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Viva Las Vegas

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(Tepper / Bennett)

 

Information:

Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman wrote this title tune to Elvis's 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas. Elvis sang Viva Las Vegas three times in the film, once in a duet with Ann-Margret. He recorded the song in July 1963 at Radio Recorders. Viva Las Vegas spent seven weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #29, and has reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. All U.S. releases have been in monaural, but true stereo versions have been issued in New Zealand and Japan.

 

Lyrics:

Bright light city gonna set my soul

I'm gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn
So get those stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there
And they're all livin' and the devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
'Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn't sleep a minute away
Oh, there's black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on every deal
All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas with you neon flashin'
And your one arm bandits crashin'
All those hopes down the drain
Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into night time
Turnin' night into daytime
If you see it once you'll never be the same again

I'm gonna keep on the run
I'm gonna have me some fun
If it costs me my very last dime
If I wind up broke up well
I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time
I'm gonna give it everything I've got
Lady Luck, please let the dice stay hot
Let me shout a seven with every shot
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas,
Viva, Viva Las Vegas
 

Where it was released:

First released on single »

 

Singles:

- Viva Las Vegas / What'd I Say (RCA 47-8360). April 1964. Standard release »

- Viva Las Vegas / What'd I Say (RCA 447-0646). May 1965. Gold standard series reissue.

 

EPs:

- See the USA, the Elvis Way (1964) »

 

LPs/CDs:

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

– Elvis in Hollywood (1976) »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- Elvis in Demand (1977) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

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

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

– This Is Elvis (1981) »

- Double Features: Roustabout / Viva Las Vegas (1993)

- Command Performances – The Essential 60’s Masters II (1995)

- Elvis’ Greatest Jukebox Hits (1991)

- Elvis Forever, Vol. 2 (1992)

- Gold – The Very Best of the King (1995)

- All the Best (1999)

- Can’t Help Falling in Love (1999)

- Rock’n’Roll (1999)

- Elvis Chante Mort Schuman & Doc Pomus (2000)

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Silver Screen Stereo (2001) – FTD »

- The Very Best of Elvis Presley (2001)

- Elvis Hits (2001)

- 2nd to None (2003)

- 2nd to None – Silver Edition (2003)

- Viva Las Vegas (2003) - FTD »

- Can’t Help Falling in Love: The Hollywood Hits (2003)

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Elvis Movies (2006)

- Elvis: The Dutch Collection (2007)

- Elvis – The King (2007)

- Elvis – Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007) – Sony/BMG

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

– Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 4 »

The Viva Las Vegas Sessions (2018) - FTD »

The Making of Viva Las Vegas (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Viva Las Vegas (1979) - Lucky Records

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