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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            January 1, 1968, (Monday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 2, 1968, (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    January 3, 1968, (Wednesday)

Elvis complained to RCA about the mastering of his new single, "Guitar Man", which sounded to him as if it had been altered from the sound he achieved in the studio, where his voice was more integrated with the band. 

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The latest Elvis single was shipped by RCA. "Guitar Man"/"High Heel Sneakers" (RCA 47-9425). The A-side, a rockin' cover of Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man" with Mr. Reed backing Elvis on guitar, the B-side was a high quality blues number. The sleeve used a smiling publicity photo from "Harum Scarum".

Songs: "Guitar Man"/"High Heel Sneakers"

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 4, 1968, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                January 5, 1968, (Friday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 6, 1968, (Saturday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 6, 1968, (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            January 8, 1968, (Monday)

33rd BIRTHDAY

Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Elvis celebrated his thirty third birthday at Graceland and attended the movies at the Memphian later in the evening.

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 9, 1968, (Tuesday)

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NBC vice president Tom Sarnoff announced that a deal had been struck for Elvis' first television appearance since 1960. The agreement, which included a feature film as part of the deal, paid Elvis $250,000 for the Christmas special, $850,000 for the film, and $25,000 for the film's music. This meant that the Colonel can say that he has once again exceeded his benchmark figure of $1,000,000. 

Elvis sent Colonel Parker a telegram and asked "is that the best you can do" respectfully yours, Elvis. (photo)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 14, 1968, (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 15, 1968, (Monday)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA) "Stay Away, Joe"

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 12:00 am) (12:30 am - 5:15 am)

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Electric Guitar: Scotty Moore - Electric Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young) - Guitar: Jerry Reed - Bass Guitar: Bob Moore - Drums: D.J. Fontana - Drums: Murrey "Buddy" Harman - Piano: Floyd Cramer - Harmonica: Charlie McCoy - Steel Guitar: Peter Drake.

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

Elvis flew to Nashville to record two new tracks for "Stay Away, Joe", as well as some additional material for RCA. He was accompanied by all the Nashville regulars, along with Jerry Reed once again on guitar, in a session that runs until 5:00 am. Elvis' opener was a rousing Jerry Reed-driven version of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" but the movie song that he attempted next drained all the energy out of the session, as Elvis struggled through thirty takes of "Goin' Home" before quitting and going home himself, in his rented Lincoln, to the Jack Spencer Motor Hotel.   

Songs recorded: "Too Much Monkey Business""Goin' Home" (audio)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 16, 1968, (Tues