Album Title : Girl Happy
Catalogue Number : LPM - 3338
Year Release : 1st March 1965
Side 1 : Girl Happy - Spring Fever - Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce - Startin' Tonight - Wolf Call - Do Not Disturb
Side 2 : Cross My Heart And Hope To Die - The Meanest Girl In Town - Do The Clam - Puppet On A String - I've Got To Find My Baby - You'll Be Gone
Brief History :
Girl Happy is the twenty-second album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3338, in March 1965 - the March 1 date is disputed. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on June 10, 11, 12, and vocal overdubs by Presley on June 15, 1964. It peaked at #8 on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on 7/15/1999 by the R.I.A.A.
Excluding the singles compilation Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3, this was the sixth original Presley album in a row that was a soundtrack to a feature film. Eleven songs were recorded and all were used, with "The Meanest Girl in Town" originally released as "Yeah, She's Evil!" by Bill Haley & His Comets and released on Decca Records in July 1964, though Haley actually recorded his version six days after Presley. An error in mastering resulted in Presley's voice being sped up on several of the recordings, most notably the title track. RCA finally released a corrected version of the title track in its 1991 compilation Collectors Gold from the Movie Years.
"Do the Clam" was released approximately a month ahead of the album as a single, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for eight weeks. Its b-side derived from the March 18, 1962 sessions for Pot Luck with Elvis, an unused track written by Presley with Memphis Mafia entourage members Red West and Charlie Hodge, "You'll Be Gone." A variant on the Cole Porter standard "Begin the Beguine," when Porter denied permission to alter the lyrics, a new song was drafted using the Porter tune and lyric as a template. Not appearing in the film, it was added to the Girl Happy soundtrack album.
At the end of 1965, RCA released the soundtrack album for Elvis's third movie of the year, "Harum Scarum". Due to the fact that none of the songs included in that album had any single potential, RCA chose "Puppet On A String" backed with the five year old "Wooden Heart" for the Christmas single. Although "Puppet On A String" had already been available on the "Girl Happy" soundtrack album for months, that song still managed to reach #14 on the Billboard HOT 100.
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. LP title to the left . Catalogue number bottom left.
Rear Cover : Photo of Elvis standing on a boat. Catalogue number top right Mono LPM 3338 / Stereo LSP 3338. Printed in U.S.A. bottom right.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top. RCA Victor Logo in white.
Side 1 : Right side has "Side 1". MONAURAL at bottom.
Side 2 : Right side has "Side 2". MONAURAL at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
Matrix Number Side 1 : SPRM - 2012 - 3S A4 (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : SPRM - 2013 - 3S A3 (Machine Stamped)