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January 23 1958
(+ 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 B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'King Creole'
Paramount Producer : Walter Scharf
Engineer : Thorne Nogar / Wally Kamin
(8.00pm - 11.00pm / 11.00pm - 12.30am)

Musicians:   Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Liliane Montevecchi (Banana)
Guitar: Scotty Moore  
Bass: Bill Black Backup Vocals:
Bass / Tuba: Ray Siegal The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Hugh
Bass / Guitar: Neal Mathews Jarrett
Percussion: Bernie Mattinson  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Bongo's: Gordon Stoker  
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark  
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner  
Saxophone: Justin Gordon  
Trombone: Warren Smith  

King Creole (revised)
J2PB 3612
EX January 23 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13 M 2:08 (2:22 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°~Elvis 75 CD1°~King Creole - The Music
(FTD)°~Complete Single Collection 10°~Second To None°~50s Box 4°
~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°+Acetate° (count-in)+From The Beach To
The Bayou LP° (count-in & fake edit)+King Creole (FTD)° (live mono mix
& count-in)

King Creole (movie version)
Take 1 M 2:02 Extra backing vocals &
'tommy gun' drum solo

P January 23 1958 (?)
(possibly recorded on January 16)

Young Dreams
J2PB 3613
Q January 23 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 M 2:21 (2:38 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole -
The Music (FTD)°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°~50s Box 4°+Acetate°
(count-in)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP° (count-in only)
+King Creole (FTD)° (live mono mix & count-in)

King Creole (main title - instrumental)
R January 23 1958 (Thur)
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3
Take 4
Take 5
Take 6
Take 7
Take 8 M 1:45 Essential Elvis Volume 3°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°+Acetate°
(Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP° (count-in but edited - 0:35)
+King Creole (FTD)° (live mono mix & count-in)

S (January 29 1958)
Take NA M 2:10 (Liliane Montevecchi) Soundtrack° (1:53)+Acetate°

My Wish Came True (tryout)
J2WB 0178
  Jan. 23 1958 (Thur: 11.00pm - 12.30am)
Take NA     (continued on February 1)  

Doncha' Think It's Time (tryout)
J2WB 0179
  Jan. 23 1958 (Thur: 11.00pm - 12.30am)
Take NA     (continued on February 1)  


All songs were recorded in Binaural.

The Thorne Nogar live mono mixes featured on FTD's King Creole classic album are not the actual masters as heard on record. The released masters were remixed from binaural two-track tapes and some have additional reverb added. However, as above with 'Crawfish' when released with dry vocals, some of these live mono mixes were used as the actual masters on the 50s Box (The King Of Rock 'N' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters), Essential Elvis Volume 3 and the 1997 reissue of the King Creole album.

On the old bootleg LP From The Beach To The Bayou (From 1978) it has an acetate of track EX Take 13 ('King Creole' record master) including the announcement, but the guitar solo in the middle had been edited in from the main title instrumental (track R).

The movie version of 'King Creole' contains extra vocals and finger clicking by The Jordanaires that are not on the record version.

The main title instrumental was was cut short on From The Beach To The Bayou to hide the fact that part of it was used for the previous track on the LP.

The count-in for 'Young Dreams' (track Q - Take 8) can be also found on From The Beach To The Bayou where it was sneakily inserted before Take 7 of 'Lover Doll' (track H). This deceivingly made it look as though it was Take 8 of 'Lover Doll' on the LP. This same bootleg has other fake edits too.

A possibility is that track P (RCA didn't use track O because of confusion with the number zero) could have been recorded at an earlier date (January 16), if recorded at all, although it's likely that it was only reserved for use and then not eventually used.

The demo acetate of 'Banana' as heard on FTD's classic album of King Creole by an unknown female vocalist, is not the same performance as heard in the movie sung by Liliane Montevecchi, although the liner notes indicate that it is. The song used in the movie was recorded at Paramount Sound Stage on January 29 1958.

It has been rumoured over the years that the song 'Bourbon Street' was recorded (maybe an instrumental) for the movie King Creole, but this is unfounded. Perhaps this was a demo submitted for, but not considered good enough to be used. It has also been rumoured that 'Dirty, Dirty Feeling' was tried out, but again, nothing is confirmed.

Two demo's that were submitted for inclusion in the movie King Creole were 'Hoping You Were Gone' and 'Stop Me From Loving You' (see below). A scene was actually written for the latter song but then rejected. 'Hoping You Were Gon'e could possibly be the original title of the song 'Dirty Dirty Feeling'.

In a letter from Hal Wallis on January 8th 1958, outlining what songs would be recorded for different scenes in the movie, it appears there was an additional song called 'Stop Me' which was planned to be recorded.

Stop Me
(Authors Unknown)

You miss me when I'm gone
You really want me near
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from being here

The kiss we held so long
You want your whole life through
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from kissing you

Don't let our lips meet
If yours only mean to deceive
For when our lips meet
This is what I believe

Your love for me is strong
And always will be true
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from loving you

Thanks to Bill Bram for the lyrics to 'Stop Me'

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
Recording Information
King Creole
King Creole
Tape Log
King Creole
King Creole
Letter from Hal Wallis
January 8 1958
Letter - January 8 1958

King Creole (Revised)
King Creole (Revised) (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
King Creole - Instrumental (Main Title)
Main Title (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Recording Information
My Wish Came True
My Wish Came True / Dontcha Think It's Time

Young Dreams
Young Dreams (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Banana (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Recording Information
Dixieland Rock / Muskrat Ramble
Dixieland Rock / Muskrat Ramble

Music Sheet
Banana (Thanks to David English)