Thursday, April 18, 2024

There Are No Elvis Presley Songs on the “Priscilla” Movie Soundtrack Because Sofia Coppola Couldn’t Get The Rights


“Priscilla” is expanding to 1400 theaters today after one week of a limited run.

But if you go, don’t expect to hear “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi singing Elvis Presley’s hits.

Director Sofia Coppola, despite optioning Priscilla Presley’s memoir, couldn’t get the rights. They’d already gone to the Presley Estate-sanctioned “Elvis” movie with Austin Butler.

There’s no “Hound Dog,” or “All Shook Up” or “Heartbreak Hotel.”

The movie should have been called “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The soundtrack on ABKCO Records is full of other 50s and 60s inspired songs by the Ramones, Brenda Lee, the Righteous Brothers, the Soul Stirrers, Frankie Avalon, and Tommy James & the Shondells.

Otherwise, there’s a score by Coppola’s husband’s band, Phoenix.

But for Elvis songs, you’ll have to go the “Elvis” soundtrack or Presley’s original records.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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