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Elvis 56
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Elvis 56

Elvis 56

Elvis 56

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COMBO: CD, DVD & BOOK

  • BOOK, ELVIS 1956
  • DVD, ELVIS 56
  • CD, ELVIS 56

BOOK, ELVIS 1956
1956 was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first television appearance, and started his movie career. It was the year he became a star. Alfred Wertheimer, then a young freelance photojournalist, was there to document the extraordinary transition. Elvis 1956 features images that are a national treasure, including photographs of Elvis never before published: a unique visual record of one of the most exciting performers of his time, one of the most influential of all time, the first true icon of rock 'n' roll. Here is the first and last unguarded look at Elvis, featuring images of him in every aspect of his life - from performance and with the fans, to the recording studio and at home with his family.

Elvis 1956 serves as the catalogue for a nationally traveling exhibition exhibition developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and the Govinda Gallery to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the legendary rock star's birthday. Lavishly illustrated with 72 tri-tone photographs and with an introduction by curator Chris Murray, essays by E. Warren Perry, Jr. and National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson, Elvis 1956 is a remarkable window into a defining time for rock 'n' roll's most enduring presence.

DVD, ELVIS 56
Narrated by Levon Helm of The Band, this documentary chronicles the pivotal year in Elvis Presley's career when the 21-year-old singer broke through on a national level.

Through a succession of riveting clips of early television performances (including the Ed Sullivan Show and The Dorsey Brothers Show,) ELVIS '56 tells the story of a man's evolution into a phenomenon. Includes the hits "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and more.

CD, ELVIS 56
ELVIS '56 is a compilation of the best material that Presley recorded that year. The release of this album commemorates the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's first hit single, "Heartbreak Hotel," and features a previously unreleased alternate take of that track. Recorded in 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; RCA Studios, New York, New York; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California.

1956 was the year that altered American pop music forever. With the exception of Bill Haley's 1955 hit "Rock Around the Clock," the American pop charts of the early 1950s were dominated by the likes of Mitch Miller, Nelson Riddle, and Frank Sinatra. Then came Elvis, and everything changed. From April 7, 1956, when "Heartbreak Hotel" topped the charts, until the end of the year, Elvis held the number one chart position for 25 weeks. Furthermore, the coattail effect of Presley's massive popularity opened the charts to fellow rockers Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and many others.

No innocuous pop star, Presley set off a national debate with his libidinal gyrations and racially ambiguous music (when Presley first broke, many DJs in the segregated South refused to play his music because they didn't believe he was white). ELVIS 56, which collects 22 of Presley's early recordings (including a previously unreleased alternate take of "Heartbreak Hotel"), makes clear what all the fuss was about. Raw, raucous, sexy, and always brilliant, Presley's 1956 recordings are quite simply among the best rock records of all time.

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Elvis 56

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DVD - ELVIS 56

Narrated by Levon Helm of The Band, this documentary chronicles the pivotal year in Elvis Presley's career when the 21-year-old singer broke through on a national level.

Through a succession of riveting clips of early television performances (including the Ed Sullivan Show and The Dorsey Brothers Show,) ELVIS '56 tells the story of a man's evolution into a phenomenon. Includes the hits "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and more.

Please allow for 6 – 8 weeks for delivery of any thank you gifts 

Elvis 56

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CD - ELVIS 56

ELVIS '56 is a compilation of the best material that Presley recorded that year. The release of this album commemorates the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's first hit single, "Heartbreak Hotel," and features a previously unreleased alternate take of that track. Recorded in 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; RCA Studios, New York, New York; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California.

1956 was the year that altered American pop music forever. With the exception of Bill Haley's 1955 hit "Rock Around the Clock," the American pop charts of the early 1950s were dominated by the likes of Mitch Miller, Nelson Riddle, and Frank Sinatra. Then came Elvis, and everything changed. From April 7, 1956, when "Heartbreak Hotel" topped the charts, until the end of the year, Elvis held the number one chart position for 25 weeks. Furthermore, the coattail effect of Presley's massive popularity opened the charts to fellow rockers Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and many others.

No innocuous pop star, Presley set off a national debate with his libidinal gyrations and racially ambiguous music (when Presley first broke, many DJs in the segregated South refused to play his music because they didn't believe he was white). ELVIS 56, which collects 22 of Presley's early recordings (including a previously unreleased alternate take of "Heartbreak Hotel"), makes clear what all the fuss was about. Raw, raucous, sexy, and always brilliant, Presley's 1956 recordings are quite simply among the best rock records of all time.

Track List

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. My Baby Left Me
  3. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. So Glad You're Mine
  5. Tutti Frutti
  6. One-Sided Love Affair
  7. Love Me
  8. Anyplace Is Paradise
  9. Paralyzed
  10. Ready Teddy
  11. Too Much
  12. Hound Dog
  13. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
  14. Don't Be Cruel
  15. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  16. Shake, Rattle And Roll
  17. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  18. Rip It Up
  19. Heartbreak Hotel (Alternate Take 5 - Intro- Previously Unreleased)
  20. I Got A Woman
  21. I Was The One
  22. Money Honey