Viva Las Vegas
Words & Music by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Bright light city gonna set my soul
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' 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 ev'ry 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 armbandits crashin'
All those hopes down the drain
Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into nighttime
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 ev'rything I've got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shout a seven with ev'ry shot
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas,
Viva, Viva Las Vegas
Recorded: 1963/07/10, first released on single
From the movie Viva Las Vegas
July 9, 1963 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
July 10, 1963 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
July 11, 1963 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas WPA1 8024-09
C'mon Everybody (Movie Version) ____-07
The Lady Loves Me (Duet) NPA5 5825-10
You're The Boss (Duet) WPA5 2511-16
Today Tomorrow & Forever (Duet) OPA5 8215-02
Today Tomorrow & Forever (Track) ____-06
Today Tomorrow & Forever (Record Version) RPA3 0388-06
Today Tomorrow & Forever (Track Dubdown) ____-06
Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub) ____-06
Santa Lucia (Overdub) SPA3 5518
Today Tomorrow & Forever (Movie Version Vocal Overdub) ____10
August 13, 1963 MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Viva Las Vegas (Movie Version - Intro) ____-01
C'mon Everybody (Movie Version - Overdubs) ____-03
C'mon Everybody (Movie Version - Blues Ending) ____-01
C'mon Everybody (Movie Version - Composite) ____-SP
August 30, 1963 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
What'd I Say RPA3 0235-04
September 4, 1963 MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
I Need Somebody To Lean On (Movie Version) ____-01
Late November 1963, Fun in Acapulco opens nationally and quickly goes to number five at the box office.
The soundtrack goes to the top five on the pop chart.
More than 150 people jammed into the mayor's office Tuesday December 17, 1963 to see Elvis Presley hand out Christmas checks totaling $55,000. The checks benefitted 58 Memphis and Mid-South charities. In appreciation, the organizations presented Elvis with a six-foot plaque.
It was warm in the room and when Commmissioner Claude Armour announced Elvis was going to pass out the checks, the singer wiped his brow and said, 'Elvis is going to pass out, period'.
Find on CD : Studio
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.