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Elvis Presley

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National Museum of American History

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.

recording artist
Presley, Elvis
RCA Victor
Date made
Credit Line
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name
sound recording
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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Place Made
United States