Jack White to release Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording for Record Store Day

“My Happiness” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” will be released on April 18th

Jack White has revealed that he was the mystery high bidder on Elvis Presley’s first-ever record and has plans to release it for Record Store Day 2015 through his own Third Man Records.

White made the announcement when he sat down with Joe Levy for an in-depth Billboard magazine cover story interview. The pair discussed the resurgence of vinyl, music preservation and much more, but most importantly, White’s recent acquisition of an item many people feel is the holy grail of rock & roll history.

Utilizing the actual unrestored audio as it currently exists on the sole original copy of “My Happiness” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” Third Man Records will make a limited facsimile, 10-inch 78 rpm disc available on April 18th. From reproducing the typewritten labels (printed on the reverse of extra Prisonaires labels that happened to be laying around Sun Records in July 1953) to being packaged in a plain, nondescript, of-the-era sleeve, the utmost attention to detail has been paid in order to create an object so close to the historic original as to almost be indistinguishable from one other.

Later this year, Third Man will release a widely available 7-inch 45 rpm featuring newly restored versions of the two songs. Working from a transfer done by industry expert Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breath-taking.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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