About the song
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you probably know his song “Kiss Me Quick”. But do you know the history behind this catchy tune? In this blog post, we will explore the origins, release, and reception of this 1961 song that was first released on the album Pot Luck with Elvis. We will also look at some of the cover versions and appearances of the song in other media.
“Kiss Me Quick” was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, two prolific songwriters who penned many hits for Elvis and other artists. Elvis recorded the song on June 25, 1961, at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. The session was produced by Steve Sholes and engineered by Bill Porter. The Jordanaires provided the backing vocals. The song is a rock and roll number with a pop feel, featuring a prominent piano and guitar riff.
The song was released on June 5, 1962, on RCA on the album Pot Luck, which was Elvis’ fifteenth studio album. The album received mixed reviews from critics and reached No.4 on the Billboard Top LPs chart. “Kiss Me Quick” was not released as a single in the U.S. until 1964, when it was paired with “Suspicion”, another track from Pot Luck. The single peaked at No.34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.29 on the Record World chart.
However, the song had more success in other countries, especially in Europe. In December 1962, “Kiss Me Quick” was released as a single in the UK and Europe by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires on RCA Victor. The single topped the charts in several countries, including Germany, Belgium, and Norway. It also reached No.14 in the UK and No.3 in Canada.
The song was also covered by several artists, such as Terry Stafford, Udo Jürgens, Sheena & The Rokkets, Peter Hofmann, and Eilert Pilarm. The Beatles reviewed the song negatively on the BBC-TV program Juke Box Jury in 1963, though John Lennon predicted it would be a hit because of Elvis’ fame.
“Kiss Me Quick” remains one of Elvis’ popular songs and has been featured on many of his compilation albums and other media. It is a fun and upbeat song that showcases Elvis’ vocal abilities and charisma.