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Rumour has it that both Bobby Vee and Bobby Darin attempted the number even before Del Shannon, but I have found no proof of this.
Shannon's original recording appeared on the LP, "Runaway," and was listed simply as "His Latest Flame." The LP was released on Big Top 12-1303.
The original recording, made on 21 March 1961 and released on the Capitol label, shows "John Phillips and Hedy West." John Phillips was, in fact, one of the three members of the Journeymen and would later form The Mamas and The Papas.
Other members of The Journeymen were Scott Mc Kenzie, who would later gain fame going to San Francisco, and Dick Weissman, by far the most musically talented of the trio.
However, some European picture covers showed it as simply "His Latest Flame" (and presumably this was how it was shown on the record labels).
Shannon's version was considered as a possible follow-up to his huge success with "Runaway," but this was not to be and he quickly wrote "Hats Off To Larry," which was used instead in order to keep the publishing rights.
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This site will work and look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device (I think! Note that I have used the title that was printed on the labels of the original US and UK single releases of Elvis's version.
"500 Miles" is based on the older "900 Miles," which itself seems to be a version of a Southern fiddle tune called "Reuben's Train." Hedy West was a singer and banjo-player who came from a North Carolina folksinging family, so perhaps she formalised the song for publication and others then changed the words somewhat in order to create a more popular version and gain some writing credits. Elvis's home recording is sung to a backing provided by the LP, "Sing A Song With The Kingston Trio" (Capitol SKAO 2005), which uses the West version of the lyrics.
A song called "A Hundred Years From Now" featured in the 1905 Broadway musical "Moonshine," with music by Silvio Hein and lyrics by George V. I can confirm that this is not the same song, however, even though the Bear Family Records 1991 release "Flatt & Scruggs 1948-1959" lists Hein and Royle in the writers credits.
Other sites have copied it, some have translated it, but this site is the one that is best maintained.