Look out Broadway
Words & Music:
We never got discouraged, we never had a doubt
'Cos sooner or later talent must win out
Look out Broadway, we're comin' fast
Now we're gonna see our names in lights at last
No more hot dogs at Sloppy Joe's
We're gonna dine on steak and wine at Del Monaco's
Rich or poor it's great to have dough
That's one thing we know
Lots of fun, lots of laughs
Signing cheques and contracts and autographs
We're up for N-E-W Y-O-R-K
Look out, look out Broadway
I wanna see all the hustle and bustle
Maybe I can get a date with Lilian Russell
I want to go out with Diamond Jim
Yeh, if he gives you a diamond what will you give to him
Blow the trumpets and beat on the drum
Big time here we come
No more cheap hotels and one night stands
We'll knock Tin Pan Alley flat on its pans
They'll see that we've got class with a capital K
Look out, look out Broadway
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Whenever I see the name Randy Starr attached to any Elvis song I shudder.This guy wrote some abysmal tripe for Elvis.
I agree that this is a weak song, but there are many songs that Elvis recorded that are much worse than this song. I rate this song 2 stars. This is a duet with Elvis Presley, Ray Walker and it hasn't been 100% confirmed who the female voice in this duet belongs to. Eileen Wilson is rumored to be the female voice in this duet and she is also rumored to be the female voice in the duet of "Petunia, The Gardener's Daughter".
I am not gonna pan it too severely like others as I kinda enjoy it and accept it for what it is. It is a song that belongs to a 1940's musical and not the 1960's, and I guess that alienates many listeners. I agree that it works in the movie and probably is where it should have stayed. The whole soundtrack gets the added echo treatment from me which does improve the overall effect.
Fred Wise was a good songwriter for Elvis who passed away in 1966. He wrote pretty situational songs like this one that did not do much to enhance Elvis his career, but he also wrote much better songs such as Don't ask me why, Fame and fortune, It feels so right and Rock-a-hula baby. Fred Wise also wrote #1 hits like A you're adorable (Perry Como) and Let me go (Joan Weber). This song fit well within the movie and the priorly mentioned #1 hits would surprisingly fit well within an Elvis movie. Nevertheless, not one of the highlights in his career for sure.
A stumble in his great musical career.
Disaster of a song. Whether or not it ruined anything is a matter of opinion. Yes he had the great comeback in 68 but a friend of mind who bought this album swore off Elvis forever as a serious recording artist. He tossed the LP and never looked back. So maybe it did in fact ruin it for some of the less faithful.
Maybe those who wrote the words had a preview on Viva Elvis by Circle de Soleil. For the rest it is a song for a musical and Elvis did that too. like so many other things. No big fuzz. With hind sight we may have ideas, but at the end this was just an intermezzo between the stunning rockin' fifties and his great comeback and again many years of stardom. Don't mind that it was not great, It didn't ruin anything too.
We already established that songs and movies like this, almost ruined his career. Thankfully the "Comeback Special" was on the horizon.
Works with the movie, that's about all I can say about it!
The lyrics are bloody awful; No more cheap hotels and one night stands; We'll knock Tin Pan Alley flat on its pans; They'll see that we've got class with a capital K; Look out, look out Broadway
A true musical number from the closest thing Elvis ever did to an actual musical ("Frankie And Johnny"). The song isn't great, but it works in the movie as he shares the vocals with three co-stars (actually the voices are dubbed for Harry Morgan, Donna Douglas, and Audrey Christie). It is pleasant on record, but if you don't want to imagine Elvis in actual musicals and you just like the rocking rebel image of the 50's, the steer clear. I give it 2 1/2 to 3 stars.
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