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Elvis Presley

Released:Mar. 23, 1956

On the same day that the album came out, RCA released a four-track extended-play (EP) 45 – a single, in other words, with more tracks and a slightly higher price, but still substantially less than the cost of an LP. It contained a cover of Carl Perkins’ chart-topping “Blue Suede Shoes” as the radio cut. All four songs were on the LP, the EP featured the same artwork and retained the same title as the album – but with sales of 400,000, it actually outsold its longer-playing sibling.

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  • Blue Suede Shoes

    Carl Perkins. Recorded January 30, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long.
  • Tutti Frutti

    Dorothy LaBostrie/Richard Penniman. Recorded January 31, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long.
  • I Got A Woman

    Ray Charles. 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.
  • Just Because

    Bob Shelton/Joe Shelton/Sid Robin. Recorded September, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. The most likely dates are in mid-September. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black

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