One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello!!!”

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 12PM-4PM ET.

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link:!

The Greatest Songs will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

Here’s a link to have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!


Remembering Elvis Presley on the anniversary of his passing, I’ve decided to focus attention on one of his more obscure singles.

Why would I do that?

Because this is probably in my Top 10 favorite Elvis songs!

I didn’t hear “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello” until many years after he was gone.

It might just be the wimpiest song that Elvis ever recorded–and that is exactly why I like it!

It’s like an alternative universe Elvis song!

In addition, it hasn’t been overplayed!

Showing himself to be vulnerable as Jim, who doesn’t have enough nerve to express his unrequited love, he suppresses his feelings and decides to just settle for a “Hello.”

The arrangement is very low key and includes vibes (vibes!?) played by Grady Martin.

But there’s also Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Floyd Cramer, and The Jordanaires to provide support for a great Elvis vocal on a Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song!

Released on July 17, 1962 and making it only to #55 on Billboard, “Hello” still sold 800,000 copies because the original B-side was “She’s Not You” which reached #5 once they started playing it.

The song eventually wound up on “Elvis’ Gold Records Vol. 4.”

I must have gotten hooked an alternate take because I don’t recall the song having the percussive track.

But that’s OK.

Elvis still makes a somewhat average song sound great!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello” by Elvis Presley!!!


I have plenty of other musical areas to explore:

Here’s a link for my weekly list of Fave Songs:!

Here’s a link for my weekly Fave Album lists:

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement!!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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