Rock-A-Hula Baby

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"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
Elvis - Rock a Hula.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
A-side"Can't Help Falling in Love"
ReleasedOctober 1, 1961
Format7" vinyl 45
RecordedMarch 23, 1961, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre
Length1:58
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Sholes[1]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)
"Good Luck Charm"
(1961)

"Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist" Special)" is a 1961 song recorded by Elvis Presley and performed in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii. The song was also released as a single.

Background[edit]

The song was recorded on March 23, 1961 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California; the RCA Victor 45 single was released on October 1, 1961. Steve Sholes produced the studio recording session. The Jordanaires provided the backing vocals.

The song was published by Gladys Music, Inc., Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, and Dolores Fuller,[1] it is a genre mix of Hawaiian folk and rock and roll, it was the first song published by Fuller, who would eventually co-write a dozen songs for Presley.

A double A-sided release with "Can't Help Falling in Love", it peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1962, and spent four weeks at the chart summit.[2] The song has appeared on several compilation albums due to its record sales and chart success such as the 1997 CD re-issue Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 as a bonus track.


The title song of the 1991 movie Rock-a-Doodle, which featured Elvis Presley's original backing vocal group The Jordanaires, parodied "Rock-A-Hula Baby".[3]

Charts[edit]

The recording peaked at no. 23 in the U.S. on the Billboard pop singles chart, no. 1 in Australia, no. 4 in Canada, and no. 3 in the UK when re-released in March, 2005 in a four week chart run.[4]

Other recordings[edit]

Paul Rich, Werner Müller and The London Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Tulsa McLean, Pop Will Eat Itself, Martin Fontaine, Stephen Collins, Terry Buchwald, and Steven Pitman have also recorded the song.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 64. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Rock-A-Doodle (1991). Soundtracks. IMDB.
  4. ^ Song artist 2 - Elvis Presley.tsort.
  5. ^ Rock-A-Hula Baby. Second Hand Songs.