With the success of his 1969 live album – perhaps simply by its very existence – a new recording shortcut had emerged: why not just cut Elvis in performance in Las Vegas? For his return to the International Hotel in February, Elvis revamped and updated his repertoire, as much for aesthetic as commercial reasons. Included in the new repertoire was a theatrical version of Ray Peterson’s 1959 hit, “The Wonder Of You,” which Elvis had hoped to record at the American sessions. With the B-side a deeply personal reading of a song that he had cut in Memphis and that had gone unreleased until now, sales climbed back to a million plus, and Elvis returned to the Top 10.
The Wonder Of YouBaker Knight. Recorded live on stage February 18, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff, Drums: Bob Lanning Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Bobby Morris and His Orchestra. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Joe Babcock, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Sandy Posey, Hurshel Wiginton, Jim Glaser, Millie Kirkham, June Page
Mama Liked The RosesJohn Christopher. Recorded January 15, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey