About the song

Ah, Fun in Acapulco, a tune that transports us to sun-drenched shores and the undeniable charisma of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Released in 1963, this song wasn’t just a catchy melody; it was the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, Elvis’s 15th film.

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Now, for those familiar with Elvis’s filmography, the 1960s marked a shift. The electrifying rockabilly rebel of the 50s was transitioning into a more mainstream Hollywood persona. Fun in Acapulco perfectly embodies this evolution. It’s a delightful blend of genres – a touch of rock and roll swagger woven into a breezy, sun-kissed pop tune with a strong Latin influence.

This Latin influence is no coincidence. The film itself is set in the vibrant resort town of Acapulco, Mexico. Think swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, and the infectious rhythms of mariachi bands. Elvis, ever the showman, fully embraces the locale. The song is peppered with Spanish phrases like “vino, dinero y amor” (wine, money, and love) adding a layer of authenticity and setting the scene for a carefree Mexican adventure.

But Fun in Acapulco is more than just a geographical homage. It’s a masterclass in crafting a feel-good summer anthem. The instrumentation is light and playful, with a prominent marimba adding a touch of tropical flair. The rhythm section lays down a steady groove, perfect for swaying along with a margarita in hand. Elvis himself delivers a smooth, relaxed vocal performance, perfectly capturing the carefree spirit of the song.

However, beneath the surface of this carefree exterior lies a subtle layer of Elvis’s signature rock and roll swagger. Listen closely to the guitar work – there’s a hint of that unmistakable rockabilly twang that Elvis made famous. And of course, there’s his undeniable stage presence, even in a recorded song. You can practically hear that playful glint in his eye as he delivers lines like “You can’t say no in Acapulco,” a sentiment most fans would likely agree with.

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Fun in Acapulco wasn’t necessarily a chart-topping phenomenon, but its enduring legacy lies in its ability to transport listeners to a simpler time. It’s a reminder of Elvis’s versatility as a performer, his ability to seamlessly blend genres and create music that transcends time and place. So, put on your dancing shoes, crank up the volume, and let Fun in Acapulco whisk you away to a world of sunshine, romance, and the undeniable charm of the King.

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Lyrics

“Fun In Acapulco”
(from “Fun In Acapulco” soundtrack)

Acapulco, sleeping in the bay
Acapulco, wake up and greet the day
Time to tell the guitars and sleepy eyed stars

To be on their way
It’s such a beautiful morning
For a holiday

Hey now come on, you old sleepy head
See the sky turning red and you’re still in bed
It’s fun in Acapulco

Acapulco, look here comes the sun
Acapulco, it’s a day for fun

I can’t wait till I meet your sweet senoritas
Kiss everyone
This is no time for siesta, this is time for fun

I can’t wait till I meet your sweet senoritas
Kiss everyone
This is no time for siesta, this is time for fun

This is no time for siesta, this is time for fun
This is no time for siesta, this is time for fun
This is no time for siesta, this is time for fun