Elvis Presley 1956 is an iconic signifier of that youthful rebellion that the Western civilization holds so dear, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) must listen to this masterpiece.

Well, it’s a-one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready now go, cat, go
But don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
Well you can do anything
But lay off o’ my blue suede shoes

So starts the album that forever changed history – Elvis Presley’s very first studio album. With its fresh and exhilarating mix of country and blues, it was one of the very first rock ‘n’ roll albums ever made and it catapulted the young 21 year old into superstardom. “Elvis Presley,” the album is 63 years old today.

Commercial Performance

Elvis Presley 1956 Album spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Top Pop Albums in 1956, becoming the first rock ‘n’ roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts, and the first platinum selling album of the genre. In 2003 the album was ranked number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised issue. It was also one of three Presley albums to receive accolades in the reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, the others being Elvis is Back! and From Elvis in Memphis.

Album Artwork

“Elvis Presley,” features one of the most iconic album covers of all time. The famous photo was taken while Elvis and his band were performing in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 1955. Many other musicians have created their own versions of this cover, like The Clash’s 1979 album “London Calling,” which features “London Calling” in pink and green letters and Clash bassist Paul Simonon smashing his bass on stage at The Palladium in New York City. The cover is ranked number 40 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest album covers of all time, published in 1991.

Track Listing

  1. “Blue Suede Shoes”

Blue Suede Shoes” is a rock ‘n’ roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It is considered one of the first rockabilly records, incorporating elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. Elvis recorded his version and performed it three different version on national television.

Well it’s blue blue, blue suede shoes
Blue blue, blue suede shoes, yeah
Blue blue, blue suede shoes, baby
Blue blue, blue suede shoes But you can do anything
But lay off o’ my blue suede shoes

2. “That’s Alright, Mama”

in this single Presley talks about a forbidden love:

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
‘Son, that gal your foolin’ with,
She ain’t no good for you’
But, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

3. “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)”

Elvis pens a heartfelt message to his lady friend of what he will do if she ever left.

Gonna tell your mama
Tell your papa, too
So they’ll know exactly
Just what I’m gonna do If you ever say goodbye
If you ever even try
I’m gonna sit right down and cry over you . Oh, yeah

References:

  1. https://www.graceland.com/blog/posts/elvis-presleys-first-album/
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6h25/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley_(album)
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