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is elvis’ “my happiness” single among the rarest and most valuable albums?

THIS ARTICLE IS AN ABBREVIATED VERSION of a longer piece that I pub­lished on the Six­ties Music Se­crets web­site. That ar­ticle is ti­tled “Are These Five LPs Among the Rarest and Most Valu­able Records in the World?” It is the fourth in­stall­ment of my Avid Record Col­lector column on that site, where I nor­mally re­view al­bums from the ’60s. [Continue reading]

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another reason not to trust wikipedia’s “facts” about elvis

WIKIPEDIA’S ENTRIES ON ELVIS and other music-related mat­ters are not the most trust­worthy sources for ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. In fact, vis­iting the site to look up any­thing about Presley can be a bit of an ad­ven­ture. While ad­ven­tures can be fun and even re­warding, some writers might not enjoy being made fools of when they dis­cover that the Wiki-derived in­for­ma­tion on their blog is out­ra­geously incorrect! [Continue reading]

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RCA introduced the EP album during the “battle of the speeds”

RCA’S FIRST “EP” WASN’T WHAT YOU THINK! Three years be­fore they signed Elvis Presley, RCA Victor in­tro­duced record-buyers to the 45 rpm, extended-play EP record. This new format was an ex­ten­sion of their 45 rpm single that had been launched in 1949. That format had been de­vised to sally forth into the mar­ket­place and do battle with Columbia’s 33rpm long-playing LP album. [Continue reading]