Double Trouble (Elvis Presley album)

Double Trouble (Elvis Presley album)
Double Trouble
Soundtrack album by Elvis Presley
Released June 1, 1967
Recorded June 1966
Genre Soundtrack
Length 22:36
Label RCA Records
Producer Jeff Alexander
Elvis Presley chronology
How Great Thou Art
Double Trouble

Double Trouble is the twenty-ninth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3787, in June 1967. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders and at MGM Studios in Hollywood, California, on June 28, 29, and 30, 1966. It peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200.



Presley had usually insisted on working in the comfortable environment of a regular recording studio, and had avoided the large movie studio soundstages, but MGM executives with an eye on budgets insisted on moving the soundtrack recordings after the first night to just such a soundstage.[1] A frustrated Elvis dutifully went along, but the final straw was having to sing "Old MacDonald," Presley storming out of the session in a huff after finishing a very short master of "Long Legged Girl (with the Short Dress On)."[2] That song would be issued as a single in late April, prior to the film premiere, and would peak at an anemic #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After his enthusiasm for the well-crafted, modern-sounding gospel recordings made just the previous month in Nashville, the rushed and pedestrian soundtrack returned Presley to the depressing grind of churning out forgettable records for forgettable movies.[3] Even the chosen release date for Double Trouble would prove unfortunate — the same day as The Beatles' era-encapsulating landmark album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Nine songs were recorded for the film, coming in at a brief 17:11 and far too short for a normal LP. To bring up the running time, three tracks recorded at the "lost album" sessions of May, 1963, were added to push the album over the twenty-minute mark.[4] Two had already been issued as b-sides to singles, "Never Ending" the flipside to a four year-old album track "Such A Night," and "Blue River" on the back of an eight year-old vault track, "Tell Me Why."[5]


Track listing

Chart positions from Billboard Hot 100

Side one

Track Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 6/29/66 Double Trouble Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 1:38
2. 6/29/66 Baby, If You'll Give Me All of Your Love Joy Byers 1:47
3. 6/28/66 Could I Fall in Love Randy Starr 1:42
4. 6/29/66 47-9115 4/28/67 #63 Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On) Leslie McFarland, Walter Scott 1:27
5. 6/28/66 City By Night Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye 3:04
6. 6/29/66 Old MacDonald Randy Starr 2:04

Side two

Track Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 6/29/66 I Love Only One Girl Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett 1:52
2. 2/16/66 There is So Much World to See Randy Starr 1:53
3. 6/29/66 It Won't Be Long Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne 1:44
4. 5/26/63 47-8400b 7/14/64 Never Ending Buddy Kaye and Phil Springer 1:57
5. 5/27/63 47-8740b 12/3/65 #95 Blue River Paul Evans and Fred Tobias 1:32
6. 5/26/63 What Now, What Next, Where To Hal Blair and Don Robertson 1:56


  1. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 221.
  2. ^ Ibid.
  3. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 222.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 179.
  5. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 75.

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