THE TIMES
Tender Feeling
(Bill Giant - Bernie Baum - Florence Kaye [from traditional song])
Australia 1965
#10 Perth

Single on His Master's Voice by Perth trio Terry Walker (vocals, guitar), Tony Tyler (guitar), and Jim Sheridan (drums). 

Terry Walker had played guitar in Ray Hoff & The Offbeats, and in Glen Ingram & The Hi-Five where he also shared lead vocals with Ingram (Ingram is heard on Skye Boat Song). He later joined top Melbourne band The Strangers when they were at their late-60s peak (see Happy Without You, 1968). He is also the lead singer on Love Machine (1968), a hit by studio band Pastoral Symphony.

In 1965 The Times drove across South Africa in a "clapped-out" rented Ford Cortina from Johannesberg, ending up in Port Elizabeth. They worked their way over and back by performing on the ship. 

For more about that adventure, plus Terry Walker's activity after the 60s beat boom, see Ray Van Ross's 2018 interview with all three of The Times YouTube.

See also the B-side Just Another Guy.

ELVIS PRESLEY
Tender Feeling
(Bill Giant - Bernie Baum - Florence Kaye [from traditional song])
USA 1964
Original version with these lyrics

On album Kissin' Cousins (Original Soundtrack Recording).

The melody is from Shenandoah, a traditional song.

Giant, Baum & Kaye wrote over 40 songs for Elvis Presley. The best known are probably (You're The) Devil In Disguise (1963, #3 USA) and Kissin' Cousins (1964, #29). The others may be more familiar to aficionados of Elvis's films, where most of the team's compositions for him appeared.


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Reference, further reading: List of Giant-Baum-Kaye songs written for Elvis Presley at fansite elvis.net.

PAUL ROBESON
Shenandoah
(Traditional)
USA 1936
Influential version

Early, well-known recording by gifted and charismatic African-American singer, actor, scholar, athlete, orator, and activist (1898-1976).

Victor recording, 78 rpm release on HMV, #8438.

Reference, further readingElvis Presley: The Originals curator David Neale's informed comments on 'Shenandoah' and 'Tender Feeling' at this page.

JOHN GOSS AND THE CATHEDRAL MALE VOICE QUARTET
Shenandoah
(Traditional, arr. Terry)
UK 1927

78 rpm disc on His Master's Voice.

So far this is the earliest verified recording of the song.

Thanks to Walt at SecondHand Songs and David Neale at Elvis Presley: The Originals for research and discussion.

A 1905 release of Shenandoah by the Minster Singers of London, on a set of sea shanties (Victor 61145-61148), could well be the same song, but that is difficult to verify.

See this 2011 post by 'Desert Dancer' at the Mudcat forum.

[TRADITIONAL]
Shenandoah
(Traditional)
Original version

American folk song also known as Oh Shenandoah or Across The Wide Missouri.

Shenandoah's origins are complicated and much discussed. There are long (and inconclusive) threads about it at MudCat Cafe, the folk music site. As Barry Finn wrote in one such thread, It's been claimed as a river song, a sea shanty, a US Army song & by the cavalry & wagon soldiers, a song of the Canadian & American mountain men, traders, voyageurs & trappers. Others have noted African-American shipworkers singing it in the late 1800s.


A common lyric to the song tells of a boatman, a trader of the Missouri River, who falls in love with the daughter of Chief Shenandoah (1710-1816), the renowned leader of the Oneida Indian Nation. Whatever its origin, it became a shanty, a sailors' song, on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and on to the sea.

Oh Shenandoah, /  I love your daughter, / Away, you rolling river. /
For her I'd cross / Your roaming waters, / Away, I'm bound away /
'Cross the wide Missouri.


There are numerous recordings of Shenandoah. I have collected a few in a Spotify playlist:

'SHENANDOAH VERSIONS': OPEN PLAYLIST IN SPOTIFY

Further reading: 1. David Cheal, "Shenandoah - a song steeped in history and mystery", Financial Times, 9 October 2017. 2. Chief Shenandoah at the Oneida Indian Nation website.

HENRY BURR & ALBERT CAMPBELL
Shenandoah
(Halsey K. Mohr)
USA 1917
Red herring

SAME TITLE BUT NOT THE SOURCE OF
'TENDER FEELING' BY THE TIMES.

A Victor recording. Library and Archives Canada has an mp3 recording at this page.

It is not the same as the well-known traditional song recorded by Paul Robeson and others.

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