From the Land of Band Box Records

Elvis Lives! (On Graphic Record Sleeves That Is)

October 9, 2015

Elvis Picture Sleeves Through the Years

I was okay with Elvis.  In the beginning when he hit it big on the RCA Victor record label.  Before that of course he recorded for Sun Records out of Memphis.  His very first charting single was on that label “Baby Let’s Play House” which charted which reached number 5 on the Country Charts.  He would make two more minor dents with Sun before exploding onto the scene in the Spring of 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel” which went number 1 both Hot 100 and Country – #3 R&B and 2 in the U.K.  The first 45 that graced our West Denver household was the extended ply play “Elvis Vol. II” in late 1956.  My sister who purchased the record loved the track “Old Shep” because she still hadn’t bought into rock ‘n roll.  I, on the other hand fell for “Ready Teddy” (I was also pretty certain the Barnum Gang approved of “Ready Teddy”.

Elvis went on to chart over 150 times in the U.S..  Interestingly when his impressive run on the charts ran out in 1982, he continued to flourish in the United Kingdom with a string of over 60 chart hits – many of them reissues sometimes released simultaneously.  Twenty-two of those went Top Ten and four reached number 1 as another entire generation of Brits rocked out to the King of Rock and Roll.  During that same time span Elvis tip toed only a single time with a Hot 100 tune in the U.S.

I have just completed add a graphic Elvis Presley picture cover page to the site – Fun to look at – His vinyl outpouring was tremendous.  View the chronological collection here or click on the image below


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