ELVIS PRESLEY. AMERICAN ROCK AND ROLL SINGER.
Record Album Signed, “To Ray / Elvis Presley,” on the front cover, in the lower left, in ballpoint pen. The title of the album is “Elvis Presley / Loving You” with the subtitle, “Elvis Presley sings songs from Hal Wallis’ production “Loving You” a Paramount Picture in Technicolor and Vista Vision.”
The 1957 RCA stereo album includes the songs “Loving You,” “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear,” “Mean Woman Blues” and others.
“Loving You” is Presley’s third album issued on RCA Victor Records mono, LPM 1515, in July 1957. The soundtrack includes seven songs composed expressly for the movie “Loving You” which was released in July 1957, at the same time as the album.
“Loving You” was Presley’s second film; his first with top billing and in Technicolor. (His first film was “Love Me Tender.”) “Loving You,” directed by Hal Kanter and starring Presley, Lizabeth Scott and Wendell Corey, is about a delivery man (Presley) who is discovered by a music publicist and country western musician who wants to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune. It set a precedent for the remaining two films “Jailhouse Rock” and “King Creole”) Presley would make before going into the army. Each film would feature him playing a rising young singing star and the effects that fame has on him and the people around him.
For his first role in Technicolor, Presley decided that he would look better on screen with dark hair so he dyed it black. On the album cover, Presley looks directly at the viewer with his alluring blue eyes and newly dyed black hair.
The album includes seven songs composed expressly for the movie. It spent ten weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. Two of the songs, “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” and “Loving You,” were later released as a single.
Record included; it is housed in a pouch on the back of the frame.
Framed (with blue inner and outer mats, in a wood frame with silver detail) dimensions: 19 inches wide by 20 inches high.