 11 tracks are moody instrumentals, which might partly explain the indifference of many rock critics toward the album, although the album’s very title gives a clue to their presence.
-Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)

Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is a highly underrated piece of art.

I decide to check out what the Van Morrison “experts” had written about it (books, websites, magazines, etc..), and express my own opinion as well.


  1. Facts
    1. Recording sessions
    2. Track listing
    3. Personnel
  2. The best songs
  3. Audio/video
  4. Opinions
  5. Lists
  6. Sources

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Legendary bootleg: Van Morrison – Pagan Streams

van morrison - Pagan Streams

From my perspective, there are better sound-quality boots out there (Live In Montreux, for example), but no Van boot I have — and I have more than a few — so integrates solid sound with a stunning performance: Live In Montreux comes close, but at 150+ minutes, Pagan is the winer. This boot is so good, so valued, that much like the ancestral heir loom one only wears on special occasions, I listen to Pagan Streams infrequently. If I listened to it too often, I would quit my job, leave my wife and dog, and sell my soul to attend every one of the Man’s concerts. I know it took me a while to track this boot down, and all I can say is: if you can find it, buy it.
Niall Connors (oocities.org)

The sound quality of this double CD is a very good audience recording. In fact it sounds a lot like a soundboard recording. There is some distortion in a few tracks but it isn’t a huge problem and is very listenable. Van actually “booted” some tracks from this boot for his Gloria CD single.
-Russell Parkinson  (oocities.org)

Utrecht, Holland – April 1, 1991

  • Van Morrison – vocal
  • Hajih Ahkba – flugelhorn & trumpet
  • Dave Early – drums
  • Georgie Fame – keyboards
  • Howard Francis – keyboards
  • Steve Gregory – saxophone
  • Ronnie Johnson – guitar
  • Nicky Scott – base
  • Candy Dulfer – alto saxophone

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June 18: The Late great Jackie Leven would have been 66 today

Jackie Leven, 2005, photo: Gareth Owen
Jackie Leven, 2005, photo: Gareth Owen

June 18: The Late great Jackie Leven would have been 66

Jackie Leven was brilliant and truly under-appreciated. I never tire of his music.His lyrics stand as poetry of the highest order.His life ended much too soon. I was lucky to see him in concert just a year before he died. He was a master story-teller both in his songs and between his songs.

After the show he asked me what my name was, I told him that it was Hallgeir. He said: “What?” and then tried to say it and laughed. “What does it mean?”  I said that it is an old viking name that it literally means stone spear. He signed his cd for me with the words: “To my big viking friend, Hallgeir!”  He was a sweet, funny and very talented man.

I found some fine moments on YouTube to celebrate a fine songwriter.

Jackie Leven – Empty in Soho Square and a fine interview (2004):

Jackie Leven – Ancient Misty Morning medley – Tramway Glasgow 1995:

Jackie Leven (18 June 1950 – 14 November 2011) was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician. After starting his career as a folk musician in the late 1960s, he first found success with new wave band Doll by Doll. He later recorded as a solo artist, releasing more than twenty albums under his own name or under the pseudonym Sir Vincent Lone. He sometimes complained that his record company wouldn’t let him release as many albums as he wanted. And he wanted to release a lot!

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