Jack White Pays $300,000 For Elvis's First Recording, Will Re-Release It On Record Store Day
Jack White really does have a thing for vinyl records. Through his Third Man Records label and store, White’s been able to keep almost his entire catalog constantly available on wax, and last year the blues axeman worked alongside Neil Young to press a new vinyl recording live on national television. Before that he cut the fastest-made vinyl single ever, and in between he took a little more time and entirely reinvented what the world thought a vinyl LP was capable of.
And that love continues to show itself. In a new interview with Billboard, Jack White admits that it was in fact him that purchased the first recording ever made by rock and roll legend Elvis, an acetate single of the song “My Happiness.” White, a long-established rock and roll history buff, shared that he has plans to re-issue the record in time for this April 18th’s Record Store Day festivities.
“My Happiness” was recorded in 1953 by Elvis at the tender age of 18. Elvis brought the record a friend’s home to listen to it and accidentally left it behind. Now, that very record is in White’s hands and will be made available to the mass in a little over a month. Read more about White’s recent exploits via Billboard, and stay tuned for news on upcoming Record Store Day releases.