Forgotten Elvis record set for release

Friday, August 22, 2003

— Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death -- a never-heard-before Elvis song.

"I'm A Roustabout," which Presley recorded for the 1964 movie "Roustabout," is being released for the first time on a CD called "Elvis 2nd To None."

The song didn't make it into the movie, and the only known recording was forgotten for years among boxes of records and tapes belonging to co-author Winfield Scott.

Scott, who wrote the song with partner Otis Blackwell, remembered he had an acetate of "I'm A Roustabout" last year during a newspaper interview about his career.

Scott said he didn't think much about the recording at the time, but it wasn't long before RCA heard about it and came calling. The record company put the song on the album "Elvis 2nd To None," which is scheduled for release on Oct. 7. The song was debuted Aug. 15 at Graceland, Presley's Memphis residence.

Scott described the song as a rocker that tells the story of a carnival worker whose boss is constantly pressing him to work harder.