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January 16 1958
(+ 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)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'King Creole'
Paramount Producer : Walter Scharf
Engineer : Thorne Nogar / Wally Kamin
(9.00am - 5.30pm)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Hugh
Guitar: Scotty Moore Jarrett
Bass: Bill Black  
Bass / Tuba: Ray Siegal  
Bass / Guitar: Neal Mathews  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Bongo's: Gordon Stoker  
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark  
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner  
Saxophone: Justin Gordon  
Trombone: Elmer Schneider  

Dixieland Rock
J2PB 3608
G January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14 M 1:45 (2:03 with count-in)
(SPA3 6769)
King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole - The
Music (FTD)°~Elvis Rock (DSD)°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°~50's Box 4°
+Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP° (Count-In only)
+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

Lover Doll (Solo)
J2PB 3609
H January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 2:12 (2:26 with count-in)
(EP Version)
(LP Version overdubbed on June 19)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin' Rebel (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole - The Music (FTD)°
~King Creole (1997)°~Essential Elvis Volume 3°+Acetate° (Count-In)
~From The Beach To The Bayou LP° (Part Count-In)+King Creole (FTD)°
(Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

Don't Ask Me Why
J2PB 3610
J January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12 M 2:07 (2:13 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole -
The Music (FTD)°~Complete Single Collection 2°~King Creole (1997)°
~King Creole (LP)°~50's Box 4°+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix &
Count-In)

As Long As I Have You
J2PB 3611
K January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 M 1:50 (2:00 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole -
The Music (FTD)°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°~50's Box 4°~Soundtrack°
+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental)
SPA3 6770
L January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1 M 1:26 King Creole (FTD)°~From The Beach To The Bayou LP°

Steadfast, Loyal & True (Vocal & Piano - Movie Version)
WPA5 2586
M January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6 M 1:30 (1:41 with count-in)
(Alternate Master / Not Used)
King Creole (1997)°~Essential Elvis Volume 3°+Chante Leiber & Stoller°
(Part of Count-In)+Acetate° (Part of Count-In)~From The Beach To The
Bayou LP° (Part of Count-In)+King Creole - The Music (FTD)°~King Creole
(FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

As Long As I Have You (Movie Version)
N January 16 1958 (Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4 M 1:15 (Short Version - Not Used) King Creole - The Music (FTD)°~King Creole (1997)°~Essential Elvis
Volume 3°+Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP°
(Count-In)+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 M 1:41 (Long Version - Not Used)
(Alternate Master) (WPA5 2509)
King Creole (1997)°~50's Box 5°~Essential Elvis Volume 3°~Love Me
Tender - The Love Songs°+Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°
("One.. Two..." Count-In)+King Creole - The Music (FTD)° (Count-In)
+Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP° (Part Count-In)
+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

Unknown
P January 16 1958 (?)
(Possibly recorded on January 23)

Notes

All songs were recorded in Binaural.

The count-in for Dixieland Rock (Track G - Take 14) can be found on the old bootleg LP "From The Beach To The Bayou" where it was sneakily inserted before Take 6 of Steadfast, Loyal & True (Track M). This deceivingly made it look as though it was Take 14 of Steadfast, Loyal & True on the LP.

An odd situation exists regarding the introduction to the song Dixieland Rock. There are a couple of different edits in existence. On the single and album versions there are six introductory bars while the original EP version (EPA-3419) has only two introductory bars. In all other respects though the version is exactly the same.
Ironically though, when the track was included on 'EP King Creole Vol. 11 (RCX 7201)' as part of the UK-only 'The E.P. Collection Vol. 2' in October 1982, the introduction to Dixieland Rock had three bars!

Also on "From The Beach To The Bayou" the count-in for Young Dreams (Track Q - Take 8) was sneakily inserted before Take 7 of Lover Doll (Track H), deceivingly making it look as though it was Take 8 of Lover Doll on the LP.

None of the listed 'Movie Version' masters (Track N Take 4 - Short, or Take 8 - Long) of As Long As I Have You were actually used in the movie - The version used in the movie is Track K Take 10 which is the record version.

In 1965 new matrix numbers were issued to Dixieland Rock (SPA3 6769), and the instrumental Muskrat Ramble (SPA3 6770).

A possibility is that track P (RCA didn't use track O because of confusion with the number zero) could have been recorded at a later date (January 23), if recorded at all, although it's likely that it was only reserved for use and then not eventually used.

On the CD "Elvis Presley - As He Was Meant To Be Heard Volume 3" there is what's listed as a stereo version of Lover Doll. This is actually nothing of the sort - It's the LP and Single versions of the song (undubbed and overdubbed) mixed together in two separate channels, giving a fake stereo effect!

The 'Thorne Nogar Live Mono Mixes' featured on FTD's 'King Creole' classic album are not the actual masters as heard on record. The released masters were remixed from Binaural two-track tapes and some have additional reverb added. However, some of these 'Live Mono Mixes' were used as the actual masters on the '50s Box' ('The King Of Rock 'N' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters'), 'Essential Elvis Volume 3' and the 1997 reissue of the 'King Creole' album.

Thanks to Ray Reeves for pointing out the extra vocals on New Orleans.

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.

In a letter from Hal Wallis on January 8th 1958, outlining what songs would be recorded for different scenes in the movie, it appears there was an additional song called Stop Me which was planned to be recorded.

Stop Me
(Authors Unknown)

You miss me when I'm gone
You really want me near
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from being here

The kiss we held so long
You want your whole life through
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from kissing you

Don't let our lips meet
If yours only mean to deceive
For when our lips meet
This is what I believe

Your love for me is strong
And always will be true
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from loving you

Thanks to Bill Bram for the lyrics to Stop Me

Session Logs
Recording Information
King Creole
King Creole
Tape Log
King Creole
King Creole
Letter from Hal Wallis
January 8 1958
Letter - January 8 1958

Recording Information
Dixieland Rock / Muskrat Ramble
Dixieland Rock / Muskrat Ramble
Acetate
Dixieland Rock
Dixieland Rock (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetate
Lover Doll
Lover Doll (Thanks to Glen Johnson)

Acetate
Don't Ask Me Why
Don't Ask Me Why (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetates
As Long As I Have You
As Long As I Have You (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetate
Steadfast, Loyal & True (School Song)
School Song (Thanks to Glen Johnson)

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