Inside Elvis’ Record Collection

Fans have enjoyed Elvis’ music for decades, whether it was on vinyl, 8-track, cassettes, CDs or on their iPhones.

But what music did Elvis listen to?

Elvis’ personal record collection, which includes more than 2,000 singles and albums, is diverse: There’s rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, doo wop, country, soul, classical, Christmas tunes, jazz and much more. The following photos are from Elvis’ collection here at Graceland.

A great portion of Elvis’ collection is made up of gospel records. Elvis loved the Blackwood Brothers. Some of the group’s albums he enjoyed include “Paradise Island,” “Oh Happy Day,” “Roll on Jordan,” “His Hands,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “Hymn Sing,” from 1956.

"Hymn Sing" is one of the many Blackwood Brothers albums that Elvis owned.

“Hymn Sing” is one of the many Blackwood Brothers albums that Elvis owned.

His expansive collection of gospel albums includes records by Mahalia Jackson, The Stamps Quartet, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Statesmen Quartet and Jimmy Dean, to name just a few.

Elvis had plenty of Christmas and holiday music, too. His collection includes secular and sacred seasonal music; he owned Christmas albums by the likes of the Jackson 5, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry and The Temptations.

The Jackson 5's Christmas album includes songs like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Up on the Housetop."

The Jackson 5’s Christmas album includes songs like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Up on the Housetop.”

Elvis loved the twang of country music. He had several records by his pal Johnny Cash, as well as records by Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. His collection includes a 45 of “Ode to Billie Joe” by fellow native Mississippian, Bobbie Gentry.

Elvis owned a lot of Johnny Cash's albums and singles, including the classic "I Walk the Line."

Elvis owned a lot of Johnny Cash’s albums and singles, including the classic “I Walk the Line.”

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll had plenty of rock records, too. He had records such as a Dave Clark Five greatest hits album, “Magical Mystery Tour” by The Beatles and “Eat a Peach” by the Allman Brothers, and his 45s included “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” by Jerry Lee Lewis, “All I Have to Do is Dream” by the Everly Brothers and B.J. Thomas’ “Hooked on a Feeling.” He also had a copy of Mott the Hoople’s 1972 album, “All the Young Dudes,” and “Piece of My Heart” by Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Elvis enjoyed plenty of popular artists as well, like the Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Neil Sedaka and Peter, Paul & Mary.

Ray Charles is an artist whose music pops up repeatedly in his collection. Elvis had 45s of Charles’ “America the Beautiful,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” “Hardhearted Hannah” and “In the Heat of the Night,” as well as several albums.

Elvis loved his R&B, soul and blues records. He had albums and singles by the likes of John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder. A few singles include Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” and Albert King’s “I’ll Play the Blues for You.” He also owned Big Mama Thornton’s version of “Hound Dog.”

The King definitely supported his fellow Memphis musicians. He owned many albums on the famous STAX label, including “King & Queen” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. He had 45s of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and “L-O-V-E,” as well as several albums and singles by The Box Tops and Big Star.

Elvis owned albums and singles by both Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, as well as this STAX release.

Elvis owned albums and singles by both Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, as well as this STAX release.

Of course, Elvis’ collection is diverse in other ways. He owned a Cheech & Chong comedy album, several records of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, a Bill Cosby comedy record, a few Partridge Family albums, music from “West Side Story,” and symphonies by Mozart and Brahms.

Elvis loved to laugh, and there's no doubt he found plenty to laugh about with this Cheech and Chong comedy album.

Elvis loved to laugh, and there’s no doubt he found plenty to laugh about with this Cheech and Chong comedy album.

A unique piece in his collection includes legendary actor Charles Boyer’s only album, “Where Does Love Go?”

Actor Charles Boyer is best known for his roles in films like "Gaslight, "All This, and Heaven Too" and "Love Affair," but he also made one album.

Actor Charles Boyer is best known for his roles in films like “Gaslight, “All This, and Heaven Too” and “Love Affair,” but he also made one album.

A few other artists included in Elvis’ collection include Santana, The Staple Singers, The Drifters, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Avalon, Peggy Lee, Roy Orbison, The Harmonizing Four, Nat “King” Cole, Bobby Bland, Gordon Lightfoot, Duke Ellington, The Harmoneers, Sammy Davis Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Hollies, Ben E. King, Eddie Boyd & the Chess Men, The Dell Vikings, The Golden Gate Quartet, Eddy Arnold, Gloria Gaynor, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny & Cher, Del Shannon, The Ink Spots, The Statler Brothers and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Elvis’ collection includes many of his own albums, as well as a few tribute albums. He kept many records in the TV room, and you can see a portion of his collection here at Graceland.

What Elvis albums and singles do you have on vinyl?


24 Comments

  1. Diane Kelley

    Very impressive blog on Elvis’ diverse record collection. Elvis loved all kinds of music, he always said that. It shows in the music he performed and in what he listened to. Thanks for this great peek at Elvis’ record collection!

  2. BethAnne Weatherford

    I bought all my Elvis records in the ’70s. (I became a fan in 1973 when I saw the Aloha from Hawaii concert on TV.) Then I had to collect everything Elvis ever sang and see every movie he ever made! So all of Elvis’s ’50s music and late ’60s records were issued in the ’70s. I love my collection and still play my vinyl!

  3. karen preston

    Elvis had an awesome record collection.I have a few but my collection is mostley ELVIS.

  4. I always found it very interesting what were the ’45 and LPs in elvis own collection
    Great article, just wish there were more pictures of his own collection…
    i have every ’45,EP and LP of Elvis from 1956 -1977 and more beyond those years , lots of Vinyl boxes too, and 250 CDs
    I have around 200 LPs and ’45s of other artists from the 50-60-70

  5. carol Tyson

    Moody Blue Hound Dog Don’t Be Cruel many more

  6. carol Tyson

    Moody Blue Gospel Don’t Be Cruel Hound Dog many more

  7. Carol Rivera

    Gospel albums

  8. Kerry Wellington

    All of his early LP but some not first addiction
    His movie LPs most of them
    Every Christmas Album
    All Gospel albums
    Live shows TV show
    A mixed lot od singles and EP but not all

  9. Kelly Sullivan

    I have several Elvis on Vinyl the include the following titles:
    they are all framed and are hanging in my Elvis room.

    Elvis Pure Gold
    Elvis A recorded at Madison Square Garden
    Elvis That the Way it is
    Elvis I got Lucky
    Elvis From Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis Tennessee
    Elvis Sings for Children and Grown ups too!
    Elvis Double Dynamite
    Elvis Wonderful World of Christmas
    Elvis Vol.3 Legendary Performer
    Elvis Sings Hits from his movies Vol.1

  10. Scott Manderson

    Aloha from Hawaii
    Live on stage
    King Creole
    Girl Happy

  11. Lois Hopson

    Moody Blue, a date with with Elvis, The Top Ten Hits, Raised on Rock, Welcome to my world, Elvis Christmas Album, Blue Hawaii, Elvis,

  12. Sherry Dingsdale

    I have over 200 albums and singles on vinyl. Too many to list. Copies from Canada, USA, Germany, Britain and Japan. Love them all! I have been collecting since 1968 when I was 11 years old.

  13. Elaine Marie Palmer

    He was so loved by so many, I love to read anything about Elvis.

  14. Rich Collins

    I have a few left of my vinyl collection you see I fell upon hard times and had to sell the majority of them,I kept the aloha album,Elvis country,recorded live in Memphis you could tell Elvis loved this concert,needless to say I’ve replaced most of themon C D and downloads.

  15. jim smith

    I have about 35 of his lps including moody blues on blue vinyl with the serial number marked on it by hand. Not printed valuable? Jim

  16. jimmy walker

    Elvis was one of Patsy Cline’s favorites. She keep photo of him in her personal scrapbook. Glad he enjoyed her music.

  17. Elv''isa

    I have all Elvis vinyl LPs published by RCA France, many imports and some singles.

  18. Priscilla Soignier

    So cool, and I have all of EP’s hits and non hits, but all of them are hits to me.
    Love, love, love him and his music and his movies.

    cilla in ruston

  19. I have over 100 albums and many singles!
    love them, Elvis had a great collection!

  20. Leon'a Wilson-Mann

    I have all of the original 50’s and 60’s vinyl 33’s and 45’s. And all of the original movie soundtracks as well. Would never part with them,…too many precious memories. !

  21. karen Ray

    I am fortunate enough to have in my possession a Margaret Whiting 45 that Elvis once played and owned.(Auction bid).

    Also an abundant Elvis collection from vendor purchases at various Elvis Tribute Events & Competitions.(Good people-Good Talent).

    I embrace myself in the music of Elvis on Vinyl/CD/DVD/& Sirius XM.

    Thanks Graceland..never too much of Elvis!

  22. Mark Williams

    I know that Elvis and I have the taste in music. For he has. Most of the same ones I do.my favorite song of mine is gospel train by. Marie Knight. On Decca records

  23. Mark Williams

    I forgot to mention that I like. Elvis s. Mother’s favorite of his. Baby let’s play house. And don’t be cruel

  24. Shawn Taylor

    He had some Osmonds and Chicago lps?

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