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It’s a special day for Elvis Presley fans

23 March 2018

Today marks a very special day for Elvis Presley fans and is a day in 1956 that changed the era of rock n’ roll forever! Here’s why;


Did you know that today marks the 62nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first ever released album, Elvis Presley (released in the UK as Elvis Presley Rock n’ Roll)? That’s right! 62 years ago, Elvis fans everywhere were hearing some of his best-known classic hits that we all know and love today for the very first time!

What makes this album one of the greatest moments in music history is the fact that not only did the album spend ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956 but it was the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts, and was the first million-selling album of that genre.

The album was such a huge success that in 2003, it was ranked number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time – which at that time was a massive achievement!

Elvis Presley 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.

It was certified Gold on November 1, 1966 and Platinum on August 8, 2011 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Personally, we think that this album alone alongside all of its achievements is why Elvis is known as the ‘KING OF ROCK N’ ROLL’!


Are you a lover of Elvis and all things rock n’ roll? Then ‘The World Famous Elvis Show: Chris Connor’ is a MUST SEE show for you! Coming to Viva Blackpool on the 2nd April, this incredible concert is a true homage to the music of Elvis and is performed by the world-renowned Elvis Presley tribute performer, Chris Connor!

Find out more or book tickets here

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