Words & Music by Fred Weis / Ben Weisman
Well I went to the bayou just last night
There was no moon but the stars were bright
Put a big long hook on a big long pole
And I pulled Mr. Crawfish out of his hole
See I got him, see the size
Stripped and cleaned before your eyes
Sweet meat look, fresh and ready to cook
Now take Mr. Crawfish in your hand
He's gonna look good in your frying pan
If you fry him crisp or you boil him right
He'll be sweeter than sugar when you take a bite
Recorded: 1958/01/15, first released on EP
From the movie King Creole
January 13, 1958 - Elvis arrives in California to begin pre production on his fourth movie, King Creole.
January 15, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis works on the soundtrack for 'King Creole' at Radio Recorders. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who have written several songs for the movie are in charge and Elvis appreciates their input.
January 16, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis continues recording from 9.00am to 5.30pm.
January 23, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis re-records Leiber and Stoller's 'King Creole' now being strongly considered as the title track for the movie.
Elvis wants Leiber and Stoller present at his next session and tells Tom Diskin he is prepared to reschedule if necessary. Tom Diskin informs Steve Sholes in two separate letters dated January 24 and 29 of Elvis' wishes.
RCA was desperate to get Elvis into the recording studio before he was inducted so RCA could be assured of a steady stream of new releases available during his two year tour of duty.
February 1, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis begins his last scheduled recording session prior to induction
Elvis works from 10.00am to 7.00pm but gets nowhere with 'My Wish Came True' then spend forty-eight takes on 'Doncha Think It's Time' trying to get a satisfactory take. Dissatisfied with that he then tried Hank William's classic 'Your Cheatin' Heart' but again he is not satisfied with the result. The last song of the day is 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck', but Elvis struggles to cut what is intended to be the A side of his next single.
Sophia Loren and Elvis met each other once - in February of 1958 at Paramount Studios while Elvis was filming King Creole. Sophia flipped over Elvis!
February 11, 1958 Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Elvis records soundtrack material on Paramount's sound stage. he re-records 'Steadfast, Loyal and True' and works on the Ben Weisman song 'Danny' which remains under consideration for the film's title song.
March 3, 'King Creole' Filming begins in New Orleans'.