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January 23 1963
(+ 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 Fun In Acapulco
Musical Director for Paramount : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Dave Wiechman
(1.00pm - 5.25pm / 6.45pm - 11.50pm / 12.30am - 3.50am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Barney Kessel Walker
Guitar / Mandolin: Hilmer J 'Tiny' Timbrell The Amigo's : Jose Vadiz; Miguel Alciade; German Vega; Pedro Berrios
Bass: Ray Siegel  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Hal Blaine  
Percussion: Emil Radocchia  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Trumpet: Anthony Terran  
Trumpet: Rudolph Loera  

(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
PPA3 4429
JO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 M
1:51 (2:02 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Fun In Acapulco (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~Double Features - It Happened
At The Worlds Fair / Fun In Acapulco°°~The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 1
(FTD)°°+The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Acetates
Volume 1 (Memory)° (count-in)

Fun In Acapulco
PPA3 4423
KO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 M
2:30 (2:40 with count-in) Complete Single Collection 10°°~Double Features - It Happened At The
Worlds Fair / Fun In Acapulco°° (faded)+The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin Mint Complete Masters
Collection 20)°°~Fun In Acapulco (remastered soundtrack)°°~Fun In
Acapulco (FTD)°°~The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 1 (FTD)°°+The Elvis
Acetates Volume 1 (Memory)°~The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
(count-in)

El Toro
PPA3 4426
LO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 3:30 (used for spliced master) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:08 (used for spliced master) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
         
Spliced M 2:43 Spliced from takes 2 & 1 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Fun In Acapulco (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~Double Features - It Happened
At The Worlds Fair / Fun In Acapulco°°~The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 1
(FTD)°°+The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°~The Elvis Acetates
Volume 1 (Memory)°

I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (remake)
WPA5 2540
BO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 11 FS+FS 0:49 (take numbering continued) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°
Take 12 FS 0:25   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°
Take 13 Complete 2:48   Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°+The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 14 LFS 1:20   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 15 Complete 2:35   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°~Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°°
Take 16 FS 0:43   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 17 FS 0:22   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 18 Complete 2:41 (used for spliced master) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 19 Complete 3:07 (intro used for spliced master) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
         
Spliced M 2:37 Spliced from Takes 19 & 18
Movie version
Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°~The Fun In
Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Acetates Volume 1 (Memory)°
(with count-in for Take 18)~Soundtrack° (edited - 1:43)

The Bullfighter Was A Lady (remake)
WPA5 2541
DO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 10 Complete 2:16 (take numbering continued) Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°° (1:55)+Hard Knocks (Venus)°°+The Fun In
Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 11 FS 0:22   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 12 LFS 0:49   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 13 LFS 0:57   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 14 Complete 2:04 "Hold" The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 15 LFS 1:17   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 16 FS 0:25   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 17 M 1:55 Movie version (2:06 with count-in)
The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~The
Elvis Acetates Vol. 1 (Memory)° (count-in)~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
~Soundtrack°

Malaguena (track)
MO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 3:31 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:13 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:35 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:24 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:38 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 3:11 (used for spliced master track) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:27 (Ending) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 1:06 (Bar 85) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 0:56   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete 0:59 (Ending)
(used for spliced master track)
The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
         
Spliced (M) 3:12 Spliced from takes 6 & 10 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Acetates Volume 1
(Memory)° (with count-in for Take 6)

You Can't Say No In Acapulco
PPA3 4432
NO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 0:24   Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°+The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
(count-in)
Take 2 FS 0:19   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:35   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 2:00   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°
Take 5 M 1:54 (2:05 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 20)°°~Fun In Acapulco (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~Double Features - It Happened
At The Worlds Fair / Fun In Acapulco°°~The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 1
(FTD)°°+The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~The Elvis Acetates
Volume 1 (Memory)° (count-in)

Guadalajara (track)
PO January 23 1963 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 1:09 (used for spliced master track) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 2:33   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:23   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 2:00   The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 5 Complete 2:55 (used for spliced master track) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 0:38 (Ending) The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 7 Complete 0:50 (Ending)
(used for spliced master track)
The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
         
Spliced (M) 3:02 Spliced from takes 1, 5 & 7 The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Acetates Volume 1
(Memory)° (with count-in for Take 1)

Guadalajara (track - overdub)
   
Overdub (M) 2:48 Backup vocals, strings & drum roll
ending overdubbed to spliced track
- intro edited
(Vocal overdub on February 27)
 

Notes

The definitive release of these sessions can be found on Follow That Dream's limited edition The Fun In Acapulco Sessions 3xCD set, where everything has been restored, remixed and remastered from scratch, and all masters and outtakes are presented in the best possible sound.

‘El Toro’ is spliced from takes 2 & 1, as follows:
0:00 - 0:37: LO-02 (“There’s a legend” to “brought him defeat and pain”)
0:37 - 2:41: LO-01 (“and to his sorrow" to end)

The movie version master of 'I Think I'm Gonna Like It here' is the intro of Take 19 spliced with the rest of Take 18, as follows:
0:00 - 0:12 Take 19 (Start to "...no-one seems to worry")
0:13 - 2:37 Take 18 ("Why they're all so happy is very clear" to end)

The movie version of '(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car' is edited (1:24) and has overdubbed instruments.

The movie version of 'You Can't Say No In Acapulco' has overdubbed instruments.

The master track for ‘Guadalajara’ doesn’t match the backing track Elvis does his vocal overdub to, on FTD's The Fun In Acapulco Sessions or the acetate containing the spliced master track, in that there are additional voices and instruments heard on the track used for the vocal overdub, which are not heard on the actual spliced master track. This means that an overdub was done either at this session or before Elvis actually recorded his own vocals on February 27.

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 Rudolf Stiller for identifying the splice on the master of 'El Toro'.

Session Logs
Recording Information
Fun In Acapulco
Fun In Acapulco
Tape Box
January 23 1963
Tape Box - January 23 1963 (Thanks to Follow That Dream)
Acetate
Fun In Acapulco
Fun In Acapulco - Acetete

Acetate
No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
No Room To Rhumba - Acetete
Acetate
El Toro
El Toro - Acetete
Acetate
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here - Acetete

Acetate
The Bullfighter Was A Lady
The Bullfighter Was A Lady - Acetete
Acetate
Malaguena (track)
Malaguena - Acetete
Acetate
You Can't Say No In Acapulco
You Can't Say No In Acapulco - Acetete

 
Acetate
Guadalajara (track)
Guadalajara - Acetete
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
No Room To Rhumba
(Theres) No Room To Rhumba (In A Sports Car) (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Fun In Acapulco
Fun In Acapulco
Music Sheet
El Toro
El Toro (Thanks to Piotr Stefaniszyn)

Music Sheet
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
Music Sheet
The Bullfighter Was A Lady
The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
You Can't Say No In Acapulco
You Can't Say No In Acapulco (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

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