Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3

Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released August 11, 1963 (1963-08-11)
Recorded March 20, 1960 – March 19, 1962
Genre Rock and roll
Length 29:42
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve Sholes
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Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 is a greatest hits album by the American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor as LPM/LSP-2765 on August 11, 1963. The album was the third volume of an eventual five volume collection, and his eighteenth altogether. It is a compilation of hit singles released in 1960, 1961, and 1962.

The album was originally released as a mono and stereo LP record and was reissued several times including a Compact Disc edition in 1997 that included six bonus tracks. It was certified Gold on November 1, 1966, and Platinum on March 27, 1992, by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]


Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, envisioned a marketing strategy of alternating soundtrack albums with independent studio recordings, accompanied by singles.[3] By mid-1963, Presley's studio albums had struggled while the soundtrack albums had all done brisk business. Sessions in late May had failed to produce material cohesive enough for a regular album, those tracks surfacing on singles and pell-mell on soundtracks and the Elvis for Everyone compilation.[4] The immediate solution was another compilation of hit singles, the sales numbers proving the success of this interim strategy.[5]

Golden Records Volume 3 comprises eight Top Five A-sides along with four b-sides which also made the Top 40, "Fame and Fortune", "I Gotta Know", "Little Sister", and "Anything That's Part of You". Five A-Sides, "Stuck on You", "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Surrender", and "Good Luck Charm" went to #1. "It's Now or Never" had been adapted from the 1898 Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio," and "Are You Lonesome Tonight", a ballad from 1926, had been a rare request from Parker to Presley for Parker's wife.[6] As with the other titles in the series, all singles in this compilation are certified by the RIAA as attaining gold status with sales of at least 500,000 copies.

The original 12-track album was first issued on compact disc by RCA in 1989. The July 15, 1997 CD reissue added six tracks, those being two album tracks, two songs originally issued on EP singles, another b-side, and the number two hit single "Can't Help Falling In Love" from the soundtrack to Blue Hawaii. "The Girl of My Best Friend" was taken from the album Elvis Is Back!, and "Wooden Heart" from the soundtrack to G.I. Blues. "Wooden Heart" would be reissued as a b-side twice, once in 1964 and again in 1965, and the b-side "Wild in the Country" is the title track to the film of the same name. The remaining pair of film songs, "Follow That Dream" and "King of the Whole Wide World", are respectively from the EP soundtracks to the Presley movies Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad. The album was reissued again with the bonus tracks removed and the original running order restored.

Original recordings produced by Steve Sholes, Joseph Lilley, Chet Atkins, Urban Thielmann, Jeff Alexander, and Hans J. Salter.


Track listing

Chart positions for singles taken from Billboard Pop Singles chart except as indicated.

Original release

Side one
No. Z Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Length
1. "It's Now or Never" Eduardo di Capua, Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold April 3, 1960 47-7777 July 5, 1960 1 3:15
2. "Stuck on You" Aaron Schroeder, S. Leslie McFarland March 20, 1960 47-7740 March 23, 1960 1 2:18
3. "Fame and Fortune" Fred Wise, Ben Weisman March 20, 1960 47-7740b March 23, 1960 17 2:30
4. "I Gotta Know" Paul Evans, Matt Williams April 3, 1960 47-7810b November 1, 1960 20 2:15
5. "Surrender" Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman October 30, 1960 47-7850 February 7, 1961 1 1:52
6. "I Feel So Bad" Chuck Willis March 12, 1961 47-7880 May 2, 1961 5 2:54
Side two
No. Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Length
1. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Lou Handman, Roy Turk April 3, 1960 47-7810 November 1, 1960 1 3:05
2. "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman June 25, 1961 47-7908 August 8, 1961 4 2:08
3. "Little Sister" Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman June 25, 1961 47-7908b August 8, 1961 5 2:31
4. "Good Luck Charm" Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold October 15, 1961 47-7992 February 27, 1962 1 2:24
5. "Anything That's Part of You" Don Robertson October 15, 1961 47-7992b February 27, 1962 31 2:05
6. "She's Not You" Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller March 19, 1962 47-8041 July 17, 1962 5 2:08

1997 Reissue bonus tracks

Tracks 1-12 are from the original album
No. Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Length
13. "Wild in the Country" George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore November 7, 1960 47-7880b May 2, 1961 26 1:52
14. "Wooden Heart" George Wise, Weisman April 28, 1960 LSP 2256 (G.I. Blues) October 1, 1960 2:02
15. "The Girl of My Best Friend" Beverly Ross, Sam Bobrick April 3, 1960 LSP 2231 (Elvis Is Back!) April 8, 1960 2:21
16. "Follow That Dream" George Wise, Ben Weisman July 2, 1961 EPA 4368 (Follow That Dream) April 1, 1962 15 1:37
17. "King of the Whole Wide World" Ruth Batchelor, Bob Roberts October 27, 1961 EPA 4371 (Kid Galahad) August 1, 1962 30 2:06
18. "Can't Help Falling In Love" George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore March 23, 1961 47-7968 November 22, 1961 2 2:59

Charts and certifications

Chart (1963) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 3
Chart (1964) Peak
UK Albums Chart[8] 6
Chart (1977) Peak
French Top Albums[9] 6

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[10] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. Allmusic review
  2. "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. Note: Search for "Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 3"
  3. Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 186-187. ISBN 978-0-312-18572-5.
  4. Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 179-181, 183.
  5. Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 186.
  6. Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 127.
  7. "Elvis Presley: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  8. "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – April 18, 1964". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  9. "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French). Find "Elvis PRESLEY" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  10. "French album certifications – Elvis Presley – Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3" (in French). InfoDisc. Select ELVIS PRESLEY and click OK
  11. "American album certifications – Presley, Elvis – Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 3". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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