The inspiration for this week’s oldie…
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.
“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