Girls! Girls! Girls! (album)

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Girls! Girls! Girls!
Studio album / Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released November 9, 1962
Recorded March 1962
Length 29:04
Label RCA Victor
Producer Joseph Lilley
Elvis Presley chronology
Pot Luck
(1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!
(1962)
It Happened at the World's Fair
(1963)
Singles from Girls! Girls! Girls!
  1. "Return to Sender" / "Where Do You Come From"
    Released: October 2, 1962
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Girls! Girls! Girls! is the sixteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2426, in November 1962. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on March 26, 27, and 28, 1962. It peaked at number three on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on August 13, 1963 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Content[edit]

As soundtrack album sales far outstripped his regular album sales (Blue Hawaii outselling Pot Luck with Elvis by ten to one) Presley found himself firmly entrenched in songs designed for a light-entertainment formula of beautiful scenery and girls galore.[3] With this discrepancy in sales, the formula of the soundtrack music became the focus.

Sixteen songs were recorded at the sessions in March, of which thirteen were used for the soundtrack album.[4] Banished from the kingdom after running afoul of the Colonel, songs from favored writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller could only be those already written for someone else, in this case the title track being a hit for The Coasters in 1961 before being adapted for the Presley film.[5] This song and two others, "Return to Sender" and "Because of Love," appear on the 1995 soundtrack compilation Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II.

The tracks "Return to Sender" and "Where Do You Come From" were issued as the both sides of a single in October 1962, one month before the release of the soundtrack LP. "Return to Sender" became a substantial hit for Presley, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the b-side "Where Do You Come From" peaked at only number 99 independently of the hit side.[6]

The Presley fan-club label Follow That Dream released an expanded version of the album in 2007, including alternate takes and songs recorded but not used for the soundtrack.[7] The outtake "Plantation Rock" saw a performance by actor Rob Schneider on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1996. The songs performed by Stella Stevens in the film — "Never Let Me Go", "The Nearness Of You" and "Baby, Baby, Baby" — were in fact mimed to the singing voice of Gilda Maiken and have yet to be commercially released.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Girls! Girls! Girls!"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller March 27, 1962 2:34
2. "I Don't Wanna Be Tied"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye March 28, 1962 2:08
3. "Where Do You Come From"   Ruth Bachelor and Bob Roberts March 27, 1962 2:08
4. "I Don't Want To"   Janice Torre and Fred Spielman March 26, 1962 2:42
5. "We'll Be Together"   Charles O'Curran and Dudley Brooks March 28, 1962 2:17
6. "A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett March 27, 1962 2:20
7. "Earth Boy"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett March 28, 1962 2:24
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Return to Sender"   Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott March 27, 1962 2:09
2. "Because of Love"   Ruth Bachelor and Bob Roberts March 27, 1962 2:34
3. "Thanks to the Rolling Sea"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye March 26, 1962 1:31
4. "Song of the Shrimp"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett March 27, 1962 2:21
5. "The Walls Have Ears"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett March 27, 1962 2:32
6. "We're Comin' In Loaded"   Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott March 26, 1962 1:24

Follow That Dream reissue version[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Girls! Girls! Girls!"    
2. "I Don't Wanna Be Tied"    
3. "Where Do You Come From"    
4. "I Don't Want To"    
5. "We'll Be Together"    
6. "A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You"    
7. "Earth Boy"    
8. "Return to Sender"    
9. "Because Of Love"    
10. "Thanks to the Rolling Sea"    
11. "Song of the Shrimp"    
12. "The Walls Have Ears"    
13. "We're Coming In Loaded"    
14. "Mama"    
15. "Plantation Rock"    
16. "Dainty Little Moonbeams / Girls! Girls! Girls" (end title)  
No. Title Length
17. "A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You" (takes 1,2)  
18. "Mama" (takes 1, 2, 3, 4)  
19. "Thanks to the Rolling Sea" (take 3)  
20. "Where Do You Come From" (take 13)  
21. "Earth Boy" (movie version takes 2, 4)  
22. "We'll Be Together" (takes 8,10)  
23. "Mama" (takes 5, 6, 7, 8)  
24. "I Don't Wanna Be Tied" (movie version take 10 intro & take 8)  
25. "A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You" (takes 3, 4)  
26. "Thanks to the Rolling Sea" (take 10)  
27. "Plantation Rock" (takes 17, insert)  
28. "Mama" (take 9)  
29. "Mama" (The Amigos, take 10)  
30. "Mama" (instrumental, take 3)  
31. "Mama" (1970 album version)  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.  Note: Enter advanced search for "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  3. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 164-165, 172.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 169-170.
  5. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 173.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 415.
  7. ^ "Girls! Girls! Girls!". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kid Galahad / Girls! Girls! Girls! BMG Music 1993 CD Liner notes by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen & Roger Semon.

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