American actor and singer Elvis Presley, born on January 8 is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He was often referred to as the King of Rock and Roll or simply as The King.
He is popularly known for his TV shows and films like Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and more. Remembering him on his birthday, here are some of the best albums of the star to listen to.
In Elvis's teenage days when he drove a truck for a living, he paid Sun records a little sum of money to cut his first demo. Managing to impress the founder, he then went on to release a series of singles for the label. The 16 recordings from this period were all upbeat covers of country standards.
This was Presley’s third album of the year 1960. It was also the first of the three gospel albums that The King went on to complete in his career. Drawing heavily on the songs and influences of his youth, his voice has never sounded sweeter than in this album.
In 1958, Presley was drafted by the US Army and sent to Germany. To cope with this void, RCA issued a compilation of three albums during this period and a series of hit singles. Finally making a comeback in 1960, these albums mark a creative leap in his early career.
Released in 1956, this was the first full Presley album. The album managed to cover a lot of ground putting straight-ahead rock numbers. The only jarring moment in this one is the sickly country ballad Old Shep.
In order to monopolise his regained status, Elvis went on to record just a month after his NBC special aired. Artistically, this album is ranked as one of his all-time greats. The sessions also spawned the hits Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, and Don't Cry Daddy.
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