Sam Phillips wasn't in the office
when Elvis came into the Memphis Recording Service
on this first visit, so it was Marion Keisker, who
was there with two friends, who were in the control
booth when Elvis came in to cut his acetate. Part
way through the song, however, one of the friends
mentions she was "getting goose bumps"
listening to Elvis so Marion set a tape going, catching
the last third of My Happiness and all of
That's When Your Heartaches Begin, and it
was this she played to Sam later. Unfortunately,
it appears the same tape was used again for another
artist at a later date, so nothing from this first
visit exists on tape. Marion also made a note that
Elvis had a good "Ballad" voice.
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.
According to the 'Memphis Recording
Service Volume 1' the date of this demo session
is August 22 1953.
Thanks to Kevan Budd for information regarding Marion's friend.