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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 number eight on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Excluding the singles compilation Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3, this was the sixth original Presley album in a row that was a soundtrack to afeature 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 number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for eight weeks. Its B-side — an unused track called "You'll Be Gone", written by Presley with "Memphis Mafia" entourage members Red West and Charlie Hodge — was derived from the March 18, 1962 sessions for Pot Luck with Elvis. A variant on the Cole Porter standard, "Begin the Beguine" (after Porter had denied permission to alter the lyrics), the 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 number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Elvis Presley — vocals
- The Jordanaires — backing vocals
- The Jubilee Four, The Carole Lombard Trio — backing vocals (on "Do the Clam" and "Wolf Call")
- Boots Randolph — saxophone
- Scotty Moore, Tommy Tedesco — electric guitar
- Tiny Timbrell - acoustic guitar
- Floyd Cramer — piano
- Bob Moore — double bass
- D. J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson — drums
|1.||"Girl Happy"||Doc Pomus and Norman Meade||June 10, 1964||2:07|
|2.||"Spring Fever"||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||June 11, 1964||1:52|
|3.||"Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||June 11, 1964||1:32|
|4.||"Startin' Tonight"||Lenore Rosenblatt, Victor Millrose||June 12, 1964||1:19|
|5.||"Wolf Call"||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||June 12, 1964||1:26|
|6.||"Do Not Disturb"||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||June 11, 1964||1:52|
|1.||"Cross My Heart and Hope to Die"||Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne||June 11, 1964||1:55|
|2.||"The Meanest Girl in Town"||Joy Byers||June 10, 1964||1:55|
|3.||"Do the Clam"||Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller, Sid Wayne||June 12, 1964||3:20|
|4.||"Puppet on a String"||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||June 10, 1964||2:39|
|5.||"I've Got to Find My Baby"||Joy Byers||June 11, 1964||1:35|
|6.||"You'll Be Gone" (bonus track)||Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge, Red West||March 18, 1962||2:23|