Album Title : It Happened At The World's Fair
Catalogue Number : LSP - 2697
Year Release : 10th April 1963
Side 1 : Beyond The Bend - Relax - Take Me To The Fair - They Remind Me Too Much Of You - One Broken Heart For Sale
Side 2 : I'm Falling In Love Tonight - Cotton Candy Land - A World Of Our Own - How Would You Like To Be - Happy Ending
Brief History :
It Happened at the World's Fair is the seventeenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2697, in April 1963. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on August 30 and September 22, 1962. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
Initially booked for August 28 and 29, sessions were delayed as Presley had taken ill, and only two numbers were completed satisfactorily on the first night of August 30. Ten songs were tackled for the soundtrack, the standouts being two written by one of Presley's favorite songwriters, Don Robertson taking an active part in the sessions by playing keyboards, and one by the team that had written the #2 hit single "Return to Sender" of the previous year, Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott. All three songs, "I'm Falling In Love Tonight," "They Remind Me Too Much of You," and "One Broken Heart for Sale," would be included on the 1995 compilation of soundtrack highlights.
"One Broken Heart for Sale" and "They Remind Me Too Much of You" would be released ahead of time on January 29 as a single to promote both the album and the film. "Broken Heart" just missed the top ten, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the b-side charting independently at #53. Truncated with a verse excised to a very short length of 1:35, "Broken Heart" was the first RCA single of Presley's career that did not make the top five, excluding the bizarre case of "Shake Rattle and Roll" which did not chart at all after being released on August 31, 1956, simultaneously with the Presley debut album divided up into six singles.
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Title on top. Catalogue number top left with "Living Stereo". Logo top right below album title.
Rear Cover : Catalogue number top right LPM/LSP 2697 below RCA Logo. Printed in U.S.A. bottom centre.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top.
Side 1 : Living Stereo at bottom.
Side 2 : Living Stereo at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Rockaway (Hand Etched)
Matrix Number Side 1 : PPRS - 2729 - 5S (Machine Stamped) B1 (Hand Etched)
Matrix Number Side 2 : PPRS - 2730 - A2 (Machine Stamped) 2S (Hand Etched)