Elvis Presley’s Iconic Debut Album Cover Photo Details

Here is the cover to Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut album released on March 23, 1956 featuring what is known as the  Elvis Tonsil photo.

Elvis Presley Fort Homer Hesterly Armory July 31, 1955 Tampa Florida

The original un-cropped “tonsil photo” shows bassist Bill Black behind Elvis and guitarist Scotty Moore’s hand and guitar neck.

Elvis Presley Tonsil Photo Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Tampa Florida July, 31, 1955

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.

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Tampa Florida Elvis Presley 1955

Here are some more photos of Elvis taken that same day…

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Elvis Presley Backstage July 31, 1955

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Elvis Presley July 31, 1955

Elvis Presley Fort Homer Hesterly Armory July 31, 1955 Tonsil Photo Tampa Florida

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.

elvis presley hatch poster Fort Homer Hesterly Armory tonsil

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.

Elvis Presley The Rise Of Elvis Presley Color Fort Homer Hesterly Tonsil Color

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