In keeping with the tone of corporate bewilderment, not to mention sheer desperation (what had become of their star recording artist of ten years standing?), RCA released a second A-side from the Girl Happy soundtrack of seven months earlier. On a particularly odd note, “Wooden Heart,” taken from the G.I. Blues soundtrack, was the B-side, representing the second time in less than a year that this 1960 track had been released on a single. The reason? The Colonel had struck a bargain in which RCA agreed to guarantee payment for a million domestic sales in exchange for permission to release “Wooden Heart” as a single in Europe. Evidently they were still trying to recoup their investment. The new single sold half a million copies.
Puppet On A StringSid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Girl Happy. Recorded June 10, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Tommy Tedesco. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
Wooden HeartFred 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