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Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. He sung Money Honey, I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine, Blue Moon Of Kentucky and That's All Right. The Colonel informed Bob Neal by letter that he had booked Elvis on the Hank Snow Tour from February 14 to 18, sending both a contract and a check made out to Elvis for $425, a 50 % advance on what he could expect to earn for the tour.
Elvis and Red West flew from Shreveport to Memphis.
Elvis started at 8.00 a.m. on the soundstage of Paramount, where he worked for 3 hours before he reported for filming.
This was the first day of what would be end up in a marathon recording session of more than 24 hours in 2 days. The soundtrack recording started at 1.00 p.m. and ran for just over 12 hours at Radio Recorders. Among others, Bossa Nova Baby was recorded today.
There had been an unusual 4 inch snowfall and Elvis and the guys were having a snowball fight in front of Graceland. They even built a snowman in front of the house.
Like the days before Elvis went to American again, but he went early this day because he wanted to meet Roy Hamilton, who was working there too. They spent several hours together and Elvis resumed his own recording at 12.30 a.m. concluding this American sessions with some of his most inspired singing on numbers as Without Love and I'll Hold You In My Heart. The session was ended with Suspicious Minds. Elvis only needed 4 full takes to get it right and everyone went home at 4.00 a.m.
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Elvis returned to Memphis without ever setting foot in the studio, leaving Felton Jarvis to complete overdubs on the material recorded at Graceland in October before canceling the remainder of the session.