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Thursday, October 08, 2009

(3) Elvis Heartbreak Hotel Holden, Novak Picnic With Dino, Como, Mitchell, Platters - 1956

TOP TUNES INFLUENCE: 1956/57

In 1956 Elvis arrived and these songs featured:
Memories Are Made... Dino
Great Pretender Platters
Lisbon Antigua Nelson Riddle
Poor People Of Paris L. Baxter
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
Hot Diggity Perry Como
Moonglow/'Picnic' M. Stoloff
The Wayward Wind Gogi Grant
Almost Lost My Mind P Boone
I Want You, I Need You...
Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog &
Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
My Prayer The Platters
The Green Door Jim Lowe
Singing The Blues G. Mitchell

Strange how the mind remembers the tunes, actors and movie screen images of long ago. One Morris Stoloff combined the theme from the movie Picnic (image) with the song Moonglow, and with the director, produced the sexiest scene on celluloid. This scene is still in Blogger's mind today. Listen to the music and watch it on YouTube (right).
Picnic starred William Holden and Kim Novak and showed to capacity house at the Capitol Cinema that year. Moonglow is a 1934 song but well-known in Singapore as an instrumental from the 1956 movie, The Benny Goodman Story. The song is a classic. Personally, Benny Goodman's version is best.
Heartbreak Hotel is raw rock and roll with Elvis Presley on rhythm, Scotty Moore, lead, D.J. Fontana, drums and Floyd Cramer, piano. Recorded in January 1956 in Nashville, the song introduced Presley to America and the world. Heartbreak Hotel became the first No.1 pop record by Elvis and the best selling single of 1956. Then Singapore saw him in, Love Me Tender...
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.

3 comments:

nomore said...

I remember the Picnic's Willian Holden and Kim Novak yet...How strange my mind remembers it yet too...and I love the Platters, Pat Boone,Perry Como....Also remember the Benny Goodman but...oldis goodis...

Andy Young* said...

Thanks nomore. I am glad you remember the scene. The background music, Benny Goodman's clarinet solo of "Moonglow", bring it all back. Just wondering how many people remember this movie. Cbrace from YouTube says it's, "One of the sultriest, sexiest moments in the movies..."

Anonymous said...

Elvis, Platters Dean Martin. Those were the best days. Will never come back.