the elvis collectables records discography and price guide

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WHAT SERIES OF ELVIS SINGLES re­ceives even less at­ten­tion from col­lec­tors than the “new black” label Gold Stan­dard sin­gles from the late ’70s? The Col­lec­tables Records ti­tles! In fact, most Elvis col­lec­tors have dis­missed the idea of even adding Col­lec­tables 45s and LPs to their want-lists. This is a shame as there are a lot of in­ter­esting pieces to pursue, as this ar­ticle makes ev­i­dent. READ MORE

elvis’ first number one hit record in england

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BACK IN JANUARY, I was asked to an­swer a ques­tion on Quora: What was the first British #1 hit for Elvis Presley? My an­swer was short al­though not nec­es­sarily simple: I noted that some UK charts listed Heart­break Hotel as reaching #1 while others only placed it at #2. The first single to reach #1 on all the major charts was All Shook Up. READ MORE

coming soon! a new series about elvis’ gold standard 45s

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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

so just what was elvis’ biggest hit of all time?

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WHAT WAS ELVIS PRESLEY’S BIGGEST HIT? The term “hit” al­most al­ways refers to one side of a single, whether it is an an­ti­quated 45 rpm single (1949-1989) or a pre­his­toric 78 rpm single (1898-1958). The term is rel­a­tive: A record that made it to #88 and stayed on the na­tional Top 100 for three weeks in 1966 would be a big hit for a rock & roll band on a local record com­pany that only re­ceived air­play and dis­tri­b­u­tion in north­eastern Penn­syl­vania. READ MORE

from elvis on thomas street, memphis, tennessee

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BY JANUARY 1968, a new Elvis single was suc­cessful if it merely reached the Top 40 and sold 300,000 copies. This was a far cry from three years be­fore when a new single reached the Top 20 and sold at least a half mil­lion copies. And that was a far cry from the dizzying heights of 1960 when a Presley hit sold in the mil­lions!


what in tarnation are the “haircut sleeves” of the sixties?

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IN THE SUMMER OF 1966, I heard Elvis’s new single on the radio and hur­ried to the record store to buy a copy. I al­ways tried to buy new sin­gles as soon as they came out so that I could find a copy with a pic­ture sleeve. Upon seeing the sleeve for this new Elvis single, Spinout / All That I Am, I was con­fused: Elvis’ face was puffy and round and he had the most ridicu­lous, un-hip hairdo imag­in­able. READ MORE

rca victor ads for elvis presley records in 1956

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ELVIS PRESLEY OWNED 1956! That year he as­cended the heavens of pop­u­larity to be­come the most talked-about new per­son­ality in the last ten years of recorded music! By the end of the year, he had six #1 records on var­ious charts, sold more than 12,000,000 sin­gles, and was uni­ver­sally known, both de­ri­sively and af­fec­tion­ately, as “Elvis the Pelvis.” READ MORE

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

the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

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THE ORIGINAL RIAA GOLD RECORDS were in­tro­duced in 1958, and there were only two awards: a Gold Record for sin­gles, and a Gold Record for LPs. To qualify, a single must have sold a min­imum of 1,000,000 copies, while an LP album must have sold $1,000,000 at the man­u­fac­tur­er’s whole­sale price. There were no “unit” sales re­quired for LP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and there were no Plat­inum Record Awards. READ MORE

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