A Little Less Conversation


A Little Less Conversation

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Name = A Little Less Conversation


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Artist = Elvis Presley
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B-side = Almost in Love
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Writer = Mac Davis and Billy Strange
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"A Little Less Conversation" is a song (written by songwriter Mac Davis) originally recorded by Elvis Presley for the movie "Live a Little, Love a Little" in 1968. It was released by RCA Victor as a single, but the release was only a moderate success, indicative of the diminishing returns of Presley's movie recordings at that time.

Soon after the release of the single, Presley re-recorded the song for the soundtrack of "Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special", though this track was not used in the program and would circulate on bootlegs for years before being officially released by RCA in the 1990s.

One can hear Elvis sing the song in-between takes during his 1969 Memphis Recording sessions, meaning that he still remembered the song one year after recording it. It is rather unusual as Elvis recorded many songs each year. Moreover, the song had gone nowhere on the charts in late 1968 and was regarded as a second-rate song from a second-rate movie.

The original song was one of several Elvis songs featured in the film "3000 Miles to Graceland" starring Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner.

In 2001, the "Comeback Special" version of the song was featured by David Holmes and Steven Soderbergh in the film Ocean's Eleven, which popularized it and solidified it as a 'Vegas' theme.

The first stanza of the original version is the opening theme of the broadcast version (in some countries, including the U.S.) of the NBC television series, "Las Vegas," but is not featured on the DVDs. This song was used as Howard Dean's campaign theme song for his 2004 presidential campaign. [http://www.slate.com/id/2083791/]

The song sprang to a yet new life during a crazed dance routine, as showcased by "American Idol" contestants Jon Peter Lewis and Chris Daughtry, as well as a result of its being played during Robert and Amy's (Brad Garrett and Monica Horan) first dance in the wedding episode of the popular sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" that was aired May 19, 2003.

In February 2007, it became the official theme song of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley vs. JXL Remix

Infobox Single
Name = A Little Less Conversation


Cover size = normal
Artist = Elvis Presley vs. JXL
Album = Little Less conversation
Released = 2002
Format = CD Single
Recorded =
Genre = Pop
Length = 4:30
Writer = Mac Davis and Billy Strange
Producer = Freddy Onkel
Certification = Platinum (BPI)

In 2002, it was remixed by Junkie XL and went on to become a Number 1 hit in over 20 countries. At about the same time, a compilation of Presley's U.S. Number 1 chart hits, entitled "", was being prepared for release. "A Little Less Conversation" (Remix Version) was quickly added as the album's 31st track just before its release in October 2002.

The remixed song was used by Nike as the background music to a series of TV commercials directed by Terry Gilliam featuring international football stars in conjunction with the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was also used on Konami's European adaptation of their flagship dancing simulation VG Dance Dance Revolution, on the soundtrack of Dancing Stage MegaMix.

"A Little Less Conversation" has also been used in the soundtracks of several films, including the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven, Bruce Almighty (2003), "Next" (with Nicolas Cage) Shark Tale (2004) Jackass Number Two (2006) and "Ocean's 13" (2007). It also appears in the trailer for the computer-animated film "Bolt" starring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus. It was also the theme song for the television show "Las Vegas," starring James Caan.

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