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March 21, 2016 - Elvis Express Radio
In the days where RCA Records had the name, Victor attached to its name, Elvis Presley came out with his debut studio album, just six months after his contract with Sun Records
(where his musical career would begin) was brought out by the company.
Released in March 1956, Presley’s eponymous debut featured mostly tracks selected not long after his move to RCA, but also a few from his sessions at Sun Studios. The album
was recorded during two-day periods in the month of January, and at the RCA Victor studios in both Nashville and New York. It featured covers of rhythm and blues singles
including Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters’ “Money Honey” and Ray Charles’s “I Got a Woman.” Another cover on the album, was the country rock-
flavored “Blue Suede Shoes,” written by Carl Perkins.
The cover of Presley’s self-titled debut, was also a significant. Taken at an armory in Tampa, Florida by photographer William V. “Red” Robertson, it became an iconic image, as
well as one of the greatest album covers of all time, one that would be echoed by other artists including Tom Waits, and most famously, the Clash.
Presley’s eponymous album became the first rock and roll album to hit number one on the pop album charts, where it would top for ten weeks. It was certified gold in 1966, and later
platinum in 2011, and ranked as one of the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is also one of Presley’s album to be included in the book,
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.