Album Title : Fun In Acapulco
Catalogue Number : LPM - 2756
Year Release : 15th November 1963
Side 1 : Fun In Acapulco - Vino, Dinero Y Amor - Mexico - El Toro - Marguerita - The Bullfighter Was A Lady - (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
Side 2 : I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here - Bossa Nova Baby - You Can't Say No In Acapulco - Guadalajara - Love Me Tonight - Slowly But Surely
Brief History :
Fun in Acapulco is the nineteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2756, in November 1963 - the November 1 date is disputed. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on January 22 and 23, 1963, and at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 26 and 27, 1963. It peaked at #3 on the Top Pop Albums chart. The album, along with the accompanying film, would be Presley's last release before the arrival of Beatlemania.
The third of his tropical travelogue films for Paramount Pictures after Blue Hawaii and Girls! Girls! Girls! finds Elvis frolicing south of the border. The standard stable of songwriters for Presley delivered songs to match, with titles like "Marguerita," "El Toro," "You Can't Say No In Acapulco," and "The Bullfighter Was A Lady." Included as well was the old standard "Guadalajara" by Pepe Guízar from the 1930s. With the change from the normal routine, and with the addition of trumpet players Rudolph Loera and Anthony Terran, Presley engaged the material with greater enthusiasm than on recent soundtrack outings. Four of these songs would be included on the 1995 compilation of soundtrack highlights: the title track, "Mexico," "Marguerita," and the song released as the lead single, "Bossa Nova Baby."
"Bossa Nova Baby" arrived in stores one month prior to the soundtrack, coupled with the track "Witchcraft" by rhythm and blues songwriter and arranger Dave Bartholomew and a hit for The Spiders in 1956. The fact that the bossa nova craze of the 1960s was a Brazilian phenomenon rather than a Mexican one mattered little, as the single peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Compensating for the skimpy ten-track It Happened at the World's Fair album, the Colonel insisted on making Fun in Acapulco a good value. Two additional tracks, "Love Me Tonight" and "Slowly But Surely" were pulled from the aborted album sessions of May, 1963, and added here to bring the running order up to thirteen tracks.
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Film title centered. Catalogue number bottom left.
Rear Cover : 13 photos of Elvis. Catalogue number top right Mono LPM 2756 / Stereo LSP 2697. Printed in U.S.A. bottom side right.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top.
Side 1 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 1. MONO at bottom.
Side 2 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 2. MONO at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Hollywood
Matrix Number Side 1 : PPRM - 4434 - 3S A (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : PPRM - 4435 - 3S A (Machine Stamped)