Paradise, Hawaiian Style (album)

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Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Studio album Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released June 10, 1966
Recorded July–August 1965
Length 22:20
Label RCA Victor
Producer David Weichman, Thorne Nogar
Elvis Presley chronology
Frankie and Johnny
Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Paradise, Hawaiian Style is the twenty-sixth album by Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3643, in June 1966. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on July 26 and 27, and August 2, 1965. It peaked at number 15 on the Top Pop Albums chart.[1]


Presley found himself in 1965 recording soundtrack albums for films that were almost a year away from release — gone were the days when the turnaround time from the final session for Elvis Is Back! to its arrival in the shops was less than one week.[2] While working on this album, his most recent film in the theaters was Tickle Me, and Presley had completed three more movies since then. With titles like "A Dog's Life" and "Queenie Wahine's Papaya" he openly ridiculed the material, wasting time before finally approaching the microphone to do the job.[3] He begrudgingly accepted songs given him that he would have rejected outright years earlier. He always finished the work, but in essence Presley had become a hired hand in his own career.[3]

No singles were issued from songs on the album. Ten songs were recorded at the sessions for the soundtrack, but only nine were used in the film. The omitted song, "Sand Castles," was included on the album to bring the running order to ten tracks. Sales for the album were under 250,000, a new low for Presley's LP catalogue.[4] The good news was the single issued in June 1966 two days before the album, the 1945 Victor Young standard "Love Letters" backed with Clyde McPhatter's 1958 rhythm and blues hit "Come What May". It made a respectable number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at least reflected Presley's actual tastes away from obligations to the soundtrack recordings.[5] It was also his first contemporary record release in three years since "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" in June 1963, arriving in stores less than two weeks after it was recorded.[6]

In 2004 "Paradise, Hawaiian Style was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes.[7]


Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 27, 1965 2:39
2. "Queenie Wahine's Papaya"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 27, 1965 1:35
3. "Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours)"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 26, 1965 2:16
4. "Drums Of The Islands"   Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett July 26, 1965 2:34
5. "Datin'"   Fred Wise and Randy Starr July 26, 1965 1:23
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "A Dog's Life"   Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne July 27, 1965 1:59
2. "House of Sand"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 27, 1965 2:04
3. "Stop Where You Are"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 27, 1965 2:06
4. "This Is My Heaven"   Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye July 27, 1965 2:36
5. "Sand Castles" (bonus track) David Hess and Herb Goldberg August 2, 1965 2:58

2004 Follow That Dream CD reissue[edit]

Original tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style"   2:39
2. "Queenie Wahine's Papaya"   1:34
3. "Scratch My Back"   2:15
4. "Drums Of The Islands"   2:33
5. "Datin'"   1:22
6. "A Dog's Life"   1:58
7. "House of Sand"   2:03
8. "Stop Where You Are"   2:04
9. "This Is My Heaven"   2:34
10. "Sand Castles" (bonus track) 2:58
Previously released outtakes
No. Title Length
11. "This Is My Heaven" (take 4) 3:01
12. "A Dog's Life" (takes 4, 5, 6) 5:45
13. "Datin'" (takes 6, 7, 8, 11, 12) 3:23
14. "This Is My Heaven" (take 7) 2:48
Previously unreleased outtakes
No. Title Length
15. "Drums Of The Islands" (takes 4, 5) 3:37
16. "Queenie Wahine's Papaya" (take 5) 1:57
17. "Stop Where You Are" (take 1) 2:40
18. "House Of Sand" (take 3 plus intro) 4:44
19. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" (takes 4, 1) 4:04
20. "Scratch My Back" (take 1) 2:29
21. "A Dog's Life" (take 8) 2:06
22. "Sand Castles" (KOV take 1) 3:06
23. "Datin'" (takes 1, 2, 3, 4) 3:20
24. "This Is My Heaven" (takes 1, 2, 3) 3:56


  1. ^ "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 127.
  3. ^ a b Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 201.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 222.
  5. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 217.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 415, 417.
  7. ^ Sources: