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Blue Hawaii

Released:Oct. 20, 1961

The soundtrack album for Elvis’ new, all-ages musical comedy in the Bing Crosby mode offered a generous fourteen-track selection of Hawaiian-flavored, mostly romantic music. There is no question that Elvis found the mix not only palatable but very much to his taste (Bing Crosby’s equally Hawaiian-flavored “Harbor Lights” was one of the first songs he ever recorded), and the Radio Recorders sessions included a combination of some of the best Nashville and L.A. studio pickers. As for the movie itself, the key element was a fixed determination on the part of both Colonel Parker and producer Hal Wallis to make the kind of movie that Elvis’ audience unquestionably preferred: a musical entertainment, not a serious drama. This view had only been reinforced by the commercial (and some would say artistic) failure of Elvis’ two most recent movies for 20th Century Fox, Flaming Star and Wild In The Country, both of which had offered him strong dramatic roles. Blue Hawaii, on the other hand, was a reprise of G.I. Blues, only better – in terms of both material and box-office success. The soundtrack album exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations, selling nearly two million copies, a figure that would stand as an unapproachable all-time best. In addition, it yielded a Number Two pop hit, “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” a song with which Elvis would always be identified. And, perhaps needless to say, it established once and for all the course of a film career, which Elvis had once hoped, would see him become “the next James Dean.”

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  • Blue Hawaii

    Lee Robin/Ralph Rainger. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Almost Always True

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Aloha Oe

    Arranged and Adapted by Elvis Presley. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 21, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • No More

    Don Robertson/Hal Blair. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 21, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Can’t Help Falling In Love

    Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 23, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Rock-A-Hula Baby

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman/Dolores Fuller. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 23, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Moonlight Swim

    Sylvia Dee/Ben Weisman. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers. OVERDUBS Vocals: D. McCarty, V. Rees, L. Norman, J. Allen
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  • Ku-U-I-Po

    Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 21, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Ito Eats

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Slicin’ Sand

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 21, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Hawaiian Sunset

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 21, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Beach Boy Blues

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 23, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Island Of Love

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • Hawaiian Wedding Song

    Charles King/Al Hoffman/Dick Manning. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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Credits

Artist
Credit
  • 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
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