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.… CONTINUE READING
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!… CONTINUE READING
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.… CONTINUE READING
DURING 1961-1962, 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 a couple of unique formats.
The first Elvis record to be released on the new format was not a single, but an EP, or Compact 33 Double.… CONTINUE READING
HARD UP FOR NEW RELEASES while their cash-cow was in the Army, in 1959-1960, RCA Victor issued three volumes of EP albums 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. And now it is recycled yet again as the title of this blog for Elvis fans and collectors.… CONTINUE READING