elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)

ELVIS DIED WITH ONLY 28 GOLD RECORDS. That is, he collected only twenty-eight official RIAA Gold Record Awards during his career. He also moved to that mansion on the hill without a single Platinum Record Award on his wall! Neither he nor Colonel Parker nor RCA Victor showed any real enthusiasm for the awards while he was alive. Since his death, the Presley People have done an admirable job in getting RCA and the RIAA to make things right. Working with the vast personal files of Colonel Parker, the RIAA certified and awarded 110 Gold and Platinum Record Awards to the Presley… Continue Reading elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)

all the elvis sun EPs are bootleg EPs

YUP, THAT’S CORRECT: all of the Elvis Sun EPs are bootleg EPs. Fortunately, most collectors seem to know that they are not legitimate, and few sellers advertise them as anything other than boots. But they are nice looking records and most serious Elvis collectors own them, so if you have been looking into them and wanting some information, look no further! This is a follow-up to Elvis Bootleg Picture Sleeves that exist for Sun and RCA Victor singles that were released in 1954, 1955, and 1956 without legitimate picture sleeves at that time. While there were dozens of such sleeves… Continue Reading all the elvis sun EPs are bootleg EPs

hound dogs and baby books

ACCORDING TO MY BABY BOOK—and I don’t know if that is a Catholic tradition or what but I don’t meet a lot of people who know what they are—when I was 5-years old, my favorite song was Sh-Boom. (“Life could be a dream sh-boom sh-boom.”) That would have been the Crew Cuts’ version, of course. Growing up in Beaver Cleaver’s Perfect (White) America, few of us white folk heard much of the music made by our fellow black folk on the radio. (Except Nat “King” Cole and then Johnny Mathis.) Until 1956 . . . While ’56 wasn’t the year… Continue Reading hound dogs and baby books

Elvis By Request compact 33 double EP album

DURING THE TWELVE MONTH PERIOD of February 1961 to February 1962), RCA Victor issued five of Elvis Presley’s new singles as monaural Compact 33 Singles in the US. These are all really rather rare records and their picture sleeves are even rarer! This something that cannot be said about almost any other commercially released Elvis titles. They also released one unique title . . . The first Elvis record to be released on the new format was not a single, but an EP, or Compact 33 Double. Released in February 1961, RCA Victor LPC-128, ELVIS BY REQUEST, was an odd duck: it… Continue Reading Elvis By Request compact 33 double EP album

the avid record collector’s price guide to A Touch Of Gold albums

MY FIRST POST ON THIS SITE was “Just a little bit of gold,” which explains my choice for the title for this site. Briefly, in 1959-60, RCA Victor issued three volumes of EPs titled A TOUCH OF GOLD. I had always liked that title and had subsequently used it as the title for my second Elvis Presley price guide for record and memorabilia collectors. And now it is recycled yet again . . . I launched this site with that one post, and a friend immediately emailed me to suggest that I do a price guide article on the three EPs.… Continue Reading the avid record collector’s price guide to A Touch Of Gold albums