Elvis Presley stormed out of the studio after being told to sing a kids song
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The 1967 comedy Double Trouble was one of Presley’s popular films from his movie career. The King of Rock n Roll starred alongside Annette Day, John Williams, and Michael Murphy in a film about Guy Lambert (Elvis) crossing paths with European criminals. Like other films from the King’s career, he released an album of the same name alongside the movie but was not happy about one song in particular.
According to the book, Elvis by the Presleys, the King became angry when he found out he was going to have to sing and record Old MacDonald.
Priscilla revealed in the book how she blamed Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
She wrote: “The Colonel was something. No one had a greater influence on Elvis’ career, yet their arrangement supposedly said that the Colonel would deal with business and the Colonel would deal with his art.
“Elvis really didn’t want him at the studio – either the movie studio or the music studio.”
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Priscilla added: “But of course it was the Colonel who had negotiated the deals for the film and records, which meant Elvis’ artistic opportunities were limited.”
Going on to speak about Elvis’ work in Double Trouble, she described the moment Elvis found out about his new song, Old MacDonald.
She penned: “I remember when Elvis had to sing Old MacDonald in the film Double Trouble, he stormed out of the session.”
Priscilla went on to say the King was “incensed” for days, and truly furious about the situation.
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Priscilla wrote: “‘You mean it’s come to this?’ he bitterly complained.
“‘Those damn fools got me singing Old MacDonald on the back of a truck with a bunch of animals. Man, it’s a joke and the joke is on me.’”
Because of Elvis’ recording and film contracts his hands were tied when it came to the album.
The film’s record – also titled Double Trouble – needed to include a recorded version of the song.
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Double Trouble was a popular film when it came out and made more than $1.5 million at the box office.
The film even placed number 58 on the top-grossing films of 1967.
Despite this, the album itself didn’t sell very well, even though it had such tracks on it as I Love Only One Girl and Blue River.
Double Trouble’s album only reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200.
The King’s previous album, How Great Thou Art, was released just a few months earlier in 1967 and was extremely popular.
The record peaked at number 18 on the Top Pop Albums chart, and went multiplatinum years later.
How Great Thou Art’s title song even won a Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance in the year of its release.
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