Monday, June 17, 2024

Record #0703: Puppet on a String / Wooden Heart – ELVIS PRESLEY



RCA Victor 447-0650 (original) USA, 26. October 1965
Words & Music by:  Side ASid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett; Side BFred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey, Bert Kämpfert
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Tommy Tedesco (guitar on side A), Neal Matthews (guitar on side B), Bob Moore (bass on side A), Ray Siegel (bass and tuba on side B), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar and mandolin), D.J. Fontana / Frank Bode (drums on side B), D.J. Fontana / Buddy Harman / Frank Carlson (drums on side A), Floyd Cramer (piano on side A), Dudley Brooks (piano on side B), Jimmie Haskelf (accordion on side B), Hoyt Hawkins (tambourine on side B), The Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Side A - Produced by George Stoll at Radio Recorders Studio B, Hollywood, CA, on 10. June 1964; Side B – Produced by Joseph Lilley at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA on 28. April 1960
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #14, US AC #3, Canada #3, Australia #28; Side B - US #110, Finland #4 (in 1961)

“Wooden Heart” had already been released as a single in many European countries in 1961 and as a flip side of “Blue Christmas” in the States in 1964.

Puppet on a String” was in Elvis’ 1965 film “Girl Happy”. “Wooden Heart” was in his 1960 movie “G.I. Blues”.

List price:  Very Good+ is $5, Near Mint is $10. Picture sleeve VG+ is $15, NM is $30.

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