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Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Released:Jun. 1, 1966

Four years after Blue Hawaii, the principals (Hal Wallis, Colonel Parker, Elvis) all reconvened, returning to a land and a commercial prospect they dearly loved. The movie failed to do as well as the original for a number of reasons. First, Elvis’ appearance. This continued to disturb Wallis, who had been complaining to the Colonel for some time that Elvis looked “fat,” “soft,” and “jowly.” He worried that a puffy, overweight Elvis could not function effectively as a romantic leading man. In addition, Hill and Range, Elvis’ song publishers, had by now lost many of their good contract writers, primarily because Elvis’ record sales no longer justified the onerous terms of employment. The result was a pale imitation of the Blue Hawaii soundtrack album with a total of only ten songs, six of them written by the journeyman team of Giant/Baum/Kaye. Cut in the midst of Elvis’ musical doldrums, the vocals were overdubbed with a grudgingness that gave them no more than a smooth professional sheen.

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  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Recorded July 27, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 4, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Queenie Wahi-ne’s Papaya

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Recorded July 27, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 4, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis
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  • Scratch My Back

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Recorded July 26, 965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 3, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Mello Men
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  • Drums Of The Islands

    Polynesian Cultural Center/Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style.Recorded July 26, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 2, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Mello Men
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  • Datin’

    Fred Wise/Randy Starr. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style.Recorded July 26, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 4, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis
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  • A Dog’s Life

    Sid Wayne/Ben Weisman. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Recorded July 27, 965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 4, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis
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  • House Of Sand

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style.Recorded July 27, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 3, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Mello Men
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  • Stop Where You Are

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Recorded July 27, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorded August 3, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Mello Men
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  • This Is My Heaven

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style.Recorded July 27, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocals recorde0d August 2, 1965 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Sand Castles

    Herb Goldberg/David Hess. Recorded for the motion picture Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Band and vocal recorded August 2, 1965. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore, Charlie McCoy, Howard Roberts, Alton Hendrickson. Bass: Ray Siegel, Keith Mitchell. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman. Piano: Larry Muhoberac. Steel Guitar: Bernal Lewis. Vocals: The Mello Men
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Credits

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  • Elvis Presley
    vocals
  • The Jordanaires
    backing vocals
  • The Mello Men
    backing vocals (on "Drums Of The Islands")
  • Bernal Lewis
    steel guitar
  • Scotty Moore, Barney Kessel
    electric guitar
  • Charlie McCoy
    acoustic guitar
  • Howard Roberts, Allan Hendrickson
    electric guitar ("Sand Castles")
  • Larry Muhoberac
    piano
  • Ray Siegel
    double bass
  • Keith Mitchell
    bass guitar ("Sand Castles")
  • D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Milt Holland
    drums
  • Victor Feldman
    drums ("Sand Castles")
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