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© Collectables Records
Year of Release: 1994
Playing With Fire
Invitation To A Kiss
Slowly But Surely
For You My Love
She Wishes I Were You
Pocket Full Of Rainbows
Everything I Need
I'll Touch A Star
Everybody Has Somebody
Kiss Me Quick
Terry Stafford related sites:
Terry Stafford was best known for the song "Suspicion" -- a song that Elvis
Presley had recorded, yet Stafford's Elvis-sounding voice was more popular than Elvis'
version. (Presley's version of this song can be found on his box set From Nashville
To Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters.) Stafford would not have a series of other
hits that would be best remembered, (yet, he did write a song that would be famous by
George Strait -- "Amarillo By Morning.") Sad to say, Stafford passed away in
1996 of liver problems. Suspicion from Collectables Records does capture songs
from his career, from 1964 and the Crusaders label.
"Margarita," "Playing With Fire," "Invitation To A Kiss," "Slowly But Surely" --
these songs are either hits or (most preferably) misses.
She Wishes I Were You -- has an Elvis approach in some instances, but "Pocketful Of
Rainbows" and "Everything I Need" has Stafford's vocals not like Elvis, but
kinda bad to listen to. "Everybody Has Somebody" could be a Elvis song, from one
of his B-movies, and Stafford's impersonation of Elvis (if he did), isn't exactly as
great as it was on "Suspicion." "Kiss Me Quick" is another least favorite.
As much as "Suspicion" sounded almost like an Elvis impersonation, the rest of
his songs song anything but. His voice has a quiver that can be a bit distracting and
annoying. The interesting fact while listening to this CD, is how the vocals were heard
on one channel, the music on the other, a popular trend in recording during this time of
Rock & Roll.
With the exception of "Suspicion," it's easy to hear that all the other songs:
1) They do not sound like Elvis, 2) A lot of them are quite lame, 3) Terry Stafford could
easily be recognized as a One-Hit Wonder. "Suspicion" is the only great song from
this collection, but, it is interesting to hear his other "hits," and seeing if he would
sound like Elvis Presley, as other singers did such as Ral Donner and even Conway Twitty
when he started out during the early years of Rock n Roll. In summary, Terry Stafford was
best known for his Elvis-sounding "Suspicion" and that song alone.
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