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I Love Only One Girl, which Elvis recorded for the film "Double Trouble" on June 29, 1966 is based on a popular chanson dating to the 17th century.
"Auprès de ma blonde" (French for "Next to My Girlfriend") or "Le Prisonnier de Hollande" ("The Prisoner of Holland") is a popular chanson dating to the 17th century. The song tells the story of a lady who laments to the birds in her father's garden that her husband is a prisoner in Holland. It appeared during or soon after the Franco-Dutch War (1672–78), during the reign of Louis XIV, when French sailors and soldiers were commonly imprisoned in the Netherlands.

The song's quick pace and lively melody made it well-suited to military marches, and it is still commonly played at parades. For the same reasons, it gained widespread popularity as a drinking song and nursery rhyme.
The text was inspired by Louis XIV’s campaign against Holland (1672-78), during which French soldiers were taken prisoner. It is attributed to an André Joubert du Collet, who was a prisoner of the Dutch for two years, during which he supposedly wrote the song in honor of his wife.
I Love Only One Girl - original lyrics.JPG
This is how it might have sounded back then:
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The first known released recording of the song was made in New York, in January 1916 by soprano Odette Le Fontenay and pressed on the Columbia E2796 label (matrix 43731).


On March 12, 1918 a second recording of the song was made. Again in New York, but this time by mezzo soprano Eva Gauthier with the King's Orchestra, conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret. The arranger was L. Chomel.

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A version from 1956, by Aimé Doniat.
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Nice to know:
1. The song is heard during the parade scenes at the end of the movie The Day of the Jackal.
2. In the 1952 musical comedy film April in Paris, Doris Day and Claude Dauphin sing (and dance to) this song in the kitchen of a French ocean liner.
3. The melody is hummed by actors Ian Holm and Christopher Lambert in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
4. It is heard in the exit music of the 1938 film, "Marie Antoinette," starring Norma Shearer.
5. The song is also sung by Christine Daaé in the 1990 miniseries The Phantom of the Opera.
6. The song appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Family" and '"Final Mission".
7. It also appeared in the British TV movie Sharpe's Revenge being sung by General Calvet's men to Richard Sharpe and Lucille.
8. The song appears as background music in a Marseille cafe in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, episode No. 3.22 of 2 March 1958 "The Return of the Hero".
9. It's also sung by Sarah Moffatt in two episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs.
10. It is also found in Starsky & Hutch season 4 episode 8, "Dandruff".


As said, Elvis recorded his version on June 29, 1966, with lyrics written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett.
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sources
https://www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/660629.html#05
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aupr%C3%A8s_de_ma_blonde
http://www.madbeppo.com/french-songs/aupres-de-ma-blonde/
https://78records.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/columbia-e_spottswood.pdf
https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000078246/43731-Auprs_de_ma_blonde
https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/700006694/B-21573-Auprs_de_ma_blonde

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The song was also known in the military world as recorded in 1927 by Band of H.M Canadian Grenadiers Guards (Canada -Victor 216605).


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The movie version always was a guilty pleasure off mine.


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Johnny2523 on Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:02 am wrote:The movie version always was a guilty pleasure off mine.
I agree. Dated even when recorded but hard not to like it.


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At primary school, we had to do a country dance to the melody of this song. Bad times.

Truly terrible, one of the worst tracks Elvis cut. So far away from what he should have been recording in 1966.


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Fascinating, Greystoke.


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Hate it. I prefer Old McDonald.



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Greystoke, thank you so much for this.
And MikeFromHolland, thank you for that nice topic, too.

That said I am a little fed up with the song right now. Went through my vinyl collection and boy, that thing must've been featured at least ten times (most of them on the CAMDEN albums).


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Addition: The script / screenplay for Double trouble is older:

Dated: 2 february 1966 – complete screenplay written by Jo Heims – title: Somebody’s trying to kill me (134 pages);

Revised 9 february 1966: script written by Jo Heims – title: You’re killing me me (160 pages) as mentioned in a previous post by Greystroke.

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The record version.

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Fun song and scene


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The cover from LP “Elvis in Germany” as shown in a previous post is one of the most ugliest covers.
Elvis looks like a soldier from the Chinese Peoples Army.


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Typically American. Frankfort on the Rhine (Frankfurt am Rhein)! General knowledge equals zero! The song is actually quite nice, but this stupid line destroys everything.



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Beautifully crafted and researched topic MikeFromHolland. Nice addition by Greystoke also very nice.



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hello73 on Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:49 am wrote:Typically American. Frankfort on the Rhine (Frankfurt am Rhein)! General knowledge equals zero! The song is actually quite nice, but this stupid line destroys everything.
A little off topic but the same mistake occured, of course as we all know, during "G.I. Blues" ("They give us a room with a view of the beautiful Rhine") !!!


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stevelecher on Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:31 pm wrote:Hate it. I prefer Old McDonald.
Steven, I'd like to speak with you at your convenience pertaining to this fortuitous dissension and hostility.


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Rob on Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:47 pm wrote:
stevelecher on Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:31 pm wrote:Hate it. I prefer Old McDonald.
Steven, I'd like to speak with you at your convenience pertaining to this fortuitous dissension and hostility.
Now rob.. don't cluck-cluck here or cluck-cluck there..


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stevelecher on Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:31 pm wrote:Hate it. I prefer Old McDonald.
You're lucky: originally selected for this scene the song "Antwerp here we come" (Randy Starr); however replaced by Old MacDonald (with re-written lyrics by Randy Starr) for scene # 156 – sung on pick up – truck loaded with chickens.


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I don't give a rat's rump for a month of Sundays that it's a classic melody. It's still a cornball novelty tune, and it's these types of tunes that really killed Elvis' reputation, and that of his movies in the mid-60's. Guilty pleasure pfffft!



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Pete Dube on Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:52 pm wrote:I don't give a rat's rump for a month of Sundays that it's a classic melody. It's still a cornball novelty tune, and it's these types of tunes that really killed Elvis' reputation, and that of his movies in the mid-60's. Guilty pleasure pfffft!
+1. For a talent like Elvis, its awful. Wish he never recorded such garbage, film or no film. These movies didnt have to have these scenes just so a silly song can be inserted. Did A Dog's Life enhance PHS? Did Ito Eats enhance Blue Hawaii? Hey Hey Hey Clambake? And so on. Elvis films were always better off with less silly songs and scenes. Follow That Dream is a perfect example.



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r&b on Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:48 am wrote:
Pete Dube on Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:52 pm wrote:I don't give a rat's rump for a month of Sundays that it's a classic melody. It's still a cornball novelty tune, and it's these types of tunes that really killed Elvis' reputation, and that of his movies in the mid-60's. Guilty pleasure pfffft!
+1. For a talent like Elvis, its awful. Wish he never recorded such garbage, film or no film. These movies didnt have to have these scenes just so a silly song can be inserted. Did A Dog's Life enhance PHS? Did Ito Eats enhance Blue Hawaii? Hey Hey Hey Clambake? And so on. Elvis films were always better off with less silly songs and scenes. Follow That Dream is a perfect example.


In case you don’t know it: There are no songs / songtitles mentioned in a movie script.
Songwriters are invited to send in their demo-versions for a certain scene in the movie.
In the pre-production meeting the producer / director and or Elvis made a selection from the songs to be recorded. All kind of interests play a role in the choice of songs (copyrights – public domain – royalties etc) and don’t forget the MPAA (= censor).
Here an example from the song Ito eats from Blue Hawaii.


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A cracking little number


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Anyone knows what is that instrument playing in the start of the song ?


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Follow that Dream could be a very good pattern for the next films for Elvis (excepting VLV). And after Viva, Elvis could do a lot more movies like Follow that Dream.



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Greystoke, right now I reread in the Day By Day book how much money Elvis earned in the 1966-1968 years from the movies: 2,500,000 $ in 1966, 2,700,000 $ in 1967, 2,600,000 in 1968. Not bad, what do you think? 3 movies per year.