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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
ReleasedNovember 13, 1959
RecordedSeptember 1956 – June 1958
GenreRock and roll, pop
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerSteve Sholes
Elvis Presley chronology
A Date with Elvis
(1959)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
(1959)
Elvis Is Back!
(1960)
 
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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
ReleasedNovember 13, 1959
RecordedSeptember 1956 – June 1958
GenreRock and roll, pop
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerSteve Sholes
Elvis Presley chronology
A Date with Elvis
(1959)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
(1959)
Elvis Is Back!
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic4.5/5 stars link

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records – Volume 2 is the ninth album by Elvis Presley, issued by RCA Victor (LPM 2075) in November 1959. It is a compilation of hit singles released in 1958 and 1959 by Presley, from two recording sessions in June 1958 at RCA Studios in Nashville and three at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. The album peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.[1] It was certified Gold on November 1, 1966 and Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Content[edit]

Gold Records Vol. 2 comprises every single, both A-sides and B-sides, released by Presley during 1958 and 1959, with the exception of "Hard Headed Woman" backed with "Don't Ask Me Why," both of which having been previously issued on King Creole. The singles all made the Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100, and the b-sides all charted in the Top 40 independently of the hit sides. In the 1950s, a gold record awarded for a single referred to sales of one million dollars gross to the company, different from the definition in use by the late 1970s for albums, where a gold record came to mean shipped sales of 500,000 units. Exact sales figures from the RIAA for each record, however, are difficult to confirm.

The original 1984 compact disc issue in reprocessed (fake) stereo sound was quickly withdrawn and reissued in original monophonic. The July 15, 1997 reissue doubles the number of tracks to 20, adding the b-side "Playing for Keeps" from a single issued on Elvis' first singles compilation. The remaining bonus tracks derive from albums and EP singles released in the decade, with "Peace in the Valley" released on both EP and Elvis' Christmas Album. The bonus tracks are interspersed within the original tracks, with the running order to the album substantially altered. The album was reissued again with the bonus tracks removed and the original running order restored.

Although RCA executive Steve Sholes was the in-house A&R man for Presley, and nominally in charge of his recording sessions at RCA, accounts by Presley historian Peter Guralnick and Presley discographer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen indicate that Presley himself acted as the producer for his RCA sessions in the 1950s.

The unified Billboard Hot 100 singles chart was not created until August, 1958. Chart positions for records prior to this date would be taken from the "Best Sellers In Stores" chart, although early measurement of rock and roll records also came from the "Most Played In Jukeboxes" chart. Chart position for bonus album tracks taken from Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Homage[edit]

The famous cover photo, of multiple images of Elvis wearing the gold lamé suit designed by Nudie's of Hollywood,[3] has been copied many times. Album covers so inspired include:

The meme has also been adopted to other media, such as:

Title meanings[edit]

The cover to Welcome To New York, a 1970s Rolling Stones bootleg, is a cartoon by William Stout, showing the Stones against a grafitted wall which includes the phrase "50,000,000 flies can't be wrong - eat shit!"

The title is itself a reference to the hit song of 1927, "Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong", by Willie Raskin, Billy Rose, and Fred Fisher, most notably performed by Sophie Tucker. It is also supposed to be an estimate of the number of singles that Presley sold worldwide by late 1959.

Its evolution of the phrase into a snowclone – as expressed in the Simpsons pastiche "Fifty million smokers can't be wrong," for example – ironically ridicules argumentum ad populum, the misconception that popularity or consensus equals validity.

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions for LPs and EPs from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.Song titleWriter(s)RecordedCatalogueRelease dateChart peakTime
1.0"I Need Your Love Tonight"Bix Reichner and Sid WayneJune 10, 195847-7506bMarch 10, 195942:04
2.0"Don't"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerSeptember 6, 195747-7150January 7, 195812:48
3.0"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck"Bert Carroll and Moody RussellFebruary 1, 195847-7240April 1, 195822:13
4.0"My Wish Came True"Ivory Joe HunterSeptember 6, 195747-7600bJune 23, 1959122:33
5.0"I Got Stung"David Hill and Aaron SchroederJune 11, 195847-7410bOctober 21, 195881:49
Side two
No.Song titleWriter(s)RecordedCatalogueRelease dateChart peakTime
1.0"One Night"Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita SteimanFebruary 23, 195747-7410October 21, 195842:29
2.0"A Big Hunk O' Love"Aaron Schroeder and Sidney WycheJune 10, 195847-7600June 23, 195912:12
3.0"I Beg of You"Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff OwensFebruary 23, 195747-7150bJanuary 7, 195881:50
4.0"(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I"Bill TraderJune 10, 195847-7506March 10, 195922:36
5.0"Doncha' Think It's Time"Luther Dixon and Clyde OtisFebruary 1, 195847-7240bApril 1, 1958151:54

1997 reissue with bonus tracks[edit]

No.Song titleWriter(s)RecordedCatalogueRelease dateChart peakTime
1.0"A Big Hunk O' Love"Aaron Schroeder and Sidney WycheJune 10, 195847-7600June 23, 195912:12
2.0"My Wish Came True"Ivory Joe HunterSeptember 6, 195747-7600bJune 23, 1959122:33
3.0"(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I"Bill TraderJune 10, 195847-7506March 10, 195922:36
4.0"I Need Your Love Tonight"Bix Reichner and Sid WayneJune 10, 195847-7506bMarch 10, 195942:04
5.0"Don't"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerSeptember 6, 195747-7150January 7, 195812:48
6.0"I Beg of You"Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff OwensFebruary 23, 195747-7150bJanuary 7, 195881:50
7.0"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)"Aaron Schroeder and Claude DeMetriusSeptember 7, 1957LOC 1035October 15, 195711:54
8.0"Santa Claus Is Back In Town"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerSeptember 7, 1957LOC 1035October 15, 195712:22
9.0"Party"Jessie Mae RobinsonJanuary 21, 1957LPM 1515July 1, 195711:26
10.0"Paralyzed"Otis Blackwell and Elvis PresleySeptember 2, 1956LPM 1382October 19, 195612:23
11.0"One Night"Dave Bartholomew, Pearl KingFebruary 23, 195747-7410October 21, 195842:29
12.0"I Got Stung"David Hill and Aaron SchroederJune 11, 195847-7410bOctober 21, 195881:49
13.0"King Creole"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerJanuary 23, 1958LPM 1884September 19, 195822:08
14.0"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck"Bert Carroll and Moody RussellFebruary 1, 195847-7240April 1, 195822:13
15.0"Don'cha Think It's Time"Luther Dixon and Clyde OtisFebruary 1, 195847-7240bApril 1, 1958151:54
16.0"Mean Woman Blues"Claude DeMetriusJanuary 13, 1957LPM 1515July 1, 195712:15
17.0"Playing for Keeps"Stan KeslerSeptember 1, 195647-6800bJanuary 4, 1957212:50
18.0"Hard Headed Woman"Claude DeMetriusJanuary 15, 195847-7280June 10, 195811:53
19.0"Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do"Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanJanuary 12, 1957LPM 1515July 1, 195712:31
20.0"(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)"Thomas A. DorseyJanuary 13, 1957EPA 4054April 1, 195733:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elvis Presley: Awards title=allmusic". Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Searchable datebase". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "Presley, Elvis"
  3. ^ Beard, Tyler. (2001). 100 Years of Western Wear, p. 72. Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City. ISBN 0-87905-591-X.
  4. ^ http://supersuckers.com/audio/details/50000-middle-fingers-cant-be-wrong/

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