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Exactly 61 years ago Today - March 23, 1956, RCA Victor released 'Elvis Presley', the debut album by the future King of Rock and Roll.
It topped the Billboard chart for 10 weeks and became the label's biggest-selling album to date.
Elvis Presley set the tone for what rock 'n' roll albums are supposed to sound and even look like, with stunning interpretations of rock and soul standards like "Blue Suede Shoes,"
"Blue Moon," "I Got a Woman" and "Tutti Frutti" and an instantly recognizable, often imitated album cover that summarizes the thrilling energy of '50s rock 'n' roll. Appropriately,
Rolling Stone ranked this 1956 classic No. 56 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
ELVIS PRESLEY (LPM-1254)
Released: March 23, 1956
Recorded: July 1954 to January 1956
Label: RCA Victor
Elvis Presley (released in the UK as Elvis Presley Rock n' Roll is the debut studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor, in mono,
catalogue number LPM 1254, in March 1956.
The recording sessions took place on January 10 and January 11 at the RCA Victor recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and on January 30 and January 31 at the RCA
Victor studios in New York. Additional material originated from sessions at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 5, August 19 and September 10 of 1954, and on July 11,
The album spent ten weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts, and the first million-
selling album of that genre.
In 2003, it was ranked number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Elvis Presley was also one of three Presley albums to receive accolades in
the reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, the others being Elvis Is Back! and From Elvis in Memphis.
It was certified Gold on November 1, 1966 and Platinum on August 8, 2011 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The original 1956 UK release called Rock n' Roll on HMV Catalogue Number: CLP 1093 has some different tracks.
As the Sun tracks were mostly country-styled, Elvis and RCA leavened the selections with covers of recent rhythm and blues songs.
Two of these, "Money Honey" by Jesse Stone, known to Elvis from a version by Clyde McPhatter, and Ray Charles' 1955 hit "I Got a Woman", had been in Presley's live act for
A third was the frenetic announcement to the world of the existence of Little Richard in 1955, "Tutti Frutti". A rockabilly number that was believed to be a potential hit and could
hold its own with the R&B material, "Blue Suede Shoes", was not initially released as a single from a promise by Sholes to Sam Phillips to protect the career of another Sun artist,
Carl Perkins, the author of the song. Instead, it was diverted into being the opening track on the album.
On August 31, 1956, RCA Victor took the unusual step of releasing the entire album as singles, which undoubtedly kept the new single released simultaneously, "Shake, Rattle
and Roll" backed with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," from reaching the charts.
However, "Blue Suede Shoes", released in single form as a part of this experiment by RCA, kept the promise to Phillips and Perkins by waiting over eight months since the song's
release on Sun, and made it to number 20 on the singles chart.
RCA first issued the original 12 track album in reprocessed (fake) stereo on compact disc in 1984. This issue was quickly withdrawn and the album was reissued in original
monophonic sound. In 1999, it was reissued with an altered running order, adding on six bonus tracks from three non-album singles, including the chart-toppers "Heartbreak Hotel"
and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." In 2005, the album was reissued again, remastered using DSD technology with the six bonus tracks appended in standard fashion. A two-
disc set was released on the Follow That Dream collectors label on August 15, 2006, with bonus tracks and numerous alternate takes.