Follow That Dream (EP)

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Follow That Dream
EP by Elvis Presley
Released April 1962
Recorded July 2, 1961
Genre Pop
Length 8:36
Label RCA Victor
Producer Hans Salter
Elvis Presley chronology
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Follow That Dream
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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.

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.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



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


  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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