A Rolling Stone article discloses the history of the disc including that
Stoker had done an earlier transfer for release in 1989.
"The disc was auctioned off at Graceland by the family of the late Ed
Leek, a classmate of Presley's who had reportedly given him the cash to
make the recording. Presley took the disc to Leek's home and left it
with him. After White's purchase, and for the first time ever, the
one-of-a-kind disc was painstakingly transferred digitally, and White's
Third Man Records label plans to reissue the tracks on a facsimile 78
RPM 10-inch vinyl for Record Store Day this Saturday, April 18th.
"To facilitate the digital transfer of the original disc, White
hand-delivered the acetate to Alan Stoker, Curator of Recorded Sound
Collections, at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It's
not the first time Stoker had transferred the disc, however. In 1989,
after Leek signed a partnership deal with Sun's then-owner Shelby
Singleton, the two songs on the disc were transferred to analog tape and
issued for the very first time on CD."
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Elvis' 1st Recording Digitally Transferred at
the Country Music Hall of Fame
From: Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, April 16, 2015 10:56 pm
To: [log in to unmask]
THIS is an interesting and important tidbit. If it has been previously
re-issued, it is not such a big deal, except for the video of it being
played.There is no evidence of the digital recording in the video that I
saw -I think it was staged for the glorification of the guy in the hat!
Basically a publicity stunt, probably re-created and not actual. Or am I
Any info on the RCA issues?
On Apr 16, 2015, at 7:25 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> As for the Elvis disc and the family, Elvis had given the disc at the
> time it was recorded to a friend who had a phonograph so he could listen
> to it. The friend later became an airline pilot. When he retired a few
> years ago the record surfaced and I thought he had given it back to the
> family. Apparently not. It had been used by RCA for issues but it now
> was auctioned off by the pilot's family.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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