Baby Let's Play House

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"Baby Let's Play House"
EP Baby Lets Play House single 1955.jpg
Song by Elvis Presley
A-side"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"
ReleasedApril 25, 1955
GenreRockabilly[1]
Length2:15
LabelSun 217
Songwriter(s)Arthur Gunter
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"You're a Heartbreaker"
(1954)
"Baby Let's Play House"
(1955)
"Heartbreak Hotel"
(1956)

"Baby Let's Play House" is a song written by Arthur Gunter and recorded by him in 1954 on the Excello Records label[2][3][4] and covered by Elvis Presley the following year on Sun Records.[5]

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis' version differs greatly from the original: Elvis started the song with the chorus, where Gunter began with the first verse, and he replaced Gunter's line "You may get religion" with the words "You may have a Pink Cadillac", referring to his custom-painted '55 Cadillac auto that had also been serving as the band's transportation at the time.

Baby Let's Play House was on the fourth issue of a Presley record by Sun,[6] and became the first song recorded by Elvis to appear on a national chart when it made #5 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in July 1955.[7] Elvis's version also starts out with Elvis introducing the lyric-stutter to the music pundits. These lyrics and melodies are not found in the original Arthur Gunter version.

Personnel[edit]

  • Promotional photo of Elvis Presley, 1954
    Elvis Presley - lead vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Scotty Moore - electric lead guitar
  • Bill Black - double bass

Charts[edit]

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 2008, a Spankox remix of the song made #84 in the UK.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elvis Presley Songs". How Stuff Works. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Grenfell, Joyce - Koller, Hans. MUZE. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
    Colin Larkin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues. Virgin. ISBN 978-0-7535-0226-6.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin (September 1998). The Virgin encyclopedia of fifties music. Virgin.
  4. ^ Martin Hawkins (November 2006). A shot in the dark: making records in Nashville, 1945-1955. Vanderbilt University Press & Country Music Foundation Press.
  5. ^ "Facts about Elvis - Elvis Presley's life - Elvis news: New Elvis Presley Remix "Baby Let's Play House" Available for Download on iTunes TODAY! 6/3/2008" Archived 2010-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved July 21, 2008
  6. ^ Presley releases Archived 2012-07-22 at archive.today
  7. ^ The Blue Moon Boys - The Story of Elvis Presley's Band. Ken Burke and Dan Griffin. 2006. Chicago Review Press. page 47. ISBN 1-55652-614-8
  8. ^ "Elvis Presley – Baby Let's Play House". Top Digital Download.
  9. ^ "Elvis Presley – Baby Let's Play House" Canciones Top 50.
  10. ^ "Elvis Presley – Baby Let's Play House". Singles Top 100.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Baby Let's Play House". The Official Charts Company. 4 April 2014.
  13. ^ Wenner, Jann (1972). Lennon Remembers. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin. p. 128.
  14. ^ Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-19-512941-0.

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