ALBUM OF THE DAY: Elvis Presley (released in the UK as Elvis Presley Rock n' Roll)
is the debut studio album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Victor, on March 13, 1956, catalog number LPM-1254. The recording sessions took place on January 10 and January 11 at the RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and on January 30 and January 31 at the RCA Victor studios in New York. Additional material originated from sessions at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 5, August 19 and September 10, 1954, and on July 11, 1955.
*It’s a classic but in my opinion ‘Sun Sessions’ is better.~DRS*
The album spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts,& the first million-selling album of that genre.
The cover is ranked number 40 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest album covers, published in 1991.
Elvis Presley – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano (on "Tryin' To Get to You")
Scotty Moore – electric guitar
Chet Atkins – acoustic guitar on "I'm Counting on You" and "Money Honey"
Floyd Cramer – piano on January 10–11
Shorty Long – piano on January 30–31
Bill Black – bass
D. J. Fontana – drums except "I Love You Because," "Just Because," "Tryin' to Get to You," "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')," and "Blue Moon"
Johnny Bernero – drums (on "Tryin' to Get to You")
Gordon Stoker – backing vocals
Ben Speer – backing vocals
Brock Speer – backing vocals
Doug Poindexter - percussion/guitar on "Just Because"