The original intention had been to pair Elvis’ dynamic new version of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” with his adaptation of “Witchcraft,” a more obscure 1955 New Orleans r&b number by the Spiders. That plan was abandoned when Elvis decided he wanted to re-record “Memphis.” Film producer Hal Wallis then persuaded the Colonel to use a number from the upcoming Fun In Acapulco soundtrack as the A-side. The song, “Bossa Nova Baby,” drawn from the Leiber-Stoller catalog, was well adapted to Elvis’ brand of breezy charm, and the single maintained the same sales level as its predecessor – but it was beginning to be clear from these two raids on the May album session that a cohesive new studio album release was in jeopardy.
Bossa Nova BabyJerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Fun In Acapulco. Recorded January 22, 1963 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore. Guitar & Mandolin: Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine. Percusssion: Emil Radocchia. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Trumpet: Anthony Terran, Rudolph Loera. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Amigos
WitchcraftDave Bartholomew/Pearl King. Recorded May 26, 1963 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Jerry Kennedy, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone, Vibes & Shakers: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires