Did you know
“Rock-a-Hula Baby” is a classic rock and roll song recorded by the legendary American singer Elvis Presley. It was featured in the soundtrack of the 1961 musical film “Blue Hawaii,” in which Elvis played the lead role. The song was written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, and Dolores Fuller.
Here is some information about the song:
Lyrics: The song’s lyrics express a carefree and romantic vibe as Elvis sings about dancing with his “hula baby” under the Hawaiian moonlight. He compares her dance moves to a hula, and the song captures the essence of a tropical romance.
Musical Style: “Rock-a-Hula Baby” combines rock and roll elements with a tropical Hawaiian sound. It features catchy melodies, lively guitar riffs, and a danceable beat, making it a fun and energetic track.
Cultural Significance: The song’s inclusion in the “Blue Hawaii” soundtrack helped popularize the image of Elvis Presley as a singer associated with Hawaii. The film and its soundtrack contributed to the widespread fascination with Hawaiian culture and music during the early 1960s.
Chart Performance: “Rock-a-Hula Baby” achieved commercial success, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Legacy: Elvis Presley’s rendition of “Rock-a-Hula Baby” remains a beloved track among fans of the King of Rock and Roll. It is often associated with the carefree spirit of Hawaii and is frequently played at Elvis tribute events and parties with a tropical theme.
“Rock-a-Hula Baby” is a testament to Elvis Presley’s versatility as an artist, showcasing his ability to infuse different musical styles into his repertoire while maintaining his signature charisma and rock and roll edge.
The way she moves her hips to her fingertips
I feel I’m heaven bound
And when she starts to sway, I’ve gotta say
She really move the grass around
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine
Although I love to kiss my little hula miss
I never get the chance
I wanna hold her tight all through the night
But all she wants to do is dance
I bet that she could teach the palms along the beach
To sway when breezes blow
And birds up in the sky could learn to fly
By watchin’ how my baby can go