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Elvis’ Golden Records

Released:Mar. 21, 1958

With Elvis scheduled to go into the army for two years as of March 24, and Colonel Parker still adamantly refusing to make any concessions to the record company’s need for a recording schedule – any kind of schedule – during his time in service, RCA put together a Greatest Hits package consisting of the A-sides of his first eight RCA singles together with six B-sides. It was a dramatic reversal of the Colonel’s one ironclad, if somewhat inexplicable, rule to date: never allow a hit single to appear on a non-soundtrack album. Initial sales of 150,000 (comparable to sales of the Christmas album) seemed to bear out the wisdom of the previous policy. But the album has sold more than six million copies domestically over the years – and it continues to sell.

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  • Hound Dog

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Loving You

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded February 24, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • All Shook Up

    Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded January 12, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Heartbreak Hotel

    Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley. Recorded January 10, 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer
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  • Jailhouse Rock

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Jailhouse Rock. Recorded April 30, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black, Neal Matthews. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks, Mike Stoller. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Love Me

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded September 1, 1956 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore. Guitar & Piano: Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Too Much

    Lee Rosenberg/Leonard Weinman. Recorded September 2, 1956 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore. Guitar & Piano: Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Don’t Be Cruel

    Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

    William Raskin/George Brown/Fred Fisher. Recorded January 13, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

    Kal Mann/Bernie Lowe. Recorded for the motion picture Loving You. Recorded January 15-18, 1957 at Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Love Me Tender

    era Matson/Elvis Presley. Recorded for the motion picture Love Me Tender. Recorded August 24, 1956 at Fox Stage 1, Hollywood. Guitar: Vito Mumolo. Bass: Mike “Myer” Rubin. Drums: Richard Cornell. Banjo: Luther “Red” Roundtree. Accordion: Carl Fortina, Dominic Frontieri. Vocals: Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Charles Prescott
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  • Treat Me Nice

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded September 5, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Any Way You Want Me

    Aaron Schroeder/Cliff Owens. Recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

    Maurice Mysels/Ira Kosloff. Recorded April 14, 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Marvin Hughes. Vocals: Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer
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