Follow That Dream (EP)

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Follow That Dream
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EP by Elvis Presley
Released April 1962
Recorded July 2, 1961
Genre Soundtrack
Length 8:36
Label RCA Records
Producer Hans Salter
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis by Request: Flaming Star and 3 Other Great Songs
(1961)
Follow That Dream
(1962)
Kid Galahad
(1962)

Follow That Dream is a mini-album (EP) by Elvis Presley, containing songs from the motion picture of the same name. The album was released by RCA in May 1962.

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 5, 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 air-play and reached #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. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Follow That Dream" Fred Wise and Ben Weisman July 2, 1961 1:39
2. "Angel" Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper July 2, 1961 2:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "What a Wonderful Life" Sid Wayne and Jerry Livingston July 2, 1961 2:27
2. "I'm Not the Marrying Kind" Sherman Edwards and Mack David July 2, 1961 1:51

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

"Follow That Dream" (song)
Chart (1962) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[5] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA (Search)". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  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. ^ a b "Elvis Presley - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 

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