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G.I. Blues

Released:Sep. 23, 1960

Elvis had been enormously proud of his achievement in King Creole, both the music and the movie. He was disappointed to almost as great a degree in his new movie. Leiber and Stoller had a last-minute business falling-out with Hill and Range (precipitated mostly by the Colonel’s deep-seated suspicion of their motivations and/or controllability) and their three songs were dropped from the film. Elvis had little liking for most of the other numbers that had been submitted, and even less for the insipid plot line and character that he played. Nonetheless, he delivered a smoothly professional (if somewhat detached) performance. High points of the soundtrack included a perfectly modulated and controlled vocal delivery on “Doin’ The Best I Can,” the lone Pomus-Shuman contribution; a reasonable facsimile of his mainstream ’50s hits in “Shoppin’ Around”; and, in “Pocketful Of Rainbows,” a song that offered him the kind of vocal challenge that he was now actively seeking. The movie itself was a huge hit, and the soundtrack album sold a staggering 750,000 copies, pointing the way to a bright financial future, if a somewhat more mixed aesthetic forecast.

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  • Tonight Is So Right For Love

    Sid Wayne/Abner Silver. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 27, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • What’s She Really Like

    Sid Wayne/Abner Silver. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 28, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Frankfort Special

    Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded May 6, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Wooden Heart

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman/Kay Twomey. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 28, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • G.I. Blues

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 27, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Pocketful Of Rainbows

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded May 6, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Shoppin’ Around

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett/Aaron Schroeder. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded May 6, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Big Boots

    Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded May 6, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires 09) Didja’ Ever - Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards. Reco
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  • Didja’ Ever

    Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 27, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Blue Suede Shoes

    Carl Perkins. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 28, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Doin’ The Best I Can

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded April 27, 1960 at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Frank Bode. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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Credits

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  • Elvis Presley
    vocals, acoustic guitar (on Blue Suede Shoes,Shoppin' Around take)
  • The Jordanaires
    backing vocals
  • Scotty Moore
    electric guitar
  • Tiny Timbrell
    acoustic guitar
  • Neal Matthews, Jr.
    electric bass
  • Pete Drake
    pedal steel guitar
  • Jimmie Haskell
    accordion
  • Hoyt Hawkins
    tambourine
  • Dudley Brooks
    piano
  • Ray Siegel
    double bass
  • D.J. Fontana
    drums
  • Frank Bode
    drums
  • Bernie Mattinson
    drums
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