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Is This the Most Valuable Record in the Universe?
On July 18, 1953, a young truck driver walked into Memphis Recording Service with four dollars in his pocket to record two songs:  “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartache Begins.”  The result was a once-of-a-kind acetate (a cheap self-pressed demo) that legend says was supposed to be a present for his mother. That truck driver was Elvis Presley and this was the record that made Sun owner Sam Phillips perk up his ears. He hauled Elvis back in to record a few more tracks and–well,...

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