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July 18 1953
(+ 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)

SUN Studio (Memphis Recording Service) - Memphis, Tennessee
Engineer : Marion Keisker

Guitar: Elvis Presley  

My Happiness
  July 18 1953 (Sat)
Take NA
(WPA5 2531)
A Boy From Tupelo 1 (FTD)°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 1 (Legacy)°~Comp. Single Collection 1°
~Sunrise°~50's Box 1°~The Great Performances°~Memphis Recording
Service Volume 1°

That's When Your Heartaches Begin
  July 18 1953 (Sat)
Take NA
(WPA5 2532)
A Boy From Tupelo 1 (FTD)°~Memphis Recording Service Vol. 1° (Comp.)
+The Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°~Comp. Single Collection 1°
~Sunrise°~50's Box 5° (1st Guitar Strums missing)


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.