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. 

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"

RCA Victor (47-9425)

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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HOT 100:

"Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles.

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"Chatanooga Choo Choo" by Harpers Bizarre.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"For Loving You" by Bill Anderson & Jan Howard.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"I Heard it Through the Grapevine"

by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

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TOP LP's

"Magical Mystery Tour" by the Beatles.

"Clambake" by Elvis Presley. #55

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HOT C&W ALBUMS

"Turn the World Around" by Eddy Arnold.

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HOT R&B ALBUMS

"In a Mellow Mood" by the Temptations.

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.

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

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 10, 1968, (Wednesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 11, 1968, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 12, 1968, (Friday)

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)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 13, 1968, (Saturday)

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HOT 100:

"Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles.

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"Chatanooga Choo Choo" by Harpers Bizarre.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"For Loving You" by Bill Anderson & Jan Howard.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"I Second That Emotion"

by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Magical Mystery Tour" by the Beatles.

"Clambake" by Elvis Presley. #50

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"Turn the World Around" by Eddy Arnold.

BILLBOARD RHYTHM/BLUES CHART  (LP)

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"In a Mellow Mood" by the Temptations.

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)

Too Much Monkey Business - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
Goin' Home - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00

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

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

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. (10:00 pm - 2:00 am) (1:00 am - 5:00 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.

Work resumed at 10:00 pm and continued until 5:00 am once again Elvis turned immediately to the second movie song, "Stay Away" a variation on the "Greensleeves" melody. This marked the end of the soundtrack part of the session, and with no good material in sight Elvis finally settled on a new Jerry Reed tune, "U.S. Male" which was suggested by guitarist Chip Young. Although one of the cardinal rules of an Elvis session was that there shall be no pitching of outside songs, Freddy Bienstock offered no demurral, because Elvis had already rejected all of the songs that have been officially pitched. With Reed's typically offbeat accompaniment, "U.S. Male" was a fitting complement to "Guitar Man" and the only sensible choice for the next single, whatever the publishing arrangements. 

Songs recorded: "Stay Away""U.S. Male" (audio)

Stay Away - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00
U.S. Male - Elvis Presley
00:00 / 00:00

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 17, 1968, (Wednesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 18, 1968, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 19, 1968, (Friday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 20, 1968, (Saturday)

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"Judy in Disguise (with glasses)"

by John Fred and His Playboy Band.

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"In the Misty Moonlight" by Dean Martin.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Magical Mystery Tour" by the Beatles.

"Clambake" by Elvis Presley. #50

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"Turn the World Around" by Eddy Arnold.

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"In a Mellow Mood" by the Temptations.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 21, 1968, (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 22, 1968, (Monday)

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RCA Victor (LPM-3921)

RCA released the latest volume of their Elvis Gold compilation albums "Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 4" in both mono and stereo formats. The album contained tracks used as singles previously. The sleeve used a smiling publicity shot taken from the movie "Harum Scarum". The back cover promoted the other albums in this series as well as Elvis' gospel releases.

"Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 4" (LPM/LSP-3921)

Songs:

Side 1: "Love Letters", "Witchcraft", "It Hurts Me", "What'd I Say", "Please Don't Drag That String Around", "Indescribably Blue"

Side 2: "(You're the) Devil in Disguise", "Lonely Man", "A Mess of Blues", "Ask Me", "Ain't That Loving You Baby", "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello"

RCA Victor (LSP-3921)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 23, 1968, (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 24, 1968, (Wednesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 25, 1968, (Thursday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 26, 1968, (Friday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      January 27, 1968, (Saturday)

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HOT 100:

"Judy in Disguise (with glasses)"

by John Fred and His Playboy Band.

"Guitar Man" by Elvis Presley. #83

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"In the Misty Moonlight" by Dean Martin.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Magical Mystery Tour" by the Beatles.

"Clambake" by Elvis Presley. #41

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"Turn the World Around" by Eddy Arnold.

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"In a Mellow Mood" by the Temptations.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 28, 1968, (Sunday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 29, 1968, (Monday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 30, 1968, (Tuesday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  January 31, 1968, (Wednesday)

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