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Elvis Presley Worldwide Sheet Music, PART 1 (1954 / 1955 / 1956)

 

By Chris Giles / Bob Pakes
 
 

Sheet Music Collection TOP

 

SpeerThe SHEET MUSIC that was published in conjunction with the many songs recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY has always been in high demand amongst collectors. A wide variety has been produced the world all over, and you can always find a bunch of them for sale at any given moment on the many online auction sites. Most Sheets have a cool image of Elvis on the frontcover, their values/prices fit just about every wallet, and the Sheets can be easily tucked away without taking up much space. Even though most Sheet Music collectors (like Elvis himself) are not able to read music, it still makes a lot of sense why Elvis Presley Sheet Music has always been a very popular collectible.
 
But how many of these Sheets were produced and by which country, was there a Sheet for each and every song, were the popular Sheets ever re-printed, which are the more rarer ones, and probably the most asked question: what is actually out there in Elvis Presley Sheet Music land?
The answer to these questions cannot be foud in any book, and for many years I been thinking about taking a dive into this surprisingly unexplored territory. But I didn’t know where to start, what to include (and what not) nor how to present the Sheets in an attractive yet easy to navigate lay-out. But most of all I lacked good quality scans and the expertise to seriously contemplate such an ambitious project.
So what do you do? You ask CHRIS GILES, one of the world’s foremost experts on this subject (plus a big time Elvis Presley Sheet Music enthousiast himself), for help. About a week later I found over 250 (!!) high-resolution scans of Sheet Music in my mailbox, and the message that accompanied these Sheets almost sounded like a threat to me: “For starters, here are the 1950’s Sheets, the 60’s Sheets will follow in due time”. Without the massive help of Chris, this article would not have existed.
 

This topic aims to offer the most complete “ELVIS PRESLEY SHEET MUSICOGRAPHY” available anywhere. But a project of this magnitude can only grow with YOUR HELP!
So please take an active role in building the world’s largest collection by sharing (high quality) scans of any Sheet that is still missing. Your help is highly appreciated.
Enjoy + Thank You!

 
 
 

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Sheet Music Collection 02HOW THIS ARTICLE IS BUILD UP:
 
The song’s first official release date determines the chronological order in which the Sheets are presented here.
The empty boxes represent missing Sheets that are known to exist. But there are more, especially with regard to the SUN songs.
Sheets that were published in the 1950’s are the main focus of Part 1. The later publications of these Sheets (“The 50’s songs with 60’s frontcovers”) might come up in a future episode but only if enough interest and participation amongst Elvis Sheet Music enthousiasts has been established.
 
 

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In this photo we can see ten pieces of 1950’s Sheet Music on the wall. Notice that the only person in this image not wearing a suit and tie (and looking rather out of place with his 1956 funny hat) happens to be the man in full control of Elvis’ career. The gentleman third from the left is Elvis’ second manager Bob Neal.

 
 
 

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July, 1954 | That’s All Right

 
 
1954 - That's All Right (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1954 | I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

 
 
1954 - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (USA) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1954 - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (UK, HMV) 2 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1954 - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (UK, HMV) 1 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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December, 1954 | You’re A Heartbreaker

 
 
1954 - You're A Heartbreaker (USA 50c) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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May, 1955 | I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

 
 
1955 - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1955 - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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August, 1955 | Mystery Train

 
 
1955 - Mystery Train (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame 1955 - Mystery Train (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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August, 1955 | I Forget To Remember To Forget

 
 
1955 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget (USA) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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January, 1956 | Heartbreak Hotel

 
 
1956 - Heartbreak Hotel (USA) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Heartbreak Hotel (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Heartbreak Hotel (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - Heartbreak Hotel (Belgium, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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January, 1956 | I Was The One

 
 
1956 - I Was The One (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame 1956 - I Was The One (USA 75c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Blue Suede Shoes

 
 
USA empty frame 1956 - Blue Suede Shoes (UK) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Blue Suede Shoes (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | I’m Counting On You

 
 
1956 - I'm Counting On You (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - I'm Counting On You (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | I Got A Woman

 
 
1956 - I Got A Woman (USA 75c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame 1956 - I Got A Woman UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | One-Sided Love Affair

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame 1956 - One Sided Love Affair (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | I Love You Because

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Just Because

 
 
USA empty frame 1956 - Just Because (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Tutti Frutti

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Tryin’ To Get To You

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | I’ll Never Let You Go

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Blue Moon

 
 
USA empty frame 1956 - Blue Moon (Australia) 1956 - Blue Moon (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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March, 1956 | Money Honey

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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May, 1956 | I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

 
 
1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (USA 75c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Australia) 1 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Australia) 2 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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May, 1956 | My Baby Left Me

 
 
1956 - My Baby Left Me (USA 50c-60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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June, 1956 | Shake, Rattle And Roll

 
 
1956 - Shake, Rattle & Roll (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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June, 1956 | Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame 1956 - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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July, 1956 | Hound Dog

 
 
1956 - Hound Dog (blue, USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Hound Dog (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Hound Dog (brown, USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - Hound Dog (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Hound Dog (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Hound Dog (Canada) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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July, 1956 | Don’t Be Cruel

 
 
1956 - Don't Be Cruel (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Don't Be Cruel (USA 75c)

 

1956 - Don't Be Cruel (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Don't Be Cruel (Belgium) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Don't Be Cruel (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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September, 1956 | Any Way You Want Me

 
 
1956 - Anyway You Want Me (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame 1956 - Anyway You Want Me (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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September, 1956 | Love Me Tender

 
 
1956 - Love Me Tender (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me Tender (USA 75c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me Tender - Piano (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - Love Me Tender (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me Tender (Canada) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me Tender (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - Love Me Tender (Australia) 2 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me Tender (Australia) 3 1956 - Love Me Tender (Australia) 1 (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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Love Me Tender sheet music (Ed Sullivan, September 9, 1956)Here we have a photo from the rehearsals for Ed Sullivan on September 9, 1956.
We can see the Sheet Music to LOVE ME TENDER on the piano.
 
Below we have the Billboard Sheet Music chart (from December 29, 1956) that shows LOVE ME TENDER is at Nr. 1 (while LOVE ME is at Nr. 10).
 
Billboard (December 29, 1956)

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Rip It Up

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Love Me

 
 
1956 - Love Me (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me - Piano (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 

1956 - Love Me (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Love Me (Canada) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

 
 
1956 - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Long Tall Sally

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | First In Line

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Paralyzed

 
 
1956 - Paralyzed (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame 1956 - Paralyzed (UK, HMV) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | So Glad You’re Mine

 
 
1956 - So Glad You're Mine (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Old Shep

 
 
1956 - Old Shep (USA not priced) (JUAN LUIS COLLECTION) 1956 - Old Shep (Australia) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Old Shep (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Ready Teddy

 
 
1956 - Ready Teddy (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | Any Place Is Paradise

 
 
1956 - Any Place Is Paradise  (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | How’s The World Treating You

 
 
USA empty frame Australia empty frame UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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October, 1956 | How Do You Think I Feel

 
 
1956 - How Do You Think I Feel (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame 1956 - How Do You Think I Feel (USA) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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November, 1956 | Let Me

 
 
1956 - Let Me (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Let Me (France) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame

 
 
 

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November, 1956 | Poor Boy

 
 
1956 - Poor Boy (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Poor Boy (Belgium) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) 1956 - Poor Boy (USA 60c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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November, 1956 | We’re Gonna Move

 
 
1956 - We're Gonna Move (USA 50c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION) UK (HMV) empty frame 1956 - We're Gonna Move (USA 75c) (CHRIS GILES COLLECTION)

 
 
 

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November, 1956 | Love Me Tender Song Folio With Pictures

 
 
1956 - Love Me Tender Song Folio front (USA 1.50)

 
 
 

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January, 1957 | Too Much

 
 
COMING SOON!

 
 
 

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Speer 2CREDITS:
 
The photo at the top of this page is the uncropped version of the most frequently used image on Elvis Sheet Music in the USA. It was taken by WILLIAM SPEER in July 1955.
Another Speer photograph from the same shoot was also used quite often, but this time in the UK and Australia. This photo can be seen here to the right, and once again in a completely uncropped original state.
 
 
 
THANKS:
 
– My sincere thanks to CHRIS GILES for taking the time to scan the hundreds of pieces of Sheet Music that will eventually be on display in this article.
– As always, many thanks to GER RIJFF for his help and motivation.
– Also a big thank you to JUAN LUIS for scanning/sharing some missing titles.
 
 
 
 
 
For a large selection of Sheet Music, plus just about everything else on your Elvis-Wantlist, please visit THE ELVIS SHOP LONDON

 
 
 

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14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Looking good!

    Do you have any idea when the sheet music for “Heartbreak Hotel” was first issued?

    March 2, 2016
    • Around the time of the record release woud make sense, or do I not fully understand
      your question, Tony?

      March 5, 2016
  2. Harry Carrigan #

    Brilliant piece of work – a gem.
    Well done guys.

    March 2, 2016
  3. Well done Bob, a Superb layout.
    I am forever on the search for Sheet Music I haven’t got (over 1,000 Worldwide pieces last time I checked) and this is really only the tip of the Iceberg. There are many Sheets from strange places.
    So come on people, let’s see what you can add!
    I will be sending in any ‘new’ Sheet that comes my way…..

    March 3, 2016
  4. Geert #

    Great work Bob! And Chris of course.
    I’m very curious about the rest.

    Greetz

    March 3, 2016
  5. Alan White #

    I’ve no UK to add, but what a fantastic spread of early sheets, well done Bob and Chris.

    March 3, 2016
  6. KOOL! Thanks Bob and Chris! I am sure Part 2 will be a blast as well!

    March 5, 2016
  7. Some superb designs I’ve not seen before! Besides that, the uncropped Speer photos
    are breathtaking. Where do they come from…an uncut contact sheet?! Va-va-voom !

    March 5, 2016
  8. Gents, dare I suggest to break away from the standard lay-out of 3 sheets, shoulder to shoulder, once in a while by doing a real gem larger in size just to keep the attention
    going. No matter the beauty of many of them, one will overlook some highlights when
    all are presented in the same size. It’s just an idea to play around with. Especially on
    the rarely seen Aussie sheets. Thank you guys.

    March 5, 2016
  9. r&b #

    Thank u.
    Love the sheet music collection. I have many USA sheets. Always looking to add more!

    March 5, 2016
  10. colonel snow #

    Nice collection to see.
    The photo with Elvis on the piano with sheet music for Love Me Tender is strange because Elvis couldn’t read musical notes. For recording he used demo versions and type written lyrics.

    March 6, 2016
  11. Max #

    Fantastic, I love Elvis Sheet Music.

    Next to collecting Elvis vintage vinyl, collecting his Sheet Music is just as much fun.

    Thanks Bob.

    April 17, 2016
  12. Jim Turner #

    Great topic. Some great pictures and some kool designs.
    Look forward to the next batch.
    Thank you Bob and Chris.

    July 4, 2016
  13. Troubleman #

    This is a great topic. I collect Elvis sheet musics ( I have over 100 so far), and I had an idea of making a photo book/price guide. I have over 360 scanned images of different sheet musics (the majority US versions) and am always looking for more scans. I added the ones you have on this page. I hope you will add more soon!

    I you are looking for a specific image of one, I may have it. I have the scanned images of ‘Heartbreak hotel’ from France and ‘I want you, I need you, I love you’ from Belgium if you want them to add to this article. Just send me an E-mail to my address.

    TCB

    July 14, 2016

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