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by Terry Stafford
It took me many moons to realise that both Terry Stafford and Elvis Presley had hits with this song. For a long time, I couldn't understand why Elvis seemed to sound so different on certain occasions. Oh well - such is naivety, I suppose, although in my favour is the fact that Stafford was NOT a star (or chart entry even) in the UK.

I suppose he never got a release in the UK because Presley's preceding version of this song back in 1962 had done so well chart-wise and had been taken to the hearts of the British public.

Terry Stafford:
:: Before graduating from Palo Duro High School in 1960, he told his classmates he was leaving for California to make hit records. (Those class mates who laughed at his dream were in for a big shock later...) ...
:: His voice spookily resembled that of Elvis Presley's (especially on "Suspicion", which was originally recorded by Presley on his 1962 album "Pot Luck"). ...
:: He had another Top 40 hit with "I'll Touch a Star" (it reached US No. 23 in the summer of that year), and then nothing until "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" and "Amarillo by Morning" in 1973. Following sparse chart entries for songs in 1974, 1977 and 1989, it was clear his star had faded.

In #1964 :
:: Hindu-Muslim rioting broke out in the Indian city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) on January 13th, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people. ...
:: The Ford Mustang, originally conceived by Lee Iacocca during a contest between company departments, was formally introduced on April 17th of this year. Costing a base price of $2,368, it sold more than 400,000 in its first year, and reached the one million sales mark within two years. ...
:: Hailing from a powerful Maronite family in Baabda, ex-journalist and former ambassador to the Vatican Charles Helou was elected president of Lebanon on August 18th 1964.

US: No. 3 - UK: Not released (it was also a Canadian No. 4 hit)
1964 - Crusader - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 14th December 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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