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Elvis Presley: How Long Did His Iconic First Album Hold #1 Spot?

by Anna Dunn
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With his self-titled first album, Elvis Presley was an immediate star. He instantly made history as the
“King of Rock and Roll” with the album staying in the #1 Billboard spot for ten weeks. Not only did it stay at #1 for over two months, but it defied the odds even further by being the first rock and roll album to go number one.

The album contained songs such as “Blue Suede Shoes,””Tutti Frutti,””I’ll never let you go (Little darlin’),” and “Blue Moon”

“Elvis Presley,” also titled “Elvis Presley: Rock N Roll,” in the U.K, changed music history following its release on March 13th, 1956. In 2003, the album ranked #56 on Rolling Stones “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” Presley would go on to film 22 more studio albums in his career.

Elvis Presley Purchased ‘Graceland’ After Album Release

Following the release of his eponymous debut album, Elvis Presley purchased his iconic home in 1957. His home, known as “Graceland,” is now one of the most visited homes in the United States. At only 22 years old, Presley purchased the beautiful property from a family for $102,000. That’s approximately $900,000 today.

While it was a lavish purchase, the singer certainly wasn’t born into that wealth. In fact, part of the reason he got into music is that his parents couldn’t afford to buy him a bike, so they bought him a guitar instead. Before his music career, Elvis worked as a delivery driver.

Presley lived in the mansion for his entire life and made a ton of renovations throughout the years. He added a swimming pool in 1957 and was known for his “out there” decorating style. He even had a room decorated like a jungle with exotic plants and an artificial waterfall, aptly called The Jungle Room. The Jungle Room is where he’d record a lot of his later work.

He didn’t just buy the home for himself. He bought it for his family. His parents and grandmother also resided in the home. Elvis was particularly close with his mother up until her death. Presley was often teased for being a “mommas boy” as a child. His mother tragically passed away in august of 1958 of a heart attack.

From a successful album to a beautiful home, Elvis Presley’s early career hit the ground at a sprint. Elvis would go on to become a music icon who changed the fabric of the industry. While the road was paved with difficult moments, his legendary influence can still be felt in the music of today.