When the TV and movie offers began to pour in, it was incredibly difficult for Elvis and the band to come back every Saturday to Shreveport. Colonel Tom Parker, by now in complete control of Elvis career, tried everything in his power to relieve Elvis of his Hayride obligations At one point, Parker offered to buy into the show, but he let the thought go, because the Hayride management did not come down with his demand of the final say in the decision making process. The management of the Hayride would not, could not, afford to surrender control of the program at any price. Frank Page: “Ultimately, we knew we could hold this rising star no longer, so in early April of 1956 Elvis was allowed to buy out the remaining six months of his contract for the sum of 10,000$''.
"Corrine, Corrina" (sometimes "Corrina, Corrina") is a 12-bar country blues song in the AAB form. "Corrine, Corrina" was first recorded by Bo Carter (Brunswick 7080, December 1928). However, it was not copyrighted until 1932 by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon and his publishers, Mitchell Parish and J. Mayo Williams.
The Mississippi Sheiks, as the Jackson Blue Boys with Papa Charlie McCoy on vocals, recorded the same song in 1930; this time as "Sweet Alberta" (Columbia 14397-D), substituting the words Sweet Alberta for Corrine, Corrina. "Corrine, Corrina" has become a standard in a number of musical styles, including blues, jazz, rock and roll, cajun, and western swing. The title of the song varies from recording to recording; chiefly with the variant "Corrina, Corrina''.
"Corrine, Corrina" may have traditional roots, however, earlier songs are different musically and lyrically. One of the earliest is the commercial sheet music song "Has Anybody Seen My Corrine?" published by Roger Graham in 1918. Vernon Dalhart (Edison 6166) recorded a vocal version in 1918, and Wilbur Sweatman's Original Jazz Band (Columbia A-2663), an instrumental version the same year. Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded a version of "C.C. Rider" in April 1926 entitled "Corrina Blues" which contains a verse in a similar vein. The Mississippi Sheiks also recorded "Sweet Maggie" in the 1930.
Notable early singers to record the song included Blind Lemon Jefferson (1926), Bo Carter (1928), Charlie McCoy (1928), Tampa Red (1929, 1930), Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon (1929), Walter Davis (1939), Johnny Temple (1940 ), Big Joe Turner (1941). Postwar-blues artists recording the song included Taj Mahal and Snooky Pryor. Veteran blues artists recorded for the Blues revival market include Mississippi John Hurt (1966) and Mance Lipscomb (1968).
Among the musicians to record the song were Wilbur Sweatman, Red Nichols (1930). Cab Calloway (1931), Art Tatum (1941) and Natalie Cole.
Several recordings were made for the Country market by artists including Clayton McMichen (1929) and the Cajun musician Leo Soileau (1935). In 1934, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies recorded the song under the title "Where Have You Been So Long, Corrinne," as a western swing dance song. Shortly thereafter, Bob Wills adapted it again as "Corrine, Corrina," also in the western swing style. Following his recording with The Texas Playboys (OKeh 06530) on April 15, 1940, the song entered the standard repertoire of all western swing bands, influencing the adoption of "Corrine, Corrina" by cajun bands and later by individual country artists.
Although the Playboys' rendition set the standard, early Western swing groups had already recorded "Corrine, Corrina". Western swing bandleaders easily adapted almost any style of music into their dance numbers, but the Mississippi Sheiks' string band country blues style came easier than some. Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies recorded the song during a session on August 8, 1934, after meeting the Sheiks at a similar recording session earlier that year. Their version was titled "Where You Been So Long, Corrine?" (Bluebird B-5808).
"Corrine, Corrina" is also an important song related to western swing's pioneering use of electrically amplified stringed instruments. It was one of the songs recorded during a session in Dallas on September 28, 1935 by Roy Newman and His Boys (OKeh 03117). Their guitarist, Jim Boyd, played what is the first use of an electrically amplified guitar found on a recording. Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers also recorded an early version of Chatmon's song on February 5, 1937 (Decca 5350).
"Corrine, Corrina" entered the folk-like acoustical tradition during the American folk music revival of the 1960s when Bob Dylan began playing a version he titled "Corrina, Corrina". Although his blues based version contains lyrics and song structure from ''Corrine, Corrina'', his melody is lifted from "Stones in My Passway" (Vocalion 3723) recorded by Robert Johnson in 1937. Dylan's version, found on his second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," also borrows lyrics taken from Johnson's song.
The Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder recorded the song as ''Corinna, Corinna'' before breaking up in 1966. Taj Mahal then recorded another version in 1968 titled ''Corinna''. Joni Mitchell covered the song in 1988 on her album ''Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm''; titling it "A Bird That Whistles (Corrina Corrina)", and adding a flight-evoking Wayne Shorter sax solo. Many other different artists have covered this folk and blues classic over the years, including Eric Clapton, who sings it as "Alberta, Alberta", Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette and Leo Kottke, both of whom showcase their guitar virtuosity in their performances, and Conor Oberst. They generally sing a Bob Dylan style of it, with similar lyrics, although Oberst includes in the first verse: "I've been worried about you Coquito (a sweet coconut beverage), ever since you've been gone". Also regularly sung by Declan Sinnott (freeman of Wexford in Ireland/ producer of 4 albums for Mary Black) when he plays with Christy Moore - and as 7th track on his first album "I Love The Noise It Makes" (2012).
Big Joe Turner released a version of this song on Atlantic Records in 1956. Ray Peterson had a number 9 in 1960 with his version of the song, produced by Phil Spector. Jerry Lee Lewis released a version of the song on his 1965 album, ''The Return Of Rock''. Bill Haley and His Comets released a rock and roll version as a Decca Records single in 1958. Charlie Feathers recorded ''Corrine, Corrina'' for Sun on January 31, 1956 and later issued on the Zu-Zazz CD ''The Definitive Collection of Rare and Unissued Recordings 19541973''; Steppenwolf offers their version of "Corina, Corina" on the LP entitled ''Steppenwolf Live", released in April 1970. Rod Stewart recorded his own version sometime between 2011 and 2013, and it is featured as a bonus track on his CD "Time". Boz Scaggs released a version of the song on his 2013 album Memphis.
Asleep At The Wheel covered the song on their 1993 album ''A Tribute To The Music of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys'' with Brooks and Dunn. Their version peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart in 1994.
Note: According to Colin Escott, the drummer was probably not Jimmy Sword, but Johnny Bernero, who worked across the street from the Sun studio at the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Company and left his drums permanently set up in the studio. His firm but unobtrusive drumming can be heard on early cuts by Elvis Presley, Warren Smith and others.
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FEBRUARY 6, 1956 MONDAY
George Jones joins The Louisiana Hayride.
Columbia released ''Keep A Lovin' Me'', The Everly Brothers first single.
Capitol released Tennessee Ernie Ford's ''That's All'', and the double-sided Hank Thompson' hit, ''The Blackboard Of My Heart'' backed with ''I'm Not Mad, Just Hurt''.
Decca released Red Sovine's ''If Jesus Came To Your House''.
FEBRUARY 8 1956 WEDNESDAY
Buddy Holley sings a recording contract with Decca Records, ignoring the misspelling of his last name, ''Holly''. He mentors Waylon Jennings, and one of his songs, ''True Love Ways'', becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley.
Wynn Stewart recorded his first hit, ''The Waltz Of The Angels''.
FEBRUARY 10, 1956 FRIDAY
The movie ''Hidden Guns'' makes its worlds premiere at Indianapolis Lyric Theatre. It marks Faron Young's first on-screen appearance, giving him his nickname, ''The Young Sheriff''. Also making a cameo role, fiddler Gordon Terry.
Little Richard recorded ''Slippin' And Slidin'''at J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. The song becomes a rock and roll standard, and earns a new country treatment in 1963 from Billy ''Crash'' Craddock.
FEBRUARY 11, 1956 SATURDAY
Elvis Presley sings ''Blue Suede Shoes'' and ''Heartbreak Hotel'' in his third appearance on The Dorsey Brothers' ''Stage Show''. Ella Fitzgerald is guest host.
Houston-based music publisher Curt Peeples sends a letter to Sun Records' Sam Phillips claiming he owns the copyright to ''Blue Suede Shoes''. Phillips sends back a letter stating that Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash co-wrote it. Peeples never responds.
Gene Vincent marries 15-year-old Ruth Ann Hand. They stay together two years.
George Jones reaches number 1 on the Billboard country chart for the first time as the writer of Red Sovine' and Webb Pierce's ''Why Baby Why''.
At Johnny Cash's suggestion, Roy Orbison had already approached Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but Phillips had rebuffed him, declaring, "Johnny Cash doesn't run my record company". But Orbison had stronger ally in Cecil "Pop" Holifield, who operated the Record Shop in Midland and Odessa and had booked Elvis Presley into the area. Holifield played a copy of the Je-Well Record of "Ooby Dooby" over the phone to Phillips, who heard something unique in the strangely fragile voice, and asked him to send along a copy. "My first reaction", recalled Sam Phillips many years later, "was that "Ooby Dooby" was a novelty-type thing that resembled some of the novelty hits from the 1930s and 1940s. I thought if we got a good cut on it we could get some attention. Even more, I was very impressed with the inflection Roy brought to it. In fact, I think I was more impressed than Roy".