|"It was so crazy to hear Elvis sing about me!":
30 years after The King's death, Michele Jarrett found out that Elvis once sang about her
By Arjan Deelen
Michele Jarrett was barely 10 years old when Elvis died, but nevertheless she's one of the very few people
who can rightfully claim that The King really sang about her - a claim that even his ex-wife Priscilla or his
daughter Lisa Marie cannot make. It's even more remarkable when you realize that Elvis never met
Michele nor even knew about her existence.
So what's the story behind this?
Well, Michele is the daughter of songwriter Michael Jarrett, who wrote a.o. 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day'
for Presley. Jarrett often used his personal life as an inspiration for his writing, and he wrote this
melancholic song on Christmas Eve 1969, right in the middle of a painful divorce. He was completely alone
and missing his family, when the words came to him. On the original demo that Michael recorded for Elvis,
there was a verse about his children: "Been so long since I've seen little John, Michele, Christine and
Kelly; And I almost forgot with all the presents, that I bought a purse for little sister to carry".
When Elvis' version of 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' was released in late '71 on 'Elvis Sings The
Wonderful World Of Christmas', Michael was not surprised to find out that Elvis had skipped that verse.
After all, it was a very personal verse about Michael's kids, and he understood that Presley could not
relate to it.
|Photo: Michele Jarrett today
|Imagine Michael's surprise 30 years after Elvis' death, when he heard an outtake of the song where Elvis did sing the 'missing' verse! The
first thing he did was call his daughter Michele, who was completely flabbergasted. "It's so crazy", she says today, "I remember it was
shortly after my mom passed away, and my dad sent me a clip of it.
Talk about a wild thing! I played it for my family, and we were all just looking at each other like, is that really what I'm hearing!". Both
Michael and Michele Jarrett are part of 'The Original Elvis Tribute 2009' (www.elvisnews.dk ), which will be touring Europe in May. "I
have always been so proud of my dad", she says, "and I'm so excited for this tour. I know this will be an amazing trip for him, as well as
everybody on the tour. I know I'm so thankful to be a part of it!". Click below to listen to the 'missing' verse as sung by Elvis: