Elvis with ROY Hamilton & George Klein & his future wife. ELVIS MEMPHIS SESSIONS 1969 ~ Elvis lost his voice. He had bad laryngitis, during his marathon recording session at American Studio early in 1969. He was really pumped about recording in his hometown. But three days into the recording session, Elvis came down with a terrible case of laryngitis that turned into tonsillitis with a fever. Elvis was best man at George's wedding December 5, 1970.