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My happiness


My Happiness
They All Recorded to Beat the Ban

recording date: 1947
release date: 1948
originally by: Jon And Sondra Steele

written by: Betty Peterson;Borney Bergantine
catalognumber: d-11133
label: damon

Country: United States
Comments: Pop vocal duo.

Lyrics And Music

recording date elvis: june 1953;studio
first release: on cd the great performances ( august 1990 )
label: bmg
catalog number: 2227 1 r
ean: 00 7863 52227 1 5
Comments: Presley's very first (demo) recording

The Rosetta Stone of modern music, the beginning of history, the start of time this is the first song Elvis recorded and it was done on his own initiative. Many have reported that it was meant as a birthday present for his mother, but this is unlikely as her birthday was some months previous. A gift for his mother, possibly, but Elvis more than likely wanted two things from this initiative: to hear how he sounded on record and to impress Sam Phillips.
Phillips wasn't too impressed, however, so Elvis returned later to cut a second personal disk. He still had to wait a year before Phillips called him in for an audition, though, but this $4 "My Happiness," backed with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," was really the start of it all! The melody of "My Happiness" was written in 1933 and the lyrics over ten years later. It became a million-seller on Damon records D-11133 for the Steeles in 1948, when it also won Billboard's "Record of The Year" award. Jon Steele died in 1987, his wife in 1998.

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