Since there was no booking for a performance this night, Elvis and Tillman Franks
went to Houston to see Bob Wills at Cook's Hoedown Club. Neither Elvis nor Wills
were impressed with the other.
Elvis went to see wrestling matches at Ellis Auditorium. After that he had dinner
with Penny Banner, one of the lady wrestlers, whom he took back to Graceland afterwards.
Elvis briefly dated a sixteen year old
named Vera Tschechowa. He also dined with a
rockabilly singers from
Elvis recorded the new title song Flaming Star at Radio Recorders in an 8.00 to 11.00 p.m. session.
Elvis reported to MGM in Hollywood for the preproduction on Kissin' Cousins. During the
week he had script and choreography rehearsals. There were also wig fittings for his role as the blond twin.
Fred Wise and Randy Starr wrote the song "Kissin' Cousins" for Elvis, but
the song was not in the movie. Elvis recorded the song in RCA's
studios, and the single reached No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart during a nine
week run (RCA 47-8309, released January 1964). Its flip side was "It Hurts
Me." Elvis cut a completely different "Kissin' Cousins" for the movie (which
appears only on the LP by that title), no single was released of that version.
Elvis arrived at Graceland at 11.00 p.m. He drove the Dodge Motor Home himself followed by a caravan of 5 cars.
Elvis performed at the Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas and complained
to his associates he did not feel well.