Elvis Presley - From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis

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RCA Victor


Album Overview

From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis is the 36th studio album by Elvis Presley, released in October 1969 on RCA Victor, catalogue LSP 6020. Recording sessions took place at American Sound Studio in Memphis, on January 13–15 and 21–22, and February 17–18, 1969, and at the International Hotel in Paradise, Nevada on August 24–26, 1969. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Gold on December 13, 1969, by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Elvis In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada
1Blue Suede Shoes1:56

Written-By: Carl Perkins

2Johnny B. Goode2:08

Written-By: Chuck Berry

3All Shook Up1:41

Written-By: Elvis Presley
Written-By: Otis Blackwell

4Are You Lonesome Tonight?3:13

Written-By: Lou Handman
Written-By: Roy Turk

5Hound Dog2:08

Written-By: Leiber & Stoller

6I Can't Stop Loving You2:49

Written-By: Don Gibson

7My Babe3:06

Written-By: Willie Dixon

8aMystery Train

Written-By: Herman Parker
Written-By: Sam Phillips

8bTiger Man

Written-By: Al Lewis
Written-By: Lewis Burns


Written-By: Boyce & Hart
Written-by [Uncredited]: Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb & Maurice Gibb

10In The Ghetto2:51

Written-By: Mac Davis

11Suspicious Minds7:30

Written-By: Francis Zambon

12Can't Help Falling In Love2:53

Arranged By: Billy Goldenberg
Written-By: George David Weiss
Written-By: Hugo & Luigi

Elvis Back In Memphis
13Inherit The Wind2:50

Written-By: Eddie Rabbitt

14This Is The Story2:28

Written-By: Chris Arnold
Written-By: David Martin
Written-By: Geoff Morrow

15Stranger In My Own Home Town4:24

Written-By: Percy Mayfield

16A Little Bit Of Green3:20

Written-By: Chris Arnold
Written-By: David Martin
Written-By: Geoff Morrow

17And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind3:09

Written-By: Neil Diamond

18Do You Know Who I Am?2:45

Written-By: Bobby Russell

19From A Jack To A King2:24

Written-By: Ned Miller

20The Fair's Moving On3:05

Written-By: Fletcher & Flett

21You'll Think Of Me4:01

Written-By: Mort Shuman

22Without Love (There Is Nothing)2:52

Written-By: Danny Small


Issued to capitalize upon the response to From Elvis in Memphis and its hit singles, and his newfound success as a headliner in Las Vegas, Vegas/Memphis is Presley's first double album and his first official live album. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, secured a month-long engagement at the International Hotel, and in keeping with the "clear-the-decks" philosophy of the previous album, Presley jettisoned his long-serving 1960s sidemen in favor of musicians who would become his Taking Care of Business band. The musicians used on the second lp were assembled by Chips Moman dating back from early 1969 at the American Sound Studios sessions in Memphis.

The first album consisted of recordings from those shows, Elvis' first live performances since his March 1961 benefit concert in Hawaii. Signature hits from his 1950s and early 60s repertoire appeared alongside a cover of "Words" by The Bee Gees, his recent hit single "In The Ghetto" and an extended version of "Suspicious Minds", the single of which had only just been released during the engagement.

The second album consisted of ten recordings from the winter of 1969 sessions at American Sound not used for From Elvis in Memphis. Although drawn from what were basically leftovers, still "Stranger in My Hometown" equaled the intensity of the already issued songs. Of these remainders, "The Fair's Moving On" and "You'll Think of Me" had previously appeared as b-sides respectively to "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" and "Suspicious Minds" earlier in the year.


In November 1970, RCA reissued the set as individual albums identified by the subtitles that appeared on the original double LP, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel as LSP 4428, and Back in Memphis as LSP 4429. They have been issued separately ever since. The entirety of Back in Memphis can be found on the box set From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters, and on the double-disc compilation of recordings at American Sound Studio, Suspicious Minds.

On July 28, 2009, Sony Music Entertainment issued Back in Memphis on the second disc of its Legacy Edition of From Elvis In Memphis. A similar Legacy Edition of On Stage released on March 23, 2010, features the entirety of Elvis in Person at the International Hotel on its second disc.

The collectors' label Follow That Dream has released several of the full performances from Presley's August 1969 season in Las Vegas. The full August 22 performance was included on a reissue of the live album, titled In Person. The full midnight show from August 23 was released under the title Elvis At The International, while the midnight show from August 26 was released as All Shook Up. The August 24 show is available on the first disc of the 2001 box set Live in Las Vegas. In 2013, FTD released the complete midnight show from August 25.


Elvis in Person at the International Hotel

  • Elvis Presley – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • James Burton – electric guitar
  • John Wilkinson − electric guitar
  • Charlie Hodge − guitar, backing vocals
  • Larry Muhoberac − keyboards
  • Jerry Scheff – bass
  • Ronnie Tutt − drums
  • Millie Kirkham − backing vocals
  • The Imperials − backing vocals
  • The Sweet Inspirations − backing vocals
  • Bobby Morris and his Orchestra

Back in Memphis

  • Elvis Presley − vocals, guitar, piano
  • Ed Kollis − harmonica
  • John Hughey − pedal steel guitar (on "In the Ghetto")
  • Reggie Young, Dan Penn − electric guitar
  • Bobby Wood − piano
  • Bobby Emmons − organ
  • Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech − bass
  • Gene Chrisman − drums
  • Glen Spreen − string and horn arrangements


  • Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff, R. F. Taylor − trumpets
  • Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson − trombones
  • Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo − French horns
  • Andrew Love, Jackie Thomas, Glen Spreen, J.P. Luper − saxophones
  • Joe Babcock, Dolores Edgin, Mary Greene, Charlie Hodge, Ginger Holladay, Mary Holladay
  • Millie Kirkham, Ronnie Milsap, Sonja Montgomery, June Page, Susan Pilkington, Sandy Posey
  • Donna Thatcher, Hurschel Wiginton − backing vocals


  • Arranged By: Glen Spreen
  • Arranged By: Mike Leech
  • Backing Band: Imperials
  • Backing Band: The Sweet Inspirations


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