Music To Make You Jump Off A Cliff

:: Little Rosa ::

:: The Day the Town Cried ::

Cliff Gleaves was a Tennessee DJ with a rockabilly single (“Love is My Business”) under his belt when he met Elvis back in 1957. The two became instant buddies and Cliff was immediately hired on as a full-time friend and Memphis Mafia member. When Elvis was drafted and stationed in Germany, Cliff moved to Germany to be with him. And when Elvis came back to Graceland, Cliff came back and moved in to the estate.

I’ve read a few accounts saying that Cliff was always cracking Elvis up, and that the “Big E” kept him around for his own personal comic relief. So it’s sort of weird that Gleaves, Sage of Comedy, recorded this tear-drenched, sappy single at some point. One side contains his take on Red Sovine and Webb Pierce’s depressing downer “Little Rosa,” concerning a distraught father and his dead little daughter. Flip it over and you get the overly modulated, Gleaves-penned “The Day the Town Cried,” a tragic tale of a heartbroken young man who throws himself into a river and drowns after learning of his lover’s sinful ways. Why, from the sound of things, with this El Hombre of Ha-Ha always around, it’s no wonder Presley was pouring pills down his gullet.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:28:00 AM

Great stuff, Phil, and scary to think Elvis had to contend with this crony on top the colonel too.

Kind of seves to remind you that Porter Wagoner's "Rubber Room" was not too far around the corner. "El Hombre of Ha-Ha" just about sums it up, indeed.    

Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:40:00 AM

PS. Any idea when this came out exactly ? Had a look on the RCS website, and while Cliff Gleaves is cited there, this single isn't covered. My guess would be somewhere around the 1960 mark, but i'm shooting in the dark.    

Saturday, March 17, 2007 7:47:00 PM

A little deeper searching and I came up with a '62 dating.

..... bbb    

Sunday, March 18, 2007 4:07:00 AM

I couldn't come up with anything, but that sounds about right.    

Monday, March 19, 2007 1:53:00 AM

Fantastic Stuff (as usual!) But will you ever post the rest of the Bonnie Koloc album? Please?????


Wednesday, March 21, 2007 10:44:00 AM

Yo, Ronnie - send me an email and maybe I can help you out with your Bonnie problem.


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