Sound Recording

Elvis Aron Presley (1935—1977) is one of the best-known and most influential figures in popular music. Throughout his career, Elvis incorporated pop, gospel, country, and blues elements into creating his trademark style and earning his mainstream success.
This recording is the first of Elvis's many albums that he made for RCA. The company took a major risk in releasing a full album from this new "rock & roll" artist, as teenagers were more likely to buy 45 rpm singles than a full LP. The Elvis Presley album included recording sessions Elvis did for RCA and five previously unissued songs recorded earlier with Sun Records. After the album's release in March 1956, Elvis Presley eventually went on to become the first rock & roll album to reach number one on national record sales charts, and RCA's first million-dollar-earning pop album.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
Date made
recording artist
Presley, Elvis
RCA Victor
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
label number
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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