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October 16 1962
(+ 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
Overdub Session for MGM's 'It Happened At The World's Fair'
Musical Director for MGM : Leith Stevens
Engineer : Dave Wiechman

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Ukulele: Billy Strange  

Take Me To The Fair (Movie Version - Overdub)
WPA5 2552
  October 16 1962 (Tue)
Take NA (M) 1:32 Ukulele overdub of Sept. 22
It Happened At The Worlds Fair (FTD)° (Acetate) (Count-in)~For Movie
Fans Only Volume 2°~Soundtrack°


The movie version of Take Me To The Fair is the master (Take 8) from September 22 with the guitar intro cut and backing vocals mixed out, and a ukulele overdubbed.

An acetate source of the overdubbed movie version of Take Me to the Fair was released on FTD's Soundtrack of 'It Happened at the World's Fair'. An alternate source with further overdubs of sound effects and longer intro, but otherwise of slightly better sound quality can be found on the original movie soundtrack.

In Ernst Jørgensen's 'A Life In Music' and also on the FTD expanded soundtrack release of 'It Happened At The World's Fair' it is stated that Elvis first attempted the song Take Me To The Fair (PPA3 2716) at this session, but there is no indication of this on the Tape Legend (Shown below), and nothing exists on tape. As the first tape reel from the August 30 1962 session is missing, it is unknown exactly what was recorded before ‘Happy Ending’.

Take Me To The Fair from September 22 is listed as “No. 2” on the tape legends, so a good guess is that a different version (“No. 1”) of Take Me To The Fair was tried out on August 30, with no successful master recorded.

New evidence to support this theory comes from items in an auction at Graceland in August 2015 which includes sheet music for a different version of Take Me To The Fair, written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair. Could this be the sheet music for Take Me To The Fair (No. 1), which includes completely different lyrics to the version we know?

What is listed on FTD's 'It Happened At The World's Fair' as being the "August Master-From Acetate" is actually the overdubbed Movie Version but it has the exact same vocals from the record version, recorded on September 22 1962, so that couldn't have been recorded in August!

The recording date of "August 30" given in 'Sessions I and II' may be due to transcription of handwritten notes.

Session Logs
Music Sheet
Take Me To The Fair (No. 1)
Thanks to Graceland