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

“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

elvis compact 33s around the world 1960–1969

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AROUND THE WORLD, Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. Oddly, far more Com­pact 33 Dou­bles were is­sued, many of­fering ei­ther unique cover art or con­tent. The Japanese es­pe­cially em­braced this format and kept is­suing them into 1967.

The sin­gles are listed by year of re­lease. READ MORE

elvis compact 33s from europe 1961–1962 (spain and france)

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IN EUROPE, the com­pact 33 rpm single lasted into 1962, and like the rest of this won­derful world of ours, Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles and Dou­bles there that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. The records below are al­most en­tirely from Spain with a couple from France. READ MORE

elvis compact 33s from japan 1961–1967

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IN JAPAN, the seven-inch, 33 rpm format lasted into the second half of the ’60s. Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles and Dou­bles there that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. Japanese record buyers were ap­par­ently not even given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ciate the slower speed sin­gles, as I could not find any ref­er­ence to that country re­leasing any sin­gles at 33 rpm. READ MORE

elvis compact 33s from south america 1961–1968

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IN SOUTH AMERICA, the Com­pact 33 single format lasted into 1964. Like the rest of this won­derful world of ours, Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles and Dou­bles there that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally.

As I am clue­less about the im­por­tance and value of most Elvis records from out­side of the US, there is no price guide with these en­tries. 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. 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 READ MORE