Here is the cover to Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut album released on March 23, 1956 featuring the famous Elvis ‘Tonsil” photo.
The original uncropped photo shows bassist Bill Black behind him and a the neck Scotty Moore’s guitar and his hand.
The photograph was taken by a local photographer named William V. “Red” Robertson during the second performance of the Elvis Presley concert at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida on July 31, 1955. The Armory is located at 522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida.
Here are some more photos of Elvis taken that same day…
The iconic cropped version of the photo would be used as not only the cover of the first Elvis Presley LP from RCA but it was used extensively in newspaper and print to promote future shows. It also became a famous show promotional print.
This CD “The Rise Of Elvis Presley Volume II” even has a colorized version of the famous photo. I’m not sure how true these colors are to what Elvis was actually wearing that day but he can rock the hell out of a pink blazer.