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October 16 1962
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Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Overdub Session for MGM's Take Me To The Fair (It Happened At The World's Fair)
Musical Director for MGM : Leith Stevens
Engineer : Dave Wiechman

Musicians:   Vocals:
Ukulele: Billy Strange Joan O'Brien

Take Me To The Fair (movie version - overdub)
WPA5 2552
  October 16 1962 (Tue)
Take NA (M) 1:32 Ukulele overdub of Sept. 22
It Happened At The Worlds Fair (FTD)° (acetate) (count-in)~For Movie
Fans Only Volume 2°~Soundtrack°

Take Me To The Fair (movie version - overdub)
October 16 1962 (Tue)
Take 1     Joan O'Brien vocal overdub
after ukulele overdub (not used)
Take 2   0:18    
Take 3   1:29    
Take 4   1:29    
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7   1:29    

Happy Ending (movie version - overdub)
October 16 1962 (Tue)
Take 1     Parts of Elvis' vocals removed
from Take 10
& overdubbed by
Joan O'Brien - instrumental overdubs
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 2:15   Soundtrack°


The running title of this movie at this time was Take Me To the Fair instead of It Happened At the World's Fair.

The movie version of 'Take Me To The Fair' is the master (Take 8) from September 22 with the guitar intro cut and backing vocals mixed out, and a ukulele overdubbed.

An acetate source of the overdubbed movie version of 'Take Me to the Fair' was released on FTD's extended soundtrack of It Happened at the World's Fair. An alternate source with further overdubs of sound effects and longer intro, but otherwise of slightly better sound quality can be found on the original movie soundtrack.

In Ernst Jørgensen's A Life In Music and also on the FTD extended soundtrack release of It Happened At The World's Fair it is stated that Elvis first attempted the song 'Take Me To The Fair' (PPA3 2716) at this session, but there is no indication of this on the tape legend (shown below), and nothing exists on tape. As the first tape reel from the August 30 1962 session is missing, it is unknown exactly what was recorded before ‘Happy Ending’.

'Take Me To The Fair' from September 22 is listed as “No. 2” on the tape legends, so a good guess is that a different version (“No. 1”) of 'Take Me To The Fair' was tried out on August 30, with no successful master recorded.

What is listed on FTD's It Happened At The World's Fair extended soundtrack as being the "August Master-From Acetate" is actually the overdubbed movie version but it has the exact same vocals from the record version, recorded on September 22 1962, so that couldn't have been recorded in August!

The recording date of "August 30" given in Sessions I and II may be due to transcription of handwritten notes.

Thanks to Daryl Restly for information regarding this overdub session.

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October 16 1962
October 16 1962 (Thanks to Daryl Restly)
Recording Information
October 16 1962
October 16 1962 (Thanks to Daryl Restly)

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Take Me To The Fair (No. 2)
Take Me To The Fair (No. 2) (Thanks to Christopher Brown)