Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                March 1, 1971, (Monday)

A surveillance system was installed at Graceland, with cameras placed at the gates and in several rooms of the house. These were hooked up to four monitors, which Elvis saw as a diversification of his television viewing at times and would occasionally serve as a substitute for human contact. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               March 2, 1971, (Tuesday)

The Presley's left Las Vegas and flew to Los Angeles.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        March 3, 1971, (Wednesday)

Elvis and his family, as Dr. and Mrs. John Carpenter and Lisa Carpenter, flew home to Memphis by way of Dallas, along with Elvis' stepbrother, Ricky Stanley, and Charlie Hodge. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              March 4, 1971, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    March 5, 1971, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              March 6, 1971, (Saturday)

No information. 

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 7, 1971, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                March 8, 1971, (Monday)

Ellis Auditorium, 225 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee. (8:30 pm)

The first Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier fight happened at Madison Square Garden. Elvis and Priscilla attended the closed-circuit

broadcast at Ellis Auditorium. Elvis arrived wearing his gold "championship" belt from the International, accompanied by a large

group of guys and former sheriff Bill Morris. Later in the evening he went to the Memphian for the first time since his return home and subsequently attended the movies for the next four nights. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               March 9, 1971, (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      March 10, 1971, (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           March 11, 1971, (Thursday)

No information.

In March, RCA released their latest Elvis low-priced budget album "You'll Never Walk Alone" (CAL-2472). The album contained sacred material that spanned Elvis' career up to this point. The front cover used a live shot from Elvis' concert at the Forum in California. The rear cover promoted the other Elvis Camden releases.

"You'll Never Walk Alone"

Songs:

Side 1: "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Who am I?", "Let Us Pray", "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (for me)", "We Call On Him"

Side 2: "I Believe", "It is No Secret (What God Can Do)", "Sing You Children", "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

RCA Camden (CAL-2472)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  March 12, 1971, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           March 13, 1971, (Saturday)

No information. 

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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               March 14, 1971, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             March 15, 1971, (Monday)

Elvis arrived in Nashville for a session at RCA's Studio B, while Priscilla flew to California to supervise the redecorating of the new Monovale house. 

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

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

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: James Burton - Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young) - Guitar/Harmony Vocal: Charlie Hodge - Bass Guitar: Norbert Puttnam - Drums: Jerry Carrigan - Piano: David Briggs - Vibes/Marimba: Charlie McCoy.

Backup Vocals: The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin - June Page - Hurshel Wiginton - Joe Babcock.

Backup Vocals: Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham - Carol Montgomery

It was the hope of the Colonel and RCA, not to mention Felton Jarvis, that Elvis would repeat his recording success of the previous year, but there were problems from the start. The record company wanted to see several singles, a pop album, a gospel album, and, most important, a new Christmas album come out of the session, but Elvis seemed to have his mind on something else. He started off with Scottish folksinger Ewan McColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," a song he knew from Peter, Paul and Mary's 1965 version, he next embarked upon "Amazing Grace" a recent Top 20 hit for folksinger Judy Collins, and then focused on to two Gordon Lightfoot songs also familiar from Peter, Paul and Mary versions. Before he could complete an "Elvis Presley, Folksinger" concept album, however, he called off the session at approximately 1:30 am, after he experienced increasing discomfort in his eye. 

Songs recorded:  "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (duet with Ginger Holladay), "Amazing Grace", "Early Morning Rain" (undubbed master), "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me" (unedited master) (audio)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Duet) - Elvis Presley
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Early Morning Rain (Undubbed Spliced M) - Elvis Presley
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For Lovin' Me (Unedited M) - Elvis Presley
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For Lovin' Me (Faded Master) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             March 16, 1971, (Tuesday)

BAPTIST HOSPITAL

Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

 

Dr. Nick flew in to Memphis with Dr. David Meyer, an ophthalmologist, who treated Elvis at his hotel before admitting

him to Nashville's Baptist Hospital, where a diagnosis of iritis and secondary glaucoma was confirmed. Actress Barbara

Leigh flew in from California to join Elvis at the hospital, and while he was hospitalised he was visited by Tennessee governor Winfield Dunn.

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Musicians: Lead Guitar: James Burton - Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young) - Guitar/Harmony Vocal: Charlie Hodge - Bass Guitar: Norbert Puttnam - Drums: Jerry Carrigan - Piano: David Briggs - Vibes/Marimba: Charlie McCoy.

Backup Vocals: The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin - June Page - Hurshel Wiginton - Joe Babcock.

Backup Vocals: Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham - Carol Montgomery

No session. 

Songs recorded:  "NA"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      March 17, 1971, (Wednesday)

BAPTIST HOSPITAL

Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

 

Elvis continued to receive treatment for his glaucoma. 

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Musicians: Lead Guitar: James Burton - Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young) - Guitar/Harmony Vocal: Charlie Hodge - Bass Guitar: Norbert Puttnam - Drums: Jerry Carrigan - Piano: David Briggs - Vibes/Marimba: Charlie McCoy.

Backup Vocals: The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin - June Page - Hurshel Wiginton - Joe Babcock.

Backup Vocals: Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham - Carol Montgomery

No session. While Elvis was still in hospital, the remainder of the paid-up studio time was given over to guitarist James Burton, who used the session band to record a solo album for A & M Records. 

Songs recorded:  "NA"

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           March 18, 1971, (Thursday)

BAPTIST HOSPITAL

Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

 

Elvis continued to receive treatment for his glaucoma. 

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio B, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Musicians: Lead Guitar: James Burton - Guitar: Jerry Stembridge (Chip Young) - Guitar/Harmony Vocal: Charlie Hodge - Bass Guitar: Norbert Puttnam - Drums: Jerry Carrigan - Piano: David Briggs - Vibes/Marimba: Charlie McCoy.

Backup Vocals: The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin - June Page - Hurshel Wiginton - Joe Babcock.

Backup Vocals: Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham - Carol Montgomery

No session. 

Songs recorded:  "NA"

OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

RCA Victor Studio A, 30 Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Backup Vocals: The Imperials: Lead: Terry Blackwood  - Tenor: Jim Murray - Baritone: Greg Gordon - Bass: Armond Morales - Piano: Joe Moscheo.

Backup Vocals: The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin - June Page - Hurshel Wiginton - Joe Babcock.

Backup Vocals: Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham

At the studio Felton Jarvis resumed work, overdubbing background vocals in anticipation of Elvis' return.

Songs overdubbed:  "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Backup vocals overdub with Ginger Holladay vocal removed), "Amazing Grace" (Backup vocals overdub), "Early Morning Rain" (Backup vocals overdub) (audio)

Amazing Grace (Overdubbed Master) - Elvis Presley
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Early Morning Rain (Overdubbed Master) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 March 19, 1971, (Friday)

BAPTIST HOSPITAL

Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

 

Upon Elvis' discharge from the hospital, Barbara Leigh flew back to California, while Joyce Bova arrived from Washington to

accompany Elvis to Memphis. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           March 20, 1971, (Saturday)

No information. 

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