Not all of Elvis Presley’s movie soundtrack songs were bad. Certainly the pre-Army stuff was the best, but there were some gems even into the 60′s. Here are my five choices – neither Can’t Help Falling In Love or Viva Las Vegas made my top 5. There were other good songs that didn’t make the list either.
Hot Dog – from Loving You – recorded 1/18/57
It was between this or Party. I just like the way Elvis plays with his voice on this one. In his prime for sure.
Jailhouse Rock – from Jailhouse Rock – recorded 4/30/57
The best of all the movie songs. Period.
King of the Whole Wide World – from Kid Galahad – recorded 10/27/61
Before the film boredom set in, it still packed a punch. (no pun intended)
Return To Sender – from Girls Girls Girls – recorded 3/27/62
Written by Otis Blackwell, who also wrote All Shook Up five years earlier. Give Elvis a good song and in ’62 he could still do something with it. Horrible movie- good performance.
C’mon Everybody – from Viva Las Vegas – recorded 7/9/63
This is the song the dance scene with Ann-Margret. Worth sitting through the movie just to see the interaction between the two of them.
Now it’s your turn. What would your choice (or choices) be?