Elvis Presley tended to record his songs at night. For Are You Lonesome Tonight? he insisted on darkness in the studio to ensure the right mood. Listen closely and you can hear him bump into the microphone stand.
A new book lists the tips and tricks used by the great and the good to help themselves reach the top of their game. I Didn’t Get Where I Am... is full of insights into the psychology and tactics employed by all manner of top sportsmen, entertainers and boffins.