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Rock-A-Hula Baby

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Florence Kaye

Recorded: March 23, 1961, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 5

Single:w/ "Can't Help Falling In Love", 47-7968, November 22, 1961
Also released on 33rpm single ("Compact 33"), 37-7968
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0635, November 9, 1962

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#23 on Billboard's Hot 100
#30 on Cash Box's Top 100

1st LP release: Blue Hawaii - October 1961
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My Spin

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Elvis and Joan Blackman
Depending on who you ask, "Rock-A-Hula Baby" is either the rock-n-roll highlight of the Blue Hawaii soundtrack or it's the epitome of the kind of silly novelty songs Elvis was 'forced' to sing during his film career. Neither of those are precisely true, although the second one comes closer. :) This is not a song to be taken seriously, and, much like "G.I. Blues", it's an attempt to inject both some humor and some ersatz-rock into an otherwise purely Hollywood "showtune". In both cases, it's moderately successful only because Elvis seems to know precisely what he's doing, balanced half-way between singing it like a "real" rock song, and singing it tongue-in-cheek. The result is silliness; well-performed silliness, but still... c'mon... it's a song called "Rock-A-Hula Baby"!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

He doubtless got a lot of fun from "Rock-A-Hula Baby", an impossible fusion of Hawaiian and rock; a slick, fun piece.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

From Blue Hawaii, one of the big hits - a twisting film rocker, very repetitive, with Elvis' patented growling and slowed-down finish.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Rock-A-Hula Baby" Lyrics and Downloads

The way she moves her hips to her fingertips
I feel I'm heaven bound
And when she starts to sway, I've gotta say
She really moves her grass around

Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine

Although I love to kiss my little hula miss
I never get the chance
I wanna hold her tight all through the night
But all she wants to do is dance

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Yea! Really Moves Her Grass Around!

Nay! Keep Off The Grass!

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