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September 6 1957
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Producer : Steve Sholes
Engineer : Thorne Nogar
(12.00pm - 3.30pm / 4.30pm - 8.00pm)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Hugh
Guitar: Scotty Moore Jarrett
Bass: Bill Black Millie Kirkham
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  

My Wish Came True
H2PB 5524
  September 6 1957 (Fri)
Take 1     (first takes possibly recorded on September 5)
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14        
Take 15        
Take 16        
Take 17        
Take 18        
Take 19        
Take 20        
Take 21        
Take 22        
Take 23        
Take 24        
Take 25        
Take 26        
Take 27        
Take 28 M 2:35 (2:39 with count-in) The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~50 Million Elvis Fans
Can't Be Wrong (FTD)°~Songs Of The Fifties (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 1)°~Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 2 (24 Bit)°~Complete
Single Collection 2°~50s Box 4°+Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)° (count-in)

White Christmas
H2PB 5526
  September 6 1957 (Fri)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 M 2:23 (2:46 with count-in) Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°
~Christmas With Elvis (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 4)°
+Christmas Peace (DSD)°~Elvis' Christmas Album (24 Bit)°~(1999)°
~If Everyday Was Like Christmas°~50s Box 3°+Elvis' Christmas Album
(1985 LP & CD)°~White Christmas° (count-in)
         
Duet   2:30 2008 re-recorded backing track
and vocals
Christmas Duets°° (with Amy Grant & The Jordanaires)
Re-Recording 2:42 2017 re-recorded backing track Elvis: Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra°°

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
H2PB 5527
  September 6 1957 (Fri)
Take 1        
Take 2 M 1:56   Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°
~Christmas With Elvis (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 4)°
~Christmas Peace (DSD)°~Elvis' Christmas Album (24 Bit)°~(1999)°
~If Everyday Was Like Christmas°~50s Box 3
         
Duet   1:58 2008 re-recorded backing track
and vocals
Christmas Duets°° (with Leanne Rimes & The Jordanaires)
Re-Recording 2:03 2017 re-recorded backing track Elvis: Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra°°

Silent Night
H2PB 5528
  September 6 1957 (Fri)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 M 2:25   Christmas Peace (DSD)° (no piano intro)+Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)°
~The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Christmas With Elvis
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 4)°~Christmas (Time Life
Volume 14)°~Elvis' Christmas Album (24 Bit)°~(1999)°~50s Box 3°
(piano intro)+If Everyday Was Like Christmas°~Christmas In America°
(Readers Digest) (with Christmas message)
         
Duet   2:24 2008 re-recorded backing track
and vocals
Christmas Duets°° (with Sara Evans & The Jordanaires)
Re-Recording 2:40 2017 re-recorded backing track Elvis: Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra°°

Don't
H2PB 5529
  September 6 1957 (Fri)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 2:50 (2:56 with count-in) Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)°~50 Million Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
(FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Heartache (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 6)°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 1
(Legacy)°~Elvis 75 CD1°~Elvis' Golden Records Volume 2 (24 Bit)°
~Complete Single Collection 2°~50s Box 4°~E1 (30 #1 Hits)°+The
Definitive Love Album° (edited) (master only)+Elvis Chante Leiber &
Stoller° (count-in)
         
Re-Recording 3:07 Re-recorded backing track The Wonder Of You°°

Notes

In a letter from Colonel Parker to Elvis, dated August 6 1957 (see below), it appears that 'One Night' was planned to be re-recorded at these sessions.

It may have also been at these sessions that Elvis tried to record 'Fools Hall Of Fame'. At concerts around this time it is said Elvis announced that 'Fools Hall Of Fame' would be his next single (it is known Elvis sang the song in Vancouver, Canada on August 31, and also in Seattle, Washington on September 1 1957), and is noted as such in the book Day By Day (Ernst Jorgensen and Peter Guralnick) on page 110.

In an interview with D.J. Fontana by Arjan Deelan, published on the Elvis Information Network in August 2010, D.J. mentions 'Fools Hall Of Fame' and the relevant part of the interview is duplicated below:
Q: It's been said that Elvis announced 'Fool's Hall Of Fame' as his new single. Does that ring a bell?
Fontana: We tried that tune, I guess half a dozen times. I don't remember if we ever got a good cut. We tried it. On stage it was great. I think he finally cut it.
Q: You tried it in the studio?
Fontana: Yeah, but there was something about it, It was just one of those songs that you can't get a feel on. I think they finally cut it, but it was a throwaway song, and that's why it was never released. It'll probably come up, somebody will find it and release it. RCA or somebody and then we'll sue them again! (laughs)

It is possible that they ran through 'Fools Hall Of Fame' at these sessions but never got further than the rehearsal stage, either that, or they never recorded a satisfactory take and the tape was erased. As the tapes from these sessions are missing (or were erased by RCA in the 1959 vault clean out) it is impossible to know, but this theory should not be discounted.

'White Christmas' with count-in was released on the 1985 reissue of Elvis' Christmas Album.

The intro (finger snap) of 'White Christmas' is edited and removed on the 2007 remaster by looping the first few bars.

It had been rumoured that 'Silent Night' with count-in was released on a Readers Digest album called Christmas In America, but it is now confirmed that this is in fact just Elvis' Christmas message from 1967 ("Thank you for listening... I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year").

The re-recordings of 'White Christmas', 'Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)' and 'Silent Night' can found on the 2017 album Elvis: Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The re-recording of 'Don't' can found on the 2016 album The Wonder Of You, which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and which actually went to number one in the UK album charts.

An edited (2:03) version of 'Don't', with omitted second verse ("Don’t, don’t, leave my embrace..." to "Baby don't say don't..."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release The Definitive Love Album.

Thanks to Bill Waters for source comparisons.

Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of Definitive albums.

Thanks to Kevan Budd for research on 'Fools Hall Of Fame'.

In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, Legacy releases, the 30 disc Complete Elvis Presley Masters collection and the Franklin Mint package.


Session Logs
Letter From Col. Parker
August 6 1957
August 6 1957
Recording Information
September 6 1957
September 6 1957
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
My Wish Came True
My Wish Came True
Music Sheet
White Christmas
White Christmas (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Here Comes Santa Claus
Here Comes Santa Claus (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

Music Sheet
Silent Night
Silent Night (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Don't
Don't
 


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