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The titles will tell

COVERED BY ELVIS

The Titles Will Tell


recording date elvis: November (?) 1959; Informal
first release:


originally by: Barbara Pittman

recording year: 1957
originally written by: Charles Underwood
catalognumber: upc: 4000127166098
label: bear family ( cd's )
year: 2002



This track is incorrectly listed on Elvis releases as "Number Eight" or "Number 8 On The Jukebox" (presumably because part of the text sounds like "number eight," though it is actually "number A-17"). The correct title is "The Titles Will Tell" and the song was written by Charles Underwood, a Memphian who also wrote "Ubangi Stomp." Barbara Pittman, one of the few women to sing for the Sun label, recorded a version of "The Titles Will Tell" in 1957 or 1958, but the recording was not released until the 2002, when it formed part of a Bear Family compilation. Barbara Pittman deserved more attention and recording success than she received, so I am including her recording here, even though it is reported to have been "just" a demo: it sounds much too good to be a demo. Barbara Pittman died in October 2005.
B.J. Thomas recorded his own version of the number for his 1966 album "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/Tomorrow Never Comes," using the title "The Titles Tell."


The Titles Will Tell
performed by:
Barbara Pittman

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The Titles Will Tell
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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