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The Today sessions were held in RCA's Studio C, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, March 10–12, 1975, and marked the last time Elvis Presleywould record in a studio. Elvis last recorded at Studio C, Hollywood in 1972 where he recorded the gold records "Burning Love" and "Separate Ways". At this time, Elvis was 40 years old. He was accompanied by his then-current girlfriend, Sheila Ryan. In the 2005 FTD TODAY release from these sessions, Elvis asked her to "step up here Sheila, let me sing to ya baby" on Take 1 of Don McLean's "And I Love You So". He continued to make "And I Love You So" and "Fairytale" a part of his live concerts until his death. On stage, he often referred to "Fairytale" as the story of his life.

Today featured a new rock song, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", which was released as its first single and went Top 40 in the US. "Bringin' It Back" was its second single in the US. The album also features covers of songs by Perry ComoTom JonesThe Pointer SistersBilly SwanFaye AdamsThe Statler Brothers and Charlie Rich.

"Green, Green Grass of Home" was released as a single in the UK, where it went Top 30, and also received US airplay. Elvis first heard the song in 1967 while driving his bus back to Memphis after making another movie, and heard Tom Jones' new single "Green Green Grass of Home" for the first time and loved it. He had his "mafia" call the local AM station to make them replay it over and over again.[citation needed] Eight years later Elvis cut his own version.

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Track listing[edit]Edit

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E"   Jerry Chesnut 3:06
2. "And I Love You So"   Don McLean 3:41
3. "Susan When She Tried"   Don Reid 2:20
4. "Woman Without Love"   Jerry Chesnut 3:37
5. "Shake a Hand"   Joe Morris 3:52
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pieces of My Life"   Troy Seals 4:07
2. "Fairytale"   Bonnie PointerAnita Pointer 2:47
3. "I Can Help"   Billy Swan 4:08
4. "Bringin' It Back"   Greg Gordon 3:04
5. "Green, Green Grass of Home"   Curly Putman 3:39

Personnel[edit]Edit

  • Weldon Myrick - steel guitar
  • Norbert Putnam - bass
  • Mike Leech - bass
  • Mary Holladay - background vocals
  • Tony Brown - keyboards
  • Ginger Holladay - background vocals
  • Duke Bardwell - bass
  • Ronnie Tutt - drums
  • Charlie Hodge - guitar, harmony vocals
  • Glen Hardin - keyboards
  • Jimmy Gordon - keyboards
  • Lea Berinati - background vocals

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