March 19, 2006

Episode Seventeen: 50 Years

In March of 1956, Elvis Presley released a self-titled album. The opening track of the album was "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Blue Moon." Elvis had already made a name for himself with singles recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, not to mention his work with the "Million Dollar Quartet" (Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis). In January of '56, "Heartbreak Hotel" was released as a single and quickly spread across the country. Two months later his first full length album was released without "Heartbreak Hotel" on it. The cover of the album features a frenzied Elvis stumming his guitar. It was mimicked by The Clash with their London Calling album.

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