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Roustabout

Released:Oct. 19, 1964

The new Hal Wallis picture was one dear to the Colonel’s heart, as it not only drew on his carnival experience in the ’30s but was suggested by an idea he had pitched to Wallis three years earlier. Listed as “Technical Advisor” on all of Elvis’ films, he actually earned his title here, and you can glean some of the fondness of his feelings for the hustle-and-flow milieu that he always said had introduced him into “the wonderful world of show business.” It was only after the completion of the picture that Hal Wallis nixed the already recorded Otis Blackwell-Winfield Scott title track for what he deemed its “risqué” lyrics, but the always efficient team of Giant/Baum/Kaye jumped right in and delivered a new one. The sound-track was better integrated than some but of no higher quality, and there was no song strong enough to be released as a single. The album in any case was a substantial success, selling 450,000 copies and gaining Elvis the Number One album spot for the first time since Blue Hawaii.

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  • Roustabout

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded April 29, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Elvis’ vocal recorded May 14, 1964. Guitar: Billy Strange, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: The Mello Men.
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  • Little Egypt

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 2, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Poison Ivy League

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 2, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Hard Knocks

    Joy Byers. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 2, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • It’s A Wonderful World

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 2, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Big Love Big Heartache

    Dee Fuller/Les Morris/Sonny Hendrix. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 2, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • One Track Heart

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • It’s Carnival Time

    Ben Weisman/Sid Wayne. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Carny Town

    Fred Wise/Randy Starr. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon

    Joy Byers. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Wheels On My Heels

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded for the motion picture Roustabout. Recorded March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Tiny Timbrell, Billy Strange, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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Credits

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Credit
  • Elvis Presley
    vocals
  • The Jordanaires
    backing vocals
  • The Mello Men
    backing vocals (on "Roustabout")
  • Boots Randolph
    saxophone
  • Scotty Moore, Billy Strange
    electric guitar
  • Tiny Timbrell
    acoustic guitar
  • Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks
    piano
  • Bob Moore, Ray Siegel
    double bass
  • D. J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Hal Blaine
    drums
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