A Date with Elvis is the eighth album by Elvis
Presley, issued on RCA Victor Records (LPM 2011) in July 1959. It is
a selection of previously unreleased material from an August 1956
recording session at 20th Century Fox Stage One, two from Radio
Recorders in Hollywood, and multiple sessions at Sun Studio. The
album reached #32 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
After Presley's induction into the army on March 24, 1958, RCA
Victor and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, were faced with the
prospect of keeping his name before the public for two years with no
possibility of live performances, no movies, and with few unissued
marketable recordings in the vault. A recording session was arranged
for two days in June, which yielded enough items for five more
single sides, singles being the commercial focus for rock and roll
in the 1950s. Four of those tracks would be issued on 45s in 1958
and 1959 during his absence while doing military service.
Presley, however, also did well in the albums market, all but one of
his previous seven LPs charting no lower than #3, and RCA Victor
wished to continue issuing albums by Presley given his sales record.
Much of Presley's material had not been released on LP, and for this
album RCA Victor collected material previously unavailable on album.
Like its predecessor For LP Fans Only, this album featured tracks
that had been issued on Sun Records with limited release, and were
almost impossible to locate beyond certain parts of the south.
However all 5 Sun singles were reissued by RCA Victor in November
1955 and remained in print through the 1970s. The remaining five
tracks derived from three different EPs issued in 1956 and 1957.
Even by the standards of the late 1950s and early 1960s, where
long-playing albums often ran to only about 35 minutes, this was a
very short album at twenty-three minutes, and as such became the
lowest charting Presley LP of the decade. RCA Victor would squeeze
one more album in 1959 out of previously issued material, the second
singles collection, but it too would be a lower seller by previous
standard. Presley would return from overseas in 1960 to commence
proper recording again. This album also folds out to be a calendar
for the year 1960.
A different version of the album, duplicating six tracks from the
American release, but expanding the track list to a healthy fourteen,
was issued in Australia on vinyl in September 1959. (wikipedia