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March 28 1961
(+ 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)

Paramount Scoring Stage - Hollywood, California
Overdub Session for Paramount's Blue Hawaii
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
NA   Loulie Jean Norman; Dorothy McCarty; Virginia Rees; Jackie Allen

Ku-U-I-Po (vocal overdub)
CTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Dubdown (M) 2:20 Male backup vocals removed
from CO-09
Overdub (M) 1:56 Female backup vocals overdubbed
& edited

Ku-U-I-Po (Joan Blackman vocal overdub)
CTD-1 (May 2 1961)
Overdub (M) 1:56 Joan Blackman backup vocals
overdubbed to CTD
(used for movie version)

Ito Eats & Slicin' Sand (vocal overdub)
GHETD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub (M) 2:48 Female backup vocals overdubbed
to GO-09/HO-01 & EO-19
(used for movie version)

Island Of Love (vocal overdub)
KTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub (M) 1:41 Female backing vocals overdubbed
to KO-13
(used for movie version)

Moonlight Swim (vocal overdub)
M2PB 2990
NTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub M 2:20 Female backup vocals overdubbed
to NO-03 & is edited
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°~The Making Of Blue Hawaii 1 (FTD)°°~The
Complete Movie Masters 60-62 1 (MRS)°°

Almost Always True (vocal overdub)
MTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub (M) 2:21 Female backup vocals overdubbed
to MO-08

Almost Always True (Joan Blackman vocal overdub)
MTD-1 (April 20 - May 20 1961)
Overdub (M) 2:21 Joan Blackman backup vocals
overdubbed to MTD
(used for movie version)

Hawaiian Wedding Song (vocal overdub)
JTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub (M) 2:48 Female backup vocals overdubbed
to JO-02 (11EEV)
(used for movie version)

Blue Hawaii (vocal overdub)
FTD March 28 1961 (Tue)
Overdub (M) 2:35 Female backup vocals overdubbed
to FO-07
(used for movie version)


Apart from being slightly edited, the most complete release of these sessions can be found on Follow That Dream's book and 4xCD set The Making Of Blue Hawaii, where everything RCA have, has been restored, remixed and remastered from the original 3-track tapes.

When the master takes were cut from the stereo session tapes, so were some of the take slates and count-in's, which is why some of the remixed masters appear without the take slates and count-in on The Making Of Blue Hawaii. They all remained intact on the mono session tapes.

Elvis and his musicians, including The Jordanaires, travelled to Hawaii on Saturday March 25 1961 for the USS Arizona charity concert. Co-star Joan Blackman, was also on location in Hawaii filming with the second unit during this time, and would lay her vocal track down to the movie version of ‘Almost Always True’ at Paramount Studios on her return to the mainland between April 20 and May 20 1961 (when filming of the number took place).

For the movie version of 'Ku-U-I-Po' the original male backing vocals were eliminated from the master (CO Take 9) and replaced with female backing vocals. Joan Blackman's vocals were recorded on-set at Paramount Studios on May 2 1961.

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.

Thanks to David English for research.

Session Logs
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Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
Recording Information
March 28 1961
March 28 1961 - Thanks to David English
Musical Breakdown
Blue Hawaii
Musical Breakdown - Blue Hawaii

Moonlight Swim (overdub)
Acetate - Moonlight Swim

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Moonlight Swim
Moonlight Swim (Thanks to Christopher Brown)