About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the world of the King and one of his catchy hits, “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame.” Released in 1961, this track exemplifies the era’s vibrant rock and roll scene, while also showcasing Elvis Presley’s undeniable charisma and smooth vocals.

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Prior to Presley’s rendition, the song had a brief life under a different title. Songwriter Doc Pomus and songwriter Mort Shuman, a well-respected duo behind numerous rock and roll classics, originally penned it as “Tell Me How You Feel.” However, the burgeoning career of another rising star, Del Shannon, would play a pivotal role in shaping “(Marie’s the Name).”

Shannon, known for his electrifying guitar work and powerful vocals, recorded “Tell Me How You Feel” in June of 1961. While the song itself didn’t achieve widespread success, it did capture the attention of a young Elvis Presley. Recognizing the song’s potential, Presley, along with his long-time collaborators, reworked the melody and revamped the lyrics. The most significant change, of course, was the title. The catchy and name-centric “(Marie’s the Name)” instantly became the song’s defining feature.

Elvis’ version, released in August 1961, boasted a driving rhythm section heavily influenced by the “Bo Diddley beat,” a signature rhythmic style popularized by the pioneering rock and roll artist Bo Diddley. This infectious beat, coupled with Presley’s signature swagger and powerful vocals, propelled the song to new heights. It became a chart-topping success, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and staying on the charts for an impressive 15 weeks.

“(Marie’s the Name)” isn’t just a catchy tune, though. It’s a snapshot of a bygone era, capturing the youthful excitement and romantic intrigue associated with rock and roll’s early days. The lyrics, delivered with Presley’s characteristic charm, tell the story of a man bragging about his new love interest, Marie. The song’s simplicity and focus on a relatable theme resonated with audiences, solidifying its place as a rock and roll classic.

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The song’s legacy extends beyond its commercial success. It showcases Presley’s remarkable ability to adapt and elevate existing material. While Del Shannon’s version laid the groundwork, it was Presley’s interpretation, with its infectious energy and undeniable charisma, that truly captured the hearts of millions. “(Marie’s the Name)” remains a testament to the King’s star power and his enduring influence on the ever-evolving world of rock and roll.

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Lyrics

“(Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame”

A very old friend came by today
‘Cause he was telling everyone in town
Of the love that he’d just found
And Marie’s the name of his latest flame

He talked and talked and I heard him say
That she had the longest blackest hair
The prettiest green eyes anywhere
And Marie’s the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She’d be mine eternally
And Marie’s the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She’d be mine eternally
And Marie’s the name of his latest flame
Yeah Marie’s the name of his latest flame
Oh Marie’s the name of his latest flame

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