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Wolf Call

2.4 / 5

Words & Music: Bill Giant Bernie Baum Florence Kaye

Flip, flop with kay-eye (?)
What a cutie pie I see
Oops shoopa doo-wah
Lips of honey that's for me

Shim sham shimmie
I might forget you baby, there's no doubt
I saw you standing 'gainst the wall
I whistled and I gave my all
Now don't tell me you don't fall
For that wolf call

Just a little kiss'll put me in a whirl
I'll never whistle dearie at another girl
You love me well we'll have a ball
Why do you try to stall
Now don't tell me you don't fall
For that wolf call
For that wolf call
For that wolf call

Recordingdate: 1964/06/12, first released on: Girl Happy (album)


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Deano1 wrote on February 20, 2010
The worst track on the soundtrack "Girl Happy", but not nearly as poor as some of the songs from "Kissin' Cousins", "Harum Scarum" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Much like "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce" from the same movie, this very short song works in the movie, but isn't a much fun on the LP.
Monster wrote on May 05, 2010
Lyrically this is easily one of Elvis's worst songs and the melody is virtually non existant. Shame on the writers for putting so little effort into this one. The vocal is pretty poor too it has to be said and the production ain't great either so all in all a tune with no redeeming qualities on an otherwise fun soundtrack. It may fit into the movie but that doesn't make it ok. Awful.
Steve V wrote on December 28, 2011
Terrible lyrics but musically not as bad as some other movie tunes. But was it recorded in a tin can? Horrible production.
Gorse wrote on January 09, 2013
Pleasant little number that works well in the film, but the recording on vinyl suffers from being flat and lifeless. Elvis as usual gives it his best shot and just about makes it passable.
sugartummy wrote on June 22, 2013
I really like this song. Elvis sounds like Paul McCartney, trying to sound like Elvis. Or does this 1964 Elvis sounds like a fifties Elvis? He does to me(I mean, the voice, not the song). I like the whistles, the great drumming (there were 3 drummers on this session), the guitar solo (again, 3 guitarists). A very fun track.
ElvisSacramento wrote on June 26, 2014
I've always thought of this track as a fun song, not a great song. I'm convinced that this website and a huge amount of other websites have incorrect lyrics posted for this song. I'm certain that it should instead be written "Shim sham shimmie, wanna howl and shout, I'm out to get you baby and there's no doubt". It also should instead be written "I'll never whistle baby at another girl". Three stars from me.
NONE000000 wrote on June 26, 2014
Verse Elvis sang on the acetate, but not released was: "Flip flop kye-a Don't you act so shy I say Jim jam jelly Tell me you won't turn away." It is such a short song, I never understood why the verse was cut. Overall, an ok movie song. When I was 11 or 12, I loved the Girl Happy soundtrack a lot. I still don't mind the movie or soundtrack. The fluff songs, like this one, were still kinda fun.
Cruiser621 wrote on June 26, 2014
Crap in, crap out. Not one of the better efforts from this pathetic soundtrack, "Girl Happy"; this was when I stopped buying Elvis product. This soundtrack was so bad I took it back to the record store and returned it. Horrible!
TheMemphisFan wrote on April 08, 2019
I disagree with Cruiser621. Even though this soundtrack isn't great, it certainly isn't "absolute crap" either. "Wolf Call" is not one of the better songs of course, but there were a few good ones on the Girl Happy album. The "Girl Happy" song itself (if slowed down slightly to the correct speed) is a very catchy & fun song along with "Spring Fever" & "Startin' Tonight". The song "Cross My Heart And Hope To Die" has a very nice, cool & bluesy sound to it. Other than the bonus song, "You'll Be Gone", the two best songs on the LP (in my opinion) are... "The Meanest Girl in Town", a high-energy rocker with Elvis almost resorting back to his 1950s voice, and the song "Puppet On A String"... a nice love ballad that sold well over 500,000 copies as a single.
Jeoliverm wrote on April 03, 2020
Like this little (and stupid?) ditty. I have no logical reason for it, but I really like it. This is one of the only three songs I can stand from the GH soundtrack, being the other two Puppet On A String and Spring Fever.
The Hawk wrote on April 13, 2022
The weakest song from Girl Happy, both the movie and soundtrack. And it's the kind of song sounding as if the writers put little effort into it. Unlike so many folks on this website, though, I honestly enjoy Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye's songs Elvis sung for the most part, OK? Besides the obvious "(You're the) Devil in Disguise," I like "You Gotta Stop" from Easy Come, Easy Go (a longtime favorite of mine due to its stinging guitar lick and unusually angry lyric); the jazzy "City by Night" from Double Trouble; the lively up-tempo "Spring Fever" and the ballad "Do Not Disturb" (both from Girl Happy); "There's Gold in the Mountains," the funky "Catchin' on Fast," and the ballad "Tender Feeling" (all from Kissin' Cousins); "One Track Heart" and "Poison Ivy League" (both from Roustabout, with the former being my favorite from it); the Chubby Checker-inspired "I Don't Wanna Be Tied" from Girls! Girls! Girls!; the mid-tempo jazz-inflected "A World of Our Own" from It Happened at the World's Fair; the ballads "Go East, Young Man," "Mirage" and "Golden Coins" from Harum Scarum; and of course, my very favorite of their compositions, "Edge of Reality" from Live a Little, Love a Little, which was psychedelic as Elvis ever got. They are more songs they wrote for our man, but that was only to name from the top of my head.
GBK42 wrote on September 22, 2022
A pretty goofy song, and easily the worst production number from Girl Happy. "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce" is much better, and I even dig "Do the Clam," even though it's a lyrically silly song. The Hawk does have a point about Giant, Baum and Kaye, though. They even wrote "That's Old Fashioned" for the Everly Brothers, which was a hit for them I think in '62.
DerekH wrote on November 13, 2022
What a load of rubbish. Don't think I've listened to it over 50 years.
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