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January 24-26 1969 (Overdub)
(+ 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)

American Sound Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producers: Felton Jarvis / Chips Moman
Engineer: Al Pachucki
Technician: Roy Shockley

Vocals: Backup Vocals:
Elvis Presley (January 24 only) Mary 'Jeanie' Greene; Mary Holladay; Ginger Holladay; Donna Thatcher;
  Sandra Posey ('Inherit the Wind' only)

Suspicious Minds (overdub)
XPA5 1227
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
Overdub (M)   Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 23 master
 
Overdub (M)   Additional backup v.o's, after
initial backup v.o's
 

Suspicious Minds (overdub)
XPA5 1227
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
V.O. (M) 3:23 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis,
after backup vocal overdubs
The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 8)~Edge Of Reality°
+E1 (30 #1 Hits DVD-A)° (part only - isolated harmony vocal only)
         
Overdub (M) 3:24 String overdubs on May 7 (aft)
(SPA1 4124)
The Memphis Record°°
         
Overdub (M) 3:24 Brass overdubs for stereo master
on August 7
 
Extended (M) 4:25 Splice of 0:00-3:03+2:47-3:03
+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:24
Worldwide Gold Award Hits Volume 1 (CD)°°
Faded M 4:23 Fade out 3:19-3:34 / fade in
3:34-3:47 of extended master
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°
~Heart & Soul (DSD)°°~From Elvis In Memphis (2000)°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°
~60s Box 4°°~Greatest Hits Volume 1°°~The Sound Of Your Cry°°
+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°~Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5°°+The Definitive
Country Album°° (faded)
         
Overdub (M) 3:24 Brass overdubs for mono master
on August 7
 
Extended (M) 4:23 Splice of 0:00-3:03+2:47-3:03
+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:20
 
Faded M 4:23 Fade out 3:19-3:34 & fade in
3:34-3:47 of extended master
From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy Ed'n)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°
~Worldwide Gold Award Hits Volume 1 (LP)°~The Elvis Medley°

Mama Liked The Roses (harmony vocal overdub)
XPA5 1152
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
Harmony
V.O.
V.O. 1 2:28 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis
to January 21 V.O.1
(not used)
American Sound 1969 2° (#2, track 10)~From Elvis At American Sound
(FTD)° (CD1, track 18)~Keep Rollin' On (Venus)° (faded)
Harmony
V.O.
(M) 2:47 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis
to January 21 master
(not used)
The American Way Volume 1° (count-in)~Draft Mix Tape° (track 17
- count-in)~American Rejects°
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs & re-recorded
'bell' Intro on March 18 (eve)
 
Overdub (M) 2:35 String overdubs on March 19 (aft) Memphis Memories (LP)° (acetate - faded)
Overdub M 2:48 Backup v.o. by Sandra Posey
Robinson on March 31 1970

(SPA1 4135)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°+From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°° (faded - original mix)~From Elvis In Memphis (2000)°°
~Comp. Single Collection 7°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°° (different mix - faded)
+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD4 (Venus)°

Don't Cry Daddy (harmony vocal overdub)
XPA5 1149
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
Harmony
V.O. 1
(M) 3:04 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis
to January 22 master
American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Harmony
V.O. 2
(M) 2:54 Additional harmony vocal overdub
by Elvis
Draft Mix Tape° (track 20 - too fast)°~The American Way Volume 1°
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on March 19 (eve)  
Overdub M 2:48 String overdubs on March 21
(SPA1 4136)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°~Elvis 75
CD3°°~Second To None°°~From Elvis In Memphis (2000)°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°
~60s Box 4°°~Rare Elvis°°~Always On My Mind°°+The Memphis Record°°
+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°

Wearin' That Loved On Look (vocal replacement)
XPA5 1145
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
V.O. (M) 3:06 Full vocal replacement of Jan 14
master,
after backup v.o's & guitar
overdub
American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (no backing
vocals)+The Memphis Record°° (with backing vocals - 2:43) (SPA1 4126)
         
Composite (Draft) 2:46 Unused composite of :-
replaced vocals (0:00 - 0:55)
original vocals (0:56 - 1:24)
replaced vocals (1:24 - 2:48)
(after backup v.o's & guitar overdub)
The American Way Volume 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (with Elvis' mock voice
at beginning)
Composite (M)   Composite of :-
replaced vocals (0:00 - 1:06)
original vocals (1:07 - 1:22)
replaced vocals (1:23 - 2:48)
(after backup v.o's & guitar overdub)
 
         
Overdub M 2:47 Additional backup v.o's to master
composite on March 20 (morning)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~The Memphis Sessions (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°
~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Other Side Of
Memphis°°

You'll Think Of Me (vocal replacement)
XPA5 1146
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
V.O (M) 4:27 Full vocal replacement of
January 14 master
American Sound 1969 1°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (unedited)~The
American Way Vol 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 22)~Edge Of Reality° (3:43)
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on May 6 (eve)  
Overdub M 4:00 Backup v.o's on May 8 (aft)
(SPA1 4134)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Complete Single
Collection 6°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s
Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°° (different mix)+From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°~Rare Elvis Volume 3°
(different mix)

This Is The Story (vocal replacement)
XPA5 1143
  January 24 1969 (Fri)
V.O (M) 3:02 Full vocal replacement of
January 13 master
American Sound 1969 1°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (complete)
~Memphis Sessions (FTD)°° (faded)
         
Overdub (M) 2:32 Backup v.o's on January 24 The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 6)~American Rejects°
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub M 2:28 Brass overdubs on May 6 (eve) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

In The Ghetto (overdub)
XPA5 1154
  January 25 1969 (Sat)
Overdub (Take 22) 2:55 Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 20 master
Keep Rollin' On (Venus)° (count-in)~Draft Mix Tape° (tr'k 15)~American
Rejects° (unrepaired vocals)
         
V.O. (M) 3:06 Elvis' vocals replaced on Feb 22 American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (complete)
~E1 (30 #1 Hits DVD-A)°~A Legendary Performer Volume 3° (bootleg)
(part only 1:34 - isolated vocal replacement) (no backup vocals)
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on March 18 (aft)  
Overdub M 2:47 Brass overdubs on March 18 (eve)
(SPA1 4137)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°°+The Other Side Of
Memphis°°+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3
(Venus)°

Long Black Limousine (overdub)
XPA5 1142
  January 25 1969 (Sat)
Overdub (M) 3:31 Backup vocals overdubbed, after
brass and piano overdubs
Draft Mix Tape° (track 7)
         
Overdub M 3:40 String overdubs on March 18 (aft)
(SPA1 4125)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~The Memphis Sessions (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°
~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis
Record°°+The Other Side Of Memphis°°

This Is The Story (overdub)
XPA5 1143
  January 25 1969 (Sat)
Overdub (M) 2:32 Backup vocals overdubbed, after
Elvis' vocal replacement
The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 6)~American Rejects°
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub M 2:28 Brass overdubs on May 6 (eve) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

From A Jack To A King (overdub)
XPA5 1158
  January 26 1969 (Sun)
Overdub (M) 2:21 Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 22 master
Draft Mix Tape° (track 12)
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 7 (aft)  
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on May 7 (eve)  
Spliced M 2:25 Elvis' mock voice spliced out
(2:04 - 2:07 replaced by
1:16 - 1:19 of Take 5)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Great Country Songs (DSD)°°
~Back In Memphis (24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

Rubberneckin' (overdub)
XPA5 1156
  January 26 1969 (Sun)
Overdub (M) 2:04 Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 21 master

(partial backing vocals)
Draft Mix Tape° (track 14)~Edge Of Reality°
Overdub (M) 2:11 Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 21 master

(full backing vocals)
Change Of Habit (FTD Book)°
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on March 19 (eve)  
Overdub M 2:11 Additional backup v.o's on May 6 (am)
(SPA1 4129)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°°~The Last Movies (FTD)°°+Complete Single Collection 7°°
~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The
Memphis Record°° (different mixes)+Unsurpassed Mast. 4-15°° (3 mixes)
+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°

Inherit The Wind (overdub)
XPA5 1151
  January 26 1969 (Sun)
Overdub (M)   Backup vocals overdubbed to
January 16 track

 
         
V.O. 1 PB 3:22 Elvis' vocal overdub of January 16
track, before backup vocals are
overdubbed to track
American Sound 1969 2°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (CD1, track 12)
V.O. 2 PB 3:23 Elvis' vocal overdub of January 16
track, before backup vocals are
overdubbed to track
Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (CD2, track 7)
Composite (Draft) 2:58 Unused composite of :-
v.o. 1 (0:00 - 0:44)
v.o. 2 (0:45 - 0:54)
("Inherit the wind, inherit the wind")
v.o. 1 (0:55 - 1:36)
v.o. 2 (1:37 - 1:47)(no breath)
v.o. 1 (1:48 - 2:29)
v.o. 2 (2:30 - 2:56)
(after backup v.o's to track)
The American Way Volume 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 18)~American
Rejects° (too fast)~A Legendary Performer Volume 3° (bootleg)
Composite (M) 2:56 Composite of :-
v.o. 1 (0:00 - 0:41)
v.o. 2 (0:42 - 0:54)
("That's how it is when you inherit
the wind, inherit the wind"
)
v.o. 1 (0:55 - 1:36)
v.o. 2 (1:37 - 1:47)(breath)
v.o. 1 (1:48 - 2:29)
v.o. 2 (2:30 - 2:56)
(after backup v.o's to track)
Acetate°
         
Overdub (V.O. 1) 3:11 String overdubs on May 5
(SPA1 4139) (not used)
The Memphis Record°°
Overdub (V.O. 2) 3:29 String overdubs on May 5
(not used)
Keep Rollin' On (Venus)°°
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub M 2:56 Brass overdubs on May 6 (eve) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

Notes

Details of these overdub sessions come from the logbook of Mary Holladay Pederson, who sang backing vocals at these sessions.

Because Susan Pilkington had fell sick with laryngitis and flew home, Ginger Holladay was brought in to replace her on these sessions. They were Ginger's first recording sessions and she was not yet in AFTRA, which is probably why she is not listed on RCA's session logs for the songs overdubbed here - Susan Pilkington is listed instead. Chips Moman also brought in Sandra Posey at some point during these sessions, probably thinking that Ginger Holladay didn't have enough experience yet, and she is listed on the session log for 'Inherit The Wind'.

Mary also confirmed that Elvis was at American Sound studio on their first day of these overdub sessions (January 24) doing vocal repairs to songs already recorded. Note - The photo of Mary, Jeanie, Donna and Ginger (shown below) has been wrongly dated in countless publications over the years, anywhere from January 20th to the 23rd.

'Suspicious Minds' had two backing vocal overdubs done during the January 24 session, before Elvis recorded his harmony vocal overdub.

'Rubberneckin' also had two backing vocal overdubs done on January 26 - one with partial backing vocals, and another with different, more complete backing vocals.

Sessions III lists 'Gentle On My Mind' as having backup vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 4 (date of the job number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed*.

Sessions III lists 'My Little Friend' as having backup vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 4 (date of the job number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed*.

Sessions III lists 'Without Love' having backup vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 5 (date of the job number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed*.

*According to Mary Holladay Pederson's logbook, 'Gentle On My Mind' and 'My Little Friend' had backup vocals overdubbed on March 20, and 'Without Love (There Is Nothing)' had backup vocals overdubbed on May 8.

Sessions III lists that 'Suspicious Minds' had backup vocal overdubs done on January 22, but surely this cannot be the case as the song wasn't recorded until the early hours of January 23!

There are two draft mono mix tapes, of which at least one is dated February 28, 1969. A tape log of a later tape copy of both these tapes (except for the last three tracks of the second tape - 'Don't Cry Daddy', 'A Little Bit Of Green' & 'You'll Think Of Me') was shown in the magazine The Man and His Music #13 listed as "Basic + Alt. Vocals". This source is referred to as the "Draft Mix Tape". This mono tape was actually the source of the 1992 bootleg American Rejects (AR 1569), although the notes claimed acetate source for that. The tape contains nothing recorded after January 26 1969.

The tape is a later copy of two draft rough mix tapes of January 1969 recordings (Tape 1: 'I'm Movin' On' - 'Without Love (There Is Nothing)', dated February 28, 1969, and Tape 2: 'From A Jack To A King' - 'You'll Think Of Me'). A breakdown of what the tape contains is as follows:
1. I'm Movin' On - draft composite of Elvis' original and re-recorded vocals (January 22), containing overdubbed backing vocals (January 19 morning) and band and brass overdubs (January 19 evening).
2. Wearin' That Loved On Look - with overdubbed backing vocals (January 19 morning), guitar overdub (January 22) and Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24).
3. Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) - fast instrumental track (January 14).
4. Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) - slow instrumental track (January 14), with tape cut.
5. This Is The Story - with Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
6. Gentle On My Mind - with track replacement overdubs and Elvis' vocal repair (January 20).
7. Long Black Limousine - with Elvis' vocal repair (January 22), brass and piano overdubs (January 22) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
8. Suspicious Minds - with overdubbed backing vocals (January 24) and Elvis' harmony vocal overdub (January 24).
9. I'll Be There - takes 5 (false start) and 6 (alternate master) with overdone vocal echo (January 23).
10. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) (January 23).
11. Without Love (There Is Nothing) - take 1 (alternate master) (January 23).
12. From A Jack To A King - with Elvis' original mock voice at end (January 22) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
13. Hey Jude - take 7 (undubbed master) (January 21).
14. Rubberneckin' - with partially overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
15. In The Ghetto - with Elvis' original take 22 vocals (January 20) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
16. My Little Friend - Elvis' vocal overdub to track (undubbed master) (January 21) with short count-in at start.
17. Mama Liked The Roses - with Elvis' master vocal overdub to track (January 21) and Elvis' harmony vocal overdub (January 24), with short count-in at start.
18. Inherit The Wind - draft composite of vocal overdub takes 1 and 2 (January 21), containing overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
19. Poor Man's Gold - instrumental track (January 15).
20. Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis' vocal overdub to track (January 22) and Elvis' two harmony vocal overdubs (January 24).
21. A Little Bit Of Green - with Elvis' original take 3 vocals (January 15).
22. You'll Think Of Me - take 23 rhythm track with Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24).

A remixed version of 'You'll Think Of Me' can be found on The Memphis Record.

The single version of 'You'll Think Of Me' is remixed when compared to the album version.

Just after Take 3 of 'Wearin' That Loved On Look' on Memphis Sessions (FTD) Elvis can be heard singing a couple of lines of 'A Little Less Conversation'. The same two lines of 'A Little Less Conversation' can be heard spliced to the beginning of 'I'm Movin' On' on Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology.

Piano player Bobby Wood and guitar player Reggie Young are listed as having been included on overdubs of 'Long Black Limousine', but not 'Wearin' That Loved On Look' on January 22. A comparison with the undubbed session implies that it is rather the other way around with Reggie Young, as an overdubbed guitar can be identified on 'Wearin' That Loved On Look', but not on 'Long Black Limousine'. Apart from that, an overdubbed 'bell' is actually heard during the intro of 'Long Black Limousine' (double effect on piano notes). This is similar to the overdubbed bell sound on 'Mama Liked The Roses'. The bell instrument is not easily identified, but could be an electric piano, which in that case would confirm the Bobby Wood overdub information at least.

Finally, no brass at all can be identified on 'Wearin' That Loved On Look'.

The vocal replacement' on 'Wearin' That Loved On Look' consists of the following:-
0:00-0:55 "I have to leave town...that loved on look"
0:56-1:06 "Shoop shoop shoop shoop" to "Baby, you're wearin' that loved on look"
1:07-1:22 "Baby, if you ever loved me" to "in Arkansas"
1:23-1:24 "Baby..."
1:24-2:48 "...you're wearing that loved on look" to end

It is possible that Elvis did some of the vocal repairs listed here, at the January 21-22 session, as there are no confirmed dates when Elvis replaced his vocals on 'Wearin' That Loved On Look', 'You'll Think Of Me' and 'This Is The Story.

Although there are no backup vocals present during Elvis' vocal replacement on 'In the Ghetto', the "Vocal Group" track (track 2 of the 8-track tape) will have been turned off while Elvis replaced his vocals on track 7 of the 8-track tape.
Track 1 = used for later hi-strings overdubs
Track 2 = used for vocal group overdubs
Track 3 = used for later brass overdubs
Track 4 = used for later low-strings overdubs
Track 5 = used for bass
Track 6 = used for piano, organ & rhythm guitar
Track 7 = used for Elvis' vocal (original vocal erased and re-recorded)
Track 8 = used for drums

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of From Elvis In Memphis is how the "previously unreleased versions" were created on the bootleg The Other Side Of Memphis (Bilko).

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.

Thanks to Mary Holladay Pederson (The Holladay Sisters Facebook page)

Session Logs
Tape Legends
Overdubs
Tape Legends (Thanks to Follow That Dream)
Recording Information
January 24-26 1969 (Overdub)
January 24-26 1969 Overdub Sessions (Thanks to Mary Holladay Pederson)
Backing Singers
January 24 1969
January 24 1969 - Mary Holladay, Jeanie Greene, Elvis, Donna Thatcher & Ginger Holladay

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