elvis’ fifty worldwide number one hits

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IN THE YEAR 2000, in­stead of Y2K we got THE BEATLES 1, an album that col­lected Bea­tles’ number one hits around the world. De­spite re­cy­cling end­lessly re­cy­cled sides, it sold more than 10,000,000 copies in its first twelve months of re­lease! And then it kept on selling: it is cer­ti­fied by the RIAA for sales of 11,000,000 in the US alone. READ MORE

from nashville to memphis with heaven in between

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THE FIRST DELUXE ELVIS boxed compact-disc set was KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – THE COMPLETE 50’s MASTERS, is­sued in 1992 to great fan­fare. It con­tained five discs that fea­tured the com­plete studio record­ings of Presley from 1954-1958. More than 100 record­ings in gen­uine, hon­est­ta­gawd mono seemed like a gift from Heaven!

The set also in­cluded an in­for­ma­tive booklet with an ac­cu­rate ses­sionog­raphy and an in­tel­li­gent bi­o­graph­ical essay.  READ MORE

elvis’ 50 worldwide #1 chart-topping hits

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Lawdymiss­clawdy, but I ac­ci­dental like pushed “Pub­lish” in­stead of “Save Draft” and so I sent this ar­ticle out onto the world­wide web well be­fore it was com­pleted. So I have to apol­o­gize and tell you that I’ll finish it lickety-split and get it back up here where it be­longs!

PS: When the fin­ished piece is pub­lished, this post here will be linked di­rectly to the new ar­ticle …



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

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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. READ MORE

“if I can dream” album sales passes million mark in the uk

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EVERY FEW YEARS the folks in charge of Elvis Pres­ley’s record­ings ei­ther get it right or just get lucky with their han­dling of the archival ma­te­rial. The big one was 30 #1 HITS, which hit #1 on the Bill­board LP chart in 2002. It sold over 5,000,000 units in the US and at least that many more world­wide, making it one of the best-selling Elvis Presley al­bums ever re­leased! READ MORE

the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 8 (1976–2000)

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IN 1976, the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries was re­vamped for the fourth and final time with a new ‘retro’ look. Along with the rest of the RCA cat­alog, the modern look and layout of the pre­vious or­ange and red la­bels was jet­ti­soned and the com­pany opted for a retro look: black was back and so was Nipper! But the ef­fect was cheesy: the paper used for the la­bels seemed of a lesser quality—a dull black rather than the high gloss stock of the past.  READ MORE

the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 7 (1969–1976)

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IN 1969, the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries was changed for the third time: the vi­su­ally life­less or­ange label was re­placed by a more at­trac­tive bright red label. (The or­ange label re­main as the pri­mary label for RCA’s stan­dard cat­alog sin­gles and al­bums.) Oth­er­wise, the layout and the type­face re­mained the same from the pre­vious to the newest. 

In 1968, RCA had switched from its classic black label to a more ‘modern’ or­ange label for all its records. READ MORE

the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 6 (1969)

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IN 1969, the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries label was dra­mat­i­cally mod­i­fied, along with the rest of the RCA Victor cat­alog (45s, EPs, LPs, and reel-to-reel tapes). Gone was the fa­miliar glossy black back­ground with “RCA Victor” in tra­di­tional serif type with the big “V” across the top. Gone, too, was the dog, beloved Nipper, cocking his head to his mas­ter’s voice em­a­nating from the horn of an an­tique phono­graph.  READ MORE

the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 5 (1965-1968)

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IN 1965, the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries label was changed for the first time. The la­bels re­mained an at­trac­tive glossy black, but “RCA Victor” was moved to the right side of the spindle hole while Nipper was placed on the left side. Again, there was no men­tion of “Gold Stan­dard” any­where on the label; only the 447 prefix iden­ti­fied these records as reis­sues. READ MORE

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