RCA and Colonel Parker’s ability to capitalize on the strides Elvis had made toward a new self-definition proved no more effective now than at any other point in recent years. The huge success of “In The Ghetto” was followed up with yet another soundtrack A-side (a well-written Mac Davis-Billy Strange composition – but still a movie trailer for The Trouble With Girls) backed with a dream-like but uncommercial track from the Memphis sessions. With 400,000 sales, it was not a complete fiasco, but the breakthrough success of the next single clearly indicates the path that might have been taken if artistic growth (and new commercial breakthroughs) had been the primary focus.
Clean Up Your Own Back YardMac Davis/Billy Strange. Recorded for the motion picture The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It). Recorded October 23, 1968 at United Artist Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Jerry McGee, Morton Marker, Robert Gibbons. Bass: Max Bennett. Drums: Frank Carlson, John Guerin. Piano: Don Randi. Clarinet: Buddy Colette. Trumpet: Roy Caton. Trombone: Lew McCreary. Vocals: The Mello Men, Jack Halloran, Ronald Hicklin, Marilyn Mason
The Fair Is Moving OnGuy Fletcher/Doug Flett. Recorded February 21, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery