Elvis Presley had it all. He had talent and charisma to spare and a golden voice. To top it all off, he was easy on the eyes. It’s no wonder that he had all the ladies eating out of the palm of his hand. At the same time, he was burning up the charts and changing the face of music forever.
If you want to see a great example of his killer musical chops and drop-dead gorgeous good looks, look no further than his debut self-titled album. The Elvis Presley estate shared the back of the album’s sleeve today on Instagram. Check it out below.
There’s no denying that Elvis Presley was finer than frog hair. However, when you tune in on the radio or drop the needle on a record, looks don’t matter. All that matters is that sound coming out of the speakers and The King had that covered.
Elvis Presley’s Debut Album Was Full of Killer Songs
Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut album was hot. It was the first rock and roll album to top the Billboard pop charts. It stayed there for eight weeks. The King had already landed a number-one single with “Heartbreak Hotel,” but that was about it. He had to prove himself with his first full-length LP. He did just that.
Just look at that killer tracklist. It kicks off with the legendary “Blue Suede Shoes.” Today the song is a standard. Carl Perkins wrote and cut it in 1955. Then Elvis Presley cut his version the next year. Perkins’ version charted better at the time. However, most modern fans of the song only know it as an Elvis track.
Then you’ve got Elvis Presley’s cover of Little Richard’s hit “Tutti Frutti.” It’s almost as iconic as Elvis himself. That classic nonsense line “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom” and the driving guitar really got the crowd moving.
My personal favorite cut from the album is “I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’).” It’s a slow, sweet love song. The sparse guitar creates the perfect backdrop for Elvis Presley to really show off his crooning skills. About halfway through, it picks up a little bit but never gets into the driving territory of something like “Blue Suede Shoes.” The song is so pretty that it’s almost haunting.
In the end, Elvis Presley’s debut album is one of those that doesn’t have a bad song on it. You can put it on and listen to it over and over again. Over 60 years after it topped the charts, it’s still gold from front to back. The King might have looked really nice but he sounded even better.