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Rock-a-Hula Baby

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(Wise / Weisman / Kaye)

 

Information:

Rock-a-Hula Baby was recorded by Elvis on March 23, 1961, at Radio Recorders for his movie Blue Hawaii. RCA officially released take #5. The single release peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (for a nine-week stay). In the United Kingdom, Rock-a-Hula Baby went to number one and stayed at the top for four weeks. On the label, the song was listed as a "Twist Special". Rock-a-Hula Baby was written by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman and Florence Kaye as an attempt to cash in on the Twist craze. Sales of over a million copies are claimed.

 

Lyrics:

 

Rock-a-hula, rock, rock-a-hula

Rock-a-hula, rock, rock-a-hula

Rock-a-hula, rock, rock-a-hula

Rock-a-hula, rock, rock-a-hula

Rock-a-hula, rock, rock-a-hula

Rock, rock, rock, rock

 

The way she moves her hips to her fingertips
I feel I'm heaven bound
And when she starts to sway, I've gotta say
She really moves the grass around

 

1. Rock-a-hula baby

Rock-a-hula baby
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine

Although I love to kiss my little hula miss
I never get the chance
I wanna hold her tight all through the night
But all she wants to do is dance

 

1. (repeat)

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Blue Hawaii 

 

Singles:

- Can't Help Fallin In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby (RCA 47-7968). December 1961. Standard release

- Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby (RCA 37-7968). December 1961. Compact 33 single release

- Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby (RCA 447-0635) November 1962. Gold series release.

- Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby (RCA PB-11102) October 1977. This was included on the box release, 15 Golden Records - 30 Golden Hits (RCA PP-11301) and 20 Golden Hits in Full Color Sleeves (RCA PP-11340).

 

LPs/CDs:

- Blue Hawaii (1961)

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) - box set

Elvis in Hollywood (1976)

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976)

- Blue Hawaii (1977)

Memories of Elvis (1978)

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978)

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979)

- Blue Hawaii (1980)

- The Collection, Volume 3 (1986)

- Command Performances The Essential 60s Masters, Volume II (1995)

- Blue Hawaii Deluxe Edition (1997)

- Cant Help Falling in Love (1999)

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- 2nd to None (2003)

- 2nd to None Silver Edition (2003)

- Cant Help Falling in Love: The Hollywood Hits (2003)

- Elvis Forever Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Elvis - The King (2007)

- Readymade Digs Elvis (2007)

- Blue Hawaii (2009) - FTD

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD

 

Bootleg Releases:

- A Dog's Life (1980) - Audifon Records

- The Blue Hawaii Box (1981) - Laurel

- The Blue Hawaii Sessions (1987) - Laurel

 

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