July 18, 1953 Truck driver Elvis Presley MaKe His First Ever Recording
On July 18, 1953, Elvis Presley, just 18, paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin'.
On July 18, 1953, an 18th Elvis Presley paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin'. The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called 'Elvis - the Great Performances'
This Presley's first recording, was sold for $300,000 at a Graceland auction on January 2015.The auction took place on January 8th, the date that would have marked the singer's 80th birthday.
While the recording itself has been long-known to Presley fans, since it has appeared on numerous compilations, its origins remain the subject of debate. As already reported, Presley's friend Ed Leek claimed to have given the singer four dollars to fund the session, subsequently inheriting the disc when Presley – whose family didn't have a record player – left it behind at his home. Another story suggests the rock legend intended to give the recording to his mother as a gift. "My Happiness", which was previously estimated at $500,000 by Record Collector magazine, was inherited by Leek's niece, who put it on the auction block. Bidding started at $50,000, and the item was sold to an undisclosed buyer.