About The Song

Remember those carefree summer days, the kind filled with sunshine, laughter, and maybe even a delicious seafood platter? Elvis Presley’s “Island Appetizer (Song of the Shrimp)” captures that lighthearted spirit perfectly. This lesser-known gem from his film career offers a glimpse into Elvis’s playful side, a welcome departure from his usual rock and roll anthems.

Released in 1962 as part of the soundtrack for the film Girls! Girls! Girls!, “Island Appetizer (Song of the Shrimp)” might surprise listeners familiar with Elvis’s more serious recordings. Here, we hear a different side of the King – a man with a sense of humor and a love for a good time. The song itself is a calypso-inspired number, with a breezy melody and a playful rhythm that evokes the laid-back atmosphere of a tropical island.

The lyrics paint a picture of a carefree existence on a beautiful island. Elvis sings about the simple pleasures in life – enjoying the sunshine, listening to the ocean waves, and of course, indulging in a delicious plate of shrimp. Lines like “Little pink crustacean, dressed in a coral gown” and “You’re the tastiest treat in town” showcase the song’s lighthearted tone and Elvis’s ability to have fun with his lyrics. He delivers these lyrics with a wink and a smile, his voice perfectly capturing the joyful spirit of the song.

Musically, the song complements the lyrics beautifully. A gentle ukulele strumming sets the foundation, joined by the rhythmic tapping of bongos and the calming sounds of ocean waves. There are no electrifying guitar solos or driving beats here. “Island Appetizer (Song of the Shrimp)” is all about creating a sense of relaxation and lighthearted fun.

“Island Appetizer (Song of the Shrimp)” might not be a chart-topping hit, but it’s a song that reminds us of Elvis Presley’s versatility and his ability to connect with listeners on a different level. It’s a welcome respite from his more serious work, a reminder that the King of Rock and Roll could also be a master of lighthearted entertainment. So, put on your headphones, close your eyes, and let Elvis transport you to a tropical paradise with a plate of delicious shrimp in “Island Appetizer (Song of the Shrimp)”.