Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   January 1, 1969, (Wednesday)

New Year's Day.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 2, 1969, (Thursday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                January 3, 1969, (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 4, 1969, (Saturday)

No information.

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"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

"If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. #26

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"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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"Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash.

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HOT R&B SIDES:

"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

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"The White Album" by the Beatles.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #93

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"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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"Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations"

by Diana Ross & the Supremes.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 5, 1969, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            January 6, 1969, (Monday)

Felton Jarvis met Elvis at Graceland to plan a recording session which was due to take place in Nashville later in the month. After being prompted by Marty Lacker who was now general manager of Pepper Records and George Klein who both had connections with American Sound Studio's, along with Chips Moman (Co-Founder of Stax Records). It was considered that maybe Elvis should record there. American Studio's (also known as "American North") was founded in 1964 by Moman and Don Crews and was located at a rundown part of Memphis at 827 Thomas Street. Not only had it boasted of achieving 64 chart records in 18 months, but Red West wrote and recorded there and it was only a few miles from Graceland. Felton Jarvis thought the change of studio might give Elvis a new fresh sound. So the decision was made to record there. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                           January 7, 1969, (Tuesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    January 8, 1969, (Wednesday)

34th BIRTHDAY!

Graceland, 3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Elvis celebrated his 34th birthday at Graceland.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 9, 1969, (Thursday)

Elvis and two members of his entourage flew to Dallas, Texas, for a few days.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 10, 1969, (Friday)

Elvis was in Dallas, Texas.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 11, 1969, (Saturday)

The boys returned to Memphis and stayed there until January 24.

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"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

"If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. #17

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"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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"Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash.

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"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

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"The White Album" by the Beatles.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #73

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"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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HOT R&B ALBUMS

"Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations"

by Diana Ross & the Supremes.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 12, 1969, (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         January 13, 1969, (Monday)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) (10:00 am - 1:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals/Guitar: Elvis Presley - Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons

At 7:00 pm Elvis arrived at American Studio's, and was welcomed by the band, but they didn't know what to expect with Elvis. After the first song "Long Black Limousine" was recorded they were convinced that Elvis was serious about recording there. The next song tackled was "This is the Story".

Songs recorded: "Long Black Limousine", "This is the Story" (audio)

Long Black Limousine (unrepaired undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Come Out, Come Out (track) - Elvis Presley
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The American Group (actual photo date unknown)

Tommy Cogbill (Bass) - Gene Chrisman (Drums) - Bobby Wood (Piano) - Reggie Young (Guitar) - Bobby Emmons (Organ)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        January 14, 1969, (Tuesday)

(2:00 am - 5:00 am) The session continued into the early morning and they jammed at the studio until 5:00 am and recorded "Come Out, Come Out" (an instrumental track) and "Wearin' That Loved On Look" even though Elvis had a bad cold.

Songs recorded: "Come Out, Come Out" (track), "Wearin' That Loved On Look" (audio)

Come Out, Come Out (track) - Elvis Presley
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RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) (10:00 pm - 1:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals/Guitar: Elvis Presley - Guitar/Sitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons.

Everyone returned to the studio and Recording started once again at 7:00 pm and they began with "You'll Think Of Me", and a "A Little Bit Of Green". Later in the session they cut "I'm Movin' On" and finally "Gentle On My Mind". As Elvis' cold worsened, and as a result, his voice not at its best, the latter two vocals had to be redone at a later stage. They recorded until 8:00 am. Over the next few nights, the band (without Elvis) recorded their backing tracks and overdubbed instrumental parts to songs already recorded. Elvis didn't return until the following Monday. 

Songs recorded: "You'll Think Of Me", "A Little Bit of Green" (audio)

A Little Bit of Green (unedited unrepaired M) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 15, 1969, (Wednesday)

(2:00 am - 5:00 am) (5:30am - 8:30 am) Recording continued and later in the session they cut "Gentle On My Mind" and finally "I'm Movin' On". As Elvis' cold worsened, and as a result, his voice not at its best, the latter two vocals had to be redone at a later stage. They recorded until 8:30 a.m.

Songs recorded: "Gentle On My Mind", "I'm Movin' On" (audio)

I'm Movin' On (unrepaired undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) (10:00pm - 1:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons - Harmonica: Ed Kollis

The band returned to the studio and recorded backing tracks for "Don't Cry Daddy", "Poor Man's Gold"

 

Bobby Wood laid down some guide vocals while Elvis was ill.

Songs recorded: "Don't Cry Daddy" (track), "Poor Man's Gold" (track) (audio)

Poor Man's Gold (track) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 16, 1969, (Thursday)

(2:00 am - 5:00 am) Recording continued from with more backing tracks for "Inherit The Wind" and "Mama Liked The Roses".

Songs recorded: "Inherit the Wind" (track), "Mama Liked the Roses" (track) (audio)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons.

The band recorded backing track for "My Little Friend"

Songs recorded: "My Little Friend" (track)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              January 17, 1969, (Friday)

No information.

Alex Shoofey, the vice-president of the International Hotel in Las Vegas wrote to Colonel Parker and confirmed their agreement to book Elvis at a start date of September 11, 1969. (photo)

Alex Shoofey

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 18, 1969, (Saturday)

Sometime in January, fan Arlene Cogan called Elvis while he was at home in Memphis. (audio)

Arlene Cogan Calls Elvis - Arlene Cogan/Elvis Presley
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HOT 100:

"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

"If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. #17

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash.

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"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

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"The White Album" by the Beatles.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #55

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"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

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HOT R&B ALBUMS

"TCB"

by Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 19, 1969, (Sunday)

No information.

OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (Morning)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Backup Vocals: Mary 'Jeannie' Greene - Mary Holladay - Susan Pilkington - Donna Thatcher

The female backup vocals were overdubbed at this session.

Songs overdubbed: "I'm Movin' On" (backup vocals overdub), "Wearin' That Loved On Look" (backup vocals overdub)

OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (7:00pm - 10:00 pm)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Steel Guitar: Reggie Young - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Organ: Bobby Emmons - Trumpet: R.F. Taylor - .Trumpet: Wayne Jackson - Saxophone: Jackie Thomas - Saxophone: Ed Logan - Trombone: Jack Hale.

The band and brass overdubs were laid down at this session.

Songs overdubbed: "I'm Movin' On" (band and brass overdub) (audio)

I'm Movin' On (band & brass overdub) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 20, 1969, (Monday)

Rubberneckin' (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (9:00 pm - 12:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals/Guitar: Elvis Presley - Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons - Steel Guitar: John Hughey.

Elvis returned to the studio at 9:00 pm and repaired his vocals on "Gentle On My Mind" and recorded "Rubberneckin'"

Songs recorded: "Gentle On My Mind" (vocal repair), "Rubberneckin'" (undubbed master), "In the Ghetto" (unrepaired undubbed master) (audio)

Gentle On My Mind (vocal repair) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        January 21, 1969, (Tuesday)

(1:00 am - 4:00 am) Recording continued and Elvis was still determined to record "In The Ghetto" by Mac Davis. It took most of the early morning part of the session and 23 takes just to achieve an undubbed unrepaired master.

Songs recorded:  "In the Ghetto" (unrepaired undubbed master)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals/Guitar: Elvis Presley - Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons - Steel Guitar: John Hughey.

Back at American, Elvis recorded "From A Jack To A King", laid down some vocal overdubs on "My Little Friend", "Inherit the Wind" and "Mama Liked the Roses"

Songs recorded: "From a Jack to a King" (unrepaired undubbed master), "My Little Friend" (vocal overdub - unedited undubbed master), "Inherit the Wind" (vocal overdub), "Mama Liked the Roses" (vocal overdub - undubbed master) (audio)

From A Jack To A King (unrepaired undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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My Little Friend (unedited undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Mama Liked the Roses (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                 January 22, 1969, (Wednesday)

(1:00 am - 4:00 am) Recording continued and Elvis laid down some vocal overdubs on "My Little Friend", "Inherit the Wind", "Mama Liked the Roses", "Don't Cry Daddy" and "Poor Man's Gold" which was eventually abandoned. He also did some vocal repairs on "I'm Movin' On" and "Long Black Limousine". He also tackled his first Beatles cover with "Hey Jude".

Songs recorded: "I'm Movin' On" (vocal replacement), "Long Black Limousine" (vocal repair - undubbed master), "Don't Cry Daddy" (vocal overdub - undubbed master), "Poor Man's Gold" (vocal overdub - abandoned), "Hey Jude" (undubbed master) (audio)

I'm Movin' On (vocal replacement) - Elvis Presley
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Long Black Limousine (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Poor Man's Gold (vocal overdub) - Elvis Presley
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Hey Jude (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (12:00 am - 3:00 am) (4:00am - 7:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Arranger(s): Mike Leech/Glen Spreen.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Guitar: Reggie Young - Piano: Bobby Wood - Trumpet: R.F. Taylor - Trumpet: Wayne Jackson - Saxophone: Jackie Thomas - Saxophone: Ed Logan - Trombone: Ed Hale.

In the early hours of the morning, while the session was still going on, brass overdubs were done on two songs. "Wearin' That Loved On Look" now had backup vocals but needed Reggie Young to add his guitar skills and Elvis' vocal still needed replacing. Bobby Wood overdubbed his piano on "Long Black Limousine"

Songs recorded: "Wearin' That Loved On Look" (guitar & brass overdub), "Long Black Limousine" (piano & brass overdub)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (8:00 pm - 12:00 am)

Elvis scheduled to begin recording at 8:00 pm, arrived at the studio early, especially to meet one of his earliest rhythm and

blues heroes, Roy Hamilton. (video) Hamilton had been working on an album for Chips Moman's American Group Production Label, and was there with George Klein and his wife. Elvis was overwhelmed by Hamilton so much, so that he offered him a song which he had been planning to record, "Angelica". After spending several hours with Hamilton, Elvis returned to his own recording sessions at 12.30 am.

Elvis meets Roy Hamilton

(audio: "Angelica" by Roy Hamilton)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 23, 1969, (Thursday)

RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. (12:30 am - 3:30 am) (4:00 am - 7:00 am)

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki/Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals/Piano: Elvis Presley - Guitar: Reggie Young - Bass Guitar: Tommy Cogbill - Bass Guitar: Mike Leech - Drums: Gene Chrisman - Piano: Bobby Wood - Organ: Bobby Emmons.

After Roy Hamilton left, Elvis began working on "Without Love", "I'll Hold You In My Heart" and "I'll Be There". He finished his first set of American Sessions with "Suspicious Minds", a song Moman had in mind for Elvis all along, and he was convinced it was going to be a hit. Moman was quoted in the Memphis Commercial Appeal later that same day saying Elvis is "one of the hardest working artists I have ever been associated with". 

Songs recorded: "Without Love (there is nothing)" (undubbed master), "I'll Hold You in My Heart ('till I can hold you in my arms)""I'll Be There" (undubbed master), "Suspicious Minds" (undubbed master) (audio)

Without Love (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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I'll Hold You in My Heart - Elvis Presley
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I'll Be There (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Suspicious Minds (undubbed M) - Elvis Presley
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Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 24, 1969, (Friday)

OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Technician: Ray Shockley.

Musicians: Vocals: Elvis Presley.

Backup Vocals: Mary 'Jeannie' Greene - Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Donna Thatcher.

Elvis did some harmony vocals on "Suspicious Minds", "Mama Liked the Roses" and "Don't Cry Daddy". He also did some vocal replacements to repair "Wearin' That Loved On Look", "You'll Think of Me" and "This is the Story"

Songs overdubbed and repaired: "Suspicious Minds" (female backup vocals overdub), "Suspicious Minds" (overdubbed harmony vocal), "Mama Like the Roses" (overdubbed harmony vocal), "Don't Cry Daddy" (overdubbed harmony vocal),"Wearin' That Loved On Look" (vocal replacement), "You'll Think of Me" (vocal replacement), "This is the Story" (vocal replacement) (audio)

Suspicious Minds (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Elvis Presley
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Mama Liked the Roses (Harmony Vocal Overdub #1) - Elvis Presley
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Mama Liked the Roses (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Elvis Presley
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Don't Cry Daddy (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Elvis Presley
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Wearin' That Loved On Look (Vocal Replacement) - Elvis Presley
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You'll Think of Me (Vocal Replacement) - Elvis Presley
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This is the Story (Vocal Replacement) - Elvis Presley
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Mary Holladay, Mary 'Jeannie' Greene, Elvis, Donna Thatcher and Ginger Holladay

VACATION

Later, Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa-Marie flew to Aspen, Colorado, with several of the entourage for a ski and snow vacation.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       January 25, 1969, (Saturday)

VACATION

Aspen, Colorado.

VACATIONAspen, Colorado.

(audio: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye)

OVERDUB RECORDING SESSION: - (RCA)

American Sound Studio, 821 Thomas Street, North Memphis, Tennessee. 

Producer(s): Chips Moman/Felton Jarvis.

Engineer: Al Pachucki.

Technician: Ray Shockley.

Backup Vocals: Mary 'Jeannie' Greene - Mary Holladay - Ginger Holladay - Donna Thatcher.

Back at the studio, more backup vocal overdubs were added to various songs.

Songs overdubbed: "In the Ghetto" (female backup vocals overdub), "Long Black Limousine" (female backup vocals overdub), "This is the Story" (female backup vocals overdub) (audio)

In the Ghetto (Female Backup Vocals Overdub) - Elvis Presley
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This is the Story (Female Backup Vocals Overdub) - Elvis Presley
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BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

HOT 100:

"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.

"If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. #16

EASY LISTENING (TOP 40):

"I've Gotta Be Me" by Sammy Davis Jr.

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HOT C&W SIDES:

"Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash.

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