Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     May 1, 1966, (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 3, 1966, (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            May 4, 1966, (Wednesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 5, 1966, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        May 6, 1966, (Friday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 7, 1966, (Saturday)

After getting Elvis' telephone number from George Klein, James Brown (Soul Brother #1) tried to call Elvis several times today, but he was told Elvis was asleep. James Brown was appearing at the Coliseum tonight, and a few of the guys attended his concert.  In the evening at the Crosstown, Elvis watched "Return of the Seven" and "The Plague Of The Zombies".

 

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Colonel Parker had arranged a Mother's Day program of Elvis' songs to be played on Radio stations across the country, both as promotion, and in memory of Elvis' Mother, Gladys. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    May 9, 1966, (Monday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                May 10, 1966, (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         May 11, 1966, (Wednesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              May 12, 1966, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     May 13, 1966, (Friday)

Elvis rented out the Fairgrounds, as he did on many other nights, after the movies. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 14, 1966, (Saturday)

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"Going Places" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

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"Crying Time" by Ray Charles.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 May 16, 1966, (Monday)

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"If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears"

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"Lou Rawls Live!" by Lou Rawls.

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 Elvis played touch football, as he did most Sundays. 

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PRISCILLA 21st BIRTHDAY - Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

Priscilla's 21st Birthday was celebrated by everyone at Graceland. (video)

Priscilla's 21st Birthday Celebration

(audio: "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         May 25, 1966, (Wednesday)

Where No One Stands Alone - Elvis Presley
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Down in the Alley - Elvis Presley
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 Elvis left for Nashville at 1:00 am on a chartered Greyhound bus for his first non - soundtrack recording session for two and a half years. 

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (6:30 pm - 9:30 am) (10:00 pm - 1:00 am) (1:30 am - 4:00 am)

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young)  - Bass

Guitar: Charlie McCoy - Electric/Upright Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums/Timpani: Murrey "Buddy"

Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Piano/Organ: Henry Slaughter (The Imperials) - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph - Saxophone: Rufus Long - Steel Guitar: Peter Drake - Trumpet: Ray Stevens

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

Backup Vocals: The Imperials: Lead: Jake Hess - Tenor: Sherrill Nielsen - Baritone: Gary McSpadden - Bass: Armond Morales.

Backup Vocals: Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Dolores Dinning Edgin - June Page.

At Studio B Elvis met his new producer, thirty-year-old Felton Jarvis. Chet Atkins, never a night owl, brought in Felton, who had recently joined the RCA staff, because he thought Felton had a temperament better suited to Elvis' and to staying up for all-night sessions. Felton, a huge fan of Elvis', recorded an Elvis tribute / imitation, "Don't Knock Elvis", before going on to a career as an R&B producer in his native Atlanta. Elvis' task, as spelled out by RCA under the terms of the new contract, was to deliver two singles, a Christmas single, and a religious album. The musicians appeared on time, but Elvis arrived a couple of hours late and they worked from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am on the first night and continued through the four-day session, Elvis showed a greater degree of musical focus than he had done in years, concentrating primarily on the gospel numbers that would make up the album, but also completed a handful of pop tunes, that included Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" learned from the "Odetta Sings Dylan" album. 

Songs recorded: "Run On", "How Great Thou Art", "Stand By Me", "Where No One Stands Alone", "Down in the Alley", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (audio)

Run On - Elvis Presley
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How Great Thou Art - Elvis Presley
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Stand By Me - Elvis Presley
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Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Elvis Presley
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Elvis' new producer: Felton Jarvis

Peter Drake

The Imperials

(Top left: Sherrill Nielsen, Gary McSpadden, Henry Slaughter, Jake Hess and Armond Morales

Dolores Edgin

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By and By - Elvis Presley
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In the Garden - Elvis Presley
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RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (6:30 pm - 9:30 am) (10:00 pm - 1:00 am) (4:00 am - 7:00 am)

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young)  - Bass Guitar: Charlie McCoy - Electric/Upright Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums/Timpani: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Piano/Organ: Henry Slaughter (The Imperials) Piano/Organ: David Briggs - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph - Saxophone: Rufus Long - Steel Guitar: Peter Drake - Trumpet: Ray Stevens

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

Backup Vocals: The Imperials: Lead: Jake Hess - Tenor: Sherrill Nielsen - Baritone: Gary McSpadden - Bass: Armond Morales.

Backup Vocals: Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Dolores Dinning Edgin - June Page.

Tonight's session ran from 6:30 pm until 7:00 am. One of the highlights of the first three days of the session was the presence of the Imperials, formed as an all-star gospel quartet by one of Elvis' singing idols, Jake Hess, the previous year. The Imperials were a last-minute suggestion from Chet Atkins' secretary, Mary B. Lynch, via Tom Diskin when Diskin was unable to locate Jimmy Jones of the Harmonising Four. Elvis could not be more happy with their presence, however, attempting in several instances to give Hess the vocal lead.

An interesting sidelight: Tonight's session marked the debut of David Briggs, a young piano player who recently arrived from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, who was booked for the first session, which began at 6:30 pm, (at which generally nothing was recorded), because regular pianist Floyd Cramer was working elsewhere until 9:00 pm To everyone's surprise Elvis turned up on time and was ready to work, and Briggs accompanied him on a cover of Ketty Lester's R&B-tinged ballad "Love Letters," and remained in his chair even after Cramer arrived because Elvis had grown used to his sound.

Songs recorded: "Love Letters", "So High", "Farther Along", "By and By", "In the Garden", "Beyond the Reef" (audio)

Love Letters - Elvis Presley
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So High - Elvis Presley
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Farther Along - Elvis Presley
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Beyond the Reef (Undubbed Master) - Elvis Presley
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David Briggs

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RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) (10:00 pm - 1:00 am) (1:30 am - 5:00 am)

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young)  - Bass Guitar: Charlie McCoy - Electric/Upright Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums/Timpani: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Piano/Organ: Henry Slaughter (The Imperials) - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph - Saxophone: Rufus Long - Steel Guitar: Peter Drake - Trumpet: Ray Stevens

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

Backup Vocals: The Imperials: Lead: Jake Hess - Tenor: Sherrill Nielsen - Baritone: Gary McSpadden - Bass: Armond Morales.

Backup Vocals: Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Dolores Dinning Edgin - June Page.

The session continued from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am the next morning.

Songs recorded: "Somebody Bigger Than You and I", "Without Him", "If the Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side", "Where Could I Go But to the Lord?" (audio)

Somebody Bigger Than You and I - Elvis Presley
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Without Him - Elvis Presley
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If the Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side - Elvis Presley
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Where Could I Go But to the Lord? - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 28, 1966, (Saturday)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Jim Malloy.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young)  - Bass Guitar: Charlie McCoy - Electric/Upright Bass: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums/Timpani: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Piano/Organ: Henry Slaughter (The Imperials) - Saxophone: Homer "Boots" Randolph - Saxophone: Rufus Long - Steel Guitar: Peter Drake - Trumpet: Ray Stevens

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

Backup Vocals: The Imperials: Lead: Jake Hess - Tenor: Sherrill Nielsen - Baritone: Gary McSpadden - Bass: Armond Morales.

Backup Vocals: Soprano: Mildred "Millie" Kirkham - Dolores Dinning Edgin - June Page.

Felton extended the session in hopes of fulfilling RCA's requirements, but with the Imperials gone (they had a prior booking in Canada), material running out, and Elvis' spirits flagging, just two songs were completed between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. As a result, a second session was scheduled two weeks later in the hopes of getting material more suitable for singles. 

Songs recorded: "Come What May", "Fools Fall in Love" (audio)

Come What May - Elvis Presley
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Fools Fall in Love - Elvis Presley
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How Great They Are

(Neal Matthews, Gordon Stoker, Millie Kirkham, Elvis Presley, Hoyt Hawkins, Ray Walker)

Original "Love Letters" singer, Kitty Wells

(Kitty Wells, Elvis Presley, Kitty's husband, Johnny Wright and Bobby Wright)

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"Band of Gold" by Mel Carter.

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"Distant Drums" by Jim Reeves.

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"What Now My Love"

by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

"Frankie and Johnny" by Elvis Presley. #20

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"Roll Out the Red Carpet for Buck Owens & his Buckaroos"

by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos.

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"Lou Rawls Live!" by Lou Rawls.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 29, 1966, (Sunday)

 Elvis played touch football, as he did most Sundays. 

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