Frankie and Johnny is the twenty-fifth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3553, in March 1966 — the March 1 date is disputed. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on May 12, 13, and 14, 1965. It peaked at number 20 on the Top Pop Albums chart.[1] It was certified Gold and Platinum on January 6, 2004 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]


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To coincide with the 19th century setting of the film, some traditional song material was utilized for the soundtrack. "When the Saints Go Marching In" is an old gospel hymn that has become a jazz standard associated with the traditional hot jazz of New Orleans. It is paired in a medley with "Down by the Riverside", another traditional gospel song dating back to the relevant time period. Both are in the public domain, and the team of Giant, Baum, and Kaye captured the publishing for Freddy Bienstock and Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.[3] The title song, "Frankie and Johnny," is a variant on the American popular song first published in 1904 and credited to Hughie Cannon. With changed lyrics, another publishing royalty was secured for Gladys Music.[4]

Twelve songs were recorded at the sessions for Frankie and Johnny, and all were used and issued on the soundtrack. The title song was issued as asingle, with "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" on the b-side. Released either just before or simultaneously with the album, depending if the disputed release dates are correct, "Frankie and Johnny" peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the b-side also charting at number 45.[5]

Pickwick reissue[edit]Edit

In November 1976, Pickwick Records reissued the soundtrack album with a new cover showing a 1970s-era image of Presley and the title slightly amended to Frankie & Johnny. The running order of the tracks was altered and three songs from the original album were omitted —"Chesay", "Look Out Broadway", and "Everybody Come Aboard". The front cover does not indicate that this is a reissued soundtrack album, and it was the only soundtrack to be reissued in this way. It did not chart on the Billboard 200. This oddity remained in print for several years and when, following Presley's death in August 1977, RCA reissued all of his albums, the agreement between RCA and Pickwick prohibited RCA from reissuing the original, complete soundtrack album in the US for several years due to the existence of this version. The original Frankie and Johnny soundtrack album was reissued in Canada and elsewhere however. Not until 2010 would the complete original Frankie and Johnny soundtrack be widely available in the United States again.


Track listing[edit]Edit

Original release[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Frankie and Johnny"   Alex Gottlieb, Fred KargerBen Weisman May 14, 1965 2:32
2. "Come Along"   David Hess May 12, 1965 1:52
3. "Petunia, the Gardener's Daughter"   Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper May 14, 1965 2:59
4. "Chesay"   Ben Weisman, Fred KargerSid Wayne May 14, 1965 1:39
5. "What Every Woman Lives For"   Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman May 13, 1965 2:27
6. "Look Out, Broadway"   Fred Wise and Randy Starr May 14, 1965 1:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Beginner's Luck"   Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper May 12, 1965 2:34
2. "Down by the Riverside" and "When the Saints Go Marching In"   Bernie BaumBill GiantFlorence Kaye May 12, 1965 1:56
3. "Shout It Out"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye May 13, 1965 2:17
4. "Hard Luck"   Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne May 13, 1965 2:51
5. "Please Don't Stop Loving Me"   Joy Byers May 13, 1965 2:02
6. "Everybody Come Aboard"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye May 14, 1965 1:51

"Frankie and Johnny" was released as a single (RCA 8780) in March 1966 and appeared on Billboard's Hot 100 list for eight weeks. Its highest position was number 25. The single's B-side, "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", also charted for eight weeks and reached number 45.[6]

Pickwick reissue[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "What Every Woman Lives For"   2:27
2. "Please Don't Stop Loving Me"   2:02
3. "Hard Luck"   2:51
4. "Come Along"   1:52
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Down by the Riverside" and "When the Saints Go Marching In"   1:56
2. "Shout It Out"   2:17
3. "Beginner's Luck"   2:34
4. "Frankie and Johnny"   2:32
5. "Petunia, the Gardener's Daughter"   2:59

"Chesay", "Look Out, Broadway", and "Everybody Come Aboard" were not included in the reissue.

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