Fun in Acapulco (album)
|Fun in Acapulco|
|Soundtrack album by Elvis Presley|
|Released||November 1, 1963|
|Elvis Presley chronology|
Fun in Acapulco is the nineteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2756, in November 1963 – the November 1 date is disputed. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on January 22 and 23, 1963, and at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 26 and 27, 1963. It peaked at No. 3 on the Top Pop Albums chart. The album, along with the accompanying film, would be Presley's last release before the arrival of Beatlemania.
The third of his tropical travelogue films for Paramount Pictures after Blue Hawaii and Girls! Girls! Girls! finds Elvis frolicing south of the border. The standard stable of songwriters for Presley delivered songs to match, with titles like "Marguerita," "El Toro," "You Can't Say No In Acapulco," and "The Bullfighter Was A Lady." Included as well was the old standard "Guadalajara" by Pepe Guízar from the 1930s. With the change from the normal routine, and with the addition of trumpet players Rudolph Loera and Anthony Terran, Presley engaged the material with greater enthusiasm than on recent soundtrack outings. Four of these songs would be included on the 1995 compilation of soundtrack highlights: the title track, "Mexico," "Marguerita," and the song released as the lead single, "Bossa Nova Baby."
"Bossa Nova Baby" arrived in stores one month prior to the soundtrack, coupled with the track "Witchcraft" by rhythm and blues songwriter and arranger Dave Bartholomew and a hit for The Spiders in 1956. The fact that the bossa nova craze of the 1960s was a Brazilian phenomenon rather than a Mexican one mattered little, as the single peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Compensating for the skimpy ten-track It Happened at the World's Fair album, the Colonel insisted on making Fun in Acapulco a good value. Two additional tracks, "Love Me Tonight" and "Slowly But Surely" were pulled from the aborted album sessions of May 1963, and added here to bring the running order up to thirteen tracks.
- Elvis Presley – vocals
- The Jordanaires – backing vocals
- The Amigos – backing vocals
- Anthony Terran, Rudolph Loera – trumpets
- Scotty Moore, Barney Kessel – electric guitar
- Tiny Timbrell – acoustic guitar
- Dudley Brooks – piano
- Ray Seigel – bass
- Emil Radocchia – percussion
- D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine – drums
|1.||1/23/63||Fun in Acapulco||Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne||2:30|
|2.||1/22/63||Vino, Dinero y Amor||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||1:55|
|3.||1/22/63||Mexico||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||1:59|
|4.||1/23/63||El Toro||Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye||2:42|
|6.||1/22/63||The Bullfighter Was a Lady||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||2:04|
|7.||1/23/63||(There's) No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car||Fred Wise and Dick Manning||1:53|
|Track||Recorded||Catalogue||Release Date||Chart Peak||Song Title||Writer(s)||Time|
|1.||1/22/63||I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here||Don Robertson and Hal Blair||2:53|
|2.||1/22/63||47-8243||10/1/63||#8||Bossa Nova Baby||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:02|
|3.||1/23/63||You Can't Say No In Acapulco||Sid Feller, Dolores Fuller, Lee Morris||1:55|
|5.||5/26/63||Love Me Tonight||Don Robertson||2:00|
|6.||5/27/63||Slowly But Surely||Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne||2:12|
- Allmusic review
- Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 177-178
- Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 184.