Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 1, 1960 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Flaming Lance"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Elvis reported to 20th Century Fox at 9:00 am for pre-production work on "Flaming Lance", the working title for his new

film. It was produced by David Weisbart who worked with Elvis before on "Love Me Tender" and directed by Don Siegel. The

movie's plot was to seriously look at the life of a young man caught between the worlds of his Indian mother and his white

father. 

FLAMING STAR

(20th Century Fox) (1960)

Barbara Eden

Rudolfo Acosta

Don Siegel

Steve Forrest

Dolores Del Rio

Richard Jaeckel

Karl Swenson

John McIntire

L.Q. Jones

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #3

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #40

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,

by Brian Hyland.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #5

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Please Help Me, I'm Falling" by Hank Locklin.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" by Jackie Wilson.

"White Silver Sands" by the Bill Black Combo. #28

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

MONO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 39 weeks or less)

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" by Bob Newhart.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #3

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"Inside Shelley Berman" by Shelley Berman.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE MONO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

STEREO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 29 weeks or less)

"Persuasive Percussion" by Terry Snyder & the All Stars.

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (30 weeks or more)

"The Sound of Music" Original Broadway Cast.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE STEREO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 2, 1960, (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Flaming Lance"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Elvis undertook horseback riding lessons each afternoon for the next two weeks in preparation for the role of Pacer

Burton.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     August 3, 1960, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Flaming Lance"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 4, 1960, (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Flaming Lance"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Elvis was fitted with contact lenses in order to change his blue eyes to brown for his role as a "halfbreed," but in the end

he kept his own natural look.

Bill Bullock thanked Colonel Parker for "getting me off the hook on the recording equipment which was planned for Elvis'

home." The Colonel had accepted as a poor token of fealty the cost of automobile rental in California and record players for Elvis to use both at the movie studio and in his home. Bullock asked for a "snow letter" for his files, that confirmed acceptance of the arrangement. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 August 5, 1960, (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Flaming Lance"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

The movie title underwent many changes from "Flaming Lance" to "Flaming Heart", "Black Heart" and now "Black Star."

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 6, 1960, (Saturday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              August 7, 1960, (Sunday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 8, 1960 (Monday)

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (8:00 pm - 4:00 am)

Producer(s): Urban Thielmann.

Engineer: Thorne Nogar.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Howard Roberts - Rhythm Guitar & Mandolin: Hilmer "Tiny" Timbrell - Bass: Michael "Meyer" Rubin - Drums: Bernie Mattinson - Piano: Dudley Brooks - Accordion: James Haskell

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

Four songs for the new picture were recorded at Radio Recorders between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am. Once again Elvis was embarrassed by the material, and expressed through the Colonel that two of the numbers not be released on record.

Songs recorded: "Black Star", "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", "Britches", "A Cane and a High Starched Collar" (audio)

Black Star - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
Britches (Spliced Master) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
A Cane and a High Starched Collar (Spliced Master) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,

by Brian Hyland.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #3

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #51

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,

by Brian Hyland.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #3

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Please Help Me, I'm Falling" by Hank Locklin.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" by Jackie Wilson.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #15

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

MONO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 39 weeks or less)

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" by Bob Newhart.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #3

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"Inside Shelley Berman" by Shelley Berman.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE MONO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

STEREO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 29 weeks or less)

"Persuasive Percussion" by Terry Snyder & the All Stars.

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (30 weeks or more)

"South Pacific" Soundtrack.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE STEREO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 9, 1960, (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Horse-riding lessons.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  August 10, 1960, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California?

Horse-riding lessons and wardrobe tests. (photos)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 11, 1960, (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Horse-riding lessons.

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSION: - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (8:00 pm - 4:00 am)

Producer(s): Urban Thielmann.

Engineer: Thorne Nogar.

Musicians: Drums & Maracas: Richard Cornell.

Overdubs were done in the Radio Recorders studio to "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears." Drums and maracas were added to use the song in a campfire scene. Eventually it would be dropped from the picture after the audience at a test screening laughed at its inappropriateness. 

Song overdubbed: "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears." (audio)

Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Movie Version) - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 12, 1960, (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Horse-riding lessons.

In the wake of his marriage to Dee Stanley, Vernon signed a quitclaim deed, which gave Elvis sole ownership of Graceland. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 13, 1960, (Saturday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 14, 1960, (Sunday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 15, 1960 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Horse-riding lessons.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley.

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #32

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,

by Brian Hyland.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #2

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Please Help Me, I'm Falling" by Hank Locklin.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" by Jackie Wilson.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

MONO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 39 weeks or less)

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" by Bob Newhart.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #4

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"Inside Shelley Berman" by Shelley Berman.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE MONO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

STEREO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 29 weeks or less)

"Sold Out" by the Kingston Trio.

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (30 weeks or more)

"Persuasive Percussion" by Terry Snyder & the All Stars.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE STEREO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         August 16, 1960, (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Janss Conejo Ranch, Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks), California.

Principal photography on "Black Star" began. Red West who was working as Elvis' double suffered a broken elbow during a

fight scene. (photo: Sonny West, Red West, Elvis. Date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   August 17, 1960, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Janss Conejo Ranch, Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks), California.

The Colonel organised that a steady stream of visitors were allowed access to the set, ranging from carefully selected

media personalities to a high school delegation from Grosse Point, Michigan, on this particular day. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 18, 1960, (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Janss Conejo Ranch, Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks), California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 19, 1960, (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

Janss Conejo Ranch, Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks), California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 20, 1960, (Saturday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 21, 1960, (Sunday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 22, 1960 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley.

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #45

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,

by Brian Hyland.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #2

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Alabam" by the Cowboy Copas.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" by Jackie Wilson.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

MONO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 39 weeks or less)

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" by Bob Newhart.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #4

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"Inside Shelley Berman" by Shelley Berman.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE MONO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

STEREO ACTION ALBUMS (on the charts 29 weeks or less)

"Sold Out" by the Kingston Trio.

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (30 weeks or more)

"Persuasive Percussion" by Terry Snyder & the All Stars.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE STEREO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

"Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller.

Billboard reported that the "Hot 100" showed that recently there had been an increase of cover versions, revivals of old hits and adaptations of public domain material. This might reflect a scarcity of good new material or young artists attempting to record older, more adult material.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          August 23, 1960, (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  August 24, 1960, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 25, 1960, (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

PUBLICITY PHOTO SHOOT - The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

The Colonel set up a publicity shoot with photographer Don Cravens who shot Elvis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for Life magazine. They would follow up with an interview the next day on the movie set. The Colonel had also commissioned Cravens to take some shots for future record sleeves, including covers for the upcoming single "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and a gospel album that Elvis planned to record in October, to be called "His Hand in Mine." (photos)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              August 26, 1960, (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        August 27, 1960, (Saturday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           August 28, 1960, (Sunday)

The Beverly Wilshere Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            August 29, 1960 (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION - (20th Century Fox) "Black Star"

20th Century Fox, 10201 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley.

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #63

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley.