Words & Music by Fred Wise / Ben Weisman
Ben Weisman: 'I was so into Elvis that I was always looking forward to the next assignment. The project that came next was a movie called Danny based on Harold Robbins' book, A Stone For Danny Fisher. The story took place in New Orleans, so I immediately did research on the street cries and sounds of that city.
'The first song I submitted was 'Danny' the title song. It was approved by the producer and recorded by Elvis. However, after the film was completed they decided to change the title to King Creole, and 'Danny' was eliminated from the film and putin the 'can' (recordings of unreleased material).
As fate would have it, I changed the title of the tune to 'Lonely Blue Boy' and, to my delight, Conway Twitty recorded it and made it the #1 hit in the country. It sold over a million records.
'Later, fate stepped in again, and the original version of 'Danny' sung by Elvis was released in his Legendary Album #3. To this day, my songs in King Creole are among my favorites'.
From the movie King Creole
January 13, 1958 - Elvis arrives in California to begin pre production on his fourth movie, King Creole.
January 15, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis works on the soundtrack for 'King Creole' at Radio Recorders. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who have written several songs for the movie are in charge and Elvis appreciates their input.
January 16, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis continues recording from 9.00am to 5.30pm.
January 23, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis re-records Leiber and Stoller's 'King Creole' now being strongly considered as the title track for the movie.
Elvis wants Leiber and Stoller present at his next session and tells Tom Diskin he is prepared to reschedule if necessary. Tom Diskin informs Steve Sholes in two separate letters dated January 24 and 29 of Elvis' wishes.
RCA was desperate to get Elvis into the recording studio before he was inducted so RCA could be assured of a steady stream of new releases available during his two year tour of duty.
February 1, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis begins his last scheduled recording session prior to induction
Elvis works from 10.00am to 7.00pm but gets nowhere with 'My Wish Came True' then spend forty-eight takes on 'Doncha Think It's Time' trying to get a satisfactory take. Dissatisfied with that he then tried Hank William's classic 'Your Cheatin' Heart' but again he is not satisfied with the result. The last song of the day is 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck', but Elvis struggles to cut what is intended to be the A side of his next single.
Sophia Loren and Elvis met each other once - in February of 1958 at Paramount Studios while Elvis was filming King Creole. Sophia flipped over Elvis!
February 11, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis records soundtrack material on Paramount's sound stage. he re-records 'Steadfast, Loyal and True' and works on the Ben Weisman song 'Danny' which remains under consideration for the film's title song.
Danny WPKM 8123-10
Steadfast, Loyal And True (Solo) J2PB 4226-NA
March 3, 'King Creole' Filming begins in New Orleans'.
My name should be trouble
My name should be woe
For trouble and heartache
Is all that I know
But Danny, yes, Danny is my name
My life has been empty
My heart has been torn
It must have been rainy, oh yeah,
The night I was born
Oh Danny, oh Danny is my name
I'm so afraid of tomorrow
So tired of today
They say that love is the answer
But love never came my way
I'm writing a letter
To someone I know
So if you should find it
And if you're alone
Oh Danny, yes, Danny is my name
Oh Danny, yes, Danny is my name
Recorded: 1958/02/11, first released on A Legendary Performer, Vol. 3
Recorded for the movie King Creole but not used.