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Elvis and the Songsmiths

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut Legends, Spring 2005

CLYDE OTIS and Ivory Joe Hunter had just returned from a day's duck-hunting when the phone rang. It was the song publishers Hill and Range calling from New York, and the message was simple: We need a song for Elvis Presley and we need it now.

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