50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released November 13, 1959
Recorded September 1956 – June 1958
Genre Rock and roll, pop
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve 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
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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The original 1984 compact disc issue in reprocessed (fake) stereo sound was quickly withdrawn and reissued in original monophonic.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:

  • The 1982 bootleg Elvis' Greatest Shit, a compilation of tracks and out-takes that the bootlegger considered among Presley's worst recordings, is subtitled "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can Be Wrong".
  • The second album by the group Dread Zeppelin, which is fronted by an Elvis impersonator, from 1991 is titled 5,000,000 in reference to this album; the footnote says "Tortelvis Fans Can't Be Wrong." The cover more obviously parodies Led Zeppelin's fourth album.
  • The title used verbatim in the lyrics to "The Thanksgiving Song", by Adam Sandler in 1993.
  • The 1997 documentary by Joe Franklin 50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong.
  • Mindless Self Indulgence's song "You'll Rebel To Anything" from their 2005 album of the same name contains the lyrics, "you're telling me that 50,000,000 screaming fans are never wrong, I'm telling you that 50,000,000 screaming fans are fucking morons".
  • Die! Die! Die!'s self-titled debut features a song named "Franz (17 Die! Die! Die! Fans Can't Be Wrong)" in 2006.
  • Stephen Pastis, author of comic strip Pearls Before Swine, released a collection in 2010 titled "50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong."
  • In 2013, the band Supersuckers released a free digital EP entitled 50,000 Middle Fingers Can't Be Wrong.[4]

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 title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart peak Time
1. 0"I Need Your Love Tonight" Bix Reichner and Sid Wayne June 10, 1958 47-7506b March 10, 1959 4 2:04
2. 0"Don't" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 6, 1957 47-7150 January 7, 1958 1 2:48
3. 0"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" Bert Carroll and Moody Russell February 1, 1958 47-7240 April 1, 1958 2 2:13
4. 0"My Wish Came True" Ivory Joe Hunter September 6, 1957 47-7600b June 23, 1959 12 2:33
5. 0"I Got Stung" David Hill and Aaron Schroeder June 11, 1958 47-7410b October 21, 1958 8 1:49
Side two
No. Song title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart peak Time
1. 0"One Night" Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman February 23, 1957 47-7410 October 21, 1958 4 2:29
2. 0"A Big Hunk O' Love" Aaron Schroeder and Sidney Wyche June 10, 1958 47-7600 June 23, 1959 1 2:12
3. 0"I Beg of You" Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff Owens February 23, 1957 47-7150b January 7, 1958 8 1:50
4. 0"(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" Bill Trader June 10, 1958 47-7506 March 10, 1959 2 2:36
5. 0"Doncha' Think It's Time" Luther Dixon and Clyde Otis February 1, 1958 47-7240b April 1, 1958 15 1:54

1997 reissue with bonus tracks[edit]

No. Song title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart peak Time
1. 0"A Big Hunk O' Love" Aaron Schroeder and Sidney Wyche June 10, 1958 47-7600 June 23, 1959 1 2:12
2. 0"My Wish Came True" Ivory Joe Hunter September 6, 1957 47-7600b June 23, 1959 12 2:33
3. 0"(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" Bill Trader June 10, 1958 47-7506 March 10, 1959 2 2:36
4. 0"I Need Your Love Tonight" Bix Reichner and Sid Wayne June 10, 1958 47-7506b March 10, 1959 4 2:04
5. 0"Don't" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 6, 1957 47-7150 January 7, 1958 1 2:48
6. 0"I Beg of You" Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff Owens February 23, 1957 47-7150b January 7, 1958 8 1:50
7. 0"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" Aaron Schroeder and Claude DeMetrius September 7, 1957 LOC 1035 October 15, 1957 1 1:54
8. 0"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 7, 1957 LOC 1035 October 15, 1957 1 2:22
9. 0"Party" Jessie Mae Robinson January 21, 1957 LPM 1515 July 1, 1957 1 1:26
10. 0"Paralyzed" Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley September 2, 1956 LPM 1382 October 19, 1956 1 2:23
11. 0"One Night" Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King February 23, 1957 47-7410 October 21, 1958 4 2:29
12. 0"I Got Stung" David Hill and Aaron Schroeder June 11, 1958 47-7410b October 21, 1958 8 1:49
13. 0"King Creole" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller January 23, 1958 LPM 1884 September 19, 1958 2 2:08
14. 0"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" Bert Carroll and Moody Russell February 1, 1958 47-7240 April 1, 1958 2 2:13
15. 0"Don'cha Think It's Time" Luther Dixon and Clyde Otis February 1, 1958 47-7240b April 1, 1958 15 1:54
16. 0"Mean Woman Blues" Claude DeMetrius January 13, 1957 LPM 1515 July 1, 1957 1 2:15
17. 0"Playing for Keeps" Stan Kesler September 1, 1956 47-6800b January 4, 1957 21 2:50
18. 0"Hard Headed Woman" Claude DeMetrius January 15, 1958 47-7280 June 10, 1958 1 1:53
19. 0"Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do" Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman January 12, 1957 LPM 1515 July 1, 1957 1 2:31
20. 0"(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)" Thomas A. Dorsey January 13, 1957 EPA 4054 April 1, 1957 3 3:22

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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