Jack White to Reissue Early Elvis Recording

When the first recording from iconic rocker Elvis Presley sold for $300,000 in January, auction staff declined to disclose who the buyer was. Now, it turns out that the “undisclosed buyer” was Jack White, an accomplished rocker in his own right who portrayed Presley in the 2007 comedy film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. White announced on Friday that he had won the auction for the recording, a 10-inch acetate disc recorded in 1953 featuring a pair of tunes called “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” Furthermore, White said he will reissue the recordings on vinyl on Record Store Day, April 18th, on his Third Man record label. Later in the year, White will reissue the songs again, after painstaking remastering.

For his Record Store Day reissue, White said he will take every step possible to make the records as similar as possible to the original. The records will be 10-inch, 78 RPM discs, just like the original, and will be packaged in plain-looking sleeves indicative of the era. White also said that Third Man will even reproduce the plain-looking, typewritten labels that were on the original recording in an attempt to produce a product as close as possible to the original historic disc.