Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “When motor’s warm, and she’s purrin’ sweet”

The inspiration for this week’s oldie…

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The Indianapolis 500 that takes place this Sunday.

By 1966 Elvis was about to make his 22nd movie.

Once again Elvis would play a race car driver, a defending champion on the circuit. Oh, and not surprisingly he also was the lead singer in a band.

In “Spinout” there are three women who want to marry our hero.

The original name for the film was “Never Say Yes,” that also was the title of a song from the soundtrack. Producer Joe Pasternak wasn’t completely satisfied and asked Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker if he could come up with a better title. He had a couple ideas that didn’t pan out.

In Britain the film was released with a different title.

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“Spinout” was the title used in the US.

The Elvis History Blog wrote “The movie was apparently filmed in the roughly six-month window when the ‘Jerk’ was the hot dance style. The continual and distracting arm-chopping motions of the dancers surrounding Elvis as he sings make it easy to understand why this particular dance craze was short-lived.”

The soundtrack peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart but the single only made it to #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I always found the title track to be a good Elvis rocker. John Floyd, the author of the book Sun Records: An Oral History, wrote that “Spinout”  is a great song from “Presley’s seriously underrated sixties and seventies work.”

Just listen to all those double entendres.


Elvis with co-star Shelley Fabares

 

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