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Viva Las Vegas

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

Recorded: July 10, 1963, Hollywood
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "What'd I Say", 47-8360, April 28, 1964
Also released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0646, April 6, 1965

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#16 on Cash Box's Top 100 Chart
#29 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart

1st LP release: Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol 1 - August 1970
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My Spin

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Today this song is not only a minor classic in Elvis' catalog but practically an anthem for the city of Las Vegas, but it took a while to gain its status! Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman custom-wrote this infectious title tune to one of Elvis' more enjoyable mid-'60s musicals. The rollicking tempo and slightly latin feel was in some sense a successor to "Bossa Nova Baby", but with a little less latin and a lot more punch! Elvis' vocals have the appropriate bite, and his iconic final note is almost operatic, not something one would expect from a rock-n-roll movie song back in '64! The song went relatively unnoticed outside the Elvis fan world for years until the Dead Kennedys did a remake, followed by the hit remake by ZZ Top. Then Elvis' original made a few key appearances in film, and gradually grew into the cult classic it is today. Couldn't happen to a nicer tune! :)

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

The title tune from the 1964 film - one of the better film numbers. It's fast, corny, remarkably attractive, mean - and it all comes together. The fade-out note that Elvis hits at the finale is one of the most remarkable of his career, a soaring, quasi-operatic scream.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

It was a rollicking tribute to the city of gambling and was given a spirited performance by Presley and his session musicians... it remained an underrated Presley song for a long time.

-from AllMusic's review of "Viva Las Vegas" -

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"Viva Las Vegas" Lyrics and Downloads

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 every deal
All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas with your neon flashin'
And your one-arm-bandits 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 everything I've got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shout a seven with every shot
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas
Viva, Viva Las Vegas

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