U.S. # 5009a
2015 First-Class Forever Stamp
Music Icons Series: Elvis Presley (Imperf)
The King of Rock ‘n Roll. The Hillbilly Cat. The Memphis Flash. All nicknames for the man everyone knows by his first name – Elvis. One of the world’s most influential performers, he sparked a musical revolution and became legendary for his memorable performances, unique voice, and generosity.
Elvis came from humble beginnings, growing up in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was a shy child, but developed a larger-than-life personality after stunning his classmates at a high school talent show.
Elvis made his first recording in the summer of 1953 and by the following July had his own band, first contract, and first paid concert. Elvis’ popularity spread like wildfire. In January 1956 he made his network television debut and quickly became a household name.
Hollywood took notice and soon Elvis was a film star as well. Within a few short years, he had conquered all avenues of entertainment. Yet Elvis remained grounded, giving much of his own time and money to various causes. He performed a number of charity concerts, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, and lent his name and fame to many causes.
Though Elvis was in the spotlight for just 20 years, his impact has been immeasurable. He blended musical styles, inspired a generation of artists, and remains one of the most loved musicians of all time.
This stamp features a 1955 photo of Elvis taken by William Speer. It includes a crown, honoring Elvis’ nickname, “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” as well as his signature. The stamp and full pane were designed to resemble a 45rpm record sleeve, with the pane picturing part of a record peeking through the top.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: August 12, 2015 – during the annual Elvis Week celebration
First Day City: Graceland, Memphis, TN
Type of Stamp: Commemorative (Imperforate)
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Method: Offset printing in sheets of 144, with 9 panes of 16
Quantity Printed: 216,000 stamps
Elvis was the sixth honoree in the Music Icons Series, which includes other legends Lydia Mendoza (#4786), Johnny Cash (#4789), Ray Charles (#4807), Jimi Hendrix (#4880) and Janis Joplin (#4916).
Elvis was previously honored on three stamps in 1993 (#2721, 2724, and 2731). It’s long been considered the most popular U.S. stamp ever.