Elvis’ Golden Records – Elvis Presley

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

Elvis’ Golden Records, by Elvis Presley

  • Greatest hits compilation album originally released in 1958. My copy is a re-released version on CD, from 1997.
  • I wish I had the originally version on vinyl. Over 6 million copies were sold in the U.S., so it certainly can be found. This album is believed to be the first “Greatest Hits” album in the history of Rock & Roll.
  • I’ve been hooked (again) on Elvis for the last month or so. I have a DVD of his 1968 comeback TV special on NBC that I recently watched – Elvis had not done a live performance for 7 years, and was certainly showing some rust when the show was recorded.
  • There have been over 150 Elvis compilation albums released over the years. I have 5 of them – the Elvis’ Golden Records album only contains songs from 1954 to 1957, and of course, there are so many other classic Elvis songs from later years.
  • All the early classics are on this disc, 8 of which were #1 hits. Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up…songs like these made Elvis “The King.” My personal favorite – (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear. My daughter and I danced to this song as our first dance at her wedding reception – just like we did when she was 5 years old.
  • For more on Elvis – go to my blog post on him from July 23, 2017. Here is a video clip from 1957 of Elvis Presley performing Teddy Bear – actually, a clip from the film Loving You, which was his second motion picture. Enjoy “The King!”

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