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Another Elvis Anniversary

On July 18, 1953, Elvis recorded his first two songs.

"Elvis all alone, strumming his acoustic guitar, and dreaming of success."

Elvis Presely made two personal, private recordings at the Memphis Recording Service, which would produce the Sun Records label: he sang "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", playing a guitar himself. His voice was recorded directly onto an aluminum/acetate disc, which he soon gave to his friend Edwin Leeks. Apparently, the disc was quickly forgotten, and not discovered again for decades: "My Happiness" was first released in 1990.

It is said that the following conversation took place that day between Elvis and Marion Keisker, who worked for Sam Phillips at MRS:

"What kind of singer are you?"
He responded instantly, "I sing all kinds."
"Who do you sound like?" she persisted.
"I don't sound like nobody," was his response.

P.S. This rendition of "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" is not to be confused with a later commercial recording that Elvis made on January 13, 1957, at RCA — which is surely the more familiar version.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sat. 07/18/09 08:33:05 AM
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