Sound Recording

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
Date made
1956
recording artist
Presley, Elvis
manufacturer
RCA Victor
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
2000.3053.1039
nonaccession number
2000.3053
catalog number
2000.3053.1039
label number
LPM-1254
subject
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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