Girl Happy (album)

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Girl Happy
Studio album / Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released March 1, 1965
Recorded June 1964
Length 24:16
Label RCA Victor
Producer George Stoll
Elvis Presley chronology
Roustabout
(1964)
Girl Happy
(1965)
Elvis for Everyone!
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Girl Happy is the twenty-second album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3338, in March 1965 — the March 1 date is disputed. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on June 10, 11, 12, and vocal overdubs by Presley on June 15, 1964. It peaked at number eight on the Top Pop Albums chart.[2] It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

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Excluding the singles compilation Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3, this was the sixth original Presley album in a row that was a soundtrack to a feature film.[4] Eleven songs were recorded and all were used, with "The Meanest Girl in Town" originally released as "Yeah, She's Evil!" by Bill Haley & His Comets and released on Decca Records in July 1964, though Haley actually recorded his version six days after Presley.[5] An error in mastering resulted in Presley's voice being sped up on several of the recordings, most notably the title track.[6] RCA finally released a corrected version of the title track in its 1991 compilation Collectors Gold from the Movie Years.

"Do the Clam" was released approximately a month ahead of the album as a single, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for eight weeks.[7] Its B-side — an unused track called "You'll Be Gone", written by Presley with "Memphis Mafia" entourage members Red West and Charlie Hodge[8] — was derived from the March 18, 1962 sessions for Pot Luck with Elvis. A variant on the Cole Porter standard, "Begin the Beguine" (after Porter had denied permission to alter the lyrics), the new song was drafted using the Porter tune and lyric as a template.[9] Not appearing in the film, it was added to the Girl Happy soundtrack album.

At the end of 1965, RCA released the soundtrack album for Elvis's third movie of the year, Harum Scarum. Due to the fact that none of the songs included in that album had any single potential, RCA chose "Puppet on a String" backed with the five-year-old "Wooden Heart" for the Christmas single. Although "Puppet on a String" had already been available on the Girl Happy soundtrack album for months, that song still managed to reach number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

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Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Girl Happy"   Doc Pomus and Norman Meade June 10, 1964 2:07
2. "Spring Fever"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye June 11, 1964 1:52
3. "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett June 11, 1964 1:32
4. "Startin' Tonight"   Lenore Rosenblatt, Victor Millrose June 12, 1964 1:19
5. "Wolf Call"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye June 12, 1964 1:26
6. "Do Not Disturb"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye June 11, 1964 1:52
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Cross My Heart and Hope to Die"   Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne June 11, 1964 1:55
2. "The Meanest Girl in Town"   Joy Byers June 10, 1964 1:55
3. "Do the Clam"   Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller, Sid Wayne June 12, 1964 3:20
4. "Puppet on a String"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett June 10, 1964 2:39
5. "I've Got to Find My Baby"   Joy Byers June 11, 1964 1:35
6. "You'll Be Gone" (bonus track) Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge, Red West March 18, 1962 2:23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "Girl Happy"
  4. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 415-416.
  5. ^ "The Bill Haley Recordings File". Chris Gardner's Bill Haley Database. 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Carr, Roy, and Farren, Mick. Elvis The Illustrated Record. London: Harmony Books, 1982; p. 97
  7. ^ Lichter, Paul (1982). The Boy Who Dared to Rock. Galahad Books. p. 212. ISBN 0883656221. 
  8. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 166.
  9. ^ Guralnick, Peter. From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters. RCA 66160-2, 1993, liner notes, pp. 22, 24.
  10. ^ "Pop Singles". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.