How a Song Written for Elvis became New Again

How a Song Written for Elvis became New Again

The saying goes that everything old is new again. Never was this more true than with our story of a little song called “After The Hurricaine.” written with Elvis in mind – by Paul Evans, co-written by Al Byron, and recorded in modern times by Peter Alden.

DOWNLOAD Peter Alden’s version of After the Hurricane ONLINE AT CD BABY: HERE

Paul Evans had success as a recording artist with the songs ‘HAPPY-GO-LUCKY ME’ & ‘SEVEN LITTLE GIRLS’.  Paul Evans is also the writer of many classic songs, including ‘WHEN’ for the Kalin Twins, ‘ROSES ARE RED’ for Bobby Vinton, SHE CAME ON LIKE LIGHTNIN’ Reba McEntire and many more. It has been said that Paul is one of Elvis’ most underrated writers, almost ‘unsung’ hero.

Paul EvansIn Paul’s own words…

“Elvis cut four songs of mine.

We were looking for a “sound” for “I Gotta Know”. Larry Schnapf, our Associated Recording Studios engineer suggested, “Shoobee Doobee Wha Wha” and we sang those syllables. Check out the Elvis record. What did the singers sing? “Shoobee Doobee Wha Wha”.

“Blue River” (co-written with Fred Tobias)

and “The Next Step Is Love” (co-written with Paul Parnes) were released as singles around the world.

“Something Blue” (co-written with Al Byron, who alwo wrote “Roses Are Red, My Love” with me) was released in the album “Pot Luck” here at home but as a single in the U.K.

“Elvis – That’s the Way It Is”
“The Next Step Is Love” weaves its way through a few scenes in the movie. During a rehearsal scene, Elvis was clowning around and sang, “The Next Step Is Sex”.

Seeing Elvis as he sang my song – that was a thrill.

When he passed away, Elvis was holding two songs of mine. One of them, “Quiet Desperation”, was based on a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”, and would have made a spectacular Elvis record.”

The other song of Paul’s that  Elvis was holding at the time of his death, is called ‘Tender Moments’

In the early sixties Paul Evans penned a song entitled “After the Hurricane” and  intended it for Elvis Presley. Once complete, Paul presented a demo of “After the Hurricane” to Freddy Bienstock, in New York, at the Hill & Range Publishing Company. Freddy was an American music publisher who built his career in music by being the person responsible for soliciting and selecting songs for Elvis Presley’s early albums and films. Freddy liked “After The Hurricane” and told Paul he would be interested in presenting it to Elvis. From there Paul took the song back to his manager and publisher, asking him to release the rights to it – so that Elvis Presley could possibly record it. But the song never made it to Elvis. Paul’s manager/publisher thought that the song would be better suited as a hit for Paul to record.


This would not have been what Paul Evans or his co-writer, Al Byron, preferred. Remember, both had Elvis in mind for “After The Hurricane.” Regardless, the song never made it to Elvis and was instead recorded and released with Paul Evans as the singer.

In Paul’s own words, “It was a nice record, it got some play, but it was not nearly a hit, and that is where the story could have ended back in the early ’60s.”

Through the years Paul had always wondered what Elvis might have sounded like on the song. Fortunately, in 2015, online radio talk show host Lee Douglas presented the idea to Elvis Tribute Artist, Peter Alden, to sing and record “After The Hurricane” in an Elvis style. Peter was excited and thrilled at this proposition, and Paul Evans loved the idea as well. Peter has put his own flavor to the song and recorded it with an Elvis 1960’s “sound” but at the same time, not trying too hard to imitate Elvis directly. The result of this wonderful experiment can now be heard (and purchased!) at CDBaby: After The Hurricane

Here’s a short sound clip of the song!

DOWNLOAD Peter Alden’s version of After the Hurricane ONLINE AT CD BABY: HERE

Check out Episode #716 of Old Time Rock ‘n Roll where online radio show host Lee Douglas interview both Paul Evans and Peter Alden about how this incredible recording came to be. All three gentleman involved gave their opinions and thoughts on the song and more. This fascinating interview plus wonderful hits from the 1950s and 1960s is worth the listen. Lee Douglas Interview