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A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings
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A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

Released:Jul. 28, 2017

Available as a 3CD deluxe box set and a digital collection, A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings is the most comprehensive collection of early Elvis recordings ever assembled, with many tracks becoming available for the first time as part of this package and one performance–a newly discovered recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” (from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 1955)–being officially released for the first time ever.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings includes–for the first time in one collection–every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake, plus the mythical Memphis Recording Service Acetates–“My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (recorded July 1953) and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”/”It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)” (recorded January 4, 1954)–the four songs Elvis paid his own money to record before signing with Sun. The collection also includes every Elvis live performance and radio recording known to exist from the period, and a 120-page book formatted as an illustrated travelogue and datebook chronicling the genesis of Elvis’ early career via facts, anecdotes, memorabilia and many rare photos.

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  • My Happiness

    Betty Peterson/Borney Bergantine. Recorded July, 1953 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album 2227-1-R THE GREAT PERFORMANCES August, 1990.
  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

    William Raskin/George Brown/Fred Fisher. Recorded July, 1953 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 5 album set 07863-66050 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL June 23, 1992.
  • I’ll Never Stand in Your Way

    Hy Heath/Fred Rose. Recorded January 4, 1954 at Sun Studio. 4 CD set 07863-67469-2 PLATINUM – A LIFE IN MUSIC July 15, 1997.
  • It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)

    Jimmy Wakely/Fred Rose. Recorded January 4, 1954 at Sun Studio. 4 CD set 07863-67469-2 PLATINUM – A LIFE IN MUSIC July 15, 1997.
  • Harbor Lights

    Jimmy Kennedy/Hugh Williams. Possibly recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album CPL1349 A LEGENDARY PERFORMER VOL. 2 January 1976.
  • I Love You Because (unprocessed master edit)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • That’s All Right (45 rpm master)

    Bill Monroe. Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 209 July 1954.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (45 rpm master)

    Bill Monroe. Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 209 July 1954.
  • Blue Moon

    Richard Rodgers. Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • Tomorrow Night

    Sam Coslow/Will Grosz. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 5 album set 07863-66050 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL June 23, 1992.
  • I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)

    Jimmy Wakely. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine

    Mack David. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 210 September 1954.
  • Just Because

    Bob and Joe Shelton/Sid Robin. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight

    Roy Brown. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 210 September 1954.
  • Milkcow Blues Boogie

    Kokomo Arnold. Recorded either mid-November or mid-December 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 215 January 1955.
  • You’re a Heartbreaker

    Jack Sallee. Recorded either mid-November or mid-December 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 215 January 1955.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 6 album set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • Baby Let’s Play House

    Arthur Gunter. Likely recorded between January 30 and February 4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 217 April 10, 1955.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Likely recorded mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 215 January 1955.
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget

    Stan Kesler/Charlie Feathers. Recorded mid-July, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 223 August 1955.
  • Mystery Train

    Junior Parker/Sam Phillips. Recorded mid-July, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single SUN 223 August 1955.
  • Tryin’ to Get To You

    Charles Singleton/Rosemarie McCoy. Recorded mid-July, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • When It Rains It Pours

    William Emerson. Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album CPL1 4848 ELVIS A LEGENDARY PERFORMER VOL. 4 November 1983.
  • That’s All Right (RCA single version)

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single 20/47 6380 December 20, 1954.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (RCA single version)

    Bill Monroe. Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Single 20/47 6380 December 20, 1954.
  • I Love You Because (RCA LP version)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • Tomorrow Night (RCA LP version)

    Sam Coslow/Will Grosz. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LSP/LPM 3450 ELVIS FOR EVERYONE July 19, 1965.
  • Harbor Lights (takes 1-2, 3/M)

    Jimmy Kennedy/Hugh Williams. Possibly recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Takes 1-2: Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo. Take 3: album CPL1349 A LEGENDARY PERFORMER VOL. 2 January 1976.
  • Harbor Lights (take 4)

    Jimmy Kennedy/Hugh Williams. Possibly recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 4 CD set 0768-66115 ELVIS: TODAY, TOMORROW & FOREVER June 25, 2002.
  • Harbor Lights (takes 5-8)

    Jimmy Kennedy/Hugh Williams. Possibly recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I Love You Because (takes 1-2)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Take 1: album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987. Take 2: album CPL1 0341 A LEGENDARY PERFORMER VOL.1 January 15, 1974.
  • I Love You Because (take 3)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • I Love You Because (takes 4-5)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • That’s All Right (takes 1-3)

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 6 album Set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (slow tempo outtake)

    Bill Monroe. Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 6 album Set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • Blue Moon (takes 1-4)

    Richard Rodgers. Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Takes 1-3: Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo. Take 4: 5 album Set 07863-66050 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL June 23, 1992.
  • Blue Moon (take 5)

    Richard Rodgers. Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 4 CD set 07863-67469-2 PLATINUM – A LIFE IN MUSIC July 15, 1997.
  • Blue Moon (takes 6-8)

    Richard Rodgers. Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 CD set 07863-67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • Blue Moon (take 9/M)

    Richard Rodgers. Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album LPM 1254 ELVIS PRESLEY March 23, 1956.
  • Dialogue (fragment before “Tomorrow Night”)

    Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) (incomplete take)

    Jimmy Wakely. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 6 album set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight (fragment from vocal slapback tape)

    Roy Brown. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (takes 1-3/M)

    Mack David. Recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 6 album set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 1)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 2)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 3)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 4-5)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Take 4: 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987. Take 5: 6 album set CPM6 5172 A GOLDEN CELEBRATION October 1984.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, takes 6-7)

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. 2 album set 6414-1-R THE COMPLETE SUN SESSIONS June 30, 1987.
  • How Do You Think I Feel (guitar slapback tape, rehearsals + take 1)

    Wayne Walker/Webb Pierce. Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 1)

    William Emerson. Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 2 – rehearsal 1 – takes 3-4)

    William Emerson. Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 5/M)

    William Emerson. Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Album CPL1 4848 ELVIS A LEGENDARY PERFORMER VOL. 4 November 1983.
  • When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 6-8)

    William Emerson. Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954. Album PB 3602 ELVIS: THE HILLBILLY CAT July 1984.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky

    Bill Monroe. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954. Album PB 3602 ELVIS: THE HILLBILLY CAT July 1984.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Charles E. Calhoun a.k.a. Jesse Stone. Recorded at KDAV Radio, Lubbock, Texas, January 6, 1955. 5 album set 07863-66050 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL June 23, 1992.
  • Fool, Fool, Fool

    Nugetre a.k.a Ahmet Ertegun. Recorded at KDAV Radio, Lubbock, Texas, January 6, 1955. 5 album set 07863-66050 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL June 23, 1992.
  • Hearts of Stone

    Eddie Ray/Rudy Jackson. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 15, 1955. 2 CD set 07863-67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 15, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Tweedlee Dee

    Winfield Scott. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 15, 1955. 2 CD set 07863-67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Charles E. Calhoun a.k.a. Jesse Stone. Recorded at WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • KSIJ Radio commercial with DJ Tom Perryman

    Recorded at KSIJ Radio, Gladewater, Texas, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Money Honey

    Jesse Stone. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955. 2 CD set 07863- 67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky

    Bill Monroe. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine

    Mack David. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955. 2 CD set 07863-67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955. 2 CD set 07863-67676 SUNRISE February 9, 1999.
  • Tweedlee Dee

    Winfield Scott. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Money Honey

    Jesse Stone. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Hearts of Stone

    Eddie Ray/Rudy Jackson. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Charles E. Calhoun a.k.a. Jesse Stone. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Little Mama

    Willis Carroll/Carmen Taylor/Ahmet Ertegun/ Gerald Wexler. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • You’re a Heartbreaker

    Jack Sallee. Likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight

    Roy Brown. Likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Album PB 3602 ELVIS: THE HILLBILLY CAT July 1984.
  • Baby Let’s Play House

    Arthur Gunter. Likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky

    Bill Monroe. Likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I Got a Woman

    Ray Charles. Likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Album PB 3602 ELVIS: THE HILLBILLY CAT July 1984.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Tweedlee Dee

    Winfield Scott. Recorded at Gladewater High School, Gladewater, Texas, April 30, 1955. Album PB 3601 ELVIS-THE BEGINNING YEARS February 1984.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival, Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.
  • Baby Let’s Play House

    Arthur Gunter. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955. Album PB 3601 ELVIS-THE BEGINNING YEARS February 1984.
  • Maybellene

    Chuck Berry. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955. Album PB 3601 ELVIS-THE BEGINNING YEARS February 1984.
  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955. Album PB 3601 ELVIS-THE BEGINNING YEARS February 1984.
  • Interview with Bob Neal

    Recorded at WMPS Radio, Memphis Tennessee, between August 29-31, 1955.
  • I Forgot To Remember To Forget

    Stan Kesler/Charlie Feathers. Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 1955. Previously unreleased prior to A Boy From Tupelo.

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