Sunday, April 14, 2024

Record #0680: Viva Las Vegas / What’d I Say – ELVIS PRESLEY


RCA Victor 47-8360 (original) USA, 28. April 1964
Words & Music by:  Side ADoc Pomus, Mort Shuman; Side BRay Charles
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Billy Strange (guitar), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar on side A), Scotty Moore (guitar on side A), Glen Campbell (guitar on side B), Alton Hendrickson (guitar on side B), Frank Carlson / Murrey “Buddy” Harman / D.J. Fontana (drums), Roy Harte (percussion on side B), Bob Moore (bass on side A), Ray Siegal (bass on side B), Dudley Brooks / Floyd Cramer (piano on side A), Artie Kane (piano on side B), Homer “Boots” Randolph / William Green (sax on side A), Steve Douglas (sax on side B), James Zito (trumpet on side A), Harb Taylor, Randall Miller (trombones on side A), the Jordanaires (backing vocals on side A), the Jubilee Four, the Carol Lombard Quartet (backing vocals on side B)
Recording sessions: Radio Recorders Studio B, Hollywood, CA, Side A – 7.00pm-11.00pm on 10. July 1963; Side B – on 30. August 1963
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #29, Australia #4, UK #17, Norway #6, Sweden #5, Denmark #3, Finland #9; Side B – US #21

Both side A and side B appear in Presley’s 1964 movie “Viva Las Vegas”. Oh, those early 60’s dance crazes! :D

The list of musicians includes some members of the Wrecking Crew.

List price:  Very Good+ is $6, Near Mint is $12.

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