Paradise,Hawaiian Style

by groove on January 31, 2013

Blue Hawaii

At the end of January, there is still more than several weeks to go until we see green grass growing, mowers working fairways and greens at the golf course and sunny and warm days. This is always a difficult time of year to fully enjoy for those of us who are not winter sports enthusiasts. One of the best ways to at least feel like it is summer is to experience the sounds of the season through music. An easy source of tropical delight is found in the Elvis Presley discography.

Followers of The Groove Garden know that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll holds a special place in our hearts and on our shelves. We have over 20 unique Presley lp’s and continue to collect whatever we can find. The soundtracks to Blue Hawaii and Paradise, Hawaiian Style contain just the kind of cheesy movie material that make a person want to grab a ukulele and some flip-flops and lay back and catch some rays. At this time of year, many are traveling to Mexico, Jamaica and, of course, Hawaii, to beat the winter blues. For those of us here in Canada, we have Elvis to get us through the cold season.

Wiki provides some excellent information about Elvis the movie star, as follows: 

Elvis Presley became a film star in 1956 with Love Me Tender, and would go on to appear in a total of 33 feature films (31 musicals and two concert documentaries). Despite a strong, promising start to his acting career with films like Love Me TenderJailhouse Rock, and King Creole, Presley’s films, following his return from his military obligation, were made cheaply and quickly to keep costs as low as possible, whilst at the same time keeping profits high. Although critically panned throughout the 1960s, Presley’s films were mostly well received by his fans, and led to Hal B. Wallis, who produced nine of Presley’s films, to describe them as “the only sure thing in Hollywood.”

For the Blue Hawaii soundtrack: RCA and the Colonel had initially planned a schedule of one soundtrack and one popular music release per year for Presley, in addition to the requisite four singles . To coincide with the location of the film, touches of Hawaiian music were included, from instrumentation to the traditional song “Aloha ʻOe.” The title song was taken from a similar film Waikiki Wedding starring Bing Crosby in 1937, and “Hawaiian Wedding Song” dates from a 1926 operetta.

The songs “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Rock-A-Hula Baby” were pulled off the album for two sides of a single released the following month. The A-side “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which would become the standard closer for an Elvis Presley concert in the 1970s, went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the b-side charted independently at #23.

The Blue Hawaii soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1961 in the category of Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Original Cast From A Motion Picture Or Television.

The success of this soundtrack and its predecessor G. I. Blues, both of which sold in much greater quantity than Presley’s two regular releases of the time, Elvis Is Back! and Something for Everybody, set the pace for the rest of the decade. The Colonel and Presley would focus on Elvis’ film career, “normal” albums taking a back seat with only six during the 1960s against sixteen full-length soundtrack albums among 27 movies and the comeback special. Five songs from this album appear on the 1995 compendium of soundtrack recordings: the two sides of the single, “Blue Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and “Beach Boy Blues.”

For Paradise, Hawaiian Style, a less upbeat history…

Presley found himself in 1965 recording soundtrack albums for films that were almost a year away from release — gone were the days when the turnaround time from the final session for Elvis Is Back! to its arrival in the shops was less than one week. While working on this album, his most recent film in the theaters was Tickle Me, and Presley had completed three more movies since then. With titles like “A Dog’s Life” and “Queenie Wahine’s Papaya,” he openly ridiculed the material, wasting time before finally approaching the microphone to do the job. He begrudgingly accepted songs given him that he would have rejected outright years earlier. He always finished the work, but in essence Presley had become a hired hand in his own career.

Pineapple Orange Juice

With the clouds hanging so low here in the Okanagan we definitely need a bit of a pick me up. A cool refreshing drink that reminds us of summer certainly does the trick.

This recipe is dead easy. Whether you choose to use your juicer or blend up all the fruit in your blender this delicious drink will definitely bring sunshine to your day.

Paradise Nectar

Thanks Elvis for always lifting our spirits and inspiring this so simple juice to brighten our day.

Ingredients
1 pineapple
3 oranges

Method
Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple and cut the rind off the sides. Chop up the pineapple to fit your juicer or blender.

Peel the oranges and separate the segments.

Juicer
If you have a juicer rotate putting pieces of pineapple through with the oranges. You’ll see that the pulp from the pineapple is very watery so you can put the pulp through a couple more times to extract as much juice as you can.

Blender
If you’re using a blender put all the fruit in and blend until smooth.

We enjoy both methods of this delicious nectar. We hope you will too.

Note:
To enjoy this drink cold, I’ll cut up the fruit the night before and put in the fridge. Not only is it faster to prepare the next day but you’ll also have a nice cold beverage to enjoy.

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