Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           May 1, 1968, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Principal photography for "Live A Little, Love A Little" ended.

372 Camino Norte, Palm Springs, California.

For Elvis and Priscilla's first wedding anniversary the Deli Restaurant on La Cienega catered a party at the house, and Elvis

sent flowers to Priscilla from Sadie's Flowers in Culver City with a card saying "Love, Elvis." 

Colonel Parker's Office.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California.

The Colonel held a meeting at his office at M.G.M. with representatives from NBC and executives from the Singer Sewing

Machine Company, the TV special's Sole Sponsor. Producer Bob Finkel persuaded the Colonel at this point to allow him to

expand the concept of the show from strictly a Christmas special to an Elvis special, with material taken from his entire career. The Colonel agreed, as long as Elvis controlled the publishing, and conceded creative control to Finkel, subject to Singer's final approval.  

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 2, 1968, (Thursday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Elvis continued his duties for "Live A Little, Love A Little." A publicity photo session was completed sometime this week. (photos)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                        May 3, 1968, (Friday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Elvis continued his duties for "Live A Little, Love A Little."

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 4, 1968, (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

"U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley. #31

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" by Merle Haggard.

"U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley. #58

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"I Got the Feelin'" by James Brown.

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TOP LP's

"The Graduate" Soundtrack.

"Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4" by Elvis Presley. #47

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"The Everlovin' World of Eddy Arnold" by Eddy Arnold.

BILLBOARD RHYTHM/BLUES CHART  (LP)

HOT R&B ALBUMS

"Lady Soul" by Aretha Franklin.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 5, 1968, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    May 6, 1968, (Monday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Elvis continued his duties for "Live A Little, Love A Little."

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    May 7, 1968, (Tuesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Elvis continued his duties for "Live A Little, Love A Little."

1174 Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            May 8, 1968, (Wednesday)

MOVIE PRODUCTION: - (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) "Live A Little, Love A Little"

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California?

Elvis completed his duties for "Live A Little, Love A Little." and was released from the movie.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 9, 1968, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 10, 1968, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 11, 1968, (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

"U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley. #28

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Have a Little Faith" by David Houston.

"U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley. #55

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"Cowboys to Girls" by the Intruders.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"The Graduate" Soundtrack.

"Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4" by Elvis Presley. #39

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"Promises,,Promises" by Lynn Anderson.

BILLBOARD RHYTHM/BLUES CHART  (LP)

HOT R&B ALBUMS

"The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 12, 1968, (Sunday)

1174 Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 13, 1968, (Monday)

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                May 14, 1968, (Tuesday)

As a follow-up to the network-and-sponsor meeting, producer Bob Finkel (photo) met with Elvis, who volunteered, according to Finkel's contemporaneous memo, that he would like the "show to depart completely from the pattern of his motion pictures and from everything else he has done." "Elvis", reported Finkel, "wants everyone to know what he really can do." 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         May 15, 1968, (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 16, 1968, (Thursday)

1174 Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, California.

No information.

Now that Elvis has expressed his willingness to venture out into previously uncharted territory, Finkel hired a young director, Steve Binder (photo), who took on a large part of the production role. Binder, who had received critical accolades for a splashy, "mod" Petula Clark special, also directed "The T.A.M.I. Show", a 1964 concert film with arresting performances by Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and the Rolling Stones, among others. It was a show with which Elvis was very familiar and whose James Brown segment in particular knocked him out. Binder's partner, "Bones" Howe, worked as an assistant engineer at Radio Recorders when Elvis first started recording there and would, in essence, produce the music for the special.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 17, 1968, (Friday)

Colonel Parker's Office.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California. (7:00 am)

Before they were officially okayed as the creative team, Binder and Howe must first pass muster with Colonel Parker and have

a 7:00 am breakfast meeting at his M.G.M. Studios office. The Colonel gave Steve a box that contained an audio tape of twenty

Christmas songs along with a prepared script where Elvis said "Hello," sang the sings and said "Goodbye." Before they left he boys were also inducted by the Colonel into the Snowmen's Club.

 

 

Binder/Howe Office.

8833 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. (4:00 pm)

Elvis and his entourage drove his Lincoln Continental to their office building at 4:00 pm to discuss the show. While the rest of the crew waited, Elvis joined Binder and Howe in their office where Binder told Elvis that they were not going to do a Christmas Special like Perry Como or Bing Crosby. They explained that they wanted to give Elvis the opportunity to show the world who he really was and what he was all about and to do it through his music. It was agreed that while Elvis vacationed in Hawaii they would have a preliminary script prepared and pitch it to Elvis. After Elvis had left, Binder and Howe went next door to Tower Records and bought any Presley product they could find. The show would be tailor made to suit Elvis.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 18, 1968, (Saturday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie, with Charlie Hodge, the Gambills, and the Espositos, flew to Hawaii. 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells.

"U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley. #41

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" by Hugo Montenegro.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"I Wanna Live" by Glen Campbell.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"The Graduate" Soundtrack.

"Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4" by Elvis Presley. #38

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"The Country Way" by Charley Pride.

BILLBOARD RHYTHM/BLUES CHART  (LP)

HOT R&B ALBUMS

"Lady Soul" by Aretha Franklin.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 19, 1968, (Sunday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 20, 1968, (Monday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 May 21, 1968, (Tuesday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

 

No information.

The Colonel got NBC to agree to turn over to RCA, free of charge, all audiotapes of recordings made for the television show for exclusive release by RCA if they chose to do so. This became a sore point later when Binder and Howe sought to augment their meagre salaries with production points on a record which up until virtually the day of its release the Colonel denied even contemplating. There was no provision in the Binder-Howe contract for participation, by way of either compensation or credit, so they were left with the Colonel's original admonition that "you guys are going to have a million-dollar experience." 

RCA released their new Elvis single with songs taken from the "Speedway" soundtrack. "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby"/"Let Yourself Go" (RCA 47-9547). The A-side was a typical Elvis movie ballad, but the B-side was a decent uptempo tune. The sleeve used a publicity photo from the movie "Speedway."

Songs: "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby"/"Let Yourself Go"

RCA Victor (47-9547)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          May 22, 1968, (Wednesday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 23, 1968, (Thursday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     May 24, 1968, (Friday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 25, 1968, (Saturday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

The Honolulu International Centre, 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu.

Elvis, Priscilla, The Gambills, The Espositos and Charlie Hodge attended Ed Parker's championship karate tournament, put on

at the Honolulu International Centre, (photo) where Elvis was re-introduced to Parker, whom he first met in 1961, and the

couple met former international light-contact champion Mike Stone.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells.

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" by Hugo Montenegro.

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

HOT C&W SIDES:

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

HOT R&B SIDES:

"Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

TOP LP's

"Bookends" by Simon & Garfunkel.

"Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4" by Elvis Presley. #34

BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART  (LP)

HOT C&W ALBUMS

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro.

BILLBOARD RHYTHM/BLUES CHART  (LP)

HOT R&B ALBUMS

"Lady Soul" by Aretha Franklin.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                   May 26, 1968, (Sunday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 27, 1968, (Monday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

The U.S.S. Arizona War Memorial, 1 Arizona Place, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.

The holidaymakers made a trip to the U.S.S. Arizona War Memorial in Pearl Harbour. (video)

U.S.S. Arizona

(audio: "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 May 28, 1968, (Tuesday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         May 29, 1968, (Wednesday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               May 30, 1968, (Thursday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                      May 31, 1968, (Friday)

VACATION - Hawaii.

No information.

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