This months Throwback Thursday will focus on the 1950’s
A decade which started Rock’n’Roll.
This week for Throwback Thursday, we are going back to where it all began, for the King Of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis Presley, and his 1956 debut album, ‘Elvis Presley’. This album introduced the world to the man, the myth and the legend that was Elvis, and from this moment on, he stormed the world with his music, his style and his famous, censored hips.
The album showed success for Elvis straight away, spending 10 weeks at number 1 in the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It also set records for Rock’n’Roll, as it became the first album in the genre to make it to the top of charts, and the first album in the genre to sell 1,000,000 copies. It became gold selling in 1966, and later went on to become platinum selling in 2011.
‘Blue Suede Shoes’, which became a fan favourite, and also one of his most well known song featured on this album, was also released a single, along with other album tracks, ‘Blue Moon’ (USA Only), ‘I Got A Woman’ and ‘Money Honey’. Although ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ is arguably one of Elvis’ most well known tracks, it only peaked at 9th in the UK Charts, as did his cover of ‘Blue Moon’.
The artwork for Elvis’ groundbreaking debut album is an instantly recognisable image for fans of Rock’n’Roll, and has been listed at number 40 in a list of the 100 greatest album covers. Somewhat surprisingly though, when punk band The Clash used this album artwork for their 1979 album ‘London Calling’, this album was voted at number 39 in the same list. Slightly less famously, this album artwork style has also been used by F-Punk, K.D. Lang and Chumbawamba, who used the album artwork for their controversial single ‘Tony Blair’.
The album, which was released under RCA Victor, and produced by Steve Sholes, has two releases with different songs on each release. One release was for the USA, and featured the songs; ‘Blue Suede Shoes‘, ‘I’m Counting on you’, ‘I Got A Woman’, ‘One Sided Love Affair’, ‘I Love You Because’, ‘Just Because, ‘Tutti Frutti’, ‘Tryin’ to get to you’, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You), ‘I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)’, ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Money Honey’. The other UK release, featured; ‘Blue Suede Shoes’,’I Got A Woman’,’I’m Counting on You’,’I Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone’,’That’s All Right‘,’Money Honey’,’Mystery Train’,’I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry’,’Trying To Get Over You’,’One Sided Love Affair’,’Lawdy, Miss Clawdy‘ and ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’. The UK Release some of Elvis more well known tracks feature on the album, with songs such as, ‘Lawdy, Miss Clawdy’ and ‘That’s All Right’.
Overall, this album kicked it off for Elvis, and for Rock’n’Roll, not just in America, but also in the UK, where teenagers would start forming bands, and kick off the ‘British Invasion’. We have a lot to thank Elvis for, and this album is just a small part of that.