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Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii is a 1961 musical film set in the state of Hawaii and starring Elvis Presley.

Chadwick Gates (Presley) has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His mother wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

Although it is mentioned in the film that Chad’s parents live in Kahala, one of the most expensive and exclusive areas of Honolulu as of 1961, the view from their lanai (porch or terrace) shows Diamond Head as it appears from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. This is an error because Kahala is located on the other side of Diamond Head from Waikiki.

There were several scenes filmed in and around the famous Waikiki Beach, including the opening driving scenes as well as the office scene across the street from the “International Market”. The hotel scenes where Chad’s clients stayed and where he picked up his tour group were filmed on the property of what is now known as the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach. This is also where Chad and his girlfriend spent time on the beach.

“Blue Hawaii” was the first of three Elvis movies to be filmed in Hawaii, followed by “Girls! Girls! Girls!” in 1962 and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” in 1965.

Angela Lansbury, who played the mother of Elvis, was not yet 36 years old in 1961 when the movie was released. Elvis was 26 years old. Lansbury would later comment that her appearance here was one of the worst in her career.

It could be argued that this film set the tone for Presley’s future film career: pretty locations, gorgeous girls, and mediocre songs. Almost all of these musical-comedy films performed well, whereas more “serious” films such as Flaming Star, Wild in the Country and Charro!, did poorly at the box office. Blue Hawaii on the other hand was one of Elvis’ most successful films.

While some of the songs on the soundtrack album can fairly be described as “inferior,” others compare favorably to his non-soundtrack recordings. Presley’s remake of the title song did justice to the Academy Award-winning song, while also introducing it to an audience too young to remember Bing Crosby’s original hit version. His recording of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” compares quite well to his other Top 10 hits, and his recordings of “Rock-A-Hula Baby” and “Ku-u-ipo (Hawaiian Sweetheart)” are notable as well.

The “Blue Hawaii” soundtrack album was on the Billboard Pop Albums chart for 79 weeks, spent 20 weeks at #1 on the Pop Albums chart, and sold more than 2-million copies.

Elvis #1 Hit Performances

This collection of wonderful performances by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll showcases 15 of his #1 US and UK hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, concert films and television specials – from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career – this is Elvis at his best.

See Elvis perform “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single’s release. Marvel at his Ed Sullivan Show performances of “Hound Dog” and (from the waist up only) “Don’t Be Cruel.” See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and sing and dance in one of rock music’s all-time greatest production numbers, “Jailhouse Rock.” Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of “Suspicious Minds” and in Hawaii performing a version of “Burning Love” for a global television audience and many more from film and TV.

TRACKLISTING:
1.Heartbreak Hotel(filmed March 24, 1956, in the last of his six appearances on Stage Show)
2.Don’t Be Cruel (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
3.Love Me Tender (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
4.Hound Dog (filmed October 28, 1956 during his 3rd appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show)
5.(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (from the 1957 movie Loving You)
6.Jailhouse Rock (from 1957’s Jailhouse Rock)
7.Stuck On You (from the “Welcome Home, Elvis” edition of Frank Sinatra’s series of TV specials in 1960)
8.Can’t Help Falling In Love (From the hit 1961 film Blue Hawaii)
9.Return to Sender (From the 1962 film Girls! Girls! Girls!)
10.All Shook Up (filmed during the taping of what became known as the ’68 Comeback television special)
11.Are You Lonesome Tonight? (From the taping of his ’68 Comeback television special)
12.In The Ghetto (Filmed during the 1970 engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas during production of the concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
13.Suspicious Minds (Shot during production of the 1970 concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
14.The Wonder of You (Shot during production of the concert film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is in 1970)
15.Burning Love (January 14, 1973, from the concert in Honolulu)