| March 1, 1966|
Frankie and Johnny
| May 1965|
1 March 1966
| Harum Scarum, Spinout, Clambake, Fun in Acapulco, Paradise - Hawaiian Style|
Frankie and Johnny is the twenty-fifth album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3553, on March 1, 1966. It is the soundtrack to the 1966 film of the same name starring Presley. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on May 12, 13, and 14, 1965. It peaked at number 20 on the Top LP's chart. It was certified Gold and Platinum on January 6, 2004 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
To coincide with the 19th century setting of the film, some traditional song material was utilized for the soundtrack. "When the Saints Go Marching In" is an old gospel hymn that has become a jazz standard associated with the traditional hot jazz of New Orleans. It is paired in a medley with "Down by the Riverside", another traditional gospel song dating back to the relevant time period. Both are in the public domain, and the team of Giant, Baum, and Kaye captured the publishing for Freddy Bienstock and Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The title song, "Frankie and Johnny," is a variant on the American popular song first published in 1904 and credited to Hughie Cannon. With changed lyrics, another publishing royalty was secured for Gladys Music.
Twelve songs were recorded at the sessions for Frankie and Johnny, and all were used and issued on the soundtrack. The title song was issued as a single, with "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" on the B-side. Released either just before or simultaneously with the album, depending if the disputed release dates are correct, "Frankie and Johnny" peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the b-side also charting at number 45.
During the 1970s, Pickwick Records had leased several of Presley's recordings from RCA and reissued the soundtrack album in 1976 with a new cover showing a 1970s-era image of Presley and the title slightly amended to Frankie & Johnny. The running order of the tracks was altered and three songs from the original album were omitted —"Chesay", "Look Out Broadway", and "Everybody Come Aboard". The front cover does not indicate that this is a reissued soundtrack album, and it was the only soundtrack to be reissued in this way. It did not chart on the Billboard 200. This oddity remained in print for several years and when, following Presley's death in August 1977, RCA reissued all of his albums, the agreement between RCA and Pickwick prohibited RCA from reissuing the original, complete soundtrack album in the US for several years due to the existence of this version. The original Frankie and Johnny soundtrack album was reissued in Canada and elsewhere however. Not until 2010 would the complete original Frankie and Johnny soundtrack be widely available in the United States again.
In 2003 Frankie and Johnny was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes.
Note"Frankie and Johnny" was released as a single (RCA 8780) in March 1966 and appeared on Billboard's Hot 100 list for eight weeks. Its highest position was number 25. The single's B-side, "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", also charted for eight weeks and reached number 45.
Note"Chesay", "Look Out, Broadway", and "Everybody Come Aboard" were not included in the reissue.
Elvis Presley – vocals
The Jordanaires – backing vocals
Eileen Wilson – vocals
George Worth – trumpet
Richard Noel – trombone
John Johnson – tuba
Gus Bivona – saxophone
Scotty Moore – electric guitar
Tiny Timbrell – acoustic guitar
Charlie McCoy – harmonica
Larry Muhoberac – piano
Bob Moore – double bass
D. J. Fontana – drums
Buddy Harman – drums
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