I mentioned in last week’s rewind that this week marks the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. As has become the custom, fans gathered yesterday for a vigil at the singer’s grave at Graceland. So for this week, I thought it would be cool to pull out two key singles from Elvis’ early years.
“That’s Alright Mama” was Elvis’ very first commercial release, recorded on Sam Phillips’ Sun Records label in Memphis. It also went on to become Elvis’ first gold record.
“Heartbreak Hotel” presented another set of firsts for the rising star. It was his first single on his new label RCA Records; it was his first chart success, going to Number 1 on the charts; and it was his first record to go platinum.
Both singles can be played below. The “Heartbreak Hotel” video is a historic live performance from the Milton Berle Show. Remember, and enjoy!