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August 24, 2022

Elvis Presley (Single / EP / Double EP / Triple EP - RCA, 1956)

Elvis Presley
 
was a series of seven singles and six EPs by RCA created to saturate the market for promotional material relating to the singer's first album on the label in 1956.


When Elvis signed to RCA Victor on November 20, 1955, he could barely imagine what the future of his career would look like.

Part of the press covered big stories about how the young man from rural Mississippi had reached the level of a national star in such a short time and, in some cases, took the opportunity to defame his image and talk about the "dangers of rock 'n' roll". Another part focused on the astronomical values ​​of such a contract and what it would mean for music going forward, whether positively or negatively.

For better or for worse, the fact is that the contract with RCA really was astronomical. For all of Elvis' Sun Studio tapes and the transfer of rights, RCA paid Sam Phillips an unprecedented $35,000 plus a $5,000 bonus for the singer.

On January 10 and 11, 1956, Elvis went to RCA Studio B in Nashville to record the first 5 tracks in his new home. From these sessions was obtained the single "Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One", which became the first work for RCA (the label had only made re-releases of the Sun singles until then) when released on January 27 of that year.

Needless to say, the single became an immediate hit and quickly reached 1 million copies sold while still on pre-order. It was an astounding result, given that RCA had never achieved such a feat with their other artists and that rock 'n' roll was still something that wasn't for everyone and was always tied to Elvis - even if these were quieter, more romantic tracks.

New sessions on January 30 and 31, 1956 captured another six tracks, which included "My Baby Left Me", which became the B-side to the "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" single on May of that year, and "So Glad You're Mine", which would be out of release until the LP ELVIS in October 1956.

At the end of January, RCA had 7 unreleased tracks - not counting "So Glad You're Mine" - on hand. The rights to the Sun Studio tapes had been transferred to RCA with the sale of the contract, so five unreleased songs from the period ("I Love You Because", "Just Because", "Tryin' to Get to You", "I 'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')" and "Blue Moon") had yet to be released and were added to seven of the RCA sessions to create the iconic ELVIS PRESLEY album, released on March 23, 1956.

The LP spent ten weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums in 1956, being the first rock album to reach the top of the charts and the first of its kind to sell one million copies.

To help publicize the work and saturate the market with related material, RCA developed a bold strategy. All disc content would be released in a series of EPs and singles over the next 7 months. In yet another innovation by the label, the album would still be released in the UK in November 1956 with another cover and title ("Rock 'n' Roll"), and with 5 different tracks from the US original.
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Title:
Elvis Presley
Label:
RCA Victor [EPA 747]
Format:
EP
Number of tracks:
4
Running time:
9:00
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 - January 31, 1956
Released:
March 23, 1956
Singles:
---

Elvis Presley  was Elvis' first EP on RCA. Released on the same day as the iconic LP of the same name, it contained four tracks from the aforementioned album, the oldest being the Sun Studio classic "Just Because". The work includes the following tracks:

ORIGINAL EP
SIDE A
1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. Tutti Frutti
SIDE B
3. I Got a Woman
4. Just Because

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Title:
Elvis Presley
Label:
RCA Victor [EPB 1254]
Format:
Double EP
Number of tracks:
8
Running time:
18:00
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 - January 31, 1956
Released:
March 23, 1956
Singles:
---

Elvis Presley was also the title of Elvis' first double EP on RCA. It was released on the same day as the iconic ELVIS PRESLEY LP - and the EP above - and contained four tracks present on the aforementioned album, the oldest being "I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')" and "Tryin' to Get to You" from the Sun period. The work includes the following tracks:

ORIGINAL EP
EP 1, SIDE A
1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I'm Counting On You
EP 1, SIDE B
3. Tutti Frutti
4. Tryin' to Get to You
EP 2, SIDE A
5. I Got a Woman
6. One-Sided Love Affair
EP 2, SIDE B
7. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
8. I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')

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Title:
Elvis Presley
Label:
RCA Victor [EPA 830]
Format:
EP
Number of tracks:
4
Running time:
10:00
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
July 5, 1954 - February 3, 1956
Released:
June 8, 1956
Singles:
---

Elvis Presley was Elvis' third RCA EP to use the title of the label's iconic debut album. It contained two Sun Studio tracks from the aforementioned album and two new RCA tracks ("Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"). The last two would be so successful that they'd reappear as a single in August of that year. The work includes the following tracks:

ORIGINAL EP
SIDE A
1. Shake, Rattle and Roll
2. I Love You Because
SIDE B
3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
4. Blue Moon

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Title:
The Real Elvis
Label:
RCA Victor [EPA 940]
Format:
EP
Number of tracks:
4
Running time:
9:20
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
January 30 - July 2, 1956
Released:
August 17, 1956
Singles:
---

The Real Elvis was another Elvis EP released by RCA to promote the singer's debut album on the label. It contained the four tracks from the two most recent singles that had already reached Gold ratings. The work includes the following tracks:

ORIGINAL EP
SIDE A
1. Don't Be Cruel
2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
SIDE B
3. Hound Dog
4. My Baby Left Me

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On August 31, 1956, RCA made the unusual decision to release the entire ELVIS PRESLEY album as multiple singles, which arguably prevented the new simultaneously released single, "Shake, Rattle and Roll / Lawdy Miss Clawdy", from ranking higher on the charts. However, "Blue Suede Shoes", released as a single in this experiment, kept RCA's promise to Sam Phillips and Carl Perkins for waiting more than eight months since the song's release by Sun, and peaked at number 20 on the singles chart. Such works are listed below:

Title:
Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6636]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
4:00
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
January 30 & 31, 1956
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
I'm Counting On You / I Got a Woman
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6637]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
5:00
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
January 10 & 11, 1956
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down / I'll Never Let You Go
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6638]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
4:30
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 & January 31, 1956
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
Tryin' to Get to You / I Love You Because
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6639]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
5:15
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
July 5, 1954 & July 21, 1955
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
Blue Moon / Just Because
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6640]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
5:10
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
August 15-19 & September 12-16, 1954
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6641]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
4:45
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
January 10 & 30, 1956
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---

Title:
Shake, Rattle and Roll / Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Label:
RCA Victor [47-6642]
Format:
Single
Number of tracks:
2
Running time:
4:35
Type of album:
Single
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
February 3, 1956
Released:
August 31, 1956
Singles:
---


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Title:
Elvis Presley
Label:
RCA Victor [SPD 22]
Format:
Double EP
Number of tracks:
8
Duração:
18:00
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 - January 31, 1956
Released:
October 19, 1956
Singles:
---

Elvis Presley foi o quarto EP relacionado ao primeiro álbum de Elvis pela RCA, lançado em 19 de outubro de 1956. Ele foi o segundo e último EP duplo do cantor. No trabalho constam as faixas:

EP ORIGINAL
EP 1, SIDE A
1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I'm Counting On You
EP 1, SIDE B
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
4. I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')
EP 2, SIDE A
5. I Got a Woman
6. One-Sided Love Affair
EP 2, SIDE B
7. Tutti Frutti
8. Tryin' to Get to You

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Title:
Elvis Presley
Label:
RCA Victor [SPD 23]
Format:
Triple EP
Number of tracks:
12
Duração:
27:30
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 - July 2, 1956
Released:
October 19, 1956
Singles:
---

Elvis Presley foi o quinto e último EP relacionado ao primeiro álbum de Elvis pela RCA, lançado em 19 de outubro de 1956. Ele foi o primeiro e único EP triplo do cantor. No trabalho constam as faixas:

ORIGINAL EP
EP 1, SIDE A
1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I'm Counting On You
EP 1, SIDE B
3. I Got a Woman
4. One-Sided Love Affair
EP 2, SIDE A
5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
6. I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')
EP 2, SIDE B
7. Tutti Frutti
8. Tryin' to Get to You
EP 3, SIDE A
9. Don't Be Cruel
10. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
EP 3, SIDE B
11. Hound Dog
12. My Baby Left Me

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RECORDING SESSIONS

Dates:
July 5, August 15-19 & September 12-16, 1954; July 21, 1955; January 10, 11, 30 & 31, February 3, April 14 & July 2, 1956

Studio:
Sun Studio
RCA Studio B
RCA Studio 1

Location:
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
New York, New York

Musicians:
1954/1955
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis presley
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore
Bass: Bill Balck
Producer/ Recording engineer:
Sam Phillips

1956
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews
Bass: Bill Black, Ray Siegal, Neal Matthews
Drums: DJ Fontana
Piano: Dudley Brooks
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins
Bongos: Gordon Stoker
Saxophone: Justin Gordon
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner
Trombone: Elmer Schneider
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires
Sound engineer / Recording engineer:
Thorne Nogar / Wally Kamin


JULY 5, 1954
                                Harbor Lights EPA3 2742-03
                                I Love You Because G2WB 1086-SP
                                That's All Right F2WB 8040-04

AUGUST 15-19, 1954
                                Blue Moon F2WB 8117

SEPTEMBER 12-16, 1954
                                Tomorrow Night F2WB 8115-07
                                I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') F2WB 8116-NA
                                Satisfied
                                I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine F2WB 8042-03
                                Just Because F2WB 8118-NA
                                Good Rockin' Tonight F2WB 8043-02

JULY 21, 1955
                                 I Forgot to Remember to Forget F2WB 8000
                                 Mystery Train F2WB 8001
                                 Tryin' to Get to You F2WB 8039

JANUARY 10, 1956
                                 I Got a Woman G2WB 0208
                                 Heartbreak Hotel G2WB 0209
                                 Money Honey G2WB 0210

JANUARY 11, 1956
                                 I'm Counting On You G2WB 0211
                                 I Was the One G2WB 0218

JANUARY 30, 1956
                                Blue Suede Shoes G2WB 1230
                                My Baby Left Me G2WB 1231
                                One-Sided Love Affair G2WB 1232
                                So Glad You're Mine G2WB 1233

JANUARY 31, 1956
                              I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) G2WB 1254
                              Tutti Frutti G2WB 1255

FEBRUARY 3, 1956
                             Lawdy Miss Clawdy G2WB 1293
                             Shake, Rattle and Roll G2WB 1294
                             Shake, Rattle and Roll (Backup Vocal Overdub) G2WB 1294

APRIL 14, 1956
                             I Want You, I Need You, I Love You G2WB 0271

JULY 2, 1956
                            Hound Dog G2WB 5935
                            Don't Be Cruel G2WB 5936
                            Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) G2WB 5937
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