Elvis Presley's second album, simply titled Elvis, was recorded on
Sholes and Chet Atkins had guided Elvis' earlier sessions for RCA, Elvis was in
the saddle this time around, and he thoughtfully mulled over each take of each
song until he understood what he wanted. The result is an eclectic blend of
songs that truly reflects the singer's personal taste in music as well the
components of his style, and that is the album's strength and significance.
David B. Hecht photographed Elvis Presley for the cover of Elvis.
album included everything from rock 'n' roll tunes such as "Long Tall Sally"
to old country weepies such as "Old Shep." The heart-stopping ballad
"Love Me" proved a popular hit despite not being released as single.
It was included on the extended-play record Elvis, Volume 1, which was a
scaled-down version of Elvis. It became the first EP in history to sell a
Except for "So Glad You're Mine," all tracks were recorded at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles because Elvis was in Hollywood making his first film. For the rest of the 1950s and for much of the 1960s, Elvis recorded at this studio.
Only Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana accompanied him on this album, while the Jordanaires provided background vocals. Elvis played piano on "Old Shep," marking the first time he played piano on a record. The LP entered Billboard's chart at number seven. A month later, it reached the top of the chart, where it remained for five weeks.
By this time, Elvis was well-known enough that he could indulge his personal interests in his music. Having loved Christmas his whole life, he was inspired in 1957 to record Elvis' Christmas Album, the first in a series of Christmas albums he would put out over the span of his career. To learn more about Elvis' Christmas Album, see the next section.
- "Rip It Up"
- "Love Me"
- "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"
- "Long Tall Sally"
- "First In Line"
- "So Glad You're Mine"
- "Old Shep"
- "Ready Teddy"
- "Anyplace Is Paradise"
- "How's the World Treating You"
- "How Do You Think I Feel”
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