british pressings of elvis presley’s “my boy” are common in the u.k.

Elvis AuburnUniversity March1974 1500 crop red

EXPORT-ONLY RECORDS ARE NOT COMMON in the record busi­ness. But in 1974, RCA in the US had to man­u­fac­ture records by sev­eral artists to be ex­ported to Eng­land for sale in the UK. Why this oc­curred while there were British press­ings of the same records being man­u­fac­tured at the same time re­mains a topic of dis­cus­sion among record collectors. [Continue reading]

valuable insert associated with elvis presley’s “my boy” may be bootleg!

Elvis AuburnUniversity March1974 1500 crop blue

RCA 2458EX IS AN ODD RECORD, one of the oddest in the vast cat­alog of Elvis records. It was man­u­fac­tured in the US ex­pressly to be ex­ported to the UK and sold there in 1974. In­stead of the usual cream­sicle or­ange label that was the stan­dard for RCA records at the time, this weird record had la­bels that were as grey as the In­cred­ible Hulk was in 1962! [Continue reading]

freddie does elvis proud on “crazy little thing called love”

Queen TheGame LP 1500 crop

MY APOLOGIES, I AM LATE (STILL) with the promised set of ar­ti­cles on the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries of Elvis records. And a second, more con­tro­ver­sial ar­ticle of­fers a re­vealing look at a highly sought-after col­lec­table with a du­bious pedi­gree. I am still working on tech­nical as­pects of my blogs and still have ob­sta­cles in the path of having them up-to-date and run­ning quickly and smoothly. [Continue reading]

were elvis’ double-sided hits of the ’70s two hits or one?

StaxRecords Memphis 1200

FROM ELVIS PRESLEY’S FIRST RECORD in 1954 through 1968, the major na­tional pop charts were tal­lied in such a way that both sides of a single could make the chart as in­di­vidual hits in­de­pen­dent of one an­other. This greatly ben­e­fited Elvis, as his sin­gles usu­ally car­ried two strong sides, each ca­pable of being an A-side. [Continue reading]

disappointment was my closest friend

WhiskeyInGlass neat

FORTY-TWO YEARS AGO, I was sit­ting in Vispi’s Lounge in Ed­wardsville, Penn­syl­vania. I was sip­ping a Johnny Walker Black neat waiting for my girl­friend to get off of work. It was slow and quiet, with only a few others in the bar—mostly guys having a couple of drinks be­fore heading home. [Continue reading]