“The only thing worse than watchin’ a bad movie is bein’ in one.“
…. Elvis Presley
Could he have been talking about “Easy Come, Easy Go?“
Of the thirty three films that Elvis made, twenty seven were from the sixties, and many varied in title from one country to another. Viva Las Vegas = Love in Las Vegas; Harem Scarem = Harem Holiday; GI Blues = Cafe Europa; Spinout = California Holiday, just a few that come to mind.
“Easy Come Easy Go” was the twenty third of these movies. Elvis began filming this Paramount production on September 12, 1966. The beginning taping of the sound tracks took place between September 26-29 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood CA.
On September 28, 1966, Elvis recorded “The Love Machine“ and the following day “I’ll Take Love” was the offering. September 30 Elvis recorded “Yoga Is As Yoga Does“ as a duet with Elsa Lanchester . He would go on to sing only three more movie duets in his career with the last being “There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song” with Nancy Sinatra, a “Speedway” classic.
October 1st “You Gotta Stop” and “Sing You Children” saw both recorded by Elvis for this movie. By October 28, shooting was complete and the film opened nationally on March 22, 1967. At the year’s end it had amazingly grossed nearly two million dollars.
As there were only six songs incorporated into the entire movie, RCA in America never released an album for “Easy Come Easy Go,” and for a while it looked as though the rest of the world would follow suit.
However thankfully, as with all things Elvis, there were other countries that refused to march to the drum of geographical stateside compliance. As a result, Australia and New Zealand both chose to release an LP in Mono and in Stereo for this movie.
On that front cover a portrait painting was chosen which had first seen the light of day two years earlier in 1965. This painting was from the brush of artist June Kelly and this portrait is forever known by Elvis fans as the June Kelly Portrait.
No one knew at the time that their choice of a front cover would go on to create an Elvis album unlike anywhere else in the world. It would become much sought after by Elvis collectors and fans everywhere.
Using this painting, RCA Australia also produced a 20 inch by 16 inch copy. It was given away in small numbers, but only if you purchased the Australian “Girl Happy” LP. This promotion took place in a few select record stores in Sydney and Melbourne and were not packaged with the album. The small number of copies that survived will probably never be known as it’s likely that most would have been lost by teenagers or discarded over the next 55 years .
This same portrait found it’s way on to the front cover of the now legendary and hard to find Australian and New Zealand “Easy Come Easy Go” LPs mentioned above. This means little to most fans but to collectors of rare Elvis record covers it’s instantly recognizable.
A thing of beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. But if that thing is Elvis, we know the inherent beauty without explanation, whatever the movie or album may be.