Joe Guercio

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Born July 16, 1927. Died died Jan 4 2015 (age 87).

Joe Guercio, was the musical director and conductor of Elvis Presley’s band from 1970 until the legend's death in 1977.
Guercio was a native of Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to working with with Presley, he was an accompanist for legendary pop singer Patti Page and a musical director for Diana Ross, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Jim Nabors, Diahann Carroll and more.

After Presley began his residency at Las Vegas' International Hotel, he met Guercio, who was the International's musical director. Soon, Guercio began leading Presley's 26-piece orchestra and rhythm section, which proved to be quite the feat, as the King of Rock and Roll was unpredictable and spontaneous. Guercio once described it “like following a marble down concrete steps.”

Guercio is credited with several well-known parts of Presley's live performances, including the singer's horn-filled entrances and exits. In 1997, he became involved with a touring production he helped conceive, 'Elvis: The Concert,' which featured Presley's voice and image with live musicians playing in the background, helping keep his legend alive.
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Instruments & Performance

CRL 57219 Kane Is Able — Joe Guercio Jack Kane Jack Kane - Kane Is Able(LP, Album, Mono) Coral CRL 57219 US 1958 Sell This Version
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ALD.6634, ALD 6634 Blame It On The Bossa Nova — Joe Guercio Eydie Gormé Eydie Gormé - Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Album) CBS, CBS ALD.6634, ALD 6634 Southern Rhodesia 1963 Sell This Version
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UMV 10153 On Tour — Joe Guercio Elvis* Elvis* - On Tour(VHS, PAL) MGM/UA Home Video UMV 10153 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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UDCD 560 Elvis - That's The Way It Is — Joe Guercio Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Elvis - That's The Way It Is(CD, Album, RM, 24 ) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 560 US 1992 Sell This Version
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07863 50283 2 Elvis — Joe Guercio Elvis Presley It's Impossible Elvis Presley - Elvis(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, BMG 07863 50283 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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8287660987-2 Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis — Joe Guercio Elvis* Elvis* - Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis(CD, Album, RE, RM) Follow That Dream Records, RCA, BMG 8287660987-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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74321 84216-2 The Way It Was — Joe Guercio Elvis* Elvis* - The Way It Was (Comp) Follow That Dream Records, RCA, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 74321 84216-2 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
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none The Matrix Recordings — Joe Guercio Elvis* School Days (as Joe Guercio Orchestra) Elvis* - The Matrix Recordings(4xCD, Comp, Ltd, Unofficial) Not On Label (Elvis Presley) none Europe 2021 Sell This Version
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EPL 005 CD Down In The Alley — Joe Guercio Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Down In The Alley(CD, Unofficial) The Elvis Presley Live Collection EPL 005 CD Unknown Sell This Version
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Writing & Arrangement

45-15871 My True Confession / Tijuana — Joe Guercio Joe August And His Band My True Confession Joe August And His Band - My True Confession / Tijuana(7") Dot Records 45-15871 US 1958 Sell This Version
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UAL 3150 Portrait Of My Love — Joe Guercio Steve Lawrence (2) When You're In Love Steve Lawrence (2) - Portrait Of My Love(LP, Album, Mono) United Artists Records UAL 3150 US 1961 Sell This Version
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CS 8821 At The Movies — Joe Guercio Steve & Eydie Steve & Eydie - At The Movies (Album) Columbia CS 8821 US 1963 Sell This Version
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ALD.6634, ALD 6634 Blame It On The Bossa Nova — Joe Guercio Eydie Gormé Eydie Gormé - Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Album) CBS, CBS ALD.6634, ALD 6634 Southern Rhodesia 1963 Sell This Version
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4-43179 That Holiday Feeling / Happy Holiday — Joe Guercio Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme* That Holiday Feeling (as J. Guercio) Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme* - That Holiday Feeling / Happy Holiday (Single) Columbia 4-43179 US 1964 Sell This Version
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CS 9062 That Holiday Feeling! — Joe Guercio Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme* That Holiday Feeling (as J. Guercio) Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme* - That Holiday Feeling!(LP) Columbia CS 9062 US 1964 Sell This Version
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311 Father Sebastian — Joe Guercio The Ramblers (27) The Ramblers (27) - Father Sebastian (Single) Almont Records 311 US 1964 Sell This Version
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Amont 315 Surfin' Santa — Joe Guercio The Ramblers (27) The Ramblers (27) - Surfin' Santa (Single) Almont Records Amont 315 US 1964 Sell This Version
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Almont 312 Don't Pity Me / This Is Goodbye — Joe Guercio Dick Domane Dick Domane - Don't Pity Me / This Is Goodbye(7", Single, Promo) Almont Records Almont 312 US 1964 Sell This Version
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8.657 Various Costas Lejanas = Distant Shores (as J. Guercio) Various - Música "In"(LP, Comp, Mono) CBS 8.657 Argentina 1966 Sell This Version
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33.401 Costas Lejanas — Joe Guercio Chad And Jeremy* Costas Lejanas = Distant Shores (as J. Guercio) Chad And Jeremy* - Costas Lejanas (EP) CBS 33.401 Argentina 1966 Sell This Version
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202279 Distant Shores / Last Night — Joe Guercio Chad & Jeremy Distant Shores (as J. Guercio) Chad & Jeremy - Distant Shores / Last Night (Single) Columbia 202279 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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UA 50028 Right Now b/w Remember — Joe Guercio Jackie & Gayle Remember Jackie & Gayle - Right Now b/w Remember(7", Single, Mono) United Artists Records UA 50028 US 1966 Sell This Version
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4-44847 Didn't We / Bon Soir Dame — Joe Guercio Robert Goulet Didn't We (as Guercio) Robert Goulet - Didn't We / Bon Soir Dame(7") Columbia 4-44847 US 1969 Sell This Version
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HS 11357 Featuring: Homeward Bound / Mr. Tambourine Man — Joe Guercio Chad And Jeremy* I Won't Cry Chad And Jeremy* - Featuring: Homeward Bound / Mr. Tambourine Man (Comp) Harmony (4) HS 11357 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
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4-44965 It's My Life / Young Hearts — Joe Guercio Jim Nabors Jim Nabors - It's My Life / Young Hearts (Single) Columbia 4-44965 US 1969 Sell This Version