Kissin' Cousins (song)

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"Kissin' Cousins"
Single by Elvis Presley and The Jordanaires
from the album Kissin' Cousins soundtrack
A-side Kissin' Cousins"
"It Hurts Me
Released September 30, 1963
Format 7" single
Length 2:14
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Fred Wise
Randy Starr
Elvis Presley and The Jordanaires singles chronology
"Bossa Nova Baby" / "Witchcraft"
(1963)
"Kissin' Cousins" / "It Hurts Me'"
(1963)
"What'd I Say" / "Viva Las Vegas"
(1964)
"Bossa Nova Baby" /
"Witchcraft"
(1963)
"Kissin' Cousins" /
"It Hurts Me'"
(1964)
"What'd I Say" /
"Viva Las Vegas"
(1964)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Billboard Favorable[1]

"Kissin' Cousins" is a song first recorded by Elvis Presley as part of the soundtrack for his 1964 motion picture Kissin' Cousins, in which it played over the opening credits.[2]

The movie also featured a completely different song, titled "Kissin' Cousins (No. 2)" and written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye.[2]

Writing and recording[edit]

The song was written by Fred Wise and Randy Starr.[2][3][4][5] [6][7][8]

Elvis Presley recorded his vocals for the song (over an earlier-recorded backing track) on October 10 (or possibly in the early morning of October 11), 1963.[9][10]

Release history[edit]

The song was first released on a single in January or February 1964, with "It Hurts Me", a non-movie song, on the opposite side.

Because the song was backed from the top spot by The Beatles during the British Invasion, "Kissin' Cousins" was a commercial disappointment, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11][12] [8] ("It Hurts Me" also charted, peaking at number 29.)

The song's first LP release was in March 1964 on the Kissing Cousins soundtrack LP (LPM-2894 in mono and LSP-2894 in stereo).[13]

On March 27, 1992, the single "Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts Me" was certified Gold by RIAA for selling in over 500,000 copies.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the single "Kissin' Cousings / It Hurts Me" in its February 15, 1964 issue, Billboard called the two songs "[t]wo more contenders for chart honors from Elvis."[1]

First side is from forthcoming film and features good middle tempo rock with voices and guitars in support.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
"Kissin' Cousins"
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 33
Germany[17] 27
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 6
UK (Official Charts Company)[19] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 12
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[citation needed] 10
"Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts Me"
Australia (retrospect Kent Music Report)[20][8] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (15 February 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 22–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ a b c James L. Neibaur (4 April 2014). The Elvis Movies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-1-4422-3074-3. 
  3. ^ Joseph Murrells (1974). The book of golden discs. Barrie & Jenkins. 
  4. ^ David F. Lonergan (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975. Scarecrow Press. pp. 122–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. 
  5. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series. 1966. pp. 314–. 
  6. ^ Albert Hand (1973). Elvis Special. World Distributors. 
  7. ^ Jean-Jacques Jelot-Blanc (3 January 2016). CAMION BLANC: ELVIS A HOLLYWOOD Presley fait son cinéma. CAMION BLANC. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-2-35779-747-5. 
  8. ^ a b c Bar Biszick-Lockwood (2010). Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberbach and Hill and Range Songs. University of Illinois Press. pp. 251–. ISBN 978-0-252-07694-7. 
  9. ^ Ernst Jorgensen (22 April 2014). Elvis Presley: A Life In Music. St. Martin's Press. pp. 283–. ISBN 978-1-4668-6855-7. 
  10. ^ Kevin Crouch; Tanja Crouch (9 April 2012). The Gospel According To Elvis. Music Sales Group. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-0-85712-758-7. 
  11. ^ a b "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart (1964-03-21)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  12. ^ James L. Neibaur (4 April 2014). The Elvis Movies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-4422-3074-3. 
  13. ^ Jerry Osborne; Bruce Hamilton (1980). Presleyana. O'Sullivan Woodside. ISBN 978-0-89019-073-9. 
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA (Search)". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Elvis Presley – Kissin' Cousins" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Elvis Presley – Kissin' Cousins" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "australian-charts.com - Elvis Presley - Kissin' Cousins". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Elvis Presley – Kissin' Cousins". VG-lista.
  19. ^ "Elvis Presley - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  20. ^ David Kent. "Australian Chart Book 1940–1969". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
    "Elvis Presley: The Australian Singles Chart : 1956–2006". Elvis Australia : Official Elvis Presley Fan Club : www.elvis.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 

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