With another remarkable photo of the King, Elvis Presley’s estate is celebrating the second to last album he would ever record.
Diehard fans know it, but much of Elvis’ music was recorded right in his Graceland home. Specifically, he and his bandmates would record in the Jungle Room. The carpet on the ceiling (you read that right) made for excellent acoustics, and by all accounts, it became Presley’s favorite place to record later in life.
Such was the case for From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, the 23rd studio album from the one and only. The album would hit in May of 1976 courtesy of RCA Records, and became a smash hit for The King. In fact, it was the fourth of his albums to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Music Albums Sales charts in a four-year stretch.
“From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee remained on the Billboard charts for 17 weeks,” cites his estate Wednesday on their official Instagram, adding another layer to the terrific success of this album. Within, we’re treated to a rarer shot of Elvis recording. The shot is not, however, from one of Elvis’ Graceland recording sessions.
Moreover, the shot appears to be from earlier in his life, circa 1970. It’s a bit puzzling for Elvis’ estate to use a photo from a recording studio – and not Graceland – while chatting up From Elvis Presley Boulevard. But them’s the facts, Jack!
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
Additionally, many fans assume that this landmark album is one of Elvis’ many concert recordings. The record does state that the songs were “recorded live” in both advertising and on the sleeve.
This is, in fact, the truth – the songs were recorded live instead of pieced together musician by musician. But they were recorded at Graceland as previously stated – and not in front of a concert audience.
Interestingly, ElvisTheMusic.com details that two songs recorded during this same live session would not make it onto From Elvis Presley Boulevard for the 1976 release. Both “She Thinks I Still Care” and “Moody Blue” would be saved for The King’s very last album release.
In fact, Moody Blue would become the title of Elvis’ last album of his lifetime. It would become the 24th and final studio album from the legend.
RCA Records had it out to the masses in July of 1977… just four weeks before the death of Elvis Presley.