The upcoming Elvis Presley biopic Elvis is set to tell fans just how wonderful the King of Rock and Rolls career and life was. But songwriter Jerry Chestnut doesnt have fond memories of working with the iconic star.
The scribe wrote a number of songs throughout his career including Del Reeves A Dime at a Time and Jerry Lee Lewiss Grammy Awardwinning Another Place Another Time but he worked particularly closely with Elvis on the song TROUBLE. And once the star recorded it Chestnut wasnt prepared for what happened next. Elvis released the single in 1975 from his 22nd studio album Today. The song was an instant hit reaching the top 40 of the Billboard 100 while nearly topping the US Hot Country Songs chart by peaking at number 11. But Elvis success with TROUBLE sent Chestnut into disarray.
He recalled I probably shouldnt tell this but Im going to tell you the truth. I was a publisher too and I had put out all these songs. We sent them to all the little [radio] stations and the record label sent them to all the big ones. stations. v Considering how primitive the music industry was in the 1970s new records were physically mailed to smaller radio stations—there was no digital broadcast here. But because of how popular was Elvis Chestnut realized he had a lot of legwork to do. He continued Im thinking Man were going to have to ship every one of these things and I have to get them to these little stations. He noted that if the larger popular stations had the song before the smaller stations then all the DJs would be mad at him. In fact the workload got the best of him. vChestnut explained that he didnt like being involved with the logistics behind music publishing.
He confessed Im thinking about all the things I have to do as far as working on this and Im scared. He added Then all of a sudden I thought Heres a [Elvis] single. This is the best thing that could have happened and Im sitting here dreading it. The composer ended his anecdote by explaining how he was driven out of the music game. He added Its time for tElvis to release Loveless Woman with Chestnut a few years later but it was a relative flop. Hoy was one of the last albums released by Elvis.
Just the following year he released his 23rd studio album From Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis Tennessee which was also a huge success. The album reached number one on the US country charts and was certified gold status. A year later his last album was released. In July 1977 Elvis released his final album Moody Blue. The record was moderately revised and included some nowclassic hits including Little Darlin If You Love Me Let Me Know and Unchained Melody. A month later on August 16 1977 Elvis was found dead in his Graceland home. The Moody Blue album later achieved multiplatinum status.