The trouble was, a lot of times he would sing a song because of a love affair gone bad.
By Joe Edwards (AP) – February 7th 1981
Elvis Presley’s record producer said shortly before he died in January that the late
entertainer often cut songs to compensate for personal setbacks.

Felton Jarvis, who produced Presley’s records from 1966 until Presley died in 1977,
said sometimes Presley recorded a song to help his private life rather than make a hit

“Elvis could cut a hit record any time he wanted to,” said Jarvis. “If he said, ‘I’m going to
cut a hit record’, he’d cut a hit record. There were no ifs, ands or buts about it.

The trouble was, a lot of times he would sing a song because of a love affair gone bad
or something like that, and he wasn’t trying to make a hit record.

He was trying to get something out of his system, just like ‘Separate Ways’ when he
and Priscilla split. That was a mediocore hit but he recorded it ‘cause that was the way
he felt at the time. It suited the situation.”

Shortly before he died (Jan. 3 at the age 46, after suffering a stroke, Jarvis completed
work on “Guitar Man”, a new album of Presley material. Essentially, Jarvis took songs
Presley had recorded 15 years ago and added new music.

He was interviewed about the project by Jerry Flowers of the RCA Records staff in
Nashville. RCA released a tape of the interview.

“It’s like remodelling a house”, Jarvis said of the Presley project. “You strip everything
away and start back with new stuff on top of it.
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“We had a ball. It was a labor of love...The idea was try to give it a 1980 sound and the only thing we kept was Elvis’ original vocal tracks.

I didn’t do anything he wouldn’t like. I knew what Elvis liked and didn’t like and what made hair stand up on the back of his neck. I tried to stay true to Elvis and
not do anything musically he wouldn’t appreciate. I tried to keep it right in his groove – but make it today’s music”.

The fast-paced title cut has been re-released as a single. Jarvis, who estimated he produced 300 to 400 Presley songs, said there is no more Presley music,
so “Guitar Man” is an effort to fill the void.

“We’re trying to give the people something they can enjoy listening to today as if Elvis has come in last week and redone these songs. It betters Elvis’ music.”
'Guitar Man' the album that was Fetlon Jarvis' labor of love