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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           May 1, 1957 (Wednesday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Treat Me Nice"

Radio Recorders, Studio 1, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (10:00 am - 12:00 noon)

Producer: Jeff Alexander.

Engineer: Thorne Nogar.

Recording Assistant: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley Brooks.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

 

Soundtrack recording was booked at Radio Recorders for the whole day, but Elvis walked out shortly before lunch when the executive-in-charge (Jeff Alexander) tried to cut off a gospel jam with the Jordanaires. Jamming was the normal way Elvis and the band relaxed before work. The executive on the other hand had a bureaucratic clock-watching way of doing things. Elvis also believed that good music was created with a feeling and he would do anything to get that feel.

Songs recorded:

(Scene 2007) "I Want To Be Free" (no print)

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Listing of approved names by MGM for characters and places to be used in their new production.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                May 2, 1957 (Thursday)

No session.

Back home in Memphis, Elvis' dog Sweet Pea got vaccinated for rabies. (photo)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 3, 1957 (Friday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Treat Me Nice"

Radio Recorders, Studio 1, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (9:00 am - 1:05 pm) (2:30 pm - 6:25 pm)

Producer: Jeff Alexander.

Engineer: Thorne Nogar.

Recording Assistant: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley Brooks.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

 

Soundtrack recording continued and this time Bill Black walked out when he was unable to manage the introduction to "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" on his new fender electric bass guitar. Following his departure, Elvis picked up the instrument and played the part himself while songwriter Jerry Lieber provided a scratch vocal.

Songs recorded:

(Scene 2008) "Treat Me Nice" (Second Movie Version)

(Scene 2009) "I Want To Be Free" (Prison/TV Version)

(Scene 2010) "I Want To Be Free" (Record Version) (audio)

(Scene 2011) "I Want To Be Free" (Pickup First Ending)

(Scene 2012) "I Want To Be Free" (Pickup Second Ending)

 

(Scene 2013) "Baby, I Don't Care" (Track)

(Scene 2014) "Baby, I Don't Care" (Jerry Lieber Demonstration Record)

(Scene 2015) "Baby, I Don't Care" (First Vocal Overdub)

 

(Scene 2016) "Don't Leave Me Now" (First Version - Piano)

(Scene 2017) "Don't Leave Me Now" (Second Version - Hit Record)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 4, 1957 (Saturday)

No information.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 5, 1957 (Sunday)

No information.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 May 6, 1957 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (M.G.M) "Treat Me Nice"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California.

Elvis reported to the Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio and met with producer, Pandro S. Berman, director, Richard Thorpe and "Loving You" co-star, Dolores Hart.

He was assigned Clark Gable's dressing room and spent the week in costume fittings, make-up tests and dance rehearsals with movie choreographer, Alex Romero.

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Elvis won another Billboard "Triple Crown" award when he topped all three categories of Billboard's R&B charts for the first time. He became the first "Country & Western" artist to achieve this feat.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

"Peace in the Valley" by Elvis Presley. #25 (EP)

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"Gone" by Ferlin Husky.

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Gone" by Ferlin Husky.

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Gone" by Ferlin Husky.

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley. #5

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

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Best Sellers in Stores:

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

The Top 100: 

"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley.

"Peace in the Valley" by Elvis Presley. #46 (EP)

"That's When Your Heartaches Begin" by Elvis Presley. #83

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Is The Thing" by Nat (King) Cole.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

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No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 7, 1957 (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (M.G.M) "Treat Me Nice"

MGM Sound Stage, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California.

Producer:  Jeff Alexander.

Engineer:  Fred Mulculpin.          

Musicians:  Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley

Brooks.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Soundtrack recording continued, this time at MGM.

Songs recorded:

(Scene 2018) "Young Hearts" (not recorded)

(Scene 2019) "Jailhouse Rock" (instrumental piano intro)

(Scene 2020) "Jailhouse Rock" (movie version instrumental) (not used)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          May 8, 1957 (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (M.G.M) "Treat Me Nice"

MGM Sound Stage, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California.

Producer:  Jeff Alexander.

Engineer:  Fred Mulculpin.          

Musicians:  Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley

Brooks.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis returned to the MGM soundstage for a one-hour session to overdub vocals for "Baby, I Don't Care" followed by script rehearsals.

Around this time the movie was officially titled "Jailhouse Rock".

Songs recorded:

(Scene 2021) "Baby, I Don't Care" (Second Vocal Overdub Take 6, of Track 2013 - Take 16) (audio)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                May 9, 1957 (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (M.G.M) "Jailhouse Rock"

MGM Sound Stage, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California.

Producer:  Jeff Alexander.

Engineer:  Fred Mulculpin.          

Musicians:  Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Piano: Dudley

Brooks - Piano: Elvis Presley.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis returned to the MGM soundstage to work on the song "Don't Leave Me Now" which he had already recorded earlier in the year while working on the "Loving You" soundtrack.

Songs recorded:

(Scene 2022) "Don't Leave Me Now" (second movie version) (audio)

(Scene 2023) "Don't Leave Me Now" (first movie version) (Elvis on piano)

(Scene 2024) "Jailhouse Rock" (male overdubs for movie version)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 10, 1957 (Friday)