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Recording Sessions 1950s

Memphis Recording Service - Memphis, Tennessee
WPA5
WPA5

Memphis Recording Service - Memphis, Tennessee
CPA5 5101-NA
CPA5 5102-NA

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
EPA3 2742-03
G2WB 1086-SP
F2WB 8040-04

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
F2WB 8041-NA

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
F2WB 8117-09

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
F2WB 8115-07
I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') F2WB 8116-NA
Satisfied ////////-01
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine F2WB 8042-03
Just Because F2WB 8118-NA
Good Rockin' Tonight F2WB 8043-02

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Milkcow Blues Boogie F2WB 8044-NA
You're A Heartbreaker F2WB 8045-NA
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version) OPA1 4196-05

KDAV Radio - Lubbock, Texas
Shake, Rattle And Roll WPA5 2534-NA
WPA5 2533-NA

WJOI Radio - Florence, Alabama
Shake, Rattle And Roll HRA1 8699-NA

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
I Got A Woman ////////-02
Tryin' To Get To You ////////-01
Baby Let's Play House F2WB 8046-01

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
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You're A Heartbreaker ////////-NA
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone F2WB 8047-06

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
I Forgot To Remember To Forget F2WB 8000-NA
F2WB 8001-01
Tryin' To Get To You F2WB 8039-NA

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
NPA5 5826-05

Sun Tapes

In November 1955, 15 tapes of Sun recordings were turned over to RCA. Producer Steve Sholes made some handwritten notes on them, probably in January 1956. These were analyzed by Lee Cotten in the book 'All Shook Up, Elvis Day-By-Day' (Popular Culture, Ink., 1985). In the second edition (1998), further research gives us more accurate interpretations. Ernst Jørgensen's latest book, 'A Boy From Tupelo' gives us a some new revelations as well.

Eight tapes with Sun recordings were shipped from New York to the vault in Indianapolis to be destroyed in 1957. These were described in the magazine 'Elvis - The Man and His Music' No. 23 as well as a status report on the 15 known tapes. At first it seemed that 10 tapes were sent to Indianapolis, but in the second edition of 'All Shook Up', Lee Cotten identifies three of them as being one, but listed on three rows.

Most of the 15 original tapes are lost today. Some were probably destroyed. Others appear to have been stolen. The Harbor Lights tape was found in Steve Sholes' desk after his retirement. The vocal channel slapback tape containing When It Rains It Pours was lost for years until found inside another tape box in 1982 by coincidence.

 
Box #1
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
Mid-July 1955
 
I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Probably includes master
 
Mystery Train
Probably includes master
 
Trying To Get to You
Probably includes master
 
Original Notes:
F2WW-8000, 8001, 8039 only
 
       
 
Box #2
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
July 5 1954
 
That's All Right
Probably includes master
 
Unknown
Perhaps by another artist
 
Unknown
Perhaps by another artist
 
Original Notes:
F2WW-8040 and 2 other selections
 
       
 
Box #3
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
September 12 - 16 1954
 
Good Rockin' Tonight
1 take (probably the master)
 
Just Because
6 takes (Unreleased outtakes of the slow version)
 
Just Because
Master and 3 unreleased outtakes (Original fast version)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8043 and Just Because
 
       
 
Box #4
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
January 30 - February 4 1955
 
I Got A Woman
2 unreleased takes
 
Trying To Get To You
1 unreleased take
 
Trying To Get To You
1 unreleased take
 
Original Notes:
_______________I Got A Woman
 
   
F2WW-8046 and Baby Trying to Get To You
 
       
 
Box #5
Not in vaults
Mid-April 1955
 
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
6 takes (Probably original, fast version, including the master)
 
Original Notes:
F2WW-8047 only
 
       
 
Box #6
In RCA vaults
Mid-November 1954 - Mid-April 1955
 
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version)
7 takes of the slow version
 
Original Notes:
F2WW-8047 only
 
       
 
Box #7
Lost (But not sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
September 12 - 16 1954
 
Tomorrow Night
7 takes, including the master
 
I'll Never Let You Go
2 takes, including the master
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8115
 
   
__________ only
 
   
F2WB-8116
 
       
 
Box #8
In RCA vaults
August 15 - 19 1954
 
Blue Moon
9 takes, including the master
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8117 only
 
       
 
Box #9
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
September 12 - 16 1954
 
Good Rockin' Tonight
2 takes (Probably master and unreleased outtake)
 
Just Because
1 take (Possibly unreleased outtake of original, fast version)
 
I'll Never Let You Go
2 takes (Probably unreleased outtakes)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8118
 
   
F2WB-8116 & F2WB
 
 
Box #10
F2WB-8118 only ___8043
 
       
 
Box #10
Lost (But not sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
September 12 - 16 1954
 
Just Because
5 takes (Probably unreleased outtakes of original, fast version)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8118 only 8043
 
       
 
Box #11
In RCA vaults (Vocal Channel slapback tape)
November 1 - 4 1955
 
When It Rains It Pours
8 takes including the master
 
Original Notes:
When It Rains It Really Pours NG
 
       
 
Box #12
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
September 12 - 16 1954
 
I'll Never Let You Go
2 takes, perhaps including released outtake
 
Satisfied
1 unreleased take (1:15)
 
I'll Never Let You Go
4 takes (Unreleased outtakes)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8116 & Satisfied NG
 
       
 
Box #13
In RCA vaults
July 5 1954
 
I Love You Because
Takes 1 - 5
 
That's All Right
Takes 1 - 3
   
(Songs in wrong order on original notes)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8040
 
   
G2WB- I Love You Because
 
       
 
Box #14
Lost (Sent to Indianapolis in 1957)
July 7 1954
 
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
4 takes, perhaps including the released outtake
 
(Master never turned over to RCA)
 
Original Notes:
F2WB-8041 only not so hot
 
       
 
Box #15
In RCA vaults
July 5 1954
 
Harbor Lights
8 takes, including the master
 
Original Notes:
Harbor Lights N.G.
 
       

RCA Studios - Nashville, Tennessee
G2WB 0208-08
Heartbreak Hotel G2WB 0209-07
Money Honey G2WB 0210-SP

RCA Studios - Nashville, Tennessee
G2WB 0211-17
I Was The One G2WB 0218-07

RCA Studio 1 - New York
G2WB 1230-10
My Baby Left Me G2WB 1231-09
One-Sided Love Affair G2WB 1232-08
So Glad You're Mine G2WB 1233-10

RCA Studio 1 - New York
G2WB 1254-18
Tutti Frutti G2WB 1255-10

RCA Studio 1 - New York
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy G2WB 1293-10
Shake, Rattle And Roll G2WB 1294-12
Shake, Rattle And Roll (Backup Vocal Overdub) G2WB 1294

RCA Studio's - Nashville, Tennessee
G2WB 0271-SP

RCA Studios - New York
Hound Dog G2WB 5935-31
Don't Be Cruel G2WB 5936-28
Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) G2WB 5937-12

20th Century Fox Stage 1 - Hollywood, California
We're Gonna Move ////////-SP
Poor Boy ////////-03
Love Me Tender G2WB 4767-02
We're Gonna Move ('Mens Chorus' Overdub) ////////-02
We're Gonna Move ('Hand Claps' Overdub) G2WB 7260-01

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Playing For Keeps G2WB 4920-SP
Love Me G2WB 4921-09
Paralyzed ////////-01
I Need You So ////////-NA
How Do You Think I Feel G2WB 4923-07
How's The World Treating You G2WB 4924-07

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Paralyzed ////////-12
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again G2WB 4925-10
Long Tall Sally G2WB 4926-04
Old Shep G2WB 4927-01
Paralyzed (Insert) ////////-05
Paralyzed (Composite) G2WB 4922-SP
Too Much G2WB 4928-12
Too Much (Insert) ////////-02
Too Much (Composite) G2WB 4928-SP
Anyplace Is Paradise G2WB 4929-22

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Ready Teddy G2WB 4930-12
First In Line G2WB 4931-27
Rip It Up G2WB 4932-19

20th Century Fox Stage 1 - Hollywood, California
Poor Boy (Remake) ////////-01
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20th Century Fox Stage 1 - Hollywood, California
Poor Boy (Partial Verse - Vocal Overdub) ////////-06
Poor Boy (Composite) G2WB 7259-SP
Let Me (Vocal Overdub) G2WB 7261-SP

20th Century Fox Stage 1 - Hollywood, California
SPA5 2875-NA

Sun Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
The "Million Dollar Quartet" Jam Session    

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
I Believe H2WB 0253-09
Tell Me Why H2WB 0254-05
Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Record Version) H2WB 0255-09
All Shook Up H2WB 0256-10

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Mean Woman Blues (Record Version) H2WB 0257-14
(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) H2WB 0258-09
I Beg Of You (Alternate Master) H2WB 0259-12
That's When Your Heartaches Begin H2WB 0260-SP
Take My Hand, Precious Lord H2WB 0261-14

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Party (Vocal & Band - Movie Version) SPA5 2868-07
Mean Woman Blues (Unused Version) ////////-NA
Lonesome Cowboy H2WB 2194-SP

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Opening - Alternate Master) HRA1 8674-17
Detour (Instrumental) ////////-06
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear H2WB 2193-13
Peter Cottontail (Instrumental) ////////-06
One Night Of Sin NPA5 5820-NA

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Loving You (Farm Version 1) ////////-NA
Loving You (End Version) ////////-16
Loving You (Main Version 1) ////////-03
Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Alternate Intro Version) ////////-02
Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Movie Version - Composite) ////////-SP
Dancing On A Dare (Dolores Hart?) ////////-01
Detour (Dolores Hart?) ////////-01

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Hot Dog H2WB 2196-17
Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Finale) WPA5 2587-13
Blueberry Hill (Tryout) WPA5 2589-02

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) H2WB 0282-13
Blueberry Hill H2WB 0283-09
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You H2WB 0284-15
Is It So Strange H2WB 0285-12
Is It So Strange (Backup Vocal Overdub / Repair) H2WB 0285

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Party (Vocal & Group - Record Version) H2WB 2195-11
Mean Woman Blues (Alternate Intro / Ending Version) ////////-07
Mean Woman Blues (Movie Version - Composite) SPA5 2870-SP
Detour (Instrumental - End Version) ////////-06

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
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Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
     

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
WPA5 2538-12
WPA5 2539-21

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Loving You - Road Medley 2587-SP

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Don't Leave Me Now H2WB 0414-29
I Beg Of You H2WB 0259-34
One Night H2WB 0415-10
True Love H2WB 0416-20
I Need You So H2WB 0417-08

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Loving You H2WB 0418-04
When It Rains It Really Pours H2WB 0419-08

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Jailhouse Rock (Alternate Master) ////////-05
Jailhouse Rock ////////-06
Jailhouse Rock (Pickup to instrumental, chorus and on) ////////-02
Jailhouse Rock (Record Version - Composite) H2WB 6779-SP
Treat Me Nice (First Movie Version) HRA1 8681-19
Young And Beautiful (Record Version) H2WB 6777-22
Young And Beautiful (Alternate Master) ////////-SP
Young And Beautiful (Movie End Version - Composite) ////////-SP
Young And Beautiful (Solo / Prison TV Version) WPA5 2507-03
Young And Beautiful (Florita Club Version) HRA1 8682-07

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
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Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Treat Me Nice (Second Movie Version) ////////-13
Treat Me Nice (Movie Version - RCA Composite / Alternate Master) H2WB 6778-SP
Treat Me Nice (Movie Version - MGM Composite) ////////-SP
I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version) ////////-13
I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version - Composite) WPA5 2508-SP
I Want To Be Free (Record Version) ////////-11
I Want To Be Free (Pickup First Ending) ////////-02
I Want To Be Free (Pickup Second Ending) ////////-05
I Want To Be Free (Record Version - Composite) H2WB 6781-SP
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Rhythm Track) H2WB 6782-16
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (First Vocal Overdub) HRA1 8683-01
Don't Leave Me Now (First Version - Piano Version) WPA5 2600-02
Don't Leave Me Now (Second Version - Hit Record Version) HRA1 8684-21

MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Young Hearts
Jailhouse Rock (Instrumental Intro) ////////-01
Jailhouse Rock (Movie Version - Instrumental) ////////-01
Baby I Don't Care (Second Vocal Overdub) H2WB 6782-06
Jailhouse Rock (Long Version) ////////-01
Baby I Don't Care (Movie Edit) ////////-SP

MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Don't Leave Me Now (#2 Movie Version) H2WB 6783-12
Don't Leave Me Now (Movie Set Version)  
Don't Leave Me Now (#1 Movie Version) HRA1 8685-02
Jailhouse Rock (Male Overdubs) H2WB 6780-SP
Jailhouse Rock (Movie Version)
Jailhouse Rock (Movie Opening Theme) ////////-06
Oh My, You Lied
Don't Leave Me Now (Instrumental) ////////-03
One More Day (Second Movie Version - Prison TV Version) (Mickey Shaugnessy) ////////-NA
One More Day (First Movie Version - Solo Version) (Mickey Shaugnessy) ////////-NA
What Have You Gotta Lose?

MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Don't Leave Me Now (Mickey Alba Version)
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MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California (Overdub Session)
H2WB 6778

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Treat Me Nice H2PB 5523-15
My Wish Came True (Tryout) H2PB 5524-NA
Blue Christmas H2PB 5525-03

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
My Wish Came True H2PB 5524-28
White Christmas H2PB 5526-09
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) H2PB 5527-02
Silent Night H2PB 5528-09
Don't H2PB 5529-07

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem H2PB 5530-04
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) H2PB 5531-09
Santa Claus Is Back In town H2PB 5532-07
I'll Be Home For Christmas H2PB 5533-15

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Turtles, Berries, Gumbo (Blanche Thomas & Unknown) ////////-NA
Hard Headed Woman J2PB 3603-10
Trouble J2PB 3604-05
New Orleans J2PB 3605-05
King Creole (Alternate Master) J2PB 3606-18
Crawfish J2PB 3607-07

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Dixieland Rock J2PB 3608-14
Lover Doll (Solo - EP Version) J2PB 3609-07
Don't Ask Me Why J2PB 3610-12
As Long As I Have You J2PB 3611-10
Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental) SPA3 6770-01
Steadfast, Loyal & True (Vocal & Piano - Unused Movie Version) WPA5 2586-06
As Long As I Have You (Short Unused Movie Version) ////////-04
As Long As I Have You (Long Unused Movie Version) WPA5 2509-08

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
King Creole (Revised) J2PB 3612-13
Young Dreams J2PB 3613-08
King Creole (Main Title - Instrumental) ////////-08
Banana (Liliane Montevecchi) ////////-NA
My Wish Came True (Tryout) J2WB 0178-NA
Doncha' Think It's Time (Tryout) J2WB 0179-NA

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
My Wish Came True (Remake) J2WB 0178-NM
Doncha' Think It's Time (Single Version) J2WB 0179-SP
Doncha' Think It's Time (Album Version) J2WB 0179-SP
Your Cheatin' Heart J2WB 0180-10
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck J2WB 0181-22

Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
J2PB 4226-NA
WPA1 8123-10

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California (Overdub Session)
J2WB 0181

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
I Need Your Love Tonight J2WB 3253-18
A Big Hunk O' Love J2WB 3254-SP
Ain't That Loving You Baby J2WB 3255-04
Ain't That Loving You Baby (Fast Version) PPA5 2672-SP
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I J2WB 3256-09
J2WB 3257-24

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee (Overdub Session)
Steadfast, Loyal & True (Overdub) J2PB 3261-NA
Lover Doll (Overdub - LP Version) J2PB 3262-NA
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