Elvis Presley | RCA's McGavock St Studio | January 10 and 11, April 14, 1956
After Sam Phillips sold Elvis' contract to RCA Victor the first recording sessions the band did with the new label were held in Nashville on January 10 and 11, 1956. The studio at 1525 McGavock St. was RCA's first permanent recording facilities there. Nashville itself was not yet the recording center it would eventually become, in fact up to then there were only a few studios in town.
They recorded on monaural equipment (single track) and the studio was somewhat of a live room with a curved ceiling that created low frequency problems causing bass notes to be boomy and roll around for a long time.They were always in search of a dead spot for the bass. Bob said that there wasn't a spot on the floor there where he hadn't stuck his bass peg. They also had several large curtains hanging on the walls to help 'deaden' the room. They employed the use of movable 'wall-like' baffles to isolate instruments to minimize sound bleeding into other mics.
At the band's first session RCA was anxious to recreate the 'slapback' echo effect that Sam Phillips had created at Sun. To add them to Elvis' vocals Chet and engineer Bob Farris created a psuedo 'echo chamber' by setting up a speaker at one end of a long hallway and a microphone at the other end and recording the echo live. It sounded strange to hear it as they were recording because Sam used to add the effect after.
Though Steve Sholes had put Chet in charge of the session, when asked by Scotty Moore what he should play, his only instruction was that they should just do what they normally do. This essentially resulted in them 'producing' themselves, which became the norm. This was the first session that D.J. Fontana played on since he joined the band and was also the first of many sessions that Floyd Cramer would play piano on.
Elvis had requested the Jordanaires for backup vocals but RCA had recently signed the Spear family gospel group to their label so Chet only brought in Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and used two of the Spears. Among others, they cut 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
April 14, 1956
Later that year, in April, they returned to McGavock St. to record one more time, with pretty much the same line-up except for Marvin Hughes replacing Floyd on piano. While on tour in Texas they flew to Nashville immediately after a show in Amarillo on the13th to record for one day on the 14th and were back in San Antonio to perform on the 15th. The pilot got lost in the dark after takeoff, and nearly ran out of gas. They arrived a little shaken to say the least and were not in the best mood to record but they did manage to cut 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You'. Steve Sholes presented Elvis with a Gold record for 'Heartbreak Hotel'. With the success of that single Nashville suddenly became 'the' center and publishers, recording companies, songwriters, pop and rock musicians from all over began to flock there.
Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Gordon Stoker, Ben and Brock Spear - April 14, 1956
Bill Black, DJ Fontana, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Gordon Stoker, Ben and Brock Spear - April 14, 1956
Bill Black, Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley, Ben Spear and Steve Sholes - April 14, 1956
The one millionth record of Heartbreak hotel Presented to Elvis Presley by RCA Victor April 14, 1956.
From the book Photographs & Memories by JAT Productions.
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