Friday, 2 October 2009

Elvis Presley At The Movies: The Soundtracks & The Posters

Elvis famously made a long succession of movies, with each of them having progressively worse soundtracks - or did they? I've challenged myself to find at least two half-decent songs from every movie (with the exception of 'Charro!' which only featured the title track over the credits), & I discovered quite a few hidden gems. This post has also given me the opportunity to feature photos of the many wonderful posters used to promote the movies at the time (click on images to enlarge!)...

Love Me Tender (1956)

Best songs: Love Me Tender, Poor Boy

Loving You (1957)

Best songs: Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do, Party, Lonesome Cowboy, Mean Woman Blues, Loving You.

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Best songs: Young And Beautiful, I Want To Be Free, Treat Me Nice, Jailhouse Rock, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care.

King Creole (1958)

Best songs: Crawfish, Trouble, Dixieland Rock, New Orleans, King Creole, Don't Ask Me Why

G.I. Blues (1960)

Best songs: What's She Really Like, G.I. Blues, Frankfort Special, Shoppin' Around, Tonight Is So Right For Love, Wooden Heart, Pocketful Of Rainbows

Flaming Star (1960)

Best songs: Flaming Star, A Cane And A High Starched Collar

Wild In The Country (1961)

Best songs: Wild In The Country, I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell

Blue Hawaii (1961)

Best songs: Blue Hawaii, No More, Can't Help Falling In Love, Rock-A-Hula Baby, Hawaiian Wedding Song

Follow That Dream (1962)

Best songs: What A Wonderful Life, Follow That Dream, Angel

Kid Galahad (1962)

Best songs: King Of The Whole Wide World, Riding The Rainbow, I Got Lucky

Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

Best songs: Girls! Girls! Girls!, I Don't Wanna Be Tied, Return To Sender

It Happened At The World's Fair (1962)

Best songs: Beyond The Bend, One Broken Heart For Sale

Fun In Acapulco (1963)

Best songs: I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, Bossa Nova Baby, You Can't Say No In Acapulco

Kissin' Cousins (1964)

Best songs: Catchin' On Fast , Once Is Enough, Kissin' Cousins (2)

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Best songs: Viva Las Vegas, C'mon Everybody, What'd I Say

Roustabout (1964)

Best songs: Roustabout, Wheels On My Heels, Little Egypt

Girl Happy (1965)

Best songs: Girl Happy, Puppet On A String

Tickle Me (1965)

Best songs: Long Lonely Highway, It Feels So Right, Dirty Dirty Feeling, Slowly But Surely

Harum Scarum (1965)

Best songs: Harem Holiday, Shake That Tambourine, Hey Little Girl

Frankie And Johnny (1966)

Best songs: What Every Woman Lives For, Frankie And Johnny, Hard Luck

Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Best songs: Paradise Hawaiian Style, Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours), A Dog's Life

Spinout (1966)

Best songs: Stop Look And Listen, I'll Be Back

Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)

Best songs: Easy Come Easy Go, Sing You Children

Double Trouble (1967)

Best songs: Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On), City By Night

Clambake (1967)

Best songs: Clambake, You Don't Know Me, How Can You Lose What You Never Had

Stay Away, Joe (1968)

Best songs: Stay Away, All I Needed Was The Rain

Speedway (1968)

Best songs: Let Yourself Go, Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby

Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)

Best songs: Edge Of Reality, A Little Less Conversation

Charro! (1968)

Best song: Charro

The Trouble With Girls (1969)

Best songs: Swing Down Sweet Chariot, Clean Up Your Own Backyard

Change Of Habit (1969)

Best songs: Change Of Habit, Rubberneckin'

Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970)

Best songs: Mystery Train / Tiger Man, Patch It Up, Little Sister / Get Back, Polk Salad Annie

Elvis On Tour (1972)

Best songs: Seperate Ways, Never Been To Spain, I Got A Woman / Amen, Memories


  1. Well done Peter.....
    Nice collection of posters too.
    It would be great to have a full set of originals!
    Cheers from down under in OZ.

  2. Thanks...they're worth a LOT of money Chris! I particularly love the 'King Creole' poster.

  3. Must have been quite a work to listen every Elvis movie soundtrack... I've been big Elvis fan for over 20 years, but I still have seen only about 10-15 of his 33 movies. About half a year ago I bought a DVD of 'Easy Come Easy Go', but I've yet watched about 15 minutes of it, it's so dead boring. But there's also some very good movies, like 'King Creole' and 'Flaming Star' and some of Elvis's mid-sixties have quite good soundtrack music, like 'Harum Scarum', 'Spinout' and 'Double Trouble'.