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Is It Still Elvis Presley? Cast Your Vote

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Elvis Presley Last Monday I did another radio interview for Elvis Express Radio. Joe from the network called me about 10 am EST and asked how I knew this song had Elvis Presley singing. I explained to him that I did forensic voice identification and compared the vocal to similar types of Elvis songs from around the same time. ‘What Now My Love’ was one of the songs I used as an exemplar, which is the second step when I conduct voice identification. In this case an exact exemplar could not be created for obvious reasons so we went with songs that were recorded around the same time and had similar vocal innovation.

We would like to know what you think about the new song.  Do you believe its Elvis Presley?

Joe from Elvis Express radio told me during my interview that he had been an Elvis fan for 40 years and he believed that “Living to Love You” was not sung by Elvis Presley.  I told him that I respected his opinion and we concluded the interview.

I did not think much of it because I have been an audio engineer working with world renowned and local musicians and artists as well as a forensic expert for 27+ years.  Of course I could be wrong; there is always a margin of error in any voice identification.

Today I received an email from the lawyer handling the sale of the song.  Her update is very interesting.  She hired author Tom Grace who is an Elvis expert to listen to the song and review the documents.

Tom has positive feedback regarding my forensic analysis.  After he listened to the tape he confirmed that it had to be Elvis for a different reason than my forensic voice analysis determined.

“No one would try to make a tape to sound like Elvis with such a poor arrangement” was his first comment.  The instruments were all out of balance including the piano. Tom said he could hear the piano and he believes he knows who the piano player was and who was playing the guitar and base.

He has researched the date and time that everyone was together and came up with February 24, 1965 in Nashville when they were recording the soundtrack for the Elvis movie “Harum Scarum.” There are three recordings documented from 11:00 p.m. to Feb 25 at 1:00 a.m.

He does not know what was recorded other than they worked on one record which was for “Harum Scarum.”  The recording was not put on a reel and must have been direct to acetate because there is a popping sound in it.  It was not copy written until 1976; a letter to Albert Lee states copy writing does not normally occur until the song is published.

Speculation is that Jimmie Crain heard that Elvis wasn’t doing well in 1976, so he checked and found the song had not been previously copy written by RCA . He apparently decided to copy write it before something happened to Elvis.

Tom Grace will be publishing his findings and the lawyer representing the sale of the song, Violet Hinton, has contacted WWMT TV 3 to interview Tom Grace in a follow up story.

If you believe this song is Elvis Presley, hit the like button on the article link on Audio Forensic Expert’s Facebook page. You can also email us at Primeau@PrimeauProductions.com.

For more on Voice Identification, check out Ed Primeau’s latest book, “That’s Not My Voice!” available on Amazon.

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New Elvis Song Discovered

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Elvis PresleyNearly thirty four years after The King’s death, a new song has been discovered and confirmed forensically to be the king himself, Elvis Presley. Ed Primeau was contacted by Mike Chesney of WWMT TV 3 the CBS affiliate in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Michigan to use his voice identification expertise to confirm the song is genuine.

Ed Primeau is president of Primeau Productions, Inc. based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan, as well as a well-respected audio and video forensic expert.

The TV crew arrived about 10 am last Tuesday and gave Ed the three versions of the song “Living to Love You” which was written by a deceased Grand Rapids resident and performed by Elvis Presley. The crew filmed Ed’s forensic investigation and then interviewed him about his conclusion.

Ed’s theory is that while in the Detroit area in 1976, Elvis had an interest in this song whose lyrics made their way to the King prior to his visit. According to Primeau, “Elvis liked the song and recorded a demo, which is what we have in these recordings.”

The three versions are vocals and piano only and do not sound like an Elvis song, which may be a huge reason why the song was not recorded and released. Primeau referred the film crew to Gary Graff, an icon rock journalist and Billbord magazine columnist who is a friend of Primeau’s and local Metro Detroit Area resident. He also confirmed the song to be Elvis himself. Graff also commented on Primea’s forensic credentials and conclusion in the video interview.

There are three criteria for conducting voice identification, critical listening skills, electronic measurement and visual inspection of the sound wave. “Living to Love You” was compared to two other Elvis songs recorded around the same time that served as an exemplar of Elvis Presley’s voice. The vocal tone, vibrato and style of singing is an identical match to Elvis Presley.

Traditionally, a voice identification test includes the forensic expert making an exemplar of the person in questions voice to compare with the recording in question. Since Elvis is dead, Primeau used the two songs the TV crew provided and he agreed on them as exemplars.

Primeau noted the vibrato resonance and style matched Elvis Presley’s. Primeau went further and downloaded a sample of an Elvis impersonator from the Internet and compared that voice to the recordings in question. Using digital spectrograph technology, Primeau compared the two known Elvis songs, the three takes of “Living to Love You”, the impersonator and a Neil Diamond song. The spectrographic readings confirmed Primeau’s opinion and displayed the obvious results for the TV crew.

The significance of this new song by Elvis Presley is that it will stimulate fan interest in existing Elvis material and fetch a generous amount of money at auction, should that ever happen. It has been a long time since the king released any material and his estate Graceland is yet to comment on the discovery.

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