Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley album)
|Studio album / Soundtrack by Elvis Presley|
|Released||October 20, 1961|
|Recorded||March 21–23, 1961|
|Genre||Hawaiian, pop, rock and roll|
|Elvis Presley chronology|
|Singles from Blue Hawaii|
Blue Hawaii is the fourteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2426, on October 20, 1961. It is a soundtrack for Presley's film of the same name. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on March 21, 22, and 23, 1961. It spent 20 weeks at the number one slot and 39 weeks in the Top 10 on the US Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on December 21, 1961, Platinum and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 3x Platinum on July 30, 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America. On the US Top Pop Albums chart Blue Hawaii is second only to the soundtrack of West Side Story as the most successful album of the 1960s.
RCA and Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had initially planned a schedule of one soundtrack and one popular music release per year for Presley, in addition to the requisite four singles. To coincide with the location of the film, touches of Hawaiian music were included, from instrumentation to the traditional song "Aloha 'Oe". The title song was taken from the 1937 Bing Crosby film Waikiki Wedding, and "Hawaiian Wedding Song" dates from a 1926 operetta.
The songs "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Rock-A-Hula Baby" were pulled off the album for two sides of a single released on November 21, 1961. The A-side "Can't Help Falling in Love," which would become the standard closer for an Elvis Presley concert in the 1970s, went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, while the b-side charted independently at number 23.
The success of this soundtrack and its predecessor G. I. Blues, both of which sold in much greater quantity than Presley's two regular releases of the time, Elvis Is Back! and Something for Everybody, set the pace for the rest of the decade. Parker and Presley would focus on Elvis' film career, non-soundtrack albums taking a back seat with only six during the 1960s against sixteen full-length soundtrack albums among 27 movies and the comeback special. Five songs from this album appear on the 1995 compendium soundtrack box set Command Performances: The Essential 60s Masters II: "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Rock-a-Hula Baby", "Blue Hawaii," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," and "Beach Boy Blues."
Blue Hawaii was reissued on compact disc in 1997 and again in 2008. The latter edition was a deluxe 2-disc release on the Follow That Dream label that featured numerous alternate takes. It also corrected the error with the 1997 issue that incorrectly reversed the stereo channels.
- Elvis Presley – lead vocals
- The Surfers – backing vocals
- The Jordanaires – backing vocals
- Boots Randolph – saxophone
- George Field – harmonica
- Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis – ukulele
- Hank Garland, Tiny Timbrell – acoustic guitar
- Scotty Moore – electric guitar
- Alvino Rey – pedal steel guitar
- Floyd Cramer – piano
- Dudley Brooks – piano, celeste
- Bob Moore – double bass
- D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson, Hal Blaine – drums
|1.||"Blue Hawaii"||Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger||March 22, 1961||2:36|
|2.||"Almost Always True"||Ben Weisman and Fred Wise||March 22, 1961||2:25|
|3.||"Aloha 'Oe"||Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani||March 21, 1961||1:53|
|4.||"No More"||Don Robertson, Hal Blair and Sebastián Iradier||March 21, 1961||2:22|
|5.||"Can't Help Falling in Love"||George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore||March 23, 1961||3:01|
|6.||"Rock-A-Hula Baby"||Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, Dolores Fuller||March 23, 1961||1:59|
|7.||"Moonlight Swim"||Ben Weisman and Sylvia Dee||March 22, 1961||2:20|
|1.||"Ku-U-I-Po"||George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore||March 21, 1961||2:23|
|2.||"Ito Eats"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 22, 1961||1:23|
|3.||"Slicin' Sand"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 21, 1961||1:36|
|4.||"Hawaiian Sunset"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 21, 1961||2:32|
|5.||"Beach Boy Blues"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 23, 1961||2:03|
|6.||"Island of Love"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 22, 1961||2:41|
|7.||"Hawaiian Wedding Song"||Al Hoffman, Charles King, Dick Manning||March 22, 1961||2:48|
On April 29, 1997, RCA released a remastered and expanded version for compact disc. Tracks 1-7 were the seven songs from side one of the original LP and tracks 8-14 were from side two. Tracks 15-22 are bonus tracks, all of which had been recorded during the original album sessions and were previously unreleased except for "Steppin' Out of Line" which had originally appeared on the LP Pot Luck with Elvis (1962).
|15.||"Steppin' Out of Line" (originally issued on the Pot Luck With Elvis LP)||Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, Dolores Fuller||March 22, 1961||1:53|
|16.||"Can't Help Falling in Love" (movie version)||George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore||March 23, 1961||1:54|
|17.||"Slicin' Sand" (alternate take 4)||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 21, 1961||1:45|
|18.||"No More" (alternate take 7)||Don Robertson and Hal Blair||March 21, 1961||2:35|
|19.||"Rock-A-Hula Baby" (alternate take 1)||Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, Dolores Fuller||March 23, 1961||2:15|
|20.||"Beach Boy Blues" (movie version)||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||March 23, 1961||1:58|
|21.||"Steppin' Out of Line" (movie version)||Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, Dolores Fuller||March 22, 1961||1:54|
|22.||"Blue Hawaii" (alternate take 3)||Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger||March 22, 1961||2:40|
2008 Follow That Dream CD reissue
|Disc 1||Disc 2|
|1961||Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (mono and stereo)||1|
|1962||UK Albums Chart|
|Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (mono and stereo)|
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|Billboard 200 number-one album (mono)
December 11, 1961 – May 4, 1962
West Side Story (soundtrack)
by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Stereo 35/MM by Enoch Light & the Light Brigade
|Billboard 200 number-one album (stereo)
December 11, 1961 – January 12, 1962
Holiday Sing Along with Mitch by Mitch Miller
Another Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels
The Young Ones by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
|UK Albums Chart number-one album
6 January 1962 – 13 January 1962
24 February 1962 – 23 June 1962
The Young Ones by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
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- LPM-2426 Blue Hawaii Guide part of the The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
- LSP-2426 Blue Hawaii Guide part of the The Elvis Presley Record Research Database