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Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii
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Welcome to my Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii page you'll find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format.  

Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii
Chords, Lyrics, Demo, Tutorial

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Blue Hawaii is a 1961 American musical romantic comedy film starring Elvis Presley. The film was directed by Norman Taurog and produced by Hal B. Wallis. It was shot on location in the state of Hawaii, which had recently become the 50th state in the US. The film was a box office success and became one of Presley's most popular movies.

In the film, Presley plays the character of Chad Gates, a young man who has just completed his military service and returns home to Hawaii. His parents want him to work in their pineapple business, but Chad has dreams of starting his own tourist guide company. He also has a romantic interest in a local girl named Maile Duval, played by Joan Blackman.

"Blue Hawaii" features several musical performances by Presley, including the title song and "Can't Help Falling in Love". The film's soundtrack album was also a commercial success and became one of Presley's most popular albums, spending 20 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

The film's popularity helped to establish Presley as a movie star and further solidified his status as a cultural icon. The success of "Blue Hawaii" also led to Presley starring in several more films with a similar tropical setting, such as "Girls! Girls! Girls!" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style".

The actual song Blue Hawaii was first recorded back in 1937 by Bing Crosby for a film he starred in called Waikiki Wedding with Shirley Ross. Bing's version reached #5 on the chart of that day.

Billy Vaughn also released a version from his album called Blue Hawaii in 1958, which was three years before the Elvis version where he scored a #57 on the charts. Other artists who have recorded this song include Patti Page, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, George Greeley, Pat Boone, Willie Nelson, Suburban Rhythm and David Byrne.

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The song Blue Hawaii itself was not released as a single. Only two singles, I Can't Help Falling In Love With You and No More were single releases. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy in 1961.

The soundtrack album for "Blue Hawaii" was recorded over several days in March 1961 at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, California. The album was produced by Steve Sholes and Joseph Lilley, and featured a mix of original songs written specifically for the film, as well as cover versions of classic Hawaiian songs.

During the recording sessions, Presley was backed by a group of accomplished musicians, including guitarists Scotty Moore and Tiny Timbrell, drummer DJ Fontana, and bassist Bob Moore. The Jordanaires, a vocal group who frequently worked with Presley, provided backing vocals on several tracks.

The title song, "Blue Hawaii", was written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger and was originally featured in the 1937 film "Waikiki Wedding". Presley's version of the song features a distinctive Hawaiian steel guitar riff and became one of his signature songs.

Another notable track on the album is "Can't Help Falling in Love", which was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. The song was originally intended for a different film, but the producers of "Blue Hawaii" decided to include it in the movie and it became one of Presley's most popular and enduring hits.

Overall, the recording sessions for the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack were a success, with Presley and his backing musicians creating a vibrant and catchy album that captured the spirit of the film and helped to further establish Presley as a musical icon.

For you old time piano players out there, Floyd Cramer played piano on this album.

Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Lyrics

Night and you - and blue Hawaii
The night is heavenly - and you are heaven to me
Lovely you - and blue Hawaii
With all this loveliness - there should be love

Come with me - while the moon is on the sea
The night is young - and so are we, so are we

Dreams come true - in blue Hawaii
And mine could all come true
This magic night of nights with you

Come with me - while the moon is on the sea
The night is young - and so are we, so are we

Dreams come true - in blue Hawaii
And mine could all come true
This magic night of nights with you

Chords & Lyrics


Blue Hawaii Tips

My version here is played in G but the original is played in G#, so if you want to play along with Elvis, put a capo on the first fret with my chords here.

This song has a pretty standard strum until later in the song when the bass player and the drummer decided to spice it up a bit with some walking bass. But without that component you'll be playing the G, C, E7, Daug and A7 chords with a standard root up down up root up down up strum pattern. 

When you get to the walking bass portion in the song the rhythm switches to a down up down up as you through the bass notes blended with the rhythm. I explain this in the full video lesson tutorial. There is no picking break in this song but you could put one in if you wanted to, either following the verse or the chorus. But if you choose to do that you might over do it, which is why I chose not to include one in this version.

In hindsight, I could have sang this in the original key, but at the time I guess I couldn't locate my capo and went with the lower key of G.

Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Soundtrack

In case you were curious about the Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii DVD songs for this movie, the list from the soundtrack are below.

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1 Blue Hawaii - 2:35
2 Almost Always True - 2:24
3 Aloha Oe - 1:54
4 No More - 2:22
5 Can't Help Falling in Love - 2:59
6 Rock-A-Hula Baby - 1:58
7 Moonlight Swim - 2:18

Disc: 2
1 Ku-U-I-Po (Hawaiian Sweetheart) - 2:20
2 Ito Eats - 1:25
3 Slicin' Sand - 1:34
4 Hawaiian Sunset - 2:30
5 Beach Boys Blue - 2:00
6 Island of Love (Kauai) - 2:40
7 Hawaiian Wedding Song - 2:48
8 Bonus Track
9 Steppin' Out of Line (Movie Version)

Some Elvis Trivia About The Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Recording

Elvis recorded the song "Blue Hawaii" on March 22, 1961, at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, California. The session was part of the soundtrack recording for the movie of the same name.

The final version of Elvis' recording of "Blue Hawaii" included overdubbed vocals. This technique allowed him to enhance the richness of his vocal performance and create a harmonious blend.

"Blue Hawaii" was not just the title track of the film's soundtrack; it was also prominently featured in the movie itself. Elvis performs the song in the film during a scene set on the beach.

The song's lyrics evoke the beauty and allure of Hawaii. Elvis' smooth vocals and the lush instrumentation create a tropical and romantic ambiance.

While "Blue Hawaii" wasn't released as a single, it received considerable airplay and contributed to the success of the movie's soundtrack album. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The popularity of both the song and the movie helped bring Hawaiian culture and imagery to a wide audience. This phenomenon is often referred to as the "Hawaiian craze" of the early 1960s.

The "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA, attesting to its commercial success and enduring popularity.

Like many of Elvis' recordings, there were alternate takes of "Blue Hawaii" recorded during the session. These alternate versions provide insight into the creative process and the evolution of the final recording.

"Blue Hawaii" played a role in solidifying Elvis' image as a singer of romantic ballads and a performer with a connection to exotic locales.

The song remains one of the most recognizable tracks associated with Elvis Presley, especially in the context of his film career and the broader cultural fascination with Hawaii during the 1960s.

Thanks for stopping by my Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii page and I hope the info here was helpful.

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