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Classic Album Art

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Classic Album Art

release - 1956
album art - William V. 'Red' Robertson
Popsie Randolph

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The cover is ranked #40 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Album Covers. The photograph was taken at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 1955. Initially it was thought that Popsie Randolph took the iconic image featured on the front cover, due to the fact that the album only credited one photographer.

However, in August 2002, Joseph A. Tunzi documented that the actual photographer was William V. "Red" Robertson of Robertson & Fresch. The Popsie credit attributed to the album only applied to a series of photos featured on the back cover, taken in New York City in early December 1955, shortly after Presley had signed with RCA Victor. Tunzi was quoted in the Tampa Tribune as saying: 'Forget about Popsie. Popsie did not take that photo.'

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Cover Back

The photo-compilation on the back is, nevertheless, by Popsie Randolph


The cover design (photo & lettering) inspired other bands through the years.




Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) - cultural icon of the 20th century,- the King of Rock and Roll, or simply, "the King". Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Elvis was ommercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

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