hound dogs and baby books

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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.

Growing up in Beaver Cleaver’s Per­fect (White) America, few of us white folk heard much of the music made by our fellow black folk on the radio. READ MORE

Wooden Heart compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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IN 1961, RCA Victor re­leased four Elvis sin­gles in the US: Sur­render, I Feel So Bad, Little Sister, and Can’t Help Falling In Love. These over­lapped with RCA Vic­tor’s ex­per­i­menting with 7-inch sin­gles that played in mono but at 33 rpm in­stead of the usual 45. Five of Elvis Pres­ley’s new sin­gles were also is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles in the US. READ MORE

Elvis By Request compact 33 double EP album

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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. READ MORE

Good Luck Charm compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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GOOD LUCK CHARM was Elvis’ eighth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You was one of those. READ MORE

Can’t Help Falling In Love compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE was Elvis’ sev­enth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash—or at least one side of this record was a hit some­where. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles.  READ MORE

Little Sister compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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LITTLE SISTER was Elvis’ sixth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash—or at least one of the two sides of this record was hit some­where. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. READ MORE

I Feel So Bad compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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I FEEL SO BAD was Elvis’ fifth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash—or at least it or the flip-side was a smash some­where. At this time (1961–62), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45 rpm records and also as 33 rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. READ MORE

Surrender compact 33 single in living stereo

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SURRENDER was Elvis’ fourth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. Sur­render / Lonely Man was one of five.

Sur­render is unique among Elvis records: it was the only se­lec­tion that was is­sued as a Compact-33 Single in stereo! READ MORE

Surrender compact 33 single and picture sleeve

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SURRENDER was Elvis’ fourth single of the new decade and was a world­wide smash. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. Sur­render / Lonely Man was one of those. READ MORE

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