TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HIS AIDS CHARITY, Elton John sold his record collection through a Sotheby’s auction in 1993. The collection contained more than 70,000 items, including singles, albums, 8-track tapes, cassettes, and compact discs. Proceeds from the sale went to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which remains an ongoing concern that has raised more than $400,000,000 over the past quarter-century. READ MORE
SPOILER ALERT for record collectors! I am about to divulge information that could forever change the way you look at collectable records. And if you wheel and deal in old records, it might affect the way that you buy and sell those records. At least, it might change the way that you look at ads offering Elvis Gold Standard singles for sale, which seem to be a permanent part of the internet. READ MORE
WHEN RCA VICTOR STRUCK GOLD with Elvis in 1956, the only medium that mattered to the people most likely to buy his records was the 45 rpm single. In the first twelve months after signing Presley in November 1955, the record company released an unbelievable sixteen singles in the United States! These 45 and 78 rpm records sold over 12,000,000 copies, with approximately 90% of those sales being 45s. READ MORE
WHILE I CONTINUE TO SLAVE AWAY over the rewriting of the nine previously published articles (with discographies and price guides) for the Elvis Gold Standard Series catalog, I do occasionally take a break and pay attention to other things. Such as Quora. The question that just appeared there is “How many Elvis albums are there.” Believe it or not, that is a rather difficult question to answer. READ MORE
TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU
An all NEW series of updated and rewritten articles about the Elvis Presley Gold Standard Series of 45 rpm singles and EP albums!
NEW discographies – NEW labelographies – NEW photos of some really rather rare records!
Plus an all NEW, up-to-date price guide!!!
I have been busy completely revamping the series of nine articles I wrote about Elvis’ Gold Standard singles and picture sleeves and the new articles will be so, so, so much better:
More complete. READ MORE
DUELING POP CHARTS existed during most of the heyday of rock & roll music. Due to the weird ways in which the various magazines compiled their charts, there were often major differences in where a record found itself on any given week. Records reached #1 on one chart but pooped out at #3 on the others. And because of the way these charts were compiled, both sides of the same record could be hits independent of one another! READ MORE
WHAT WERE ELVIS’ BEST ALBUMS OF THE ’70s? That’s actually a fairly easy question to answer: the ones recorded in 1970. There is no questioning that the quality of Presley’s recordings diminished dramatically after 1971. This was due to his deteriorating physical and mental health along with artistic turn towards melodrama and bombast. These problems were exacerbated by his massive intake of prescription drugs. READ MORE
THE PLUS OF QUORA is that it gives me prompts for a series of answers there that I can turn into short articles here. There’s nothing like a blog being constantly fed fresh content to keep readers and search engines happy! The minus of Quora is that it keeps me from other, lengthier projects, some of which have been gathering virtual dust for some time. READ MORE
THE QUORA FORUM’S question and answer set-up has been keeping me busy of late. Despite what people think about Elvis and the Internet, there seems to be an abiding interest in the man both personally and artistically. While some of the questions are silly—some are just plumb dumb!—most are well-considered and deserve a similar answer.