Puppet on a String (Elvis Presley song)

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"Puppet on a String"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Girl Happy
B-side "Wooden Heart"
Released 1965
Recorded June 16, 1964[1]
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Roy C. Bennett, Sid Tepper[1][2][3]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"I'm Yours"
"Puppet on a String" / "Wooden Heart"
"Tell Me Why" / "Blue River"
"I'm Yours"
"Puppet on a String" /
"Wooden Heart"
"Tell Me Why" / "Blue River"

"Puppet on a String" is a 1965 song originally recorded by Elvis Presley. It was written by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper and recorded by Presley for the MGM film Girl Happy[1] (released to theaters on April 14, 1965).[4][5]

Presley's vocals for "Puppet on a String" and some other tracks were recorded by him (over a backing track that was recorded earlier) during a recording session at Radio Recorders in Culver City (near Los Angeles) on June 16, 1964.[1]

Released in the United States in 1965 as a single with "Wooden Heart" on the B-side,[6] "Puppet on a String" reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 12, 1965.[2][4] (The other single from the same movie, "Do the Clam", was released earlier in the same year and reached number 21.)[4]

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

"Puppet on a String" is an easy listening love song.[1]


Chart (1965) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 14


  1. ^ a b c d e "Puppet On A String by Elvis Presley Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Songfacts, LLC. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c David F. Lonergan (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975. Scarecrow Press. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. 
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (13 November 1965). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 4–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ a b c James L. Neibaur (4 April 2014). The Elvis Movies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 163–. ISBN 978-1-4422-3074-3. 
  5. ^ Thomas Lisanti (24 August 2012). Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969. McFarland. pp. 193–. ISBN 978-0-7864-7297-0. 
  6. ^ "Elvis Presley - Puppet On A String at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 

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