Dolores Agnes Fuller (March 10, 1923 – May 9, 2011), was an American actress and songwriter, best known as the one-time girlfriend of the low-budget film director Ed Wood.
Dolores Fuller was part of one of the most prolific Hollywood composers team (Fuller, Wayne & Weisman) that wrote songs for Elvis movies in the 60´s .
Sid Wayne, Elvis & Ben Weisman.
She co-wrote 12 songs for 10 different Elvis movies plus 1 studio album (Love Letters From Elvis):
-Rock-A-Hula Baby" (from the film Blue Hawaii, 1961)
-I Got Lucky" (from the film Kid Galahad, 1962)
-Steppin' Out of Line" (unused track from the Blue Hawaii sessions, first released on 1962 album Pot Luck)
-You Can't Say No in Acapulco" (from the film Fun in Acapulco, 1963)
-Beyond the Bend" (from the film It Happened at the World's Fair, 1963)
-Barefoot Ballad" (from the film Kissin' Cousins, 1964)
-Big Love, Big Heartache" (from the film Roustabout, 1964)
-Do the Clam" (from the film Girl Happy, 1965)
-Spinout" (from the film Spinout, 1966)
-I'll Take Love" (from the film Easy Come, Easy Go, 1967)
-Have a Happy" (from the film Change of Habit, 1969)
-Cindy, Cindy" (Love Letters from Elvis, 1971 studio album)
Super rare Fan Club cd release of Elvis Sings Dolores Fuller. Front cover. Released in 1997.
Super rare Fan Club cd release of Elvis Sings Dolores Fuller. Back cover. Released in 1997.
Recently on eBay, there was a picture of her for auction together with the original lyrics of the song: Do The Clam. It failed to sell....
P.S: Lyrics sheet looks fake!.
Do The Clam: Words and music by Dolores Fuller, Sid Wayne, and Ben Weisman.
Do The Clam/You´ll Be Gone. RCA Victor 47-8500. Released in February 1965.
P.J.Proby was hired by Dolores Fuller to record many demos songs to be submitted for Elvis movies.
Rumored demo records made by P.J.Proby for Elvis:P.J. Proby did many demos for songwriters Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne in the early 1960's. Also for Ruth Batchelor. Altogether about 25. A few have been released. The rest will one day also be out on cd but such a lot of detailed work (with copyright probs) needs to be done before they are legally free.It takes years to trace who worked on them & if they're still alive. Only a few of the 25 songs were actually chosen to be in any of those movies. Chosen or not they were still great songs!
-King Of The Whole Wide World
-Riding The Rainbow
-I Got Lucky
-Because Of Love
-Thanks To The Rolling Sea
-Echoes Of Love
-It’s Carnival Time
Recently the bootleggers released a 5 cd book set: SILVER SCREEN TREASURES 1962-1965 Vol 1, which includes dozen of demos recordings written by Dolores Fuller for Elvis movies .
Beside writing for Elvis, she created her own record Company (Dee Dee Records) and launched the careers of Johnny Rivers & Tanya Tucker.
Elvis & Johnny Rivers were friends in Hollywood in the early 60´s.
Elvis & Johnny Rivers.
Elvis left the studio very pleased with the results, but “Memphis” was never released as a single – and Johnny Rivers was the reason. He and Elvis had jammed together on the song back in Bel Air. Rivers liked it so much he incorporated it into his repertoire at the Whiskey. In May 1964 a live version of the song hit the market and quickly went to #2 on the charts. That killed any chance of “Memphis” ever being an Elvis single......
Enjoy!. Bye for now .
Sources: http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com/archive/2011/june2011/dolores-fuller-obit.html / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Fuller / http://www.pjproby.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1321829401/0 / http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/elvis-johnny-rivers.html / http://www.elvisblog.net/2007/05/06/elvis-and-johnny-rivers/ / http://elvispresleyphotos.com/cars-motorcycles.html