Follow That Dream (EP)

Follow That Dream is an EP by American singer Elvis Presley, containing four songs from the motion picture of the same name. The EP was released by RCA Victor in May 1962.

Follow That Dream
EP (soundtrack) by
ReleasedApril 1962
RecordedJuly 2, 1961
StudioRCA Studio B (Nashville)
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerHans Salter
Elvis Presley chronology
Blue Hawaii
Follow That Dream
Pot Luck

It was simultaneously certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 27, 1992.[1]

Recording and release history edit

Recording sessions took place on July 2, 1961, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. Six songs were recorded for the film, and a distressed Presley insisted that the worst song, "Sound Advice," be omitted from release when it came time to assemble a soundtrack.[2] "Sound Advice" would be placed on the compilation Elvis for Everyone, and a sixth soundtrack song, "A Whistling Tune," would be saved for the next film Kid Galahad, the version recorded at these sessions later released on Collectors Gold in 1991.[3] Presley sang a few lines of "On Top of Old Smokey" in the film, but the recording was made on the movie set. The issue of quality would continue to be a sore point in his soundtrack material for the remainder of his film career.

Issued as an extended play record, the Follow That Dream soundtrack EP was released in April 1962 to coincide with the film's premiere. The record sold very well, especially for an EP in the Sixties. The title song received Top 40 radio airplay and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It became a platinum record. The extended play record was the number-one EP in the UK for 20 weeks. [4]

Track listing edit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Follow That Dream"Fred Wise and Ben WeismanJuly 2, 19611:39
2."Angel"Roy C. Bennett and Sid TepperJuly 2, 19612:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."What a Wonderful Life"Sid Wayne and Jerry LivingstonJuly 2, 19612:27
2."I'm Not the Marrying Kind"Sherman Edwards and Mack DavidJuly 2, 19611:51

Personnel edit

Charts edit

"Follow That Dream" (song)
Chart (1962) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 34
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[6] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 15

References edit

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA (Search)". RIAA. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 160.
  3. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 159.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 414.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Elvis Presley – Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.

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