Jack White Bought Elvis Presley's First Recording For $300,000, Plans Reissue

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Earlier this year, Elvis Presley’s first recording, an acetate disc from 1953, was sold to an anonymous bidder for $300,000 at an auction.

As it turns out, Jack White was the undisclosed bidder, and intends to reissue the single on Record Store Day through Third Man Records, according to Billboard.

Fans of Elvis have long known of the one-of-a-kind recording’s existence. Recorded at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service on July 18th, 1953, the disc features two covers, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”

Though the content is known, the origins of the sessions remain a mystery. According to Rolling Stone, one popular story is that Presley’s friend Ed Leek gave the singer four dollars to fund the recording. Others claim it was intended to be a gift from Presley to his mother.

Record Store Day is April 18th, with many exclusive releases already announced, including Phish’s infamous New Years 1995 show as a vinyl box set, an elaborately packaged version of The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan and new releases from Robert Plant, Blitzen Trapper, The Flaming Lips and more.



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