Girl Happy

Girl Happy

by Elvis Presley


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Girl Happy

Girl Happy sent Elvis Presley down to Fort Lauderdale for spring break -- a plot point celebrated in the soundtrack's "Spring Fever" and "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce," the songs that kick off this 1965 soundtrack. By this point, songs designed solely for a silver screen lark were standard practice on Elvis LPs, but the tunes on Girl Happy feel broader and goofier, or, to use a word often associated with Presley soundtracks, they feel like camp. There are a number of reasons for the transition, including Presley aging as a matinee star -- in 1965, he had been top-lining films for nine years -- but on sheer musical terms, it can be boiled down to Colonel Tom Parker demanding to own publishing, and RCA producers attempting to navigate the swiftly shifting tides of pop music in the mid-'60s. Nobody in the Elvis camp was ready to address the swinging sounds coming out of Britain, so the production of Girl Happy often winds up as an overly aggressive, ramped-up version of standard pre-Beatles pop, a decision that, when paired with the ridiculous songs, turns this record deeply dopey. "Do the Clam" bears the brunt of the record's retroactive derision, but that's only because it was a single: it's silly but spirited, a song that's beneath the gifts of Elvis but nevertheless has energy, as does another highlight here, "The Meanest Girl in Town." Girl Happy falls apart when the songwriters write to the screenplay and wind up with terrible beach-bikini bops, including the aforementioned Florida tunes, but those are both eclipsed by the dreadful "Wolf Call." The ballads don't fare much better, either, sinking down into a syrupy mess, an affliction that also befalls "Puppet on a String," a dainty throwaway that was nevertheless released as a 45 later in 1965 when RCA realized nothing on Harum Scarum could be salvaged as a single. So, as bad as Girl Happy is, things did get worse, and quickly, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886976158828
catalogNumber: 761588

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Frank Carlson   Drums
Carole Lombard Trio   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jubilee Four   Background Vocals
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass

Technical Credits

Elvis Presley   Composer
Charlie Hodge   Composer
Vic Millrose   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Bernie Baum   Composer
Joy Byers   Composer
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Norman Meade   Composer
Bill Giant   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer
Lenore Rosenblatt   Composer
Dave Weichman   Engineer
Roy C. Bennett   Composer
Red West   Composer

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