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Roustabout (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1964
RecordedMarch 2 & 3, April 29, 1964
StudioRadio Recorders (Hollywood)
GenrePop, rock and roll
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJoseph Lilley
Elvis Presley chronology
Viva Las Vegas
Girl Happy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Record Mirror[2]

Roustabout is the ninth soundtrack album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2999, in October 1964. It is the soundtrack to the 1964 film of the same name starring Presley. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on March 2 and 3, and April 29, 1964. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart.[3] It was certified Gold on May 20, 1988 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4] The album would be Presley's final soundtrack to reach number one and his last number one album until 1973's Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite.[3]


Payments to Presley for each film amounted to between $225,000 to $1,000,000 up front, often half the budget for production, with a 50% share of the profits.[5] These movies were being shot in sometimes as little as three weeks, with the complete scoring and recording of the soundtrack albums taking no more than two weeks.[5] It fell to Freddy Bienstock, the assistant of Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to ensure that the soundtrack songs fit into the profit equation with the publishing controlled by Elvis Presley Music or Gladys Music, the Hill and Range Publishing companies owned by Presley and Parker. As a result, successful writers such as Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, and Don Robertson lost interest in adhering to the needs of the grind.[5] It was interlocking self-promotion, causing one MGM employee to remark that the movies "didn't need titles. They could be numbered. They would still sell".[5]

Blackwell and Scott in fact submitted a candidate for the title track, "I'm a Roustabout" recorded on March 3, only to find it substituted by a song from a different team of writers.[6] This recording was eventually released by RCA on the 2003 compilation 2nd to None.[7]

Presley and his coterie of top session musicians gamely plowed through all of this, and eleven songs were recorded for the twenty-minute soundtrack LP. Four songs from this album appeared on the 1995 soundtrack compilation, The Essential 60s Masters II: "Roustabout", "Little Egypt", "Poison Ivy League", and "There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon".[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Roustabout"Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence KayeApril 29, 19641:56
2."Little Egypt"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMarch 2, 19642:15
3."Poison Ivy League"Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence KayeMarch 2, 19642:02
4."Hard Knocks"Joy ByersMarch 2, 19641:42
5."It's a Wonderful World"Sid Tepper and Roy C. BennettMarch 2, 19641:48
6."Big Love Big Heartache"Dolores Fuller, Lee Morris, Sonny HendrixMarch 3, 19641:57
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."One Track Heart"Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence KayeMarch 3, 19642:15
2."It's Carnival Time"Ben Weisman and Sid WayneMarch 3, 19641:32
3."Carny Town"Fred Wise and Randy StarrMarch 3, 19641:19
4."There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon"Joy ByersMarch 3, 19642:00
5."Wheels on My Heels"Sid Tepper and Roy C. BennettMarch 3, 19641:19



Chart (1965) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums 1
Australian Albums Chart 2[9]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Jones, Peter; Jopling, Norman (30 January 1965). "Elvis Presley: Roustabout" (PDF). Record Mirror. No. 203. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. Note: Enter search for "Roustabout"
  5. ^ a b c d Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 198.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 198-199.
  7. ^ "Events in Memphis - Elvis Presley News - Memphis, Tennessee". Elvis.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  8. ^ Command Performances: The Essential 60s Masters II at AllMusic
  9. ^ https://charts.elvis.com.au/elvis-presley-australian-album-charts-list.html Elvis Presley Australian Albums Chart
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Elvis Presley – Roustabout". Recording Industry Association of America.

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