Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 1, 1960, (Saturday)

525 Perugia Way, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

RCA released their first soundtrack album since Elvis was released from the service in both mono and stereo formats.

"G.I. Blues" (LPM/LSP-2256)

The front cover used a publicity shot taken for the movie. The rear cover had stills from the movie.

Songs:

Side 1: "Tonight Is So Right For Love", "What's She Really Like", "Frankfort Special", "Wooden Heart", "G.I. Blues".

Side 2: "Pocketful of Rainbows", "Shoppin' Around", "Big Boots", "Didja' Ever", "Blue Suede Shoes", Doin' the Best I Can".

RCA Victor (LPM-2256)

RCA Victor (LSP-2256)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             October 2, 1960, (Sunday)

525 Perugia Way, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            October 3, 1960 (Monday)

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

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

Other locations used for "Flaming Star" were; Skull Valley, Delle, Lonerock and Tooele County all in the state of Utah.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"My Heart Has A Mind of It's Own" by Connie Francis,

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

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #23

"A Mess of Blues" by Elvis Presley. #73

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"My Heart Has A Mind of It's Own" by Connie Francis,

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

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Alabam" by the Cowboy Copas.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Kiddio" by Brook Benton.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #10

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"The Sound of Music" by Original Cast.

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)

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #17

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)

"More Songs by Ricky" by Ricky Nelson

was listed as #1 by Billboard.

Ricky didn't have an EP out by that name.

"More Songs By Ricky" was an album title.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           October 4, 1960 (Tuesday)

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

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

Principal photography for "Flaming Star" ended.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    October 5, 1960 (Wednesday)

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

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

Dubbing for "Flaming Star" continued.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 6, 1960 (Thursday)

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

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

Dubbing for "Flaming Star" ended. Publicity shots were taken sometime in October.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               October 7, 1960, (Friday)

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

Radio Recorders, Studio B, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)

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.

Now that the movie title had changed, Elvis had to re-record the song "Black Star" and change it to "Flaming Star." 

Songs recorded: "Flaming Star." (audio)

Flaming Star - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 8, 1960, (Saturday)

The group headed to Las Vegas before going home to Memphis.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            October 9, 1960, (Sunday)

Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 10, 1960 (Monday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne,

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #11

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #18

 

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne,

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

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #22

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Alabam" by the Cowboy Copas.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Kiddio" by Brook Benton.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #16

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"The Sound of Music" by Original Cast.

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)

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #14

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)

"More Songs by Ricky" by Ricky Nelson

was listed as #1 by Billboard.

Ricky didn't have an EP out by that name.

"More Songs By Ricky" was an album title.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       October 11, 1960, (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                October 12, 1960, (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 13, 1960, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             October 14, 1960, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 15, 1960, (Saturday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 16, 1960, (Sunday)

Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

HOSPITAL STAY - Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis broke his finger playing touch football at Graceland. He was accompanied on the trip to Campbell Clinic by Anita Wood and his football buddies that included Sonny West and Junior Smith. The Clinic doctors recommended that he should go to hospital and get treatment. Elvis stayed the night and decided to go home the following day.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 17, 1960 (Monday)

Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis relaxed at home.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters,

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

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #18

 

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"My Heart Has A Mind of it's Own" by Connie Francis,

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

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #25

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Alabam" by the Cowboy Copas.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Kiddio" by Brook Benton.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #15

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #14

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"The Sound of Music" by Original Cast.

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)

"String Along" by the Kingston Trio.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #11

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (30 weeks or more)

"Provocative Percussion" by Enoch Light & the Light Brigade.

BEST SELLING LOW PRICE STEREO LP'S

"Soul of Spain" by 101 Strings.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       October 18, 1960, (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                October 19, 1960, (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 20, 1960, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             October 21, 1960, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 22, 1960, (Saturday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 23, 1960, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 24, 1960 (Monday)

Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis was inducted into Arkansas State College's Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity in a ceremony at Graceland. Although he originally conceived of it as a publicity stunt, and something of a goof, fraternity president Rick Husky was surprised at how moved Elvis was by the ceremony and convinced of his sincerity when he confided to Husky that he wished he could have attended college himself. After the presentation Elvis took the group out to see his new Rolls Royce while also downplaying its significance by telling them the maid had called it "some old black car."  (photos)

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"I Want To Be Wanted" by Brenda Lee,

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #15

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #16

 

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"The Twist" by Chubby Checker,

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters,

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #9

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #22

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Alabam" by the Cowboy Copas.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Kiddio" by Brook Benton.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #9

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

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

"Nice and Easy" by Frank Sinatra.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #27

ESSENTIAL INVENTORY ALBUMS (40 weeks or more)

"The Sound of Music" by Original Cast.

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)

"Nice and Easy" by Frank Sinatra.

"Elvis Is Back!" by Elvis Presley. #12

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)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       October 25, 1960, (Tuesday)

Elvis purchased a monkey at Katz Drug Store for $123.55, this added to a menagerie that included poodles, pyrenees, peacocks, mynah birds, chickens, pigs, and spider monkeys.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                October 26, 1960, (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 27, 1960, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             October 28, 1960, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      October 29, 1960, (Saturday)

Freddy Bienstock arrived to go over songs for the upcoming recording session in Nashville, which had been set up to produce Elvis' first full gospel album as well as a single for early 1961 release. For the single Freddy had commissioned songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman who had already wrote "A Mess of Blues" for Elvis, to come up with new lyrics for another classic Neopolitan ballad, "Torna a Surriento" much in the manner of "It's Now or Never." 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           October 30, 1960 (Sunday)

After traveling to Nashville by bus, Elvis joined all the regular Nashville musicians and backup singers, along with Charlie Hodge who provided harmony, in RCA's Studio B. Elvis would be recording some of the songs he had practised in Germany and knew very well. His hand was still slightly bandaged from the broken finger injury. (photos)

RECORDING SESSION: - RCA Victor

RCA Victor Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee. (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) and (10:00 pm - 1:00 am)

Producer(s): Steve Sholes.

Engineer: Bill Porter.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Hank Garland - Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph.

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

Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Harmony: Charlie Hodge.

From 6:30 pm to 8:00 am the next morning, Elvis completed both the album "His Hand In Mine" and the A-side of his next single, "Surrender". During the recording of "Surrender", Jordanaire Ray Walker, helped Elvis with the high vocal ending. In the end the master was spliced to achieve the right result.

Songs recorded: "Milky White Way", "His Hand in Mine", "I Believe in the Man in the Sky", "He Knows Just What I Need", "Surrender", "Mansion Over the Hilltop" (audio)

Milky White Way - Elvis Presley
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His Hand In Mine - Elvis Presley
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I Believe in the Man in the Sky - Elvis Presley
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He Knows Just What I Need - Elvis Presley
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Surrender (Spliced Master) - Elvis Presley
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Mansion Over the Hilltop - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         October 31, 1960 (Monday)

RECORDING SESSION: - RCA Victor

RCA Victor Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee. (1:30 am - 4:30 am) and (5:00 am - 8:00 am)

Producer(s): Steve Sholes.

Engineer: Bill Porter.

Musicians: Lead Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Hank Garland - Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph.

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

Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Harmony: Charlie Hodge.

Recording continued. Elvis' version of "Crying in the Chapel," was originally intended for the album, but Elvis was dissatisfied with his interpretation and felt he could do better.

Songs recorded: "In My Father's House", "Joshua Fit the Battle", "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot", "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs", "If We Never Meet Again", "Known Only to Him", "Working on the Building" (audio)

In My Father's House (Spliced Master) - Elvis Presley
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Joshua Fit the Battle - Elvis Presley
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Swing Down, Sweet Chariot - Elvis Presley
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I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs - Elvis Presley
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If We Never Meet Again - Elvis Presley
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Known Only To Him - Elvis Presley
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Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley
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Working on the Building - Elvis Presley
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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters,

"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Black's Combo. #12

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley. #27