Saturday Single No. 408

Well, preparations continue. I have trash to haul, barbecue buns and potato chips to buy, a cooler and a washtub to rinse, carpets to vacuum and on and on.

One thing I don’t have to do is clean up the back yard, because the yard behind the house is pretty small and we spend little time there, so when our guests arrive tomorrow, they’ll gather in the large front yard.

Elvis Presley had a different kind of cleaning in mind, anyway, when he released “Clean Up Your Own Back Yard” in 1969. It was from the soundtrack to the movie The Trouble With Girls, and went to No. 35. Given its sound, and given that its release falls in the timeline between “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds,” I’d assume that it was among the tracks recorded in Memphis that year at Chips Moman’s American Sound Studio. But it wasn’t included in the 1999 double-CD package The Memphis 1969 Anthology, so I’m a little puzzled.

But no matter where it came from, it’s a great recording of a song written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis, and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


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