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Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley's classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage him for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA Victor single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. Within a year, RCA would sell ten million Presley singles. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, Presley became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll, though his performative style and promotion of the then-marginalized sound of African-Americans led to him being widely considered a threat to the moral well-being of the White American youth.In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts, however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. Some of his most famous films included Jailhouse Rock (1957), Blue Hawaii (1961), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse and unhealthy eating habits severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

Having sold over 500 million records worldwide, Presley is recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. He was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, rhythm & blues, adult contemporary, and gospel. Presley won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. He holds several records, including the most RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200, the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the UK Albums Chart, and the most number-one singles by any act on the UK Singles Chart. In 2018, Presley was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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August 10, 2022

More people are learning Elvis Presley songs on guitar following biopic, Fender claims

People learning Presley's songs have reportedly doubled since the biopic's release The post More people are learning Elvis Presley songs on guitar following biopic, Fender claims appeared first on NME.

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August 3, 2022

Watch Harry Styles Help a Couple Get Engaged Mid-Concert

Before proposing, the concertgoer serenaded his now-fiancee with Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love."

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July 30, 2022

Måneskin channel ‘70s glam in video for their take on Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’

The track was recorded for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ The post Måneskin channel ‘70s glam in video for their take on Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’ appeared first on NME.

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July 21, 2022

Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla says he was “not racist in any way”

"He had Black friends, friends from all over" The post Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla says he was “not racist in any way” appeared first on NME.

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July 14, 2022

Hear G-Dragon sing Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

It comes on the heels of speculation that the Big Bang frontman is working with 'Elvis' director Baz Luhrmann The post Hear G-Dragon sing Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ appeared first on NME.

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July 13, 2022

Dionne Warwick & Elvis Presley to Be Honored at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars Gala

The event will be held on Oct. 13 at Cipriani South Street at Casa Cipriani in New York.

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July 13, 2022

Baz Luhrmann talks Elvis Presley’s “direct connection” to K-pop

The director added that he is currently working with K-pop idols to release new music The post Baz Luhrmann talks Elvis Presley’s “direct connection” to K-pop appeared first on NME.

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July 7, 2022

Beyonce Scores Her First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With ‘Break My Soul’

Plus, a PNAU remix propels Elvis Presley to a dance chart for the first time, and moves for The Chainsmokers & Doja Cat.

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July 6, 2022

Elvis Presley Shakes Up Billboard Charts After ‘Elvis’ Movie Premiere

'Elvis' tops the Soundtracks chart, while Presley’s streams gain 67% in the U.S. in the wake of the film’s bow, according to Luminate.

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June 30, 2022

Did Elvis Presley Steal From Big Mama Thornton? The Real Story of ‘Hound Dog’

Legendary songwriter Mike Stoller joins our 'Rolling Stone Music Now' podcast to explain how he and Jerry Leiber wrote "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton – and what happened afterwards

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June 29, 2022

If Elvis Presley Wasn’t a Songwriter, Why Was He Paid Like One?

Though some might find it objectionable for Presley to take ownership for songs he had no hand in writing, this practice is not singular to him.

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June 27, 2022

Elvis Presley Didn’t Win as Many Major Awards as You Might Think

Elvis' only Grammys were for gospel and inspirational performances, not his pop and rock hits.

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June 26, 2022

Box Office Dance-Off: ‘Elvis’ Opens to $30.5M to Tie With ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ for Top Spot

The race betweeen Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic and the 'Top Gun' sequel won't be declared until Monday morning.

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June 25, 2022

Box Office: ‘Elvis’ Rocking to $30M-Plus Opening in Dance-Off With ‘Top Gun 2’

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic is opening ahead of expectations at the box office. Ditto for new horror pic 'The Black Phone.'

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June 24, 2022

‘Thar’s Gold In Them Sideburns’: What Billboard Wrote About Elvis Presley Back In the Day

In 1956, the magazine hailed him as a "country cat” who was “powerfully inspired by authentic R&B."

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June 24, 2022

Hear Tame Impala Remix Elvis Presley’s ‘Edge of Reality’

Song appears on Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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June 24, 2022

Tame Impala Remix Elvis Presley’s “Edge of Reality”

Kevin Parker updates Presley’s Almost in Love song for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic

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June 23, 2022

Here’s Why Elvis Presley’s Hot 100 History Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

The King first hit Billboard's songs charts in 1956, predating the Hot 100's August 1958 launch.

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June 22, 2022

Listen to Kacey Musgraves’ cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

Both the film and soundtrack are set for release this Friday The post Listen to Kacey Musgraves’ cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ appeared first on NME.

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June 22, 2022

Kacey Musgraves Covers Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”: Listen

The latest track from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic arrives with footage from the film

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June 16, 2022

Eminem Compares Himself to Elvis Presley on Reimagined ‘Jailhouse Rock’ Single ‘King and I’

"It goes one for the trailer park, two for my baby-ma/Three for the tater tots, four if you ate a lot," raps Slim Shady on the Elvis song

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June 16, 2022

Listen to Eminem and CeeLo Green’s New Song "The King and I" From 'Elvis' Biopic Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis Presley biopic, which debuts next month, includes an original song from Eminem featuring CeeLo Green.

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June 14, 2022

Here Are 15 Times Elvis Presley Was Portrayed in Movies & TV

Here are 15 actors who portrayed Elvis in television and film, from Austin Butler to Kurt Russell.

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June 10, 2022

Diplo, Swae Lee link for Elvis Presley edit on upcoming biopic

A film about Elvis Presley is on the horizon, but there’s even more to look forward to with a soundtrack full of musical superstars. The original soundtrack’s first single came from Doja Cat, who took “Hound Dog” and made an 808-lead party track on “Vegas.” Other featured artists include Eminem, Tame Impala, PNAU, Denzel Curry,... Read More ▸ The post Diplo, Swae Lee link for Elvis Presley edit on upcoming biopic appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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June 1, 2022

Elvis Presley Estate Says Impersonators Need Licenses to Officiate Weddings

"There is no intention to shut down chapels that offer Elvis packages in Las Vegas. We are seeking to partner with each of these small businesses."

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May 6, 2022

Listen to Doja Cat’s new single ‘Vegas’ for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ biopic

She samples Big Mama Thornton's 1952 classic 'Hound Dog', famously covered by Elvis Presley The post Listen to Doja Cat’s new single ‘Vegas’ for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ biopic appeared first on NME.

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April 12, 2022

Global publishing deal struck over Elvis Presley’s back catalogue

It covers the late icon's classic hits including 'Can’t Help Falling In Love' and 'Jailhouse Rock' The post Global publishing deal struck over Elvis Presley’s back catalogue appeared first on NME.

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April 12, 2022

Elvis Presley Catalog Lands at UMPG for Publishing Administration

The deal acts as an extension of the 2021 partnership between Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

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March 23, 2022

Elvis Portraitist Tommy Kha on Inspiration, Backlash, and What Happened at the Memphis Airport

Kha’s Constellations VIII was briefly uninstalled from a new concourse at the Memphis International Airport due to negative feedback from Elvis Presley fans

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March 16, 2022

The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time

From Elvis Presley to FKA Twigs, here are the 50 greatest album covers of all time.

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Discs

Burning Love (Rehearsal 2)

August 11, 2022

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Can't Help Falling in Love (From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS) [Mark Ronson Remix]

June 30, 2022

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Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix)

June 23, 2022

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Elvis 30 #1 Hits (Expanded Edition)

February 18, 2022

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Elvis Back in Nashville

November 12, 2021

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Do the Vega (Dillon Francis Remix)

February 26, 2021

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Catchin' On Fast (Big Boi Remix)

February 25, 2021

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Clean Up Your Own Backyard (Chromeo Remix)

February 24, 2021

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From Elvis In Nashville

November 20, 2020

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American Sound 1969

August 23, 2019

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Live 1969

August 9, 2019

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Suspicious Minds (Live in Las Vegas, August 23, 1969)

March 8, 2019

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'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) [Live]

November 30, 2018

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Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Deluxe)

November 24, 2017

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A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

July 28, 2017

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The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

October 21, 2016

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Way Down in the Jungle Room

August 5, 2016

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If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

October 30, 2015

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I Got A Feelin' In My Body (Tommie Sunshine & Wuki Remix)

December 2, 2014

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Elvis At Stax

August 5, 2013

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Prince From Another Planet (Live)

November 12, 2012

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I Love You Because (Duet)

April 1, 2012

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Viva Elvis

November 11, 2010

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Elvis: Close Up

April 1, 2003

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A Little Less Conversation: Elvis vs JXL

August 1, 2002

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Today, Tomorrow and Forever

June 25, 2002

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Platinum - A Life In Music

July 15, 1997

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Elvis In Concert (Live)

October 3, 1977

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Moody Blue

July 19, 1977

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From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

May 1, 1976

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Today (Legacy Edition)

May 7, 1975

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Today

May 7, 1975

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Promised Land

January 8, 1975

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Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (Legacy Edition)

July 7, 1974

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Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

June 15, 1974

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Good Times

May 20, 1974

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Raised On Rock

October 1, 1973

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Elvis (Fool)

July 16, 1973

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Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (Legacy Edition)

February 4, 1973

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Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite (Live)

February 2, 1973

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Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden (Live)

June 1, 1972

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He Touched Me

April 3, 1972

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Elvis Now

February 20, 1972

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Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas

October 20, 1971

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I Got Lucky

October 1, 1971

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Love Letters from Elvis

June 16, 1971

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Elvis Country

January 2, 1971

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That's the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)

November 11, 1970

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That's the Way It Is

November 1, 1970

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On Stage (Live)

June 1, 1970

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Back In Memphis

October 15, 1969

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Elvis In Person (Live)

October 14, 1969

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From Elvis in Memphis (Live)

June 17, 1969

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NBC-TV Special (Live)

November 22, 1968

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Speedway

May 20, 1968

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Clambake

October 23, 1967

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Double Trouble

June 1, 1967

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How Great Thou Art

February 1, 1967

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Spinout

October 24, 1966

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Paradise, Hawaiian Style

June 1, 1966

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Frankie & Johnny

January 1, 1966

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Harum Scarum

November 1, 1965

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Elvis for Everyone!

July 19, 1965

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Girl Happy

March 1, 1965

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Roustabout

October 19, 1964

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Kissin' Cousins

April 1, 1964

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Fun in Acapulco

November 15, 1963

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It Happened at the World's Fair

March 15, 1963

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

November 12, 1962

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Pot Luck

June 5, 1962

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Blue Hawaii

October 20, 1961

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Something for Everybody

May 19, 1961

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His Hand in Mine

November 23, 1960

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G.I. Blues

September 23, 1960

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Elvis Is Back

April 8, 1960

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For LP Fans Only

January 23, 1959

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King Creole

September 19, 1958

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Elvis' Christmas Album

October 15, 1957

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Loving You

June 20, 1957

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Elvis

October 19, 1956

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Elvis Presley

March 23, 1956

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