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I will be true


I Will Be True
I'm sorry for you my friend

recording date elvis: Wednesday 19 may ( 1971 ) ; studio
first release: on audio album elvis [1] (july 1973)
label: rca victor
catalog number: apl1 0283

originally by: Ivory Joe Hunter

recording year: 1952
originally written by: hunter
catalognumber: k 11195
label: mgm

Born: October 10, 1914
Died: November 8, 1974
Country: United States

Ivory Joe Hunter was born in Kirbyville, Texas, in October 1914. He performed in his own radio shows in Texas, but only gained major success when he moved to California in the 1940s. He ran his own record company, Ivory and Pacific, with which he had several number 1s on the R&B charts in the early 1950s. He disliked being labelled solely an R&B artist, however, and was equally at home with pop, ballads, gospel, and C&W. A smoker, Ivory Joe Hunter died of lung cancer in 1974.
Ivory Joe Hunter's original recording of the self-penned "I Will Be True" was made probably in January 1952 (exact date unknown) and was issued that same year as the B-side of "I'm Sorry For You My Friend" on MGM 11195. Strangely, the writing credits on the label mention only one name, "Kyle." Just who Kyle is, is a mystery. Jorgensen lists Hunter as the sole writer in "Elvis Presley, A Life In Music."
Elvis admired Ivory Joe Hunter and sang several of his songs throughout his career: "My Wish Came True," "I Need You So," Ain't That Loving You, Baby" and "It's Still Here," as well as "I Will Be True." Although issued as studio recordings, both "I Will Be True" and "It's Still Here" are examples of Elvis singing for himself at a studio piano, during a break in the actual recording proceedings (as, indeed, is "I Will Take You Home Again Kathleen"). An informal recording of Elvis singing "I Will Be True" was made in 1959, when he was stationed in Germany. The recording was made in the house in Goethestasse, Bad Nauheim, and was released on 1997's "Platinum: A Life In Music" as part of the so-called "Bad Nauheim Medley."

I Will Be True
performed by:
Ivory Joe Hunter

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I Will Be True
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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